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Constitution class

Dear Editor:

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.

Eugene Witkowski

This story was posted on June 12, 2014.
  • Stephen_L

    “The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation is ever dangerous. Jesus had to walk on the perilous confines of reason and religion; and a step to right or left might place Him within the grasp of the priests of the superstition, a bloodthirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the Being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. They were constantly laying snares, too, to entangle Him in the web of the law. He was justifiable, therefore, in avoiding these by evasions, by sophisms, by misconstructions and misapplications of scraps of the prophets, and in defending Himself with these their own weapons, as sufficient, ad homines, at least. That Jesus did not mean to impose Himself on mankind as the Son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in the lore.” — Thomas Jefferson’s letter to William Short, August 4, 1820

    “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.” – Thomas Jefferson “Notes on Virginia”