“It’s nothing, grandpa. Its just my American history class that is getting me down. I hate it.”
Grandpa just grinned and ruffled my hair as he said,
“Boy, as you have already know I am a man who advocates for free will. In order to be consistent in that principle I must concede that every man possesses that same attribute. Furthermore, if I am a man of free will in all of my deeds then I cannot envision a time or place that anyone else would not apply that same principle. Justice is without meaning or purpose with the concept of determinism.
That means only one thing. I cannot promote any principle that would require that another man abide by my will rather than their own. This applies to politics as well as our private lives. In other words, I cannot vote for someone seeking political office without recognizing that he will act in accordance to his own conscience when he casts a vote in regards to the laws to be enacted.
To declare otherwise is to be an advocate for determinism and that would make me look hypocritical. But more important is the fact that I would be advocating for a dictatorial government by its very concept. And to rid ourselves of this form of governing can be said as one of the reasons for seceding from the mother country in 1776.
One of the things we know of the founding fathers from the study of history is that they were very religious men. A person can see this throughout their correspondences with others. While I cannot prove it I’d say it could easily be assumed that they knew of and accepted the principle that the king ruled by divine right and to secede would be to go against the will of God unless secession could be justified. It would be from this that the founding fathers felt the need for a written Declaration of Independence.
It was within this document that the founding fathers declared their justification for secession It is in this document that the founding fathers declared that it was the king who was not abiding by the will of God, not the colonies. It is within this document we can find the foundational basis that man was created to govern himself with a free will.
Now, through the study of history we can see that not every man accepted this concept at the time. There were some who wanted to set up a government in the form of a monarchy. So, it can’t be said that the idea of a free will was universally accepted principle yet. This very fact leads us to believe this was a whole new way of understanding man and his place in society as well as a whole new understanding of God and His role in the lives of men.
When we look back into history we will see that a religion/state relationship of government in almost every sovereign State. And the choice of religion was determined by the monarch of that State at the time. With a given that each monarch had religious advisers at his command we can see that it created the impression that being in accordance to the will of the monarch was to be in accordance to the will of God. This, to me, was the whole purpose and intent of the religion/state relationship for governing.
Basically, to paraphrase President Lincoln, a religion/state relationship created a situation where the people had a government as determined of God, by God and for God. And to rebel against the State was perceived as rebelling against God. We can know from history that some States still abided by this principle by establishing a church/State relationship. So, we can reasonably assume that the founding fathers recognized that the laws of man did not supersede the laws of God but was meant to be subordinate to the laws of God. The problem lies in the authority of government to mandate.
This power to mandate has an effect on those that occupy the seats of governments. And whether we want it or not it is this power to mandate that leads to a corrupt government. And there is no one in government nor any form of government that is immune to this corruption. Monopoly power and authority to govern assures us of this. Political ideology is the mask that politicians use to hide their corrupt hearts and minds.
And it is from behind this mask of political ideology that politicians can corrupt the hearts and minds of the people, even a people who think that they are protected by the words of a constitution.
The easiest way to corrupt the hearts and minds of a people is to create an interpretation of their constitution that appears to be accordance to the intent of the writers of that constitution so as to allow change in the authority and powers of that government or, as in our case, governments.
This is why it is so important to understand the intent of the writers of that constitution and the limitations placed upon government. History is the best determinant of original intent. For if a people strays from the original intent then history will have a record of it. That is why history is such an important subject in school for without it constitutions are inevitably corrupted by those who seek to change it in order to gain unauthorized power.”
I just nodded and said, “I know, grandpa, but studying history in school is not as much fun as it is when you and I study it to learn what our founding fathers intended.”