by Jeffrey Bennett
Moments after taking his oath of office as president under our nation’s new system of government, George Washington declared, “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
I believe, with the state America is in today, that Washington’s question can be put to rest. The experiment failed, as a nation we have not kept to the principles upon which it was founded and have allowed our elected representatives, and corrupt special interests, twist and distort our system of government from one, designed to safeguard our liberties, to one in which we are treated like a nation of penned cattle or sheep.
Any liberty loving patriot must be curious as to how this happened, how a nation based upon liberty, has changed to one where we are regulated and controlled in nearly every aspect of our lives. I have, in fact I have spent hours writing about it.
Yet what Jeff has undertaken here is much grander and ambitious. When I write I use bits and pieces of speeches as my supporting evidence. Jeff will take you on a historical journey which begins far before Thomas Jefferson ever put pen to paper and said, “WE hold these Truths to be self-evident…” to the time of the great thinkers whose thoughts and ideas influenced men like Jefferson and Madison. You will read the speeches, letters and and documents, which helped give birth to our nation, and then those which led to the corruption of those principles.
In his Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson “It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”
Jefferson also wrote “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”
As with all diseases, this corruption begins slowly, but as the sickness takes hold, the symptoms become obvious and the disease can run rampant. Our republic is now suffering its death throes as we make our way into the future. Only time will tell what remains of that experiment mentioned upon Washington’s inauguration as president. But whatever remains will not be the republic the Founders envisioned.
If you want to know HOW it happened, read this book, it contains thoughts, comments, speeches, and documents from some of the greatest political and social thinkers in the history of the world. That alone makes it worth its weight in gold.
I am honored to have been asked to write the introduction to AMERICA: The Grand Illusion, and I hope I have risen to the occasion and done the book the justice it deserves.
1 December 2012
NOTE: Neal Ross is a prolific writer in his own – er – uh – right, as he has been a major contributor to The Federal Observer since January of 2009. Since our day of introduction, he has submitted over 600 columns dealing with freedom and liberty, both historical and up to date. I am proud to know Neal and have him as a friend.
Publish Date: December 7, 2012
Page Count: 356
Book Size: 6″ x 9″
Binding: Perfect Bound (Soft Cover)
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