Conservative Convention 2007 John Adams once wrote, â€œThe general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were... the general principles of Christianity in which all the sects were united. And the General Principles of English and American liberty. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.â€
While all modern Americans are at liberty to disagree with the former President's assertions, none of us can logically conclude that he was not a Christian himself, nor can we reasonably argue that the other "fathers" to which he referred, and knew personally, embraced something other than the Judeo-Christian ethic.
Indeed, you may be a Jew, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Hindu, or espouse any number of other religious faiths, but to dismiss the common belief system of the founding fathers, is to ignore the very underpinning of the American cultural ideal.
John Adams and his comrades in arms recognized that man is a creature of both good and evil, and that he is easily corruptible. With that in mind, they ingeniously structured three separate branches of government and then distributed power equally among them.
While Government was to be strictly limited in scope and size, and tightly bound by the Constitution, man's ego - the primary source of evil on earth - was to be constrained by the Great Lawmakerâ€™s universal moral laws, known in traditional Christian America as the Ten Commandments.
The theory held by the men who formed our great nation was that within these boundaries would flourish an atmosphere of justice and maximum freedom, and there is no reason to believe that this theory is any less valid today than it was on July the 4th, 1776.
Prior to that date, in every organized society throughout the world, common people typically dwelt in submission to their government, and were usually referred to as subjects. Whoever controlled the source of power told everyone else what freedoms and privileges they could and could not enjoy. Americaâ€™s Constitutional Republic was unique in that its citizens declared from the start that they were empowered by God to dictate the terms by which each and everyone of them would be governed.
For the first time in human history, a system of government was instituted â€œof the people, by the people and for the people,â€ and the brilliance of that system has not been overshadowed by any other since its inception.
Daniel Websterâ€™s excellent advice to the colonists of his day was to: â€œHold on my friends to the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold onto the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.â€
We at the Conservative Convention 2007 Project see the incontrovertible truth in Mr. Webster's words, and embrace the vision of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution to which they were committed. We recognize the brittle nature of our Republic and, furthermore, seek to promote the ideals of modern American conservatism throughout the land, because that particular philosophy is distinguished, in part, by the following Constitutionally sound precepts.
To this end, we commit ourselves to the arduous task of recapturing the Republican Party and ridding its ranks of the irresolute, the dissolute, the faithless, and the faint of heart.
Because we firmly believe that good character is all-important, we will work to elect morally virtuous men and women of honor, loyalty, courage, and integrity to offices of authority who will faithfully work to preserve the America that our Founders envisioned, and defend the God-given rights and liberties we hold so dear.
Together we dedicate ourselves to the restoration of our democratic Republic, so that liberty and justice for all may once again be the order of the day. We devote our time to the rebuilding of Ronald Reagan's â€œshining city on the hillâ€, where the joys of freedom abound, opportunity beckons, and the dreams of our children flourish, because to fail in that enterprise is to condemn humanity to a fate worse than extinction.
May God bless America, and may He guide us in our committed endeavor.
Written by Linda Kimball and Edward L. Daley for the Conservative Convention 2007 Project Â