Originally Published — October 17, 2013
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George Mason, one of our greatest Founding Fathers (and like many others, a slave owner, a paradox for sure, but with a rational and open mind, a bit of reason and some logic I believe it can be explained) argued passionately and openly against the institution of slavery. Mason called all those born under a system of slavery, petty tyrants. Partially because those who practice it, or allowed it or argued for it practiced acts of despotism and cruelty, such was slavery, upon a segment of humanity and could be called nothing less. He believed that slavery was an institution that at its root was a poison, a contaminating influence upon the minds and morals of a people. As long as there was slavery there could not be true liberty for anyone, let alone those ensnared by the plantation.
Mason was a man of high moral convictions and believed that virtue was the life spring of liberty. Mason was a lover of freedom and knew that under such a system as slavery, future legislators and leaders could not properly put liberty into context and fully understand its superior disposition upon the lives of the people — if they were constantly corrupted by a system around them that was the antithesis of virtue and liberty.
Mason’s writings are filled with opposition to slavery, from 1765 through the end of his life his public utterances on this topic are numerous. George Mason was a Christian who believed that slavery was a grave sin. But he also believed in a merciful God who would grant pardon and forgiveness to all those who purposed in their heart true repentance and sought after the mercy of the Lord. Their transgressions could and would be reconciled. But for individuals that forgiveness was to be in the next life. But Mason also knew that collective sins, national sins, as he put it, must be punished now. Mason said “nations can not be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this.”
Mason (like Jefferson) was fearful of an uneducated America. They and the other Founders feared an ignorant population that would someday throw off the armor of liberty and trade it for the rags of socialism and tyranny under the guise of security, comfort and peace.
So with so many Americans seemingly willing to trade the bounty of liberty for the porridge of socialism — while standing along side the millions who have been entrapped by the liberal progressive plantation of the freebie welfare entitlement state, I have one question.
Is President Obama the consequence for our national sins or just the results of them?
David is a perpetual student of religion, politics and American history. He lives in Southern California with his wife and their three children. Writer, thinker, speaker, blogger, he is the author of many articles as well as the book, The Conservative Directory – The Little Black Book of the Cultural Counter Revolution (1994). The book was honored with praise from Charlton Heston, Bay Buchanan, Joseph Farah among many others. You can follow him on Twitter @cogitarus. He’s available for speaking engagements upon request.