In the Lone Ranger television series that ran from 1949 to 1957, the Lone Ranger had an Indian sidekick named Tonto. The joke of the day was when the two were surrounded by hostile Indian warriors the Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said, “What are we going to do now?” To which Tonto replied, “What do you mean we, kemosabi?”
Last week while in the 99.6% Muslim nation of Turkey, President Barack Obama made the widely controversial and highly offensive (to some) statement that, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” To which many in the United States have retorted, “What do you mean we?”
If by “we” he means the Founding Fathers of this great nation who served at the Constitutional Convention and of whom 51 of 55 were devout Christians, then Mr. Obama would be dead wrong. One of them, James Madison, noted in history as the “Father of the Constitution“, stated, “We’ve staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us . . . to Govern ourselves according to the commandments of God. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”
If by “we” President Obama meant the millions of school children across the United States who still recite the Pledge of Allegiance to “one nation under God”, then he is also mistaken.
If by “we” he means the tens of millions of Americans who attend Christian churches on Sunday throughout the country, then, again he would be dead wrong.
If by “we” he means the tens of millions in America, both Christian and non-Christian who celebrate both Christmas and Easter every year in this great land, then he is not speaking for the wide majority of Americans.
And, if by “we” he means the entire populace of America who handle U.S. currency, every piece of which is stamped “In God We Trust”, then he has certainly misstepped and misrepresented the people of the United States of America and their undeniable Christian history.
Perhaps, like most Americans, Mr. Obama has also had his knowledge of American history “dumbed down” through secular education or an Ivy League law degree. If he is going to speak for the majority of Americans and flaunt the Constitution and its founders, he would do well to re-acquaint himself with (or perhaps discover for the first time) the finer points of this great founding document and the Christian minds that conceived and developed it. It is unique to the world. There will never be another such foundational document like it.
This nation was not founded by Muslims or Hindus; nor founded on the principles and values espoused in the Qur’an or any other holy book, nor upon the godless values of atheists, but upon Judeo-Christian principles, laws and values that can only be found in the Bible.
“Statesman, my dear Sir,” Founding Father and second president of the United States, John Adams, admonished, “may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure, than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.”