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  • The American Left vs. God-Given Rights

    08/06/2014 3:48:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    In his opinion declaring Virginia's marriage law unconstitutional, Judge Henry Floyd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit summarized what he perceived to be the basic disagreement between the opponents and proponents of the law. "The opponents and proponents agree that marriage is a fundamental right," the judge wrote. "They strongly disagree, however, regarding whether that right encompasses the right to same-sex marriage. The opponents argue that the fundamental right to marry belongs to the individual, who enjoys the right to marry the person of his or her choice. By contrast, the proponents point out that,...
  • Addressing the Founding, and Us

    11/16/2013 4:57:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Ever since Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring Gettysburg Address at that great battlefield in Pennsylvania 150 years ago, people have been parsing it. Almost immediately, Sen. Charles Sumner compared it to great Greek literature, a thought echoed by historian Garry Wills in our time. But Lincoln’s words weren’t Greek to his audience, and they aren’t Greek to us. As historian Allen Guelzo explained recently, the address is an example of democratic speech, words aimed at his audience that they could easily understand. The crowd gathered that day would have appreciated that the address was so short -- just 272...
  • The Right Way to Think About Rights

    08/31/2013 6:12:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    Nearly all of us, at one time or another, refer to our “constitutional right to free speech.” But while this common phrase may seem harmless, it points to a larger misunderstanding of where our rights come from -- a misunderstanding that undermines many of our most fundamental policy debates. The fact is, the U.S. Constitution protects our God-given rights from government. The government does not (as the phrase above implies) grant those rights to us as citizens. This is perhaps the most widely misunderstood aspect of our system of government. The idea that the power of government is derived from...
  • 12 Little-Known Facts About the Declaration of Independence (Part 3)

    07/09/2013 3:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Over the past two weeks, I've highlighted eight little-known facts about the Declaration of Independence. (If you missed the first two parts of this series, you can find them at http://www.creators.com/opinion/chuck-norris.html.) Here are the last four facts in my series: 9) One of the 26 known July 1776 copies of the Declaration of Independence was found behind an old painting purchased at a flea market for $4. In 1991, one of 24 known copies at the time of the declaration -- and one of only three known to be privately owned -- was auctioned for $2.42 million. What's even more...
  • Red, White and You

    07/04/2013 5:14:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This week we celebrate the Fourth of July, the day that our founders declared their independence from Great Britain. This declaration action came after a long history of imposition by King George III. While it might seem as though this is ancient history, there are applicable lessons to remember today. "We hold these truths to be self-evident," the document begins, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving...
  • 12 Little-Known Facts About the Declaration of Independence (Part 2)

    07/02/2013 3:58:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I highlighted four little-known facts about the Declaration of Independence. Here are a few more facts to add to those oddities: There are at least 26 surviving paper copies of the Declaration of Independence of the hundreds made in July 1776 for circulation among the Colonies. After Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, the Committee of Five, which was appointed to write it, was also responsible with overseeing its reproduction for proclamation to those living in the Colonies. The reproduction was done at the shop of Philadelphia printer John Dunlap. "On July 5, Dunlap's copies were dispatched across...
  • Ignore Pretended Legislation Pay the Price From the Declaration of Independence

    03/17/2012 12:12:53 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37
    coachisright.com ^ | March 17, 2012 | Jerry Todd, staff writer
    What did the Founders mean by “pretended legislation” in the Declaration of Independence? Are things different today in our lust for power? It usually boils down to greed and the love of money. We don’t need a bombastic oration by a President or statesman who has drifted far from his or her solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution. The Declaration laments of the king: “He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation.” Combined with others: In any...
  • The Declaration of Independence beautifies (and beatifies)the Constitution

    12/17/2011 9:58:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/17/2011 | Jerry Todd
    On September 17, 2010 President Barack Obama spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 33rd Annual Award Gala. During his speech – reading from a teleprompter – he quoted from the Declaration of Independence. Here is what he said: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain unalienable rights, life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Perhaps his teleprompter or his brain just can’t handle the phrase “endowed by our Creator!” The Declaration of Independence defines the Constitution philosophically and spiritually, therefore in Beauty and its Author. “Progressives” have argued...
  • VIDEO: Hey, King George: It’s Too Late to Apologize! (clever rock enactment-Founders)

    02/05/2010 11:27:39 AM PST · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 503+ views
    VIDEO: Too Late To Apologize - A Declaration
  • “Would you sign a rededicated Declaration of Independence?” Our litmus test next year

    07/08/2009 6:12:00 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies · 302+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | July 8, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We have to get back to the America that grew into the greatest country in history. This means electing people who love and respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as they are written. We conservatives must search for new leaders; candidates who would step forward and say: “Give me a pen and I’ll sign right there under John Hancock!” Today both of these sacred American documents are under ferocious assault from a Marxist cabal bent on destroying them and rewriting every line. The Marxists are clear about what they want. Conservatives have to be equally clear about our...
  • Declaring independence: Back when Congress read the bills it passed

    07/04/2009 9:45:15 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 2 replies · 397+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Editorial
    The first Independence Day rolled unevenly across the country, prompting spontaneous celebrations and demonstrations. Today, of course, legislation is available for viewing throughout the process. But these days, one can hardly imagine a public declaration of the massive bills that govern our lives. Even Congress and the president can't be bothered to read them.
  • Voices of liberty: Our founding principles still shine

    07/04/2009 9:41:30 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 233+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Editorial
    John Adans: Yesterday, the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, "that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States." ...
  • Super Bowl- Video of the Declaration of Independence reading - (Wonderful!)

    02/04/2008 8:58:05 AM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 459+ views
    FoxSports/YouTube ^ | 2-3-08 | Fox Sports
    This was presented just before the beginning of the Super Bowl yesterday, a Fox Sports Super Bowl tradition. Speakers include: Jim Brown, Don Shula, Roger Staubach, Marie Tillman (widow of Pat), Ronnie Lott, Ozzie Newsome, Teddy Bruschi, Paul Tagliabue, Lovie Smith, Steve Largent, Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy and more. Well done and moving.
  • Come Clean Krugman: What's Wrong With Inequality?

    09/08/2006 6:01:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 763+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein September 8, 2006 - 08:53 Paul Krugman is right about one thing, "We are, finally, having a national discussion about inequality." This thanks to liberals such as himself who have dragged the issue front and center, using as their springboard statistics suggesting wages aren't rising as fast as profits or productivity. At the end of his subscription-required column of today, Whining Over Discontent, Krugman indulges in a bit of 'bring it on bravado', claiming that "[we liberals have] got the arguments, and the facts, to win this debate." But just which debate is he talking about? Let's...
  • Denying Our Country's Founding (Don Feder Slams SCOTUS For Trashing Our Christian Heritage Alert)

    07/01/2005 5:14:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 536+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 06/30/05 | Don Feder
    In his book, “The Cube and the Cathedral,” Catholic scholar George Weigel explains why the proposed constitution for the European Union, a 70,000-word document, does not contain the word Christianity – in other words, why its framers deliberately ignored 1,000 years of European history. Weigel writes: “In the minds of many Europeans, Christianity was not simply a non-factor in the development of contemporary European public life; Christianity was (and is) an obstacle to the evolution of a Europe at peace, a Europe that champions human rights, a Europe that governs itself democratically.” This also explains the Judeo-Christophobia of the U.S....
  • The Religious Backdrop of the Declaration of Independence

    11/12/2002 6:47:50 PM PST · by Jean Chauvin · 15 replies · 66+ views
    Caledonian Fire ^ | 2000 | David W. Hall
    The late Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn once wrote, "If we call the American statesmen of the late eighteenth century the Founding Fathers of the United States, then the Pilgrims and Puritans were the grandfathers and Calvin the great-grandfather . . . though the fashionable eighteenth century Deism may have pervaded some intellectual circles, the prevailing spirit of Americans before and after the War of Independence was essentially Calvinistic." Religion, and a particular one at that, was a pervasive influence in the founding of America. Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 34 were Anglican, thirteen were Congregationalists, and there...