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  • Benjamin Franklin’s Sword Can Be Yours for $300K

    09/14/2016 7:48:35 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 15 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | 09/14/2016 | Christies
    When you think of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, it’s likely because of his ill-advised, bad-weather kite-flying foray or his face on the hundred-dollar bill or possibly the pithy sayings from Poor Richard’s Almanack. Here’s another side of Franklin: swashbuckling swordsman. In its Sept. 20 “Important American Furniture, Silver, Outsider and Folk Art” sale, Christie’s is set to feature just that as they offer a brilliant silver-hilted small sword, made for Franklin by a neighbor in Philadelphia circa 1760. Thankfully, it won’t ruin your peaceable image of the portly American statesman; at the time, it was a part of a gentleman’s...
  • A Tale of Two Georges

    07/04/2016 1:33:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 4, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    In Philadelphia, in what now is called Independence Hall, is preserved a Chippendale style chair crafted in 1779 by the cabinetmaker John Folwell, with a sun on the horizon carved at the top. For nearly three months in 1787, George Washington used this chair during the sessions of the Federal Convention. According to James Madison, whose feet would have dangled from it since, at 5’4” he was ten inches shorter than Washington, Benjamin Franklin mused: “I have often in the course of the session looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was...
  • “Benjamin Franklin, an American Life”

    05/26/2016 9:14:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/26/16 | Ed Wood
    Sometimes the rigors of daily life just get too overwhelming, causing me to turn to other less stressful items of interest. So I am now reading, “Benjamin Franklin -- An American Life,” by famed biographer, Walter Isaacson. It is already an amazing story about an amazing man, and I am not half way through its 586 pages --- small type, no pictures! Benjamin Franklin: author, inventor, scientist, politician, raconteur. But he considered himself, first and foremost, to be a printer. And would generally sign his name, “Benjamin Franklin, printer.” For in that Colonial period, a printer was a person of...
  • Ben Franklin & Trump: Bringing Business Smarts & Pride in Workmanship to Government

    05/08/2016 2:51:54 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 29 replies
    5/8/2016 | Pocono Pundit
    My FRiends, congratulations to Mr. Trump on his pending Republican nomination!  And what better way to celebrate than to compare Trump with the so-called "First American" and Founding Father, Ben Franklin. On Google Images, I ran across an amusing New York Magazine portrait of Trump wearing an 18th century hair style.  Then, shortly thereafter I found the splendid painting of Ben Franklin by David Martin.  I said: "Hey, wouldn't it be fun to GIMP those images together?" so Trump and Old Ben could sit together at the same table and shoot the breeze. For the story, I searched Wikipedia...
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  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin Statement to 1787 Constitutional Convention Re: Executive Pay

    02/25/2016 3:54:08 PM PST · by fella · 5 replies
    Free Rebublic ^ | 18 April 2010 | dajeeps
    " . . . Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power, and the love of money. Separately each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men, a post of honour that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. The vast number of such...
  • Jefferson/Madison/Franklin Hated God ! ?

    05/29/2005 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 240 replies · 4,011+ views
    none | may 26 2005 | Vanity post
    Having a go round with an atheist who flung this at me. Can anyone expound on the overall context and meaning ? I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved--the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!"--John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson "But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legaends, hae been blended with both Jewish and Chiistian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed.--John Adams in a letter to...
  • Adams deserves obscurity

    03/19/2008 6:01:31 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 92 replies · 2,029+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 19 mar 08 | Ed Quillen
    Thanks to the marketing power of HBO, John Adams is no longer the forgotten American revolutionary — at least for a week. Adams feared his role would be neglected. Thomas Jefferson got all the credit for writing the Declaration of Independence, even though Adams was on that committee and had suggested that Jefferson draft it, since he was a better writer and a Virginian. (Adams wanted some geographic diversity to bind the southern colonies with New England in a common cause.) For the same geopolitical reason, Adams proposed that George Washington of Virginia command the Continental Army. Adams also worked...
  • Fighting Words For A Secular America Ashcroft & Friends VS. George Washington & The Framers

    10/07/2006 5:02:57 PM PDT · by restornu · 61 replies · 1,262+ views
    MS Magazine ^ | Fall 2004 | by Robin Morgan
    Alert: Americans who honor the U.S. Constitution’s strict separation of church and state are now genuinely alarmed. Agnostics and atheists, as well as observant people of every faith, fear — sensibly — that the religious right is gaining historic political power, via an ultraconservative movement with highly placed friends. But many of us feel helpless. We haven’t read the Founding Documents since school (if then). We lack arguing tools, “verbal karate” evidence we can cite in defending a secular United States. For instance, such extremists claim — and, too often, we ourselves assume — that U.S. law has religious...
  • Brief on Separation of Church and State

    03/26/2006 6:58:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies · 1,463+ views
    Law and Liberty Foundation ^ | May 2002 | Tayra Antolick
    The current use of the “wall of separation” between church and state as a legal defense for the removal of the expression of American religious culture from governmental institutions and the prohibition of the free exercise of individuals working within them goes contrary not only to the original intent of the Founders and the Framers but also to the religious, political, and legal history and traditions of the United States of America. Courts, county school boards, teachers, and individuals, unwittingly devoid of the knowledge of the substantial role religion (primarily Protestant Christianity) played in the birth and formation of the...
  • Morality in America

    01/25/2005 3:46:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 575+ views
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | July 1993 | Norman S. Ream
    Early in the nineteenth century the brilliant French observer Alexis de Tocqueville gave this estimate of America and Americans in his book Democracy in America: “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than America.” A similar assessment could not be made at the end of the twentieth century. That is not to say that the Christian religion exercises any great influence over the souls of men in any nation today, but the loss of its original influence is certainly as great if not greater in the United...
  • The American Colonist's Library-A Treasury of Primary Documents (Repost)

    12/05/2004 12:30:14 PM PST · by Gritty · 24 replies · 37,065+ views
    Rick Gardiner Website ^ | various | various
    The American Colonist's Library A TREASURY OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American HistoryAn invaluable collection of historical works which contributed to the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals  The following is a massive collection of the literature and documents which were most relevant to the colonists' lives in America. If it isn't here, it probably is not available online anywhere. ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL SEQUENCE (500 B.C.-1800 A.D.)  (Use Your Browser's FIND Function to Search this Library)  Given the Supreme Court's impending decision, the ultimate historic origins of the national motto, "In God We Trust" and...
  • Three Secular Reasons Why America Should be Under God

    09/24/2003 6:41:34 PM PDT · by nosofar · 120+ views
    townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2003 | William J. Federer
    Do you like having rights the government cannot take away? Do you like being equal? Do you like a country with few laws? These ideas have origins. RIGHTS To have individual rights the government cannot take away, rights must come from a power "higher" than government. The Declaration states "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men" In other words, rights come from God and government's job is to protect your rights. In his Inaugural Address, 1961, President John F. Kennedy put it...
  • Ben Franklin's Politically Incorrect Thanksgiving

    11/23/2005 7:57:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 847+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 1785 | Benjamin Franklin
    “There is a tradition that in the planting of New England, the first settlers met with many difficulties and hardships, as is generally the case when a civiliz’d people attempt to establish themselves in a wilderness country. Being so piously dispos’d, they sought relief from heaven by laying their wants and distresses before the Lord in frequent set days of fasting and prayer. Constant meditation and discourse on these subjects kept their minds gloomy and discontented, and like the children of Israel there were many dispos’d to return to the Egypt which persecution had induc’d them to abandon. “At length,...
  • The Founding Fathers - Who is your favourite?

    10/27/2015 1:48:04 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 75 replies
    Archives.gov ^ | Today | ?
    My favorites are Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.
  • [Redux: from July 4, 2012] The 7 Most Badass Founding Fathers

    07/05/2015 12:11:18 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    PJ media ^ | July 4, 2012 | David Forsmark
    They all pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honors,” and it was more than just an idle boast. The Founding Fathers were committing treason against the most powerful empire that the world to date had ever seen. It was also their Mother Country, to which many of their friends, family, and neighbors were still loyal. And while they certainly, in the words of Patrick Henry, “made the most” of their treason, the idea that they would establish the most free and powerful nation in the history of mankind was not the most likely outcome. So in singling out these 7...
  • Kerry: Ben Franklin Could Not Be Confirmed to Office If He Lived Today

    05/25/2015 12:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    At a reception at the State Department that marked the U.S. taking over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Benjamin Franklin lived today and was nominated for office he would never be confirmed. […] “(T)here is, of course, a second connection between Franklin and this reception,” Kerry said. “And that is that he liked to have a really good time, folks. And he didn’t spare the booze, and while he was in Paris he led a life that clearly meant that had he lived today and been nominated, he would never have...
  • Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

    04/21/2015 6:01:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    "Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know and I don't care." Each week, Jesse Watters of Fox News interviews mostly young people about politics, government, current events and history. He claims their displays of ignorance are not edited. The worst part is that the interviewees don't seem to care that they know little about their government and country. In a recent episode, interviewees...
  • America is Screwed Unless ‘We The People’ Get Baptized Afresh In Our Founders' Rebel Spirit

    03/22/2015 9:10:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Doug Giles
    For those who didn’t know this, our nation was founded by brilliant, freedom-loving heavy weights. It’s hard to imagine that nowadays because our country is currently being deconstructed by moronic, liberty-choking, light weights also known as “politicians”. In particular…Liberal politicians. Liberals, you see, don’t mind what you do as long as they approve. They’re kind of like King George III and his inbred dipsticks in that regard. Or, for a more current example, they’re somewhat like Islam with their fascism, sans the billygoat beards and the suicide vests. That said, our current crop of freedom-stranglers aren’t entirely made up of...
  • B Franklin Wrote 4 The National Gazette, Quoting the Koran & Calling 4 Enslavement of Christians

    02/06/2015 1:09:02 PM PST · by wtd · 17 replies
    Infidel Bloggers Alliance ^ | February 6, 2015 | Pastorius
    Did You Hear About The Time Ben Franklin Wrote a Column For The National Gazette, Quoting From the Koran, and Calling For The Enslavement of Christians? I bet you think I'm kidding. I'm not. The first thing we need to understand is Ben Franklin was petitioning Congress for the abolition of slavery in the USA: Author, "Theodore Parker" wrote “Historic Americans” in which he describes founding father, Benjamin Franklin, abolitionist extraordinaire, quoting the koran in defending his abolition petition to Congress You see the young nation in its infancy. “Hercules in his cradle, “ said Franklin; but with a...