Dear Friends of the Constitutional Republic,
God bless Senator Joseph Lieberman, a liberal Democrat from Connecticut, who, for the most part, gets it right when it comes to what being a real American is all about. And not only does he get it, but also he has had the courage to publicly tell the truth about our country's founding.
On a special edition of NBC's "Meet The Press," on Easter Sunday (3/27/05), Sen. Lieberman spoke courageously about the true meaning of America. Here's some of what he said:
"Look, I want to say generally, very briefly, that the mix of God and government, of religion and politics, is quintessentially American, and it was there at the beginning. The fact is that in the first American document, the Declaration of Independence, the founders of our country said that they were forming the new government to secure the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that they saw as the endowment of our Creator. So this government, this country was not neutral about God right at the outset.
"One, accepting that there is a Creator, so our existence here is not accidental. And secondly, that as a result of the creation, we have an inherent unity. We are all equal. We have equal opportunity for those rights. We are a country based on a vision, a belief in creationism. And part of that is not only the humans, who were created on the sixth day, but the natural Earth…America itself is a faith-based initiative….
"I think that the public square is greatly strengthened and enriched when people are prepared to speak, not just about secular notions of justice, but about the moral sense that our faith gives us. And again, I want to say that to me that is not un-American, that is very American. We are--our Constitution says we don't establish a religion, but it also says everybody has freedom of religion, and everybody has the right to speak their mind. And if your mind is faith-based, God bless you. Speak your mind."
When asked how he felt as a Jewish American when some folks say we are a Christian nation, Sen. Lieberman said: "This is a country founded by Christians, a majority of whose citizens are Christians. But going back to the premise I spoke to before, those rights to life, liberty and a pursuit of happiness, which we have as the endowment of our Creator, have been given to everybody.
"So though this is a nation that--the majority of which is Christian, I will say to you as a Jewish American that I believe in the 5,765 years of Jewish history, there has never been a country, other than Israel during certain times of its history, which has given Jews more freedom….That's the glory of this country and, frankly, the grace and gift of the Christians who founded the country and who continue to be the majority within it.
"And incidentally, I think this is an important message for us to convey to the rest of the world, because when--those rights that were in the Declaration of Independent, we didn't say that only Americans got this endowment from our Creator. That's a universal declaration of human rights….
"So, you know, I say to the--you can't separate God from America. You go right back to the Declaration of Independence. We have to always remember that the Constitution, in my opinion, promises freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Washington reminded us in his farewell address that religion in a democracy is one of the sources of values we need, because in a democracy the state won't tell everybody what to do every moment."
Well said, for the most part. I would, however, if given the opportunity, very respectfully call to the Senator's attention the fact that we are not a democracy but instead a Constitutional representative Republic.
Finally, please, ome information about the educational efforts of Institute on the Constitution where thousands of Americans are studying the true, unrevised history of the Christian founding of America. When we reconnect with our true history and heritage of liberty under law, we can see that America has departed from its foundational understanding -- that God is the Source of rights and liberties and that the purpose of government is to secure (defend) these rights. Through the use of historical materials and the curriculum available through the IOTC, anyone anywhere can learn and understand the AMERICAN view of law and government and can actually host a class for their church members, neighbors, family and friends. I urge you and others to visit http://www.IOTConline.com to see how you can benefit from this unique educational program.
For God, Family, & the Republic,
Michael A. Peroutka