Chapter 1

Common Sense for America, by Don Hunt

Section I Principles For The “Rebirth Of America”

Chapter  1 Relationships

“Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You in the Same Situation.”

How did this country’s early settlers, burdened with different languages, different beliefs, different cultures, different religions and even different denominations, manage to come together to work and live? The answer lies with each individual. They all had one basic goal, and so strong was their determination to reach that goal, that they were willing to chance death itself as they set out on voyages of unbelievable hardship, crossing mighty oceans.

What was their goal? They wanted to be free. they wanted to make their own rules, decide their own laws and worship God the way they wanted to. they did not want a king or dictator telling them how to worship or live!

I truly wonder about me… about you… about our neighbors and friends today. Are we willing to place all our possessions … even our lives … in jeopardy to preserve the freedoms so many of our ancestors and even recent family members have died for?

Most early settlers believed in a higher power, a power greater than themselves. They not only believed in a God, they believed he/she was a Good God. They believed if they worked hard and did good things for themselves and others, God would bless them. they also believed if they were selfish and full of greed with no thought for others, or did evil to others, God’s justice would repay them in like kind, multiplied many times.

The Bible seems to say that God has both a male and female nature. He created Adam in His image with both a male and female nature (Gen. 1:27). He then took a rib (female nature) from Adam and created Eve (Gen. 2:22).

These beliefs were not religious beliefs based solely on the Torah or Bible or any other spiritual books. They were basic fundamental truths based on experience and proven by ages of watching the lifestyles of those who succeeded and those who failed over a lifetime. Many of us have observed these results in our own lives and in the lives of others.

Because of their cultures, these early settlers were different in almost every way except one. Most believed in the basic principle: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” as a result, the freedom we have in America today is based on a constitution that came forth from those who desired liberty and justice for all.

In order to return America back to a position where God can bless us, or if you choose not to believe in God (that’s your right), back to the basic principles that ensure our individual freedoms, we must return to the basic concepts our forefathers used as the foundation of our constitution. Each inhabitant must be guided, encouraged and motivated to make them a part of his or her daily life. only then will we have the peace and security we all desire.

In every area of our life, we must begin making decisions based upon these simple words: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. Only then can we expect others to  do the same for us. In later chapters, we will examine some of the topics we sometimes fight and argue over. I will offer some possible solutions to them, based upon the “Five Principles of Freedom.”

We must never forget many solutions exist for the same problem. Perhaps you’ll be the one who has the best answer! The main pitfall to avoid, if we want to return our country and our people to their former glory, is to make sure the decisions we are willing to fight for on the local, state and national level are honestly the best solutions for the majority of our citizens. the majority must rule; that’s democracy!

When the majority is silent, and the minority groups are the vocal ones, over time, freedom is lost for all. There is one very important ingredient to freedom we have forgotten! There has to be a balance between freedom and discipline. We will discuss this in the section on Justice.

Unless we discipline those who ignore our basic principles, the individuals of a nation slowly lose their freedom.

For those readers who believe in God, you know that God’s love … as great as it is for us … is still balanced by His justice. His justice is for our own good! A life gone astray will continually reap a harvest of pain and suffering. Only justice can make an individual rethink his situation.

The same relationship must occur between freedom and justice. You cannot have one without the other. In this book, we will see that our refusal to recognize this relationship has placed us on a path in which our freedoms are slowly being lost. It’s never too late to recover when we are willing to admit our mistakes and take the actions to correct them.

Freedom principle # 1

“Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You in the Same Situation.”

QUESTION

What was the foundation of Martin Luther king’s success?

ANSWER

“If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, there lived a great people… A black people… who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.”

Martin Luther king, Jr. 14December 31, 1955 Montgomery, AL