The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee
The first portion of the book is an educational review of the history of our founding fathers. The author goes into great detail, annotating specific quotes and sources, of the social outrage against the King of England, and political fervor, that caused the separate colonies to forget their differences and unite to revolt against the tyranny of the King. Dr. Richard Lee argues his theory that today’s social, economic, and political breakdown can be attributed to three major causes: the lack of religious spirit, the lack of patriotism taught in schools, and the breakdown of the traditional family unit.
The author quotes from the Pledge of Allegiance, “One nation under God, indivisible …” and ponders if we ARE still one nation under God. It is currently politically correct to advocate freedom of religion by suppressing Christians’ ability to worship as they choose. There are several instances where people have sued their neighbors for having a Virgin Mary statue displayed in their garden or yard. Similar cases would never have made it to court if it concerned a statue of Buddha or the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. Dr. Lee cites many quotes where the founding fathers, even Benjamin Franklin who was not a deeply religious man, expressed the opinion that it was through their faith in God that colonists drew their strength, dignity, and sense of morals. The author also questions IF this nation IS still indivisible as society has seem to become more of an “Us vs. Them” mentality that is split between classes, races, and/or influential corporations.
Dr. Lee states that children today are no longer taught pride in our nation. History of our forefathers and what they sacrificed for our freedoms is gleaned over and barely touched upon anymore. While many citizens know the basic gist of the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, how many have not only read them, but understand them? I admit that I haven’t. There are many times where my twelve-year-old daughter has interrupted a conversation, asking who it was that we were discussing. We’ve been baffled that she had never heard of John Adams, Paul Revere, FDR, or even Hitler. I had thought it curious that such topics hadn’t been covered yet in her history classes and worried that maybe she wasn’t paying much attention in class. Dr. Richard Lee’s reasearch of history textbooks currently in use in assorted school districts makes me seriously wonder if she was just never taught these important lessons.
This book would make an excellent group read as it evokes plenty of debatable discussions. These opinions are expressly my own and not in any way those of A Goddess of Frugality or its owner.