“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
Thomas Jefferson (Query XVIII, Notes on that State of Virginia 1781)
Religion and politics were ingrained in American soil since the 16th Century. It would take many generations of colonists to establish and limit the law of church and state within their new nation’s constitutional republic. Several hundred years later, Americans are still struggling with understanding the relationship between religion and politics in their culture.
At the same time, the majority of Americans in 2014 expressed having lost nearly all confidence in all three branches of government, frustrated by leaders who have disregarded or circumvented their constitutional oath and responsibilities.
According to a mid-2014 Gallup poll:
- Only 29 percent approve of the office of the presidency,
- Only 30 percent express confidence in the Supreme Court, and,
- Congress has a 7 percent approval rating.
Additionally, an NBC/WSJ poll from the same time period revealed:
- 80 percent are fed up with the existing political system,
- 71 percent say the recession has impacted them a lot, and,
- 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Worse still, the majority of the U.S. economy is not wage-based. Only 58 percent of working age Americans are working and wages account for only 44 percent of the economy.
Obviously, reform is needed. And reforming a D.C. culture, widely held as corrupt, may appear impossible, especially since only one third of Americans vote.
Americans have an opportunity to demand reform and accountability, shedding light on the law that must be protected.