Just before Christmas of 1776, Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls”. Thus began an article he called The Crisis. He outlined the circumstances of the freedom seeking colonists and the obstacles and threats that lay all about them. These were critical times. The quest for liberty could have shriveled on the vine instead of producing the greatest nation on earth. We face a similar crisis today: will the United States regain the virtue and prosperity they once enjoyed, or will they be reduced to just another socialist state that sucks the economic and spiritual life out of the productive citizens?
While the American people are living through the nightmare of ObamaKare, the Obama regime is tightening its grip on so many others of our lives. Labor participation rate is the lowest it has been in years. People are being hemmed in by more and more intrusive regulations from the EPA, TSA, DHS and a host of other alphabet soup agencies.
Meanwhile Barack Hussein Obama is fanning the flames of racial hatred and division, telling his followers how much they have have suffered at the hands of the white oppressors. They are believing now, more than ever, that something must be done to redress… or even retaliate… for real or imagined wrongs.
Everywhere I go, I meet people who seem to believe that it’s all over, that there is no hope, that freedom is forever doomed. The doom and gloomers are omnipresent. But there is a great line in the newest version of the movie “Red Dawn” that should help put it all in perspective. One of the freedom fighters says, “I’m still breathing so, it’s not over.” I love that line. I feel exactly the same way.
There is no question that the forces of globalism and socialism have pretty much had their way over the past few decades. And with very few exceptions, we don’t have a lot of allies in Washington, D.C., and in most State capitals. For that matter, we don’t have a lot of allies on Wall Street or in most classrooms. But that doesn’t mean that it’s over: not by a long shot.
Freedom didn’t have a majority in 1775 and 1776, either. I doubt that one could find any time in history when the proponents of liberty were ever in a majority. Sam Adams may have said it best when he said, “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
With a “polar votex” of frigid arctic air plunging North America into record cold temperatures, it would seem to be time to seriously look at the way we permit the global warming prophets of doom to dominate the political landscape. The formerly main stream media hangs on every destructive word hoping the gullible public will fall in line with their plans to rule the world.
The prophets of global warming… or as they have been forced to rename their theory, to climate change… based their thinking on flawed calculations and defective computer models. We have been treated to day after day of news reports of a ship of fools stranded in ice they didn’t believe existed. Yet when faced with the reality of colder weather and nonconforming data, the blind faith of the warmers keeps them moving forward in their quest to extract more and more hard earned in dollars from the American people.
Somehow there is a confidence that this extraction of resources from the common folk – the unwashed masses – would save the planet, as well as fund the ever more powerful and intrusive centralized governments. As with the pseudo-scientists of forty years earlier who were convinced that we were approaching a modern day ice age, the warmers among us are also undeterred by the facts.
The president’s panel on NSA reform gives us the worst of both of these worlds
During the 1920s, the American government secretly funded the “black chamber” to crack codes used by foreign governments. Upon hearing of the program, President Hoover’s new Secretary of State Henry Stimson famously proclaimed, “Gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail”–and ended it. Stimson was not the only leader of his era determined to pretend the international arena was the domain of gentlemen: just one year earlier representatives from 62 nations (including the United States) signed the Kellogg-Briand pact, agreeing not use war to settle “disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them.”
Seventy-five years later, the starry-eyed are still among us, albeit mugged by competing unrealities.
Edward Snowden and his sympathizers want to transcend the modern “Orwellian” nation-state and establish a hyper-individualistic new world order made up of billions of peaceful cosmopolitans. As Snowden put it in his Thoreau-like Christmas message: “Privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.” Christmas itself, of course, belies such a claim to radical autonomy. But leaving that aside, the most oppressive impositions on privacy do not come from government surveillance programs, at least as we’ve experienced them, but from enemies of peace, foreign and domestic–the very enemies such programs are meant to stop.
God’s deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage is the great recurring theme of the Old Testament. Time and again, God’s prophets would remind the Hebrews of this great deliverance. Moses, himself, recounted The Exodus with the children of Israel over and over again. Hear Moses:
“I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.” (Lev. 26:13 KJV)
Make no mistake about it: it was a real deliverance. It was real bondage; real slavery; real tyranny; real whips; real chains; real beatings; and real death. And while there is certainly a spiritual correlation between the deliverance Christ extends to the soul and the deliverance of the children of Israel under Moses, let’s not forget that The Exodus recorded in the Old Testament book named after the event was a literal, physical, and, yes, political reality. Real men and women were taken out of real slavery and given real freedom. It was not merely spiritual freedom; it was physical and political freedom. Men and women didn’t just march out of Egypt in their hearts; they marched out of Egypt on their feet.
On this, the eve of the day in which we commemorate Christ’s birth, I am reminded of a quote by John Quincy Adams. On July 4, 1837, he spoke these words:
“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? … Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”
Adams was exactly right. In fact, the United States of America is the only nation in human history established by Christian people, founded upon Biblical Natural Law principles, and dedicated to the purpose of religious liberty. This truth is easily observed within America’s earliest history.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,tbecause he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Watching this video of President Reagan’s Christmas message provided me with one more reminder of how far our country has fallen. The man loved our country and our values. He encouraged us to have the same feeling about this wonderful land.
Unfortunately, we now are led by those who cannot find happiness in America. There is no sense of love of country, only a dissatisfaction born of a lust for the possessions of those who have succeeded. It is accompanied by a drive to bring as much as possible under the control of the ruling class who believe they are so much smarter than the rest of us, even though many have never really left the halls of learning to accomplish anything of value.
One of the many reasons we were told that the government needed to take over the operation of our healthcare system was that the private sector was not doing a very good job. Only they weren’t really taking over the actual care, just the financial aspects of it.
Bureaucrats aren’t much help if you need your appendix or a cancerous tumor removed. They will decide if your insurance company will pay for your operation or if you are expendable to their world. This is what bureaucrats, and their employers, governments do. They produce nothing, the provide a few essential services, but primarily these days, they control. The control where resources taken from the taxpayers, and they control where they will be spent – who will benefit, and who gets left behind.
Exhibiting Barack Hussein Obama’s complete disdain for the private sector, he went his own way to construct a complex online web site to handle registration for he solution to ills of our nation using government agencies and crony deals with Moochelles class mates, etc.. This is the same private sector that developed sites like Amazon, eBay and Cheaper Than Dirt. Every one of them handles far more transactions featuring far more selections than the failed ObamaKare site would ever need to deal with. Yet in Obama’s fantasy world, the government could manage the construction of a system, admittedly with some private contractors, better than those who have a track record of building successful sites for years.
It’s that bustling time between Thanksgiving and Christmas (Christ’s Mass), our nationally recognized and congressionally “established” birthday celebration for Jesus, the sovereign Lord of all mankind. Now is a valuable opportunity to reflect upon our nation’s past, present and future (our true past, not the historically revised version propagated by secular-”progressives”).
First, for the public school-educated: No, Thanksgiving was not about high-fiving the Indians for corn on the cob. In his 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, George Washington made abundantly clear exactly Whom America should thank, and why.
Washington began by declaring that “it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor” so that a special day might “be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country” as well as “for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed.”
Fifty years ago today I was sitting in a high school math class. Mr. Klingaman, the regular teacher, was snoozing in the back of the room while a young student teacher, Mr. Svanos was explaining about the joys and intricacies of trigonometry. Suddenly one of my classmates stuck his head in the door and blurted out, “the president’s been shot”.
We sat in stunned silence for a few moments as we processed the news. Mr. Svanos talked about the uncertainty of his future. He was in the reserves and didn’t know what the next days would hold when we found out more about the day’s events. We would just have to wait and see.
We moved on to the next class awaiting further news. When it finally came, I was not surprised… not that I had any knowledge of any crazies or conspiracies in Texas. What I did have was a little knowledge of history and what some called a presidential curse. Presidents elected on twenty year cycles tended to die in office. It was William Henry Harrison in 1840, Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and James Garfield in 1880. 1900 victor, Theodore Roosevelt seems to have missed curse. Then it appeared to have started up again in 1920 with Warren Harding, 1940 with Franklin Roosevelt. We all remembered the contentious 1960 contest between Richard Nixon and John Kennedy. Most of us were concerned, then relieved with we heard the news that Ronald Reagan, the 1980 winner, had been shot outside the Hinkley Hilton in Washington.
Then-Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson devised what has proven to be a brilliant strategy in which to silence and neuter America’s churches. His bill, which created the 501c3 tax-exempt corporation status for churches back in 1954, has, over the decades, effectively muted America’s pulpits. The vast majority of churches today are thoroughly and completely intimidated by the threat of losing their tax-exempt status under the 501c3 section of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). As a result, the vast majority of pastors are unwilling to address virtually any issue from the pulpit that could be deemed as political.
Add to the fear of losing tax-exempt status the egregiously slavish interpretation of Romans 13–that Christians and churches must submit to civil government no matter what–and a very legitimate argument can be made that Mr. Johnson not only silenced and neutered America’s churches, but that he has, in effect, turned them into agents of the state. More and more, the federal government is using pastors and churches to promote its big-government agenda.
Most readers are familiar with how FEMA created a program called “Clergy Response Teams” several years ago. Under this program, tens of thousands of pastors were instructed on how to assist the federal government in the event of a “national emergency.” Pastors were encouraged to teach Bible lessons from Romans 13 in which church members were told that God instructs them to always submit to civil authority unconditionally. They were taught to encourage their congregants to turn in their firearms and to be willing to relocate to government-provided shelters if that is what the government told them to do. The last report I read noted that these Clergy Response Teams have been established in over 1,300 counties in the United States. For those readers who are even casually acquainted with history, is this straight out of the Nazi handbook, or what? Now we learn that churches are being used to help the federal government promote and sell Obamacare.
[Editor's note: It is good to review the declaration that started our great nation. The courageous men whose names appear at the bottom pledged everything to the cause of liberty. Some lost everything. They knew the risk and still pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. It's beneficial to review the abuses King George visited upon the colonists that drove these patriots to take the dangerous action of breaking away from Great Britain. It's also inspiring to read the names of the founders who, by signing their names, understood that if they failed, the would die at the end of a British rope. However, they succeeded and we are the beneficiaries of their sacrifices. Do we even appreciate them? Are we worthy of them?]
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
The tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard revealed one more failure on the part of those whose job it is to keep the American people safe. It is reported that Aaron Alexis had some pretty bizarre run ins with police and told his counselor that was hearing voices… voices that weren’t there. Those with the information claim to have passed it on to the Navy. Yet, he kept his security clearance and had unfettered access to the base. When we see so much bad news every day, it is beyond understanding that no one did anything about it.
If this were an isolated incident, we might just call it an unfortunate mistake and move on. However, if it is part of a pattern, we would have reason to wonder what it is that is causing multiple failures.
We saw intelligence from the Russians, and others, about the Tsarnaev brothers prior to the Boston Marathon bombing… yet nothing was done to intervene in their nefarious plans. Then we saw “soldier of Allah”, Nadal Hasan, coming to the attention of the Army several times, yet nothing was done to prevent the tragedy at Fort Hood. The Newtown killer was the object of concern, yet again, he was free to kill young children and their teachers.
On June 28, 1787 progress at the constitutional convention was only a pipe dream of the founders looking to set the new nation on the course of truth and justice. Ben Franklin, perhaps one of the least religious of the delegates, surprised most everyone when he rose to speak the following words. We would do well to consider them today as we drift further and further from the principles that led our nation to be the envy of the world. Many would like to forget and deny this past and convince us that we need to overcome the evils of these dead white men. The problem is that the more we listen to them, the closer we get to the trash heap of history. We do this at our own peril. Franklin’s words can guide us today, just as they guided the delegates that warm summer in Philadelphia.
The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other — our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own wont of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
There are several advantages (I guess) to living over a half-century. For one thing, you figure you have seen just about all the ways that so-called friends can betray you. With apologies to Jay Leno, when I die, I’m going to have it in my will that six of my old traitorous “friends” will be the ones who lower me in the grave just so I can know that it will be the very last time they will let me down. There are several other benefits to getting older, I’m sure. But I guess my memory is at the point where I have a hard time remembering what they are.
However, one of the things (of which there are also several) that I hate about getting older is watching the people whom I have long loved and admired pass away. For so long, I always thought of myself as the kid on the block. There were so many wonderful mentors and friends from whom I could draw wisdom and strength. Suddenly, I am beginning to feel old–and very alone.
I became a clone of none of these men; I had significant differences with some of them. With others, our hearts were knit as one. But each of them contributed substantially in helping to mold me (for better or worse, depending on who you talk to) into what I am today.
In honor of Independence Day, I want to devote this column to the brave men of colonial America who were most responsible for our country’s successful separation from Great Britain, namely, the patriot pastors and stalwart statesmen of 1775 and 1776. It was the pulpit as much as the politician and soldier that birthed this great country. Without the Black Regiment–the mostly Protestant pulpits of colonial America–there would never have been a Lexington Green, Concord Bridge, or Bunker Hill. Of course, the moniker Black Regiment or Black Robed Regiment was given by the British Crown, which demonstrated how important and effective the Crown believed the pulpits of colonial America were to the cause of independence.
The names John Witherspoon, John Leland, Jonathan Mayhew, Isaac Backus, Samuel Cooper, and Ebenezer Baldwin are as important to the success of the American Revolution as are the names of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Josiah Quincy, Dr. Joseph Warren, John Hancock, and Richard Henry Lee.
On the occasion of tomorrow’s celebration of Independence Day, I want to honor these great men by sharing with readers some examples of their nobility and sacrifice.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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 their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Warren Buffett once stated, “If you are going to the Middle East for oil, then don’t stop in Israel. But if you are going for brains, energy, and integrity, then it is the ONLY place to stop.” And indeed in the Middle East, a region known primarily for its oil and violence, it is Israel alone that regularly rises to the top.
Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East, one with a free and open press, one that protects the rights of women, minorities, homosexuals and all faiths unlike their surrounding neighbors who beat women into submission, stone adulterers, kill gays and burn down churches and oppress Christians. Did you know that Israel is the only country in the world that will try a soldier mid-operation to ensure that no excessive use of force was used? Did you know that the Israeli army is among the first responders post natural disasters around the globe, including after the earthquake in Haiti where their assistance was indispensable? Did you know that on a daily basis Israeli innovations are helping millions of people around the globe, from medicine to technology to agriculture and beyond? ICQ was invented in Israel; the stent was invented in Israel; the firewall was invented in Israel; the endoscopy pill, PillCam, was invented in Israel. Both Checkpoint, the leading firewall Internet security system, and Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world, are Israeli companies. The list is immensely long and impressive.
Israel has more university graduates per capita—and particularly more engineers—than any other country on earth. It also has the highest rate of research and development investment per GDP in the world. As a consequence, it has the largest concentration of high-tech companies outside the United States’ famed Silicon Valley. It has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any country outside North America. Every day new, world changing discoveries are coming out of Israel.
Pressing events in the country, namely, Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein’s attempted gun confiscation proposals, made it necessary for me to devote my column to specifically addressing that issue. Accordingly, the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo passed without my annual tribute. I will rectify that with today’s column. Plus, the story of the Alamo only augments the need for strict adherence to the Second Amendment and the rejection of Obama and Feinstein’s Machiavellian gun-control measures.
It was on March 6, 1836, that the Alamo fell. For more than 13 days, 186 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa Anna’s seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the defenders of that mission fort knew they would never leave those ramparts alive. They had several opportunities to leave and live. Yet, they chose to fight and die. How foolish they must look to this generation of spoiled Americans.
It is difficult to recall that stouthearted men such as Davy Crockett (a nationally known frontiersman and former congressman), Will Travis (only 23 years old with a little baby at home), and Jim Bowie (a wealthy landowner with properties on both sides of the Rio Grande) really existed. These were real men with real dreams and real desires. Real blood flowed through their veins. They loved their families and enjoyed life as much as any of us do. However, there was something different about them. They possessed a commitment to liberty which transcended personal safety and comfort.
In II Samuel 19 there is the story about an often-overlooked man by the name of Barzillai. He was a Gileadite who helped save King David’s life. The Scripture says of him: “He was a very great man.” Today, I’m going to tell you about a very great man. In fact, I’m going to talk about several great men.
I am reminded of these men, because tomorrow I have the distinct honor of speaking at a giant freedom rally on Lexington Green, Massachusetts, on the occasion of the 238th anniversary of the famous Battle of Lexington and Concord. If you live within driving distance, please come and join us. Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, will also be speaking at this event. I believe the rally begins at 2pm local time.
In truth, April 19, 1775, should be regarded as important a date to Americans as July 4, 1776. It’s a shame that we don’t celebrate it as enthusiastically as we do Independence Day. It’s even more shameful that many Americans don’t even remember what happened on this day back in 1775. For the record, historians call this day, “Patriot’s Day.” More specifically, it was the day that the shot heard ’round the world was fired. It was the day America’s War for Independence began.
Thomas Jefferson was one of our better known founders. Unfortunately many people don’t know much more about him than his name. This is particularly true of Democrats who love their Jefferson Day Dinners and fondly claim to be descendants of the party he supposedly founded.
It is doubtful the present day Democrats would have anything to do with the wisdom of our third president as they are doing everything in their power to take us back to the kind of world he fought to overcome. It is also doubtful that he would wish to have anything to do with Obama’s party. Most likely he would be doing his best to undo the mistake the people made in electing the dictatorial socialist… and would be encouraging our more timid brethren to do likewise.
Back in the days when integrity lived in the White House, President Reagan talked of the courage he saw in the common men who stood up against threats of every sort to pursue their goal of liberty. They made their stand… now it is our time.
There is a popular saying going around the internet. With possible minor variations it says “the founders would be shooting by now.” My thinking is that they would have had the situation well in hand by now and those who had designs on controlling us would be in prison, in exile or dangling at the end of a rope by now. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed.
They were solid, self sufficient people who understood that they were responsible for the world the left their children… and which they lived in themselves. They understood that if there was a problem, they should fix it. They did not have a government to look out for them and hold their hands. They only had a government that wanted to drain their treasury and use their efforts to enrich itself. Well, how much different is it today.
Their made their effort to live in peace, but when the British came to take their weapons, or they had to quarter British troops in their homes, or have the British soldiers confiscate their goods, they knew they had to fight back or become a generation of servants to the crown. The first American Revolution did not begin with the colonists attacking the British occupiers, but with the colonists defending their lives and their property from invading red coats. This is not to say there were not minor forms of rebellion, but that the shooting began when the British overstepped the boundaries of legitimate government and came against the good people of the land.
[Editors note: This is an excerpt from a new book, Defining America’s Exceptionalism by Pastor Roger Anghis that deals with the factors that made our country great – something Ronald Reagan understood, but Barack Obama denies.]
The Geneva Bible was the first Bible to be completely translated to English from the original language. It was the first Bible that qualified as a study Bible with comments about the original manuscripts, clarification of some of the ambiguous meanings, cross references, annotations all for the most common of reader at that time to understand. It was the first Bible to break down the books into chapters and break the chapters into verses to help facilitate memorization. Because it was printed in a small readable print, Roman type as opposed to the Old Gothic, all Pilgrims had a copy making it the center of their daily living.
These are the circumstances that prevailed virtually throughout Europe and Great Britain and this necessitated Christians seeking freedom of worship to leave Europe and Great Britain and face the dangers of traveling for over two months on the high seas to seek out a place where they could worship as they believed God wanted them to without the persecution from the government.
[Editors note: With recent attacks on the Second Amendment and the First Amendment ignored in many quarters, it is a good time to review the Bill of Rights... every one of them... so we know what is being taken from us. These rights we have as Americans are not granted by these hallowed words... they are merely being recognized.]
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
[Editors note: This is an excerpt from a new book, Defining America’s Exceptionalism by Pastor Roger Anghis that deals with the factors that made our country great – something Ronald Reagan understood, but Barack Obama denies.]
All through man’s history up until the forming of the government of the United States there had been only kings and dictators who held complete control over its people. When the United States won its independence from Britain our Founding Fathers established a government that the world had never seen before. There were shades of it in Greece and Rome, but never had there been a government where the people controlled who governed them.
For the first time in man’s history if a people did not like those who governed them, they could peacefully and non-violently replace them. When, at the end of George Washington’s second term and he stepped down and the office of the president went to the newly elected John Adams, the world witnessed for the first time a change of a ruler without bloodshed. America is the only nation explicitly founded upon the principles of human equality and natural rights or as our Founders referred to it, God given rights.
The American experiment, in my opinion, is the ultimate lesson in exceptionalism. Never before had a people created a government that allowed the people to attain the wealth and freedoms that the American people have. There are other nations with wealthy people but only in America can a person be born into abject poverty and through the sweat of his brow and perseverance become unimaginably wealthy. Many have done it. Many more will. Why is this possible only in America? There are many factors that can be accounted for this but I believe that the foundation for the unparalleled success of the American experience is the principles of the Founders that were grounded in their Christian faith. Those principles created a nation of people that are the most affluent, generous, hard working and educated, and dedicated to their Christian God than any other nation on earth. America has only 6% of the world’s population but we produce 25% of the world’s wealth.
Early in his drive to destroy the America that many of us have grown up knowing and loving, Barack Hussein Obama commented that those who opposed him should quit clinging to their guns and religion. He has followed this up by generating policy after policy that angered anyone with a traditional morality and a sense of right and wrong.
We have seen the confrontations between the Catholic Church and the Obama regime over the ObamaKare provisions requiring inclusion of abortificants in the government mandated insurance scheme. They are to be applauded for their principled stand. Unfortunately, the silence from the rest of the Christian community is deafening.
This is understandable from the part of the church that has been victimized by the “social justice” deception. They have fallen for the a form of secular humanism, disguised by sanctified terms. Far too much of the rest of the church appears to be either too unconcerned or too fearful to join the battle to save the little ones. They apparently have no stomach for stands against the other egregious activities of the administration either.
The Federal Reserve tells us that inflation is under control, but prices paid by businesses for raw materials and machinery are surging.
As Milton Friedman opined (and Paul Volcker, the only Fed chairman ever to reduce inflation, agreed), inflation everywhere and always is a monetary phenomenon. It is not caused by greedy businessmen increasing prices, as politicians would have you believe whenever gasoline prices spike. Government itself, through deficit financing and creation of fiat money, is the guilty party when the overall purchasing power of the dollar falls.
Periodic price fluctuations in different goods and services is not inflation, but a result of changes, or expectation of changes, in supply and demand. Bad winters in Florida produce higher orange juice prices. Iranian threats to close the Straits of Hormuz, or shutdowns of refineries in this country for maintenance, cause price changes for petroleum in the futures markets. Last year’s dry summer, coupled with government mandates for increased ethanol production, pushed up corn prices. Such price increases will subside as supplies are increased or demand for them is reduced.
Looking back to Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, is instructive in several ways. On one hand, we see that there was a truly honorable man in a position of power, and that the country prospered as he lead the way.
On the other, we can see how far our nation has fallen by placing a man in power who shares little of the values of our fortieth president… or the people who actually make this country work. Watch it and weep, or watch it and be inspired.
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