A community is the result of a shared religious understanding with regard to the Ultimate Questions such as, is there a God? What is man? Why does evil exist? Is there an afterlife? America's religious, moral and philosophical foundation is Christian theism, the shared religious understanding that united and informed American community and made for an unselfish understanding founded upon a shared moral code, the Ten Commandments.
Precisely because Americans of that time accepted as true the fallen condition of man, that generation believed that individual liberty lives or dies according to whether citizens are self-controlled and virtuous or lacking self-control and thereby depraved and/or wicked.
Noah Webster was a soldier during the Revolution and the author of the first American dictionary, the "American Dictionary of the English Language" (1828). Webster's definitions of the terms "deprave" "depraved" and "immoral" are an extension of meaning grounded in the living God's Moral Law and were used by the Church, Congress, the military and citizens in general:
Deprave: To make bad or worse; to corrupt; as to deprave manners, morals, government, laws; to deprave the heart, mind, will, understanding, taste, principles..
Depraved: Made bad; corrupt, wicked, destitute of holiness or good principles.
Immoral: Inconsistent with moral rectitude; contrary to the moral or Divine law. . . . Every action is immoral which contravenes any Divine precept or which is contrary to the duties which men owe to each other.
The meaning of the word "moral" as opposed to "immoral" was understood and accepted throughout American society. Thus lying, laziness, adultery, disrespect, rudeness, and unnatural practices like sodomy and lesbianism clearly contravened Divine precepts.
Given that the founding generation accepted as true and real that the living God created only two sexes, male and female, words not found in Webster's dictionary are homosexual, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, bi-sexual and heterosexual, words that imply either the existence of multiple sexes or that human beings are polymorphously perverse two-in-one beings, or androgynes.
The attitude of the founding generation toward what is known today as "gay rights" "homosexuality" "transsexuality" "bi-sexuality" and "lesbianism" is that all of this was sodomy, defined by Webster as a crime against nature resulting from man's fallen condition.
On the subject of sodomy, the common understanding of that time was precisely that given by William Blackstone in his Commentaries on the Laws---the basis of legal jurisprudence in America and heartily endorsed by numbers of significant Founders. In addressing sodomy Blackstone found the subject so reprehensible that he was ashamed even to discuss it. Nonetheless, he described sodomy as an offence of deep malignity,
" (an) infamous crime against nature committed either with man or beast. A crime which ought to be strictly and impartially proved and then as strictly and impartially punished....I will not act so disagreeable part to my readers as well as myself as to dwell any longer upon a subject the very mention of which is a disgrace to human nature [sodomy]. It will be more eligible to imitate in this respect the delicacy of our English law which treats it in its very indictments as a crime not fit to be named; "peccatum illud horribile, inter christianos non nominandum" (that horrible crime not to be named among Christians)." (Wallbuilders, David Barton, Homosexuals in the Military)
John David Michaelis, author of an 1814 four-volume legal work, outlined why sodomy must be strenuously addressed and much less tolerated than virtually any other moral vice in society:
"If we reflect on the dreadful consequences of sodomy to a state, and on the extent to which this abominable vice may be secretly carried on and spread, we cannot, on the principles of sound policy, consider the punishment as too severe. For if it once begins to prevail, not only will boys be easily corrupted by adults, but also by other boys; nor will it ever cease; more especially as it must thus soon lose all its shamefulness and infamy and become fashionable and the national taste; and then . . . national weakness, for which all remedies are ineffectual, most inevitably follow; not perhaps in the very first generation, but certainly in the course of the third or fourth. . . . To these evils may be added yet another, viz. that the constitutions of those men who submit to this degradation are, if not always, yet very often, totally destroyed, though in a different way from what is the result of whoredom."
"Whoever, therefore, wishes to ruin a nation, has only to get this vice introduced; for it is extremely difficult to extirpate it where it has once taken root because it can be propagated with much more secrecy . . . and when we perceive that it has once got a footing in any country, however powerful and flourishing, we may venture as politicians to predict that the foundation of its future decline is laid and that after some hundred years it will no longer be the same . . . powerful country it is at present." (ibid)
The founding generation held that the immoral or wicked man is irrational, therefore not sane. Irrationality is the inability to recognize right from wrong independent of personal feelings, impulses, and compulsions. By the degree to which the moral sense is corrupt, so too is reason. The greater the degree of corruption, the more depraved is reason.
Where depravity prevails, personal feelings rule reason, so truth becomes whatever fears, lusts, hate, paranoia, covetousness, envy, resentment and fancies demand, thus law is used against unchanging truth, moral law, goodness, and decency. Law is thus a powerful weapon in the hands of self-gratifying immoral individuals, and because they are depraved and irrational, so too is law.
Where self-centeredness prevails, a selfish understanding founded upon the feeling that 'self' is supreme, and that right is whatever selfish feelings desire at any moment and wrong is whatever selfish feelings dislike. Since feelings change with mood and circumstances, so must reason and judgement, therefore neither reason nor judgement is predictable or rational. This is insanity. And as corruption and insanity spread, society eventually falls through the Looking Glass where reality is turned upside down.
Thus duty becomes whatever the immoral want it to be. So whereas the duty of police in times of virtue and sanity meant to uphold justice, protect the law-abiding and keep the peace, in times of corruption and insanity duty requires the protection and defense of the disrespectful, disorderly, thieves, liars, and public fornicators and sodomites at the expense of the lawful, who are harrassed and persecuted.
Truth, knowledge and science become the servants of personal paranoia, power-seeking, vengeance-seeking, fears, lusts and fancies resulting in layer upon layer of lies, delusions and superstition.
National wealth and resources are dissipated by immoral people who place all their efforts into indulging their impulses while avoiding the demands of duty and personal responsibility, for being immoral they can only exhaust, spend, destroy, and waste rather than build and accumulate wealth and resources.
As the immoral are slaves to their own out-of-control emotions and insanity,they demand everyone else become enslaved as well. Thus children are dumbed-down, taught to esteem self (become self-centered), disrespect their parents and to accept and practive every manner of perversion.
As the immoral have no way of judging right from wrong and natural from unnatural except by their inflated pride and feelings to which they are enslaved, they empathise with other selfish characters and even elect them as president. And being lost to insanity, they applaud when Obama announces that he is hosting a reception today (Friday) at the White House to observe Crimes Against Nature Month.