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Declaration Of Independence

July 5, 2010 by  

Declaration Of Independence

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.

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.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock

Maryland
:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia
:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross

Delaware
:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris

New Jersey
:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple

Massachusetts
:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:

Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery

Connecticut
:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire
:
Matthew Thornton
(Source: archives.gov)

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • American Citizen

    Thank God for the wisdom of our forefather. They were willing to give their all, lives and possessions for the freedoms we enjoy. We need to be ever vigilant in order to keep them against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Long may this country remain the home of the free and the land of the brave.s

    • CJ

      More people need to do a follow-up on the signers. Many knew they were literally signing their death warrent, and still put pen to paper. Would as many who owned so much be willing to do so today? I doubt many, if any, currently in power would.

      • James DelBianco

        CJ, you are correct. up until that point, everyone who had gone up against the British were summarily crushed.

      • bp

        CJ; Excellent point. We owe it to these men to keep our country as they envisioned it. May our generation have their courage.

    • Al Sieber

      I agree with you, but, I don’t feel so free now if I have to ask permission every time I want to do anything. we need to stop them from further eroding our rights.

    • Godi38

      However, Black people were not human, and it is for me very painful not to forget this defect.

      • Pathfinder

        This was, indeed, a great defect. This defect was paid for, in blood, in the mid 1800s. Meanwhile, there is still slavery in Africa. Countries, like Lybia, still permit Moslems to enslave Christians. Instead of wasting time complaining about slavery in North America, which endede over a century ago, what are you doing to end the slavery which is being practiced RIGHT NOW ???

  • HFlashman

    “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”

    Don’t see anything saying this is specific to Americans. Which means, where our laws and influence extend, we should enforce these recognitions of the Rights inherent in Man.

    When you support the torture of people, when you call for Miranda to be excused, when you allow the stoppage of persons for identity papers based on a subjective reasoning, when you demand the imposition of a religious creed to control activities … you deny the very basic tenets which this Nation was created.

    Think about that.

    • James DelBianco

      you really do not have to think too hard on that. it is fairly obvious, now. then it was a real innovation. the main thing now is what to do about it… think about that. that’s the trouble. we do too much thinking. Like Carlin said, there is no problem too great, that an American won’t roll up his sleeves… and completely ignore.

    • Bruce D.

      I agree with what you are saying. But if you are implying we should give Miranda rights to foreigners who have declared war against us I do not think you are playing with a ‘full deck’. Most likely you have never been shot at and cannot conceive of what it would be like if it did happen to you by someone who is determine to kill not just you but your whole family.

      • HFlashman

        Captured on a battlefield, the Geneva Convention applies. Other than that, the person is a criminal and a common thug. They have Rights to be observed so as to protect ours. What’s the difference between McVey, Rudolph, or the guy who was arrested on the plane? They’re all thugs ad criminals. And again, protecting the fact they have Rights to be observed, protects ours.

        • Bruce D.

          You probably want to fight a war like you would play chest. It is a little different when someone is using live amunition and firing at you. You are in denial if you think we are not at war. You are lucky others are protecting you or you would not stand a chance. Miranda does not apply in war. If you were captured and not of use Muslim enemy combatants would just cut your head off and call it a day. For an American my opinion is that it should be determined in a court of law if he is an enemy combatent or a criminal. A criminal is looking for personal gain and an enemy combatant is trying to undermind the country by force. If he is an enemy combatant he should be sent to a military court and put on trail for treason. I do not know why the left and Obama want to turn enemy combatants into crinimals unless they are trying to change our constutional government through regulation of rights and activist judges and fear they may be labeled enemy combatants for doing it.

          • HFlashman

            1. It’s “chess’, not “chest”
            2. Should Timothy McVey, Eric Rudpolh, etc have their Rights observed? Throughout our history, we have recognized and treated those we have arrested as having the Rights of anyone and everyone arrested. Why is this era so different that we have to set aside our Constitution, our history and our law to reduce ourselves to the status of barbarians?

          • TIME

            Da Flashmon, Have you ever seen how the Marxist treat the captured?
            I bet not or your mindless dribble would not be posted here.

            But hey thanks for again displaying your pretzel logic and lets not forget your total lacking of any life experience.

        • DaveH

          Then, Mr. Flashman, I assume you reconize the right of citizens to not have their money stolen by people just because they are in the government?

        • Bruce D.

          You are good at spelling but have very little comprehension about what you read. Timothy Mcveigh had his own war going. Read again what I said about Americans involved in treason. When in history was anyone read miranda rights as an enemy in war. What Obama is trying to do is what he tries to do about everything-cloud the issue. He should declare what an enemy combatant is and put them in a military court and stick to it. For Americans it should be determined through their own admission or a court of law if they are enemy combatants or not. This would preserve our constitutional protections and clarify what the governemt can and can’t do. You and the left claim you are worried about our constitution but once Obama got elected you all forgot about the Patriot Act and any of its violations on Americans. I think it is just political chess for you. Obama is Bush on steroids and you fail to recognize that because it isn’t about right and wrong to you. It is about your party gaining power and staying in power.

          • Kinetic1

            Bruce D.
            I can’t speak for HFlashmen, but those in my circle were very upset about the re-confirmation of the Patriot Act. It is my hope that President Obama will remember why we voted for him and stop supporting Bush era policies (like the presidential powers act.) Supporting the president does not require that we agree with everything this administration does, as I assume Republicans felt with Bush, but if this administration continues to allow wire tapping, e-mail surveillance, etc., they may find their support waning.

          • Bruce D.

            Thank you Kinetic1. I cannot tell you how happy I am to get around politics with you and come to some agreement with someone on the left on the issues.

    • Dr. A

      HFlashmen,
      Are you trying to draw equal interpretation of our Declaration of Independance towards the illegal immigrants in our country? Flashman, we have immigration laws that these people should follow, like all of our own ancestors, no matter how bad any one thinks our immigration laws are. If not followed, than these people are here under illegal status and should be intercepted and detained but the Fed. Govt has been turning a blind eye to the matter and so, states like AZ, have adopted their own law, which is identical to Fed law, to take care of it themselves.

      Need you be reminded of what could happen to our economy if this problem continues to fester or amnesty is granted to them, than look at the CA town (whos name escapes me rite now) on the outskirts of LA, who has recently gone BANKRUPT. Thats right, all their govt officials have been laid off along with the teachers. Their police dept and fire dept has also been disband! What do you think will happen to all the private businesses, inturn?

      • HFlashman

        I’m not attempting it…I am drawing the link. Who is to say they are here illegally/ You? Me? Or a court of law?

        BTW…I read your entire post, not once did you call for going after the true lawbreakers…those who knowingly, or should know, hire undocumented workers. They cost us in taxes, in jobs, and in enforcing our immigration laws. Why no call to jail those?

        Fact is…start throwing in jail those who knowingly, or should know they are hiring, undocumented workers. Jobs will dry up realll fast. No jobs? No reason to come here…right?

        • Jana

          HFlashman,
          Of course you would draw the link. That is what any fine upstanding Socialist would do. What a nut. Our very laws declare who is legal and who is not!
          I do agree with you on one point, and that is we also need to prosecute those who hire these ILLEGAL aliens.
          It seems though no one wants to follow our laws and longer.

        • David

          Miranda rights are obvious and common sense, Just because you read or do not read them to people does not change the fact of the natural right. If you talk to those who have arrested you, it is obvious it will be used against you. The miranda law is stupid and is design for stupid people. Who does not know of these rights? If they don’t because their foreign government does not recognize them then they should stay home. Criminals and terrorists should not be let go because the police did not read a stupid statement. Tim McVeigh was executed rather quickly don’t you think? Seems funny most people on death row stay there for years….He was not part of a larger plot by foreign entities trying to take down our government. Terrorists are illegal enemy combatants that are not protected by Geneva convention or any international law. Just like any american mercenary is not protected when operating in conflicts through out the world. I agree that everybody has god given rights, but our constitution doesnt protect citizens of other nations, just ours…at least as long as it stands

          • Jana

            David,
            AMEN.!!!

          • HFlashman

            So many errors. a) yes, the Geneva Convention applies to anyone captured on the field of battle…be it mercenary or not. Look it up.
            b) Are you suggesting that in areas of US Soveigntry our Constitution does not apply in some territories yet applies in other territory? Are you suggesting that depending upon what you believe, the Constitution is either applicable or is not…all dependent upon a belief?

            That’s the fundemental difference between those who recognize and appreciate the Consitution and what it calls for, and those who want it narrowed and weakened by definition throughout. Whether it stands as a beacon for all Mankind…or whether it’s meangings and standards are diminished and is just like every other document out there inapplicable to most, and hidden behind by a few. Whether we stand above barbarianism of the majority of the world … or whether we are just like them.

    • TIME

      The “Constitution of the United States of America,”
      is applicable ONLY to the citizens of that said country.

      If one needs to explain how that works, if your that bloody daft you really are to stupid to live, go shoot yourself in the head and be done with it.

      Lacking any flashmon

      • HFlashman

        Errr…first off, read the Constitution and be certain when you quote from it, you do such accurately. “Constitution for the United States of America. ”
        —United States Constitution, Preamble

        Not ‘of’ as you wrote.

        Next, The Constitution was carefully crafted, and each word has meaning. Agreed? So when it uses “person” and “citizen” in different places, are you suggesting they were lazy and just used whatever fit? Or is there a meaning behind the use of “person’ versus using “citizen”?

        Jeesh ….

        • TIME

          Da flashmom, I had it right in my last statment to you.

          Your pretzle logic is as strong as your gray matter is smooth.
          Thanks and have nice day. <:~@

          • Jana

            Yes Time, you are so right.
            Socialists want to make us a one world order. We are not supposed to be just open borders. We still have laws and rules for immigration.

        • David

          If this is true then we need to invade other nations to force the right to bear arms, free speech etc…These are natural rights for everybody, but they all need to step up and exercise ” their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Our constitution is only applicable/enforceable on our citizens, if others want the same they need to do what is needed to do their duty to get them too.

        • Kinetic1

          HFlashman,
          Consider who you are arguing with. Unless you feel an insult has the power to overtake reason, there is little to gain from responding to TIME.

          As for myself, I have argued about the meaning and value of words here before, but few seem to consider it worthwhile to consider. 100 years from now, people with these views will be arguing about a writer’s health back in 2010 because he referred to himself as “sick.” No, words and their meaning NEVER change.

          • JeffH

            Now that you’ve realized that…feel free to move on to another site where you might be better recieved and communicate with like minds, if you’ve a mind too and if you don’t mind.

    • bp

      Bob, Thank you for sharing this on our nation’s “birthday”!

      HFlashman; What about a flash of common sense and just a little bit of pride in our country?! Leave it up to a liberal to totally twist and turn our Declaration of Independence?! No, this does not apply to everyone, we are not the United Nations, we are the United States of America! Love it or leave it, I say!

      • HFlashman

        Sad to see so many supporters of a new interpretation of such a hallowed document and what it stands for. Very sad. No wonder this nation is in such shape today. With a mindet like is being displayed, we are becoming just like everyone else…no longer able to stand tall in front showing the way. Very sad…and depressing.

    • http://earthlink.net A. Briggs

      FLASHMAN: God bless you for having the courage to say the things you have said. I looked at all the replies you’ve been getting. This country is dying a slow death because of so many people like the ones who have been replying to you.

      It is truly impossible to have a country that only subscribes to one faith. Look what it’s doing to the Middle-Eastern countries. What these people do in the name of their God is horrendous! You cannot have a country run by religion. Every one should be able to have their own faith w/o tripping over someone elses. By the same token, I believe in God. Most people do. This is our country and I have no problem with non-believers, foreigners, etc., not necessarily believing the way we do; but we, in this beautiful country should be able to pray to “God” in school, and other public places. Just pray to your own God quietly. It’s so easy. I don’t get why all these so-called religious people get their panties in a bunch if you don’t believe the way they do!!!

      I wonder how many of them have even been out of their hometown. Education in our country is deplorable. I have lived a great deal of my life in foreign countries. I’m always happy to come back to the good ol’ USA, though!! I have enjoyed these countrie where I lived. I love the people. Most countries, however, laugh at us for lack of educated people. I don’t know if our great country will be annihilated by others or if we’ll just slip into total mediocrity (or worse) thereby becoming less than a shining country for illegal/legal aliens to want to come to. That should make a lot of people with small minds very happy.

      I know you’re trying to get these blockheads to open their eyes and see what’s really out there. Trying to edify these types of peoples is lke trying to talk sense to drunks. God bless you for trying. You’re a better person than I am.

      One thing for sure, there are non so blind as those who will not see.

      • JeffH

        A.Briggs, your comment isn’t even worthy of a response.

        Stupid is as stupid does…

      • JC

        A. Briggs says:
        July 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm
        FLASHMAN: God bless you for having the courage to say the things you have said. I looked at all the replies you’ve been getting. This country is dying a slow death because of so many people like the ones who have been replying to you.

        Actually this country is dying a very quick death due to morons who voted an America hating communist into power. He is doing all he can to break the American people.

    • 45caliber

      I have no problems treating criminals as criminals and giving them the same rights we would give to any American. I don’t even have problems with foreign criminals receiving the same rights as our criminals. But as said above, criminals are NOT the same as enemy combatants. They fall under the Geneva Convention which does not require any Miranda Rights to be read to them. It requires that they be imprisoned in a humane way until the war is over or until they can be exchanged.

      If someone is shooting at you with the intent to kill you, everyone with you, and later your family simply because you do not believe the way they do, that does NOT make them a criminal – something many Progressives (liberals) seem to fail to realize, particularly since they want to apply the same label to everyone else who disagrees with them. They are enemy combatants who hope to exterminate you and your people. As such they are NOT criminals UNLESS they have performed some criminal act as stated by the Geneva Convention. In that case, they may be tried for that act under criminal law and punished accordingly. To insist that all prisoners of war be tried in a criminal court does nothing. It doesn’t even make a determination that they are in fact prisoners of war. A criminal court simply decides guilt or innocence of a crime.

      Do you intend to force our soldiers to capture instead of kill as many enemy as they can – which is the best situation? If so, you cannot immediately release these prisoners of war since they have in fact committed no crime – unless you wish to make fighting against us a criminal act. And that has not yet been done and shouldn’t be done. That’s why we have a Geneva Convention. If the prisoners are immediately released they simply return to their forces and continue fighting against us. This will encourage our soldiers to take no prisoners – which is NOT an ideal situation, particularly when the other side seems to take no prisoners since they kill any they have sooner or later.

      Which is your choice?

    • 45caliber

      Flashman:

      Incidently, we do NOT stop people and demand their papers due to some subjective reasoning. You are asked for an ID EVERY time you are stopped; they call it a driver’s license. And if that looks odd, the police have the right to ask for further ID. For instance, a policeman recently stopped someone and found the picture of a man with his girlfriend on his “driver’s license”. Upon further investigation they found it was a forgery – which is a crime, isn’t it?

      When you demand adherence to a religious creed to enforce laws, it goes against our establishment of government. The ONLY group I know of that insists on this is the Islamic religion. It is too bad that a Christian religion isn’t followed because it is far more tolerant of other religions. We may try to convert you but we don’t use a gun to do it.

      Miranda is a law that is ONLY used in our country to my knowledge. If you are an alien here and do something wrong, you will fall under Miranda. But if you are in another country, that country’s laws MUST be followed if you are a law-abiding person. You cannot insist that our laws be followed there. A lot of our citizens have gotten into trouble believing that our laws applied there. Some are still in jail over it.

  • Nancy Johns

    This country is truly blessed to have men of principles and courage who were willing to forge a new path and establish a government in which individual liberty and opposition to tyrannical government is the basis by which American citizens live their lives. Today our liberties are again being taken away by a tyrannical government. We are blessed to have peaceful means by which to regain our independence and freedoms. It takes courage and initiative to pursue freedom. Get connected with a group that is fighting for freedom and America’s future. We can all do our part, no matter how small or how large.

    • HFlashman

      Our liberties and freedoms were attacked and diminished by the Bush?Cheney cabal. Were you protesting then? If not…why not?

    • Jana

      Nancy,
      It’s obvious that the reason flashman is on here is to instigate an argument.
      He is an INSTIGATOR and to be taken with a grain of salt. He is an Obama know it all who wants to ‘change’ this country and not for the better either. Obama has surrounded himself with Socialists, Communists and even Marxists, so we can see where flashman is coming from.

      • JeffH

        Jana, spot on. HF must have drawn the short straw today…I hope he doesn’t recieve any overtime pay for a job poorly done…again and again!

        • HFlashman

          I wish there was a posting board which we could go on to discuss the merits of these positions. All i’m doing is asking questions challenging simplistic thought…asking that the entire picture and ramifications are examined…and for that y’all attack the author. I’m not “institgating” anything….just asking questions.

          But I will admit, if we were on a clear posting board, you would be hard pressed to support your simple minded superficial knee jerk statements.

        • JeffH

          The real action is in the reaction of the opposition, all new ideas arise from conflict. Every time man as had a new idea it has been a challenge to the sacred ideas of the past and the present and inevitably a conflict has raged. Every weakness of every proposed tactic is probed by questions…. Is this manipulation? Certainly!
          One of the factors that changes what you can and can’t communicate is relationships. Since pragmatism has eroded all values, it’s simply a matter of ends justifying means.
          Your attempt to stir up dissatisfaction and discontent is so much the obvious. There are no longer any issues that can be discussed with Alinsky-ites. You’ve done what you can with what you have and in no way can clothe it with moral arguments. That said, the time of arguement is over. Now is the time for action and action is what will be gotten.

  • Penni Eads

    Oh, that this were taught more in our schools! It is touched upon, but it should be reviewed every year in school. We are indebted to our forefathers and to our God and must ever be vigilant in teaching our children, and never forgetting those who sacrificed for our freedoms, and never forget God. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children gratitude, hard work, and integrity. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children to worship God in all humility and to pray for His goodness upon us in this favored land. If we are responsible citizens we will follow the example of our forefathers and stand for truth and righteousness, and proclaim the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    • HFlashman

      Who’s “God’ should we be teaching about? Yours? Mine? Hindu gods? I’m interested in whose “god” we should use…

      • bp

        HFlashman; That would be our Christian Jehovah God, the one and only True God, the same one as “In God We TRUST” found on our coinage.

        • Jana

          Thank you bp for some good common sense.

          • HFlashman

            In plain language…you’d desire a theocracy? Really? Shall we abide by Methodist, Lutern, Southern Baptist, Catholic ? There’s a sect of chrsitians who use snakes in their Sunday offerings. And lest we foget, only christianity has Satan…so Satanic worshipers must first be christians before deciding which of the two they adhere to…the ‘good” or the “bad”. Which sect of chriistianity shall we all pray under?

            See how easy living in a theocracy would be? Which is why we don’t…

          • Jana

            flash,
            If you truly ‘knew’ the Lord, you wouldn’t even have to ask these questions. However the Bible does speak about people like you.

            Romans 1:22- Professing themselves to be wise the became as fools.

            It is always so sad to see someone act like a fool, but its even worse when they have fooled themselves.

  • http://YAHOO ED FOUTS

    i stand for the constitution and live by it and will obey it
    this is what my family fought for from ww1 to iraq now we may have to
    fight again to keep our country from these radicals OBAMA and his thugs
    WE GOTTA STAND UP AGAINST THESE LIBERALS RADICALS THAT WANT TO TAKE OUR FREEDOMS AWAY AND DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES IF WE CAN,T VOTE THEM OUT
    LOOK OUT.
    MY GRANDFATHERS PURPLE HEART FROM WW1 HANGS ON MY WALL AND MY DADS
    BRONZE STARS FROM WW11
    AND I WILL FIGHT LIKE THEY DID TO KEEP US FREE, NOW THIS TRASH
    WE HAVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY MUST GO

    • Norm

      ED FOUTS
      I bet your father and grandfather didn’t spread traiterous lies against their presidents.

      • Mike Egan

        Maybe his father & grandfather did not have a traitorous liar for a president?

        • HFlashman

          You mean like one who went AWOL during a time of war and later used the power of the State to cover it up?

          • bp

            HFlashman; Who are you talking about, Clinton? Obama? What?

      • JC

        If you’re talking about the marxist Kenyan, he isn’t my President.
        he’s a petty tyrant who has fraudulently usurped the powers of the White House and needs to be deposed forthwith.

    • JC

      We’ll be taking out the trash in November Ed.

      • JeffH

        Bags of trash too!

  • James Hay

    This Great Document speaks volumes upon what the people of these United States Of America are faced with currently at the hands of the despots who have an iron tyrannical grip upon our great republc. I fear only that should this repulsive and unbearable attrocity continues that the American People shall no other recourse but to revolt and reclaim what is rightfully theirs that is to say their liberties as well democracy. those currently in office who claim to be in opposition of these despots but neglect to act are just as Guilty of treason against the country and it’s people as those who actively work to overthrow it. nothing should be spared in stopping these Criminals Like Obama,Pelosi,Reid and all who are in allegiance with them to end their reign of terror and treason.

  • JERRY

    GET REAL AND HONEST – WE WERE INVADERS OF A SOVERN LAND OWNED BY TRIBES OF INDIGENOUS INDIANS. WHEN WILL WE APPOLOGIZE AND FULLY COMPENSATE THEIR HEIRS? WHEN WILL WE QUIT INVADING SOVERN NATIONS?

    • Dagney

      America-hater, if you live here, get out. If you don’t, you have ever right to spout your nonsense. Just don’t expect to change any hearts or minds.

      • refuse2lose

        So somebody hates America if they realize that we raped,slaughtered and stole the land my ancestors owned long b4 Columbus sailed the ocean blue? I think YOU need to get out,you are living on stolen property.

        • bp

          refuse2lose; You have already lost.

    • Norm

      JERRY
      No living person was involved in the events that occurred concerning the Native Americans.
      Therefore an apology would be meaningless and condescending. Paying reparations would be even more ridiculous and totally unfair to the non Native American population, most of who had no family connections at the time of “unfair treatment”.

      • HFlashman

        If you’re breathing air now…you’re involved in it. Are you even remotely familiar with the current conditions Native Americans live in?

        • George Halepis

          Have you been to an Indian reservation recently with their casinos? They have so much money that they don’t know what to do with it, so they buy drugs. Of course, that’s our fault too.

          • HFlashman

            LOL …. uh huh ..sure they do. Y’know, all those people who get SSI payments? We should eliminate SSI because it’s obvious all those people do is take the money and buy drugs.

            About the same basis in fact I’d say …

          • TIME

            George Da Flashmon, has been smoking crack, a lot of crack so look at da mon’s post as the mindless dribbel they are.

          • JC

            Hey Flash, if the income tax was abolished we wouldn’t need SSI.
            We’d be much better off looking out for ourselves. SSI is our government’s way of saying Thanks for all the Money you’ve given us now go ahead and die (a slow death on starvation income). We don’t need you anymore.

    • JC

      Jerry, if you can find them, dig them up and get their attention, you can apologize all you want to.
      For my part, I’ll continue to respect Native Americans, their culture and their right to be here. But There’s nothing I can do about what our forefathers did. We are here now and you might want to get with it a little.

    • kate8

      JERRY, People have been migrating around the planet since the beginning of time, colonizing, conquering, assimilating, cross-breeding, etc. etc. etc. It’s not just here in America. And, it seems that the American Indians were’nt the first to settle America, anyway.

      So what should be done? Should someone figure out the geography of origin for each of us and reassign everyone a country based on ethnicity? What about the multi-ethnic?

      What you are saying is nonsense, and serves only to further stir up racial and ideolical resentments. Thinking like that is not helpful in these very dangerous days.

      It’s time to step away from the past and begin to look forward.

      • JeffH

        JC & kate8, both have siad it well…

    • blamesomeoneelse

      Do you know if you are American Indian you get a monthly check? If you are American Indian you would known this, American Idians get money from when they are born until they die just for being 25% or more American Indian. So what more compensation do you want to give them? The Indians did not own the land, It belonged to no one, they just used it and moved on…

  • Marilyn

    Our forefathers were desperate and it took desperate measures to reach their goals – even the deimise of some to help establish a free America. I read something that really made sense. The following must have been written in 2009:

    “To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,

    It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:

    a.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

    b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke. (Social Security dollars moved to the General Fund…what else could we expect when others had the ability to deep dip into those funds!)

    c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.

    d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.

    e.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

    f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.

    g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.(Lest we forget that it will still take petrolium to create many useful products-so we will never be able to live without some oil. Clothes cleaning products come in plastic bottles – petrolium; Vasoline comes from petrolium and so on.)

    You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.

    AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ??” End of quote.

    It is a given that Obama did not create ALL of the above problems but he is exacerbating all of the created problems. And, when Obama wants to circumvent or destroy the United States Constitution, that will completely destroy American Freedoms.

    • Dr. A

      I think it was Jon Voight, who wrote this open letter to Obama!! Great citizen!!

      • HFlashman

        In whose opinion?

        • JeffH

          You have just openly displayed your ignorance!

          • TIME

            Jeff, For him to have ignorance one must have some wrinkels on the gray matter, this one is as smooth as glass.

          • Jana

            Time,
            You are so funny and sooo right.

    • John

      Marilyn, very well put and all truth, which is not what we get from our government and its elected officials. Obama is doing everything he can to bypass our Constitution. He needs to go. He platformed on open government and we have seen only what he wants seen and everythng else he hides from us. eg. Illegal bribery attempts, closed door meetings to get Obama-care pushed through and attempts at a presidential pardon for all illegal aliens. Government has expanded by 720,000 jobs while the private sector has lost millions of jobs. So we raise taxes during a depression to cover the costs of expanded government. Then we want to raise other taxes by imposing a fuel tax. If you can’t see the forest because of all the trees you shouldn’t be making decisions that cost everybody else more money in taxes. If you can’t see that giving away everything to those who have earned none of it; if you can’t see how illegals are an extreme liability to this already hurting country; if you are or were in an elected representative or presidential office and allowed all of these illegals in without any effort to stop them; if you want to change our Constitution in support of amnesty: You have not protected or defendeded anything and you should be impeached. The LAWS are there and you need to enforce them as they exist. Arizona did something. Obama out and Brewer in; she seems to have more testosterone than all of our representatives put together. She did something as opposed to the rest of our government that has done NOTHING!

  • ONTIME

    THank you Bob for posting a reminder of our heritage, it is something we need to teach, discuss and understand in order to maintain the freedoms so many of us have taken for granted.

    The lessons we are relearning now will become valuble tools in the future.

    • Jana

      ONTIME,
      I was so proud when I opened our small town newspaper and there on the back page with a full page coverage the pictures of George Washinton, John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson with big bold letters that stated, “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
      This was paid for by HOBBY LOBBY a chain of craft stores.
      Hoorayyyyy for Hobby Lobby and hooray for our newspaper.
      More of us are coming out of the woodwork and we are standing up for our rights as Christians.

  • s c

    God truly blessed the Founding Fathers and America. What happens next is up to us. If we continue to rely on leaders who refuse to lead, the result is predictable.
    America’s formula for success worked long ago. And it will work again, but only if we demand and get results from ourselves and those whom we let lead us.

    • Jana

      sc,
      Our leaders are not refusing to lead, but unfortunately they are leading us in the wrong direction. Obama is very bold and has been quite open to his foul intentions. We have been gullible, but because of people like you and Personal Liberties Digest, and other good Patriotic Americans, we are saying we have had enough and are taking a stand against Communism and Socialism AGAIN.
      We are seeing leaders coming up. They may not be in Washington, but they are all over this United States of America.
      GOD BLESS AMERICA
      not violent, no longer silent!

  • robb

    a lot of these grievances are paralleled today. just a few:

    “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.” – Arizona illegal immigration law: federal govt threatens to sue Arizona and refuses to uphold national law policies.

    “He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected;” – bribing candidates not to run in the primaries

    “He has erected a multitude of New Offices…” – the new czars

    “He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:” – cap and trade, various UN treaties

    “For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:” – just wait for healthcare taxes to kick in

    “He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts,” – delayed for 70 days to allow foreign help to the oil spill

    “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers,” – failure to control the borders and amnesty for illegals

    • JC

      Excellent observations.

  • bob pa

    marylin and robb I salute you. now we must obey jefferson and our other founders and retake our country. keep the powder dry and let us do it. just like lexington and concord.

  • JeffH

    I want to share this video I recieved from Frontsight fouder Ignatius Piazza:

    A humble man, a Marine, stands up in front of a crowd of people he does not know and shares his heartfelt feelings of the importance of God and Country.

    He then sings our National Anthem with such conviction, spirit, and beauty that the entire crowd is moved to spontaneously rise out of respect and love of the words he is singing.
    http://www.ignatius-piazza-front-sight.com/2010/06/13/ignatius-piazza-im-done/#video

    • bp

      JeffH; THANK YOU for sharing this video. Never knew the second stanza. People who love God make this country great.

    • American Citizen

      Powerful. I had never heard the second stanza before, didn’t know that is one. So full of truth.

  • JeffH

    The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America acknowledges faith towards a supreme God who created mankind. The Declaration also acknowledges by all who signed it, the laws of God, the providence of God, and the judgment of God.

    The Declaration also appeals to God as the Supreme Judge of the world for their intentions. Furthermore, for the support of this Declaration, the signers relied firmly on the protection of Divine Providence.

    No student should fail to know these truths of our American history.

    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
    entitles 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.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled,
    appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent States, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliance, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent States may of right do.

    And for the support of this Declaration,
    with a firm reliance
    on the protection

    of Divine Providence,
    we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

    • JeffH
      • Jana

        JeffH,
        Thanks for these sites. I have even passed them on as they ag=re great.

    • HFlashman

      Those that wrote and signed the D of I wrote about ‘Nature’s God”, and then switched to Creator. Then stated they signed relying on the protection of divine (not capitalized) Providence.

      “Providence” commonly defined in the late 18th cetnruy as being some “power” that guides human destiny.

      See anywhere it denotes ‘christian god’ or heck…a “god’ for that matter other than “Nature’s”? Didn’t think so. Just another reinterpretation of the D ofI by someone wanting to foist their own sect and religion upon the rest of us.

      • TIME

        Da fleckmon, Yeda – yeda – yeda. And the beep goes on.
        Get a new song and dance bubba, its old and worn out, what do you call that dance of yours the dingle berry two step.

      • American Citizen

        The word “divine”, whether capitalized or not, always refers to God. They used different spellings of many words than we do today.

      • 45caliber

        Deny all you can and hope someone might believe you. But see JeffH’s reply below. It explains a lot more than you do. The nice thing about our country and our religion is that you don’t have to believe it – but there is no reason to deny our Founders had it.

  • JeffH

    “ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
    • “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
    –John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress

    John Adams and John Hancock:
    We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! [April 18, 1775]

    “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –October 11, 1798

    “I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best Book in the world. It contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen.” December 25, 1813 letter to Thomas Jefferson

    “Without Religion this World would be Something not fit to be mentioned in polite Company, I mean Hell.” [John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, April 19, 1817] |

    Amuel Adams: “ He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all… Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.” [ "American Independence," August 1, 1776. Speech delivered at the State House in Philadelphia]

    “ Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity… and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.” [October 4, 1790]

    John Quincy Adams:
    • “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 [the Fourth of July]?” “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”?
    –1837, at the age of 69, when he delivered a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts.

    “The Law given from Sinai [The Ten Commandments] was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code.”
    John Quincy Adams. Letters to his son. p. 61

    Charles Carroll – signer of the Declaration of Independence
    ” Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” [Source: To James McHenry on November 4, 1800.]

    Benjamin Franklin:
    “ God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel” –Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech

    “In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered… do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?” [Constitutional Convention, Thursday June 28, 1787]
    In Benjamin Franklin’s 1749 plan of education for public schools in Pennsylvania, he insisted that schools teach “the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”

    In 1787 when Franklin helped found Benjamin Franklin University, it was dedicated as “a nursery of religion and learning, built on Christ, the Cornerstone.”

    Alexander Hamilton:
    • Hamilton began work with the Rev. James Bayard to form the Christian Constitutional Society to help spread over the world the two things which Hamilton said made America great:
    (1) Christianity
    (2) a Constitution formed under Christianity.
    “The Christian Constitutional Society, its object is first: The support of the Christian religion. Second: The support of the United States.”

    On July 12, 1804 at his death, Hamilton said, “I have a tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy; pray for me.”

    “For my own part, I sincerely esteem it [the Constitution] a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.” [1787 after the Constitutional Convention]

    “I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.”

    John Hancock:
    • “In circumstances as dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments, …at the same time all confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness… Resolved; …Thursday the 11th of May…to humble themselves before God under the heavy judgments felt and feared, to confess the sins that have deserved them, to implore the Forgiveness of all our transgressions, and a spirit of repentance and reformation …and a Blessing on the … Union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights [for which hitherto we desire to thank Almighty God]…That the people of Great Britain and their rulers may have their eyes opened to discern the things that shall make for the peace of the nation…for the redress of America’s many grievances, the restoration of all her invaded liberties, and their security to the latest generations.
    “A Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, with a total abstinence from labor and recreation. Proclamation on April 15, 1775″

    Patrick Henry:
    “Orator of the Revolution.”
    • This is all the inheritance I can give my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.”
    —The Last Will and Testament of Patrick Henry

    “It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” [May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses]

    “The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.”

    John Jay:
    “ Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Source: October 12, 1816. The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed., (New York: Burt Franklin, 1970), Vol. IV, p. 393.

    “Whether our religion permits Christians to vote for infidel rulers is a question which merits more consideration than it seems yet to have generally received either from the clergy or the laity. It appears to me that what the prophet said to Jehoshaphat about his attachment to Ahab ["Shouldest thou help the ungodly and love them that hate the Lord?" 2 Chronicles 19:2] affords a salutary lesson.” [The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, 1794-1826, Henry P. Johnston, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1893), Vol. IV, p.365]

    Thomas Jefferson:
    “ The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend to all the happiness of man.”

    “Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as that of Jesus.”

    “I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.”

    “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (excerpts are inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in the nations capital) [Source: Merrill . D. Peterson, ed., Jefferson Writings, (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1984), Vol. IV, p. 289. From Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, 1781.]

    • “It is apprehended that Jews, Mahometans (Muslims), pagans, etc., may be elected to high offices under the government of the United States. Those who are Mahometans, or any others who are not professors of the Christian religion, can never be elected to the office of President or other high office, [unless] first the people of America lay aside the Christian religion altogether, it may happen. Should this unfortunately take place, the people will choose such men as think as they do themselves.
    [Elliot’s Debates, Vol. IV, pp 198-199, Governor Samuel Johnston, July 30, 1788 at the North Carolina Ratifying Convention]

    James Madison
    “ We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all of our heart.”

    “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]

    • I have sometimes thought there could not be a stronger testimony in favor of religion or against temporal enjoyments, even the most rational and manly, than for men who occupy the most honorable and gainful departments and [who] are rising in reputation and wealth, publicly to declare the unsatisfactoriness [of temportal enjoyments] by becoming fervent advocates in the cause of Christ; and I wish you may give in your evidence in this way.
    Letter by Madison to William Bradford (September 25, 1773)
    • In 1812, President Madison signed a federal bill which economically aided the Bible Society of Philadelphia in its goal of the mass distribution of the Bible.
    “ An Act for the relief of the Bible Society of Philadelphia” Approved February 2, 1813 by Congress

    “It is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.”

    • A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest, while we are building ideal monuments of renown and bliss here, we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven. [Letter by Madison to William Bradford [urging him to make sure of his own salvation] November 9, 1772]

    At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor, as he read Isaiah 33:22;
    “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver,
    the LORD is our king;
    He will save us.”

    James McHenry – Signer of the Constitution
    Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.

    Jedediah Morse:
    “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. . . . Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”

    Justice Joseph Story:
    “ I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society. One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. . . There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying its foundations.”
    [Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States p. 593]
    “ Infidels and pagans were banished from the halls of justice as unworthy of credit.” [Life and letters of Joseph Story, Vol. II 1851, pp. 8-9.]
    “ At the time of the adoption of the constitution, and of the amendment to it, now under consideration [i.e., the First Amendment], the general, if not the universal sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the state, so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience, and the freedom of religious worship.”
    [Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States p. 593]

    Noah Webster:
    “ The duties of men are summarily comprised in the Ten Commandments, consisting of two tables; one comprehending the duties which we owe immediately to God-the other, the duties we owe to our fellow men.”

    “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed…No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

    George Washington:
    Farewell Address: The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion” …and later: “…reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…”

    “ It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

    “What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.” [speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs May 12, 1779]

    “To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian” [May 2, 1778, at Valley Forge]

    During his inauguration, Washington took the oath as prescribed by the Constitution but added several religious components to that official ceremony. Before taking his oath of office, he summoned a Bible on which to take the oath, added the words “So help me God!” to the end of the oath, then leaned over and kissed the Bible.

    James Wilson:
    Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
    Supreme Court Justice appointed by George Washington
    Spoke 168 times during the Constitutional Convention

    “Christianity is part of the common law”

    • JeffH

      Man lives and dies on this earth but these truths can never be removed from our history and thus will never die.
      http://www.eadshome.com/QuotesoftheFounders.htm

      • bp

        Thank you again, JeffH.
        Our Godly heritage is not taught in government-run “socialist” schools.

    • American Citizen

      This just goes to prove that those who say our country was not founded on Christian principles are wrong. They may not have stated it aloud, but the underwriting is there.

    • momof4

      JeffH,
      Very good post!! So much for our founders being deist like the left likes to claim. They sound like Bible thumping evangelist to me. And I love it!!!!

  • Brenda M

    We should all read this and wonder–is our current form of government not imposing some of the same
    afflictions upon us? Maybe it is time, again, for a new leader.

    • 45caliber

      Replace “He” with Oblama or Federal Government and see if the statements are true or not.

  • Brenda M

    After reading this one has to wonder–is not our courrent form of government imposing some of these same inflictions upon us today? Is it not time for a new leader?

  • http://www.charter.net James A Graham

    > The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2008. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe and the rest of the world.
    >
    > REMEMBER AS YOU READ — IT WAS IN A SPANISH PAPER
    > Date: Tues. 15 January 2008 14:30
    >
    > ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ
    >
    >
    > By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez
    >
    > I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz…We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.
    >
    > The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.
    >
    > And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.
    >
    > They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.
    >
    > Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.
    >
    > And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.
    >
    > We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.
    >
    > What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.
    > ***********************************
    > A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.
    >
    > Absolutely No Racial Profiling! Pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test.
    >
    > These events are actual events from history. They really happened! Do you remember?
    >
    > HERE’S THE TEST
    >
    > 1. In 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:
    > a. Superman
    > b. Jay Leno
    > c. Harry Potter
    > d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:
    > a. Olga Corbett
    > b. Sitting Bull
    > c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 3. In 1979 the US Embassy in Iran was taken over by:
    > a. Lost Norwegians
    > b. Elvis
    > c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 4. During the 1980′s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
    > a. John Dillinger
    > b. The King of Sweden
    > c. The Boy Scouts
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 5. In 1983 the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
    > a. A pizza delivery boy
    > b. Pee Wee Herman
    > c. Geraldo Rivera
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
    > a. The Smurfs
    > b. Davey Jones
    > c. The Little Mermaid
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
    > a. Captain Kidd
    > b. Charles Lindberg
    > c. Mother Teresa
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 8. In 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
    > a. Scooby Doo
    > b. The Tooth Fairy
    > c. The Sundance Kid
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
    > a. Richard Simmons
    > b. Grandma Moses
    > c. Michael Jordan
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 10. In 1998 the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
    > a. Mr. Rogers
    > b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill’s women problems
    > c. The World Wrestling Federation
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 11. On 9/11/01 four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers, and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon, and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:
    > a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
    > b. The Supreme Court of Florida
    > c. Mr. Bean
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 12. In 2002 the United States began fighting a war in Afghanistan against:
    > a. Enron
    > b. The Lutheran Church
    > c. The NFL
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
    > a. Bonnie and Clyde
    > b. Captain Kangaroo
    > c. Billy Graham
    > d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
    >
    > 14. And now we can add: In 2009, 31 people were wounded and 13 American Soldiers murdered on base at Fort Hood by a Major that was known as…
    > a. You guessed it! – A Muslim male extremist between the age of 17 and 40.
    >
    > No! I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you? So, to ensure that we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone lest we be guilty of racial profiling.
    >
    > Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Allreds and other dunder-headed attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel ashamed of themselves – if they have any such sense.
    >
    > As the writer of the award winning story
    > ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it: ‘Stupid is as stupid does.

    • Jana

      James,
      Thank you for sharing this article. Wow what an eye opener.

  • http://www.charter.net James A Graham

    You might want to print this, cut it out and put it on your fridge so you won’t forget!
    Retribution is less than 1 year away!
    Take a look at this and just remember elections in November 2010.
    U..S.. House & Senate have voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 raises.
    They voted to NOT give you a S.S. Cost of living raise in 2010 and 2011.
    Your Medicare premiums will go up $285.60 for the 2-years
    You will not get the 3% COLA: $660/yr.
    Your total 2-yr loss and cost is -$1,600 or -$3,200 for husband and wife.
    Over these same 2-years each Congress person will get $10,000 EXTRA
    Do you feel SCREWED?
    Will they have your cost of drugs – doctor fees – local taxes – food, etc., decrease?
    NO WAY.
    Congress received a raise and has better health and retirement benefits than you or I.
    Why should they care about you?
    You never did anything about it in the past.
    You obviously are too stupid or don’t care.
    Do you really think that Nancy , Harry, Chris, Charlie, Barny, et al, care about you?
    Send the message to these individuals — “YOU’RE FIRED!”
    In 2010 you will have a chance to get rid of the sitting Congress: up to 1/3 of the Senate and 100% of the House!
    Make sure you’re still mad in November 2010 and remind their replacements not to screw-up.
    It is ok to forward this to your sphere of influence if you are finally tired of the abuse. Maybe it’s time for Amendment 28 to the Constitution..
    28th Amendment will be as follows:
    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”
    Let’s get this passed around, folks – these people in Washington have brought this upon themselves! It’s time for retribution. Let’s take back America ..
    If you don’t forward this to all your friends you’re just part of the problem of national apathy.

  • mehoward

    11 CHRONICLES 7: 14
    IF MY PEOPLE,WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.
    TO THE PERSON WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHICH GOD TO SERVE: THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE GOD,THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. ALL OTHER SO CALL GODS ARE EITHER DEAD OR MADE OF STONE. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU WANT TO SERVE ONE THAT IS ALIVE OR ONES THAT ARE DEAD OR MADE OF STONE. TODAY IS THE DAY,
    CHOOSE WHOM YOU WILL SERVE.MEHPENSACOLA,FL

    • Jana

      mehoward,
      Thank you for this post. It is GREAT.

  • DaveH

    I just ran across an ad stating “If you owe less than $729,000 on your mortgage, you probably qualify for Obama’s Making Home Affordable Program.”
    So he spends our money recklessly, and then gets the recognition that the money comes from him? Unbelievable! Even more so, since Government involvement in the mortgage market got us where we now are.

    • JeffH

      DaveH, I believe that MHAP is what ACORN has become…

    • JC

      Tha Kenyan produces Nothing! That’s OUR money he’s squandering.

  • http://gmail i41

    To the morons, that beleive someone invade the indian’s land, that is just b–l s–t. Just because they sold their roaming range, which was nobodies, they sure didn’t own the property. The trade of a few baubles and a few good bottles of whiskey, was the indians deal. The United States government bought and paid for land from Mexician governemnt, the Lousina Purchase Land was bought from the French. If the indians have a bitch, go whine to the French. If the feel good Washington Belt way nuts would have stayed in their comfort zone, instead of getting out in the real world, and thinking they knew what was best. They screwed up everything, just like the dumb bastards are doing now. The indians, when beaten joined the victor and adapted, the living on reservatioins and become welfare rats, was and still is the progressive plan, everyone should be under total government control. The liberal posts are all probably clones of the am lib’s, bastardized kin, who have the intellectual brain capicity of a dehydrated earth worm in the sun, nothing useful except a nusiance on the sidewalk.

    • 45caliber

      The ONLY Indians who might have owned their land was the Cherokee. And they were moved off by people who wanted their successful plantations. The white man was the one who brought ownership to the New World. The rest of the Indians owned no land, not even the place where their lodge was planted. The idea was simply foreign to them. To say the white man stole their land is wrong because they did NOT own it.

      And I’m quarter Indian. But at least I like the truth!

  • American Vet

    We should place an additional page in our U.S.History Books, which was left out by our Professors, who write U.S. History Books for our Highschool Kids-! ‘Go’ search http://www.nyfreedom.com/oldstonehouse.htm
    My proof is found by viewing the last of the “Maryland 400″, Gen. Washington made him a Brigadier General– See Mordecai Gist, typed in, to see him in the ‘Art Galleries’ as a painted portrait in his Brig. General’s Uniform. By the “Battle of Brooklyn” was an American Army “Saved” by the “Maryland Four Hundred”-! There’s a monument 35′ high that was placed in a park in King’s County, N.Y. Being military myself–I asked myself “What has happened that 400 men, had to “Save” the American Army-!?” “Why can’t the Army SAVE ITSELF-!?” With that in mind, 16 years ago, I researched this fact myself–being the worse of sceptics! I found the Maryland 400–had faced off 4,000 British Regulars in hopeless battle! That’s not courage, that’s not Bravery, It’s SUICIDE-! These ‘Crack’ British Soldiers were the kind that will defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, Later-! But Maryland’s 400 will be almost completely decimated–but will, not only ‘Save the American Army at Brooklyn’–but also “Save the American Revolution”-! Because their heroic Battle, will also save Geo. Washington–because if the British had been able to go “up the hill” to Brooklyn Heights, they would have captured or killed General Washington, himself–and that gentlemen, would have been the end of the American Revolution-!

    • JC

      Interesting. I’m something of an American history buff and I hadn’t heard that.

    • 45caliber

      Nice comments. The problem is that the government is too busy changing history to write about what really happened. My hobby for years has been finding out what REALLY happened instead of what we were told happened.

      They either simply ignore the story, as in the case of the 400, or they change it. For instance, my daughter’s history book from school stated that “the military lost the war in Vietnam but the ‘heroic’ (their word) Senators under HH Humphrey mananged to establish a truce long enough to save them.” That is one of the biggest lies I’ve ever seen in a history book!

  • Claire

    Does anyone know anything about the “Sovereign Citizen” group?

  • Rich Moore

    It is amazing to me that our fourfathers said that they pledged there lives there fortunes and there sacred honor to each other and of these only there honor was held sacred. We need such men and women NOW.

    • 45caliber

      We have such men and women now. But the Progressives try to belittle them and insist they are internal threats.

      But like me, they are waiting for the November elections. They don’t want to kill if they can avoid it. But they aren’t worried about a loss of life or riches.

  • Commonsense

    You will find in the Constitution along with our rights, it states,” Any who use their rights to transgress on others’ rights forfeits his own. So if you use your rights to do injury or a wrong to others you lose your rights. And yet, today, the criminals in our country seem to have more rights than the victims. Scary, huh?

  • 45caliber

    One thing interesting about the Declaration. If you substitute Oblama for “HE” (refering to the king of England) many of the statements here are still true.

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