Regretfully, I could not be considered a religious man by any stretch of the imagination. Evidently, I’m not intelligent enough to comprehend the Bible, and my brain is wired too linear and skeptical to believe in faith without proof. In my mind children dying of cancer or scenes of gassed Syrian babies, to use as examples, do not compute there might be some sort of a spiritual, all-encompassing being watching over us. Neither does voting for Hillary Clinton, but that is another subject.
Having said that, sometimes I consider circumstances in history and wonder if there just had to be some sort of “divine” guidance involved in the outcome. There simply has to be more “there” there.
Take the Founding Fathers as an example:
Whether referring to the seven Founding Fathers, (Adams, Franklin, Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson, Madison, and Washington) as identified by historian Richard Morris, or the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, the divinity of the situation would be comparable.
Let’s consider just the seven key Founding Fathers. (As a footnote - when researching details, I found it remarkable that Washington, Jay, Hamilton, and Madison did not sign the Declaration of Independence.)
When the 2nd Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in 1775, these seven gentlemen gathered from points all over the thirteen colonies. At that time, there were about 2.5 million people in America. Life was pretty primitive in general. Obviously, there were no telephones, fax machines or emails for the men to discuss ideas between themselves beforehand.
There also was no cotton clothes or readily available potable water, as everybody drank cider, beer, and wine. Although there were doctors, people avoided them like the plague, as the practice of medicine had not been advanced much beyond leech bleeding. There were no anti-biotics and half the babies born did not live past the first year.
Amazingly, people were only beginning to trade chamber pots for outhouses. You can imagine the rest of their personal hygiene experiences from that perspective.
Not only did they live in a primeval time, they had personal problems as well. According to Sara Kettler of Biography, George Washington possessed a quick temper and was prone to bouts of profanity-laced outbursts. Speaking of crude, you might want to look up where George really got his teeth, as they weren’t wooden.
Thomas Jefferson, who eloquently penned many of the nation’s most important documents, was tongue-tied, particularly around women, and rarely spoke while sitting in Congress. Compare that with the blowhards we have today in Washington DC.
Benjamin Franklin, who had no formal education, often “air-bathed” by sitting at his desk naked. He thought that accounted for a bath! He also lived to be 93 years old at a time when life expectancy was just under 40.
John Adams was such a crusty old SOB, nobody liked him.
James Madison had a step-son who was a gambler, drunkard and spent time in debtor’s prison. Madison often paid the debts, usually without Dolly's knowledge.
John Jay, the first Chief Justice, detested the job due to the traveling conditions, and quit at first chance.
Alexander Hamilton, born in the Caribbean to a mother that happened to be married to another man not named Hamilton, was considered somewhat political, usurping power from his superiors, including President Adams. Perhaps the reason President Adams was so miserable?
Despite this hard life and individual foibles, they cobbled together perhaps some of the supreme documents in history. This included the Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers advocating ratification of the Constitution, and later the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War.
Their actions set into place a bloody confrontation against Britain, certainly a repeat of the Biblical David versus Goliath, in which the colonies won against all odds. The result was to create the greatest nation that ever existed in the history of mankind.
Once set in place, the men served the country they put together, in various capacities, so as to set examples of how this Republic should be run. (Except, evidently, for the political Hamilton!) And the product of their labors, the United States of America, has lasted 241 years to date…despite the efforts of Obama.
Could this have been created, despite the enormous odds, incredible hardships, and primitive way of life, by chance? These folks did not understand the basic rules of hygiene but were able to set all that we know and love in place for centuries?
It’s hard for me to fathom this was just merely historical coincidence. Surely there had to be another hand in this.
Sadly, even God could have not foreseen the circus that is the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearing though.
NOTE - This is not the first time this commentary has appeared in my blog. I edited the original from April of 2017 and sent it to be published in the paper, as I was on vacation at the time.