Ray Rooney, Jr.: Our Sacred Honor?
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:28 PM

We are ruined as a nation barring Divine intervention.  As we have seen with virtually any government entitlement program (welfare, social security, food stamps, etc.) once people get used to getting handouts you can forget about them ever (willingly) going back to hard work.  It ain’t happening and there is no going back.  It’s gotten so bad that now even foreigners think they have a right to enter this country whenever they please, as they please, to do as they please.  And here is the kicker…I should not only agree to it but actually foot the bill for their lodging, food, medicine, insurance, education and anything else they think they have a right to.  As if on cue Nancy Pelosi goes to the southern border declaring to all the illegals “We are all Americans.” 

Everyone with even a modicum of common sense and knowledge knows that its all happening for one reason and only one reason: so that Democrats can garner and retain political power.  It simply blows my mind that there doesn’t seem to be an ounce of true patriotism on the Left in Washington D.C. today.  Only a tiny handful of politicians are speaking the patriot’s voice of opportunity (not entitlement), limited government, and personal responsibility.  They are Tea Partyers and though I fully support their stand I know they are doomed to failure.  Why?  Take a look at what happened in my home state of Mississippi recently.  Tea Party conservative Chris McDaniel beat incumbent Senator Thad Cochran in the primary.  In the runoff (though he got more votes McDaniel didn’t cross the 50% threshold) the Cochran camp enticed liberal democrats to vote for him (because he would bring more money to them than McDaniel) and voila: Cochran goes from losing the primary by nearly two thousand votes to winning the runoff by nearly eight thousand votes.  The magic formula for success?  Keep promising people on the public dole that if elected their freebies will continue.  Doomed.

If what it takes to get elected today is promising to give people what they didn’t work for and don’t deserve there is no hope for America.  The words of Democratic President John F. Kennedy are falling on deaf ears in his own party today: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  There is no call from Democrats today for any kind of personal sacrifice.  We have become a “what’s in it for me?” nation and there is little, if any, concern about where we will end up if we continue down the narcissism trail. 

Today, I printed out a copy of the Declaration of Independence since we are so close to the fourth of July.  Here are a few things that struck me.  In the second paragraph you find this: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  The key word there is “consent.”  Liberal activist judges are wreaking havoc on America by overturning the consent of the governed in almost every state where people have voted to uphold traditional marriage.  Without the consent of the governed gay marriage is being foisted on the nation.  Also, just this week the Supreme Court backhanded the President again for taking authority that doesn’t belong to him (recess appointments this time).  The people “consented” to the Constitution.  This President scorns that consent (that is a fair statement since he claims he is a Constitutional scholar and was a Constitutional Law professor).  Within days of being humiliated by the Supremes he comes right back to say that he will bypass Congress once again on the immigration issue.  We are no longer being governed by our consent. 

Try looking at the first the first two grievances against the King of England our founders listed:

He has refused to Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

That first one sure sounds familiar.  Hasn’t our sitting President told his Justice Department NOT to enforce laws like DOMA and immigration?  And haven’t the governed determined that those laws the President has decided not to enforce are “necessary for the public good?”  That second one sure does remind me of Executive shenanigans surrounding Obamacare.  Perhaps the line in the Declaration that strikes a most familiar chord with me is this description of the English King: “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”  Sounds right to me.  And familiar.

Perhaps what is really wrong with America today is best expressed in the very last sentence of our Declaration of Independence:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

How many in our nation’s Capitol are not only not relying of God but are actively working to rid the country of any mention of Him?  Most importantly, though, is the obvious lack of any desire by the citizens of this country to do anything for the good of all that even hints at any risk of life or fortune.  If there is even a whiff of personal sacrifice in the air no politician has a chance of guiding this country back in the right direction.  And if that is the case, corporately, we have lost “our sacred Honor.”

Ray Rooney, Jr.