To The Daily Sun,
It is a mistake to embrace the conscious abandonment and neglect of the nation's founding principles. Today's politicians pose a false choice: Either we temporarily abandon our principles to save America or we preserve our principles and lose America. Even if we take drastic action, we should always do so within the constraints of the U.S. Constitution, precisely because to restore America's greatness, we must return to her founding principles.
It is wrong to believe that to resist socialism we must abandon our founding principles, our standards of decency, our aspirations for a noble, virtuous and civil society. Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn in an online lecture on Western civilization delivers a message that goes to the importance of studying Western civilization and how ignorance of our history and founding principles has contributed to the situation in which we now find ourselves.
To paraphrase Dr. Arnn: "We live in a time when a kind of blight has settled on the world because of doctrines adopted in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. We don't teach old and high things in school the way we used to. Ignorance of those things is everywhere and that is a threat to our freedom. We need to return to our commitment to the principles of our country, announced in the founding documents. Learning the right things is necessary to perpetuate our freedom and our justice in America."
It's not enough to say "we will make America great again." Controlling the borders is vital, but it's not the only thing that matters. There is angst toward the progressive establishment. There is deep concern about the current miserable condition of the nation. Constitutional conservatives have been fighting these foes for a long time. It's outrageous to lump constitutional conservatives in with the establishment merely because they are skeptical of the candidate du jour.
There are countless examples of Republicans caving to progressives on policy. There are countless examples of Republicans muzzling their own ideas. It is no wonder that young people gravitate toward the left. They do so not only due to cultural influences and educational indoctrination. They do so because we do not stand up for what we claim to believe in. We exhibit a lack of conviction in our own stated core beliefs. The next generation will not follow our lead if we do not demonstrate belief in our stated core beliefs.
We are in danger of sacrificing too much at the altar of winning. We cannot practice an endless willingness to forgive anything candidates do. It is admirable to combat political correctness, but it is not commendable to abandon decency in the name of fighting political correctness. In failure to do so we succumb to the notion that things are so bad that the only way to fix them is to do worse things ourselves. As mom used to say, two wrongs don't make a right.
We mustn't lose ourselves in the process. Progressives long ago adopted an ends-justify-the-means approach. They will say anything and do anything in support of their cause. They will sell their soul to win. If the opposition does likewise under the guise of saving America, we will have already lost our nation. Learning and aspiring to what is noble and virtuous is necessary to perpetuate our freedom and justice. Neglecting our founding principles imperils our liberties.
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