America’s cornerstones of freedom under termite attack
by Donald Conkey, columnist
March 27, 2014 12:00 AM | 1624 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of my firm beliefs is that when Thomas Jefferson sat in his rented room in June 1776 for 17 nights, drafting what would become his now famous Declaration of Independence, boldly embedded into that document was what became America’s two cornerstones of freedoms, “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

Recently while gazing out my office window I saw “nature’s laws” in action, really in action.

Several years ago we cut out a number of large trees that had potential to do damage to our home should a limb break off or the tree be blown over. We cut the stumps high purposely so we could place large tubs of flowers on the stumps. Over the years the flowers that Joan nurtured in large tubs have added greatly to the beauty of our backyard.

As I looked out my window today I didn’t see that once solid stump that had held up a tub of beautiful flowers for so many years, adding beauty to the yard, but I saw a stump so riddled with termites little was left of it except a few fibrous strands that barely holds up Joan’s flower tub she had placed on its top. And now it is only a matter of time before the tub that has provided such beauty and comfort to our lives here in Eagle Watch will tumble and fall, leaving an area in the yard void of beauty.

Metaphorically speaking, this termite-ridden stump reminds me of what is happening to America and to its Declaration of Independence and Constitution. America’s progressive termites have eaten away at America’s foundational documents to the point that unless America wakes up soon there will be as little left of these documents, and America’s freedoms, as there is left of this stump.

I walked over to the stump recently to take a look. All I saw was the residue of the damage the termites had already done. But I knew the termites were there. Using my cane I poked at the stump, and it crumpled so I could see those termites continuing to chew away at the structure of the stump.

What is the metaphorical stump that America’s progressive termites have been eating on for nearly a hundred years? They are the 28 biblical principles of freedom the Founding Fathers embedded into America’s two foundational documents of freedom.

Space limitations prohibit the listing of all 28 principles, but a few of the principles under attack today are very obvious. They are attacking with vigor America’s religious foundation; via political correctness they are closing down our freedom of speech; an effective press, designed to report corruption, has been badly compromised; using the IRA they have all but destroyed the right to petition the government by organizing protest groups such as the Tea Party Patriots and the 9/12ers; and by establishing unreasonable restrictions the progressives are attempting to limit the right of people to assemble.

Few have to be reminded of what the progressives want to do with the Constitution’s Second Amendment—the right to own and bear arms. So far organizations like the NRA have been able to hold them in check, but remember termites never quit chewing at the foundation. Perhaps it’s time for Americans to bring in termite exterminators who will rid the progressives from office in the 2014 election cycle.

America’s fiscal foundation is also being eaten away by America’s progressive termites. No nation can sustain such a debt that America now carries and survive; and Congress doesn’t seem capable of dealing with it, not wanting to face the reality that they are nearing a fiscal cliff. And finally the progressive termites can be seen eating away at America’s military structure, wanting to reduce it to pre-World War II levels — leaving America vulnerable to enemy attack.

I close with a quote from Daniel Webster who said: “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions …. There are men, in all ages…who mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters…. (But) They think there need be but little restraint upon themselves…. The love of power may sink too deep in their own hearts.”

Edmund Burke once said: “Self-government involves self-control, self-discipline, and (the) acceptance of and the most unremitting obedience to correct principles.”

America, it’s time to bring in the termite exterminators.

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.

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