Before anything else God’s will should come first. If there is a God, a supreme Creator, it should be obvious that His will is our purpose. How we act upon this is our destiny, and when we are given a glimpse at our destiny, it is our duty unto God to act. Obeying God is a natural rebellion against those who claim to have the authority of God. Or as Ben Franklin put it, “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.” That’s what has compelled men and women to face death with a smile. Our martyrs; the missionaries, the soldiers, the persecuted. They have faced lions, tanks and nooses for thousands of years. Choosing death, by following God or refusing to submit to those claiming to have His authority. God grants us our rights, and only tyrants try to control those rights; but, as John Dickinson put, our rights can only be taken from us through death. Sadly we know tyrants aren’t above murdering people for their submission.
The Pilgrims believed it was better to brave the open seas, than allow the British state to raise their children away from what they believed to be God’s will. Quoting thousands of French Revolutionaries John Stark once wrote, “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” And even hundreds of years later this defiance was echoed when the communists came against our religious liberties. Pat Boone stood up (later quoted by Ronald Reagan) saying, “I love my daughters more than anything on Earth.” “But, I would rather that they die now believing in God than live to grow up under communism and die one day no longer believing in God.” Somehow, on this chaotic planet with a seemingly never ending cycle of killing, raising support, taking power, and being killed, we founded a shining city upon a hill.
America, a great land untouched by centuries of corruption. Finally a place where the people were destined to be the ultimate authority. “We the People” being the establishers of the law of the land. No longer national monarchs and conquerors fighting for power, but everyone given power over their own lives. What followed the American Revolution was many other good-willed revolutions, that would fall short due to people’s natural grasp for power. However, what did eventually come was the independence of most the American Continents. This is HUGE. We are separate from the millennium of grievances the rest of the world has amongst all their different ethnic groups. Everyone of our young countries should NEVER give into the European side of western politics. The American conservatives do not have to be anything like the right-wing of Europe; because our traditions (what makes us conservative) are in revolution, while theirs are in submission. They can focus on class division, race, and birthrights- we on the other hand believe that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
For many years America served as a refuge for the persecuted and religious. Although the United States hasn’t always been blameless, as we’re reminded daily by our liberal friends, our structure could generate something many nations lacked, hope. Anything could happen to anybody, and the better the country grew as a People the better off the nation would be. The American Dream. A nation where patriotism allowed love to flourish. Even those promoting changes to traditional beliefs would fly the American Flag. Because, patriotism, the Flag, they all represented the People; not the government or a royal family or a race. So, unlike European allegiancy, Americans are only loyal to God (or at the very least, their conscience).
The original United States political parties were extremely right-wing (by today’s understanding of right-wing), but neither’s priority was international (unlike the French Revolution). Both had shared views of limited government, allowing the American People to control their own affairs. The reason I’m bringing this all up? Because as Europe became more republican in structure, it seems our republic is becoming more European. This is an extremely dangerous course for Americans to be taking. Like I said earlier, Europe’s political compass isn’t, shouldn’t, and cannot be the same as ours. The culture that fostered the dictators of the 20th century was one where Nationalism was the right and Marxism was the left. Even if their utopian solutions seem amazing, we know how this all ends. Maybe we no longer have dictators or powerful monarchs, but that’s all political parties become when they’re enemies with each other. Large bureaucratic dictators. No one should ever HAVE to vote in a free nation. A people should be so free that they don’t even notice the government, especially not where one election could “destroy everything you stand for.” That isn’t liberty. That’s an elective bureaucratic monarchy dressed up as a republic. The only bi-partisan issue in modern day is political parties convincing an ill-informed populace to vote.
Originally this Article was going to be about the entirety of North and South America truly pulling away from fascism and communism, but seeing the currently established nations, the United States is our last hope for this type of order. It seems South America is already wrapped up in those old political cycles. I’m hopeful, that since they achieved independence like us, one day corruption and hardships will leave their homes, but at this point it may take an equally powerful revolution. Something different to the revolutions lead by Napoléon Bonaparte and Simón Bolívar. From their examples I can only believe that long-lasting liberty and peace can’t be maintained by one good-willed man. Something I think made the structure of the United States very unique.
While thinking about the situation in South America I started to think about our own problems. What are we doing today that gives God any reason to preserve us a nation? We use to be a refuge for people seeking liberty and peace, exactly what many families pray for in South America. But now we teach our children more of communism and fascism than republicanism and federalism, mainstream commentators can’t tell you the difference between patriotism and nationalism or rights and necessities, our media sways our elections, our morals are decaying, our people are rioting, and we’ve made it near impossible for thousands of innocent people to enter. What are we adding to God’s kingdom?
Don’t get me wrong, I know there are still millions of good charitable people in this country and that’s exactly why I’m writing this. Over the years we’ve fallen away, trading our beliefs of right and wrong for a war between right and left. It’s up to those who believe in what’s right to bring this country around before it’s too late. I believe in keeping the country and everyone inside safe, but we should always be a refuge. A Shining City on a Hill. If you have to build your walls, fine, but create giant gates that are always open to anybody looking for Hope. That should be the main focus, not a comforting little afterthought. And that isn’t a radical hippy idea, that’s in Ronald Reagan’s farewell address. Maybe every immigrant doesn’t seem economically profitable now, but you’ll change more lives and win in the long run if we can greet them with hospitality. Welcoming uneasy foreigners to our country is going to be extremely difficult if the only immigrants we’ve seen in decades are criminals, because we’ve essentially locked everyone out who wants to immigrate here legally. The world needs a place without the nationalists and the socialists grabbing for power. It needs America, and we need an Awakening.