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Op-Ed: A Nation Must Know Its Founding Ethos

By • April 3, 2024

If you have ever felt small in the shadow of the administrative state, perhaps you asked yourself a fundamental question: “What is the purpose of government?”

The answer is found in one of the four “organic laws” of the United States codified by Volume 18 of the Revised Statutes of the United States as enacted by the 43rd Congress (A.D. 1873-1875) and published by the Government Printing Office in A.D. 1878; namely – The Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration is more than an historical document; it is codified law. It also spells out for us binding fundamental truths that define the context and perspective of our nation at inception and the corresponding fundamental purpose of the Republic that emerged.

The document declares: “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” Self-evident means that what follows (the truths) are not to be subjected to debate or further examination: “that all men are created.” This means that there is an architect, and we are His creation: “equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” This means that man did not give us our rights, but God did. Therefore, these rights cannot be separated from us: “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.”

So, we see here the fundamental purpose of government. It is not to make sure you wear your seat belt or to protect you from obesity by banning big gulps. The Declaration tells us the purpose of government is to secure God-given rights.

Attorney and 2004 presidential candidate, Michael Peroutka, of The Institute on the Constitution, calls this historical and legal perspective, “The American View.”

If we are to restore our Republic, we must center up on The American View again or else surrender to the final transformation of moral relativism and state worship.

In a healthy nation it would be inconsequential how vigorously atheists rail against The American View because they would have no traction. The only matter of relevance to an atheist’s challenge to the purpose of government would be his unalienable right to voice his wrong opinion (as measured by the organic law

John Adams said our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. Without a fixed standard to measure behavior by, we find ourselves adrift and rotting from within.

A restoration of our Republic cannot be done in the cultural vacuum of moral relativism promoted by the architects of the intolerant, Marxist, Godless, diversity movement that has rendered us rudderless and self-destructive.

Despite what you might have been taught in public school or heard in the media, “separation of church and state” is NOT in the Constitution. That phrase comes from a letter penned by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Church. What the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights does say is, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

The Constitution protects us from a theocracy, NOT from the moral compass of Christianity. The repeated and out of context references to Jefferson’s “separation of church and state” rather than Madison’s Constitution has confused us.

It is absurd for Barack Hussein Obama and his ilk to say we are not a Christian nation. Our federal buildings are replete with Biblical references, including the Supreme Court. Look up photojournalist Carrie Devorah’s, “God in the Temple of Government” for a snapshot of just some of the evidence.

Even though CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, et al., crop out these Bible inspired images when filming the Capitol or Supreme Court, these bold monuments stand to the naked eye as a testament from our forebears about the inextricable Christian values (mortar) that are the root of our legal and cultural compass.

Whether one is a Christian or not, in these times of deception and confusion we must center up on The American View if we are to find clarity about where we came from, who we are, what we stand for, and where we are headed.

This Op-Ed was submitted by Doug Traubel. Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

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6 thoughts on “Op-Ed: A Nation Must Know Its Founding Ethos

  1. The left uses the separation of church and state as a weapon to keep the Bible (the King James in particular) and Bible Believing Christianity out of the schools, and all other public institutions, while at the same time allowing programs (in different locations) involving the Roman Catholic Church, Islam, Judaism, the LDS church, and others including witchcraft (which is a religion) and now Satanic after school clubs. The major area of hostility has been, and still is towards any references to the Bible (unless given with a liberal interpretation) and “Born Again” Biblical Christianity is the #1 enemy to be silenced, slandered, infiltrated, weakened and destroyed at all costs.
    The purpose of the Baptist desire for the separation of church and state at our founding, was mainly due to the Roman Catholic Church domination in Europe for approximately 1,000 years over the people, until the King James Bible was published in 1611. After that the populace began to be Bible readers (much the same way the citizens of the USA were at our founding up until approx the end of the 1800s). Now the average American is Bible illiterate. There were many good Bibles before the KJB, all from the line of the Textus Receptus (including the Geneva Bible, the Wycliffe Bible, Luther’s Bible, etc) but they were all kept underground until King James commissioned the translation of the KJB, which was to be owned and read by the people themselves without the pope/bishop/priest getting in the way and killing anyone who owned one during their reign of terror called the inquisition. The Baptists and other Christian groups remembered all the abuses suffered under the RCC for so long that they wanted to insure the same thing couldn’t happen again (see the atrocities committed by the RCC during their bloody inquisition and read Foxes Book of Martyrs 1564 edition by John Foxe available online for free at biblebelievers dot com). The suffering included not being allowed to own or read a Bible (only the special classes of pope/cardinal/bishop/priest etc were allowed to do so, and interpret for the peasants- sounds kind of like what the “elites” would love to do today with social media and all other media outlets.
    The reason for the church and state during the last 50+ years has been mostly so the above history would not be taught. The powers that be don’t want the true history of the United States taught, the true struggle for freedom, so they whitewash the true character of the heroes they want us to have, men from the 1960s who were communists and scoundrels, and deceive the people into believing these men were about freedom. They twist everything the Bible teaches on the role of men and women in society and we see the fruits today. Todays men are marked with tattoos and think it’s cool to be a fornicator. The majority of women dress very immorally and in the name of “liberation” have taken on a feminist mentality. Even many of our so called conservative women.
    The Lord Jesus Christ (King Jesus) is coming soon to rule and reign the entire earth from Jerusalem for 1,000. He will first destroy the nwo and crush his enemies under his feet. He came the first time as a humble lamb to take away the sins of the earth. He will return the second time as a conquering King. This country is headed downward, unfortunately. I implore all to spend as much or more time seeking the Lord, as you do in trying to save the country. Read the Bible each day and seek the Lord. Become born again (John 3:3). God bless!

  2. Unfortunately all of the children born here are unaware that Europe has state imposed taxes to a specific religion. THAT is what the founders considered abhorrent. Hence the First Amendment prohibition against establishing a SPECIFIC religion and REQUIRING adherence to it and funding of it. Unfortunately our government is now forcing everyone to worship and fund Ishtar and Ashtaroth in the name of “tolerance” and the “enlightenment”. Oh how far we have fallen.

  3. THANK YOU, Doug Traubel for this excellent reminder. Sadly, probably most of our students in U.S. government schools do not know or understand this because history is not a big focus.

    Those who constantly beat the drum of “separation of church and state” MUST be made to understand the origin of that statement. It is always good to remind them of the truth.

    I find it amusing that those who deny the Christian influence in our society today are apparently blind to the FACT that there are murals of The Ten Commandments in many courthouses across the Nation. Additionally, most, if not ALL of the Ivy League universities were founded by Christian denominations. Christianity was a HUGE influence on our founding — however, thankfully the founders knew a Theocracy was BAD and put “NO RELIGIOUS TEST” in our Constitution, along with “no establishment of religion.”

  4. It is worth asking “Why was it necessary for the Declaration of Independence to be codified into federal statutes before it could ostensibly have the force of law?”

    It is because our form of government changed at the passage of the Civil War amendments (most notably, the 14th Amendment) in which the respective sovereign states (of both the North and the South) were subjugated to the martial law rule of an imperial national Congress.

    That change nullified the common law and the Statutes under the Continental Congress which ratified the “Statute of 1776” (i.e. the Declaration of Independence).

    It took time for this change to manifest itself in judicial decisions.

    John Whitehead of the Rutherford Foundation is a good source of legal scholarship on this question: i.e. The Separation Illusion and the Second American Revolution.

  5. Refreshing to see a candidate who knows our Constitutional roots. Thank you Mr. Traubel for having the courage to step up, I pray you win!!

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