05 Jul No Colin, the 4th of July is NOT a Celebration of White Supremacy
The Democrat Party showed its true colors with the tweet below, characterizing President Trump’s upcoming 4th of July visit to Mt. Rushmore as a rally ‘glorifying white supremacy.’ UPDATE: And Colin Kaepernick affirmed on July 4th that ‘we reject your celebration of white supremacy‘. (He’s going to kill off the NFL yet, but that’s another post).
There is no way the Democrats’ tweet was prepared and posted without input from multiple DNC apparatchiks who okayed it. Apparently unexpected blowback caused a rethinking, and the tweet was later taken down. But the window on the thinking of today’s Democrat Party is amazing to behold. And Kaepernick’s statement stands.
There probably won’t be any GOP officeholder who will stand up and denounce this nonsense, but we will, with the help of two former US Presidents who had a little more clarity than today’s confused weaklings in the US House and Senate.
America’s Declaration of Independence was a great leap forward in the history of the human race (and that’s right Colin–you need to learn: we’re all part of one race, the human race, and the American founding ideals that bless one of us, bless all of us) .
Never before has government been conceived as subject to the consent of the governed. But much more importantly, never before was a nation-state created with open, official, stake-in-the-ground-backed-by-a-pledge-of-lives-fortunes-and-sacred-honor acknowledgement of the place of God in human affairs. All men and women created equal by the Creator (God); all endowed as individuals with rights inalienable by government, including the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Government exists for the protection of these individual rights.
All of this was and still is massively revolutionary. All of it is deeply spiritual, which is why the shallow and morally vacuous get flummoxed by a false analysis that says the founding ideals were wrong because the people did not live up to the highest sense of them.
It is precisely because the founding ideals are right and true that slavery could not continue in the country grounded in the moral impetus of the Declaration of Independence. Nor could the disenfranchisement of half the human race: women.
Redeeming the promise of America’s founding ideals has come with a horrible cost—the Civil War being the single most visible but hardly the only struggle—but the promise has been and will continue to be fulfilled. And that promise has nothing whatsoever to do with white supremacy; it has to do with truth’s supremacy—for the benefit and blessing of all mankind.
The foregoing is not a revelation and is not breaking news. Americans of every background, size, shape, color and gender have been able to discern it, whenever they have been willing to think, to study, and to understand human history. So sad that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.
Consider these words from America’s 6th President, John Quincy Adams, and from America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge.
Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day (July 4th)? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity…?
… At the end of 150 years the four corners of the earth unite in coming to Philadelphia as to a holy shrine in grateful acknowledgement of a service so great, which a few inspired men here rendered to humanity, that it is still the preeminent support of free government throughout the world.
. . . About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. … If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.
… If there is any one thing among us that is established beyond question, it is self-government—the right of the people to rule. If there is any failure in respect to any of these principles, it is because there is a failure on the part of individuals to observe them. We hold that the duly authorized expression of the will of the people has a divine sanction. But even in that we come back to the theory of John Wise that “Democracy is Christ’s government.” The ultimate sanction of law rests on the righteous authority of the Almighty…
Our forefathers came to certain conclusions and decided upon certain courses of action which have been a great blessing to the world. Before we can understand their conclusions, we must go back and review the course which they followed. We must think the thoughts which they thought. Their intellectual life centered around the meeting-house. They were intent upon religious worship. While there were always among them men of deep learning, and later those who had comparatively large possessions, the mind of the people was not so much engrossed in how much they knew, or how much they had, as in how they were going to live. While scantily provided with other literature, there was a wide acquaintance with the Scriptures. … They were a people who came under the influence of a great spiritual development and acquired a great moral power.
No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.
America has a rich, divine origin and propulsion. Americans in 2020 are being told by a mal-educated and spiritually mal-nourished ruling class and MSM that America’s founding ideals are no longer valid; that the American people are now embracing or at least not resisting a wholesale replacement of government shaped by self-evident truths, with a country of ‘occupied zones’ of anarchy and nihilism—of no truth.
America’s founding ideals remain true, and the American people know it. The price of redeeming their promise in 1861-1865 was very high; the price of redeeming their promise in 2020 is still to be determined. But the promise remains and will be fulfilled. Let’s hope Colin Kaepernick can wake up to the one privilege we all have: to be an American.
The 4th of July is not a celebration of white supremacy; it is a celebration of truth’s supremacy.
Eric Georgatos blogs at America Can We Talk?