George Mason, one of our greatest Founding Fathers (and like many others, a slave owner, a paradox for sure, but with a rational and open mind, a bit of reason and some logic I believe it can be explained) argued passionately and openly against the institution of slavery. Mason called all those born under a system of slavery, petty tyrants. Partially because those who practice it, or allowed it, or argued for it, practiced acts of despotism and cruelty; such was slavery upon a segment of humanity, and could be called nothing less. He believed that slavery was an institution which, at its root, was a poison, a contaminating influence upon the minds and morals of a people. As long as there was slavery, there could not be true liberty for anyone, let alone those ensnared by the plantation.
Mason was a man of high moral convictions and believed that virtue was the life spring of liberty. Mason was a lover of freedom and knew that under such a system as slavery, future legislators and leaders could not properly put liberty into context and fully understand its superior disposition upon the lives of the people — if they were constantly corrupted by a system around them, which was the antithesis of virtue and liberty.
Mason’s writings are filled with opposition to slavery, from 1765 through the end of his life, his public utterances on this topic are numerous. George Mason was a Christian who believed that slavery was a grave sin. But he also believed in a merciful God who would grant pardon and forgiveness to all those who purposed in their heart true repentance and sought after the mercy of the Lord. Their transgressions could and would be reconciled. But for individuals, that forgiveness was to be in the next life. But Mason also knew that collective sins, national sins, as he put it, must be punished now. Mason said “nations can not be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this.”
Mason (like Jefferson) was fearful of an uneducated America. They and the other Founders feared an ignorant population that would someday throw off the armor of liberty and trade it for the rags of socialism and tyranny under the guise of security, comfort and peace.
With so many Americans seemingly willing to trade the bounty of liberty for the porridge of socialism — while standing alongside the millions who have been entrapped by the liberal progressive plantation of the freebie welfare entitlement state –I have one question.
Is President Barack Obama the consequence for our national sins or just the results of them?
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