He makes the equally valid point for us in Australia that our freedom is not assured. It must be defended. July 2nd 2016 is shaping up to be a key date in Australia's history where we will see either the continuation of our freedom or the further abolition of our freedom. It is time to pray and act.
"It is the secret at the heart of America’s founding—one that we have largely forgotten. Find out what it is—and about my new book.
What does it mean to be an American?
Unlike other countries, America is not defined by a particular ethnic or religious group. Instead, our country was formed around an idea: liberty. But what does it take to maintain liberty? It’s a question I try to answer in my new book, which is being released today, “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.”
Now, in order to find the answer to this question, we have to go back 229 years, to 1787. Having won the American Revolution, our founders went about creating a new form of government—one that would be strong, but not TOO strong; one that relied on self-government. The result, of course, was the U.S. Constitution—a marvel.
As their summer-long convention finished, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” He famously replied: “A republic, madam—if you can keep it!”
And what could cause us to lose the republic? Well, that’s simple: the loss of virtue.
Benjamin Franklin, like the other founders, understood that freedom and self-government absolutely depend on the practice of virtue. Have you heard that lately? Me neither. John Adams wrote that “the only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.”
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If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty
Eric Metaxas | Viking Publishers | June 2016
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