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Letter to the Editor

By: Roger Farinha

I see how intellectual ideas not only shape our modern global history, but how America has inherited the most advanced and liberal ideas emerging from the history of modern philosophical thought, and how our nation is now on the verge of putting one final crown of reason on the highest liberal ideals of humankind ‒ a task to which I feel personally called.

While every great civilization needs some common moral code to provide the backbone for its rise (as the idea of justice was needed to counter the value for power in Roman civilization), our present Western civilization adopted the human example of Jesus Christ, upon which its liberal value of the individual rests. For the heart of the Jesus’ message is how a man can come from the lowliest of origins and yet manifest such greatness and personal value.

But just as the Roman civilization needed justice to counter its zeal for power, so does our society now need reason to counter its zeal for the individual. For as justice makes power noble through tempering its exercise, so does reason make the individual noble in tempering excesses and eccentricity.

God Himself may well agree, for it is written in his supposed book: “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1: 18).

It has become my mission in life to see the birth and maturity of A New American Spring, where the liberal and enlightened ideals of our national Constitution will finally and definitively take up its abode in the hearts and minds of the common American folk. For while our nation was founded on a profoundly courageous and uniquely historical, populist faith in humankind, these insights have scarcely trickled down into the hearts and minds of the regular American citizen, resulting in an America which as yet falls short of its highest aspirations.

How much longer will our American folk endure being treated like so many children to be herded by the pied piper of the political ad machine, for example? Are they not capable of assuming their adult roles of generating the political direction itself?

Thomas Jefferson writes: “I know of no safer depositor of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Our country had faith enough in humankind to call to all the nations for their tired, their poor, their huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and our nation proved the supreme value of the commonest of folk in subsequently becoming so great on the world stage ‒ a figure of the Jesus story itself.

So why do we drag our feet in putting the final crown of a mass movement of REASON upon our American head, shining the nuclear light of testimony to all the world that yes, even in the plainest of people reside the peace and beauty, prosperity and nobility, of our very human race!

To follow my message more closely, read the book The Socratic Trucker available through Amazon.com, and visit my website at www.newamericanspring.org.

 

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