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Interview – William J. Federer

November 23, 2019


A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE READY
TO PICK ON MILLENNIALS AND THEIR LACK OF HISTORICAL
UNDERSTANDING, I THINK WE SHOULD BE PICKING ON
THE INSTRUCTORS OF MILLENNIALS, BUT MANY
YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY HAVE NO IDEA OF THE UNIQUENESS OF
THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT AND THAT A REPUBLICAN
CONSTITUTIONAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT JUST DIDN’T POP
UP LIKE A DANDELION IN THE SPRINGTIME. IT HAD ROOTS,
HISTORICAL ROOTS. THE FOUNDERS MADE THEIR
CHOICE OF GOVERNMENT BASED ON THEIR UNDERSTANDING
OF THE PUREST FORM OF GOVERNMENT, YES? YOU ARE SO RIGHT FRANK,
THAT AMERICA’S FOUNDERS DID SOMETHING UNIQUE
IN WORLD HISTORY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT HISTORY,
WHEN THE SAMARIANS INVENTED WRITING IN ABOUT
3300 BC THE RECORDS SHOW THAT THE MOST COMMON FORM
OF GOVERNMENT IS A KING. WELL, WHEN AMERICA’S
FOUNDERS GOT THE CHANCE TO BREAK AWAY, THEY FLIPPED
IT AND MADE THE PEOPLE THE KING. AND SO A REPUBLIC IS THE
PEOPLE ARE KING RULING THROUGH REPRESENTATIVES. WE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE
FLAG AND TO THE REPUBLIC. WE’RE BASICALLY PLEDGING
ALLEGIANCE TO US BEING IN CHARGE OF OURSELVES. AND THE IDEA IS, WHERE DID
THE FOUNDERS IN AMERICA COME UP WITH THIS IDEA? WELL, WHEN THE PILGRIMS
WERE COMING ACROSS THEY WERE GOING TO LAND IN
JAMESTOWN AND THEY GET BLOWN 500 MILES
OFF COURSE. AND THEY’RE LANDING IN
MASSACHUSETTS, IT’S STORMY IN WINTER AND THE CAPTAIN
OF THE BOAT SAYS, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET
OFF THE BOAT HERE. AND THEY SAID, WE HAVE A
PROBLEM, THERE’S NO KING APPOINTED PERSON ON OUR
BOAT TO TAKE CHARGE, WE JUST CAN’T BE
A LAWLESS MOB. THEY DO SOMETHING UNIQUE,
THEY GIVE THEMSELVES THE AUTHORITY TO START A
GOVERNMENT CALLED THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT. AND THIS PILGRIM
EXPERIMENT, THEY WERE PART OF A CONGREGATIONAL
CHURCH, RIGHT SO THEY FLED FROM ENGLAND TO HOLLAND
AND THEIR PASTOR JOHN ROBINSON WAS ONE OF
THE FOUNDERS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WHERE IT WASN’T AN ANGLICAN BISHOP THAT
APPOINTED THEM, IT WAS THE PEOPLE. THAT INSPIRED THE NEW
ENGLAND COLONIES WHERE YOU HAD PASTORS STARTING
COMMUNITIES AND SO ROGER WILLIAMS STARTED
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND AND THOMAS HOOKER FOUNDED
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT; PASTORS AND CHURCHES
FOUNDED COMMUNITIES. YOU READ THEIR SERMONS,
WHERE DID THEY GET THEIR IDEAS? BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
ANCIENT ISRAEL. THIS IS WHAT THE FOUNDERS
IN NEW ENGLAND REFERENCED THIS FIRST 400 YEAR PERIOD
OF ANCIENT ISRAEL AND EVEN UP TO THE TIME OF THE
CONSTITUTION, IT NEEDED TO BE RATIFIED BY 9 STATES,
THEY HAD 8, NEW HAMPSHIRE WAS IN LINE TO BE THE
NINTH BUT IT WAS IN A DEAD LOCK, AND SO HARVARD
PRESIDENT SAMUEL LANGDON GIVES THEM AN ADDRESS,
“THE REPUBLIC OF THE ISRAELITES, AN EXAMPLE
TO THE AMERICAN STATES.” AFTER HIS SERMON THEY
VOTE, THEY RATIFY IT, THEY’RE THE 9TH STATE, THE
US CONSTITUTION GOES INTO EFFECT, AFTER THE SERMON
“THE REPUBLIC OF THE ISRAELITES, AN EXAMPLE
TO THE AMERICAN STATES.” SO THERE’S A CLEAR LINE
THAT AMERICA’S FOUNDERS GOT THE IDEA OF THE PEOPLE
RULING THEMSELVES FROM THE BOTTOM UP FROM
ANCIENT ISRAEL. AND ISRAEL EVENTUALLY
TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND DEMANDED A KING, AND THE
CONTEXT OF ALL THIS THAT YOU’RE SAYING HELPS US
UNDERSTAND WHAT A GREAT INSULT THAT WAS TO GOD FOR
ISRAEL TO DEMAND A KING WHEN HE HIMSELF
WAS THEIR KING. HE HIMSELF WAS THE ONE
THEY NEEDED TO LOOK TO FOR ALL THINGS. IN AMERICA WE’VE SORT OF
DONE THAT IN A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAY. GOVERNMENT’S BECOME SO BIG
AND SO POWERFUL AND SO INTRUSIVE, WE SORT OF LOOK
TO GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE A GREAT MANY THINGS TO US
THAT ANY CHRISTIAN WHO READS HIS BIBLE CAREFULLY
OUGHT TO BE SAYING, I’M LOOKING TO GOD AS MY
PROVIDER, BUT WITH EXPANSIVE GOVERNMENT
THAT’S SLIPPED THE BOUNDS OF THE CONSTITUTION IN
MANY RESPECTS, WE NOW HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT PEOPLE
SEE AS THEIR PROVIDER, YES? WELL YOU ARE SO RIGHT IN
BRINGING UP ANCIENT ISRAEL AND HOW IT CHANGED. WHAT HAPPENED? THE PRIESTS STOPPED
TEACHING THE LAW. HIGH PRIEST ELI, HIS OWN
SONS ARE SLEEPING WITH WOMEN IN THE VERY TENT OF
MEETING WITH THE LORD. HE’S NO LONGER TEACHING
THE PEOPLE THE LAW. EVERY MAN DID WHAT WAS
RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES. WHY? BECAUSE THE PRIESTS HAD
STOPPED TEACHING THEM WHAT WAS RIGHT IN
THE LORD’S EYES. AND WHEN THERE’S NO GOD,
THEN YOU JUST FOLLOW YOUR SELFISH HUMAN NATURE,
THERE’S GOING TO BE CHAOS, AND IN THAT CHAOS PEOPLE
WANT SOMEONE TO COME ALONG AND FIX IT. AND THAT’S WHEN SOMEBODY
COMES ALONG PROMISING TO FIX IT, THEY SURRENDER
THEIR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS AND YOU’RE BACK TO A KING. IN ISRAEL’S CASE THEY GO
TO SAMUEL AND THEY SAY, WE WANT TO BE LIKE ALL
THE OTHER COUNTRIES, WE WANT A KING. SAMUEL CRIES AND THE LORD
TELLS HIM, THEY DID NOT REJECT YOU, THEY REJECTED
ME, THAT I SHOULD NOT REIGN OVER THEM. SO THEY GET KING SAUL WHO
TURNS AROUND AND KILLS MOST OF THE
PRIESTS, RIGHT? AND SO, WE SEE AMERICA’S
FORM OF GOVERNMENT IS BASED ON THE PEOPLE
HAVING INTERNAL MORAL SELF-CONTROL; THEY’RE
MOTIVATED TO FOLLOW THAT BECAUSE OF THE
GOD OF THE BIBLE. NOW IT ONLY WORKS WITH
THE GOD OF THE BIBLE. AN ISLAMIC ALLAH GOD SAYS
THERE’S AN INFIDEL WOMAN THERE, NOBODY’S AROUND,
YOU CAN RAPE HER, IT’S OK. THE GOD OF THE BIBLE SAYS;
DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM
DO UNTO YOU. SO OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT
WITHOUT A KING IS BASED ON THE PEOPLE HAVING INTERNAL
MORALS, WHAT MOTIVATES THEM TO FOLLOW THEM IS
THIS GOD OF THE BIBLE WHO’S WATCHING THEM AND
WANTS THEM TO BE FAIR AND IS GOING TO HOLD
THEM ACCOUNTABLE. YOU GET RID OF THIS GOD,
ALL YOU HAVE IS RULES. WHY FOLLOW THEM, SOME
WILL, SOME WON’T. THOSE THAT WON’T ARE GOING
TO START ROBBING AND STEALING AND SMASHING
WINDOWS AND HAVING MOBS IN THE STREET AND TOTAL
LAWLESSNESS AND CHAOS. EVERYBODY’S GOING TO SAY
WE NEED SOMEONE TO COME ALONG AND RESTORE ORDER,
SOMEONE COMES IN, COLLECTS EVERYBODY’S GUNS, AND
YEAH, THEY’LL RESTORE ORDER BUT WHEN THE DUSTS
SETTLES, YOU’LL HAVE FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED
YOUR COUNTRY FROM THE PEOPLE RULING THEMSELVES
FROM THE BOTTOM UP BACK TO A KING RULING
FROM THE TOP DOWN.

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