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The effect of ideological blindness

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Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2009 12:00 am

In his letter, Sept. 1, Arne Aasen demonstrated the ideological blindness to reality, which is why America is in trouble.

Aasen's "crime" is against the truth regarding the Christian influence on America's formation, specifically in the Constitution. While Aasen confuses the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, his correct statement, that the Constitution doesn't explicitly reference God, misleads readers.

The Constitution defines a government founded upon the historically unique political theory in the Declaration: that "all men are created equal … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights … that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted … deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

The reason our rights can't be taken by our government is because government didn't give them to us — God did! That's the historical fact behind "one Nation under God" and "In God we trust!" It's why Aasen's comment that " … Creator could … mean nothing" is absurd and attacks the foundation of American government.

Also, it's an implicit fact of the Constitution (meaning it's self-evidently there) that it is founded upon the biblical doctrine of "original sin:" that all men are inherently inclined toward corruption and, as even the Deist Jefferson recognized:

"In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

The Constitution delegates few and divided powers that are further "checked and balanced" because of that recognition of the reality of human weakness.

Conversely, progressive/socialists like Aasen worship government over God and naively believe that people are basically good and won't take advantage of the socialist system (corporate and personal welfare). That's the opposite of "American Constitutional Philosophy."

Socialism can't work because it's founded upon a denial of human and divine reality, and because it forces uniformity in a delusional belief that heaven (socialist utopia) can be created on earth! Socialists must oppose American's constitutionally limited government because their ideology necessitates a massive, intrusive government.

Christophobes and socialist reality deniers need to admit they oppose the "self-evident truths" upon which our government was founded and stop imposing their subversive ideology!

Michael Nedderman

Sacramento

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