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  • Why Did the French Revolution Divide American Society?

    07/13/2019 10:17:51 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    History Hit ^ | 24 July 2019 | Ben Fellows
    Through the early years of the French Revolution most American’s had perceived events in France as a product of their own revolutionary ideals, namely, promising the benefits of liberty and a written constitution to all mankind. But as France edged closer to war with the rest of Europe, the neutrality of the United States was becoming ever more complicated as American citizens began to take sides, urging President Washington to choose between France and Britain. The federalists saw a profound difference between the experience of the French Revolution and American Revolution. In France they saw radicalisation, social anarchy and the...
  • Most Infamous DUEL in American History: Alexander Hamilton v. Aaron Burr

    07/12/2019 8:21:19 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 11, 2019 | Bill Federer
    He intentionally fired into the air, but his political rival, the sitting Vice-President Aaron Burr, took deadly aim and fatally shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel JULY 11, 1804. Alexander Hamilton was born in the British West Indies on the Island of Nevis, either in the year 1755 or 1757, and grew up on the Island of St. Croix. Just a few years earlier, in 1751, 19-year-old George Washington had accompanied his older half-brother Lawrence on a trip to the not too distant Island of Barbados. Since Alexander Hamilton's parents were not legally married, he was not permitted to attend...
  • Proclaim Liberty: How the Hebrew Bible Molded America

    07/08/2019 12:02:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Boston Globe via Aish Israel ^ | July 7, 2019 | Jeff Jacoby
    The Continental Congress in Philadelphia approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, but it wasn't until July 8, 1776 that the historic document had been printed and could be publicly read. From the tower at Independence Hall the great bell rang out, summoning citizens to hear the new nation's proclamation of sovereignty. What we know today as the Liberty Bell had not yet acquired its iconic crack. But its noteworthy inscription was plain to see: "Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof." Those words hadn't been drafted by one...
  • Courage and Commitment at the Continental Congress

    07/04/2019 8:57:05 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 4, 2019 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    The Declaration of Independence was written to be many things: a summary of our grievances with the King, an explanation of why we were taking up arms, an inspiration to our own citizenry, an introduction to foreign nations, a philosophical statement of what we Americans believe to be the proper relationship between a people and their government, a commitment to the Glorious Cause of liberty. And it closed with a powerful commitment – not only on behalf of the nation as a whole, but a firm commitment by the individual signers themselves. The final clause, right before the delegates’ signatures,...
  • A Republic. If You Can Keep It...

    07/04/2019 6:25:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Jul 3, 2002 | Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.
    As Benjamin Franklin departed the Constitutional Convention, he was asked if the framers had created a monarchy or a republic. "A republic," he famously replied, and then added, "if you can keep it." The remarkable generation that founded this nation led an improbable yet successful revolution against the strongest military power of the time. They declared their independence based on self-evident truths, asserting a new basis of political rule in the sovereignty of the people and launching an experiment in self-government. Through a carefully written constitution that limits power and secures rights while allowing for change through its own amendment,...
  • Thomas Jefferson's Letter to John Adams. June 1, 1822

    07/04/2019 5:54:35 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    The Adams-Jefferson Letters ^ | Monticello Jun 1, 1822 | Thomas Jefferson
    ...To turn to the news of the day, it seems that the Cannibals of Europe are going to eating one another again. A war between Russia and Turkey is like the battle of the kite and snake. Whichever destroys the other leaves a destroyer the less for the world. This pugnacious humor of mankind seems to be the law of his nature, one of the obstacles to too great multiplication provided in the mechanism of the Universe. The cocks of the henyard kill one another up. Boars, bulls, rams do the same. And the horse, in his wild state, kills...
  • What Would Our Founding Fathers Think of America On Its 243rd Birthday?

    07/04/2019 4:57:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 98 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2019 | Bill Wenger
    On this our Constitutional Republic’s 243rd Birthday, let us consider what our Founding Fathers said about where the destructive and misguided progressives are leading us over the abyss of allowing our nation to fail.  George Washington, the successful General-in-Chief who lead our Army to eventual but not pre-ordained victory over Britain, and our twice unanimously elected president said this about our freedom of speech that is being abused by the left:“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” If the progressives have their way, and they are gaining momentum...
  • Charlottesville scraps Thomas Jefferson's birthday as a city holiday, recognizes emancipation

    07/03/2019 4:58:46 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    Richmond Dispatch ^ | 07 03 2019 | BOB BROWN
    The city of Charlottesville will no longer celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday as an official city holiday and instead will observe a day recognizing the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The City Council voted Monday to scrap the April 13 holiday honoring the slave-holding Founding Father. Charlottesville will now mark Liberation and Freedom Day on March 3, the day U.S. Army forces arrived in the city in 1865. Charlottesville has been grappling with how to tell its history of race and discrimination. Those efforts intensified after white nationalists gathered in the city in 2017 for a rally that descended into deadly...
  • America's Present Rejection of Almighty God and Our Founding Fathers

    07/02/2019 2:12:37 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 17 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/2/19
    Dear American friends, if this 4th of July George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush and the rest of our Founding Fathers were to come back from the grave, they would rebuke and testify against America for her national departure from Almighty God, the laws of nature and of nature's God and our founding principles, The most astounding thing would be upon their return would be that the majority of American’s would NOT have an ear to hear them and would fully reject them outright. It is true that we live in another type of day today; one...
  • America's Experiment in Self-Government

    07/02/2019 11:10:07 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    American Minute ^ | June 22, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Theodore Roosevelt stated October 24, 1903: "In no other place and at no other time has the experiment of government of the people, by the people, for the people, been tried on so vast a scale as here in our own country." How did America's experiment in self-government begin? At a time when most of the world was ruled by kings, Americans held its first popularly elected legislative assembly. Jamestown was initially a "company colony," run by the 1606 Virginia Company Charter , which had by-laws and an appointed governor. The unforeseen crises, famines, diseases, Indian attacks, labor shortages and...
  • Maryland's Christian Founding: What Happened Since Then? (the Freak State)

    07/02/2019 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | June 21, 2019 | Bill Federer
    On June 20, 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for his CATHOLIC wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, stating: "Charles, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith ... Whereas our well beloved ... subject Cecilius Calvert, Baron of Baltimore, in our Kingdom of Ireland ... being animated with a laudable, and pious zeal for extending the CHRISTIAN RELIGION ... hath humbly besought leave of us that he may transport, by his own ... expense, a numerous colony of the English Nation, to certain ......
  • Was the U.S. Constitution ratified by "Christian" States?

    07/02/2019 11:01:34 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | June 21, 2019 | Bill Federer
    George Washington dictated a "talk" to the Cherokee Nation, August 29, 1796: “Beloved Cherokees, The wise men of the United States meet together once a year, to consider what will be for the good of all their people ... I have thought that a meeting of your wise men once or twice a year would be alike useful to you ... I now send my best wishes to the Cherokees, and pray the Great Spirit to preserve them.” Twelve of the original 13 states sent delegates to Philadelphia. (Rhode Island boycotted the Convention.) Instead of rewriting the Articles of Confederation,...
  • "Two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men... (power and money" (TR)

    07/01/2019 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | June 28, 2019 | Bill Federer
    The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally. Some delegates left. Then, on JUNE 28, 1787, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin spoke and shortly after, the U.S. Constitution became a reality. Franklin stated: "Groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights ... ... In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had...
  • Colonial church sermons laid groundwork for the American Revolution

    06/22/2019 11:02:15 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 40 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 07/03/1987 | Robert Marquand
    FOR a hundred years, American students have been taught that the Fourth of July and the American Revolution were mainly political and economic events - triumphs of the secular forces of rationalism in human history. But don't expect to be given that view in Harry Stout's class. Dr. Stout is a professor at Yale University and one of the leaders of a quietly growing number of scholars who, using a new blend of intellectual and social history, have begun to find a religious consciousness and motive at the center of the American Revolution. For Stout - whose nine-year study of...
  • Ideas Over Personalities

    06/03/2019 6:27:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2019 | Eric Cervone
    There’s certainly no shortage of personalities to mock in the political world. But while it’s always fun to mock the latest gaffe by one of our public servants, the battle of daily politics is exhausting and often leaves us with little progress. If supporters of freedom are ever to find long-term success in the political realm, they must be able to successfully advocate their foundational principles.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new favorite target of conservatives, free-marketers, constitutionalists, and anyone with a general history education. But what is the goal of these groups? To push AOC out of office? If that happens,...
  • Founding Fathers under attack: Students demand Thomas Jefferson statue removal

    05/03/2019 5:37:09 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 47 replies
    Students at Hofstra University are demanding the school remove a Thomas Jefferson statue. The group included other demands as well, including "mandated, comprehensive, cultural competency training.” Students at Hofstra University protested a statue of Thomas Jefferson on Friday at the second annual event, titled “Jefferson Has Gotta Go!” The statue has been the center of controversy on the campus and has been defaced with “DECOLONIZE” and “Black Lives Matter” signs and stickers. According to a media advisory sent by the Jefferson Has Gotta Go (JGG) campaign, the protest was held at Hofstra Breslin Hall. Organizers included “students of Hofstra University,...
  • George Washington mural 'traumatizes' San Fran students; high school may remove art

    05/02/2019 11:23:05 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 96 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2019 | By Douglas Ernst
    A San Francisco school district may remove an 83-year-old mural of President George Washington from, ironically, George Washington High School because it “traumatizes students and community members.” The work of artist Victor Arnautoff, a communist, may no longer be progressive enough for “Fog City.” His 13 panels for the high school, created in 1936, have been deemed problematic by the San Francisco Unified School District. Officials say some the artist’s historical depictions are offensive to Native Americans and blacks. Laura Dudnick, a spokeswoman for the district, told educational watchdog the College Fix via email Thursday that Mr. Arnautoff’s work was...
  • Time to Abolish Congress

    05/02/2019 5:57:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2019 | Laura Hollis
    Democrats and progressives have been throwing temper tantrums about Donald Trump's election to the presidency since election night 2016. In years past, Democrats may have taken electoral losses on the chin, determined to do a better job persuading the electorate to support their candidate(s). But the present generation shows neither the same pluck nor the same reverence for the rules of the game. If today's Democrats cannot win elections playing by the rules, then it's time to change the rules. First on the chopping block? The Electoral College. The Electoral College has thwarted Democrats' presidential aspirations twice in the past...
  • Washington did not rescue Paine from French imprisonment

    04/16/2019 11:59:39 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 40 replies
    Real Clear History ^ | Dec 28, 2017 | William Hogeland
    George Washington refused to come to the rescue when the pamphleteer who put him on his high horse faced the guillotine... Citizen Thomas Paine, whose pamphlet Common Sense helped ignite the American Revolution, was an enthusiastic early supporter of the French Revolution. He received a hero’s welcome when he arrived in Paris in 1792 and was even granted honorary French citizenship and a seat in the National Convention, the body charged with writing a constitution for the new republic. But Paine angered Maximilien Robespierre and other Jacobin extremists when he urged the Convention to spare the life of the deposed...
  • The electoral college is a failure. The Founding Fathers would probably agree (Mega Barf Alert)

    04/08/2019 3:09:25 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 93 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | April 8, 2019 | Joshua Spivak
    As the presidential campaign heats up, so too has the movement to abolish or otherwise neutralize the electoral college. Some advocates argue that the electoral college was originally established to help less-populated states retain power, or to have every part of the country heard from in electing a chief executive. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) claims the system was designed to help the slave states. But these are modern interpretations of what really happened at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The electoral college was designed with two purposes: to separate the branches of government in an attempt to avoid “cabals” and...