From: The Founding Fathers
To: The current generation of Americans
On this the 225th anniversary of our
independence, those of us you call the Founding Fathers have assembled in
Continental heaven to assess the condition of the republic we bequeathed to you.
Itís true America has become the
wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth. But so was the British Empire in
Before we get specific, we must confess that
we are annoyed by your habit of misinterpreting our words. Take the First
Amendment, where we said Congress shall make no law "respecting an
establishment of religion." You usually neglect the other half of the
injunction, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
As anyone in the first Congress, which passed
the amendment, could have told you, "establishment of religion" means
an established church, which all are forced to support. We never intended to
create a virtue-less republic, by prohibiting public expressions of faith.
In the Declaration of Independence, we
acknowledged that our Creator endows rights. Absent a Creator, there are no
In the Second Amendment, we said the right to
keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In our day, if private citizens
hadn't owned guns there would have been no Lexington and Concord.
Why would we bother guaranteeing a collective
right to arm state militias? The rights enumerated in the first 10 amendments
are restraints on government, not grants of power to it.
If you ever wake up to what's going on, your
leaders will have cause to fear an armed citizenry. We viewed elective office as
a sacrifice. For your politicians, it's an opportunity. We rid America of a
monarchy. You've established an elected aristocracy. We were farmers, merchants
and professionals who resumed our careers after a brief term of service and
never lost touch with our constituents.
An elite so different from you as to almost
constitute a separate species governs you. Your elected rulers hold office for
20 or 30 years, becoming increasingly detached from their roots, while rewarding
themselves lavish emoluments and pensions.
We revolted over a modest tax on tea. Your
tax burden is staggering. Despite the enormous expenditures of your prodigal
politicians, even they can't spend it all. And still, many resist returning the
federal surplus to its rightful owners. We rejected taxation without
representation. You condone your own serfdom.
In the Declaration, we complained that King
George III had "sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and
eat out their substance." You complacently tolerate a bureaucracy that
resembles all Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Eat out their substance? Today, almost one in
13 Americans works for a branch of government. Harass our people? There are
bureaucrats to tell you how to run your business, build on your property and
raise your children. Government makes decisions for you regarding your health,
safety and welfare.
We envisioned the judiciary as a coequal
branch of government that interprets laws based on the clear meaning of
language. Your courts have become a law unto themselves -- raising taxes,
deciding elections, ordering private relationships and substituting their will
for that of legislators.
We warned you against entangling alliances.
You are eager to form defensive pacts with postage-stamp countries whose
security couldn't conceivably be related to your own. This will only serve to
drag you into their petty quarrels, sapping your strength.
We recognized that government and society
must rest on divine wisdom. George Washington observed, "Reason and
experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in
exclusion of religious principle."
You cultivate national immorality, in the
apparent belief that abortion, adolescent access to pornography, cohabitation,
public distribution of prophylactics and compulsory acceptance of perversion
will somehow lead to a society whose citizens have the self-discipline to
sacrifice for the common good.
Benjamin Franklin said we gave you a republic
"if you can keep it." From our vantage point, it does not look
promising. Were we alive today, we'd raise another rebellion.
The Founding Fathers