As given at the Day of Prayer and Unity Rally at the Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas June 22, 2013
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Benjamin Franklin reminded his people as they engaged in the debates over the foundation of this nation:
“In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine Protection- all of us who were engaged in the struggle, must have observed frequent instances of Superintending Providence in our favor. Have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”
Because we have forgotten that powerful Friend- we do not find ourselves in an economic crisis, we are not in a political crisis, and may I just lift the veil of illusion, we are not in a national security crisis. Because we have forgotten that powerful Friend we find ourselves in a MORAL crisis. This moral crisis has led to a loss of honor in this nation- a loss of honor in our government.
What is honor? Honor is integrity plus character working together in the mechanisms of morality. Integrity is not doing the wrong thing. Character is doing what is right just because it is right, even if it is not politically advantageous or popular. Lack of Honor in this nation has the immoral leading the Justice Department, the immoral leading the IRS, the immoral leading our Congress and the immoral leading the White House. And now this immorality has infected the Supreme Court. Where the highest court of the land is no longer bound to the highest law of the land and can declare, without any conviction whatsoever, that I have no rights unless I declare them. Because we have forgotten that powerful Friend, we have forgotten that our rights do not come from government, our rights do not come from the Supreme Court- Our rights come from God and I don’t have to declare them, our framers already did!
But losers point fingers and winners fix problems. It’s time to stop pointing fingers and start working to recover our Constitution, recover our Liberty, and recover our faith. But we will ONLY succeed if we remember that powerful Friend. We must remember we are not a reflection of our government; our government is a reflection of its people and those with honor, those with character, those with integrity are not reflecting very brightly.
If a sparrow cannot fall to the earth without God knowing, is it possible for a nation to prosper without His aid? We must fix this problem; our future depends upon it, our children are depending upon us! Sam Adams said:
“If we tamely suffer a lawless attack on liberty, we encourage it. Doing nothing is NOT doing nothing. He is explaining to us, that sitting around complaining is not doing nothing it is actually being a cheerleader for tyranny! He says, if we tamely suffer a lawless attack on tyranny, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom. It is a serious consideration, as ages and millions yet unborn will be the miserable sharers of our experience. The liberty we lose today is not ours. We are living in the luxury of liberty bought with the sacrifices of generations that have come before us. The liberty that we squander today is the liberty of ages and millions yet unborn.
I always find it ironic, that our framers said over and over again that they were pledging Life, Fortune, and Sacred Honor for ages and millions yet unborn, they gave everything they had to give because they knew the unborn had a right to liberty. But how do we treat the unborn today? We don’t even give them the right to life! If we want to put honor back in government, we MUST put God back in our homes and back in our education. Patriots, it is time to start reflecting God! So we have a government that reflects morality.
If America is to perish from the earth it will not be because of bullets and bombs- it will be because we have forgotten that powerful Friend. And it won’t be because of me, it will be in spite of me. I am going to fight, I will labor, I will toil until my last breath to ensure that we have a Constitution that will ensure that ages an millions yet unborn will enjoy the liberty that men and women have died for so that WE could enjoy Liberty. Daniel Webster addressed his people, on July 4, 1806 and asked, “Is our Constitution worth preserving?” I ask you that question today? Is our Constitution worth preserving? He said,
“then, guard it as you would the very seat of your life. Guard it not only against the open blows of violence, but also against those seeds of change. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years may never happen again. Such a government once destroyed would leave a void to be filled, perhaps for centuries, with riot, tumult, despotism, and revolution.”
Is our Constitution worth preserving? You see we have all the motivation we need right here in this room. Will all those under the age of 25 please stand? I travel all over this country. I am sometimes away from my family for 3 weeks or more at a time. The only motivation I need , I want to show you, because it is the only motivation I need, is in the eyes of these young people. We have a responsibility, our Constitution demands it. We don’t have a Constitution to create a government, we have a Constitution, as it proclaims, “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Our Liberty has been secured for us now it’s time for us to pick up that mantle and secure it for them. So as you walk through your life from this day forward and lock eyes with these young people, no matter where you go, the only question that can come to your mind is this, “what have I done to secure their liberty today?” It is a daily question, it is a daily challenge, a daily responsibility. And if you cannot answer in the affirmative, then you have answered already with Daniel Webster’s call, “a government once destroyed will have a void to be filled.” And if you have done nothing to secure their liberty today, what you are doing is condemning them to “perhaps with centuries of riot, tumult, despotisms and revolution.” Which one of generations do you want to condemn to the pits of slavery?
It is our turn to pick up that mantle, so that these young people will not have to buy back a gift that we were supposed to purchase for them. They will not have the luxury of doing it from the ballot box or through petition, they will be forced to do it with their blood. Winston Churchill said,
“still if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when the victory is sure and not too costly, you may have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. Yet, there may even be a worse case. You may have to fight, when there is no hope of victory, for it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
So America, we have a mantle to pick up, we have a charge to take. It is time for you to get on your knees and beg the God who is the author of mercy for the mercy he has to give to us, for the grace he has to give to us, for the strength that it is going to take to stand against this framework of the antichrist that is flourishing in front of our faces. Get on your knees and pray to that powerful Friend.
And when you are done praying, STAND. Stand for God. Stand for good. Stand for all that is right and true. Stand for the Constitution. Stand for Liberty. Stand against the fiery darts of tyranny.
And having done all, Patriots, remember that powerful Friend and STAND!