When one ponders the moral values underpinning the worldview of “progressives” over/against conservatives, one is left with the understanding that the “‘progressive’ movement” is anything but.
Whether or not one identifying oneself as “conservative” also specifically sees oneself as being a “religious” person, American conservatism’s ideological roots are firmly intertwined with Judeo-Christian values.
The men we refer to as the “founding fathers,” while divided to a degree by their own respective political philosophies, were united in the overall principles espoused by the Holy Scriptures and from this unity sprang the system of government directing the greatest nation, the most generous sovereignty, the world has ever known.
Not that America is, or has been, without its various faults, we’ve certainly had our share. That is to say, in the broadest aspect, we’re squarely under the dominion of the Almighty, yet we’re also governed in a practical manner by men and women, who like any human beings are fraught with frailties and flaws which beset mankind as a whole.
This given, it is remarkable to behold the level of goodness and charity Americans consistently display to others, a reality which strongly underscore the understanding that we are first duty bound to God.
This short series of features is intended to briefly proffer certain truths about these matters, but also to raise more questions than the answers it shall provide. For when one’s curiosity is aroused, one will explore these subjects on one’s own, which is the grander purpose here.
Exhibit “A” – Thomas Jefferson
From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, two men largely construed as being diametrically segregated by ideology, the framers understood these first principles which were essential in making America a shining example of freedom and assiduity before our Creator.
Progressives are quick to note that Jefferson was NOT a Christian and basically, by definition, and judging from his personal writings, they may be correct. However our second president was also NOT a rabid liberal deist as they insist either.
Jefferson made his views very clear when he stated, “I have always said, always will say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens.”
And as one may or may not be aware Jefferson, as the first president of the Washington D.C. public school system proscribed Watts Hymnal and the Bible as reading texts for the districts’ student body.
Here is where examples of the liberal permutation of both history and reality combine with the intent of undermining such straightforward statements begin to arise. Whenever conservative, “Christian” evidence is offered, revisionists tell us that it is either insufficient or understood out of context, never offering an alternative context that makes any sense.
Take for instance the argument of this liberal blogger who seeks to rewrite history with mere pretension by proposing that Jefferson didn’t mean a word of the above encapsulated statement and further disregards such evidence as the numerous documents, which can still be viewed, where Jefferson dated them with the phrase “in the year of Lord…” clearly a Christian annotation.
The blogger’s counter claim is basically that during his school board presidency tenure, Jefferson also (may or may not have directly) proposed:
…poor children shall be taught reading, writing, grammar, arithmetic, and such branches of the mathematics as may qualify them for the professions they are intended to follow, and they shall receive such other instruction as is given to pay pupils, …besides be instructed in geography and in the Latin language.
For clarification sake, it is understood that in the Jeffersonian era, primary education came by home schooling – which was immensely prevalent and quite practical logistically speaking – church sponsored schools, or tuition schools prior to tax-supported public schools, which even at their inception were not on the same level as parochial or privately funded schools.
“As you can see,” the blogger continues, “there is nothing in this plan that mentions religious education or the use of the Bible in reading instruction.”
Although it’s true there’s no written mention of which texts actually were distributed in the school system, we know from other historical sources that the Bible and Watts Hymnal were used for that very purpose, affirming Jefferson’s clearly expressed sentiment on the matter.
The liberal argument is one from deafening silence at best.
When one steps back and considers Thomas Jefferson’s legacy in its totality, while he was an enigmatic individual to be sure, he simply cannot be classified as a “liberal,” at least not by today’s definition of the word.
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