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  • Frederick Muhlenberg and a Religious Nation

    04/01/2019 7:29:29 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 1, 2019 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On April 1, 1789, the newly elected members of the United States House of Representatives finally had a quorum. Just like nowadays, one of the first acts of business had to be to organize the body, and on that long ago April First, the House elected a Lutheran minister from Pennsylvania, Frederick Muhlenberg. Modern history classes having abandoned most coverage of our Founding Era, most of us only remember the Founding Fathers who served as president or have their faces on our currency… so we know Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe, and Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton, of...
  • Ben Franklin: Slaveowner to Slavery Abolitionist

    03/30/2019 12:39:26 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 286 replies
    In his later years, Benjamin Franklin became vocal as an abolitionist and in 1787 began to serve as President of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery. The Society was originally formed April 14, 1775, in Philadelphia, as The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage...The Society not only advocated the abolition of slavery, but made efforts to integrate freed slaves into American society. Preamble: "It having pleased the Creator of the world, to make of one flesh all the children of men, it becomes them to consult and promote each other's happiness, as...
  • Without The Electoral College, The United States Is No Longer A Republic

    03/23/2019 8:18:16 AM PDT · by Twotone · 72 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 22, 2019 | Sumantra Maitra
    During the dying days of the Roman Republic, with effete senators stabbing each other in the back when they were not busy in orgies, Julius Caesar followed the exact trajectory of a Leviathan—what Thomas Hobbes described beautifully hundreds of years later. Caesar, by this time opposed to the Senate, which obstructed his imperial aims, decided to cross the river Rubicon, thereby declaring war on the last vestiges of the craven republic. After crossing the river, Caesar famously said Alea Eacta Est, or the die is cast. Thus crossing the Rubicon is now considered a revolutionary act that aims to destroy...
  • George Washington, A Man in Full

    02/22/2019 5:33:29 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 22, 2019 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    On February 22, we celebrate George Washington’s Birthday. Other holidays celebrate whole classes of people – Independence Day commemorates the Founding Generation… Veterans’ Day celebrates all who have served in our armed forces; Memorial Day thanks those who made the ultimate sacrifice in that service. But Washington’s Birthday is different, because on this day, we’re focused on one man. As well we should be. We’ve had 45 presidents now, and tons of military leaders, in our nation’s quarter of a millennium of history. Why is President Washington singled out? Could it really be just because he was first? When he...
  • Left Using an Activist Judiciary to Abolish Religious Liberty

    01/22/2019 9:56:48 AM PST · by fwdude · 4 replies
    Barbwire ^ | January 20, 2019 | Don Feder
    Today is Religious Freedom Day 2019 (Wed. 1/16). But the left won’t let your faith interfere with its social agenda. The First Amendment was adopted because the Founding Fathers thought we could learn from the religious wars that had plagued Europe since the Reformation. Also, and most importantly, to protect freedom of conscience – not to separate “Church and State.” That secularist dogma came much later. It was never intended to force people of faith to pay for abortions or contraception or (if a business) participate in same-sex ceremonies. Just this week, another Obama judge ruled in favor of compelling...
  • Dec. 12 in U.S. military history: George Washington, John Adams, and Chuck Yeager

    12/12/2018 6:23:16 AM PST · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Dec. 12, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Sgt. Jarrod W. Black, who was killed by an improvised explosive device on this day in 2003 in Ramadi, Iraq. Black, 26, of Peru, Ind. was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment. 1753: 21-year-old Virginia adjutant George Washington delivers an ultimatum for French forces to abandon Fort Le Boeuf (present-day Waterford, Penn.) as they were trespassing on British territory. Lt. Christopher Gist, Washington’s guide, would save the future president’s life twice during their trip through the Ohio Country. 1770: Six British soldiers charged with murder for their role in the Boston Massacre...
  • Just Who Is Rewriting History?

    11/26/2018 12:20:51 PM PST · by fwdude · 19 replies
    Barbwire ^ | November 26, 2018 | Dr. Jerry Newcombe
    Glenn Beck has recently raved about a book on the faith of George Washington, helping to propel the book to #1 on Amazon for six days in a row. MediaMatters, which is funded by George Soros, accuses this book of being “revisionist history.” But just who is rewriting history? The book in question is near and dear to my heart, because I co-wrote it. The chief author of George Washington’s Sacred Fire is Dr. Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, who researched the subject for some 20 years before we met. We began to collaborate in late 2004, and...
  • Celebrating our Constitution, Remembering our Heritage

    09/17/2018 3:09:31 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 17, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on Constitution Day, 2018 On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention got together for one final time, to sign the final document before sending it out to the states for ratification. (pictured: the Signing of the Constitution, by Louis S. Glanzman) There were 55 delegates in all, that momentous summer in Philadelphia, though all were rarely present at the same time. They had spent the summer debating both the big picture – what was to be the relationship between the federal government, the state governments, and the people? – and the small picture –...
  • Kamala Harris' July 4 reminder: 'It was eight immigrants who signed the Declaration of Independence'

    07/05/2018 10:22:31 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 80 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, ignited fireworks on social media by stating in a Fourth of July tweet that the Declaration of Independence was signed by “eight immigrants.” “A reminder this Fourth of July: it was eight immigrants who signed the Declaration of Independence. Happy Independence Day,” said Ms. Harris, whose message was echoed by others. Critics accused Ms. Harris of politicizing the holiday celebration with a faulty comparison to the current political debate over illegal immigration. “In case you were wondering, the answer is yes. Democrats will politicize everything,” said the conservative website Twitchy. “Kamala Harris doesn’t so much...
  • Eulogy for John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

    07/04/2018 8:58:51 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Dartmouth College ^ | 1826 | Daniel Webster
    ...No two men now live, fellow-citizen, perhaps it may be doubted whether any two men have ever lived in one age, who, more than those we now commemorate, have impressed on mankind their own opinions more deeply into the opinions of others, or given a more lasting direction to the current of human thought. Their work doth not perish with them. The tree which they assisted to plant will flourish, although they water it and protect it no longer; for it has struck its roots deep, it has sent them to the very centre; no storm, not of force to...
  • George Washington: Inspiration in the Face of Danger

    07/04/2018 10:56:46 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 4, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    At the end of March, 1776, following the year-long Siege of Boston, General George Washington and the Continental Army drove the British out of Boston, following their stunning victory in the Battle of Dorchester Heights, one of the true masterstrokes of the War of Independence. But the British just went to Halifax to regroup, and to gather reinforcements for a real assault, to follow that summer. In June, the expected redeployment of British troops began, as his forces headed south, bound for New York, to meet with other reinforcements he had called for. General Washington knew what was coming. In...
  • The Fourth of July, 2018

    07/04/2018 4:25:54 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 7-4-18 | MOTUS
    I’ve got a crowd coming to celebrate the 4th on the deck, if it doesn’t rain.  If it does we’ll move indoors for a kitchen picnic. Either way, I still have a lot to do so I hope you enjoy my “best of the 4th” post. Happy Birthday America!From 2010: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? These founding documents were designed and declared with full knowledge of human nature and complete understanding of the soul’s tendencies. The result was the formation of a more perfect union which has stood the test of time in no small part due to the wisdom of...
  • Three Presidents Die on July 4th: Just a Coincidence?

    07/03/2018 5:38:37 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    It is a fact of American history that three of the five Founding Father Presidents died on the Independence Day anniversary. But was it just a coincidence? Back on July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73 at his son-in-law’s home in New York City. Monroe had been ill for some time and newspapers had reported on Monroe’s illness before his passing. Local and national newspapers were also quick to report after Monroe’s death that they thought his July 4th passing was a “remarkable” coincidence, at the least, since Thomas Jefferson and John Adams...
  • The Marquis de Lafayette, Inspiration of the Centuries

    06/27/2018 10:02:49 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 14 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 26, 2018 | John F. Di Leo
    On July 4, 1917, General Pershing’s American Expeditionary Force arrived in France, the advance team of what was to become a million-man force in support of France and England of The Great War that we now know as World War I. On a day of speeches, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Stanton somberly declared “Nous voila, Lafayette!” - rendered in English, that’s “Lafayette, we are here!” What was it about this Lafayette, this long-dead French noble, that his name need only be cited, and it would instantly call to mind a century-and-a-half old debt of honor, a justification in the American conscience...
  • From Law School to Prison Ship, the Honorable Life of Elias Boudinot IV

    05/02/2018 5:50:45 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 2, 2018 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Reflections on one of America’s first presidents on the anniversary of his birth… When Elias Boudinot IV signed onto the Treaty of Paris in 1783, in his capacity as President of the Confederation Congress, ending the War of Independence after eight long years, he did so not as a distant politician, but as one who had been in the thick of it from the beginning. As a respected attorney, politician, and member of the establishment, Elias Boudinot was hardly anyone’s mental image of a rebel leader... but then, one could say that of so many of our Founding Fathers. Boudinot...
  • Did the Founding Fathers Want Citizens to Have Military Weapons?

    03/12/2018 10:27:53 PM PDT · by FrankLea · 119 replies
    Trending Views ^ | 0/10/2018 | Kennon Ward
    The reason for the 2nd Amendment was written was to give the citizen Military grade weapons to protect themselves from the Government. In 1776 the Military grade weapons was a Mussel loader now it is a fully automatic weapon. Thomas Jefferson said, "an Armed man is a Citizen, an unarmed man is a subject." This country was founded on the premise that all citizens are Sovereign. I agree full auto has no place in the civilian world. They are designed to be used on fast moving vehicles or aircraft to shoot the enemy. They are also good for laying down...
  • Immigration, Internet,…: The Left’s Warped, Ridiculously Fake Federalism

    02/20/2018 10:03:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | February 19, 2018 | Seton Motley
    Our nation’s Founding Fathers - were geniuses. They overcame the unbelievable handicaps of being white, male and by nigh all accounts all heterosexual - to create the greatest form of government in the history of personkind. Amongst their very many brilliances - was federalism. The concept of a very limited federal government with expressed powers - leaving the unexpressed and all the rest to the states and the people. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments to our Constitution help lock down this federalism. The Founders knew they weren’t perfect (though they came exquisitely close). Their federalism allows states to experiment with...
  • President Eisenhower's Remarks at First National Prayer Breakfast

    02/08/2018 2:06:54 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    The American Presidency Project ^ | February 5, 1953 | Dwight D. Eisenhower
    There is a need we all have in these days and times for some help which comes from outside ourselves as we face the multitude of problems... Once in a while it might be a good thing for us to turn back to history. Let us study a little bit of what happened at the founding of this Nation. It's not merely the events that led up to the Revolutionary War. All of the confused problems that we were then called upon to solve were as difficult as those we face now... So when we came down to the Declaration...
  • Frederick Douglass in 1852: "What to the Slave is the 4th of July?"

    01/15/2018 11:17:47 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 62 replies
    Teaching American History ^ | July 5, 1852 | Frederick Douglass
    Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too — great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men. The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and...
  • The Founding Fathers and the Immigration Debate

    01/14/2018 7:28:03 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 18 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 12, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As we debate the ongoing question of immigration – not just who and how many to allow in, but also when, if ever, to allow them to vote – it might be helpful to remember the thoughts of our Founders on the issue. It is now common for one side of the debate to say “we’re a nation of immigrants,” giving rise to the assumption that we always believed in open borders in the past, so this current concern about a wave of cultural invaders is something new… but in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. 215 years...