Eleven score and ten years ago, our fathers met for the second time, at the same great hall in Philadelphia––that same, hallowed hall where thirteen years earlier they had christened America with her great, guiding vision––a Declaration of who we were as a people, as well as an ideal of who we could be as an independent nation––that is, if we could survive.
To achieve this would require a great, united effort of states and people across the land, the physical and spiritual Union of America. The great patriot, Christopher Gadsden, of South Carolina (famed for the golden “Don’t tread on me,” flag) declared, courageously: “There ought to be no New England men, no New Yorker, &c., known on the Continent, but all of us Americans.” And we Americans did come together as one nation to finally attain our sovereignty, but could we keep that spirit alive? By 1787, our future was in doubt.
And so the founders gathered once again, not only as trustees of our hard-won independence, but also as representatives of thirteen very contentious states––states that like thirteen divided nations were (both internally and with each other) on the verge of civil war.
Their immediate purpose was to revise The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union––at a time when that Union was falling apart. Not surprisingly, the new Constitution, in its opening words, defined a much stronger union––a union not only of competing states, but of, by and for the American people, the preamble beginning, in big, bold capital letters for all to see, with “WE THE PEOPLE of the United States.” It was crystal clear from that point on who would be in charge of America and her destiny, and it would no longer be a loose confederation of states.
Anti-Federalists like Patrick Henry were alarmed: “Who authorized them to speak in the language of ‘We the people,’ instead of ‘We, the states?’ States are the characteristic and soul of a confederation. If the states be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great consolidated national government of the people of all the states.”
George Mason concurred, and added, “Whether the Constitution be good or bad, the present clause clearly discovers that it is a national government, and no longer a confederation.”
In reply, the Federalists did not disagree. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, of South Carolina, summed it up correctly, “This admirable manifesto sufficiently refutes the doctrine of the individual sovereignty and independence of the several states. The several states are not even mentioned by name or in any part, as if it was intended to impress the maxim on America that our freedom and independence arose from our union, and that without it, we never could be free or independent. Let us, then, consider all attempts to weaken this union by maintaining that each state is separately and individually independent, as a species of political heresy which can never benefit us, but may bring on us the most serious distress.”
Washington, as commanding general, and in all his later travels as president, worked very deliberately to cultivate a feeling of Union among the troops and the people, as the model of what it means to be an American. In his farewell address, he made this a duty for all who would call themselves Americans: “The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness…”
President Trump, in his weekly address, commemorating 230 years of the Constitution, said, “They gave us an incredible gift, the vision of a sovereign and self-governing people to control their own affairs… The framers of our Constitution triumphantly declared to whom the government of the United States belonged. It was, “WE THE PEOPLE.”
Indeed, everything the new constitution set out to do (establish justice, secure the blessings of liberty, provide for the common defense, insure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare)––all were done, according to The Preamble, “In order to form a more perfect union.” A union of, by, and for WE THE PEOPLE: to ourselves, and our posterity.
So what does this mean to the American of today? It means that each of us has a personal responsibility to see that our republic will not only survive, but continue to thrive as a great beacon, a shining “City on a Hill,” envisioned by John Winthrop in 1630 (his speech an early harbinger of American liberty, as was The Mayflower Compact).
It also means that WE THE PEOPLE are endowed with tremendous power, power vested in each of us not only by this great document, but ultimately by the divine grace and providence of our Creator God, yea the Power, Truth, and Love of Jesus Christ, whom we recognize as the true author and protector of our rights, to guide us in faithfully executing this awesome responsibility: the responsibility to see that our grand experiment is carried forward into the future against all odds, machinations and adversity––carried forward as one nation under God indivisible.
In order to do this we must be able to identify and distinguish threats to both our liberty and Union, and how they act and react in concert. It’s amazing how some of the very best conservatives and libertarians can only see threats to our liberties, while never considering the many threats to our Union: threats to our wholeness and oneness as Americans.
It is imperative that we be able to think from this angle. In order to fully comprehend and combat what is currently being thrown against us, we need that added stereoscopic perspective of the founders (to comprehend liberty and union together). It’s kind of like having night-vision goggles against a surprise attack in the dark. Yes, it is still possible to fight without it on the same level as the enemy, but why not be able not rise above and gain the initiative by being able to see clearly what, where, and how the attack is being staged?
The Union is our territory and people and our lawful, Constitutional government undivided and as one. So open borders, illegal immigration (counted in the tens of millions of people who will never learn our language, history, traditions, or constitution)––this onslaught, in concert with the globalist plan for a “North American Union,” (the very name of which seeks to subvert and replace our “More Perfect Union”) are threats to America as a people and a nation, and a strain on our limited resources.
It is also an assault on our common language, and all efforts to make us a multilingual Tower of Babel are aimed at destroying our Union (you can’t be united if you can’t speak to each other, which is why Quebec has always been at odds with Canada). A great cartoon depicts John Wayne on a cell phone demanding, “Why do I gotta press one for English?”
Sanctuary cities, UN global compact cities, any and all treachery of cities and states to secede from the Union, to have the country amputated and cut up like a side of beef, or to follow global color-of-law, including illegal environmental initiatives and bylaws created by UN Agenda 21 and ICLEA, are attacks on our liberty, property and territory, our state and constitutional law, and ultimately our union (as they divide us against each other, especially our brainwashed compatriots). On that note, for all who refer to our uninformed countrymen as “those people,” or “the sheeple,” have you ever tried to be the good shepherd and lead them? For this is the spirit of the Union.
Soros-funded, paid mercenaries like Antifa and Black Lives Matter have nothing to do with stopping fascism (like their own) or helping blacks achieve the American dream; but they have everything to do with Balkanization: of attacking and dividing our sacred Union at the level of our very identity: that we must (according to Washington) always think of ourselves first and foremost as Americans.
Our American spirit has always been guided, united and grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition: “One nation, under God, indivisible” ––God, above all, is the cornerstone of our Union, so all efforts in attacking public demonstrations of our faith go against the second clause of the First Amendment, “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
The Mayor of Boston, in prohibiting the Christian flag from being flown (even for one day) above Boston City Hall Plaza, is attacking our union as believers, that faith being the very backbone of America (while at the same time, authorizing a great plague of flags which are an affront to American freedom and Christian morality).
Likewise, Obama’s policy of admitting hundreds of thousands whose faith is violently hostile to our own was a vicious attack on the very soul of our Union, one which continues to haunt us this day. As President Trump has declared, “Our nation endures because we have citizens who love America.” So if you truly hate our country, then what are you doing here?
In summary, a patriot can easily identify an attack on our Union by its “divide-and-conquer” nature. These attacks, if examined in depth, are seldom indigenous; in fact, they almost always originate from the same outside source: European banking acting through intelligence tentacles, secret societies and unelected councils placed in government, academia, global “free trade” corporations and the mainstream media who have all, from the beginning, sought divide and conquer us by keeping us at war with each other.
And so on this day, my brother and sister compatriot, have you done your part to make our Union more perfect? To teach and promote what it means to be a good American, to love each other in a Christian way, and to enforce our great constitution?
As President Trump declared in closing, “Let us pledge allegiance to our flag, devote our hearts to our country, and demonstrate our love for one another as Americans, and as the children of God.”
In that spirit, let us band together once again, all across the grand, majestic reaches of The Union, from sea to shining sea. Striding forward together in the cascade of years––against the crashing tide of the times.
These are some of the principles, the history and tools that we teach to posterity, to the next generation of American patriots every summer at Camp Constitution. “Honoring the past; teaching the present; preparing the future.”
Will you join us?