Duty, Thinking, and How to Deal With Grievances In Our Government: For Foundations of Freedom Thursday, David and Rick answer listener questions about advice from the Founding Fathers regarding duty and thinking and how we deal with grievances through our government.

Air Date: 12/8/2016


Guests: David Barton and Rick Green


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The Constitution:  America”€™s Greatest Political Privilege

Intro:

Calvin Coolidge said, “€œThe more I study the Constitution, the more I realize that no other document devised by the hand of man has brought so much progress and happiness to humanity. To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”€

Rick:

It is absolutely that. Thanks for joining us today at WallBuilders Live! This is the intersection of faith and the culture where we talk about today’s hottest topics all in the areas of policy, faith, and everything that’s impacting the culture. But from a Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective. We’re here with David Barton. He’s America’s premier historian and my name is Rick Green, former Texas state representative.

And on this Foundations of Freedom Thursday, we love to take your questions so we’ve got several we’re going to try to get to today. If you’d like to learn more about our organization check out WallBuilders.com and also WallBuildersLive.com. David, you ready to dive into some questions?

David:

Absolutely.

What Would The Founding Fathers Say To Conservatives Today?

Rick:

All right, our first one comes from Hannah. She says, “€œBased on our Founding Fathers”€™ writings, what two pieces of advice do you believe they would have for Conservatives today?”€ David, you’ve probably read more of their actual writings in your library.  You have over 100 thousand documents and actually read them, not just collected them. You have maybe more than anybody alive today. You might be as familiar or more familiar with the Founders, their attitude, and their thinking than anybody else alive. So what would they say to we Conservatives today?

A Word That Caused The Founding Fathers To Do A Lot Of Things They Really Didn’t Want To Do.

David:

I don’t think they would say anything to Conservatives. I think they would say something to citizens. They didn’t break it down in groups like we do. They talked more to the country, to the nation, to all people. And they put out the big ideas that drew people to them. So there was a lot less- pandering is not quite the right word- but they didn’t do the poststructural thing that we do today of having groups were we have to identify you by a group.

So, in that sense there’s two things I think they would say to the citizens and especially to Christian citizens. And back then that was kind of assumed to be the same thing. The first thing they would say is the word “€œduty.”€ It’s a word that we really don’t grab today. It’s a word that guided their life. It is a word that you find throughout the writings on a regular basis. It’s a word that cause them to do a lot of things they really didn’t want to do, that they did not enjoy doing. But they did because it was their duty.

Duty

It’s the same word that we find Jesus using in Luke 17 when he talks to the disciples they said, “€œLord, increase our faith.”€ He says, “€œYou want to increase your faith. You need to learn do your duty.”€ It’s a great parable that he gives them. Duty, essentially, it doing the right thing all the time regardless of circumstances and of how you feel. I’ll just take one example.

Rick:

It sounds like the opposite of a sense of entitlement, right?

David:

Entitlement has no place.  If you have a sense of duty, entitlement will never even cross your vocabulary and nobody owes you anything. You will not be egocentric because duty requires you to serve others and to do certain things whether you like it or not. It is what King David was talking about with the Lord in Psalms 15 saying, “€œLord, who will enter your house? Who’s going to live with you? Who’s going to be in your Holy Tabernacle?”€  

That’s Chapter 15:1 of Psalms.  In verse 4, the answer is, those that give their oath to their own hurt.  The people who are going to be with me in Heaven are going to be the people who keep their word no matter what it cost them. They’ll never break their word.

10 Founding Fathers Did Not Even Live To See The Declaration Fulfilled.

That’s why when you see the 56 signers of the Declaration pledged their life, fortune, and sacred honor. You will not find a single example anywhere of any of them breaking their word or backing down. That’s why 10 of them did not live to see that Declaration fulfilled. That’s why 17 of them lost everything they owned: their possessions, their estates, their fortunes. I mean they gave their lives and their fortunes, their sacred honor. They lost their reputations. They were hunted as traitors and as treasonists. But they gave their word. They didn’t have any other option. They had to follow through.

Voting:  It”€™s Not A Right, It”€™s A Duty

We would find a way out.  We would get an attorney to get us out of that contract.  We would find a way to do a differently. “€œWell you know the circumstances have changed since then.”€

No, you gave your word. You keep your word. It is what the prophet said about God in Numbers 23:19: “€œGod is not a man. He doesn’t lie.”€ If he told you he’s going to do it, he will. God could use all circumstances, “€œWell you know, you guys have really changed since I said that back then.”€ He doesn’t do that.  So duty is doing the right thing all the time, whether you want to or whether you like it or not. That’s something that we today do not do a good job at.

A great example is in voting. The Founding Fathers never taught that we had a right to vote. They thought we had a duty to vote. Today we think we have a right. “€œWell, I don’t like either candidate. I’m not going to vote this election.”€ No that’s not your choice. You have a duty to vote. You will vote this election. Now, you figure out the one that’s going to most move this thing in the right direction.  If you’d been voting all the elections up to now, you wouldn’t be having this discussion right now. Voting is not a right. Voting is a duty. That’s the way they looked at it.

Fidelity – It Has Nothing To Do With How You Feel

The same with fidelity to family. I don’t care whether your wife or your husband, if you like them any more and if you feel like your heart”€™s in a different place. I don’t care how you feel. You have a duty. You’ve vowed to them to be faithful till death do us part. You will be faithful, period. That’s your duty. Who cares how you feel. See, all of those things. We’re citizens. We have a duty to read the Constitution. “€œI’m not in government. I like the cause.”€ You know what, when I was in first, second, third grade, I didn’t like the multiplication tables, either. But I had to learn them.  That was my duty to be able to graduate. To be a citizen in America, you have a duty to know the Constitution.

Micro Aggression, Macro Aggression

Rick:

I’m really feeling a lot of pressure right now. I need to go to a safe place.

David:

This is not a micro aggression.  This is a macro aggression. This is full on, frontal, I’m in your face. But see that’s a word they would they would be saying to us is duty.  Duty, duty, duty, duty.

Rick:

They would not have said, “€œGo to your safe place.”€ They would have said, “€œHey, knock up and get tough.  Here’s what you’ve got to do.”€

Duty Doesn”€™t Care What Is Fair.  Duty Does What Is Right.

David:

“€œGet some backbone.”€ Duty causes you to have backbone when you don’t want to have it. Duty calls you to be a hero when you don’t feel like being a hero. Duty causes you to sacrifice when you don’t feel like sacrificing. We’ve lost all the sense of duty. Now, it’s all about how we feel and all about what’s good for me.  It’s all about my circumstances. No, no, no, that’s not there. The word fair never comes in. If you have a duty sense, you don’t care about what’s fair. You do what is right.

Rick:

David, that seems to apply to not only the areas you’ve already touched on, but even the family issues. Do your duty.

David:

Going bankrupt still feels good. Hey, I pledged to these guys I’m going to pay them back. Well, I’m going to use bankruptcy and get out from under that pledge. No, you gave your oath and now you’re going to cause them to lose money because you broke your word. No, no, no. You may have legal protection. That doesn’t mean it’s the right thing. That sense of duty, you paid your debts, you are faithful to your spouse, raised your kids the right way, and you taught them.

Duty To Assemble

I went to church when I didn’t want to because it’s my duty. We’re told in Hebrews not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Well, I can watch church on the Internet. No, that’s not assembling yourselves together. You need physical contact with other people. You need to be in relationship with them. See all this stuff is duty. We”€™ve got reasons for why we don’t do our duty today.

Rick:

And even taking care of our parents as they get older and all of those kind of things. We”€™ve got to take a quick break. I know we’ve got other questions to get to, but I’d love to stick with this one in another segment because I know you get a lot more from the Founders you could share.

David:

Well you know, she asked for two things about the Founders. That’s the first one that’s duty. So we still got more to go.

Send In Your Questions

Rick:

Excellent!  We’ll be right back, folks. Stay with us. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live! It’s Foundations of Freedom Thursday. If you’ve got some questions, we’d love to see them! So send them in at WallBuilders Live! Our e-mail is Radio@WallBuilders.com. We’ll be right back.

Outro:

Abraham Lincoln said, “€œWe the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts. Not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Rick Intro:

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the United States Constitution but just felt like the classes are boring, or it’s just that old language from 200 years ago, or I don’t know where to start? People want to know, but it gets frustrating because you don’t know where to look for truth about the Constitution, either. Well, we’ve got a special program for you available now called Constitution Alive with David Barton and Rick Green. It’s actually a teaching done on the Constitution at Independence Hall in the very room where the Constitution was framed.

Citizen”€™s Guide To The Constitution

We take you both to Philadelphia the Cradle of Liberty and Independence Hall and to the WallBuilders”€™ library where David Barton brings the history to life to teach the original intent of our Founding Fathers. We call it the QuickStart guide to the Constitution because in just a few hours through these videos you will learn the citizen”€™s guide to America’s Constitution you’ll learn what you need to do to help save our Constitutional Republic. It’s fun.  It’s entertaining and it’s going to inspire you to do your part to preserve freedom for future generations. It’s called Constitution Alive with David Barton and Rick Green. You can find out more information on our  website now at WallBuilders.com

Right And Duty To Be At All Times Armed

Intro:

Thomas Jefferson said, “€œThe Constitution of most of our states and in the United States assert that all power is inherent in the people that they will exercise it by themselves. That is their right and duty to be at all times armed that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.”€

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live! Foundations of Freedom Thursday today taking your questions. We’re on one from Hannah.  She said, “€œBased on our Founding Fathers”€™ writings what two pieces of advice do you believe they would have for Conservatives today?”€ David, you already said they would speak to citizens in general and not categorize. And the first one was was duty. To actually get that back in our vocabulary and get that attitude of “€œI’m going to do my duty regardless of the results and regardless of how I feel at the moment and whether or not there’s a safe space for me to hide it.”€ So duty was a great one. What’s the second one you would go to?

College Doesn”€™t Prepare For The Real World

David:

By the way, back in the day and for about 350 years, if you went to college it was your duty to apply yourself to your studies and come out with knowledge. Now tell me that’s the object of education today. I don’t think so. Now It’s about coming out with feelings.  And it’s discovering yourself.  But you’re not a contributing member of society. We’ve covered even on Good News Friday before how that some of the kids, when they got out of college, got together and did a petition to the owners of the company to change the way they do it.  And they all got fired.  Welcome to the real world. Education did not prepare you for the real world.  In the real world there’s a lot of stuff that happens different. So safe spaces-whatever. Can you imagine Jesus going for a safe space? His safe space was to go in the garden and pray. Get out and pray until you sweat drops of blood.  That is your safe space.

There’s no model for the kind of nonsense that we’re encouraging right now.  And that, “€œHey you know what, I don’t like who won the election so I don’t have to take any of my college exams today because I don’t like it.”€ Really? Since when? Nowhere in the world does that work except in the dream haven of academia. That makes you a terrible citizen when you get out because you will not be productive at all. You will be selfish.  

That Mentality Leads To Mediocrity

Therefore, in a matter of 20 or 30 years, we will be just like Europe. We will have the same level of low productivity they have.  We will have the same mediocrity of military, and the same mediocrity of everything they have.  Duty is a whole lot there. I know you use safe space facetiously but that that really is a serious consequence.  If we get into thinking like that, no one will like the results of the consequences of where that will lead in 30 years from now. Even the professors who are teaching that stupidity right now won”€™t like where it leads us in 30 years.

Rick:

Yeah, no doubt, no doubt. All right, well, let’s fix that duty part. What’s the second item you think they would advise us on?

They Changed Education From Teaching Students How To Think to Teaching Them How To Learn

David:

Think. T.H.I.N.K., think. In America today, we don’t think anymore. We learn.  And it started in the 1920s when progressive’s got a hold of education. They made several systemic changes in educational philosophy.

We went from going to school three months a year, to nine months or even 12 months a year. Instead of having an education based on the amount of knowledge, we now did it on your age level. If you’re 14 but only know what a first grader knows, you’re still going to be an eighth grade class because that’s how old you are. We changed so many things. But one of the things that they changed was from teaching students how to think to teaching them how to learn.

No Longer Are We Teaching Americans How To Fish We’re Giving Them Fish.

And what that meant was you’re now receivers.  You don’t take things in a process. You take things and spit it back out. So your teachers are the most important thing in your life. Whatever your teachers tell you and learn, you need to spit it back out on a multiple choice test or true false or fill in the blank.

We’re not going to do essays anymore because that requires you to think. We want you to spit it back out on these things to make sure that you’re learning what your teacher taught you. No longer are we teaching Americans how to fish. We’re giving them fish. And so we’re making them dependent. And when you are a receiver and not a thinker, then you believe whatever comes at you.

Trump Didn”€™t Back Off Climate Change

I love that commercial, stupid as it is that”€™s out there, the one with the French guy.  The gal gets a date with the French guy. And she knew he was French because he said that on the internet. But watching it, you know he’s clearly not French. And so “€œif I saw it,”€ I’m a learner.  That means whatever I read from the New York Times, whatever I read from the Washington Post I accept it as true.

Media Isn”€™t Trustworthy.  We Must Think For Ourselves

And you know, 61 percent of the people definitely thought that Trump was mistreated by the media and you could not trust what the media was saying about Trump. And now after the election the New York Times says, “€œWell, Trump has backed off on his promise on climate change.”€ And we believe that? We didn’t believe it before the election but now everybody is up in arms because Trump- Trump didn’t back off. You need to know what went on in the meetings, whether the New York Times characterized it.

Every American Should Stop Learning.  Start Thinking.

See, we’re not thinkers.  We’re learners. And so whatever we see, whatever the headline is, we put that back out. So the Founding Fathers would have taught us about thinking and then about argumentation of thinking, which we call apologetics. It’s being able to defend the position, being able to attack the weaknesses in the other positions. But that means you have to understand both sides, which means knowledge.

So that’s the other thing that they trained every single kid. Not only did teach him but duty…and that’s in all the textbooks.  Back then textbook after textbook, all the courses talked about duty. You also got the thinking aspect, which was you need to have a knowledge of both sides the argument.  You need to understand weaknesses and strengths. You need to be able to articulate that.  You need to be able to reason, to use your mind to reason.

Even Jesus lamented that he said the children of this world are often more shrewd than the children of light. How come it is that secular folks use their brains better than Christian folks? It”€™s not supposed to be. But that’s the other thing that I think they would tell every single American today is stop learning.  Start thinking. That’s what we need to do.

Duty And Thinking

Rick:

That”€™s good stuff man.  Duty and thinking. Part of the unintended consequences or maybe it was intended consequences. I don”€™t know, but certainly it was a cost of us not reading the Founders and not having the same civics training that we had for so many years is losing these basic principles that build a strong society. So Hannah, great question. I mean to be able to go back and learn from these Founders and get these basic principles, it’s going to make us stronger as a society.

So everybody that’s listening to this needs to implement those two things: duty and thinking.  And then make sure you’re sharing it with others as well, especially teaching your own kids. We’ll be right back. We got some more questions from you in our audience. You can send them in if you’d like to at Radio@WallBuilders.com. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live!

Entitled To Freedom Of Person, Freedom Of Religion, Freedom Of Property, And Freedom Of Press.

Outro:

Thomas Jefferson said, “€œThe Constitution of most of our states and the United States assert that all power is inherent in the people.That they may exercise it by themselves. That is their right and duty to be at all times armed. And that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.”€

Chasing American Legends

Intro:

The American story is filled with legends, myths, and heroes that are larger than life. Including true stories that are simply unbelievable.

We”€™re the Green family and for years we’ve been traveling the country sharing the stories that shaped America. You don’t have to look far when it comes to a hero.  All you have to do is look at history. We’re chasing the truth about the heroes of our past and finding answers for the future. It’s called Chasing American Legends.  You can watch it on hundreds of stations across the nation.  For showtimes and listings visit RickGreen.com. And if you prefer you can stream it directly from our website.

Join us as we investigate America’s heroes, legends, and legacy. With passion for America balanced by humor and curiosity., Chasing American Legends brings a fresh approach to storytelling, to access to authentic worlds of timeless, national treasures. Each episode is a fun journey through America’s most amazing moments. And we want you along for the ride. For more information on where you can watch Chasing American Legends, visit RickGreen.com

Intro:

President Calvin Coolidge said, “€œThe more I study the Constitution, the more I realize that no other document devised by the hand of man has brought so much progress and happiness to humanity. To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”€

To Whom Do We as Common Citizens Raise Our Voices?

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live! Foundations of Freedom Thursday.  Today we’re diving into your questions.  You can send those to Radio@WallBuilders.com.

Our next one comes from Allen. He said, “€œFor many years our forefathers petitioned Parliament for redress of grievances from the American colonies. Today we suffer under increasing presidential imperialism, judicial legislation, constitutional overreaching, and the growth of centralized government. My question is what is our avenue of relief? To whom do we as common citizens raise our voices? How do we make ourselves heard to the end of restoring our nation and our Constitution?”€

Allen, great question. Thank you so much! David, big question here. We know all of that is true. We’ve seen all those things he’s he’s talking about. What is our avenue of relief?

Duty:  To Know Everything Legislators Know, As Citizen Legislators

David:

Our avenue of relief starts with actually the statement he made. “€œFor many years our forefathers petition Parliament for a redress of grievances.”€ Now he’s listed several grievances. But I’ll bet that if he asked 50 of his neighbors, he would not get those same grievances listed. And that’s because we really don’t know the issues today. We don”€™t know the things that are back there.  That that’s part of our duty.

We used to have a duty as a citizen to know everything that a legislator knew because they were citizen legislators. So we didn’t consider legislators to be a higher level of knowledge than we had.  They”€™re just one of us, who knew everything we knew, who we sent to Congress. Well, today we say, “€œOh they’re specialists in government. We’ll let them do that.

What needs to happen is we need to go back and start with the Declaration. Let’s read the Declaration. Let’s read those 27 grievances and let’s see how many of them are still active and alive today. Maybe the one about, “€œHe has increased government officials among us and sent swarms of government officials to eat out our substance.”€ I think that still applies.

It Starts With Knowing What the 27 Grievances Are

How about the four on judicial activism? That the British courts are exercising activism.  They have lifetime appointments and they’re not accountable to the people. Well, that would be a good one. I think people might identify. But it all starts with knowing what the grievances are.

And so the Founding Fathers- what they did, that was a collective document and as it said at the top of the document, “€œThis is the unanimous Declaration of the 13 United States of America. Every single one of us and every single colony, we all see these 27 problems.”€ Now what would be the consensus today? What would be 27 things that every state in America would agree on?  Man that’s a little tough.

What Are the Resources We Have? What Can We Do?”€

So it starts with getting a base of knowledge. Let’s go back and just read the Declaration to see how many of those grievances are now back up today.

And then Allen asked, “€œWhat are the resources we have? What can we do?”€ Well, we can do exactly what he mentioned. We petition government for redress of grievances for several years. In the case of the early Americans, it was 11 years.  They were working within the system to try to get it changed. Now our case, we can keep working with a system for 50, 60, or 70 years as long as we’ve got the same Constitution. We’re not on the point of ever coming to where we’ll be on the outside and have to have a revolution unless our form government changes. And it won’t work with the same document. So, the next thing is we’ve got to get a higher level of involvement.

Evangelicals Broke Records And Turnout.

And I don’t just mean with presidential election where we had evangelicals broke records and turnout. Well, that’s good. Twenty six percent of the electorate was evangelical. But we still left about 30 million evangelicals not voting this time. So let’s see if we can get some of those people engaged in the process, not just voting, that’s easy stuff. What will you do now to keep up with the bills that will be introduced in Congress? Will you communicate with your legislators even once a month to say, “€œHere’s where I really want you to focus your attention.”€ Do we know what the grievances are doing? Do we know what the regulatory state is?

99% Of Federal Laws Today Are Made By People Who Are Not Elected By Any Person In The United States.

You know, one of the things that the Founders objected to was the lack of accountability to elected officials. We still got that. Ninety nine percent of federal laws today are made by people who are not elected by any person in the United States. They are the bureaucrats of the regulators. So let’s send a letter once a month to one of our congressmen saying, “€œWe’ve got to get these regulations knocked down.”€

Radically Change the Government.

Let’s send a letter once a month saying, “€œYou know what, we’re not a safe America if we don’t have a safe military.  And we can’t have a safe military if we don’t do some things to build it. And by the way, while we’re talking military, have you noticed that faith is under attack in the military? Now we know that the best solution for PTSD with all measurements done today is faith based programs. Why are you guys letting chaplains have their hands tied?”€

I mean, that kind of stuff will radically change the government, if we just do simple little things like that. If we’ll engage in what the Founders did in trying to communicate with our officials. And in this case, since they’re elected by us not appointed by the king, we got lots of options available to us.

Rick:

And when you say petition them, that’s even if that congressman has a position one way or the other on that issue. They still need to hear from you as what you are saying.

David:

Well, here’s the deal. The congressman is not the first one to see the letter. The staffers are.  The staffers see the letter first and then they take it and pull it.  And they’ll let the congressman see it. The staffers need to know that you’re really concerned about it.  The staffers are the ones that are the gatekeepers for the congressmen. They take all the information they say, “€œCongressman, here’s what you need to know.”€

And if they take information to say, “€œCongressmen, the people are really concerned about this issue,”€ then he’ll say, “€œOk, I’ve really got to deal with that.”€ Let”€™s say Rick you’re my legislator and I know you hate regulatory stuff. I don’t need to tell you about that. Yes I do. Because your staff needs to know that this is a big issue back home in the district. There’s a whole bunch of us that want that. And so even though I know you’re already for it, I want the system to recognize the fact that we think this is something that needs to be addressed.

Rick:

And they need to be reminded. It”€™s good for them to know that their position on that is right. You know and get that kind of that attitude of we’ve got their back. Back home in the district we’re trying to remind you this is a problem. Keep working on it.

One Thing Citizens Can Do:  Contact Congressmen

David:

That”€™s right. One of my really good friends was in Congress for a long time, great guy everybody would know him. He said, “€œYou know I never even hear from people less are mad at me.”€ And that was an unfortunate thing. He said, “€œI even know who elected me and and they guys who sent me here.  I never hear from them until they’re mad at me.”€

More Than 5-10,000 Pieces Of Legislation Introduced Every Session

And so he can do things right 95% of the time in some people’s eyes.  Which he probably actually did right 99% of the time and only heard from the one percent. And you really need that other support to say, “€œHey you know we elected you. This is still a really important thing back here in the district.  We really need you to do this.”€

And that helps keep them focused because when you get up there- and Rick you know how it was, I mean, as a state legislator. You looked at between five and ten thousand pieces of legislation introduced every session. And you’ve only got 140 days to deal with that. You know you get so easily distracted. And you get committee hearings and you get all these things you need to do.  And somebody is saying, “€œHey Rick don’t forget. Oh yeah, forgot about that.”€

Rick:

That’s right.

Republicans Have Control of the Presidency, House, and Senate

Davd:

It’s just the kind of thing that helped bring them back. So that’s one of the things that we as citizens can do. But it starts with- we really need to go back and identify some of the fundamental principles. And that’s the Declaration and what it does. I mean, look at those grievances. Once you get that, then you start talking with other citizens. You say, “€œHey, I’ve got 5 folks live around me. We’re all going to write a letter to our congressman on this issue.”€ or “€œYou know I’m going to get my civic club once a month to send a note about this to our congressman.”€

Whatever it is. That kind of stuff is such easy stuff to do. And it is such a good way to get it fixed. The one thing we’ll have to watch right now is now that Republicans have control of the Presidency, the House, and the Senate is going to be a little easier for them to show backbone. But that doesn’t mean that we go away. They’re going to have their 100 days agenda.

Rick:

All they need to hear from us even more.

David:

That”€™s exactly it.

We Have The Peaceable Means To Solve All These Problems

Rick:

And not just the legislative issues now. But like you said, making sure you’re educated. That you know what the principles are. That you recognize when those principles are being violated by the people in office. And Allen, in terms of your voice being heard, I mean, those people that are in office, they will listen. But you also need to let your voice be heard through citizen activities and state activities like a convention of states. Where it’s an opportunity for that avenue of relief to put the federal government back in its proper box.  

So there’s all kinds of things we can do. And David, like you said under our Constitution, man we have the peaceable means to solve all these problems.

The Thing That Will Destroy Us More Than Anything Else Is Our Own Activity

David:

Yeah we do. And you’re right it is the peaceable means.  We’re not, and under this Constitution, we will never come to a point where we have to have any other than peaceable means unless someone takes the Constitution completely away from us. The thing that will destroy us more than anything else is our own inactivity.   If only 1 out of 100 people contact their congressman that’s going to destroy us more than anything else.

Our Destruction Will Not Come From The Outside, But From The Inside

Every founder: George Washington, Sam Adams, all the way through Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, they all said our destruction our overthrow will not come from the outside, it will always be from the inside under this form of government. And that’s why citizens have to be involved. And Rick, all the stuff you just laid out, exactly is what every citizen needs to do.

And that’s part of our duty, by the way. It’s our duty to communicate with our legislators. Our duty to know what the issues are. That’s what every citizen should know. So pick up that word duty we used earlier and apply it now to talk to your legislators and leaders.

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Rick:

Well folks, one of the best ways to take what Hannah asked earlier in the program about what we can learn from the Founding Fathers, get that Founders Bible. It’s available on our website WallBuilders.com and you’ll literally be spoken to by the Founders all throughout. All the great stories that are inserted in there. It’s just a fantastic tool. So get the Founders Bible. You’ll learn more about those principles both Biblical and historical and then get active.

Make sure that you know the Constitution and that you’re letting your voice be heard just like Allen”€™s question was all about. These Foundations of Freedom Thursday programs are to help us get back to those principles. You can get more of them on our website at WallBuildersLive.com.

Outro:

Thomas Jefferson, “€œIn questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence in man that bind him down from mischief by the chains and the Constitution.”€