2017 Essay Contest Winner - Travis Whipple

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2017 Essay Contest Winner - Travis Whipple


John Adams, once said “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have ... an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; ...the characters and conduct of their rulers.” and “... Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." What prophetic warning was Adams expressing?

On May 25, 1787, Fifty-five men, met to discuss the future of a fledgling unity of 13 emancipated States. After great deliberation and divine inspiration, these men crafted the greatest experiment in self-government, our Constitution. With such an outpouring of God’s spirit, the advisory set plans in motion, continuing an age-old battle beginning with Micheal casting Satan from Heaven. In opposition to the ideals of liberty, on May 1st 1776, Adam Weishaupt organized the Illuminati. A few years later, recognizing the dangers, Washington wrote “...It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati ... had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I. ...That Individuals have [endeavored to propagate the diabolical tenets of the Illuminat], ... is too evident to be questioned.” Today the fact remains, that an organized effort to undermine liberty continues.

Contrasting these two oppositions, James Madison, said “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

However, to often men succumb to a fallen and carnal state. Thus it becomes vital to the Republic that we know the character, even the very heart, of those selected to stand watch over liberty. In further explanation, Alexander Hamilton composed “The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they entrust the management of their affairs;” it is therefore our responsibility to stand watch over and deliberately choose those we entrust. Washington declared, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence,—it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” And Abraham Lincoln recognized our responsibility when he explained “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Perhaps the most prophetic voice came from Patrick Henry at the conclusion of Virginia’s Constitutional ratification, “Virtue will slumber. The wicked will be continually watching: Consequently you will be undone.” Thus the question before us is, will we live as free-men under a divine Constitution, electing moral leaders, or will we, by our own complacency, live as slaves under those who seek the deliberate destruction of liberty and a new world order? The best way to expel the darkness is to bring it to light. The choice is ours.