William J. Federer: ‘In America the people are the King’

By Michael Hernandez

William J. Federer

(Editor’s Note:  The American Legacy Series continues with a lecture every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Court, Suite 14, Newbury Park.  All are welcomed to explore “the origins of our American Government, how it is relevant, and how it is shaping our future.”)

NEWBURY PARK–“In America, the People are the King, and Pastors are the Counselors to the King sitting in their pews,” said William J. Federer, author and radio host at the American Legacy Series lecture 9 at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Court.  “Some Counselors want the King to stay asleep!  Others are trying to get the King to wake up!” writes Federer in his book:  “Who is the King in America? And who are the Counselors to the King? (2017, page 170).

“Daniel Webster said:  ‘If the American Constitution should fail (there would be) anarchy around the world.’  We rule without a King—a glorified gang leader.  America was given a chance to break from a King.  We have a bottom up form of government; instead of a top down government.

“In the Mayflower Compact, they gave themselves the authority to start a government.   The knit together as a body in covenant with the Lord, tied for each other’s good and knit together by bonds of love.

“New England was founded by pastors in the great Puritan migration of 1630-1640.    The foundation of authority is laid firmly in the free consent of the people.  The privilege of elections belongs to the people.  They have the power to appoint officers and magistrates.

“Thomas Hooker was the founder of the State of Connecticut, the father of American democracy and the author of the first written state constitution creating government (in the New World in the years 1636-39).  He established the form of government upon which the Constitution of the United States was founded.

“In the New England experiment, pastors realized that the Kingdom of God could never be forced from top down.  Kings burned people at the stake for not believing as they did.  Pastors saw that Jesus never forced anyone to believe in Him.  If Jesus did not, we could not.

“If the majority of the people held godly values and elected representatives with their values; then laws would reflect their leaders from bottom up, not top down.  “The fundamental question:  ‘Does power come from a Creator to the King to the people or from a Creator to the people to their political leaders?’

“Harvard President Samuel Langdon in 1788 said, ‘The republic of the Israelites was an example to the American states.  They had no King for 400 years.  In ancient Israel, everyone was equal.  This concept of equality, everyone equal to you, not more equal, not less equal; no King; and with private land owners.

“President Langdon said that a well regulated nation under laws was far superior to what any other nation could boast—this was a unique form of government that was bottom up, rather than top down with a King.”

Ferderer ended his lecture by quoting notable Americans.   “President Reagan said, ‘without God there is no virtue.’  President Eisenhower: ‘the people are the King.’  President Cleveland:  ‘the divine right of man is to govern himself.’  President Theodore Roosevelt:  ‘In America, the people are King.’

“In a Republic, the people are King, ruling through representatives.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said,  ‘America appears like a last effort of Divine Providence in behalf of the human race.’  Ronald Reagan stated in 1961:  ‘The greatest revolution was that (in the United States of America) for the first time, the founding fathers established the idea that you had within yourselves the God given ability to determine your destiny.”

(Editor’s Note:  To view complete American Legacy lecture see link: http://www.gccto.com/american-legacy-series/week-9)

William J. Federer

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: hernandez.mike@aol.com

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.


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