It’s that time of year again when people are assembling to eat plenty of food; watch plenty of football; spend plenty of money on gifts; and stressing out over plenty of debt. The traditional holiday season, running from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, is a time when people find joy in the presence of friends & family.
This is the time of year when those of faith remember “the reason for the season”–the Christ Mass, or Christmas as it’s now known, to celebrate the birth of the most profound, influential, and controversial person in human history. Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ: our Creator’s gift to His fallen creation, sent to pay our price for our sins; to wipe clean our spiritual slate and forgive us; to restore our personal relationship with the God of all things and prepare our place of eternal joy and not the eternal fire.
While Jesus is the greatest gift in history, we in America (and much of western culture) can also recognize and celebrate the second greatest gift in history… the gift of individual liberty that has been passed down from one generation to the next, by hands bloodied by battles to defend it.
Throughout human history, people have been told what they will do with their lives: either by family, by social status or caste, or by aptitude. Kings and noblemen would rarely allow anyone to become too successful or earn too much. It was a small delegation of faithful patriots who, in the late 18th Century, deliberated and produced, through the inspiration of Almighty God, the most incredible governing document ever conceived by man: the United States Constitution.
The ideas that we are all created equally, born with inherent rights and capable of self-government; and that governments derive their power from the consent of the governed, who can change aspects of their government as they deem necessary, were revolutionary. Unprecedented. Treasonous to some, and–to many–downright heretical. Organized religions held that kings were raised up by God to rule the masses… so America’s founding shook the halls of power around the world. All eyes were on “The Great Experiment” to determine whether men were capable of self-governance.
This gift of personal freedom, the idea that we are each born with the equal opportunity to do with our lives as we believe best, has been handed to us in a far different condition than when it was new. The Constitution has been amended, eroded, and ignored. As a result, America has a federal government functioning more like an all-powerful oligarchy of elites than the limited representative republic it was designed to be.
It is our responsibility to gift this Constitutional Republic, with all its freedoms and liberties, to the next generation of Americans. To do this in a condition recognizable to our founders, repairs are desperately needed. The provision for these repairs is our Declaration of Independence: “…that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it…”
We have an obligation to alter and abolish a few things to restore American self-government and begin sharing that sense of obligation with our friends, family and colleagues. That involves supporting candidates who align with the United States Constitution; and not merely settling for “the lesser of two evils”. It involves telling others about the Constitution Party; sharing this newsletter; and gaining more support for a strong, third political party.
As our Constitution Party continues to grow, it will be mocked and ridiculed. It will be attacked. Members will be called horrible names. When that happens, it simply means we’re getting closer to achieving our political objectives and the elites are becoming more frantic. Combat veterans will tell you that hostile fire is at its most intense when you are over the target.
This holiday season, take time for family and friends. Give generously to those less fortunate and show love to the unlovable, in the same way God gave us His best when we were at our worst. Share the gift of Jesus’ unconditional love with others; as well as the gift given to us by America’s founders.