One of my critics on Facebook saw the following post and then made the comment listed below:
John Adams also said this, within a month or so of the quote you cite- "The proposition that the people are the best keepers of their own liberties is not true. They are the worst conceivable, they are no keepers at all; they can neither judge, act, think, or will, as a political body." So, what do you think he is suggesting there, genius?
Are you serious? Has our government strayed so far from the Founder's intent that we no longer recognize where we came from?
First of all, to understand the quote on the painting is to see that Adams believed our Constitution would only survive as long as the majority of Americans were moral and maintained their religious values. Even more than today, at the time of the Founders, most Americans were Christian. (Today about 77% of Americans view themselves as Christian.) The Judeo-Christian values of life and liberty were the foundation of this country.
The next quote is a direct reference to our Republican form of government. You see, Geoffrey, we were not intended to be a Democracy. In a government where each individual casts a vote you eventually fall prey to "mob rule." Because most voters, "can neither judge, act, think, or will, as a political body." This is what is happening in America today and we are spending ourselves into oblivion with entitlements and foreign wars. If you have enough people in a Democracy voting one way you can trample the rights of others. Just look at our current tax code. Are all Americans treated fairly?
Why are we no longer a Republic? When the 17th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1913 it made the election of Senators no longer an appointment of the State legislature and put it up to a popular vote. (1913 was not a good year for American freedom.) This shattered the pattern of electing trusted politicians on a local level and holding them responsible to appoint Senators to best protect the rights of the state. Today, most senators appeal to the popular vote and are beholden to special interests who fund their campaigns and pull the strings.
A Republic form of government was designed to vote and appoint our greatest advocates for freedom and the Constitution and protect the rights of the states. Yes, the Republic is dead and our Constitution is barely alive. It doesn't take a genius to see that America has chosen a path to destruction and unless we wake up and restore the moral and religious values of our nation WE WILL FAIL.