12-20-13 – Christmas and Our Constitution

by Tom Licata

Christmas derives from the birth of an everlasting divine as our Constitutional Republic derives from the birth of everlasting principles. Rooted in the philosophy of Natural Rights, our founding principles believe each individual soul has a right to one’s life, liberty and property and government is constituted to secure these rights.

Progressivism rejects Nature for History’s evolution. Instead of securing rights it creates them. It replaces the individual with the group and through a kind of Constitutional Eugenics seeks coercive redistribution. In short, Progressivism seeks to remake society through social and economic control.

At Gettysburg, it was the re-birth of Nature’s everlasting principles that Lincoln called for when he said: “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

Nature’s freedom is at risk, as Progressivism and Constitutional Republicanism are irreconcilable: And herein lies our nation’s greatest challenge since Lincoln’s Civil War.

Tom Licata is President of Vermonters for Economic Health.

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