Let me begin by saying that nothing I
say here is original. All of it has been said previously and
better by others.
What do we Americans stand for?
We should stand for what our founding fathers stood for.
THE NATURE OF AMERICA
In 1607, the first settlers landed at
Virginia Beach/Jamestown in Virginia. After landing on the beach
they celebrated Holy Communion. They wanted the new land of
America to become a nation that honored Biblical laws,
principles and practices.
Thirteen years later in November 1620, the Pilgrims landed in
Massachusetts. Before they landed they drafted up and signed the
Mayflower Compact, the first instrument of American government
written on these shores.
It says that they came to and settled
the Massachusetts' Colony, "For the Glory of God and the
advancement of the Christian faith." That was their vision for
You see, historically we are a nation settled by Christians who
based the founding of our government and society on fixed moral
standards established by biblical laws and principles.
But, "Whose morality, yours or mine?
Isn’t what seems moral to some immoral to others?”
No, in American society today there are
still universal rights and wrongs. For example, murder is wrong.
Adultery is wrong. Stealing is wrong. Lying is wrong, and
dishonoring your mother and father is wrong.
Yes, American society has changed since
our republic was first established. But its historic foundation
and its historic moral principles have not changed.
The U.S. Constitution prohibits the
federal government from establishing a state religion or
adopting a national church denomination. It effectively erects a
wall of separation between denominational churches and the
state. However, it does not erect a wall of separation between
Almighty God, the Bible and the state. Rather, it acknowledges
the role of God in government and men’s affairs. That is why the
U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong when it ruled that God should be
excluded from all governmental affairs.
In 1787 during the Constitutional
Convention Benjamin Franklin, who historically has never been
accused of being a Christian, rose to his feet and said, “I have
lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more
convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the
affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground
without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise
without His aid?”
Franklin gave God his due. He then
proposed that each session of the U.S. Congress begin with
prayer to Almighty God for divine direction and blessing. His
proposal was adopted unanimously and since that day every
session of Congress has begun with prayer. Those are the facts
of American history. They show that Franklin was right and the
Supreme Court was wrong.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ‘08
The upcoming presidential election is
If Senator Hillary Clinton becomes President,
what kind of a country will she leave to our children?
If Senator Obama is elected, what kind of
country will our children's children inherit?
If Senator McCain becomes President, what
kind of a country will he pass on?
Will these three:
- Leave us an America that is
flooded by illegal immigrants?
- Will English no longer be the
- Will Islamic law replace our
- Will our nation be susceptible to
extortion by oil producing nations, or will we be energy
- Will children be killed within the
sanctity and security of their mothers' wombs?
- Will we have a President who
cannot be trusted to perform the duties of Commander In
- Will the homosexual life style be
forced on our children in the nation's public schools?
- What kind of Supreme Court
Justices will be appointed?
As I look to the future, here are the
issues that capture my attention:
What will be the nature of American civilization?
- How will we address energy, food
and the environment?
- How can we strengthen the economy?
- Can our borders be secured and
illegal immigration be stopped?
- What is the solution to the
- How should we deal with Islamic
- How can individual property rights
best be protected?
- What must we do to restore the
rule of law?
I’M ONLY GOING TO TOUCH ON FOUR
OF THESE ISSUES:
2. The economy
3. Islamic terrorism
4. Border security
Fixing our nation's problems is not
hard to do, if we pray and trust God to lead us. My guiding
principle is that there are no problems on earth that, with
God’s help, cannot be solved.
The American people are not stupid.
Given honest, unvarnished facts, they will come to right
conclusions and make right choices. They respect nature
and want to pass on a clean environment to our children, but
they also understand that we need energy to survive. For
example, the citizens of Oklahoma City have chosen to allow oil
rigs to pump oil right in the middle of their delightful city.
So why are we whining about offending the esthetic sensitivities
of the caribou if we pump oil in ANWR, Alaska?
The environment was created to serve
man. Man was not created to serve the environment. America's
primary goal for the next quarter of a century should not be to
establish a crash program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
even though that is important. America's primary goal should be
to make the United States energy independent and to free us from
energy extortion by foreign oil producing nations.
Additionally, we have enough coal to
meet our energy requirements for hundreds of years to come.
Shouldn't we proactively search out new coal technology and
maximize the use of clean coal?
Under the ground on and off shore we
have sufficient oil to satisfy our national needs. We need to
drill and take it out and sell it on the American market at
American, not world, prices. That’s what the OPEC nations
do. According to CNN gas is now selling for 45 cents a gallon in
80% of France's electrical power and
50% of Sweden's is provided by nuclear energy. Only 20% of our
needs are provided by nuclear energy. We need to double or
triple our nuclear power capacity.
We learned from the nuclear incident at
Three Mile Island that nuclear power is safe. Faced with an
emergency the Three Mile Island reactor shut itself down with no
damage to the local community and no loss of life. Contrary to
what the news media reported, it is one of the great success
stories of the 20th Century.
Many countries have suffered food
shortages so severe that their populations have rioted. If the
world suffers a serious drought, food will become even scarcer
and the costs will skyrocket to meet the demand. As the threat
of famine becomes an increasing issue around the world, does it
make sense to continue diverting farmland into the production of
ethanol grain for fuel? Moreover, should we be subsidizing this
practice with tax dollars?
The second issue I want to touch on is
the economy. Even though I studied economics in college, I
really learned my economics from my mother. Here's what she
If a household, or the federal
government, spends more money than it takes in, it is forced to
borrow. What it borrows it has to pay back with interest. If it
can't pay back on time, it is forced to borrow more or default
on its debts.
That is why -- within reason -- the
budget should be balanced and we should get ourselves and the
nation out of debt. Additionally we should reduce taxes
and keep inflation and the size of government low; we should use
middle class tax cuts to help restore the purchasing power of
American families, and deregulate small business; we should keep
foreign trade and current accounts balanced; and we should
encourage free trade, but not be a patsy in dealing with trading
partners who take unfair advantage of us.
(3) ISLAM AND TERRORISTS
After the first Gulf War an Arab
General said, "No matter how much you help us and no matter how
desperately we may need your help when we are in trouble, there
can never be a marriage between us, not even a romance. In the
end, you Christians will always be infidels to us Muslims."
This helps explain why we saw joyful
crowds of Muslims pouring into the streets to celebrate the
terrorists' killing of innocent Americans on 9/11 and what
seemed a deafening silence from Muslim political leaders and
clerics concerning this catastrophic event. Where was the
outrage; where was the condemnation in this and other atrocities
such as the beheading of newspaper reporter Daniel Pearl?
One of Islam's greatest disappointments
is the failure of its political and clerical leaders to stand up
for what's right and to oppose and condemn the evil and
wickedness that flourishes in Islamic societies. Arab/Muslim
culture and civilization has failed its people even though the
United States, at great cost, strives to prop these nations up
and breathe democracy into their medieval systems and
Yet the Islamic religion has become so
politicized that it is almost impossible for Muslims to live in
peace with people of other cultures and religious persuasions.
Many seem to believe that they must either destroy the other
cultures and religions or they themselves will be destroyed.
Worldwide wherever there is a political border between a Muslim
and a non-Muslim country, there is tension and the threat of
Some Muslims thrive in our nation of
freedom and opportunity and appreciate all that is offered to
them as citizens. Others say in news media interviews that if
the U.S. goes to war with a Muslim nation, they will refuse to
fight for America. Obviously the loyalty of those is to the
Muslim religion, not to America. Any who feel that way should be
invited to leave America and go back to the tyranny of their
Islamic homelands. They will never become true Americans.
Islamic terrorists and the nations that
support them are not interested in political solutions.
Therefore, we in America must do all in our power to stand up to
the threat they pose—if necessary with brute force. It is naïve
to think that disagreements with these tyrants can be overcome
merely by negotiations or diplomacy. If we want to secure a
bright future for our nation, we must be brave, bold and
determined and not surrender one inch to those who would seek
(4) BORDER SECURITY
The last issue I want to touch on is
border security. No country will survive if it cannot
control its borders and we seem unable to secure our southern
border. But securing the border is quite simple if the nation's
leaders have the will to do it.
For example: when the residents of Berlin went to sleep on the
night of August 13, 1961, all was quiet. They woke up in the
morning to find that over night the Russians had erected a
63-mile concertina barbed wire barricade through the middle of
the city. Behind the wire were Russian infantrymen. Two days
later the first concrete blocks of the Berlin Wall were laid. In
just a few months the 11.8-foot high wall was completed.
This is how fast a border can be
secured if a government has the will to do it. Of course our
southern wall will be of a different design and hundreds of
miles longer than the Berlin Wall. But if we really want to do
it, it can be secured quickly and we can deny terrorists and
drug smugglers access to our country.
In closing let me suggest that we
Americans should not lightly turn over our civil government to
those who do not share the principles, values and character of
Today we are involved in an important
presidential election. What prominent national Christian leader
or group of leaders has presented a list of names to the public
and said, "Any of these would be acceptable to us as the
Democrat or Republican candidate for President or Vice
President, and we would fully support their campaigns and work
for their elections?" No, we politely stood aside and allowed
others to select the candidates, and then we carped about
whether or not we found them acceptable. This is not the best
way to participate in or to influence the electoral process.
Our founding fathers, the Pilgrims,
when signing the Mayflower Compact proclaimed that they came to
plant a colony in Massachusetts for the "Glory of God and the
advancement of the Christian faith."
Yes, things have changed since the
Pilgrims landed and our land has become the home of people from
many faiths and backgrounds. But America's historic foundations
remain the same—rooted in the biblical laws, principles, values
and the practices of our founding fathers.