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Renewing National Unity By Restoring Reliance On Providence

by Oletta Branstiter

What happened To National Unity?

Remember how united we were after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001? What happened? In sixteen short years – less than a generation – we’ve lost our fundamental fellowship.

The first blow to our unity in the aftermath of this tragedy was the administration of Barrack Hussein Obama. He spent too much time and effort sowing and nurturing seeds of racial division. His negative pronouncements denied the very cultural achievements that procured the election of a President with African-American heritage.

As a result of eight years of this animosity, voters reacted viscerally instead of intellectually and elected a narcissistic, ego-driven, Constitutionally-illiterate, amoral, populist demagogue. President Trump has fomented virulent division among our citizens from the beginning of his candidacy. His baseless and personal attacks on other candidates, media representatives, and private citizens demonstrated a dangerous lack of virtue and self-control.

By falsely claiming to represent Republicans, Donald Trump alienated his fellow Progressives and principled Conservatives alike. The GOP may be hopelessly fractured by the election of a representative who defies traditional Republican principles. His recent divisive declarations upon NFL players who protest the National Anthem has estranged Americans culturally as well as politically.

How do we restore Unity?

How do we restore unity in such a vitriolic atmosphere?

As described in Restoring Unity Through Patriotism, the rights to Life, Liberty, and Property (Pursuit of Happiness) should be considered the first touchstones of our unity as United States citizens. They are unalienable – endowed by our Creator. In other words, they are not earned or bestowed upon us by some benevolent terrestrial authority. We are born with them.

The very fact that our nation is founded on the principle of unalienable rights is a limitation on government power. Or it should be.

Unfortunately, too many citizens have forgotten the value of these founding principles. We’ve traded them for cheap substitutes like convenience, false security, and leisure. In the process, we’ve freely sacrificed the morality, independence, and dignity of our inherent sovereignty born in creatures made in God’s image.

Accepting responsibility

Our Republic does not demand religious faith. It does require the agreement of every citizen that the freedoms we enjoy are only guaranteed by an acknowledgment that our nation was founded on the belief in a Higher Power. Without this acknowledgment, our unalienable rights are in jeopardy.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inedequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

Morality is a prerequisite for a Republic. 

By denying the right to Life of pre-born humans, we sacrifice fundamental morality. By compromising our Liberty to laws that provide false security, we relinquish our inherent independence. By forfeiting our motivation to acquire and keep Property through our own labor, we give away our dignity.

Our individual identities and corporate moral standards depend on the acknowledgment that our Republic is founded upon Divine Providence. For if we do not define human nature as being made in the image of a sovereign entity, we cannot claim our own divine right to individual sovereignty as We the People who restrain the abusive power of unlimited government.

“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” – John Philpot Curran

Those who would rule over us will claim authority that we will have willingly relinquished to our earthly tyrants.

If we are to restore unity under the principle of true independence, we do well to remember the declaration of our forefathers, who proclaimed the sovereignty of our nation and its people, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”



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