This five-word phrase is the title of Ray Bradbury’s 1962 classic movie. In the film, two 13-year-old boys endure a nightmarish experience with a traveling carnival that comes to their Midwestern town. In dealing with the creepy figures of the carnival, the boys learn how to combat fear.
Do you feel that something wicked is coming to the United States of America?
If so, I want to help you face your fears by giving a simple solution on how we can beat back the wickedness.
HOW TO SAVE FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
An untrained child who plays the piano is free, but simply banging ivory keys without ordered instruction is a cacophony of music (e.g., “an anarchy of sound”).
An educated and trained child plays the piano with self-discipline, patience, views toward a higher good (e.g., ‘concerts to benefit others’), and interest in other individual virtues.
In the end, beautiful music only occurs when the piano student trusts the Instructor and His Instructions, applying virtue in his or her life.
Beautiful music is ordered music.
Freedom is the same way.
There is no true freedom without ordered and accepted instruction in personal virtue, recognizing that the highest moral laws (Nature’s Laws) come from the Creator (Nature’s God).
Anarchy or tyranny results from desires for freedom without a willingness to pay the price of learning personal virtue and faith.
The GOLDEN TRIANGLE of FREEDOM
Freedom requires Virtue.
Virtue requires Faith.
Faith requires Freedom.
THE EXPLANATION OF THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE
We, the people of the United States of America, are losing our freedom. Here’s why.
Individual liberty does not just happen.
Freedom Requires Virtue
Individual liberty is the product of a nation’s citizenship and collective morality. That’s what our Founding Fathers believed. They could articulate the history of the world as a “tale of tyranny told by tyrants.” They desired a country built on freedom.
The Founding Fathers recognized that true freedom is born from the virtue and moral character of the citizens of a nation. Without virtuous leaders and virtuous citizens, there is no incentive to follow the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. Or, to put it succinctly, without virtue, “every man does what is right in his own eyes.”
“Religion and morality alone can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.” – John Adams
“Moral education—the training of heart and mind toward the good—involves many things. It involves rules and precepts—the do’s and don’ts of life with others—as well as explicit instruction, exhortation, and training. Moral education must provide training in good habits. Aristotle wrote that good habits formed in youth make all the difference.”
William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories
Our public school classroom teachers must be empowered to teach the virtues of citizenship. Moral instruction (virtue) is essential for continuing freedom. Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Loyalty. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Hard work. Self-discipline. Faith.
To the degree our children are trained in these virtues in the public classrooms of America is the degree to which we will safeguard freedom.
Virtue Requires Faith
First Liberty gives the best explanation for why faith in the Creator God is the foundation of real virtue:
The Founders were clear in their view that the virtue necessary to allow maximum liberty required a solid foundation: and that foundation was religion. Even the Founders with the least affinity to orthodox Christian views of their day believed this.
Benjamin Franklin made it very clear that he would never be a Christian, however, he states: “As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion…I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw or is likely to see.”
It was Franklin who initiated prayer during a crisis moment in the Constitutional Convention. It was Franklin who saw the immense cultural value of the work of his friend, the renowned evangelist George Whitfield.
And Thomas Jefferson, an alleged deist, stated, “The Christian religion is the best religion that has ever been given to man.”
Many critics forget that men like Jefferson were no secularists; they clearly believed in God.
Jefferson, as a statesman and as president, was clear that without faith there is very little reason to be virtuous. The Jefferson Memorial itself displays famous quotes by Jefferson connecting freedom to the moral laws of God.
Without faith in the God of Nature and in Nature’s Laws, there is no incentive to live one’s life for a transcendent reason, recognizing the Creator has created us for a bigger purpose than ourselves and for the self-satisfaction of personal pleasure.
True virtue requires faith in a Creator who has a purpose for the world created.
Faith Requires Freedom
Faith in God is voluntary in the United States. A citizen of the United States choose s to believe in God, or not.
The Williamsburg Charter, signed by 100 nationally prominent figures on June 22, 1988, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Virginia’s call for a Bill of Rights. Among the signers were Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter; the late Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court William Rehnquist; the late activist Coretta Scott King (wife of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.) and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.
The lead drafter was Os Guinness.
“No longer can sword, purse, and sacred mantle be equated. Now, the government is barred from using religion’s mantle to become a confessional state, and from allowing religion to use the government’s sword and purse to become a coercing Church. In this new order, the freedom of the government from religious control and the freedom of religion from government control are a double guarantee of the protection of rights. No faith is preferred or prohibited, for where there is no state-definable orthodoxy, there can be no state-definable heresy.”
True freedom is always measured by the government’s and society’s understanding of the importance of virtue and faith.
TO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM IN THE USA IS TO FIGHT AGAINST REMOVING VIRTUE AND FAITH IN PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOMS
Radical leftist groups look for ways to suppress religious expression and the teaching of virtue throughout the United States.
Americans awakened to the fact that “something wicked this way comes” must do three things:
This is a critical hour for our nation. Don’t just sit there. Do something.