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  • America great? "It is the BEST form of government which has EVER been offered to the world" (TR)

    08/21/2019 7:22:32 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 21, 2019 | Bill Federer
    America great? Justice James Wilson "It is the BEST form of government which has EVER been offered to the WORLD" He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him to be a Justice on the Supreme Court. His name was James Wilson. Born in Scotland, James Wilson was one of the first to argue against British dominance. In 1774, James Wilson wrote "Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament," reasoning that since the colonies had no representation in Parliament, the Parliament...
  • U.S. Military & Commanders-in-Chief: Role of Biblical Faith in America's Armed Forces

    08/19/2019 12:03:53 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 17, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Yale President Ezra Stiles addressed Connecticut's General Assembly, May 8, 1783, regarding General George Washington being chosen to command the Continental Army: "The memorable battle of Bunker Hill. (June 17, 1775) ... convinced us ... that Americans both would and could fight with great effect. ... Whereupon Congress put at the head of this spirited army, the only man (George Washington), on whom the eyes of all Israel were placed ... This American JOSHUA was raised up by God, and divinely formed by a peculiar influence of the Sovereign of the Universe, for the great work of leading the armies...
  • Blackstone's Commentaries on Laws of England & Charles Finney's Revivals

    08/18/2019 7:43:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 16, 2019 | Bill Federer
    America's laws are largely derived from English Common Law. Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, published 1765-1769 by Oxford's Clarendon Press, articulated English Common Law in a way that powerfully influenced America's founders. Blackstone's work is considered the definitive pre-Revolutionary source of common law by United States courts. Blackstone wrote: "The principal aim of society is to protect individuals in the enjoyment of those absolute rights, which were vested in them by the immutable laws of nature." Blackstone drew upon previous documents highlighting Creator-given rights, which then crystallized in America's Declaration of Independence. Historian Dr. Marshall Foster...
  • From John Adams to Massachusetts Militia, 11 October 1798

    08/11/2019 1:42:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Founders Online ^ | October 11, 1798 | John Adams
    To the Officers of the first Brigade of the third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts Quincy - October 11. 1798 Gentlemen, I have received from Major General Hull and Brigadier General Walker your unanimous Address from Lexington, animated with a martial Spirit and expressed with a military Dignity, becoming your Characters and the memorable Plains, in which it was adopted. While our Country remains untainted with the Principles and manners, which are now producing desolation in so many Parts of the World: while she continues Sincere and incapable of insidious and impious Policy: We shall have the Strongest Reason...
  • 2nd Amendment = Muskets only -- my A$$ it does.

    Did the founding fathers know about repeating arm's circa 1776? You bet they did!!!! 2nd Amendment = Muskets only -- my A$$ it does. 2nd Amendment, History, Muskets vs rifle, repeating arms
  • America's Second Great Awakening Revival

    08/07/2019 12:41:04 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 7, 2019 | Bill Federer
    The First Great Awakening helped unite the colonies prior to the Revolutionary War. The embers of it began a Second Great Awakening in the early 1800s. Thomas Jefferson noted in his Memorandum Book: "I have subscribed to the building of an Episcopalian church, two hundred dollars; a Presbyterian church, sixty dollars, and a Baptist church, twenty-five." On July 14, 1826, the Boston newspaper Christian Watchman printed an unverified story that Jefferson dined at Monticello prior to the Revolutionary War with Baptist Pastor Andrew Tribble. The story described how Jefferson inquired of Pastor Tribble how Baptist church government worked, then Jefferson...
  • Penn's Holy Experiment - "the seed of a nation."

    08/06/2019 2:38:10 PM PDT · by Perseverando
    American Minute ^ | July 30, 2019 | Bill Federer
    William Penn was arrested and imprisoned several times for sharing his politically incorrect views which were not in agreement with the government's agenda. Once he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for eight months. While in London's notorious Newgate Prison, William Penn wrote 1670: "By Liberty of Conscience, we understand not only a mere Liberty of the Mind ... but the exercise of ourselves in a visible way of worship, upon our believing it to be indispensably required at our hands, that if we neglect it for fear or favor of any mortal man, we sin, and incur divine...
  • Tocqueville: on America, Algeria, & How "despotism" of "all powerful government" comes when (TR)

    08/06/2019 2:27:29 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 29, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Tocqueville: on America, Algeria, & How "despotism" of "all powerful government" comes when citizens "debase" their souls seeking "vulgar pleasures"Alexis de Tocqueville was born JULY 29, 1805. A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and wrote a two-part work, Democracy in America (1835; 1840), which has been described as: "the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written." In it, Tocqueville wrote: "Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the...
  • Clause 2 of the Articles of Association (1774) completely blockades the slave trade

    08/05/2019 7:14:31 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 21 replies
    Most people only think of our "Founding Documents" as comprising two things: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Some, or perhaps many, might correctly also say that the Articles of Confederation is a (third) founding document. There was actually a fourth. The Continental Congress passed on October 20, 1774 the Articles of Association, sometimes also called the Continental Association. (full text) In it, it contains this following text: 2. That we will neither import nor purchase any Slave imported after the first day of December next; after which time we will wholly discontinue the Slave Trade, and will neither...
  • Ben Franklin & Pennsylvania's Role in Ending Slavery

    08/02/2019 2:26:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 26, 2019 | Bill Federer
    On JULY 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General of the United States, a position he held under the British Crown before the Revolution. Franklin's public career began when he organized Pennsylvania's first volunteer militia during threaten attacks from Spanish and French ships. Franklin then proposed a General Fast, which was approved by the Colony's Council and printed in his Pennsylvania Gazette, December 12, 1747: "As the calamities of a bloody War ... seem every year more nearly to approach us ... there is just reason to fear that unless we humble ourselves before the Lord & amend...
  • He signed FOUR of America's founding documents & wanted gold coins as medium of exchange!

    08/01/2019 7:29:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 23, 2019 | Bill Federer
    He was the only person to sign all four of America's founding documents: -Articles of Association-1774, -Declaration of Independence-1776, -Articles of Confederation-1777, -U.S. Constitution-1787. Who was he? Roger Sherman. At age 19, Roger Sherman's father died and he supported his family as a shoe cobbler, helping his two younger brothers to attend college and become clergymen. Roger Sherman was a surveyor and merchant, but when a neighbor needed legal advice, he studied to help, only to be inspired to become a lawyer. Sherman was elected a state senator, a judge and a delegate to the Continental Congress. He was on...
  • 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...