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Illogical Extensions of Liberal Thought

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 9:22
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The raging mockery we hear coming from the likes of Bill Maher and others belittling those of us who believe that the Founders were inspired of God and that the Constitution was a direct result of that inspiration is the prime example of the illogical extension of liberal thinking. Our belief is based on more than mere supposition. It is founded on writings left to us on more than one occasion from more than one of the chief founding architects of this Nation.

Madison, also known as the Father of the Constitution, records his belief in The Federalist Papers that it was the “finger of that Almighty hand” that was “signally extended” so “frequently” to their “relief” during the “critical stages” of the Founding of the United States. As proof, he pointed to the colossal historical failures of “all the great councils and consultations held among mankind.” Madison, The Federalist Papers, Letter 37.

Similarly, Washington, the Father of the Country, appealed “fervently” to the “Almighty” at the close of his Farewell speech as in his First Inaugural Address wherein he declared that “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand” of the “Almighty” in the “affairs of men more than those of the United States.” Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789.

Even the author of the first, great American treatise on liberty, Thomas Jefferson, the Liberal Left’s favorite starting point for American revisionist history, clearly and unmistakably acknowledges and appeals to the hand of the God of the Bible during his Second Inaugural Address: “I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.” Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805.

Given the official historical record, then, even the slightest suggestion disputing that the Founders were inspired and protected by the “invisible hand” of God begs the illogical conclusion that everything written down as historical fact is now suspect. In other words, carried to its illogical extreme, this kind of thinking leads to the conclusion that nothing can be relied upon as truth, unless we personally experienced it for ourselves. Why, for instance, can we rely upon the written word surrounding the reasons for the pilgrimage of the men and women on the Mayflower, if we were not there to experience it? They claimed that they were fleeing religious persecution, but, since we were not there, how can we be sure of this fact?

Why can we rely on the testimony of Neil Armstrong and others that they actually landed on the Moon? If we were not personally there, how can we believe that it actually happened? Why can we rely on their recorded experiences but not those of the Founders? Why would any historical record be considered more reliable than the official, public writings of Madison, Washington and Jefferson?

Logically, you cannot have it both ways. You either accept the writings of the Founders or you reject all of recorded history, or, if you did not experience it personally, it did not happen. This thinking, of course, is ludicrous. Remember this the next time someone challenges your belief in God. We have the recorded testimony of many great individuals that God does exist and does inspire men. What do they have?

 ©March 2014 Illogical Extensions of Liberal Thought, Madame Publius™

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