There is value in knowing your past. Knowing where you came from can provide guidance in determining where you are going. Our past can be a springboard into our future or an obstacle we must overcome, but in either case there is value in knowing our past. The same is true of nations. Unfortunately, as a nation, we have forgotten our past or, better said, we are no longer being taught our past. I could easily get distracted here and spend the remainder of this column enumerating the many shortcomings of public education, but these shortcomings are grist for another mill. The point of this column is to show where we have strayed from our roots as a nation and the price we are paying for having done so.
It is symptomatic of our collective national ignorance that when we think of Sam Adams, most Americans think of beer. Few Americans recognize Sam Adams as a Founding Father (he signed the Declaration of Independence), revolutionary statesman (he served in the Continental Congress and as Governor of Massachusetts), or an organizer of the Boston Tea Party. For that matter, how many Americans recognize that today’s Tea Party patriots view the Boston Tea Party as their historical anticedent?
What is even worse though is that too few Americans recognize Sam Adams as the Founder who—one day before signing the Declaration of Independence—admonished his countrymen to remember that a free and independent nation could not long exist unless it rested on a solid foundation of virtue and religion. This is, no doubt, why the secular humanists who control public education conveniently overlook Sam Adams when presenting their distorted version of American history. If the longevity of our nation must rest on a foundation of virtue and religion, the liberals have a problem. The views of Sam Adams—views that were widely accepted by his fellow Founders—certainly call into question the crusade of the left to rid our government of even a hint of Christian influence.
For the benefit of liberals who deny the Christian foundation of America, let me call the reader’s attention to just a few of the words spoken by Sam Adams in the speech he gave the day before signing the Declaration of Independence. Referring to the ability of the colonies to win their independence from Great Britain Adams said: “There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels; so we may truly say it is not our own arm that has saved us. The hand of heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great providential dispensation, which He is completing.”
The “astonishing providence” that was working in favor of the colonies was God. This is just one of the several terms people in the times of Adams used for God. By stating that the success of the colonies had “almost given faith to the infidels” Adams was saying that even non-believers were sitting up and taking notice. They were thinking, if God blesses His colonial children in this way maybe we should believe in God. When Adams claimed that “it is not our own arm that has saved us” he was that the colonial citizens who were embarking on their great cause together were just “humble instruments” of God and the independence of the American colonies was nothing more than the playing out of providential (God’s) dispensation.
Liberals really have to suppress and distort history to rationalize their secular humanist worldview. And, of course, this is precisely what they do. I once had a leftwing history professor who solved the problem of historical facts running counter his revisionist notions by refusing to read any paper submitted by a student that cited research more than ten years old. In other words, we were forbidden to use original source material. In addition to turning upside down the usually required practice of searching out source documents, his ban on any source older than ten years limited students to using secondary materials written by liberal professors like him. If there are any liberals reading this, the next time you are drinking a bottle of Sam Adams beer you might want to consider the words of his speech given the day before he signed the Declaration of Independence.