America’s Protective Armor

What has gone wrong in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Here is a story that illustrates our dilemma. The age of knighthood with men in full body armor ended in the 16th century with the development of firearms. One shot from a rifle could pierce any metal armor. A bullet could bounce around inside the metal shell, making mincemeat out of the human body. As a result, for the next 400 years, soldiers had no effective body armor. Millions of men were mangled and killed before the increasing perfection of firepower through WW II.

It was not until 1965, with the invention of Kevlar brand fiber, that modern soldiers began to have hope of effective body armor. The genius of Kevlar is a complex web of thousands of twisted fibers, 5-10 times stronger than steel. These fibers are interwoven in multiple layers and made into a bullet proof vest. Upon impact, the interlocking fibers work together absorbing the bullet’s power, preventing the bullet from penetrating the body. Since this invention, innumerable soldiers and others have been saved from death or injury.

The many threads and layers of the Kevlar are like the fabric of society. What is the fabric of society? It is made up of countless decisions made by individuals every day. Every choice in every part of life involves decisions between good and bad, right and wrong. Each individual decision is made for or against “the eternal rules of order and right.” Each decision either strengthens or weakens the fabric of society.

For centuries, Americans built Kevlar-like covenants (agreements) which functioned as armor protecting our freedom and prosperity. Since our first settlers, an infinity of oral and written covenants were developed in families, churches, towns, counties, and colonies from the grassroots up. Included were over eighty colonial, civil constitutions that were written before the U.S. Constitution. Each family and each town were little self-governing republics. This bottom-up, multi-faceted fabric of society was the driving force behind the development of our Constitutional republic.

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