Grassroots Commentary

My Dream: Restoring America's Heritage of Freedom

Trey Mays · Aug. 30, 2013

On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream…” speech, we celebrate the long strides that our great nation has made in seeing each other based on the content of our character and not on the color of our skin. Although we are still fallible human beings who make mistakes and we still have race-baiters in the self-appointed black community leaders, we Americans have come a long way in recognizing each other’s civil rights and freedoms.

The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement were major moments in American history where we as a country were finally starting to view every Individual the way the Founding Fathers stated it in the Declaration of Independence. They declared that, “all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Where the Civil Rights movement was America recognizing that every Individual, regardless of the color of our skin, was created equal, I have a Dream where America’s heritage of Freedom and Natural Rights are restored. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Secular-Progressives have eroded away at our God-given natural rights by destroying the four pillars of a self-governing and flourishing free society. Our heritage of freedom is grounded on the four pillars of Faith, Liberty, Constitutionalism, and Prudence.

The foundation of America’s free society was the firm reliance and Faith in Providence. Our Founding Fathers recognized that there was a natural law who gave every Individual natural rights that no civil government could take away. It is on that foundation of faith in Providence, that we, as Americans, must put our Trust if we are to restore our exceptional nation back to the Constitutional Republic of her beginning. We must restore the Religious Rights and Liberties of all Americans to speak, express, and exercise their faith in public and private without government interference.

Liberty in our daily personal and economic lives from government interference is the engine that allows Americans to pursue happiness with the hope of thriving in a free and open society. Without the pillar of liberty, we cease to be a free society with a government owning and controlling how we live our lives. If our Liberty is perceived as taken away by the government, the civil rights that those Americans in the 1960’s marched for will be for naught. Individual and economic liberties are the keys to a flourishing self-governing free society.

Constitutionalism is the backbone to our system of government that allows we, the People, to have more control over what our government does and does not do. Grounded on the rule of law and independent judiciary, constitutionalism limits the powers of a central government to only a few necessary functions. Limited government strengthens individual liberty and economic freedom, which places more power and control in the Individual’s hands to self-govern themselves and contribute to a flourishing civil society. Our Founding Fathers build a voluntary civil society that built a small civil government to handle the few issues that are too big for an Individual to handle on their own.

Prudence is the pillar of freedom that built America into the independent and sovereign nation that we see today. The Secular-Progressives internationalism has destroyed our independence and strength throughout the world. We must restore the Founding Fathers’ prudent foreign policy of seeking peace, commerce, and honest friendships with all nations, but avoid alliances that entangle America in the domestic affairs of other nations. Prudence with a steady eye on Liberty throughout the world and our own national interests will restore our independence and strength as the freest civil society in the world.

On this day, August 28, 2013, let us begin a new movement. A Natural Rights Movement dedicated to restoring the four pillars of a free and open civil society. Let us be a People that puts our firm reliance and our faith in Providence again.  Let us defend our individual, religious, and economic liberties for all Americans. Let us restore America back to the Constitutional Republic that our Founding Fathers built in 1789, and return our nation to the prudent and independent nation it was at her birth. The Natural Rights Movement is a Constitutional movement to restore the American Republic.

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