Brotherhood and Self-Control

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

Katherine Lee Bates, “America the Beautiful

It’s a song we learned in school as children–people my age, at least. Brotherhood and self-control–one does not happen without the other.

There is little evidence that Bates’s message has slipped into the hearts of our public discourse today.

Self-control is a necessary component for every patriot. But self-control is only one virtue of a patriot. Continue reading “Brotherhood and Self-Control”

Liberty, Freedom, License

Some define liberty as something the government gives you–or doesn’t give you. ¬†Freedom is your ability to think your own thoughts and do your own thing. Internal freedom can remain even in an oppressed society.
America’s founders defined Liberty as the second unalienable right–the right that no man bestows because it comes from our Creator.
But much of America now denies the Creator. And with the Creator go His other aspects–Savior, King, Providence, Protector, Guide. Continue reading “Liberty, Freedom, License”