America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
Alexis de Tocqueville - American Exceptionalism - Goodness
I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.
The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.
Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts-the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.
They brought with them...a form of Christianity, which I cannot better describe, than by styling it a democratic and republican religion... .From the earliest settlement of the emigrants, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved.
Alexis de Tocqueville is very astute but he did not know the American Reformation leading to our Revolution; mislabeled a general Spiritual Awakening, was a rejection of the European religious strife in favor or productive purpose, service and Justice. Nor would he know Rabbi Seixas and his congregation were an integral part of the American Reformation.
Norris, Someone just sent me a link for a YouTube video about the dangers of E15 gasoline. I'll try posting a link, but if it doesn't work, the video shouldn't be hard to find. It is an eye-opener. For example, 10 major auto manufacturers are warning that use of it will void the factory warranty.
" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceW9Nc1hVHU&feature=youtube_gdata_player "
New Living Translation
But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."
The nature of acceptance/consent to our God, who surpasses human understanding is beyond our reason. Yet our nature drives us to come to one set of uniform mechanism of acceptance/Consent to Christ. When the only significant issue is acceptance/consent as an individual choice.
So not surprisingly all this philosophy stuff is an absolute waste of time for the average American of a sound Reformist faith. A common sense which gets on with striving to be a better productive person.
Some one does need to hang back and try to help the primitive heathens of the Progressive religion. Not only are they kept ignorant but angry by their secular gods. Their condition serves the purpose of a will which is not their own. Which is why all is determinate in the flat, dim and cold Progressive world where Jon Stewart is the 2/3 media god of the cave in the mound of political religion.