Ageless Wisdom Of The Founders
As we approach the beginning of another New Year, it’s common practice for many of us to make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, we often break them before the first day of the New Year is done.
Instead of making one you know will be impossible to keep, how about this one from Benjamin Franklin?
Americans United for Separation of Church and State likes to use costly litigation and intentional disinformation to cow school districts into abandoning the recognition of religious holidays that for 200 years were staples of American classrooms. One example is the organization’s recent complaint about the inclusion of the song, “Silent Night” in a Christmas program at G.W. Trenholm School in Alabama.
The Continental Congress issued the first American Thanksgiving proclamation on Nov. 1, 1777. Here is the text of that proclamation: “Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God;
The imperial Presidency and its enabling Congress have long subverted the Constitution: the imperial President through executive orders and the appointment of czars that impose regulation through unConstitutional government agencies, the enabling Congress by legislating in matters that are not enumerated and by ceding its duties under Article I, Section 1, which says: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
During his campaign for President in 2000, George W. Bush said he would be judicious in his use of the military and opposed using it for nation building. Yet by the end of his Presidency, the U.S. had invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and was rebuilding those countries; and the military was being used in a number of other countries that had not attacked us.
After a Labor Day weekend that saw at least 57 people shot in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg — the founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns — was calling on the Federal government “to step up” and pass tough gun laws.
With the signing of the debt-ceiling deal reached by a Congress that sold out its Tea Party supporters, President Barack Obama has accelerated the United States along its path to economic ruin.
Benjamin Franklin, apparently paraphrasing Plato, once said, “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.”
Foolishness must be what prompted Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to kick his fellow GOP negotiators in the gut Tuesday with his announcement of a fallback plan to grant President Barack Obama the power to raise the debt limit on his own.
On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met at Philadelphia and received Richard Henry Lee’s resolution urging a declaration of independence from English rule. Five days later, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston were appointed to a committee to draft a declaration.
In his column this week, Patrick J. Buchanan wrote about the ignorance of today’s American schoolchildren, as revealed by the results of the National Assessment of Education Progress test. On a history test given to 31,000 pupils, most fourth-graders could not identify a picture of Abraham Lincoln or why he was important.