Self-evident truths and religious freedom in the 2016 election

While morality is not a true issue in the 2016 election, it is important that a genuine issue can be discerned from the enormous amount of mud that has surfaced lately.


SAN JOSE, CA  October 31, 2016 —  The 2016 presidential election is indeed a clear contest between two distinct platforms, as was quite apparent in the third debate. It is also quite apparent that the central leadership of the Clinton campaign does not want the American public to be clear about the implications of their party’s platforms. An excellent example of this is the attempt to orchestrate serious diversion from the issues as citizen’s attention is directed by the MSM minions towards issues of morality.

While morality is not a true issue in the 2016 election, it is important that a genuine issue can be discerned from the enormous amount of mud that has surfaced lately. And while morality is a hollow issue, the deeper issue that Americans should be more concerned about is whether the Democratic Party is truly willing to defend the Constitution or transform it into something that is unrecognizable to Americans.

It is obvious that the Democratic Party does not have a high regard for morality or religion in general.

The Democrat leaders at the core of the control of the Party do not care about morality unless it can be utilized to smear an immoral political opponent. Actually, this may be equally true of the core leadership of the Republican Party to some extent as well. Mock moral indignation if used properly can work to the advantage of any politicos seeking to influence the moral majority of the nation’s voters. Thus, manipulation of the concerns of the public is the chief perspective in any utilization of morality as a campaign issue. Yet, there is something much deeper that morality is linked to in America, and that is religious values.

Perspective is needed with respect to morality as one of the more important of religious values in relation to politics, and a serious student of history can find it in the wisdom of George Washington’s Farewell Address as he highlighted his regard for religion as being crucial to the overall success of the nation:

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens? The mere politician, equally     with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Yet, despite such sentiments regarding the value of religion being the foundation of morality, it is not merely about religion; the 2016 election is about the value of inalienable rights of free men and women coming from God and not government. The First Amendment to the U.S Constitution was written to ensure that the freedom of religious worship would not be impinged upon by the government. But, the foundation for this first affirmation of the Bill of Rights was the self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The Democrats had attempted to remove God from their party platform in 2008, but they were not totally united to kick God out of their party as it would have resulted in bad public relations for a number of reasons. But intent was overtly evident; it was a demonstrable and dramatic event. Mitt Romney quickly condemned the attempt. However, the Democratic Party is controlled by people who have little regard for God in their party, let alone a basic acceptance that God even exists because many of these politicos are atheists. And, neither political party has a monopoly on atheists and agnostics. But the Democrats apparently do not care anymore about keeping up a pretense of belief in God.

Since the days of the Great Depression, it is likely that the value of religion or religious freedom in the United States has never been more directly challenged than in the past decade. However, there is evident a Party that is led by people who have no connection with God as the Founders had in their day. But, that fundamentally means that these people must not, in all honesty, believe in the self-evident truths that the Founders cherished as the very foundation of their willingness to fight for those unalienable rights. If our learned government leaders do not believe in the Declaration’s declarations, where does that leave the people?

Since the days of the Great Depression, under the guise of separation of church and state, there have been more than a few that have made it into the hallowed halls of the federal government who would “labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.” It seems clear that the foundation of morality built upon secular and not religious values has caused the nation to free-fall to this election of 2016. Americans have come full circle in their rich history, and are now confronted with once again reaffirming their adherence to the ideals of the Founders as expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

Americans are faced with a very ominous decision as they vote in 2016: We either hold these truths to be self-evident, or we do not. If we reject the self-evident truth that all people are  are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, upon what foundation do the rights of human beings derive? Once that foundation is aborted, the foundation of the Bill of Rights is destroyed. Once the foundation of self-evident truths is aborted, the foundation of Religious Freedom is destroyed. The enemies of the nation do not look to the Declaration of Independence for truth, nor for a glorification of a Creator.

Washington and the brilliant and brave of his generation believed. The brilliant and brave of the Founder’s generation believed and chose to fight, and to die for such self-evident truths. Those who believe in the Declaration of Independence today need to fight today – but what they have to do is vote for the Party that represents clearly the values that God would truly value.

Citizens should simply ask whether God would value Life (Pro-Life), Liberty (Religious Liberty), and the pursuit of happiness (with acceptance of responsibility for preserving a civil society).

Faith in what matters most, especially to those who created this nation, will shed light upon the tactics of diversion of politicos and their attempts at creating confusion and chaos. Faith brings light upon shadows of doubt.

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Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He currently writes a column on US history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News, as well as writing for other online publications. During the 2016 presidential primaries, he worked as the leader of a network of writers, bloggers, and editors who promoted the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson. He founded the “We the People” Network of writers and the Citizen Sentinels Project to pro-actively promote the values and principles established at the founding of the United States, and to discover and support more morally centered citizen-candidates who sincerely seek election as public servants, not politicians.