There has always been a tradition here in America among our governing body. It’s been the tradition of allowing the party in office at the time to GOVERN. There are many reasons for this. The first has to do with our American understanding of SOVEREIGNTY. In other countries sovereignty has a connection to monarchy or a ruling elite. In America, popular sovereignty first sprang forth in its present form from our Puritan ancestors. The second reason why we allow the party elected by the people to govern without the constant thrash of negativity has to do with our understanding of inalienable rights, which springs from our document called the Bill of Rights. The last reason why we leave negativity behind when a party has been duly elected by the people is the tradition George Washington and other founders and framers developed.
Let’s look at these concepts through excerpts from the book “70 Years of American Captivity: The Polity of God, The Birth of a Nation and the Betrayal of Government.” If we wish to avoid American Captivity, we have to define it, understand why we are not a democracy and why we chose a republic to govern. You can read these and many other concepts and realities of why America is unique in the book. For our three reasons why we allow the party duly elected by the people to govern without obstruction and interference, let’s look at these excerpts:
“Aristocrats had always controlled the government and the monarchy was its head. As we have seen, the Puritans in this country could not stand a church with even the hint of aristocracy; hence their refusal of Anglicanism (non-separatist Puritans or dissenters) and Catholicism. This presented a challenge for them. Who and how would their civil government run if the elite, the special, the aristocrats or the noble born did not do it? As in all challenges for Christians of many different sects, a major source for answers is the Bible. Do humans also incorporate and copy other solutions as well? Of course, they do. Yet these Puritan ministers knew anointing extended to ALL in the Scriptures (Galatians 3). Eventually, and over time, the teaching and instructions for living and government reflected that understanding. Look at what Pastor John Robinson wrote to the Pilgrims as they were leaving for the colonies: “Lastly, whereas you are to become a body politic, using amongst yourselves civil government, and are not furnished with any persons of special eminency above the rest to be chosen by you into office of government, let your wisdom and godliness appear, not only in choosing such persons as do entirely love, and will promote the common good, but also in yielding unto them all due honour and obedience in their lawful administrations . . .
“The idea that men without special aristocracy, elitism or noble birth could and should govern themselves, stayed with them throughout the writing of our Federal documents. Look at the sentiment of George Washington some 160 plus years later concerning the state of the confederacy when he wrote to John Jay in an August 15, 1786 letter: “What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing! I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking, thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable & tremendous! What a triumph for our enemies to verify their predictions! What a triumph for the advocates of despotism, to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty, are merely ideal and fallacious! Would to God that wise measures may be taken in time to avert the consequences we have but too much reason to apprehend.”¹
I did not say politics in print wasn’t a boxing match; unfortunately, we have a history of it being so. What I said was once elected, obstruction, obfuscation and evidence of a toxic joy in seeing the failure of someone else was not the norm. That reality was foreign to our Republic. The reality is that foreign ideologies do not view “The People” as sovereign. They view them separately. That’s because they view the “leaders” or those who govern as special or noble, while the people are just rabble or irrelevant; just chattel or cattle to be herded. In Christianity, we are all brothers and sisters: the rich, the strong, the poor, the weak and the uneducated. In Christianity, Jesus expects us to teach and train and lift our brothers and sisters up. In Christianity, you do not undermine your brother or sister with negativity and constant obstruction. In Christianity, you work together to solve problems because if you solve a problem for one, you also have a helper to solve your own. Let’s look at another excerpt:
“Noted historians agreed that it was the different theologies among the church groups which birthed their specific different church covenants. These theologies became a major influencer in our own peculiar form of government in early America. Government by the consent of the governed, reliance on a written constitution, and belief in a higher law is what separated us from Europe at that time. These people were told over and over again that they were special to God and that the proof was that they were chosen to start over in a new land— a land given by God, just like ancient Israel— and here were the Scriptures to prove it. Those preachers then turned to the Old as well as the New Testaments to teach and show proof of their doctrine. It was because of their belief in a higher law that they were told by their preachers to obey that law. The Bible is a book of law, with consequences for disobedience. Because of this, these church-government covenants held certain bills of rights, or statements of fundamental values and principles which formed the basis for the covenant. All bills of rights are covenantal through basic theory. In essence the people are listing rights not given up, as they list what government (through constitutions/institutions) must do. In likewise fashion, many community, state and finally our federal documents have a bill of rights. The Bible revealed the doorway for these principles. Magna Carta held the door open, allowing our early settlers to walk into biblical revelation. Let’s look at the continuing thought of these doctrines through two centuries.
“John Winthrop said in the 1600s: “The eies of all people are uppon us, soe that if wee shall deal falsely with our god in this worke wee have undertaken and soe cause him to withdrawe his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.
“Look at the understanding of this doctrine infused into John Adams’ language over 150 years later:
“The people in America have now the best opportunity and the greatest trust in their hands, that providence ever committed to so small a number, since the transgression of the first pair; if they betray their trust, their guilt will merit even greater punishment than other nations have suffered, and the indignation of Heaven.
“I have no intention of putting words in the mouth of our second president, but why would a nation suffer the “indignation of Heaven” if there were not some type of understanding that the nation— the “We, the people”— had made an agreement or “trust” that could be broken? This idea of the covenant of our Federal documents was not something misunderstood. It may now be understated, but it was then well understood. So much so that over 125 years after Adams’ quote, historian Bishop Charles B. Galloway, when speaking for the inclusion of slaves among the citizenry says:
“The time has come, therefore, for us to claim and demand the full fellowship and absolute confidence of our great national brotherhood. The fidelity of our people to their political covenant and their loyalty to the flag that floats over them have been attested by the valor they have displayed and the blood they have freely spilt.”²
The book lists many reasons why our American forebears refused negativity through obfuscation once a party was duly elected; but many of the reasons have to do with the doctrine that we were brothers and sisters. Next, we were all in this together as a national, political covenant, to work together because we trusted our brothers and sisters, and because foreign ideologies were always at the ready to subdue and capture us to a monarchy, a “ruling class” or an elite group. The foreign ideologies are easy to list: progressivism— which is an American version of socialism— communism, socialism, Sharia Law, fascism, globalism and some form of monarchism. All of these ideologies have one thing in common: The people are not sovereign or “special.” They are to be ruled and controlled by the elite. This is the very definition of captivity. Freedom and liberty starts with such a small thought: The People are the Sovereign. Captivity continues with such easy practices: Obfuscate, block, control and then rule. I pray to God my American brothers and sisters can see the difference.
- Meier, Chris. 2016. “70 Years of American Captivity: The Polity of God, The Birth of a Nation and The Betrayal of Government.” Victoria, BC, Canada: Tellwell © Chris Meier. 188-189
- Ibid., 186-187