Our Character; Our National Character

Many are questioning Chief Justice John Roberts Character after reading his majority opinion in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (Obamacare). They are right. It took a deficiency in character to actually take unto himself the power to rewrite a law. But, defending himself, Chief Justice Roberts pointed out that “We the People” are the ones who bear the responsibility. Paraphrasing, he said we voted for members of the political branches that said they would fundamentally transform America and when they did we expected him (the court) to bail us out.

He is right. At the same time that  we in America have the finest military force in all of history, we have become soft and irresponsible as a people. We do not just have a deficit in character in places like Hollywood, New York and elsewhere fill our screens and our music with trash and lies, we buy that trash as accept those lies. We have too often filled our State and Federal legislatures with representatives of low character on the promise of somehow getting something for nothing. We have allowed schools to debase our heritage and help degrade our culture and too often we live our lives without real purpose. Chief Justice Roberts is right. It is time. We must show the character America needs and we must step forward now.

We think, talk and write about the federal budget deficit, budget deficits in several States—deficits here and there—deficits everywhere. The truth is we have spent a generation or more expecting everything to be perfect, comfortable and easy. But shortsightedly we were not willing to see the looming challenge that is now upon us. We were not willing or ready to anticipate the hard work and character that would be required of us. But countries, like people, do not grow on the mountaintops they grow in the valleys. We are in a valley. It is going to be tough and hard but it is the environment for that can produce the growth America needs now.

I speak as one who found a deficit in my own integrity; my own character some 25 years ago. Through prayer, determination and God’s grace, I worked on my integrity (say and do the same) day by day. Could years of living with integrity actually build character? Yes, it works that way. I corrected my integrity and have been adding to my character for many years.

There are many who have a similar story. They have been prepared for this present darkness.  I expect you are one—a man or woman of character. But how did you get it and how did you build it up? I submit it is from living in your faith—especially time in prayer. As “We the People” restore America, we face, and will continue to face, fierce opposition. If I am right, we need (and will continue to need) to feed our character through regular, personal, intimate prayer.

You can now see people in your own family, living or dead, have deposited character —some more than others. It’s the same with people in your community. This is profound. It means we have George Washington’s Character. It means we have Adam’s, Jefferson’s, Franklin’s and Lincoln’s character with us as well. We have Billy Graham’s character and John Paul II’s. Don’t forget Edison and Einstein. And above all, we can and will not forget the character of those who have fought for Liberty from the Shores of Tripoli to the mountains of Afghanistan.

Now it is time to reclaim our national character. The Liberty List is a way to locate and support men and women of character who are willing to fight and win tough campaigns and then join the likes of Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann and Paul Ryan in the very hard work of restoring our government, our Constitution and our National Character.

Most who come to this work are solid authorities on the principles we need. We only need to recount those core national principles here. Surely anyone who may need to brush up on one or two will act and “get ‘er done.”

Our Guiding National Principals

We are all created equal—equal in the eyes and the Judgment of God. That equality is not to be infringed on by the governments of men. Therefore, we are and should be equal before the law. The current false doctrine of kings (government) that give more equality to favored identity groups is not new but ancient.

The fundamentals for our principles are in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for the United States of America.

  1. We are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights (among these are life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). Enumerated or not, this is the only source of rights. Let us be as clear as Jefferson, “The God that gave us life, gave us liberty,” and every other Natural Right specifically including traditional marriage. Governments take rights—they cannot give them. Period. Did Rousseau declare, “Whoever refuses to obey will be forced to be free.”? Yes, I think he did. Now, there’s a hard one for Mr. Obama to top!
  2. We the People, in order to enjoy specific benefits of order, consistency, safety, and security, grant governments certain carefully restricted powers. Senator Obama was correct, the Constitution of the United States of America is a negative document. The Bill of Rights does not grant rights to We the People, it places them off limits to restrictions by Congress, i.e. “Congress shall make no law . . .” “Congress shall make no law . . .”

These are the principles that will guide the selection and election of the 2012 Liberty List:

  1. God given Liberty
  2. Equality before the law
  3. Natural rights
  4. Consent of the Governed
  5. Religious Freedom
  6. Private Property
  7. The Rule of Law
  8. Constitutionalism
  9. Self-Government
  10. Independence.

About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson: a mature Christian who understands the sweep of history, the unique role of America and these times clearly and precisely.
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