It dawned on me during the Pearland TEA Party’s last 5000 Year Leap class what this current struggle boils down too. When I asked the group if they understood where the concept of ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ came from there was quite a long silence. There were a few guesses but the final answer was not among them. The term Arete is one that is not widely known or discussed in relation to government but it was during the days of the Founders.
It is widely known that the Founders were some of the most educated men of their time and the country would be hard pressed to assemble a group such as this again. They studied the ancient Greeks and Romans along with numerous other cultures and ideas. From that lifelong study one of the primary arguments of the day was over whether the American people were Moral and Virtuous enough to rule themselves. With self rule comes great responsibility and the Founders knew that. In the end they believed yes the American’s would be responsible enough for self rule but what was it that they hoped would be achieved by self rule? The Founders hoped that an educated, moral, virtuous people would use their reason to follow God’s Natural Law and strive for Arete or Human Perfection. They did not have a preconceived notion of what Human Perfection would look like but believed that by allowing each Individual Freedom to pursue that each would find that answer for themselves.
Contrast that to the modern Progressive mix of Marxism and Alinsky Tactics and you wind up with almost the exact opposite of what the Founders set in motion 237 years ago. Marx believed that it was fundamentally wrong for some to have more than others regardless of how hard they may have worked to achieve it. He believed that the successful were only successful through unfairly taking from others. Alinsky followed along after that and developed mob tactics that would allow you to bring about mass change based on manipulation. Neither were concerned with improving the Human Condition as much as with the material world and basic control. Each sought to bring all humankind down to the same level and take advantage of their ignorance, vices, and fears in order to bring about ‘their’ idea of the perfect society controlled by their ideas.
Make no mistake we are now locked in a supreme battle of ideas in this country. On the one side the TEA Party who have suddenly awakened to the realization that the country has strayed seriously off track from where the Founders intended for the American experiment and the opposite side led by our own current president Barrack Obama who espouses at every chance and with every action the fundamental ideas of Marx and Alinsky.
The greatest chance for success in this battle is not winning a few skirmishes for political office but in each Individual American educating themselves in their rights and responsibilities as Freemen and then when they are firmly grounded in those principles reaching out and educating their family, friends, and neighbors. America’s course was never certain and the Founders knew all too well that the struggle and odds from history were against us but they hoped that once Freedom was in our fabric as a country we would not let it slip easily through our fingers. Everyone always asks what can I do …. my answer is Pursue Human Perfection as the Founders intended and try to take at least one other person on that journey with you.
Pearlan TEA Party