Morals in Government these days is no where in the Debt Ceiling Bill. You will have to listen to the program as I give a bit of a rant regarding the question: Is any morality in government called for. Where as, in 1768 during the time ‘the Crown’ was decimating the Colonial economy – morality in government was a top issue also. For instance, a Massachusetts resolution reads:
‘Resolved, That this house will use their utmost endeavors, and en- force their endeavors by example, in suppressing extravagance, idle- ness, and vice, and promoting industry, economy, and good morals in their respective towns.
And in order to prevent the unnecessary exportation of money, of which the Province has of late been so much drained, it is further resolved, that this House will, by all prudent means, endeavor to discountenance the use of foreign superfluities, and to encourage the manufactures of this Province.’
How great are the parallels in the ‘1768 to 1776 fight for Independence’ and our present situation respecting the lack morals in Establishment government are.
The institutions have now become the moral determinate of humanity in these United States. People, human individuals, have been the components of the ‘Matrix’ since the ‘Administrative State’ was given unlimited power. Consider this chart, Google Ngram, that shows the massive growth of this beast. When you analyze the chart you can easily overlay the rise of the ‘Social Gospel,’ dispensationalism and the rejection of Foundational Reformation Orthodoxy.
In regards to the ‘Administrative State,’ slowly think through this quote from the article in the References below and know that the ‘Great Rest’ is nothing new:
‘As a result, a whole new field of political science emerged. In 1948, University of California political scientist Dwight Waldo published The Administrative State: A Study of the Political Theory of American Public Administration, which remains the touchstone of the field. Writing 75 years ago, Waldo was mostly admiring of this phenomenon, observing that the administrative state had deep political and intellectual roots. Most notably, it originated in the progressive thinking of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president, who put great faith in the ability of intellectuals—bureaucrats, scientists, and social scientists—to remake the world.‘
Always remember that the Administrative State is mostly protected by the 1935 case Humphrey’s Executor v. United States, “holds that Congress can protect principal officers against removal, but only if the officers are part of multi-member commissions,” panelist and Yale Law professor Nicholas Parrillo said.1
Congress needs to fix the structure of the organizations and agencies that comprise the Administrative State.
Morals in Government – a Contrast
Consider the following in respect to the foundation of the Republic:
“At the heart of the Presbyterian understanding in the post-Revolutionary era was the belief that America’s republican institutions were the products of Protestant Christianity and needed the maintenance of this religious heritage if those institutions were to endure.”
—James H. Moorhead, “Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture.”
With this in mind, I am going to inundate you with quotes relative to morals in government from the Founding era. What is wrong with the leaders and shepherds of morality that they cannot produce these qualities in our present age.
‘..He maintained that an unconstitutional act was ipso facto null and void ; * that the Constitution was the paramount law of the land, to which every department of the government was separately and collectively subject; and that when a law was enacted obviously repugnant to its true spirit and principles, and the constitutional mode of redress by petition and remonstrance failed to obtain its repeal, obedience could not be lawfully enforced, and to evade or resist it was neither morally nor politically wrong. Parliament, he held, had no authority whatever over the internal concerns of the Colonies, but this power resided exclusively in the respective Provincial Assemblies.’ – Dec 1765
‘…The people were rigid in the performance of religious requirements, which had descended in their original strictness from the early settlers ; and the ministers disseminated the principles of morality and liberty as equally important, the Old South, the largest church in the town, being often the scene of the most exciting demonstrations of the people in the support of their rights.’ – July 1768
‘January 1772 –
… There seems to be a system of ^ tyranny and oppression * already begun. It is therefore the duty of every honest man to alarm his fellow-citizens and countrymen, and awaken in them the utmost vigilance and circumspection. Jealousy, especially at such a time, is a political virtue : nay, I will say it is a moral virtue for we are under all obhgations to do what in us lies to save our country. * Tyrants alone,’ says the great Vattel, ‘ will treat as seditious those brave and resolute citizens who exhort the people to preserve themselves from oppression, in vindication of their rights and privileges…’
‘Samuel Adams to James Warren – Philada., July 14, 1778
My dear Sir, — I am to acknowledge the Receipt of your favors of the 26th and 28th of June. I have long been apprehensive, you know, that false Ideas of Politeness would injure the Minds of our Countrymen and prove destructive to Morals and Liberty. But I own, I did not expect that the most ridiculous Folley would have taken so early and large a Stride as it appears to have done in the Instance you mention. It cannot in my opinion be supported by any Principles of Truth and Propriety and discovers a Degree of Servility shocking to sober Humanity. And yet a Conduct so void of common Sense will find Advocates among many who never had and never can have a Spark of that Republican Feeling which you have always possessd. These People are formd to be Asses and Slaves; Let them remain so. But surely they ought not to be advanced to places of Influence, to spread by their Examples, the Principles of Servility and Slavery among the People…’
‘Elbridge Gerry to James Warren Philadelphia, Novr. 8Th, 1778
…true it is the Work is arduous, And it is equally true, that it is necessary; for should We exceed in Power and Wealth every Empire on Earth, and neglect the Morals of the People, is it not evident, that our Independance, instead of Freedom would produce a Slavery, far exceeding that of every other Nation? If the best and ablest Friends of America, who under providence have opposed the corrupt Arts, not less than the powerful Arms of G. Britain, will unite in checking the Career of Vanity, Vice and Folly, the Leaders of this feeble Train will vanish at the Appearance of Opposition, and leave the Way clear to the promotion of the opposite Virtues; but if on the other Hand, those on whom We have principally relied, should suffer themselves to be disgusted at the natural appearance of Bubbles on the mighty Ocean of our affairs, and withdraw from the Service, I fear that our Liberties, like such shortlived phaenomenons will burst, and leave not behind, a Trace of their former existence.;
A final comment on Morals in Government
“In many parts of the world, ancient religions have given way before the sweep of this concept of materialism which holds to the sanctity of no moral law and worships as its only god the power to suppress the divine heritage of man… Its plan is to abolish private property and free enterprise in order to secure that degree of power over material things necessary to render absolute its power to suppress the spiritual things. It first establishes collectivism as the idealistic refuge for those who lack the will and the courage and the capacity for self-expression. This is the halfway point on the direct and undeviating road to full Communism. Thereafter, all private control over means and sources of production is abolished, and then with the political power safely in hand, this concentration of material power becomes the fearful weapon whereby every vestige of spiritual value and human freedom may be suppressed at will. This is how it has happened before and it can happen again, unless the moral forces of a nation are sufficiently mobilized and alert to safeguard against so dreadful a threat to its cherished liberties.”
—General Douglas MacArthur, “Speech to the Salvation Army,” 1951.
Refer to quotes in the body of this newsletter.