Wednesday, June 23, 2010
In 1831, French jurist, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited the United States with the aim to write a book about Democracy and culture. While he was here, he was impressed with how religion had no direct involvement in government, yet it shaped it most directly by way of personal conviction.
"America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." ("The 5,000-Year Leap" By W.Cleon Skousen P.84) De Tockqueville said. And I for one, agree whole heartedly.
We worry about our future, we worry about our children's future, but worry will not fix our problems. We will.
When I was finally allowed to become a citizen of this Country, I had pretty much been raised here. I attended high school in America and College, yet not once did I read the Constitution or the Declaration of Independance. It wasn't until I was faced with my Citizenship test that I had to study these most important charters.
I love this country and I honor the Founders for pledging their lives, their fortunes and their honor for our freedom. If we are to keep it, I firmly believe that we should heed the warning that Monseniour De Tocqueville issued so many years ago--by being good, and teaching our children to be good.
Whoever we are, whatever religion we might have, being good is a quest we must all share if we are to keep our freedom.
We may not be able to run for office, we might not have time to attend political rallies, but we can teach our children to be good and to read the Constitution.