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SOCKDOLAGER—A Tale of Davy Crockett, Charity and Congress

April 9, 2010 by  

SOCKDOLAGER—A Tale of Davy Crockett, Charity and Congress

A "sockdolager" is a knock-down blow. This is a newspaper reporter’s captivating story of his unforgettable encounter with the old "Bear Hunter" from Tennessee.

From "The Life of Colonel David Crockett", by Edward S. Ellis
(Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1884)

CROCKETT was then the lion of Washington. I was a great admirer of his character, and, having several friends who were intimate with him, I found no difficulty in making his acquaintance. I was fascinated with him, and he seemed to take a fancy to me.

I was one day in the lobby of the House of Representatives when a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support—rather, as I thought, because it afforded the speakers a fine opportunity for display than from the necessity of convincing anybody, for it seemed to me that everybody favored it. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose. Everybody expected, of course, that he was going to make one of his characteristic speeches in support of the bill. He commenced:

"Mr. Speaker—I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it.

We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him. This government can owe no debts but for services rendered, and at a stipulated price. If it is a debt, how much is it? Has it been audited, and the amount due ascertained? If it is a debt, this is not the place to present it for payment, or to have its merits examined. If it is a debt, we owe more than we can ever hope to pay, for we owe the widow of every soldier who fought in the War of 1812 precisely the same amount.

There is a woman in my neighborhood, the widow of as gallant a man as ever shouldered a musket. He fell in battle. She is as good in every respect as this lady, and is as poor. She is earning her daily bread by her daily labor; but if I were to introduce a bill to appropriate five or ten thousand dollars for her benefit, I should be laughed at, and my bill would not get five votes in this House. There are thousands of widows in the country just such as the one I have spoken of, but we never hear of any of these large debts to them. Sir, this is no debt.

The government did not owe it to the deceased when he was alive; it could not contract it after he died. I do not wish to be rude, but I must be plain. Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity.

Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much of our own money as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks."

He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally supposed, and as, no doubt, it would, but for that speech, it received but few votes, and, of course, was lost.

Like many other young men, and old ones, too, for that matter, who had not thought upon the subject, I desired the passage of the bill, and felt outraged at its defeat. I determined that I would persuade my friend Crockett to move a reconsideration the next day.

Previous engagements preventing me from seeing Crockett that night, I went early to his room the next morning and found him engaged in addressing and franking letters, a large pile of which lay upon his table.

I broke in upon him rather abruptly, by asking him what devil had possessed him to make that speech and defeat that bill yesterday. Without turning his head or looking up from his work, he replied:

"You see that I am very busy now; take a seat and cool yourself. I will be through in a few minutes, and then I will tell you all about it."

He continued his employment for about ten minutes, and when he had finished he turned to me and said: "Now, sir, I will answer your question. But thereby hangs a tale, and one of considerable length, to which you will have to listen."

I listened, and this is the tale which I heard:

SEVERAL YEARS AGO I was one evening standing on the steps of the Capitol with some other members of Congress, when our attention was attracted by a great light over in Georgetown. It was evidently a large fire. We jumped into a hack and drove over as fast as we could. When we got there, I went to work, and I never worked as hard in my life as I did there for several hours. But, in spite of all that could be done, many houses were burned and many families made homeless, and, besides, some of them had lost all but the clothes they had on. The weather was very cold, and when I saw so many women and children suffering, I felt that something ought to be done for them, and everybody else seemed to feel the same way.

The next morning a bill was introduced appropriating $20,000 for their relief. We put aside all other business and rushed it through as soon as it could be done. I said everybody felt as I did. That was not quite so; for, though they perhaps sympathized as deeply with the sufferers as I did, there were a few of the members who did not think we had the right to indulge our sympathy or excite our charity at the expense of anybody but ourselves. They opposed the bill, and upon its passage demanded the yeas and nays. There were not enough of them to sustain the call, but many of us wanted our names to appear in favor of what we considered a praiseworthy measure, and we voted with them to sustain it. So the yeas and nays were recorded, and my name appeared on the journals in favor of the bill.

The next summer, when it began to be time to think about the election, I concluded I would take a scout around among the boys of my district. I had no opposition there, but, as the election was some time off, I did not know what might turn up, and I thought it was best to let the boys know that I had not forgot them, and that going to Congress had not made me too proud to go to see them.

So I put a couple of shirts and a few twists of tobacco into my saddlebags, and put out. I had been out about a week and had found things going very smoothly, when, riding one day in a part of my district in which I was more of a stranger than any other, I saw a man in a field plowing and coming toward the road. I gauged my gait so that we should meet as he came to the fence. As he came up I spoke to the man. He replied politely, but, as I thought, rather coldly, and was about turning his horse for another furrow when I said to him: "Don’t be in such a hurry, my friend; I want to have a little talk with you, and get better acquainted."

He replied: "I am very busy, and have but little time to talk, but if it does not take too long, I will listen to what you have to say."

I began: "Well, friend, I am one of those unfortunate beings called candidates, and…"

"’Yes, I know you; you are Colonel Crockett. I have seen you once before, and voted for you the last time you were elected. I suppose you are out electioneering now, but you had better not waste your time or mine. I shall not vote for you again.’

This was a sockdolager… I begged him to tell me what was the matter.

"Well, Colonel, it is hardly worthwhile to waste time or words upon it. I do not see how it can be mended, but you gave a vote last winter which shows that either you have not capacity to understand the Constitution, or that you are wanting in honesty and firmness to be guided by it. In either case you are not the man to represent me. But I beg your pardon for expressing it in that way. I did not intend to avail myself of the privilege of the Constitution to speak plainly to a candidate for the purpose of insulting or wounding you. I intend by it only to say that your understanding of the Constitution is very different from mine; and I will say to you what, but for my rudeness, I should not have said, that I believe you to be honest. But an understanding of the Constitution different from mine I cannot overlook, because the Constitution, to be worth anything, must be held sacred, and rigidly observed in all its provisions. The man who wields power and misinterprets it is the more dangerous the more honest he is."

"I admit the truth of all you say, but there must be some mistake about it, for I do not remember that I gave any vote last winter upon any constitutional question."

"No, Colonel, there’s no mistake. Though I live here in the backwoods and seldom go from home, I take the papers from Washington and read very carefully all the proceedings of Congress. My papers say that last winter you voted for a bill to appropriate $20,000 to some sufferers by a fire in Georgetown. Is that true?"

"Certainly it is, and I thought that was the last vote which anybody in the world would have found fault with."

"Well, Colonel, where do you find in the Constitution any authority to give away the public money in charity?"

Here was another sockdolager; for, when I began to think about it, I could not remember a thing in the Constitution that authorized it. I found I must take another tack, so I said:

Davy Crockett"Well, my friend; I may as well own up. You have got me there. But certainly nobody will complain that a great and rich country like ours should give the insignificant sum of $20,000 to relieve its suffering women and children, particularly with a full and overflowing Treasury, and I am sure, if you had been there, you would have done just as I did."

"It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes. But that has nothing to do with the question. The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be entrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means. What is worse, it presses upon him without his knowledge where the weight centers, for there is not a man in the United States who can ever guess how much he pays to the government.

So you see, that while you are contributing to relieve one, you are drawing it from thousands who are even worse off than he. If you had the right to give anything, the amount was simply a matter of discretion with you, and you had as much right to give $20,000,000 as $20,000. If you have the right to give to one, you have the right to give to all; and, as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you are at liberty to give to any and everything which you may believe, or profess to believe, is a charity, and to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the people on the other.

No, Colonel, Congress has no right to give charity. Individual members may give as much of their own money as they please, but they have no right to touch a dollar of the public money for that purpose. If twice as many houses had been burned in this county as in Georgetown, neither you nor any other member of Congress would have thought of appropriating a dollar for our relief. There are about two hundred and forty members of Congress. If they had shown their sympathy for the sufferers by contributing each one week’s pay, it would have made over $13,000. There are plenty of wealthy men in and around Washington who could have given $20,000 without depriving themselves of even a luxury of life. The Congressmen chose to keep their own money, which, if reports be true, some of them spend not very creditably; and the people about Washington, no doubt, applauded you for relieving them from the necessity of giving by giving what was not yours to give.

The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution."

I have given you an imperfect account of what he said. Long before he was through, I was convinced that I had done wrong. He wound up by saying:

"So you see, Colonel, you have violated the Constitution in what I consider a vital point. It is a precedent fraught with danger to the country, for when Congress once begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the people. I have no doubt you acted honestly, but that does not make it any better, except as far as you are personally concerned, and you see that I cannot vote for you."

I tell you I felt streaked. I saw if I should have opposition, and this man should go talking, he would set others to talking, and in that district I was a gone fawn-skin. I could not answer him, and the fact is, I did not want to. But I must satisfy him, and I said to him:

"Well, my friend, you hit the nail upon the head when you said I had not sense enough to understand the Constitution. I intended to be guided by it, and thought I had studied it full. I have heard many speeches in Congress about the powers of Congress, but what you have said there at your plow has got more hard, sound sense in it than all the fine speeches I ever heard. If I had ever taken the view of it that you have, I would have put my head into the fire before I would have given that vote; and if you will forgive me and vote for me again, if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot."

He laughingly replied:

"Yes, Colonel, you have sworn to that once before, but I will trust you again upon one condition. You say that you are convinced that your vote was wrong. Your acknowledgment of it will do more good than beating you for it. If, as you go around the district, you will tell people about this vote, and that you are satisfied it was wrong, I will not only vote for you, but will do what I can to keep down opposition, and, perhaps, I may exert some little influence in that way."

"If I don’t," said I, "I wish I may be shot; and to convince you that I am in earnest in what I say, I will come back this way in a week or ten days, and if you will get up a gathering of the people, I will make a speech to them. Get up a barbecue, and I will pay for it."

"No, Colonel, we are not rich people in this section, but we have plenty of provisions to contribute for a barbecue, and some to spare for those who have none. The push of crops will be over in a few days, and we can then afford a day for a barbecue. This is Thursday; I will see to getting it up on Saturday a week. Come to my house on Friday, and we will go together, and I promise you a very respectable crowd to see and hear you."

"Well, I will be here. But one thing more before I say good-bye… I must know your name."

"My name is Bunce."

"Not Horatio Bunce?"


"Well, Mr. Bunce, I never saw you before, though you say you have seen me; but I know you very well. I am glad I have met you, and very proud that I may hope to have you for my friend. You must let me shake your hand before I go."

We shook hands and parted.

It was one of the luckiest hits of my life that I met him. He mingled but little with the public, but was widely known for his remarkable intelligence and incorruptible integrity, and for a heart brimful and running over with kindness and benevolence, which showed themselves not only in words but in acts. He was the oracle of the whole country around him, and his fame had extended far beyond the circle of his immediate acquaintance. Though I had never met him before, I had heard much of him, and but for this meeting it is very likely I should have had opposition, and had been beaten. One thing is very certain, no man could now stand up in that district under such a vote.

At the appointed time I was at his house, having told our conversation to every crowd I had met, and to every man I stayed all night with, and I found that it gave the people an interest and a confidence in me stronger than I had ever seen manifested before.

Though I was considerably fatigued when I reached his house, and, under ordinary circumstances, should have gone early to bed, I kept him up until midnight, talking about the principles and affairs of government, and got more real, true knowledge of them than I had got all my life before.

I have told you Mr. Bunce converted me politically. He came nearer converting me religiously than I had ever been before. He did not make a very good Christian of me, as you know; but he has wrought upon my mind a conviction of the truth of Christianity, and upon my feelings a reverence for its purifying and elevating power such as I had never felt before.

I have known and seen much of him since, for I respect him—no, that is not the word—I reverence and love him more than any living man, and I go to see him two or three times every year; and I will tell you, sir, if everyone who professes to be a Christian lived and acted and enjoyed it as he does, the religion of Christ would take the world by storm.

But to return to my story: The next morning we went to the barbecue, and, to my surprise, found about a thousand men there. I met a good many whom I had not known before, and they and my friend introduced me around until I had got pretty well acquainted—at least, they all knew me.

In due time notice was given that I would speak to them. They gathered around a stand that had been erected. I opened my speech by saying:

"Fellow citizens—I present myself before you today feeling like a new man. My eyes have lately been opened to truths which ignorance or prejudice, or both, had heretofore hidden from my view. I feel that I can today offer you the ability to render you more valuable service than I have ever been able to render before. I am here today more for the purpose of acknowledging my error than to seek your votes. That I should make this acknowledgment is due to myself as well as to you. Whether you will vote for me is a matter for your consideration only."

I went on to tell them about the fire and my vote for the appropriation as I have told it to you, and then told them why I was satisfied it was wrong. I closed by saying:

"And now, fellow citizens, it remains only for me to tell you that the most of the speech you have listened to with so much interest was simply a repetition of the arguments by which your neighbor, Mr. Bunce, convinced me of my error.

"It is the best speech I ever made in my life, but he is entitled to the credit of it. And now I hope he is satisfied with his convert and that he will get up here and tell you so."

He came upon the stand and said:

"Fellow citizens—It affords me great pleasure to comply with the request of Colonel Crockett. I have always considered him a thoroughly honest man, and I am satisfied that he will faithfully perform all that he has promised you today."

He went down, and there went up from the crowd such a shout for Davy Crockett as his name never called forth before.

I am not much given to tears, but I was taken with a choking then and felt some big drops rolling down my cheeks. And I tell you now that the remembrance of those few words spoken by such a man, and the honest, hearty shout they produced, is worth more to me than all the honors I have received and all the reputation I have ever made, or ever shall make, as a member of Congress.

"NOW, SIR," concluded Crockett, "you know why I made that speech yesterday. I have had several thousand copies of it printed and was directing them to my constituents when you came in.

"There is one thing now to which I will call your attention. You remember that I proposed to give a week’s pay. There are in that House many very wealthy men—men who think nothing of spending a week’s pay, or a dozen of them for a dinner or a wine party when they have something to accomplish by it. Some of those same men made beautiful speeches upon the great debt of gratitude which the country owed the deceased—a debt which could not be paid by money, particularly so insignificant a sum as $10,000, when weighed against the honor of the nation. Yet not one of them responded to my proposition. Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it."

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 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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  • Dawn Marie

    THat was THE most EYE OPENING read I have read in a very long time. It is true, we as a people are afraid to give….time, money, food or whatever for fear we will miss out on something….this has changed the way I feel.

    I would love it IF our CONGRESS had a man so bold and brave to turn his back on his congress and actually VOTE for what is right and for what his public wants.

    We need brave men and women, at this point in history we have sissy congressmen who are afraid to go against a President , and a Speaker of the House and many other off the wall non-America loving leaders.

    I say we vote them out and find our Davey Crocketts!

    • Marvin

      Amen. My sentiments exactly.
      We christians and our churches failed when we let the government become responsible for charity, welfare, and entitlements. Jesus told individuals to be charitable, never governments. God blesses us when we give to others.

      • Karen

        I so agree with you and Dawn Marie. Let’s get out there and find our Davy Crocketts this November.

        • Dan az

          To anyone that is looking for their crocket then please go her and take names.And lets make history together by standing up our selves just as he Ron Paul in and all the libertarian congress and senate we can get in there and hope that it’s not to late to reverse this mess.Go here and spread their names and research them until your fingers hurt and lets get it done!!!!

    • EltonJ

      I’d rather have 10 Davey Crockets than 300 Karl Marxes.

    • DaveH

      I don’t mean to be critical, Dawn, as I can see your heart is in the right place, but what if the public wants something that is against the Constitution?

      • Clark Myers

        DavidH, if that be the case then the Constitution itself provides the means by which it may be amended. It is not for congress to decide what it may or may not do. The 10th Amendment reserves all powers not enumerated in the constitution to the several states and the people!

      • Saghalie

        >> What if the people want something that is against the
        >> constitution?

        That kind of shows your ignorance of the constitution doesn’t it?

        If the people want something that is against the constitution there is only one response (possibly two). You can’t have it.

        If you want it; there is a process whereby you add whats called an amendment. But thats a dangerous road to travel down as it can invalidate parts of the constitution that is already in place.


      • NJB

        They should try the amendment process.

        I personally do not like the amendment process as I believe it dilutes the Constitution.

        Perhaps those people who do not like our system of US Constitutional based government should move to the countries that has the form of government that would like to live under.

        It is unfortunate that we do not have senators and representatives with the integrity and courage of Davy Crockett. What happened to this country? I hope we get some term limits on the representatives and senators. No politician should have the power of someone who has been in public service over 2 terms. If it is appropriate for the president, it is appropriate for the house and the senate.

        • KSquare

          Term limits come this November. See ya at the polls! ;-)

      • Bob C.

        In response to Dave H,
        Then the “public” can not have it, the public can not be allowed to steal the rights of the individual, the government is not put in place for that end.
        The constitution is the limits on government, so your question is really what if the people want more government, in this day and age I find that ridicules.

      • Her6bert

        DavidH, you mean to do something that is, in fact , unconstitutional?

      • American Citizen

        Members of Congress, as well as the President, swear to uphold the Constitution. If the people want something that is unconstitutional, they should be told, “no”. That’s no different than when we tell our children no when something is not in their best interest. Thank God for the party of “no”. At least they understand the Constitution.

      • One_Immortal

        Indeed whether this tale is true or no, the fact remains as it did in Crockett’s day that the Congress had and has no authority to give away the peoples money. And in fact, the Congress did create the U.S. General Accounting Office in 1921 headed by a Presidentially appointed Comptroller General to report not to the President but to the Congress on the validity of all expenditures of the Government including the legality of expenditures by Congress. The opinions of the GAO (now called the Government Accountabilit Office)(certainly a misnomer in today’s terms)are enforceable by law and at least one Comptroller General seeing where the spending by the Administration and Congress was leading resigned to take his concerns directly to the people since obviously the Congress neither listened nor seemed to care that there were serious problems brewing by their actions in appropriating moneys in violation of the Constitution. Again without regard to the veracity of the story about Col. Crockett, the Congress never has had the Constitutional authority to give away for charity or any other such reason the peoples funds. And yet they seem of late to be so emboldened by the ease with which they can get away with the theft (or for the more timid, the rape) of the treasury for their own pet projects and programs. Indeed, I for one agree that they long since should have been impeached almost to a Senator and Congressman. Would that we find it in our hearts and especially in our minds to make this a reality come November this year and November the following year and november the following year to replace another Third of The Senate as well. It is long since time also that We the People start doing our jobs as citizens in letting the Congress know that they govern at our pleasure, not their own and by imposing term limits on all of them including state and local office holders. For, it is a certainty in my view that it is a priviledge not a right to serve the people and at their pleasure not our individual own. This Marine Decries the voices heard of late of forceably taking back our country if things get much worse but this Marine also recognizes that the words of our founders that from time to time it may become necessary that a little blood must be spilled to maintain the freedoms guaranteed by our constitution but so rudely ignored by Congress and the Administration of late.

    • Jackie Mc

      We in Tx. have our own ‘Davy Crockett’. His name is RON PAUL, known in Washington as ‘DR. NO’ because he always votes NO on any thing which is not constitutional.

    • Ronald Whaley

      After reading this I must say I agree with Dawn Marie in that this was one of the Biggest Eye Opener I have read in a ver long, long time. I do not remember ever reading or hearing about this part of history before. I too had tears in my eyes after I read this story. Only if we could get people like Col. Corcket and Mr. Bunce back in the Congress and Senate today we would have a country walking a straight line again. I have often wondered if we could ever find an honest Politician and then someone would give me a good old fassion “sockdolager” and bring me back to reality. You just have to love that word “Sockdolager”. Again a new word I have learned today as well.
      Anyway I think we need to hand out a few “Sockdolagers” come November and I don’t mean just the Demagogues. Yes the Repugnants need a very large “Sockdolager” as well. There is not many in DC today that we can truely call “HONEST” and for the most part they are all crooks and theives up there. Please people, talk to everyone you can and express how important it is for them to vet these candidates and choose someone you think will be an honest broker of the people. But it is important we get rid of the trash that is in DC now. It is time to clean out the gutters up there and start fresh. I can not express strongly enough that all incumbents go and new people be put in place with the understanding that if they do not live up to their oath of office they too will be removed from office. Thank You all for your time and reading my post.

      • Ronald Whaley

        Please forgive the mispellings and mistakes. I sometimes get caught up in the moment and forget to proofread what I am writing. After posting it I realized there were a few gaffs in it and it was too late to fix them LOL. But you get the jest of what I am saying I hope. Thank You all for your post and for some really good information put out here.

        • freedom lover

          Ronald, I understand your passion. Just as cleanliness is “next to Godliness”, a proper command of the language is necessary for effective persuasion. One more correction: your gaffes are now corrected :)

    • Adair

      I believe the Congress overstepped its boundaries in the wake of 9/11 when it granted all the surviving families of victims $1million.

      If that didn’t happen, I stand humbly corrected; but I’m going by memory and haven’t looked it up.

      Maybe it was paid to widows and orphans only; but I believe I recall Federal funds being sent out to many, many supplicants. Yes, and the Oklahoms City tragedy survivors were unhappy that they hadn’t received such largesse.

    • goldbug36

      We do have such a man in Congress. His name is Ron Paul. The GOP and media have minimized and ridiculed him for decades for his constitutional positions and votes on all issues. I am dismayed that nobody understands this fact. We should love, honor and respect him for his honesty, integrity and principles.

  • http://WindowsInternetExplorer Walter Brown

    I find this information both heart warming and is a great need for ALL the citizens of this country(US). The principles and values of this article are what I was taught when I was young boy some sixty years ago. This is a Christian nation based on the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments.

    • EltonJ

      I expressly believe that a large group of Men (men and women) will save the Constitution of the United States when it hangs by a thread. They will take the Constitution into the Tops of the Mountains and hold it up as an Ensign to ALL NATIONS.

      This body cannot save the Constitution if we do not wake up to our deplorable situation and get politically active.

    • gary

      Now here is a man that knows what he is talking about. Thankyou Walter!

  • Wess

    What the World needs now is honest Men like Mr Bunce. What a story, what Truth, what a difference one can make when understanding what absolute truth is & the willingness to Stand on it. Thank you Bob Livingston for posting your story & the link. My favorite part is where Colonel David Crockett admits his conversion politically & almost persuaded Spiritually by Mr. Bunce: “I will tell you, sir, if everyone who professes to be a Christian lived and acted and enjoyed it as he does, the religion of Christ would take the world by storm.” Christ makes the difference in Life, for HE Created all Life, He Alone can offer Everlasting Life, He is Life. These Absolute Truths are the basics that Mr. Bunce understood & they made all Truth more clearly understandable. Lord give us more good men like Mr Bunce so we can “Round-Up the Strays Before the Last days”.

  • lou

    Yes what a great lesson for all to see and understand we need such honesty and integrty in our goverment today, may things be brought forward in the nov. elections.

  • Randolph Goodlett

    Principles before emotions. Oh, if we but had a few Davy Crocketts in Congress, we probably wouldn’t be in such a perilous position.

    I am throughly convinced that what we see unfolding right before our eyes is the end times as given to us in Revelation. Though we can see the ebb and flow of humanity as they come towards God in one generation and then fall away from God in the next…according to messages from the heavens…we have gone beyond the point of no return and the end times now do unfold. I was initially surprised at how slowly this is taking place, for the tipping point was back in or around 1981. But now I see the cleverness of the evil one and why they must unfold so slowly. So that humanity can be slowly punked into believing all of the lies and falsehoods that are being dealt down to us…by our own government and by other governments and organizations worldwide.

    America is the last bastion of real freedom left in the world. The shining beacon of light on the hill. The land where our motto has been “In God we Trust”. Once God is taken out of that place of worship, Nature abhors a vacuum and the evil one moves in. And he has. Liars and cheats abound all around us and all of their “Change” is gobblygook meant to convince us of their good intent. Their real intent is to follow the lead of the evil one and eradicate 80% of us from the face of the earth “Because we are evil and out of sync with nature and are deatroying the planet” The truth is that we are the shepards of this planet and that we must not kill ourselves or others and that God will provide for all of us if we but seek His assistance and His Love and Mercy. Davy Crockett was a man of God and he was guided by biblical scripture and knew right from wrong. He was a real American. What we have in the government now is many who despise what America has always been and who seek to turn us into a communist nation. Communism is one of the best snares ever devised by the evil one, for it speaks of charity for humanity through the leadership of the government and how “everything must be fair” and how we all must be “equal”. God never intended for us all to be the same or for us to be lead by the noses by a bunch of corrupt liars. We are to be free to do HIS WILL for our lives and to have government stay out of the way. That is how wealth is created. Not by taxing a people to death but by allowing them to reach the height of what God wants for them. Each of us has unique talents and unique goals. We are all different…but we can all worship the same creator. We all walk nearly parrallel paths towards the eternal light and we must not be lead astray. And by doing so, we find the meaning in life. To attain heaven upon our demise so that we can live in peace and harmony with our Eternal Father. Nothing else really matters.
    We have lost sight of this as a people. We are being lead astray by liars and thieves. We need to come back to the Lord through Prayer and fasting and reading the scriptures daily. This is the only way we will save our country. We need to find the real Crocketts out there and vote the idiot savants out and vote the Crocketts in. May the Lord give us all great discernment in this and help us all in this endeavor.

  • http://LibertyAlert Dan Buchanan

    Every American should read this, especially registered voters. Ask your-
    self if your Senator or Congressman exhibits the integrity and honesty
    and dedication to the Constitution that this article so beautifully
    portrays. If your answer is no, then I suggest you do some homework and
    find a candidate that will, regardless of their party affiliation. We
    have an opportunity to stop the madness in Nov. 2010. Please send this
    to everyone you know, and make sure you vote this fall.God bless America.

  • Mary Laur

    As a native Texan, I have been taught to be very proud of the heroes of the Alamo. But I didn’t know all of this about Davy Crockett. But I should have known. If he and the others hadn’t done what they did, we would all be speaking Spanish, and doing homage to the government of Mexico. And we wouldn’t have had all the advantages we enjoy today. I love reading about them, and wish we had more like them around today. Mary Laur, Mission, Texas.

    • Nick Fondo

      Believe it or not we have some very Great and Truthful people in our History as Americans Although not as Politically Active as Davy Crockett was, i.e. Jim Bowie, Jim Bridger, Fulton, Problem is today most of our Elected Representatives in Washington Have forgotten why they were sent there, and Have Never truly worked Hard in their Lives.

  • Tom Baron

    Holy Cow, Does this ever hit the nail on the head. I am almost thinking that we’ve really gone over the edge from which there may be no return other than through a revolution. When you see how our Congress now appropriates our tax dollars for thousands of these same type of stories, it boggles the mind. How will we ever change the mind set of people in Congress, or people with aspirations of running for Congress, to think like Horatio Bunch? Will it ever occur that a Congressman will admit they were wrong to this extent, as Mr. Crockett did, and change the way they govern to actually abide by the Constitution? Truly, I’m am in favor of a new revolution, not an armed conflict, but a changing of the mind set through groups such as the modern day Tea Party advocates. It has to start some how and some way or our Country will be lost. Hopefully, this November will be that start.

    • LocalYokel

      Good luck. I hope it works Tom but be sure to make plan B, C, D etc. I’m sure you can see the necessity of flexibility when facing the history of unconstitutional retroactive legislation devised to smooth over all that has been enacted since the time when Ohio was a territory and not a state. Few have the caliber to ask forgiveness for mistakes made on that level when they all live in denial, unlike Crockett.
      We can expect tactics for voter registration similar to those recently used to push detrimental legislation through. It’s nothing new. LBJ had to burn the courthouse records to smooth over his early election fraud. Lower courts seem to be a corrupt drag on any litigation that needs urgent supreme court attention even with a five to four disadvantage. No Crockett in there either. Roosevelt even tried stack it by adding five members to get his way.
      Can you imagine what the media coverage would do to Davy today??
      Don’t know what all can be done to correct all the evil issues but I’ve refused to swallow the “wasted vote” approach for over fifty years hoping the fall would get fast enough to be recognized for what it is in spite of media whitewash. I’ve lived to see that.
      Who knows? I may live to see a majority realize that the least of two evils is just that.

  • Alvin Ambers

    Religiously, we have been for several generations increasingly persuaded to accept error as doctrinal fact in regards to some social issues. Whether by innocence or contrivance (and both have applied), the net result is that we have felt obliged to tolerate error in policy and in behavior. One specific manner in which this has occurred is in allowing others, including our own children perhaps, to shame us into accepting unGodliness by virtue of our own sin and failure. The precedent-setting principle, succinctly stated, is that “If I have committed an error (and sin), then that error (and sin) is thereby excused from reproach and sanctified to all who may engage it.”
    Thus, we have tolerated behaviors to the point of condoning them. One example being that we ceased to tolerate the privacy of other people’s bedrooms by not peering through their bedroom windows, but instead invited them to make their practices public. And protected by law. UnGODLY law.
    Another example, more pertinent perhaps to this story, is the acceptance of entitlement ideology….the belief that everyone should
    share the wealth” whether they contribute or not, and whether they do not contribute purely by choice. To paraphrase something I believe God said in the Old Testament, “If a man won’t work, don’t feed him.” And one of the 6 (or 7) things God has stated that He hates (yes, fact) is a “lazy man”.
    Finally, as believers in Judeo-Christian principles and the God who delivered them, if we leave “charity” to the government, are we not simply thinking to assuage our own conscience? And in this, do we not deprive ourselves of sincerely demonstrating (to our God) our compassion for those in true need around us? As Mr. Crockett aptly stated, when we see a need and are persuaded that help is appropriate, we should give of our Selves and from our own pocket.
    We need to not only learn better what the Constitution says, but to understand clearly what the thoughts and principles of the founding fathers were when they composed it.

  • Clifton Odom

    It seems that todays representatives in the House, Congress, White House, and in Judiciary seem to feel it is their responsibility to be charitable with the taxpayers monies and benevolent to the criminals and non-law abiding citizens and illegal aliens who they think are so deserving of a handout. Anything given is not to long appreciated and soon it becomes expected. Charity should be from individuals who can more afford it, ie. Bill Gates, and ways and means should be established for those in hardship situations to work for their own relief if they are able. If you live in a disaster zone, earthquake, tornado, flood, hurricane, high crime enviornment expect and prepare for the worst and be able to repair the damages from your savings or insurance that you have paid for yourself. Be responsible for your actions and no-one else will have to be resonsible for you stupidity!

  • LimestoneFreedom

    Truly a remarkable story, and one that should be taught in our homes and schools. I remember studying about Davy Crockett some 45 years ago, but nothing about this event in his life. Let’s send this to everyone we know!

    If my people, who 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. II Chronicles 7:14, ASV

  • Independent

    I first heard this story from a pamphlet published by the John Birch Society quite a few years ago. The liberal media have trashed the John Birch Society, since they don’t represent the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and Bilderbergers, but are are an organization dedicated to the Constitution of the United States and the meaning of it as put forth by the Founding Fathers. Look them up on Google and get your eyes opened to the true meaning. They have branches in every city of any size and groups who go by other names, such as OCPAC in Oklahoma City. They have all of the candidates come and speak who will appear and then vote on who to support, and it is only those who are the most Conservative who get the vote and support. I do not belong,but have friends who are leaders in it.

  • Joel Johnston

    I did not know any history of Davy Crockett but this gives me a tremendous amount of energy toward doing my part to repair the erosions of our Constitution. An excerpt of a reply I made in another post a few days ago, “Where does this sense of entitlement to ‘eat the rich’ come from? It comes from welfare programs championed by democrats aimed at re-distributing wealth through public tax dollars.” Well I apologize wholeheartedly to any democrats or other political parties that may have been offended by this. Not because of the principal but for squarely assigning the blame. Any person could make the same mistake. Crockett made an honest mistake but his integrity led him to make bold moves to acknowledge the offense to the Constitution and right his wrong. There may be a history of erosion concerning charity (led to entitlement) but I firmly believe that there are enough Americans with the resolve and conviction to role up their sleeves and pare back the overgrown vines and briars choking Our Constitution. Support the Tea Party with intelligence and make sure the candidates of choice are your Davy Crocketts.

  • One 4 Constitution

    I have heard Glen Beck mention Davey Crockett several times but was not aware of this story. Too much has been taken out of our school’s textbooks by the progressives in order to dumb down the population and gain more government control of our lives and literally steal our money and give it to those who have chosen not to work.

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    • William Bradford

      I already did and am a member.

  • William Bradford

    What a story. I was one of those kids caught up in the ‘Davy Crockett” ctraze in the ’50′s and being a John Wayne fan thoroughly loved the movie. Here is something we should all do–get out our copies of the Constitution and read it. I am an unemployed Civics/History teacher and have a lot of time on my hands, so that is exactly what I have been doing. Guess what I found? 1) Article One, Section 7, Clause 12: congress shall have power to raise and support armies, but no appropriations shall be longer than for a term of two years. (How long as this idiotic war been going on in the Mid-East?) 2) More importantly–check this out: 2) Article Two,Section 4: The President, VP, and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from Office for Impeachment and Conviction of Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes. (Bribery?–the list goes on.) 3) Article Four, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a Republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion. (The slime Obama isn’t the first president to ignore this one. Illegal aliens are an invasion. 4) Article Two, Section 1, Clause 5: No person except a natural born citizen or a citizen of the United States shall be eligible for the Office of President. (Guess who broke this rule?)Now let’s look at history:John Marshall, First Supreme Court Justice ruled that “Any law passed by Congress that is contrary to or inconsistent with the Constitution is VOID! In the case of “Marbury v Madison”, 1803, (taught in all law schools), “any act of the Legislature, repugnant to the Consitution is VOID! The Congress has already broken the law of the land. What more do you people need before you get out your guns, gas up your SUV’s, buy some good walking boots and march on Washington?

  • Ralph Tomson

    This is a response to Ralph Goodlet. I agree with most of what he says, however, he is wrong about one point. He says, “the tipping point was back in or around 1981. The truth is, the tipping point was back in the 1940′s with the passage of “Social Security” at the instigation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Socialism has been growing in America ever since then. Let’s use our votes in 2010 to :March on Washington” and get rid of the Socialists and put some loyal Constitutional Americans in office. Maybe we can get this thing turned round in the next few years.

    • Lincoln Carter

      Actually, the tipping point started a little earlier, in 1913 with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act and the passage of the 16th Amendment (Federal Income taxes) – both passed under President Wilson and under the direction/supervision of Colonel Edward M. House (the author of “Philip Dru: Administrator” and not a Colonel in any Army).

      Mr. Edward M. House was a socialist – Woodrow Wilson later said “Mr. House is my second personality. He is my independent self. His thoughts and mine are one. If I were in his place I would do just as he suggested.”

      The conspirators that started this are best described in (1) ‘Web of Debt’ by Ellen H. Brown and (2) ‘The Creature from Jekyll Island’ by G. Edward Griffin.

      The Constitution and what it meant were greatly debated in the late 1700′s and early 1800′s. By the end of the 1800′s, while the country enjoyed a great century of (INDIVIDUAL) progress, the discussion of the Constitution died off and Americans started to forget what brought/allowed their own advancements. By 1913 a couple of generations had not actively reviewed, thought of, or discussed our God given rights.

      From Thomas Jefferson “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

      • Nick-TX


        Let me tell you about a farmer outside of Dayton, Ohio, named Roscoe Filburn. He planted 23 acres of wheat, and harvested 462 bushels – which exceeded his allotment under the Agricultural Adjustment Act by 239 bushels.

        For this violation of a Federal Act, he was fined $117.11, which he refused to pay. He grew the wheat for his own private consumption – primarily to feed his chickens. Since the constitutional justification for the Agricultural Adjustment Act was Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce, and since the wheat was grown for private consumption and thus not involved in commerce at all much less interstate commerce, farmer Filburn argued he was exempt from the law.

        The Federal District Court in Ohio agreed. The government appealed and took the case to the Supreme Court. After less than a month of deliberation, the Justices reached their decision. By a vote of 9 to 0, they unanimously found Filburn guilty. Their reason:

        “That the production of wheat for consumption on the farm may be trivial in the particular case is not enough to remove the grower from the scope of federal regulation where his contribution, taken with that of many others similarly situated, is far from trivial.”

        This is the landmark decision of Wickard v. Filburn, in which the Supreme Court declared there were no limits whatever to the Federal Government’s constitutional authority to regulate any activity of Americans whatever via the “Interstate Commerce Clause.”

        This decision was in 1942. Now, after 67 years, Roscoe Filburn’s unconstitutional chickens have come home to roost, and to destroy America.

        Reading the morning’s news now can be impossibly depressing. Every single day brings yet another assault on our freedom or threat to our security from the Federal Government. Not only that, the pace of these assaults is accelerating. They are accumulating ever more quickly. We are losing our freedom at an exponential rate.

        You may have heard the ancient tale of the Sultan and the Chessboard. The most skilled artisan in the sultanate presented the Sultan with a fabulously beautiful chessboard, intricately made with carved ivory, rare woods, and precious stones. It was so exquisite the Sultan offered the Artisan whatever price he named.

        The Artisan asked for one grain of rice. The Sultan was shocked. The Artisan continued – one grain of rice for the first square on the chessboard; one day later, two grains for the second square; two days later, four grains for the third, and the same simple doubling for the remainder of the 64 squares on the chessboard.

        Laughing, the Sultan agreed. “So I am to pay you a few grains of rice for all your wondrous work?” he asked. “It is sufficient for me, Your Majesty,” was the Artisan’s reply.

        The Sultan directed his Treasurer to award the Artisan one grain of rice that day, a second grain tomorrow, and additional grains daily according to the Artisan’s wish. The Artisan received his single grain gratefully, departed, and the Sultan forgot about him as he enjoyed playing against his courtiers (who always lost) with his chessboard.

        Dutifully, the Artisan showed up at the Treasurer’s office every day to receive his meager award of rice. On the 12th day, he received about two handfuls – 2,048 to be exact – and ignored the Treasurer’s sneer.

        The sneer was still there on the 16th day, when he received little more than a single pound of rice[1]. By the 21st day, the sneer was gone, replaced with a curious frown, for the Treasurer had to give the Artisan 35 pounds of rice – over a million grains. By the 24th day, the frown was replaced by worry – for the Artisan received 280 pounds of rice.

        Two days later – the 26th – the look was fear and panic, for the Artisan had come for over one thousand pounds of rice. The Treasurer had, days ago, switched from counting in grains to pounds – and now realized that soon the Artisan would be owed all the rice in the entire sultanate.

        “This cannot go on,” he told the Artisan. “Tomorrow it will be 2,000 pounds.” “2,200,” the Artisan corrected him. The Treasurer continued. “That means four days from now, the 30th day, it will be almost 18,000 pounds. This must stop.”

        “But by the 30th day,” the Artisan objected, “we haven’t even reached the second half of the chessboard.” Then he smiled. “That’s when it gets really interesting.”

        “What do you mean?” asked the now-sweating Treasurer.

        “Have you ever seen a bird flying low to the ground and getting a little bit higher and a little bit higher as he flies, then suddenly he starts to fly straight up? Well, my little rice bird has been flying low, and starting to get higher and higher so you’ll owe me 2,200 pounds tomorrow, 17,600 pounds in four days, and over 70,000 when we reach half the chessboard in six days – which will be over two billion grains of rice, by the way.

        “But, Mr. Treasurer, we’re just getting started. Two billion? That’s nothing. By the 41st day – 15 days from now – you’ll owe me 365,000 more pounds of rice than the 1,000 you owe me today, or over one trillion grains of rice.

        “By then, my little rice bird has only begun to fly straight up. By the 51st day – just 25 days from now – you and the Sultan will owe me 379 million pounds of rice, just for that day! That’s over one quadrillion grains of rice.

        “By the time my little rice bird reaches the 64th square, she’ll be in far outer space – for you and the Sultan will owe me three quadrillion pounds of rice, or 9 quintillion grains – more rice than there has been or ever will be in the world. Not bad starting out with that one single grain you laughed at two months or so before.”

        The Treasurer fainted. When he awoke, the Artisan was gone. So he went to explain things to the Sultan – who had him immediately beheaded. Then the Sultan called for the Artisan. “My heart says I should execute you as I did that stupid treasurer,” said the Sultan, “but my head says I should have someone as smart as you to take his place.”

        The Artisan accepted so quickly and calmly it was as if this was what he expected all along.

        Yet there is a sad ending to this tale – for America. The majority of Americans, it turns out, are like the Treasurer rather than the Artisan. For 67 years, they have ignored the steady, incremental yet exponential violation of the Constitution by the Federal Government via the Commerce Clause – and now, when that exponential curve starts shooting straight up into outer space, they are angrily surprised.

        You get one guess as to what rationale Nancy Pelosi gave as to the constitutionality of ObamaCare. This is a quote from a press release she issued on Sept. 16, 2009:

        “The Constitution gives Congress broad power to regulate activities that have an effect on interstate commerce. Congress has used this authority to regulate many aspects of American life, from labor relations to education to health care to agricultural production. Since virtually every aspect of the health care system has an effect on interstate commerce, the power of Congress to regulate health care is essentially unlimited.”

        Unlimited. The power of the Federal Government to regulate our lives in any way it wants is “unlimited.” If this is not Fascism, pure, naked, and simple, nothing is – and the rationale for it is six words in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 in the Constitution, which specify an enumerated power of Congress to “regulate Commerce… among the several States.”

        If there is any chance of restoring freedom to America, it must begin by Congress and ultimately the Supreme Court repudiating the Roosevelt Era interpretation of the Commerce Clause – that it gives unlimited power to control our lives.

        We constantly hear the refrain – the mantra – of TeaPartyers and conservative talk show hosts that we have to “take our country back.” Quite frankly, this is meaningless. Far better and clearer would be to say we have to take our Constitution back.

        The Washington Times, a bastion of conservatism, argues against the “power grab” of the Environmental Protection Agency, and issues a plea to “curb” its power. It never once questions whether the EPA should exist at all. There is no enumerated power in the Constitution authorizing the Federal Government to have an EPA.

        There is no enumerated power in the Constitution authorizing the Federal Government to have a Department of Energy or Transportation or Education, to offer food stamps or farm subsidies, or to issue countless regulations which have the force of law even though only Congress may pass a law and not the Executive branch.

        Dick Morris is predicting that “Republicans will gain more than 50 House seats and at least 10 in the Senate, enough to take control in both Houses.” That’s great – but what then?

        The Exponential Curve of Fascist Unconstitutionality is accelerating straight up and cannot be slowed down – it can only be beheaded, executed albeit politically rather than as Sultans do it.

        Zero, Pelosi, Reid and the gang of Democrat Fascists in Congress are not the perpetrators of America’s problems – they are merely the accelerators. They have simply put the “pedal to the metal” in a vehicle that has been going ever faster down a fascist unconstitutional road for longer than most all of us have been alive.

        Unless the TeaPartyers and Americans in general can elect a majority in Congress that is committed to getting our Constitution back, the most that will happen is the rate of acceleration of the fascist vehicle will be slowed – a bit. Which will do no good whatever – because of that exponential curve.

        Teachers who wish children to understand the force of the exponential curve tell them a story about a pond with water lilies.

        It’s a beautiful, peaceful pond, with grass and trees around it, ducks splashing, swans gracefully gliding amidst the prettiest water lilies floating in the water. But there’s a problem the teacher explains. The water lilies are growing so fast they are doubling in number every day – so that in just 30 days they will smother the pond, killing all the fish and frogs and every other thing that lives in the pond.

        Everybody who takes care of the pond knows this, but the lilies are so pretty and they still seem, day after day, to not take up much of the pond, so the caretakers decide to wait until the lilies cover half the pond – and then they will start cutting the lilies back.

        The teacher reminds the children about the doubling in extent every day and that in 30 days the pond will be completely smothered. So on what day, the teacher asks, will the pond be half-smothered and the caretakers go to work?

        Hands are raised, a variety of answers given – but rarely is one of the kids as smart as the Artisan. So the kids are stunned to learn that the pond will be half-covered with lilies on the 29th day, that the next day, the 30th, the pond will be ruined – so the caretakers, by their foolishness, have only one single day to save the pond.

        We’re down to that day, folks. The pond of American freedom is half-smothered and the exponential curve is racing across it. It won’t be enough to simply win back Congress in November. It won’t be enough to “Repeal ObamaCare.” We have to start repealing all the fascist unconstitutionality of the last seven decades.

        To get our country back, to save the pond of American freedom, we have to get our Constitution back – and we have to start right now. Remember that where there is danger, there is opportunity. The bigger the danger, the bigger the opportunity.

        The opportunity here doesn’t get bigger, the biggest of our lifetimes. We won’t get an opportunity like this again to save America. It’s all or nothing – the Exponential Curve of Fascist Unconstitutionality leaves us no choice.

        Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler
        Thursday, 08 April 2010

  • Tom Matuszak

    I for one cannot agrre more with Mr Bruce and then I resemble the eye opening of Col Crockett

    I for one will fight Organized Crime and not vote for a single incumbent, and tell them the reason why.

    I will search for the person who has the ideals of Bruce and Crokett and do my best to send them to Washington.

    God – please continue to Bless the USA; while we attempt to clean up this mess!

    Tom Matuszak Ooltewah, Tn

  • chuck b

    thank you bob livingston for this great article. having read the history of crockett it was never mentioned in any of the books and stories i read. it does give you thought about the direction our country has headed. the politicians have taken advantage of our christian heritage and generosity in using welfare as a means to get votes to retain their power. now it is more clear.

  • Steve

    I’m sitting here with tears running down my face. This is one of the greatest reads of my life. Thank you for the history, the insight and the tears. Long live the memory of Col. Davy Crokett!!!

  • Lynne

    Truly eye-opening! Like so many comments above, I agree we need to find political candidates with the qualities of Davy Crockett and our founding Fathers!

  • Ron Hert

    As we sit around our families during the meeting dayes-whether they be holidays or just getting together times-pass this story on in its total. Explain to those listening as to what these attributes mean to the indivual and to the country. We need to remind people that the greatest
    difference between man and beast is the ability to change our ways. When man changes to bettering himself in reference to uplifting his ideals, views, and how he will treat others, he then shows the spiritual side of himself-a child of God. We as a group of Conservatives must realize that
    the principles of Conservatism have been proven time and time again to rise above the misstakes of man and pull him for the most part kicking and screaming to a better life. I sustain the Constitution, the Conservative principles, Tea Parties, and God the Father thru his son-Jesus Christ-Jehovah, and this great land of liberity. Let us remember the acts of the Facist-Progressive-Liberal Democrats come November and raise the banner of Liberity to NOT weaken or divert our resolve to finally throw the Democrats out; as many as we can and as far as we can away from any and all power thruout this great land-the USA.

  • Darrel

    We also need to get involved with PTA and the school boards and stop the erosion of our text books and the “changing of history” that is being performed. Math books with social intones? No wonder our students are falling behind – they are being taught socialism!

  • Tim Hancock

    Would that we could trade the greatest leaders of our time for ONE that held reverence and respect for our Constitution, the ideals, and propositions it set forth. It was not set up to be interpreted, ignored, and twisted to meet the desires and whims of whatever lack-wit decides to abuse that great work for their own gain. As Mr. Crockett’s eyes were opened, I hope that, before it is too late,many others’ will open. Maybe our current “leadership” will cause this to happen?

  • Bill

    We have a problem in the arrogance and poor thinking of our current Congress and Executive Officials. Because of that I would support one amendment to the current Constitution. The Constitution permits amendment by treaty. Because of congressional ignorance and sneaky conniving, judicial cowardice, and bad thinking that is becoming dangerous to our rights, there is a needed clarification. It is only just that another can not sale or barter what they do not own or have authority over. The Constitution enumerates many of the freedoms of each individual citizen and recognizes many undeclared rights given by God to each and every person. Man does not have the rights to bargain away those rights or properties that belong to others. To do so is known as thievery. When theft has taken place the property is returned to the original owner when its location is verified. The sale is not legal or permited to stand. If the power and jurisdiction is not specifically listed in the Constitution, it does not belong to the Federal Government. That is what the Davy Crockett story is pointing out. The Federal Government has authority only over what is specifically given to it in the Constitution. Anything not specifically listed does not belong to the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Our Federal Government has many arrogant bureaucrates who think they have the right to sell or have juridiction over everything. Our current Secretary of State thinks she can change the Constitution with any semblance of a treaty she can manipulate out of the U.N. or any other power. She is working under the pretense that when she gets her desired treaty from the U.N. we will loose our right to bear arms. The Federal government has no power there since it is reserved specifically for us. That is not something she has the right to sell or bargain away. If it is, she can do the same thing with any of our rights or freedoms. Since our Federal Government seems so weak minded as to not understand this I would like an amendment to make it crystal clear that they can only bargin with what they have jurisdiction over. Sometimes you have to hit a mule between the eyes with a 2X4 to get its attention.

  • Bill

    It is also nice to note that someone is recognizing that our pretend President is not eligible to be President since he is not an American Citizen. He lost that right forever at least by the time he enrolled as a foreign citizen at Occidental College, denying any American citizenship he may have had prior to that time. He may have never been an American Citizen. At least someone is recognizing the obvious truth.

  • http://yahoo Pete

    I hope that we can find a person with the common sense and wisdom of Horatio Bunce. This man needs to be put in the history books.

  • Matthwe M. McLaughlin

    All I can say is (“SOCKDOLAGER”) And Thank You!

  • Jon Daley

    Good story, unfortunately, it isn’t true.

  • Matthew M. McLaughlin

    Hey Jon,It’s too bad you don’t get it.

  • Luanne Long

    Hey Matthew, I think I see why Mr. Daley doesn’t get it. He believes that we should all give away what we have worked and saved for years for. It’s o.k. to give to everyone overseas and those who don’t care to work in this country either. And just think how much we continue to give to our ‘retired and voted out’ senators and congressman. Of course they don’t get it. We the taxpayers are the gifts who keep on giving!

  • Jon Daley

    Heh, no I agree with the point of the article (and posted it to my own blog and facebook, and having conversations about things over there) it is just that this story was made up, so not “true” in the sense that Mr. Ellis was either lying, or assumed his readers would know that he could not possibly have talked to Davy Crockett (except in a cemetary).

    • .45CaliberCure

      We, as conservatives, need to be very careful that stories are fact checked before presenting them as truth. This article is beautiful as a parable, but if it is portrayed as something more it damages our cause. Thank you for your due diligence Mr. Daley, unpopular though it may be:-)

  • Jay Richardson

    WOW! what an incredible story. Where are those people today? I am sure that if we dig we can find such people again and get rid of these bunch of lawyers and crooks in Washington, DC.

  • Robert

    Problem is that millions live by the generous entitilments by politicians. This speech would be deprimental to their cause.

    Politicians don’t get voted in by saying no! they get voted in by favours, by “corporations and the poeple”.

    I don’t favour the constitution and would rather no power is given to politicians. Authority does NOT come from anything not even the constitution, it comes from ‘CONSENT’.

    Without consent its force or fear of force. It is criminal. If i give consent to the constitution then i am bound by it. But let us be clear i should not be bound to something i object to.

  • John Pickett

    It was 40 years of my life gone when I realized something was wrong. I wasn’t getting the truth. This I am sorry for but, no more will I sit by and let those who think they are in charge keep lying to us. Just like Colonel Crockett I was doing my just. Just enough was all it was. For the last 12 years I have done more. I call mine and others congress and senate men and women. Sometimes to no avail, others they seem genuine. I have sent donations and will continue to do my part. I am originally from a small town just south of San Antonio Texas. 30 miles away exact. I used to always wonder what it was like to see the Mexican army walking and riding all those miles to see what it was that made a few good people only wanting to be free was causing such a commotion. Its whats going on now in these United States of America. Yes I know those men lost at the Alamo, but they still stood up for what was great in this country of ours. I always knew somewhere I would learn about Colonel Crockett. Something told me he was the man I felt he was. Yes he didn’t vote constitutional at times but, he found his way of error just because he listened. Not from a few so called elite people of the time but, from Americans just like you and I. Mr. Bunce was right and others of there time. Our self called elite leaders have lost their way and We the People have to show them their errors. So I say thank you again Mr. Livingston. Yes we do need our own leaders of our constitution. She may not be the best but, she is ours. God bless the U.S.A.

  • Rick

    I believe the real meaning in this article derives from Colonel Crockett’s admitting that he was wrong and publicly stating so. And let’s recall that Colonel Crockett was killed defending the Alamo from the Mexican Army. What a man of deep character and conviction.

  • frank

    I haven’t seen this stuff for years. Thanks for digging it out.

  • Bob B

    I noticed a couple do not like the amendment process. Well then I ask this do take away the Women’s right to vote or return to slavery. I think not. The amendment process is a way of correcting injustices or oversights.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Conservative Kitty

    Amen to the article! As far as amendments are concerned I think that us as We The People should approve of ANY amendment by voting! What a great man, Bob Livingston.

  • http://JC John Cooper

    So the exact story isn’t true (Jon Daley says:
    April 10, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Good story, unfortunately, it isn’t true.

    The point is this……….Crockett was an honest man who admitted his error and wanted to vote “CONSTITUTIONALLY.” Current Senators and Representatives have strayed way…….beyond the constitution. Giving themselves a gold plated retirement (100% of their salaries for life & the same for their spouses upon their death) and a gold plated health plan (they EXEMPTED) themselves from the new health care plan that applies to us common citizens. So here is how you and I can change things – vote EVERY INCUMBENT OUT (D’s & R’s) for the next three elections, and demand that every new legislator include themselves into Social Security and the the new (or amended) health care plan.
    They should never pass a law that exempts themselves, period!


    VOTE ALL THE democRATS OUT OF OFFICE – - There IS a difference in the parties…not one Republican voted for the unconstitutional “stimulus” or takeover of the banks & automakers…

  • Pina Gregorek

    Charity is from personal individual choices and/or sacrifice. Leave it to the American heart and out of Congress’ sly hands. No laws, benefits, etc. should exempt or be different for our representatives, Congress, Judicial, or Executive Branch from the American people. Benefits are earned — not entitlements. No one is allowed the right to torture any living thing — torture is not a right! How we allow man to treat God’s creatures and gifts, shows how we treat each other. The right to life is the babies choice, not ours to make. Let the America Voter Vote 2010! God Bless America.

  • Cda1148

    Being a Tennessean by birth I am very proud of Congressman Crockett. Being a Conservative by choice he makes me even more proud. I plan to share this with my distribution list and encourage others to do likewise. We could use this type of honesty, integrity, and humility in Congress today and our country would not be in the mess it is now. May God Bless America and cause our people to turn back to Him.

    • dPITT99

      I am from San Antonio, Texas. My father and our Texas history books were quite clear to point out that we would not have been able to hold back Santa Anna long enough at the Alamo if not for the brave Tennesee Volunteers and many others who fought for freedom.

      If you are ever in San Antonio please visit the Alamo and you will be overcome by the reverence within it’s walls–it causes you soul to take pause.Those brave men chose to “cross the line in the sand” and die for what the believed in, and they truly knew they were going to die–but they wanted to buy time so the war could be won.

      We must honor Davy Crockett and all the brave men and women who came before us by stepping across the line in the sand that is before us now at our time in history.

  • Cal

    The problem with this account is that it’s fictional.

  • Dick

    I sent this to some congressmen years ago, and they answered by saying it is a “Quaint” story, but that running the country years ago was much simpler than it is today, and this philosophy would not work today.

    In other words, they were saying that today it is permissable to violate their oath to support and defend the Constitution.

    Neither major party keeps this oath. They get re elected by giving away our money, and the more they give away, the more votes they buy.

    The Constitution Party is the only one that we should vote for. Check it out.


  • Lisa

    If only every person in this country behaved as a Christian should and gave generously to those in need, we wouldn’t need the government to protect the poor. Unfortunately, too many people are selfish and/or ignorant about the suffering and injustice in the world, and I believe that it is the responsibility of the government to be a force of good in this world.

  • TurtleShroom

    Dear Lord, that was truly beautiful to read. I’m not sure if Davy Crockett actually engaged in this adventure, but if history taught about him correctly, the writer of this moving Tall Tale accurately portrayed the noble and down-to-earth nature of the man behind the myths. Historical fact or another tale to add to the Crockett Collection, I know not, but I’m still sharing it any way. Thank you for posting this; it was an honor to read it.

  • William Mee

    this is a very interesting historical article on Davy Crockett by Bob Livingston but you have to remember the times–the 1820′s; the day to day challenges and lack of services. A bare trace of the human dignity we claim today. Life expectancy was 38 years old. If people lived past this and were in bad shape, they often went to sleep in the winter and didn’t build a fire and then in the morning they would be painlessly dead of exposure. Nice, no need for Social Security or Medicare. If you lived past age 6, because infant mortality was high (no immunizations for smallpox, polio, TB, etc.); you usually fulfilled the life expectancy unless killed in the many wars we had. There was no income, property or sales tax—so there was nothing to distribute by Congress except tariff funds (thus charity could not be afforded). There was a tax on whiskey and that started a rebellion. 90% of people lived on farms and were self-sufficient. People traded and bartered for all their needs. Not much of a need for banks or printed money or a Mint. People did community barn raising and supplied all new housing for newlyweds. No need for a community-sponsored and funded affordable housing program. Without cars you didn’t need paved roads which cost $3 million a mile to build and $250,000 a year to maintain. No laws mandating a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) so illiteracy was the norm—and no costs of public education. Churches in the United States really didn’t do anything in this realm until after 1850. Everyone was ignorant so you could easily keep up with the Joneses. No need for libraries, museums, art galleries or Internet connections. You save a lot of money there. Books were for starting the household fire or for out-house duty. Often open sewage was the norm—can get cholera and tetanus from that. No machinery or household chemicals to read the labels of and avoid injury. Yes, it was a simpler time. No telegraphs or steam engines yet (or computers), so technology was easy to keep up with. No electricity or gas so when the sun went down you just went to sleep. You just went outside your house and cut down some trees to stay warm. No need for much of a standing army, just keep on a few officers on the payroll that can ride from town to town and call out the militia with their muskets. Voting? Just land-owning white males. If your name sounded funny, like Polish, Jewish or something, we had these vigilantes who would run you out of town or lynch you. This saved a lot on police and trial costs. This also happened if you were of a different religion—especially Catholics. This was a WASP country. The circuit judge rode past your town once a month and took care of legal matters for a dollar a day and a meal. We had slavery and indentured servants; so not many jobs. No need for a minimum wage or payroll deductions for the Christmas Club. No poor houses in Charles Dickens stories, but it was still a miserable time to live in. And you want to go back to it?

  • Mark Comen

    Ron Paul has done this four times that I know of when bills were written to give gold medals. (Nancy Regan, Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, and Pope John Paul II).
    He even pulled a $100 bill from his pocket and asked the other members to chip in. Google it! We have a Davy Crocket and his name is Ron Paul.

  • robert c. fassett

    how can i get copies of the pamphlet sokdolager ?


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