If George Washington watched Fox News

If George Washington could be here today and watch Fox News or CSPAN what might his opinion be of the representatives we send to fulfill the roles defined in the United States Constitution?  What would James Madison say about Barack Obama, Charlie Rangle, Maxine Waters, Joe Biden and all the others? What would our founding fathers think of the voters who sent these men and women to their posts?

Today we see daily reports of corruption and scandal by Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen. We’ve  heard several representatives make slanderous statements against citizens who’ve gathered to protest legislation or assembled to voice their opposition in town hall meetings. We witness countless back and forth accounts of misrepresentation and actually can see the attempted manipulation of public opinion. With a casual amount of effort we can play back the words of our elected officials proving lie after lie after lie.  Then, as if in a purposeful attempt to sink even lower, our Vice President betrays the respect and humility of honor that his position demands and profanes publically, albeit unwittingly, and the result is to leverage the profanity and profit from it by selling T-shirts. No outrage, no surprise, no character.

Today the level of trust that the citizens have in their government is at an all time low. We do not trust their words, we do not trust their deeds, we do not trust their intentions and we do not trust they are acting in behalf of The People or according to the will of The People; and not in honor of the oath of office they’ve taken, which states:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

It is in these times that we should seek to return to our fundamental principles and firmly plant ourselves in the foundational elements, history and documents that originally set America on the experimental course that began in the fall of 1492 with Christopher Columbus and ended almost 295 years later in 1787 with an assembly of state delegates gathered in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to craft the Constitution of the United States of America. In an effort for each of us to reestablish our principles today we must reflect on the character of the men that gathered for the Federal Convention of 1787 and set these men as examples of the type and manner of Statesmen we demand today.

In the closing paragraph of Madison’s Preface to Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison – He writes about those men who gathered to draft the Constitution:

“But whatever may be the judgment pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny, of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound & solemn conviction, derived from my intimate opportunity of observing & appreciating the views of the Convention, collectively & individually, that there never was an assembly of men, charged with exclusively or anxiously [devoted to the object committed to them, than were the members of the Federal Convention of 1787, to the object of devising and proposing a constitutional system which would best supply the defects of that which it was to replace, and best secure the permanent liberty and happiness of their country.]”

We need men and women like Madison, Washington, Franklin and Jefferson today who will fulfill their oath of office as intended by the founders, perform with the integrity, humility and statesmanlike character  and both protect the Constitution and represent the will of the people as bound and expected.

I don’t know if these exist today. We may have so badly diluted the intelligence of our population and corrupted our character that we can’t produce such self-sacrificing and purely duty bound public servants. It may be that unlike the 18th century enlightenment our 21st century style of comfort and ease has replaced the standards and principles that forge the characters required to protect liberty and freedom and can govern to protect this democratic Republic as designed. But I believe we yearn for them. We desire such leadership and we would welcome the sanity of their wisdom. But before someone could fit our historic mold we need to repair it and study, learn, educate and prepare ourselves so that we know what we’re looking for, can recognize them and then hold them accountable to the standards we demand.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15


~ by Jeff Williams on April 2, 2010.

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