What do you say to those who agree we need to “fundamentally transform” America for the betterment of society?
Or to the Occupiers who chant for the allegedly oppressed “99%”? To the lawmaker who’s gotta pass those new bills “for the collective good?” To the neighbor who is ashamed of America’s alleged “failures?” To that family member who soaks up, like a sponge, the mainstream liberal media bias?
Ask them if they really and truly want to make progress for human beings.
After the “yes” answer, and if they’re willing to listen, then read them this quote from America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge. (Hopefully they already know something about 1776.) Coolidge said this at a 1926 speech in Philadelphia:
“It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning may not be applied to the great charter [the Declaration of Independence].
If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.
No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can move historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
Can the truth and soundness of our Revolutionary fathers be denied?
Yep. At freedom’s peril.
h/t Tom Krannawitter