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“200 year old sayings”

December 31st, 2013

We have been engaged in an interesting, albeit certainly not amicable, discussion with an amour propre blogger who operates from Elmore County, Idaho. Apparently, the gentleman holds the Constitution (and those who crafted it) in contempt, disparaging what he styles as “200 year old sayings”. Not good enough, evidently, for 2014.

In our experience, we find “progressives” routinely over-extend themselves, especially intellectually. And in consequence, all of the rest of us must deal with the results of their heedless renovations. What habitually happens is that “progressive” ideologues tear out load bearing walls in their rush for the latest style, clueless to architectural distinctions.

Not all walls are simply nuances of style. Some are actually necessary. Too much damage has already been done to America’s structural integrity by those about whom Alexander Pope observed: A little learning is a dangerous thing.”

It occurs to us that, for all the modernism our pious remodelers snobbishly promote, perchance a return to the original architectural plan is a more sound solution than to continue to tear out walls indiscriminately. That never ends well.

Which brings us back to the original design of our representative republic, the one about which our mulish blogger brays. We cannot help but consider Patrick Henry. He warned about the degradation of liberty, by an exchange of it for empire. Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.” Too bad our unsuspecting interior designers did not keep Mr. Henry’s advice.

Mr. Henry went on to say, regarding liberty: If our descendants be worthy the name of Americans they will preserve and hand down to their latest posterity the transactions of the present times.” Too few today, it seems, are worthy of American any more.

Now we realize that these may indeed be dismissed as “200 year old sayings;” but we suggest that America’s “modern” government has not lived up to the chintzy claims its renovators promised. And to continue down the same wrong path, despite how far or how long one may travel upon it, will lead no closer to our destination. In fact, the opposite is true. We also realize that it is perhaps a matter of stiff-necked pride that “progressives” will not stop and seek directions…which is somewhat foolish given that a roadmap exists, called the Constitution.

We also dare suggest that Patrick Henry mentioned blueprints that are considerably older than the “200 year old sayings” of the Constitution: “This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.”  If our amour propre blogger was apoplectic over 200 year old sayings, we are somewhat concerned about his health upon mentioning 2,000 year old “sayings”.   But…A leader of good judgment gives stability.” Proverbs 29:4

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