One would be hard pressed to name a modern day American statesman, who has a reverence for God, country and the U.S. Constitution. President Ronald Reagan is the best I can do. Maybe, with aide from the Tea Party, we’ll restore the spirit of our founding and humble ourselves to divine providence. There are a couple of public servants who show promise. We can only hope they don’t become corrupted by Potomac Fever.
Yesterday was Daniel Webster’s birthday. He had a long and notable political career. He was the quintessential statesman of his time. However, I must interject; he engaged in questionable business practices such as trying to sell his lands and bonds to British investors and acted as a lobbyist for British financiers. No one is an angel. With that being said, no one questioned Daniel Webster’s patriotism.
Here are excerpts from a speech he delivered to the New York Historical Society months before his death. Here are some excerpts as reported by WND.com:
“If we, and our posterity, shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God, and shall respect his commandments, if we, and they, shall maintain just, moral sentiments, and such conscientious convictions of duty as shall control the heart and life, we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country. … It will have no Decline and Fall. It will go on prospering and to prosper.
“But, if we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution, which holds us together, no man can tell, how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. Should that catastrophe happen, let it have no history! Let the horrible narrative never be written!”
Daniel Webster continued:
“We may trust, that Heaven will not forsake us, nor permit us to forsake ourselves. We must strengthen ourselves, and gird up our loins with new resolution; we must counsel each other; and, determined to sustain each other in the support of the Constitution, prepare to meet manfully … whatever of difficulty, or of danger … or of sacrifice, the Providence of God may call upon us to meet.
“Are we of this generation so derelict, have we so little of the blood of our revolutionary fathers coursing through our veins, that we cannot preserve, what they achieved?” he asked. “The world will cry out ‘shame’ upon us, if we show ourselves unworthy, to be the descendants of those great and illustrious men, who fought for their liberty, and secured it to their posterity, by the Constitution of the United States. … We have a great and wise Constitution. We have grown, flourished, and prospered under it, with a degree of rapidity, unequaled in the history of the world. Founded on the basis of equal civil rights, its provisions secure perfect equality and freedom; those who live under it are equal, and enjoy the same privileges.”
Daniel Webster added: “The Constitution has enemies, secret and professed. … They have hot heads and cold hearts. They are rash, reckless, and fierce for change, and with no affection for the existing institutions of their country. … Other enemies there are, more cool, and with more calculation. These have a deeper and more fixed and dangerous purpose. … There are those in the country, who profess, in their own words, even to hate the Constitution.
That sounds familiar doesn’t it? Can anyone say Hope and Change? Today’s politicians won’t openly profess to hate the Constitution. They just ignore it.