Governor Palin Used the Phrase, “Fundamentally Restore America,” Several Times on the First Leg of the ONE NATION Tour. What Does It Mean?
I am among the many contending for the restoration of Constitutional government, America and Liberty itself. Now Governor Palin, with her phrase, “fundamentally restore America,” declared direct opposition to the forces led by President Obama. Their purpose is, in Obama’s words, “to fundamentally transform America.” What do these words mean?
Fundamentally: (a top 10 MW dictionary lookup) the essence of; in the heart of
Transform: To change in condition, nature, character, to convert; to change into another substance—transmute
Restore: To reestablish or to bring back into an original condition.
Get it? Obama wants to change the very nature, character, and substance of America in her essence or her heart. But that change has been going on for generations. President Obama gave words to what he clearly sees as a transformational end to the process. Besides challenging President Obama directly, Governor Palin is agreeing America has drifted fundamentally away from her essence, her nature and her heart.
Let’s look at that fundamental American nature. The quickest way to summarize is through the words of Lincoln:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
This is the essence of America—this is her heart! Lincoln used his words precisely. He didn’t see the countries fathers as founders, he saw them as midwives. Jefferson’s words and Franklin and Adam’s political persuasion were the hot water and clean towels for the birth of the nation they were receiving. Wow! America is given by God. Her endowment—her DNA —is Liberty. Americans are not only equal before the Law, Americans are equal before the law.
The God of the Holy Bible who founded Israel for His purposes also founded America for His purposes. It is no accident America’s fathers; more than 90% committed Christians, sought two principal sources, the Holy Bible and John Locke who, himself, relied on the Bible. Though the New Testament (Christian) was central to governing their lives, it is the Old Testament (Hebrew) that gave them direction in forming the governments.
The obvious reference is Leviticus 25:10: Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof. —Engraved on the Liberty Bell. But let’s find that deeper essence—that DNA. Travel with me to the New Testament time of Jesus Christ—to Matthew 22:36-40:
“. . . Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said unto him, “`Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: `Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus did just what we, Christian or Jew must do; go the source —Scripture. The first great commandment is the heart of the Jewish (Hebrew) Shema Deuteronomy 6:5 and the second great commandment is Leviticus 19:18b. We cannot avoid this American essence. It is the very heart of what we are fundamentally restoring.
Jesus said the Law (God’s top 10) hangs on those two. But it is clear Americans have been led away from God’s top 10 which leads America, herself, away from her character. Let’s briefly examine two, Thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not covet. When “We the People” have the power, big government can only be built on a cultural shift towards covetousness and a willingness to justify “old Uncle Sam” taking our neighbors property for our benefit. Americans must see this for what it is —only “a trap for wild hogs.”
Those Americans who succumb to that “free Obama money” in the end trade away their character, their honor and their very souls. Those two great commandments are the ground we must stand on as we, standing between the “hogs and the trough,” fundamentally restore America.
There is no doubt; America is the fount of Liberty and human equality in the world. And there is no doubt; those committed to “fundamentally transform” America are committed to the opposite. In so many ways, we are far down that road. Today, let us pick up Governor Palin’s call to fundamentally restore America.