The Left is fond of telling us that our founders are irrelevant today. They tell us their ideology, their morals and their government were designed for their times — not ours. We are told that technology and scientific advancement have rendered the founders obsolete. Well, if one never reads the founders, one might be excused for accepting this lie. But then, with as easy as it is to find and read their words today, there can be no excuse.
Our founders sought eternal truths: principles by which they could understand man and design a system of governance as perfect as men are capable of creating — and they succeeded. So, to understand why they succeeded and why we are failing today, I thought I would reach back to one of our founders and allow his words to explain the problem we are facing:
“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad… But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and soil it to their turn… [T]hough good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer [allow] ill ones.”
[William Penn quoted from: Thomas Clarkson, memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn (London: Richard Taylor and Co., 1813) Vol. 1, p.303.]
And with those few words, one of our founders reaches forward through time and slaps down all of the prideful boasts and ignorant assertions of one who sought to pervert the principles and ideals upon which our nation was founded for no purpose other than to appease his own vanity and selfish need for recognition — that being Woodrow Wilson (as well as all those who have ever stood with him in asserting that our founders are applicable only to their time and not to all time as they so boldly proclaimed).
[NOTE: I consider Penn a founder, more so even than I do the men who wrote the Declaration and the Constitution. I place him in the ranks of men such as John Locke and George Whitfield. For, as much as the Revolutionary founders did, they were building off the backs of these great men who came before them. Men like Penn actually paved the road to Concord, whereas our founders are the ones who actually had to fight the fight that made the principles they defined and refined into a reality.]