Today as Americans witness a full court press, as Glen Beck described what the Obama administration is trying to do regarding the destruction of America’s Second Amendment, any American who has studied America’s unique document, and has compared it to other forms of governing documents sees and understands the genius embodied within its seven articles and 27 amendments, all designed to protect the principles of freedom and liberty embodied in America’s even more unique Declaration of Independence.
Having witnessed the destruction of Germany, Japan, Russia and Italy during World War II, and then, in later years having studied how and why these nations suffered such horrific destruction — with 50 million casualties — including 6 million Jews at the hands of Hitler, I now better understand the writings of America’s Founding Fathers who, time after time, made reference to the divine help they had received from he who they referred to as their “Creator” and “Supreme Judge of the World.”
In these studies I could see how people craving self-glory and absolute power were able to sweet talk, with unattainable promises, the populace into voting them into office, and then, by intimidation and power politics take over the government and impose their will of what they thought was best for their people.
In 1986 Brigham Young University, at the urging of the chairman of its board of trustees, produced a film titled “A More Perfect Union — America Becomes a Nation” in Williamsburg, Va., to celebrate America’s bicentennial.
This film has now been made into a DVD and is available online at www.nccs.net.
Those millions who have since watched this DVD better understand how the hand of God rested on these men who struggled hard to find a workable document that would bring together very diverse people from 13 diverse colonies having vastly different economic interests.
This DVD reminded me again how difficult it was to get 55 independently minded individuals, representing vastly different colonies, to come together and agree on, then sign, after four months of heated argument a document that soon became a beacon of freedom to freedom-starved people worldwide.
In my library is a 4,000-page book that was assembled some years ago by university professors that documents the materials used by the founders in their deliberations. Thirty-four percent of these documents referenced some passage or principle laid out in God’s Holy Bible, his guidelines for “A More Perfect Union.”
These men, who had studied their Bibles, knew where to turn for guidance when there was nowhere else to turn. This was added proof for me that God was involved in the creation of America’s unique Constitution, a document that has become the model for written constitutions in nearly all nations worldwide.
When the Constitution was signed in 1787, nearly all people worldwide were subject to their kings who often believed they had divine powers to rule over their people.
The initial phrase in the Preamble tells us that “We the people” are the sovereign authority in governing ourselves. This concept was first given to the Israelites anciently, but they flubbed it when, because of corrupt leaders, asked for and received a king — Saul.
But if America, as did the Israelites, asks for a king, as nearly happened during the 2012 election, then America can expect to follow in the footsteps of the Israelites, footsteps leading to self-destruction and scattering. Not a nice thought.
Today, as Americans watch this administration press all out to destroy the Second Amendment, they are witnessing what could be, if this administration is successful, the final act of America as a free nation.
Destroy the right to defend self against a power-hungry administration, using tactics similar to those used by dictators throughout history, and freedom vanishes.
These same tactics, destroy anyone who stands in their way, were used to destroy Sen. Estes Kefauver when he tried to expose the infiltration of communism into the government in the 1950s.
After successfully destroying Kefauver, the progressive’s next step was to remove the Bible from the public square — which they have done quite successfully, leaving America both spiritually and morally vulnerable, and subject to the same wrath of God that destroyed the Canaanites anciently.
Progressives have immobilized Americans by secularizing America and with America immobilized progressives hope, in my opinion, to now destroy their last barrier — America’s Second Amendment.
Freedom-loving Americans need to remobilize and do as the founders did, seek ‘divine Providence’s’ help.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.