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Moving Away From Great Principles That Built America

Moving Away From Great Principles That Built America

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When you look at the current state of our country, are we moving away from great principles that built America? While far from perfect, America is still the greatest and most successful democratic republic in the world. But, when you look around, are we gaining or losing ground?

Our founding fathers, in forming the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution, laid the foundation for greatness. They established this nation on the pillars of liberty, morality, law and faith. But it appears, more and more, we are trying to weaken and ignore the very guideposts that have kept this nation moving in the right direction.

When the Constitution was first ratified in 1789, it was not perfect. In has been amended twenty-seven (27) times since its inception. What does that tell us? That we should continue to improve upon the great foundation of America. Instead, we appear to be moving away from great principles that built America. It is prevalent in the divisive, errant, and toxic public discourse.

Moving Away From Great Principles That Built America

Moving Away From Great Principles That Built America
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The founders formed this country to exercise religious freedom. Yet religion seems to be interwoven in the political dialogue. Sadly, in a negative and divisive way. Faith played a very important role with the founding fathers in building this country. It was evident all around: in our currency, “In God We Trust”; in our Pledge of Allegiance; in our patriotic songs, in the public display of the Ten Commandments. Now religion is being used to divide and demonize.

As time has passed, faith has become entangled with the notion of religious freedom, and what has resulted is a kind of religious oppression—yes, using religion to oppress and divide, here in America. America is about freedom to worship. Faith is about believing in what we cannot see. Isn’t that how dreams and greatness are realized? The founders had faith in God’s provision for this nation. There is nothing in the Constitution that speaks to religion or denominational preferences.

Similar erosion is occurring in freedom of speech, of the press, and the right of assembly. If you pay careful attention to what is happening nationally, and in communities all across the country, you will see some alarming trends. Legitimate factual press, peaceful assembly and protests, and civilized and factual speech are being demonized and vilified at every turn. This threatens the very existence of our democratic republic—the very existence. Yet, we seem not to be duly alarmed.

What must our founding fathers be thinking? Are we losing our way by moving away from the principles that built America, the foundational principles that made this nation great?

What is the environment, the national and local dialogue, telling you?

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Moving Away From Great Principles That Built America

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Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis
Janice S. Ellis, PhD, is an award-winning author. Her book, From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major book sellers. She has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. You can see her writings on this website.


  1. Tony says:

    Religion and politics don’t mix and never belonged together Religion is an individual’s personal choice and politics just tries to use it as a control mechanism.

  2. Sandy says:

    The principles that founded the country should not be forgotten. We may deviate from it but the essence should still be the same. If we forget it then we might lose the very foundation that made us who we are as a nation.

  3. David Tjoe says:

    For me without a doubt, America is still the best country in the world. I am sure that in the end it will make them better, everything that happens will certainly become learning to be better at the right moment.

  4. Miracle says:

    I totally agree with you. I think this isn’t happening only in America, but also in other countries. We should speak up and let this problem be considered.

  5. Angelo says:

    I like your point of view. The principles that build one nation that still exist today must not be forgotten, because it is like the root of it.

  6. Scott Summers says:

    I cannot say much about governance since I am not from there. However, my country seems to be willing to try a federal form of governance. Whether it will push though or not who knows. One thing is sure may it be the US or what a country is built by people.

  7. Donna says:

    I think it is not just in America but in many countries as well. People now have lack of respect in the constitution. I think most democratic countries suffer same problem. Freedom is both a gift and a curse.

  8. Danielle M says:

    I don’t know how is living in America these days, but I hope that if it’s not longer as admirable as it used to be, still can become in a great country like it was int he past.

  9. RobertM says:

    To be honest i totally agree with you that it’s evident that we are moving away from the great principles that build america. About Faith i think freedom of worship should not be altered with any state leave alone in America

  10. David Mureithi says:

    It’s sad to see the erosion on the constitution. Freedoms that are crucial in development are cut off and citizens are now live like slaves.

  11. Brenda says:

    Based on your review of the current affairs of the US, it seems the nation is drifting away from its founding principles. I wonder what the founders wound say, if they were to wake up now.

  12. mbang says:

    It seems the country has failed her citizens because things are no longer there way it used to be. we are gradually losing it and I hope it well rescued before it is too late. Good luck to everybody.

  13. Grace K says:

    I am a great fun of following American Politics and dialogues. Based on the current state of America, I still believe the country is moving in the right direction. So many things have changed over time, hence the need for a different approach to same things.

  14. Obalade Damilola says:

    I agree with you..the country is moving away from the very principles that built it..America is still the best country though but if nothing is not done about this new trend,I make bold to say that the country will be in the doldrums and countries like Japan and China will overtake america.

  15. Jim says:

    I think we are fast moving away from the the principles that worked and we knew. Like you rightly pointed out this has threatened our existence of our democratic republic—the very existence. Yet, we seem not to care.

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