Rediscovering and recovering lost and endangered American liberties by studying our Founders' ideas, contemporaries, and etymology – because our united States "…are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States…"
Creeping normality is a method of transformation defined by Wikipedia as:
…the way a major change can be accepted as the normal situation if it happens slowly, in unnoticed increments, when it would be regarded as objectionable if it took place in a single step or short period.
America became great, in my opinion, because of three things: faith, courage, and a love of freedom. The America that our Fathers settled and founded, however, doesn’t exist anymore – and it’s not because of Muslim terrorists, gay ‘marriage’, or Barack Obama. It’s because of a slow ‘death by a thousand cuts‘ – a gradual normalization of unconstitutional policies and precedents, and immoral laws – enabled, if not established, by ambitious politicians, rogue Supreme Court judges, a lackadaisical citizenry, and – most poignantly – eroded morals.
Many horrendous decisions that ignored the Constitution and led to a slow degradation of liberties were made by U.S. Presidents – Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, FDR, Johnson, Bush 43, and Obama have all made major transformational, unconstitutional contributions. Supreme Court judges have set aberrant precedents time and time again by misinterpreting the Constitution. We the people have left our precious experiment in the hands of largely unbridled public officials so we didn’t have to bother protecting and maintaining our own liberties – we’ve relinquished our greatest responsibility by allowing professional politicians to perform our duties in our stead.
Most importantly of all, though – and I believe this is at the root of most, if not all, of America’s problems – we’ve grown cocky and have completely forgotten how God’s hand of grace guided our founding and survival as a free nation. As we’ve grown proud, we’ve lost our moral center and the respect for God’s laws we once had. I think John Adams forewarned of our present situation perfectly:
But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is [sic] practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine [the violent seizure of someone’s property] and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.1
Adams saw clearly that at which time America threw off the restraints of religion and morality, she would devolve into a most disagreeable place to live, and the Constitution would cease to be effective.
The transformation of America has been gradual – but undeniable.
Is it too late to turn back? I think our Founders would give a resounding ‘NO!’ They would insist that the biblical promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 still stands:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I believe Patrick Henry’s words, from his ‘Give me Liberty or Give me Death’ speech still apply, even to our plight today. We can read them today as if he is urging us not to give up fighting to return America to her founding values and principles:
If we wish to be free – if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending – if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!2