Having recently celebrated Independence Day, I’ve been reflecting on various trends in our country. Are we pleased with the direction that our nation has taken in the last few years, and even decades?
Some quotes I find interesting are:
James Madison: “The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”
Alexis de Tocqueville: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with their own money.”
Abraham Lincoln: “You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
Justice John Marshall, decision in McCulloch v., Maryland, 1819: “The power to tax involves the power to destroy.”
Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor, 1787: “A democracy is always temporary…(it) will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury…The majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations…has been about 200 years.”
Could the United States of America be an exception? Perhaps we could be if we would return to the values of our forefathers such as, believing in God, His Son Jesus, and the Bible He inspired.
Those beliefs and the values therein are what made our country great.