lafayetteangel got me started on this. She posted these rules, and she asked for volunteers.
- Thank the person nominating you for the challenge.
- Post a quote on your blog for 3 consecutive days.
- Invite 3 of your favorite Bloggers to join the challenge.
Again, I thank . Here is what she put up as her second post: Day Two Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge: Eleanor Roosevelt. In it she provides simple, but excellent advice.
Are you interested in the challenge, then please leave a comment indicating your interest.
Do you understand and share the American dream?
Politicians, with their extravagant promises long ago corrupted the “American Dream.” Where did the expression “American Dream” come from? It seems that historian and writer James Truslow Adams coined the expression “American Dream” in his 1931 book Epic of America:.
“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” (from here)
Was Truslow right? Well, perhaps, but those who made America in 1776 may have had something more bold in mind.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (from here)
In 1776, Americans did not worry merely about their material stature before other men. True, they opposed taxation without representation. Yet when the people of America declared their independence, they dreamed of a society that had not heretofore existed. The dreamed of a nation which recognized each citizen’s God-given rights.
Even the Constitution, carefully crafted by thoughtful men shepherded by the likes of George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin did not satisfy the Americans who had fought the American Revolution. In addition to a Constitution that prescribed strictly limited powers for the Federal Government, that People demanded a Bill of Rights that specifically limited the power of the Federal Government.
Consider the First Amendment. Consider what they listed first.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Many people came to America seeking their fortunes, but many risked their lives seeking religious freedom, the right to follow the dictates of their conscience without the interference of arrogant and powerful men. Ronald Reagan expressed that belief clearly.
A few people have even objected to prayers being said in the Congress. That’s just plain wrong. The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray. — from President Ronald Reagan‘s Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer, September 18, 1982
The years, however, have allowed those who would twist the words of the Constitution some success. Now instead of protecting the free exercise of religion, those in power are using the First Amendment to create a wall of separation between church and state, forcing the exercise of religion out of the public square.
How do the arrogant and powerful get away with such schemes, slowly twisting the understanding of their fellow men? Consider what a tyrant once said.
Hitler made no great secret of his designs. People just looked away, half admiring — entirely fearing the man. They should have feared God more.
Don’t Proverbs tell us what we should do.
Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
As parents, the Bible tells us to help our children find the way God has called them to go. We cannot do that by handing what is a personal responsibility over to a costly administrative nightmare designed by greedy, power hungry politicians, our public school system. When politicians want us to believe that the American dream is about material things, things they can “give” us, how can we trust them with the responsibility for educating our children? Has it been working, or is not each successive generation getting a worse education?
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. — Ronald Reagan (from here)
Which generation shall be the one that loses its freedom. Will it be our children?
If we want our children to understand and experience the American dream, as parents we must make certain we understand it. We must read our Federal and state constitutions and study important documents written by the founders, like The Federalist Papers. We must do our best to understand how our government is suppose to work. Then we each must do our part.
Do we all have to become lawyers or historians? No, our government was never suppose to be that complicated. When someone tries to equate freedom of religion with freedom from religion, we just need to know enough to pity such ridiculous idiocy. Instead, someone is teaching our children to take such blithering nonsense seriously, and we are letting it happen.