Dr Lawrence Gelman: Fall From Grace

Times change but human psychology and behavior do not. The seven deadly sins: narcissism, envy, wrath, sloth, avarice, gluttony and lust; and the seven holy virtues: faith, hope, charity, prudence, temperance, fortitude, justice, are the same today as when first described thousands of years ago. The objects and reasons drawing such behavior may change but the human psychology and behavior remain constant. The great myth promulgated by government throughout society is that leaders of nations and those going into public “service” are those manifesting elevated levels of the seven holy virtues when in reality those going into “public service” are far more likely to manifest the extremes of the seven deadly sins. The Founding Fathers created a nation stripping government of its stranglehold on the average citizen. However, cognizant of human foibles, especially of those entering roles of governance, the Founding Fathers created architecture of government in the Constitution to implement and maintain forever the ideology delineated in the Declaration of Independence. “That all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights”. “That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That when any form of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it”. The American Revolution was one based upon an ideology of individual liberty, freedom and independence. The new nation would be governed by servants of the people rather than one where the people were servants of the government. This narrative will document how the counter-revolutionary forces of aristocracy, fascism and statism regained control of the nation not directly through force but indirectly through the corruption of government and the subversion of the Constitution.

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