September 2, 2020
Accurately archiving our history is not only important for highlighting the good, but is also beneficial for future generations so they can avoid the bad. Some historians do an injustice by skewing the facts in order to fulfill their own agenda or, quite possibly, to avoid the ugly truth about some of our past. This brings up two main points. One, fact-checking is always necessary and two, even the bad stuff is important to know about so we can learn from our mistakes. Getting as close to the source as possible is crucial to passing along honest information, especially in this age of rapid-fire, ’round the clock news coverage. As the old saying goes, the truth shall set you free.
So, for today’s message, I thought I’d go back to the very beginning of our founding and give you a glimpse into the heart of one of our founders. If ever there was a doubt as to what type of people our founders were and what kind of government they wanted, you can easily find it in the writings of those who were there. It is obvious they were focused on Liberty and strongly believed that, as a gift from heaven above, it is the duty of every generation of Americans to protect Liberty at all costs. There’s no better source than the written words of those who were part of that history.
Here’s a transcript straight from the first inaugural address by our first president under the U.S. Constitution.
I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. – George Washington in inaugural address 1789
I think it’s pretty cool to go back into the minds of those who lived at such a time. George Washington clearly understood his unique and historic role, and even better, the role of our newly formed government. Thanks to people like him, that holy flame, that sacred fire of Liberty still has a chance!