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To those who announced a Constitution class (Greg Siehl, SUN 6-5-14) I offer my support and encouragement. To begin, I suggest that all those involved with the project and all SUN readers consider the following quotations from and about George Washington, the only president ever elected by unanimous vote.
In his Thanksgiving proclamation (10-3-1789), George Washington wrote: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of God, to obey his will, to be grateful and humbly implore His protection and favor.”
Then, in his farewell address, President Washington added: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports … reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
In her book, “The Spiritual Journey of George Washington,” Janice T. Connell assesses: “Washington’s wisdom envisioned a nation of people whose behavior would be sourced in faithfulness to the loving plan of Kind Providence for all people governed. Therein lies governmental legitimacy … His success is only as valuable as each succeeding generations of Americans who refine and implement the moral imperatives he so brilliantly planted.”
As clueless as those who want to update the Constitution as irrelevant or antiquated are those who believe that our Country’s founders were non-Christian and irreligious. On the contrary, as the above quotations exemplify, the founders were far more religious than government and society today with the irreligious, non-Christian and immoral influences prevalent today, namely, homosexuality, same sex “marriage,” drug use, abortion, murder and the destruction of the Constitutionally guaranteed religious and individual freedoms and rights.
We, as the current generation, desperately need to return to President Washington’s vision of values and elect officials who implement moral imperatives. The efforts of the Archuleta County Constitution class are great steps in this direction and deserve to be supported.