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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Francis Schaeffer on Authoritarian Government

By Rick Pearcey • December 30, 2010, 12:14 PM

Consider the following quote from thinker Francis Schaeffer as Obama rejects the Founding vision rooted in unalienable rights, from a real and verifiable Creator, for an alien vision (alien to the U.S. and to human nature) rooted in private values (such as diversity, class warfare, homosexuality, mere economics, etc.) imposed by Washington:  

When the Christian consensus died, it left a vacuum, and this will tend to be filled by an elite to form an authoritarian state. When we speak of an authoritarian state, we must not think of the model of Hitler or Stalin, but rather a manipulative authoritarian state. The governments of the world have at their disposal forms of manipulation beyond anything the world has every known before.

-- Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? DVD, Episode 6, "The Scientific Age"

Memo to Tea Party: Any political party or cultural movement that would help turn America away from tyranny and back to freedom must address current challenges at foundational levels.

The economic breakdown we are witnessing in America today is a symptom of a more fundamental breakdown -- a breakdown caused in no small measure by a breakaway by liberals and RINOs from the founding genius of the Declaration worldview and then away from the U.S. Constitution, which was created to protect the Founding vision.

The Constitution is not -- is not -- a stand alone document. It stands in continuity with the Declaration of Independence. And it either stands within the context of the liberating norms of the Declaration, or it falls to the ground as a dead letter. And the freedoms it is supposed to protect fall with it.

The Founders addressed at foundational levels the great challenge of freedom vs. tyranny in their moment in history, and if we are to refound a free American people upon Declaration norms and content, we must do so as well, equally foundationally, in our own moment in history. Once again, it's either liberty or death.