A message from the Founding Fathers

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I’m reading a book, “The Founders’ Address to a Nation in Crisis” by Steven Rabb, for the second time.

The premise of Rabb’s book, written in 2020, is that our founding fathers have returned to offer guidance and counsel to the America of today. Rabb uses historical words to provide what the Founders’ views might be on modern issues. From religious freedom to free speech, from the rule of law to the threat of authoritarianism, Rabb weaves a tapestry of the founders’ own words into a powerful speech to America.

Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and others of their day showed genius, but realistically they could not anticipate all American needs, all potential problems, or the impacts of time and technology. But their ingenuity, passion for democracy, foresight and love of country formed a republic that became an inspiration to the rest of the world.

James Madison said, “…on this great republican principle, that the people shall have virtue and understanding to choose men of virtue and wisdom.” Is there no virtue among us? If there is none, we are in a miserable situation. No theoretical control – no form of government can keep us safe.

How is it 230 years later? Yes, the framers of our Constitution were flawed men, who owned slaves and could not agree on the rights of women. They created an imperfect set of rules by which to govern, but they also had the vision to allow, and even encourage, changes to those rules. They moved on and hoped the country would too.

While Babb’s concept that founders provide guidance today is thought-provoking, I find it equally interesting to see the quality of their leadership versus what is provided today.

Our current president has just bowed to the extreme left of his party to cancel student loans. This is a dangerous precedent that has enormous potential for abuse. I noted it in a May 7 column; he apparently missed that one.

Many consider student loan forgiveness to be grossly unfair to responsible students who have already paid off college debt and to those who never had the opportunity to go to college because they couldn’t afford it. allow. What about your mortgage or car loan? When do we get help for these?

After passing a bill in August that could reduce the deficit a bit, we are creating ways to give more free money. America is over $31 trillion in debt; when do we start acting like this?

How about a look at a 2022 candidate for Congress? Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker has publicly condemned absentee fathers and touted his relationship with his son in campaign speeches. “If you have a child, hug them every day,” Walker said. But Walker has three other children he failed to mention, was sued for child support and had a protective order filed by his first wife, who said he threatened to ‘blow up’ his wife. “brain”.

Walker is presumed innocent, but following the passage of the Cut Inflation Act, which sets aside funds to fight climate change, Walker observed that “[A] a lot of money goes to trees. Don’t we have enough trees around here?” This guy is running for the US Senate; and the polls show him leading.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, when asked about state laws prohibiting abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, said: “Let’s be very clear: rape is a crime, and Texas will work without release to make sure we get all rapists off the streets of Texas.”

We hope Abbott shares his magical solution soon, since Texas is #1 in the nation for crimes of rape. These are our current leaders.

John Adams wrote: “A constitution of government once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Freedom, once lost, is lost forever.” They communicated with such eloquence and precision.

It is less today. Try to imagine our first president making the statement that our 45th president made to his vice president in 2021, “Mike, I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.” Really ? Maybe if Washington was second rated.

— Curt MacRae is a resident of Coldwater and writes columns every month. Columns are tweeted (@curtmacrae). Send your comments to [email protected]

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