THE MIRACLE OF FREEDOM – Our Sacred Trust

On May 11, 2013 Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz delivered a stunning commencement address to the Hillsdale College graduating class at Hillsdale, Michigan.  The following excerpts from that presentation of spiritual and political truths titled “The Miracle Of Freedom” are presented as a summary of the historic and inspiring realities about the inseparability of church and state at the foundation of America’s light-to-the-world Constitutional Republic government.  Our last two blogs were intended to serve as building blocks to this writing:

Senator Cruz: In the history of mankind, freedom has been the exception. Governed by kings and queens, human beings were told that power starts at the top and flows down; that their rights emanate from a monarch and may be taken away at the monarch’s whim. The British began a revolution against this way of thinking in a meadow called Runnymede in 1215. It was embodied in the Magna Carta which read: ‘To all free men of our kingdom we have also granted, for us and our heirs forever, all the libertries written out below,  to have and to keep for them and their heirs….’  That revolution reached full flower in Philadelphia in 1787, in a Constitution that began from two radical premises.

The first is that our rights come not from kings or queens – or even from presidents – but from God.  As the Declaration of Independence put it, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’.

Second, in the Constitution, America’s Founders inverted the understanding of sovereignty. Power comes not from the top down, but up, from ‘We the People,’ and governing authority for those in political office is limited to set periods subject to elections. As James Madison explained in Federalist 51: ‘If men were angels, no government would be necessary….  In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.’ That is why Thomas Jefferson said the ‘chains of the Constitution’ should bind the mischief of government. Only when government is limited are rights protected, the rule of law honored, and freedom allowed to flourish. 

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Inasmuch as the above presentation is an excerpt from Senator Cruz’ commencement address to the Hillsdale graduating class, we urge you to contact Hillsdale and request Senator Cruz’ entire presentation. CONTACT INFORMATION:  Hillsdale College, 33 E. College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242. E-mail imprimis@hillsdale.edu, or call (800) 437-2268. 

 

John W. Chalfant, President, America – A Call To Greatness, Inc.

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