Liberty's Secrets: The Lost Wisdom of America's Founders
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As much of the world looks at the United States with disdain and distrust, it is time for us to take a cold, hard look at what we have become. John Adams said, Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. We have strayed from our clear moral beginnings to become an egotistical culture that glorifies self. We try to set our own standards despite Thomas Paine s warning that man cannot make or invent or contrive principles. He can only discover them, and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author. As our society celebrates injustice against people who stand for their convictions, it s hard to forget the words of John Adams who wrote, justice is a great Christian as well as moral duty. With the decline of virtue in so many areas of our culture from twerking on stage to cheating scandals at universities to corporate theft by aggressive bankers we should take heed of George Washington s warning that liberty, when it degenerates into licentiousness, begets confusion, and frequently ends in tyranny or some woeful catastrophe. Liberty s Secrets exposes readers to the Founding Fathers as never before. They believed in God, Judeo-Christian values, and the freedom and necessity of religion in order to have a free and prosperous society. They believed in a free press and knew, as John Adams argued, when a people is corrupted, the press may be made an engine to complete their ruin. They believed in a limited government, strong education, and private property.Liberty s Secrets is like having a front row seat to the congresses and conventions where these leaders hashed out the profound issues of life and society. Charles has cataloged all of the Founding Fathers writings and in Liberty s Secrets provides an exposé of their profound yet glossed-over insights, delving into the subjects most important to maintaining a free society at a time when we most need to recover them. In so doing, Liberty s Secrets equips readers to use the Founders'knowledge and understanding to neutralize the cultural myths currently undermining American liberty. It is hard not to wonder whether catastrophe is upon us. If ever there was a time to grow up as a nation, now is the time. It is time to recover the morals and moorings of our Founders. It is time to rediscover Liberty s secrets.
banks.”97 Elsewhere he wrote: “I have never had but one opinion concerning banking … and that opinion has uniformly been that the banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation, than they can have done or ever will do good.”98 In exasperation, Adams had a harsh but truthful warning for his countrymen: “All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from
crucial to once again not only ask but answer the question, what is liberty? Unfortunately, doing neither in a serious fashion has led to answers that are, at best, superficial and which perpetuate severe distortions of the liberty for which our Founding Fathers fought and upon which they based our system of government. For the average American citizen, perhaps most tragically among the young, liberty has become all but synonymous with “doing whatever I want to do.” Many will add, “as long as I’m
power within the federal government, but between the federal government and the states. The federal government was delegated a limited set of powers and the state governments retained the general powers which were not so delegated. Such a system was meant not only to maintain the maximum liberty of all, but to assign to that government, whether federal or state, only those powers which it was capable of wielding in a competent manner. CONCLUSION The Constitution is the integration of ideals
what many of the Founders believed it would and should do: it taught them that they were not the ultimate measure of all things, and they were accountable to a higher power, which served as a powerful regulator of their actions, both private and public. This was where religion’s power was most effective, not in particular doctrines being forced down people’s throats by law, but in the inculcation of morality and virtue, those great pillars that were necessary to the individual self-government
persuasions. I hope this book helps equip my fellow citizens with the knowledge and wisdom which is their birthright as Americans, and which can explain to them not only why they are and ought to be free, but how they may remain free. As I write this, I have recently finished watching the third season of Netflix’s hit show, House of Cards. It is a fitting dramatic presentation of all the greatest fears our Founders had, and as such I hope as many people watch it as possible. It’s only a “TV