“Woodrow Wilson and the Rejection of the Founders’ Principles”

by: Ronald J. Pestritto,  Associate Professor of Politics, and Dean of the Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College

Overview

Progressives believe that America needs to move beyond the principles of the Founding.  Woodrow Wilson—who served as president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey, and as America’s 28th president—was one of the earliest Progressive thinkers.  His critique of the Founding—namely, his rejection of the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution’s system of the separation of powers—is one of the most articulate expressions of the Progressive movement’s core beliefs.

 

 

Divine Providence

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Have you ever had the feeling you were chosen by a higher power and driven to do something exceptional? Yeah, me neither.

That’s because it’s so uncommon. There is a name for this phenomenon. It’s called Divine Providence.

Divine Providence is not often revealed to mankind, but it does happen. There are times in our history when it seems God has reached down from the heavens and plucked a man (or men) from the masses and guided him to do what must be done in that moment in history.

I don’t believe George Washington just happened. He was chosen and guided through Divine Providence. No one else could have been that guy. As great a collection of minds as they were, not Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, etc. could have been the inspiration that was Washington. He was chosen because he was the one man that could take on the task and see it through.

The King of England, George III, the Mad King, begat George Washington. The King was a bad guy and the colonies needed a polar opposite to lead them out of bondage, as it were.

Washington was not perfect, but he was a good and just man. He was, by no coincidence, exactly what America needed at the time.

Abraham Lincoln was also that man this country needed at that exact time in our history.

James Buchanan, Lincoln’s presidential predecessor was arguably pro-slavery, at least so far as the American territories were concerned. He had many pro-slavery advocates in his cabinet.

Once more, Buchanan begat Lincoln. Many would argue Lincoln was not an anti-slavery advocate to start, but no one could make that claim, by the time he ran for reelection against George McClellan, who wished to end the war and compromise with the south allowing slavery to continue.

I contend that Lincoln was guided on the path of good and no other, at that time in history, could have accomplished the task of both preserving the Union and emancipation.

Carter begat Reagan. In the late 1970’s this country was floundering and leaderless. Carter was a weak administrator at best and America craved, no needed, a strong leader. Reagan was that man. He was a good man with strong ideals and not afraid to call out evil. He reminded us how great America was and how it could be again, that we were the last best hope of mankind and a beacon of freedom for others to emulate.

He was the man, guided by Divine Providence , to restore and renew America. No other of his time could have been that man.

And so do we stand at this moment in history with a clear choice, and Mitt Romney is the clear choice.

As many know, Romney was not my guy, as it were. He is not the “true conservative” we all think we need and as we would define a conservative.

What Mitt is, is a good man. I have concluded that a conservative policy wonk is not now what America needs, although, as an added bonus, we will get one in the V.P., Paul Ryan.

In every crucial moment in our history, a phoenix has risen from the ashes to pull us back from our path to self destruction and place us back on the path to good.

It’s as if God gives us a little rope and then pulls us back when we stray too far.

I’m no clairvoyant, but I think we might be living in an historic time. We may be witness to another Divine Providential event.

Evil gives way to good and Barack Obama and his administration of radicals are evil, maybe the worst in our history. They may not be “the Devil” evil, but evil in that they wish to shake the foundation of liberty and freedom established by our founders until it topples, in order to rebuild it in their own warped image of the “perfect” society.

It’s not evil to wish to change things, if done in the light, where all can see, understand and freely choose. The evil is in the covert way they’ve chosen to operate.

The mark of a good man is how good he is when no one is looking. Few people are as good as Romney when no one is looking.

We, at this moment in history, need a good and moral man. I believe, through Divine Providence, Mitt Romney has been chosen to be our standard bearer of good.

Do I wish that Mitt was not only good but more conservative? Yep, but I’ve come to gladly accept that he is not both. He is honest, moral and very hard working.

That’s what we need at this moment in history and we get to witness the history and hopefully be a part of it.