By the time you have read this, we will have begun a new year. In my estimation, it will be one for the history books and will determine the future and fate of America.
Down through the centuries, there have been periods of time that stand out beyond many of their so-called chronological counterparts, and that had profound effects on a nation and in many cases the world. These are periods within the time frame of the Gregorian calendar and can be part of an era, a generation, or an age of mankind. There are numerous examples; however, for purposes here, I’ll list those several we are familiar with, and eventually arrive at 2020. The years given are based on theological and scholarly studies.
Roman Empire: The rise of the Roman Empire and the ascension of Caesar Augustus, 27 BC, and the fall of same 476 AD. The Roman Empire at the height of its power encompassed over 1,900,000 square miles. It had a profound effect and a lasting influence on its subject countries in the development of language, religion, architecture, law, and philosophy.
Jesus Christ: The birth of Jesus Christ, between 2 and 6 BC, and His crucifixion and death placed at 33 AD. The incarnation of Christ is the genesis of Christianity and its foundation, and His crucifixion represents the fulfillment of prophecy of everlasting life for the believer.
The Renaissance: The Renaissance, 1400 through 1700, represents the transition from the Dark Ages to the period of modernity, and was based on a version of humanism. It is believed to have been fashioned after the writings of the Greek philosopher Protagoras who said: “Man is the measure of all things.” This was manifested in art, science, politics, architecture, and literature. The rest is history.
Age of Enlightenment: The Age of Enlightenment covered the period of 1715-1789, and was born out of an intellectual and philosophical movement, also known as Renaissance Humanism. The importance of the Age of Enlightenment was that it was the philosophical genesis of the American Revolution, and the development of a democratic society.
The Declaration of Independence: July 04, 1776; the Declaration of Independence is a timeless statement of man's inherent rights, the purpose of government, and its limits.
The Constitution: The United States Constitution was ratified in 1789, and its purpose was to secure our fundamental rights, human freedom, and upholding the rule of law.
These are but several occurrences that have had profound and lasting effects on Western Civilization and the world. Now let’s move forward to the present, 2020. You might ask what these major and significant events have to do with the present. Each of them, and there are many others, have made major contributions to the American ethos of today.
From Roman law and philosophy, to the birth of Christ and the advent of Christianity and its laying the foundation of this nation's Judeo-Christian ethic, played major parts in our history. The Renaissance was a humanistic revival that excelled man's gifted experiences in the arts, sciences, and literature. The Age of Enlightenment was the spark that philosophically contributed to the American Revolution and democratic principles.
The Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the freedoms and liberty they espoused, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, shaped who we are today as a people and a society, and have guided us in the matters of religious tolerance, governance and the law of the land.
In November of this year, the presidential election will take place. If President Trump is unseated and replaced by a Democrat, I believe the historic events mentioned previously, and their relevance, which have led us to where we are today as a nation and people, will either be temporarily placed on hold, or will fade into the midst of time and history.
Should a Democrat be elected, whatever his or her philosophical persuasion be, the accomplishments of this president will be made irrelevant and replaced by radical policies and a corrupt agenda. Religious liberty will once again be threatened, as with the Obama administration, and other liberties will be placed in jeopardy.
Democrats have proven, and there can be little doubt, that the policies and methods of governance they espouse, and their cultural and social mores, are antithetical to the historical knowledge, experience, and accomplishment that has journeyed down through the centuries and helped in laying the foundations of Western Civilization and its progeny, America.