God’s Blessings on America, Be Thankful, and It is because of all of you!

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~ John Milton

Why you may ask do I love America? Why you may ask, do I thank God, that he and his Son set aside a place in the world, that became this great nation, that would become known as America?

This America, that would be the light of freedom and liberty the world over? Not only, would this America become a beacon of freedom and hope the world over, as no other nation in the history of man! It would also become the most prosperous nation that had ever been, being also a beacon of prosperity and goodness the world over. Why do you think that God has allowed this nation to prosper in all of these things? Why is it, that America is always the first to respond, anywhere the world over when disaster hits? Why is it that Americans are the most giving, most charitable people of anywhere in the world?

First, and foremost of all, it is because of the principles of Jesus Christ, that founded this great nation. This nation that we, and so many around the world love! It is because of those principles that allowed, nay, not allowed, but commanded that our Framers set forth the selfsame principles they had learned in the Bible!

The principles of freedom, justice, equality, personal rights and responsibilities, pursuit of happiness, co-equal branches of government, 3 to be exact, they believed in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. They set forth, these selfsame principles in the documents that became our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. Never before, in the history of man had any other nation set forth on this path, nor made the choices, that brought about this nation, we all love! This path, that would lead millions of people to the shores of this great land, many dying in their attempts to come to the beacon of hope for mankind, that is America!

The bible taught that Jesus set the captives free! The bible taught, that God is not a respecter of persons. The bible taught, that we are to be blessed, the definition of blessed is to be happy! I challenge you to find me a more truly happy person, than anyone who truly lives a Christian life. I have known many Christians, many different kinds of Christians, I have known every other kind of person in my life, and none are as genuinely happy as those, that truly walk with Jesus, all the time. No, I am not one of those, I am working towards that goal.

Why in all the world, is this the place, where all people, of all nationalities, creeds and beliefs come to be free? Why in all the world, is this the place, that draws those people seeking that freedom to come? It is because God so loved the world, not part of the world, but all of the world. Why would He, if He were not involved in the daily struggles of man, why would He, give His only Son as a sacrifice, as an example, as an inspiration, as a Saviour to the world? Why would He, if He, who is so great, did not care about the daily struggles of man?

Why you may ask do I, like He, love America? He has shown that love, by shedding His blessings on her. In doing so, He has allowed America to prosper in such a way, that another principle from the bible became fulfilled, in that city that is set on the hill, that beacon of light and freedom that is America, to become a reality. The bible speaks of you prospering even as your soul prospers.

In setting forth these principles it allowed America to be that great city, because He loved not only America, not only Israel, but also all the world! Why did He do this you may ask?  Perhaps I can answer, in why do I love America? Why do I now fight to get us back, to those selfsame principles, that has allowed God to bless us, and the world thru us, so greatly? Why do I struggle, to also put forth, these principles in the things I write? Why do I do these things? Why should I care? Why do I pour out my passion and my heart in the things I write?

It is because of all of you. It is because I, like He, truly care about everyone of you! Not only do I care about all of you America, it is because of all of you, wherever you are. You who are genuinely sweet, good and kind individuals. You who have touched my heart so deeply, and so genuinely so many times. In so many different ways, in so many different places. It is because of our brave men and women in uniform, and the honor and dignity they show.

To all Military members, their families, both past and present!

So why do I fight for conservative principles? It is because those principles come from the bible, but not only that, it is because conservatives, as we know them today in America, have proven with, not only their words, but from their actions, that they are truly the most caring, charitable people on the face of the planet. With their giving, with their time, with their hearts. Where do people come in the world for freedom? Where do people come in the world, to market their products? Where do freedom loving people, the world over turn? To you America, to you.

What therefore is the answer to all of these questions? It is because of all of you.

“From the time of the Declaration of Independence, the American People were bound by the laws of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which they all acknowledge as the root of their conduct. We all came together to obey the word of God.” ~ John Quincy Adams

Why our Forefathers firmly believed that Freedom and Liberty came from God
Christianity and the Founding of the United States the Simple Truth

So many times I hear people say “God Bless America”, American’s should say much more, “Thank You God for America and Your Many Blessings on US!”

If we who have been so very blessed lose our freedom in America, it will also be, because of all of US! We should all humble ourselves, thank Him always and be ever mindful of His grace and mercy upon US.

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand them in the national legislature. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation, it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” ~ James Abram Garfield

Thank God for America and may God bless and keep you all, wherever you may be. May God bless America and keep our light shining bright, the last great hope for mankind!

See also: 
THE POWER OF HISTORY by Horatio Seymour (1810–1886)
The Betrayal Of ‘We The American People’ Our Nation! Our Birthright!
The Consequence of Bad Legal Precedent in American Legislation
Joseph Baldwin: Address 1892, to National Teachers Association in New York
True American Patriotism Defined by Hon. Curtis Guild and H. F. Kinnerney 1876
PATRIOT SONS OF PATRIOT SIRES by Rev. Samuel Francis Smith 1808-1895
THE SOURCE AND SECURITY OF AMERICAN FREEDOM AND PROGRESS by Courtlandt Parker 1876
The Practical Advance Of Human Freedom Under The Trumpet Call Made In 1776 by Charles F Adams
Wide Spread And Growing Corruption In The Public Service Of The States And Nation
THE COST OF POPULAR LIBERTY by Brooks Adams July 4th 1876
THE DUTY AND VALUE OF PATRIOTISM by John Ireland 1894
Founders & forefathers pledged their Sacred Honor, what did they mean?
Public Servants Who Fasten Themselves on the Public Treasury Like Leeches
SCORN TO BE SLAVES by Dr. Joseph Warren 1741-1775
THE DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC by Lewis W. Clark 1876 New Hampshire
THE MARCH OF FREEDOM by Theodore Parker 1810-1860
The Relationship Between a Man and Woman
Friendship

Fellowship of the Unashamed

I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.”
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made. I am a disciple of
Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down,
back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present
makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking,
small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams,
chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position,
promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I now live by
presence, lean by faith, love by patience,
lift by prayer, and labor by power. My pace
is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my
road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few,
my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought,
compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back,
diluted, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the
presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy,
ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander
in the maze of mediocrity.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until
Heaven returns, give until I drop, preach until all know,
and work until He comes. And when He comes to get
His own, He will have no problem recognizing me.
My colors will be clear.

Romans: 1;6 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The Author of this work is in dispute.
Some say Anonymous, others claim it is by Dr. Bob Moorehead
Others claim it cannot be Dr. Bob Moorehead.

No Clergy for 9/11 Memorial

From my Patriot Sister Sharon Dwyer

We are three weeks away from the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Now, you will not believe what has happened. It is Orwellian. The good guys are the bad guys now and the bad guys are perfectly welcome.

What is going on?

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decreed there will be no clergy at the 9/11 memorial.

You heard that right. No Clergy!

Let’s start with the basics. Bloomberg is simply nuts. At the same time he is saying no clergy at the 9/11 memorial service, he is also saying that he has no problem with the 9/11 victory mosque being built two blocks away.

Islamists attacked America on 9/11 based on their religious hatred of America. All types of Americans died on that day. Many were religious people. One of the fatalities that day was Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain with the NYFD who went into the towers with the fire fighters and perished with them.

While Michael Bloomberg lobbies for taxpayer funds to help build the 9/11 victory mosque, there is another casualty of 9/11 that everyone seems to have forgotten about.

Little St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church had stood since 1916. It had been a refuge for New Yorkers and others seeking escape and a brief peaceful interlude during their hectic days in the New York business world. It was the spiritual home to many of the Greek Orthodox faithful of New York. The Sons of St. Nicholas served in World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and even up to Desert Storm.

When the towers were destroyed, St. Nicholas was destroyed. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has asked, discussed, begged, pleaded, cajoled and done everything in its power to get little St. Nicholas rebuilt. All to no avail. The Archdiocese has now had to file suit.

Mean while Bloomberg, who truly meets Lenin’s definition of a useful idiot, is doing everything he can to make certain a victory mosque is built as close to the site of the 9/11 attacks as possible.

George Bush used to say that Islam had been hijacked. No, what we saw on 9/11 was pretty consistent with Islam since its creation. What we are seeing is 9/11 being hijacked.

Instead of a proper memorial for the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, we are instead fed a line of politically correct bovine scatology.

Enough!

9/11 was a national trauma. We all remember where we were when we first heard about the attack. The tenth anniversary activities are a national disgrace.

My suggestion is this. Our government refuses to identify our enemies as our enemies, treats our citizens as enemies and refuses to take meaningful steps to protect us or protect liberty. 9/11 falls on a Sunday this year. Let’s go to our churches on 9/11 (or synagogues on 9/10) and let real Americans remember the attacks. Let’s have remembrances at our local Tea Party events and Liberty events. Let’s do a memorial at our local Republican Party meetings or out our local Boy Scout meetings.

We cannot make these fools go away by ignoring them, but by holding our own services, where the clergy are welcome; they will have a much harder time pouring salt in our wounds. ~ Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation

America!! You better Wake Up to where our Freedoms come from. You deny Jesus! You deny God! They will deny you! It is that simple, it really is! See my posts 

Why our Forefathers firmly believed that Freedom and Liberty came from God

Who are the Nazis in America?

So you think you want to know me? No. 1

History of the Cross in America

The Truth about the current political parties in America and their origins by Thomas Jefferson and others

We may no agree on everything but you know, even Paul said in Philippians 1:

15: Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

16: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds

17: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

18: What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

He knew as I also do that no matter how it is done, just the fact that the gospel of Christ is/was preached that it is all good in bringing people to Christ and for the general good of society as a whole!

Celtic Woman – A New Journey – The Prayer

Tea Party Hobbit and American Patriot, Robert Davis 2011

Muslim, Nazi, Labor Union and Democrat Party ties

Update: Enjoying the critique from you Reddit people, very humorous indeed. Thank you for the many smiles and laughs.

So many people, who are uninformed, they have to be made aware of what the American left is all about, no matter what they, the left currently call themselves! Speaker Nancy Pelosi and numerous other leftists have called Tea Party conservatives Nazi’s among many other disparaging names. Let’s look at who resembles Nazi’s and other oppressive regimes in history. You ever notice how the democrat party uses the same rhetoric against conservatives that America’s enemies use against America? It is telling, is it not?

American left  = Democrat party =  Nazi = Communist = Fascist = Marxist = modern liberal = progressive = environmentalist = socialist = authoritarian = totalitarian!  Whatever name they think they can fool people with at the current time!

Marxist Fundamentals: by Prof. Libor Brom From “Where is your America?” by IMPRIMIS of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, 49242 Vol 11, No. 8., August 1982

I am sick of the left shaping the argument, and getting away with all their lies!!!! The media certainly does not take them to task, nor do their voters hold them accountable for their constant attacks. I am going to expose them, shed the light of truth on them and send them scurrying back into the dark corners of society where they originated from!!!!!!

Revolutionary News Network Photo

When they can”t win the argument by calling you names, etc. They then invoke Reagan or Jesus and I am sick of it!!!! They are the biggest hypocrites on the face of the planet, and we are going to put a stop to them, even if it kills us!!!!!!

They are the party that are always fomenting hate, everything they accuse the right of doing, is not what we are doing, but it is what they themselves are doing! It’s called psychological projection. Just like Obamacare, it should be Obamadoesn’tcare. They accuse the right and conservatives of not caring about the poor, yet it is the right and conservatives, who give the most to charity, and it isn’t by just a little margin, while most leftist, do not give hardly anything, most conservatives give a huge percentage to income,comparatively speaking. Not only that, people who are conservative and poor, give more than liberals who are rich!

Why is it that you have all these huge liberal organizations like moveon.org, and mediamatters.org, yet none on the right? Why is it you have all these leftist organizations funded and none on the right? Who on the right stays home all day, going on leftist sites and spreading disinformation, calling names, etc. and getting paid for it? There are none, however on the left there are lots of them, who are the rich for, and who are for the rich, liberals!!!!!

The conservatives are for everybody getting rich, the left want to determine who is worthy to be rich, and the more you support the left the more “worthy” you are!!!

They name a piece of legislation they come up with, something completely opposite of what they mean for the legislation to do, just like their new name for taxes, “revenue increases“. They polled and people didn’t like liberals, so they started calling themselves progressives, the list is endless

Everybody knows that the way you create more revenue is by decreasing taxes, revenue is not what they are concerned about though. They are concerned only about one thing, control, just like the Nazis, Marxist, and every other dictatorial regime!!!

Just like after the election where bush was elected to a second term by what the left calls “values” voters, suddenly after years of Christian bashing, Jew bashing, God bashing, Jesus bashing, you started hearing all these pundits on the left, trying to convince us in middle America, that they were Christian, and were for values, all this stuff they had been ripping for years, they make me sick!!!

Nazis hated Christians too

Obama is the biggest liar that ever lived since Adam, and the left in America are the biggest bigots and hypocrites that have ever lived!!!!!! Period!!!

Obama Following In Hitler’s Footsteps | Personal Liberty Digest

Socialism = NAZI (Hitler was a socialist)

Alumnus Obama’s Socialist Party of America Proudly Declare 70 Democrats in Congress are Dues Paying, Members.

Who is Barack Hussein Obama?

Does the Ford Foundation’s Nazi past matter?

Ford Foundation « Truth11

Obama and the Nazi Caliphate – Alien-Earth.org Forum

How America Helped Hitler Kill Jews ”THE NAZI NEXUS”

The Green Nazis: Environmentalism in the Third Reich

Environmental Nazis

Infidel Bloggers Alliance: Environmental Nazis

Yes, progressives really do want to control you

Joseph Goebbels – Propaganda Principles

More on Goebels, “The hostility to the intellect of the “little doctor,” his contempt for the human race in general and the Jews in particular, and his complete cynicism were an expression of his own intellectual self-hatred and inferiority complexes, his overwhelming need to destroy everything sacred and ignite the same feelings of rage, despair and hatred in his listeners.” Just like the left, Obama says we need a Nation of volunteers, that”s what the Nazis wanted too!!

“It was in the Nazi Party that Goebbels’s sharp, clear-sighted intelligence, his oratorical gifts and flair for theatrical effects, his uninhibited opportunism and ideological radicalism blossomed in the service of an insatiable will-to-power.” Sounds just like Barack Hussein Obama and his supporters, remember the theatrics of his campaign

“Goebbels founded and edited the Nationalsozialistischen Briefe (NS Letters) and other publications of the Strasser brothers, sharing their proletarian anti-capitalist outlook and call for a radical revaluation of all values,,,,,,”Nationalsozialistischen Briefe” = National Socialist Letter,,,,,,”sharing their proletarian anti-capitalist outlook and call for a radical revaluation of all values”” Just like the left in America today!!

“His National Bolshevik tendencies found expression in his evaluation of Soviet Russia (which he regarded as both nationalist and socialist) as “Germany’s natural ally against the devilish temptations and corruption of the West.””   No need to comment,,,the quote says it all

“He designed posters, published his own propaganda, staged impressive parades, organized his bodyguards to participate in street battles, beer-hall brawls and shooting affrays as a means to further his political agitation.” Just like the Labor Union thugs in America today!

Here”s another on Obama, Hitler thought he could “move” people and persuade them with his spoken words too!

Goebbells, “A tireless, tenacious agitator with the gift of paralyzing opponents by a guileful combination of venom, slander and insinuation, Goebbels knew how to mobilize the fears of the unemployed masses as the Great Depression hit Germany, playing on the national psyche with “ice-cold calculation.”” Sounds like Barack Obama

“With the skill of a master propagandist he transformed the Berlin student and pimp, Horst Wessel, into a Nazi martyr, and provided the slogans, the myths and images, the telling aphorisms which rapidly spread the message of National Socialism.” Again Barack Obama

Hitler was deeply impressed by Goebbels’s success in turning the small Berlin section of the Party into a powerful organization in North Germany and in 1929 appointed him Reich Propaganda Leader of the NSDAP. Looking back many years later (24 June 1942), Hitler observed: “Dr. Goebbels was gifted with the two things without which the situation in Berlin could not have been mastered: verbal facility and intellect.. . . For Dr. Goebbels, who had not found much in the way of a political organization when he started, had won Berlin in the truest sense of the word.”

“Hitler had indeed cause to be grateful to his Propaganda Leader, who was the true creator and organizer of the Fuhrer myth, of the image of the Messiah-redeemer, feeding the theatrical element in the Nazi leader while at the same time inducing the self-surrender of the German masses through skilful stage management and manipulation.” Just like the mainstream and leftist media in America

A cynic, devoid of genuine inner convictions, Goebbels found his mission in selling Hitler to the German public, in projecting himself as his most faithful shield-bearer and orchestrating a pseudo-religious cult of the Fuhrer as the saviour of Germany from Jews, profiteers and MARXISTS.,,,,,,,Now we know why the left in America want to be characterized as Marxist.

As a Reichstag deputy from 1928, he no less cynically gave open voice to his contempt for the Republic, declaring: “We are entering the Reichstag, in order that we may arm ourselves with the weapons of democracy from its arsenal. We shall become Reichstag deputies in order that the Weimar ideology should itself help us to destroy it. Just like the left in America!

“Goebbels’s deeply rooted contempt for humanity, his urge to sow confusion, hatred and intoxication, his lust for power and his mastery of the techniques of mass persuasion were given full vent in the election campaigns of 1932, when he played a crucial role in bringing Hitler to the centre of the political stage. He was rewarded on 13 March 1933 with the position of Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, which gave him total control of the communications media – i.e. radio, press, publishing, cinema and the other arts.” Why do you think the left want to shut down conservative radio, because they don”t control it!

“He became a relentless Jew-baiter, demonizing the stereotyped figure of the “International Jewish Financier” in London and Washington allied with the “Jew-Bolsheviks” in Moscow, as the chief enemy of the Third Reich.” Just like the left in America with Christians, business, banks, etc.

“Crystal Night program of November 9-10, 1938, which he orchestrated after kindling the flame with a rabble-rousing speech to Party leaders” Just like our rabble rouser in chief whips up his troops!

Goebbels was one of the chief secret abettors of the “Final Solution,” personally supervising the deportation of Jews from Berlin in 1942 and proposing that Jews along with gypsies should be regarded as “unconditionally exterminable.” Just like the left in America with abortion on demand!

Given the widest powers to move and direct the civilian population and even to redistribute manpower within the armed forces, Goebbels imposed an austerity programme and pressed for EVER GREATER CIVILIAN “SACRIFICE”, Who is calling for us to sacrifice!?!

THE LEFT IN AMERICA HAS AWAKENED THE SLEEPING GIANT AND WE ARE GOING TO DEFEAT THEM!!!!!!!!!PERIOD!!!!!!!!

George Soros – A Jewish Nazi Sympathizer?

From Al Husseini to Hitler :Radical Islam and the Nazi connection – Pan Arabism to the PA

History of the Holocaust – An Introduction

The Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei, Secret State Police), a force recruited from professional police officers,

Myths & Facts Online – The Mandatory Period THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MODERN ARAB AND JEWISH CONFLICTS #1

The Arab/Islamic World Table of Contents THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MODERN ARAB AND JEWISH CONFLICTS #2

Nazi ideology before 1933

National-Socialist Worldview: Dr. Goebbels prescribes the Proper Attitude toward Jews,,,YOU REPLACE JEW IN THIS STORY WITH CHRISTIAN, AND THIS COULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY AMERICAN LEFT TODAY

1938 9th November: Goebbels signaled in a speech to the party leadership in Munich that anti-Semitic demonstrations were still not ready to perform, but also that nothing against “spontaneous riots taking place” should be undertaken. Goebbels’s speech is the start signal for the violence against the Jewish population in the Kristallnacht .

‎1940 26th May: The first edition of the weekly newspaper founded by Goebbels’ Das Reich “will appear. As Reich propaganda minister, he wrote numerous editorials which address themselves mainly to the educated classes at home and abroad.

Elder of Ziyon: Swastika, “Islam will rule” vandalism of Toronto synagogue

STOP MARXISM: The Racist Left Wing Democrat Party tell White People to DIE!

Sultan Knish: No Red Lines for the Left

There’s only one person anywhere that can give freedom or take freedom, the founders knew that, all they had to do to figure it out was read the Bible,,,,AND thinik about what they read!

One prominent liberals conversion to Conservatism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_mamet

Quote “For a brain dead liberal, which I was, to question the one assumption was to say, ‘Do I want to open this can of worms? I’ll never be able to read the NY times again. I’m going to lose all my friends, and I have to rethink everything I’ve done. Do I want to pay that price?'” ,,,David Mamet, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director,,,,,,,, after becoming conservative when he began to study the issues and learn the truth for himself,,,,,
another quote,,,,”The more I thought about it, the more awed I was by the great wisdom of the Framers of the Constitution, and the incredible courage of the people of every generation up to my own which defended those rights with their lives”

For the record,,,,most of us knew the wisdom of the Framers by the time we were in 2nd grade

by Conservative Historian, Tea Party Patriot & Proud Hobbit, R. Davis, 2011

My experience with Social Media and background

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I grew up in what people call a very religious family. I grew up without a television, by the time I was 12, I had read more books than most people will in their lifetimes.  There is not a Utopia on this earth, nor will there ever be, especially one created by man! Even the Garden of Eden was not a Utopia, as the leftist like to think they could create, especially with their views on Jesus, Adam and Eve i.e. humanity brought in sin. Where there are humans with their free will and sin, there will never be paradise. By the way, living together as man and wife without being married, used to be called “Original Sin”. As my mother has always said “It was not, the apple in the tree, it was the green pair [Adam & Eve] on the ground.”

I did not start out on social media to do what I have ended up doing, since being here. See, for those who have not known me since I first started on these Social networking sites, I actually only got on here, to be able to check out the Harrison J Bounel page when WND wrote about it , on June 10th, this year.

I was not planning on being active on here, but I have been burning up, for so long about the condition of America, I cannot help but say so, I also have a problem, If I have something to say, and it is not a friend, who I do not want to offend or something, a lot of times even then, I do, sorry, I say it!,,;) I cannot HELP speaking my heart and mind, so I therefore created my 2nd FB profile, as I told my friends then, if I am going to be on a leftist orgs site, I am going to at least, get some advertising out of it. I started Familytrees Genealogy that is the one, the leftist’s had me blocked from posting publicly, while I AM VERY SLOW to ANGER, that anger now lies just beneath the surface, and when I hear something else about the establishment, or leftist screwing around Tea Party people, or whatever else, it causes that volcano that has built up in me to explode again, I actually put all this socialist nazi, marxis stuff together in July,Who are the Nazis in America?, I did this on the TreesDude InVictory FB page, I began when Harrison J Bounel contacted me, and told me I could start another profile called “TreesDude”, so everyone would know who I was, just by providing a different email address.

I then worked from that one until the McCain said what he did on the Senate floor, about tea party people being Hobbits, so I started Proud Hobbit page as a jab in his, and other RINOS eyes,,

I have now dedicated the Familytrees Genealogy page to just what I started it for, to get some business, now I do not have time for that, but that is okay, because I am now doing something much more important!

I have also dedicated the TreesDude InVictory page to history of evil in world as it applies to the Muslims, leftist etc, agenda. I also have 2 other pages one for Naval history and one for Revolution and American history.

I then got on twitter, simply for the tea party debate, simply as I told friends at that time, because I wanted to show support for them, because I did not want to get on twitter either. Now I see that the Lord must have been in it all, because of the way it has built so quickly, I had even told my mom last year that I was thinking about starting a blog simply for my religious views, because I had some things to say about that, I wanted to see if people would listen. I never meant to go into both my religious AND political views. Now, I know I put out mainly political stuff, however that is where the Lord is using me now. I cannot do anything other, than what he allows me to do, or puts in my heart to do, or say, that however is how come I post both religious, or at least stuff about Jesus and God as it relates to this country. I am history “His story” and America is HIS STORY, YOU CANNOT SEPARATE THE TWO! So therefore I am sorry if you do not like my views on God and His blessed Son, intermixed with my stuff, that is who I am, that is who America is, get over it, God bless you all, and thank all of you, who are my Patriot friends! You really do touch my heart, ALL of you, you have no idea!

So you all want to know about me? stick around as you can ALL see, I do not hold things back! BTW, Jesus got angry too!!!

The shape of things is very simple to me, I see things as they are, there are no grey areas. I am generous with those I care for, sometimes overwhelming so. If I like someone I cannot do enough for them. I find it hard to let people do more for me than I do for them. I am honest to a fault, open and direct! At times my honesty makes me seem as if I am boastful, other times a jerk! I do not like head games, the only games I play are fun! I do not try to hide who I am, what I am about, nor what I think and believe! If I like you, you will know it, if I dislike you, you will most likely know that too. I do not try to hide my feelings! What you see is what you get with me, my views on things are based on my life, my experiences, my observations. I do not talk a lot, but when  I do, it is on something that I have thought on long and hard. I mainly only talk when I have something to say, that I feel is important for me to say! When I make a promise to someone I take that very seriously, if I tell you I will do something, you can bet I will do my best to accomplish it!

My mom has always told me I am too trusting,,and volunteer way to much info, I am not near as trusting as I used to be, however, I do not know if I will EVER, be able to not speak my heart! That is WHO I AM!

That is one thing about me, If I give you a compliment or something, it is because I MEAN IT!!! I have ALWAYS been that way, I do not speak idle words! As with speaking or writing, I also try to always listen with my heart also, especially if I am listening to someone I care greatly for. I’m really not a BIG small talk person either,,when I talk to people it is because I want to KNOW them, not just to talk! When I talk to someone, I think about what was said long afterward. If I do something or someone wrong, I am humble enough to admit it! I hate hurting those I care for, if I do, I do not mean to, and it hurts me usually long after they have gotten over it. I take friendship very seriously.

Sometimes I am so caught up in my own thoughts, etc. I miss those little things from people that mean so much to them, whether it be those subtle signals that they need something from me, or whether it be something I may think small or insignificant, yet means so much to them. I try very hard to be in tune to the feelings of those I care or and am close to, however, sometimes I fail miserably. When I hurt someone it is usually deeply, I’m sorry, I do not mean to. With my enemies I am cruel at times, sometimes I can also be to others. With my enemies, I do not care, with my friends it kills me.

Although I do give people a hard time sometimes and say something off the wall, it is just because I am ornery that way, and I like to make people think!!! If I like you, you can bet I will give you a hard time, however it is always out of affection.

One more thing, even my humor, is based on some element of the truth!

I also never served in the military for those who mistakenly think so by my username. As I said I never meant to socialize on social media and since I do / did genealogy I used my first great grandfathers name who came to America on my fathers side in 1607. When I went to join the Navy or Air Force when I was 18, I couldn’t pass the physical do to my back being broken when I was a child.

Hopefully I have found my niche to be of service to my country by helping to educate others to the greatness of America, her many blessings and reasons for those blessings, thereby helping to stir the flame of patriotism in both young and old.

My mission here is to defeat the lies spewed by the left in America and those who hate U.S. by providing you with the truth on many subjects from history to the present, especially the truth of the Founding  Fathers, who they were, what they thought and represented, and what was behind the foundations and founding of these United States of America. I especially hate the lies and revisionist history taught in our present age about America, her founding, and the people who God used to put in place the foundation stones of this great nation. The land of the free and home of the brave, because of the brave men who gave their lives to create and sustain the last great hope, God gave to mankind.

I like listening to my friends also, I know there are all your walls, etc. However there are not enough hours in the day for all the things a man needs to do, and tomorrow only adds more to those things.

posting the following comments because I think they are relevant to where we are today.

One of my friends posted this comment “Thank you for your continued service to Our Nation.”

My comment back: “Thank the Lord and my Forefathers, they deserve the credit, I would have been lost without their guidance!”

Same friend posted this comment: “My family roots date back pre-revolution linked to the Smart family, one of the earliest churches. So I have some strong blood running in my veins, and I try to honor it every day.”

My comment back: “,that is what we HAVE to do, it is the first commandment with promise, besides that, IT IS OUR DUTY, NOT ONLY to them but even more so, to THE LORD!!! This is HIS country, think Josephs coat of many colors = melting pot that IS America”

Another friends comment: I’m just an immigrants child – mostly. My mothers family goes back to Louis Joliet . Still, French Canadian. Still, Americans. My dad is a purple heart WW II vet. 1st gen Swedish.

My comment back: I have many Patriots who came later,,being Patriotic is not simply dependent on your ancestry. I will also say it is more based on your heritage!! Heritage = how you were brought up,what the people felt, believed, etc. that you come from, no matter how many generations they go back!

More on me and mine,,I also added the No.1 to article, because this will not be the last on me, and no, I am not into ME, like BO is, I only tell about me, to help people understand me! Where I am coming from!

The Rise and Fall of my Big Brother

Your hobbit friend and Patriot brother in arms, R. Davis, 2011

The Rise and Fall of my Big Brother

Very funny story about my big brother, he is one of those kind of people, nothing bothers, everything, it’s like water off a ducks back, with him. Now where I am very slow to anger and the fire in me burns long, slow and builds over time. He will get angry in a flash, but once he vents, he’s over it.

He’s one of those that used to get angry, pick up his bike, throw it down, jump up and down on it when the chain came off or something. Me, I couldn’t understand that because it messed up the bike more, and only caused him more work, but once he blows up, blows off the steam it’s over, or when people say stuff about him, he don’t care, it’s water off a ducks back,,,

However, my bro never got over his childhood sweetheart. He’d never admit it, but I know my brother well, and people in general. He never married, nothing, Well after two marriages of hers, they got back together a few months ago. I saw them at the burial of my Uncles ashes today. LOL it’s like they were when they were teenagers, My brother who professes to hate the mushy romantic stuff, they are acting like they did when we were teenagers.

Very funny to me, if you only knew my bro.you’d understand! Of course I love my bro. with all my heart and I couldn’t be happier for them, but it does make me laugh!

He always said how he was never gonna get married cause he couldn’t or didn’t want to put up with the various issues of marriage. I knew it was cause he never got over her. LOL!! cracks me up!

He didn’t put the issues of marriage exactly, like I did either, what he said was something to the effect, he never met a woman that he could put up with, something along those lines. It is SOOO funny!

I get such a laugh out of it knowing him like I do, he never fooled me. I knew why he never got married, or had lasting relationships. I can’t tell you all how much I love and treasure my bro, he’s the best!

Anyway this is a post dedicated to him, them and their future happiness,,,Love you bro., hope it all works out for you both!

I’m gonna have to call him tomorrow and give him a hard time LOL!

As all brothers,, I can give mine a hard time and hassle him, but don’t ever say anything bad about him to me. Then I’d have to hurt you! 😉

A testament of the love, of the Lord Jesus
 A Further Testament of the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ as shown in my life
The Relationship Between a Man and Woman

Proud Hobbit and ornery cuss, R. Davis 2011

Tea Party Crimes & Sins?

Let me be certain this is perfectly clear, the Tea Party is not, nor have they been, the aggressors in ANYTHING!!! Nor have we committed any crimes!

Yet we have been maligned, made light of, despised, beat on, scoffed at, called names, censored, spat on, ignored, hated, feared, hacked, hassled, judged to be kooks, terrorists, the list is endless. All in an attempt to shut us up, and get us to quit bringing to the light of day, the lies, deceptions, etc. that they have been force feeding America with now for too long.

Meanwhile what are our crimes,

1. Standing up for the freedom this country was founded on?

2. Electing freshman that will carry that banner of freedom?

3. Peacefully gathered together to thank & praise God for His blessings on America and to discuss the political issues of today.?

4. Called and written our reps to make sure they understand for once, how the majority of Americans feel?

5. Called on them to quit spending money they do not have, and to get off our, our childrens, and our grandchildrens back, and restore freedom and honor to America?

6. Called on our elected representatives to quit meeting in secret and making secret laws, to quit passing laws before We The People know what those laws contain?

7. Called on our elected officials to quit taking away those self-same freedoms and liberties that so many of our ancestors fought and died to gain and defend. Meanwhile the aggessors have attacked us, our representatives and anyone else who does not conform to their leftist/maxist/socialist agenda?

8. Called on our elected officials to listen to We The People instead of the people in the media who try to shape our opinions with their polls and the things they report?

9. Celebrated with pride the anniversary of our Independence from the oppression of rulers who also did not listen to We The People?

10. Loved, supported and honored our brave heroes in uniform?

11. Failed to bow at the alter of global warming hypocrisy and lies?

12. Failed to follow our 1st Amendment rights to let or voices be heard?

Are these our crimes? Are these our sins?

Never at any time have we left behind a trash heap to be cleaned up by the tax payers, nor have we at anytime attacked anyone physically for anything. We have not spat at, cursed, called names, threatened, etc. those who have attacked us from various points of society. What is our crime? What is our sin, that they, who claim tolerance as their mantra, are then the first to throw stones at us? We have none!!

Well,,,,I don’t know about you Patriots,,But I intend to defend those self same rights, guaranteed us by the Constitution, to the bitter end, until they drag me out my heels or we have once again guaranteed those self-same rights, for the future generations that are still yet to come. Just as our forebearers did so many times for us! Truly The Pen IS Mightier than the sword, at times!!!

Who Are The Real Nazis in America?

by Tea Party Patriot and Proud Hobbit, R. Davis, 2011

CENSORSHIP FACEBOOK HEADS UP!! SUGGESTION 4 EVERYONE ON FB!! VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!

I am, or was “Proud Hobbit” on Facebook, until Facebook contacted me yesterday i.e. Thurs/Fri. telling me that I wasn’t using my “real name” and that my account was suspended until I provided my real name, and updated my Facebook account using it. The censorship has begun, I would therefore suggest the following. This is the second time I have been censored on Facebook! After I changed the name, because I frequently refresh screen, one of the first times I did this, after they made me change my name. I got a Facebook notification that my account was temporarily unavailable, to try again in a few minutes. I waited, refreshed again, it took me to Run, Sarah, Run! Sarah Palin 2012 which I have listed on page as my employer.  (Facebook now referred to as FB)

If you are on FB do the following!

Open up Wordpad or Notepad, while still on your FB page,,after Wordpad/Notepad opens,,,,,,go to the page that lists your FB friends, i.e. click the link to left side of your FB page that says Friends,,,after your friends page is open,,,,highlight the name of your first friend like you would when you highlight something you wish to copy and paste,,,,after it is highlighted,,,,scroll down the page,,,,,keep scrolling until you reach the end of your lists of friends,,,,,,hold down shift key,,,,click to the right side of last name,,,,,all names should then be highlighted,,,,,hit ctrl + C,,to copy,,,,go to Wordpad/Notepad,,,click in document window so that you can type in the document,,,,,,hit ctrl + V to paste ,,,,,walla!!! you now have a list of all your FB friends,,,,,update frequently using same method,,

I would also suggest you exchange emails or go to each others FB pages and get the email info off each one,,,if you are like me, though,,none of your FB pages contains your main email address,,,therefore you should contact each friend and get their main email address.

I don’t mean web-based email like hotmail,,gmail,,,etc..I mean the email at your Internet service provider,,they can censure you just as easily on the web-based email providers as they can on facebook. I would also suggest that you exchange phone numbers with your most trusted friends, but always be cautious and remain vigilant for trolls and traitors!

After posting this, I now have to enter the security code to post from my blog on Facebook, never had to before!

I also have a friend that used the name “TheObama Hustle” that had his FB page deleted, no warning nothing. They said he was using a celebrity name. He is skip tracer and had been posting things concerning the lies, fraud, etc. that are Obama. You can see his blog and what he is currently doing here http://theobamahustle@wordpress.com/. He has proceeded to press charges against BO for fraud concerning the land, the Obama’s supposedly bought from Tony Resko.

Facebook Alternative Diaspora Launches in Beta

UPDATE: I am slow to anger, but when that anger comes, it is not something that goes away easily, and it only makes me more determined. I am going to keep a track of my Facebook posts to my James Davis (Proud Hobbit) wall, for you to follow and for my own purposes, records, etc.

Where it started was actually with my first facebook account, FamilyTrees Genealogy. During the debt debate, I would get on Speaker John Boehners FB page. Some leftist trolls got on his page, they were making all kinds of comments attacking him, spreading lies, disinformation, and generally tying up the comments with their banter back and forth, dwarfing all the legitimate comments, from concerned citizens. I watched them do this for two days until I got tired of it. I then started posting links to facts on the net, responding to their comments and arguments. I posted quotes from their supposed hero Thomas Jefferson that refuted, or put into context quotes they were using from him. They didn’t like that, so they started using one of the another Founder,, and put after his name “non-slave owner” I then started using the same founder and put same “non-slave owner” like they did. They then went to Reagan, I refused to argue with them, I just kept posting facts with links to those facts. They then went to Jesus, I knew more than they did on that subject too. They then started calling me names, again I did not stoop to their level, I just kept posting facts. They could not defeat me, so they told FB I was spamming so that FB blocked me from posting publicly. I then got contacted by a friend to start another FB account. Now it has just gone on from there. Follow timeline of my FB page posts to see what happened.

NOTE: **** indicates a separate the set of comments as I and other posted them.

Update; took out comments  to cut down on size, and to not bore people, kept links to FB censorship articles. If you want me to put comments back, please do not hesitate to ask me to.

AUG. 25 2011 UPDATE!! I was adding the following link and others like it to my FB wall, everyone I had to enter the FB Censorship code,,

http://twitpic.com/6b5pfa

I was only able to add 13 of them before I got this message. Keep in mind we are talking my Facebook Wall and I can GUARANTEE NONE of my Friends complained

I added this to the post I put on my wall with the pic below

“OKAY FACEBOOK CENSORS!! THIS IS MY WALL!!! MY FRIENDS DO NOT CARE WHAT I POST TO MY WALL!!! SO I AM GETTING THIS ONLY BECAUSE THE FACEBOOK CENSORS ARE MONITORING MY WALL!! WHY DO YOU FIT SO APPROPRIATELY THE SECOND WORD AS SO MANY TIMES YOU DO WHEN I HAVE TO ENTER YOUR CENSORSHIP CODES, WHICH I RECEIVED WHEN POSTING OUR FALLEN WARRIORS BELOW THIS POST!!!!”

Facebook BETRAYAL of OUR FALLEN WARRIORS

Notice how the second word fits so well the thing they are censoring that I am posting,,,this is a common occurrence!

More instances of Facebook Censorship

Adding links and comments in order of Facebook post,

Facebook Apologizes for Deleting Arizona Governor’s Post

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Political and religious censorship by Facebook

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Facebook Censorship: Is Big Brother Watching You? – SocialTimes.com

Proof That Facebook is Censoring You | Ari Herzog

Atlas Shrugs: FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP

Facebook Criticized For Censorship

Facebook celebrates royal wedding by nuking 50 protest groups – Boing Boing

Roger Ebert’s the Latest Victim of Facebook’s Censorship Problem

I’m Tired Of Facebook Censorship Facebook Group about Facebook Censorship

AGAINST FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP and “REPORT” BUTTON Another Facebook Group

Has Facebook Censorship On Riots Already Begun? – WideShut: Alternative News

Facebook censored my posted item

Facebook Censorship, When Social Networks Block the Sharing of Links (or Worse) | Internet Marketing

The downside of Facebook as a public space: Censorship — Tech News and Analysis

Will Facebook Censor for a Shot at the Chinese Market? – Global Spin – TIME.com WHAT FACEBOOK INTEGRITY!!!!!!

Libertarian Peacenik: Fight Facebook Censorship in China

Today’s Lesson: Make Facebook Angry, And They’ll Censor You Into Oblivion

Open Questions Remain in Facebook Censorship flap

UPDATE: I also cannot post articles from my blog to FB chat/messages now, FB will not allow it. I guess they can’t make you use their security censorship codes for those.

Facebook Censoring Some Alternative News Sites While Allowing Hackers To Attack Others :

NOTE: It is now 4:2o AM on Sunday morning Aug 21, 2011

Nikki Sixx Vs Facebook Censorship

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Facebook Censorship

NOTE: Got interrupted It is now 4:50 AM on Sunday morning Aug 21, 2011

Swaziland Commentary: SWAZI FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP THREAT

Facebook censorship discussions 4:59 AM

Jan Brewer: Facebook ‘Censored’ Post Critical of Obama Immigration Policy | NewsBusters.org

Facebook Censorship or not? (They removed our Fan page again)

It is 5:07 Just tried sending in FB chat link to my blog post The Rise and Fall of my big brother while it let me post this one to chat they made me enter security code, again they will not let me post FB censorship post to chat.

5:15AM Just posted this again to my FB wall to see if I still could, had to enter security code again. I do not want to go to sleep because when I get off and get back on is when they suspend my account. I want to be awake and documenting it if and when they do it again.

Facebook Censorship, Cellphones Blocked in America  5:27 AM

7:40  AM,  Just logged out of my James Davis aka Proud Hobbit FB account and logged back in. Looks like they may just be monitoring me for now, instead of deleting me.It is usually when I go offline and come back on that I get their messages and alerts.

Stay tuned I will update info as I add it to Facebook page and then here!

Your hobbit friend and Patriot brother in arms,,,

THANK YOU GOD 4 YOUR BLESSINGS ON AMERICA!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! AND MAY FREEDOM REIGN!!!

What The Founding Fathers Said About the 2nd Amendment (Original Intent)

Just a note, when the Bill of Rights were written and the 2nd amendment was written, the colonists, i.e. the people, were armed with the very same arms i.e. cannons and muskets, that were available to the government military, i.e. British Tories

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.” -Patrick Henry

“No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.” ~ John Milton

“When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.” ~ John Milton

Self-defense is justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the laws of society. And, lastly, to vindicate these rights, when actually violated and attacked, the subjects of England are entitled, in the first place, to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law; next to the right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances; and, lastly, to the right of having and using arms for self preservation and defense. Free men have arms; slaves do not.” – William Blackstone

No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God.” – William Blackstone

The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual’s private rights. So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community.” – William Blackstone

The Statists, Marxist, Leftist, Progressives, Socialist, i.e. those elements of the country that wish the federal/central government to control everything, would have you believe that the second amendment pertains simply to the military. The Democrats have made this argument for years. Clearly they lie and/or are wrong as you will see as you educate yourself here on exactly what the Founder’s and others said on the subject at the time of the founding.

Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.”- Thomas Paine

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams

“The law of self-preservation overrules the laws of obligation to others.” ~ Thomas Jefferson 1793

The 2nd Amendment ensures the 1st Amendment.

The Second Amendment states:
“A  well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

definitions of key words:

Right: noun; 1. something to which one has a just claim, 2. the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled, 3. something that one may properly claim as due, 4. the cause of truth or justice

People: plural; any one, of a number of human beings making up a group or assembly or linked by a common interest.

People is plural for person, people therefore according to the Founder’s original intent, meant every single citizen that make up the people of the United States of America.

Keep: verb; 1. to retain in one’s possession or power, 2. to continue to maintain, 3. to cause to remain in a given place, situation, or condition, 4. to preserve in an unspoiled condition.

Bear: verb: 1. to be equipped or furnished with, 2.to carry or possess

Shall: verb: 1. used to express a command or exhortation, 2. used in laws, regulations, or directives to express what is mandatory

Not: adverb: 1. never, 2. not ever, 3. at no time, 4. not in any degree, 5. not under any condition

Be: verb: 1. to have, maintain, or occupy a place, situation, or position; 2. to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted

Infringed: Infringe; verb: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another, Encroach; 1. to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another, 2. to advance beyond the usual or proper limits

See the following links also: Political Evils and the Remedy for them by Noah Webster 1834,
Constitution of the United States and it’s Governmental Operations (In Plain English so even lawyers and politicians can understand) ,
POLITICAL CONSTITUTIONS by Johannes Von Muller (1832),
Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God
Barack Obama’s 10 Point Plan to “Change” The Second Amendment

If the government believes they should provide everyone with healthcare because it is a “Right”, why is it they do not provide us all with guns, because that has been a true “Right” to “Keep and Bear” for much longer than healthcare!

Founder’s quotes on 2nd amendment

”The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” (George Washington)

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” (George Washington)

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and  pistol are equally indispensable . . . The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference  – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good” (George Washington)

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” (George Mason Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788)

“On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” (Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p. 322)

“No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” (Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution)

“The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…” (James Madison, I Annals of Congress)

What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that [the] people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms…The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. (Thomas Jefferson, letter to Col. William S. Smith, Paris; 1787 see bottom of post for full letter)

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” (Thomas Jefferson)

“Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who do not.” (Thomas Jefferson)

“It is the duty of a Patriot to protect his country from its government” (Thomas Paine)

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” (Samuel Adams)

“On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power.” (Thomas Jefferson)

“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms… The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” (Thomas Jefferson, letter to William S. Smith, 1787)

Thomas Jefferson In his Commonplace Book, Jefferson quotes Cesare Beccaria from his seminal work, On Crimes and Punishment: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.” (Encyclopedia of Thomas Jefferson)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”, Proposal for a Virginia Constitution, (Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 C.J. Boyd, Ed. 1950)

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” (Patrick Henry )

“Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in our possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” (Patrick Henry, Elliot Debates)

“The people have a right to keep and bear arms.” and “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.” (Patrick Henry, Elliot Debates)

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.  (Thomas Paine)

“The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals…. It establishes some rights of the individual  as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right  to deprive them of.” (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)

“The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest possible limits…and [when] the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” (Sir George Tucker, Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court and U.S. District Court of Virginia, in I Blackstone Commentaries)

“The  right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well  regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to  arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…”  (James Madison,  I Annals of Congress 434 [June 8, 1789])

“As the greatest danger to liberty is from large standing armies, it is best to prevent them by an effectual provision for a good militia.” (James Madison, notes of debates in the 1787 Federal Convention)

Militias, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms. […] To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.
(Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on “militia” in the 2nd Amendment writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic)

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”
(Richard Henry Lee writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.)

“Whenever, therefore, the profession of arms becomes a distinct order in the state….the end of the social compact is defeated… No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved its liberty without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state…Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.” (Richard Henry Lee)

“What, Sir, is the use of a militia?  It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty….Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” (Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second  Amendment  [ I Annals of Congress at 750 August17, 1789])

“…if raised, whether they could subdue a Nation of freemen, who know how to prize liberty, and who have arms in their hands?” (Delegate Sedgwick, during the Massachusetts Convention, rhetorically asking if an oppressive standing army could prevail, Jonathan Elliot, ed., Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol.2 at 97 (2d ed., 1888))

“…to disarm the people – that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”  (George Mason)

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the  citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)

“the ultimate authority … resides in the people alone,” (James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist Paper #46.)

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost  every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense,  raised in the United States” (Noah Webster in An Examination  into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution’, 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification,  in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56(New York, 1888))

“…but  if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form  an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties  of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights…”  (Alexander Hamilton speaking of standing armies in Federalist 29.)

“Besides  the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess  over the people of almost every other nation. . .Notwithstanding the military  establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the  people with arms.” (James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist  Paper No. 46.)

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear  their private arms.”  (Tench Coxe in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution’ under the Pseudonym A  Pennsylvanian’ in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1)

“The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American…the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. (Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788)

“The  prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any  rule of construction be conceived to give to Congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.” [William Rawle, A View of the Constitution 125-6 (2nd ed. 1829)

“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” (Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment, I Annals of Congress at 750, August 17, 1789.)

“What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.” (Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts:, I Annals of Congress at 750 August 17, 1789)

“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials.”  (George Mason,)

“The  Constitution shall never be construed….to prevent the people of  the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms” (Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87)

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use  them.” (Richard  Henry Lee, 1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights, Walter Bennett, ed., Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican, at 21,22,124 (Univ. of Alabama Press,1975)..)

“The great object is that every man be armed” and “everyone who is able may have a gun.” (Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution. Debates and other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia,…taken in shorthand by David Robertson of Petersburg, at 271,  275 2d ed.  Richmond, 1805. Also 3 Elliot, Debates at 386)

“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” (Zachariah Johnson, Elliot’s Debates, vol. 3)

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?  Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”  (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8)

“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience;  or to prevent the people of The United States who are peaceable citizens from  keeping their own arms…” (Samuel Adams,  Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Peirce  & Hale,  eds.,  Boston, 1850))

“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not  warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of  resistance? Let them take arms….The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants” (Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William S. Smith in 1787.  Taken from Jefferson, On Democracy 20, S. Padover ed.,1939)

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined”  (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)

“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”  –(Thomas Jefferson)

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and  pistol are equally indispensable . . . The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference  – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good” (George Washington)

“The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them…” (Thomas Paine, [Writings of Thomas Paine])

“A strong body makes the mind strong.  As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.(Thomas  Jefferson, Encyclopedia of T. Jefferson, 318 [Foley,  Ed.,  reissued 1967])

“The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and  preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance  would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…Horrid  mischief  would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them…” (Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 [1894])

(The  American Colonies were) “all democratic governments, where the power is in the hands of the people and where there is not the  least difficulty or jealousy about putting arms into the hands of every man in the country. (European countries should not) be ignorant of the strength and the force of such a form of government and how strenuously and almost wonderfully people living under one have sometimes exerted themselves in defense of their rights and liberties and how fatally it has ended with many a man and many a state who have entered into quarrels, wars and contests with them.” [George Mason, “Remarks on Annual Elections for the Fairfax Independent Company” in The Papers of George Mason, 1725-1792, ed Robert A. Rutland (Chapel Hill, 1970)]

“It is not certain that with this aid alone [possession of arms], they would not be able to shake off their yokes.  But were the people to posses the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will, and direct the national force; and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned, in spite of the  legions which surround it.” (James Madison, “Federalist No. 46”)

“Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that ‘if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.’ It is a very serious consideration that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.” (Samuel Adams speech, 1771)

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”  (Thomas Paine)

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions — The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them.” (George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776.)

Court rulings on the subject

“To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege.” [Wilson vs. State, 33  Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. (1878)]

For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing  of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are  exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution.” [Bliss  vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)] ”

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right.” [Nunn vs. State, 1 Ga (1 Kel.)  (1846)]

“The provision in the Constitution granting the right to all persons to bear arms is a limitation upon the power of the Legislature to enact any law to the contrary. The  exercise of a right guaranteed by the Constitution  cannot  be made subject to the will of the sheriff.” [People vs. Zerillo, 219 Mich. 635, 189 N.W. (1922)]

“The  maintenance of the right to bear arms is a most essential one to every free  people and should not be whittled down by technical constructions.”[State vs. Kerner, 181 N.C. 574, 107 S.E. (1921)]

“The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or  the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the “high powers” delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government.’ A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.” [Cockrum vs. State, 24 Tex.394, at (1859)]

Other quotes on the subject of bearing arms from American history

“The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals…. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.” (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is, the military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States….Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America”  (Gazette of the United States, October 14, 1789.)

“…the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to  keep and bear their private arms” (from article in the Philadelphia  Federal Gazette June 18, 1789 at 2, col.2,)

“The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them. And yet, though this truth would seem so clear, and the importance of a well regulated militia would seem so undeniable, it cannot be disguised, that among the American people there is a growing indifference to any system of militia discipline, and a strong disposition, from a sense of its burdens, to be rid of all regulations. How it is practicable to keep the people duly armed without some organization, it is difficult to see. There is certainly no small danger, that indifference may lead to disgust, and disgust to contempt; and thus gradually undermine all the protection intended by this clause of our national bill of rights.” (Joseph Story, Supreme Court Justice and U.S. House Representative from Massachusetts. Commentaries on the  Constitution of the United States; With a Preliminary Review of the Constitutional History of the Colonies and States before the Adoption of the Constitution [Boston, 1833])

“The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military  are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only  the police, the secret police, the military. The hired servants of our rulers. Only the government-and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.” (Edward  Abbey, “The Right to Arms,” Abbey’s Road [New York, 1979])

Quotes from international figures

“Those, who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed  by the fear of an armed people.” (Aristotle, as quoted by John Trenchard and Water Moyle, An Argument Shewing, That a Standing Army Is Inconsistent with a Free Government, and Absolutely Destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy [London, 1697])

“No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people.  The possession  of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.  He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.” (James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors,  Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775])

“The difficulty here has been to persuade the citizens to keep arms, not  to prevent them from being employed for violent purposes.” (Timothy Dwight,  Travels in New-England)

“To trust arms in the hands of the people at large has, in Europe, been believed…to be an experiment fraught only with danger. Here by a long trial it has been proved to be perfectly harmless…If the government be  equitable; if it be reasonable in its exactions; if proper attention be paid to the  education of children in knowledge and religion, few men will be disposed to use arms, unless for their amusement, and for the defense of themselves and their country.” (Timothy Dwight, Travels in New England and New York [London 1823]

“You are bound to meet misfortune if you are unarmed because, among other reasons, people despise you….There is simply no comparison between a man who is armed and one who is not. It is unreasonable to expect that an armed man should obey one who is unarmed, or that an unarmed man should remain safe and secure when his servants are armed. In the latter case, there will be  suspicion on the one hand and contempt on the other, making cooperation impossible.” (Niccolo Machiavelli in “The Prince”)

“You must understand, therefore, that there are two ways of fighting: by law or by force. The first way is natural to men, and the second to beasts. But as the first way often proves inadequate one must needs have recourse to the second.” (Niccolo Machiavelli in “The Prince”)

Thomas Jefferson “Tree of Liberty” quote:

“I do not know whether it is to yourself or Mr. Adams I am to give my thanks for the copy of the new constitution. I beg leave through you to place them where due. It will be yet three weeks before I shall receive them from America. There are very good articles in it: and very bad. I do not know which preponderate. What we have lately read in the history of Holland, in the chapter on the Stadtholder, would have sufficed to set me against a Chief magistrate eligible for a long duration, if I had ever been disposed towards one: and what we have always read of the elections of Polish kings should have forever excluded the idea of one continuable for life. Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independant 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusets: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.” – Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, Paris, 13 Nov. 178

Other posts that may be of interest:
The Wisdom of Founder John Adams Part 2: Novanglus Papers
The Failure of Marxism and Socialism
The Doctrine of Fascism, Fascism Defined by Benito Mussolini
Christianity and the Founding of the United States
Non-Revisionist Politically Incorrect History of America from the Ancient Authors Part 1
Non-Revisionist Politically Incorrect History of the World With Biblical References Part 1

“Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem (Translation: I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery) Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.” (Thomas Jefferson letter to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787)

“Many free countries have lost their liberty, and ours may lose hers; but if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but that I never deserted her.

I know that the great volcano at Washington, aroused and directed by the evil spirit that reigns there, is belching forth the lava of political corruption in a current broad and deep, which is sweeping with frightful velocity over the whole length and breadth of the land, bidding fair to leave unscathed no green spot or living thing; while on its bosom are riding, like demons on the waves of hell, the imps of that evil spirit, and fiendishly taunting all those who dare resist its destroying course with the hopelessness of their effort; and, knowing this, I cannot deny that all may be swept away. Broken by it I, too, may be; bow to it I never will.

The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me. If ever I feel the soul within me elevate and expand to those dimensions not wholly unworthy of its almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly and alone, and hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors.

Here, without contemplating consequences, before high heaven and in the face of the world, I swear eternal fidelity to the just cause, as I deem it, of the land of my life, my liberty, and my love.

And who that thinks with me will not fearlessly adopt the oath that I take?

Let none falter who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But if, after all, we shall fail, be it so. We still shall have the proud consolation of saying to our consciences, and to the departed shade of our country’s freedom, that the cause approved of our judgment, and adored of our hearts, in disaster, in chains, in torture, in death, we never faltered in defending.” (From The Entire Writings of Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln)

Ronald Reagan “A Time for Choosing” 1964

2 months after my birth

A TIME FOR CHOOSING (The Speech – October 27, 1964)

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn’t been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own words and discuss my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks.

I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines. Now, one side in this campaign has been telling us that the issues of this election are the maintenance of peace and prosperity. The line has been used, “We’ve never had it so good.”

But I have an uncomfortable feeling that this prosperity isn’t something on which we can base our hopes for the future. No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income. Today, 37 cents out of every dollar earned in this country is the tax collector’s share, and yet our government continues to spend 17 million dollars a day more than the government takes in. We haven’t balanced our budget 28 out of the last 34 years. We’ve raised our debt limit three times in the last twelve months, and now our national debt is one and a half times bigger than all the combined debts of all the nations of the world. We have 15 billion dollars in gold in our treasury; we don’t own an ounce. Foreign dollar claims are 27.3 billion dollars. And we’ve just had announced that the dollar of 1939 will now purchase 45 cents in its total value.

As for the peace that we would preserve, I wonder who among us would like to approach the wife or mother whose husband or son has died in South Vietnam and ask them if they think this is a peace that should be maintained indefinitely. Do they mean peace, or do they mean we just want to be left in peace? There can be no real peace while one American is dying some place in the world for the rest of us. We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. Well I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers.

Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

In this vote-harvesting time, they use terms like the “Great Society,” or as we were told a few days ago by the President, we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people. But they’ve been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves; and all of the things I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations. For example, they have voices that say, “The cold war will end through our acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism.” Another voice says, “The profit motive has become outmoded. It must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state.” Or, “Our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 20th century.” Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford University that the Constitution is outmoded. He referred to the President as “our moral teacher and our leader,” and he says he is “hobbled in his task by the restrictions of power imposed on him by this antiquated document.” He must “be freed,” so that he “can do for us” what he knows “is best.” And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.”

Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as “the masses.” This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, “the full power of centralized government”—this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.

Now, we have no better example of this than government’s involvement in the farm economy over the last 30 years. Since 1955, the cost of this program has nearly doubled. One-fourth of farming in America is responsible for 85 percent of the farm surplus. Three-fourths of farming is out on the free market and has known a 21 percent increase in the per capita consumption of all its produce. You see, that one-fourth of farming—that’s regulated and controlled by the federal government. In the last three years we’ve spent 43 dollars in the feed grain program for every dollar bushel of corn we don’t grow.

Senator Humphrey last week charged that Barry Goldwater, as President, would seek to eliminate farmers. He should do his homework a little better, because he’ll find out that we’ve had a decline of 5 million in the farm population under these government programs. He’ll also find that the Democratic administration has sought to get from Congress [an] extension of the farm program to include that three-fourths that is now free. He’ll find that they’ve also asked for the right to imprison farmers who wouldn’t keep books as prescribed by the federal government. The Secretary of Agriculture asked for the right to seize farms through condemnation and resell them to other individuals. And contained in that same program was a provision that would have allowed the federal government to remove 2 million farmers from the soil.

At the same time, there’s been an increase in the Department of Agriculture employees. There’s now one for every 30 farms in the United States, and still they can’t tell us how 66 shiploads of grain headed for Austria disappeared without a trace and Billie Sol Estes never left shore.

Every responsible farmer and farm organization has repeatedly asked the government to free the farm economy, but how—who are farmers to know what’s best for them? The wheat farmers voted against a wheat program. The government passed it anyway. Now the price of bread goes up; the price of wheat to the farmer goes down.

Meanwhile, back in the city, under urban renewal the assault on freedom carries on. Private property rights [are] so diluted that public interest is almost anything a few government planners decide it should be. In a program that takes from the needy and gives to the greedy, we see such spectacles as in Cleveland, Ohio, a million-and-a-half-dollar building completed only three years ago must be destroyed to make way for what government officials call a “more compatible use of the land.” The President tells us he’s now going to start building public housing units in the thousands, where heretofore we’ve only built them in the hundreds. But FHA [Federal Housing Authority] and the Veterans Administration tell us they have 120,000 housing units they’ve taken back through mortgage foreclosure. For three decades, we’ve sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. The latest is the Area Redevelopment Agency.

They’ve just declared Rice County, Kansas, a depressed area. Rice County, Kansas, has two hundred oil wells, and the 14,000 people there have over 30 million dollars on deposit in personal savings in their banks. And when the government tells you you’re depressed, lie down and be depressed.

We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one. So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. Well, now, if government planning and welfare had the answer—and they’ve had almost 30 years of it—shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? The reduction in the need for public housing?

But the reverse is true. Each year the need grows greater; the program grows greater. We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well that was probably true. They were all on a diet. But now we’re told that 9.3 million families in this country are poverty-stricken on the basis of earning less than 3,000 dollars a year. Welfare spending [is] 10 times greater than in the dark depths of the Depression. We’re spending 45 billion dollars on welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, and you’ll find that if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally among those 9 million poor families, we’d be able to give each family 4,600 dollars a year. And this added to their present income should eliminate poverty. Direct aid to the poor, however, is only running only about 600 dollars per family. It would seem that someplace there must be some overhead.

Now—so now we declare “war on poverty,” or “You, too, can be a Bobby Baker.” Now do they honestly expect us to believe that if we add 1 billion dollars to the 45 billion we’re spending, one more program to the 30-odd we have—and remember, this new program doesn’t replace any, it just duplicates existing programs—do they believe that poverty is suddenly going to disappear by magic? Well, in all fairness I should explain there is one part of the new program that isn’t duplicated. This is the youth feature. We’re now going to solve the dropout problem, juvenile delinquency, by reinstituting something like the old CCC camps [Civilian Conservation Corps], and we’re going to put our young people in these camps. But again we do some arithmetic, and we find that we’re going to spend each year just on room and board for each young person we help 4,700 dollars a year. We can send them to Harvard for 2,700! Course, don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting Harvard is the answer to juvenile delinquency.

But seriously, what are we doing to those we seek to help? Not too long ago, a judge called me here in Los Angeles. He told me of a young woman who’d come before him for a divorce. She had six children, was pregnant with her seventh. Under his questioning, she revealed her husband was a laborer earning 250 dollars a month. She wanted a divorce to get an 80 dollar raise. She’s eligible for 330 dollars a month in the Aid to Dependent Children Program. She got the idea from two women in her neighborhood who’d already done that very thing.

Yet anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we’re always “against” things—we’re never “for” anything.

Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.

Now—we’re for a provision that destitution should not follow unemployment by reason of old age, and to that end we’ve accepted Social Security as a step toward meeting the problem.

But we’re against those entrusted with this program when they practice deception regarding its fiscal shortcomings, when they charge that any criticism of the program means that we want to end payments to those people who depend on them for a livelihood. They’ve called it “insurance” to us in a hundred million pieces of literature. But then they appeared before the Supreme Court and they testified it was a welfare program. They only use the term “insurance” to sell it to the people. And they said Social Security dues are a tax for the general use of the government, and the government has used that tax. There is no fund, because Robert Byers, the actuarial head, appeared before a congressional committee and admitted that Social Security as of this moment is 298 billion dollars in the hole. But he said there should be no cause for worry because as long as they have the power to tax, they could always take away from the people whatever they needed to bail them out of trouble. And they’re doing just that.

A young man, 21 years of age, working at an average salary—his Social Security contribution would, in the open market, buy him an insurance policy that would guarantee 220 dollars a month at age 65. The government promises 127. He could live it up until he’s 31 and then take out a policy that would pay more than Social Security. Now are we so lacking in business sense that we can’t put this program on a sound basis, so that people who do require those payments will find they can get them when they’re due—that the cupboard isn’t bare?

Barry Goldwater thinks we can.

At the same time, can’t we introduce voluntary features that would permit a citizen who can do better on his own to be excused upon presentation of evidence that he had made provision for the non-earning years? Should we not allow a widow with children to work, and not lose the benefits supposedly paid for by her deceased husband? Shouldn’t you and I be allowed to declare who our beneficiaries will be under this program, which we cannot do? I think we’re for telling our senior citizens that no one in this country should be denied medical care because of a lack of funds. But I think we’re against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program, especially when we have such examples, as was announced last week, when France admitted that their Medicare program is now bankrupt. They’ve come to the end of the road.

In addition, was Barry Goldwater so irresponsible when he suggested that our government give up its program of deliberate, planned inflation, so that when you do get your Social Security pension, a dollar will buy a dollar’s worth, and not 45 cents worth?

I think we’re for an international organization, where the nations of the world can seek peace. But I think we’re against subordinating American interests to an organization that has become so structurally unsound that today you can muster a two-thirds vote on the floor of the General Assembly among nations that represent less than 10 percent of the world’s population. I think we’re against the hypocrisy of assailing our allies because here and there they cling to a colony, while we engage in a conspiracy of silence and never open our mouths about the millions of people enslaved in the Soviet colonies in the satellite nations.

I think we’re for aiding our allies by sharing of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we’re against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We set out to help 19 countries. We’re helping 107. We’ve spent 146 billion dollars. With that money, we bought a 2 million dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya[n] government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity. In the last six years, 52 nations have bought 7 billion dollars worth of our gold, and all 52 are receiving foreign aid from this country.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear.

Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.

Federal employees—federal employees number two and a half million; and federal, state, and local, one out of six of the nation’s work force employed by government. These proliferating bureaus with their thousands of regulations have cost us many of our constitutional safeguards. How many of us realize that today federal agents can invade a man’s property without a warrant? They can impose a fine without a formal hearing, let alone a trial by jury? And they can seize and sell his property at auction to enforce the payment of that fine. In Chico County, Arkansas, James Wier over-planted his rice allotment. The government obtained a 17,000 dollar judgment. And a U.S. marshal sold his 960-acre farm at auction. The government said it was necessary as a warning to others to make the system work.

Last February 19th at the University of Minnesota, Norman Thomas, six-times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said, “If Barry Goldwater became President, he would stop the advance of socialism in the United States.” I think that’s exactly what he will do.

But as a former Democrat, I can tell you Norman Thomas isn’t the only man who has drawn this parallel to socialism with the present administration, because back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith, the great American, came before the American people and charged that the leadership of his Party was taking the Party of Jefferson, Jackson, and Cleveland down the road under the banners of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. And he walked away from his Party, and he never returned til the day he died—because to this day, the leadership of that Party has been taking that Party, that honorable Party, down the road in the image of the labor Socialist Party of England.

Now it doesn’t require expropriation or confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean whether you hold the deed to the—or the title to your business or property if the government holds the power of life and death over that business or property? And such machinery already exists. The government can find some charge to bring against any concern it chooses to prosecute. Every businessman has his own tale of harassment. Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.

Our Democratic opponents seem unwilling to debate these issues. They want to make you and I believe that this is a contest between two men—that we’re to choose just between two personalities.

Well what of this man that they would destroy—and in destroying, they would destroy that which he represents, the ideas that you and I hold dear? Is he the brash and shallow and trigger-happy man they say he is? Well I’ve been privileged to know him “when.” I knew him long before he ever dreamed of trying for high office, and I can tell you personally I’ve never known a man in my life I believed so incapable of doing a dishonest or dishonorable thing.

This is a man who, in his own business before he entered politics, instituted a profit-sharing plan before unions had ever thought of it. He put in health and medical insurance for all his employees. He took 50 percent of the profits before taxes and set up a retirement program, a pension plan for all his employees. He sent monthly checks for life to an employee who was ill and couldn’t work. He provides nursing care for the children of mothers who work in the stores. When Mexico was ravaged by the floods in the Rio Grande, he climbed in his airplane and flew medicine and supplies down there.

An ex-GI told me how he met him. It was the week before Christmas during the Korean War, and he was at the Los Angeles airport trying to get a ride home to Arizona for Christmas. And he said that [there were] a lot of servicemen there and no seats available on the planes. And then a voice came over the loudspeaker and said, “Any men in uniform wanting a ride to Arizona, go to runway such-and-such,” and they went down there, and there was a fellow named Barry Goldwater sitting in his plane. Every day in those weeks before Christmas, all day long, he’d load up the plane, fly it to Arizona, fly them to their homes, fly back over to get another load.

During the hectic split-second timing of a campaign, this is a man who took time out to sit beside an old friend who was dying of cancer. His campaign managers were understandably impatient, but he said, “There aren’t many left who care what happens to her. I’d like her to know I care.” This is a man who said to his 19-year-old son, “There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.” This is not a man who could carelessly send other people’s sons to war. And that is the issue of this campaign that makes all the other problems I’ve discussed academic, unless we realize we’re in a war that must be won.

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy “accommodation.” And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.

We cannot buy our security, our freedom from the threat of the bomb by committing an immorality so great as saying to a billion human beings now enslaved behind the Iron Curtain, “Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your slave masters.” Alexander Hamilton said, “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.” Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender.

Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand—the ultimatum. And what then—when Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.

You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin—just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And this—this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.

We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

We will keep in mind and remember that Barry Goldwater has faith in us. He has faith that you and I have the ability and the dignity and the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny.

Thank you very much.

Obama Tax Increases on the Middle Class

Democrats Have Increased Taxes by $670 Billion and Counting information from before 2010 election

Commitee on Ways & Means Republicans Ranking Member Dave Camp Report from April 14th, 2010 Go here to download your own copy of the report

Information contained in the report follows:

List Includes 14 Tax Hikes Totaling Over $316 Billion on Middle Class Families
April 14, 2010

Since January of 2009, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have enacted into law gross tax increases totaling more than $670 billion, or more than $2,100 for every man, woman and child in the United States. The list of tax increases includes at least 14 violations of the President’s pledge not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $200,000 for singles and $250,000 for married couples.

LEGISLATION: Health Care Bill, Public Law 111-148, Public Law 111-152

TAX INCREASES ENACTED   followed by AMOUNT IN BILLIONS OVER 10 YEARS

New tax on individuals who do not purchase government-approved health insurance * $17.0

New tax on employers who fail to fully comply with government health insurance mandates* $52.0

New 40% excise tax on certain high‐cost health plans * $32.0

New ban on the purchase of over‐the‐counter drugs using funds from FSAs, HSAs and HRAs* $5.0

Increase the Medicare tax on wages and self‐employment income by 0.9% and impose a new 3.8% surtax on certain investment income (for individuals over $200,000 and couples over $250,000) $210.2

Increase, from 7.5% to 10% of income, the threshold after which individuals can deduct out of pocket medical expenses* $15.2

Impose a new $2,500 annual cap on FSA contributions * $13.0

New annual tax on health insurance * $60.1

New annual tax on brand name pharmaceuticals * $27.0

New 2.3% excise tax on certain medical devices * $20.0

New 10% tax on indoor UV tanning services * $2.7

New tax on insured and self‐insured health plans * $2.6

Double the penalty for non‐qualified HSA distributions * $1.4

Eliminate the deduction for expenses allocable to Medicare Part D subsidy $4.5

Limit the deduction for compensation to officers, employees and directors of certain health insurance providers $0.6

Require information reporting on payments to corporations $17.1

Impose additional requirements for section 501(c)(3) hospitals $0.4

Make “black liquor” ineligible for cellulosic biofuel producer credit $23.6

Codify economic substance doctrine and impose penalties for underpayments $4.5

Other revenue effects $60.3

LEGISLATION: SCHIP Public Law 111-3; Tobacco tax increase and expanded enforcement authority* $65.515 billion

LEGISLATION: “Stimulus” Public Law 111-5; Repeal guidance allowing certain taxpayers to claim losses of an acquired corporation $6.977 billion

LEGISLATION: UI Benefits, NOL Relief & Homebuyer Credit Public Law 111-92; Federal Unemployment surtaxes extended through June 2011 * $2.578 billion & Delay of rules to reduce the double taxation of worldwide American employers until 2018 (worldwide interest allocation) $20.123 billion

LEGISLATION: HIRE Act Public Law 111-147; Delay of rules to reduce the double taxation of worldwide American employers until 2021 (worldwide interest allocation) $5.948 billion

TOTAL = $670.341 BILLION AND COUNTING…
*VIOLATES PRESIDENT’S PLEDGE TO NOT INCREASE TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS

Another of a continuing series of articles on taxes by Tea Party Patriot and Proud Hobbit, Robert Davis, 2011

Congressman Davy Crockett on “Spreading the wealth”

The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual’s private rights. So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community.” – William Blackstone

“Not Yours to Give” Speech before the U.S. House of Representatives                 by Congressman David (Davy) Crockett

One day in the House of Representatives, 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. The Speaker was just about to put the measure to question when Mr. Crockett arose:

“Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering 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.

“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 money of our own 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.

“Later, when asked by a friend why he had opposed the appropriation, Crockett gave this explanation:

“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. 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 one for them. 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.

“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. When riding one day in a part of my district in which I was more 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.

“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 worth-while 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 the 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 constituent to speak plainly to a candidate for the purpose of insulting or wounding you. I intended 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 in Congress. My papers say that last winter you voted for a bill to appropriate $20,000 to some suffers by a fire in Georgetown. Is that true?’

“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 intrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by 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 thing 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 suffers by contributing each one week’s pay, it would have made over $13,000. There are plenty of 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 creditable; 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 Constitu- tion, 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. 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 it’s 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 to talking, he would set others to talking, and in that district I was a gone fawn-skin. I could not answer him, for the fact is, I was so fully convinced that he was right, 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 did not have sense enough to understand the Constitution. I intended to be guided by it, and thought I had studied it fully. I have heard many speeches in Congress about the powers of Congress, but what you have said here 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 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 this district, you will tell people about this vote, and that you are satisfied that 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 a little influence in that way.’

“If I don’t [said I] I wish I may be shot; and to convince you that I am 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 to 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 up on Saturday 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?

” ‘Yes.’

“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.

“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 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 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 a 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 up 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 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 for 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 that 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 reputation I have ever made, or shall ever make, as a member of Congress.

“Now, sir,” concluded Crockett, “you know why I made that speech yesterday. There is one thing now to which I wish to call to 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 — and the insignificance and worthlessness of money, particularly so insignificance 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 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.” David Crockett was born August 17, 1786 at Limestone (Greene County), Tennessee. He died March 06, 1836 as one of the brave Southerners defending the Alamo.

Crockett had settled in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1811. He served in the Creek War under Andrew Jackson. In 1821 and 1823 he was elected to the Tennessee legislature. In 1826 and 1828 he was elected to Congress. He was defeated in 1830 for his outspoken opposition to President Jackson’s Indian Bill – but was elected again in 1832.

In Washington, although his eccentricities of dress and manner excited comment, he was always popular on account of his shrewd common sense and homely wit; although generally favoring Jackson’s policy, he was entirely independent and refused to vote to please any party leader.

At the end of the congressional term, he joined the Texans in the war against Mexico, and in 1836 was one of the roughly 180 men who died defending the Alamo. Tradition has it that Crockett was one of only six survivors after the Mexicans took the fort, and that he and the others were taken out and executed by firing squad.

See liberals/progressives want government to take other peoples money to give to their pet projects. They are well known for their do as I say, not as I do attitude. It is a known fact that conservatives give much more to charity % to income than any liberal/progressive/statist does. If anyone doesn’t believe this I can provide the numbers. Liberals/progs/statist are only generous when they are being generous with your money, not their own!! There is nothing stopping the libs from paying more taxes on April 15th, the Government will except anything the libs want to give. Thing is the libs create tax breaks for themselves so that they have loopholes to get out of “paying their fair share”. Do not be fooled by their rhetoric they hate paying taxes just like everyone else, this is evidenced by all the tax cheats in democratic leaders!!

by Conservative Genealogist, Historian, Tea Party Patriot & Proud Hobbit, Robert Davis, 2011

“Eulogy of the Dog” famous Story of Old Drum

My Great Uncle Charlie’s beloved dog Old Drum, was shot by his brother-in-laws nephew at the instigation of the brother-in-law they owned farms next to each other in Missouri

From: MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES

Man’s Best Friend: The Old Drum Story
Old Drum Remembered

Monument to Old Drum

Old Drum memorial

A monument to Old Drum was erected on December 12, 1947, by Fred
Ford of Blue Springs, Missouri. Ford placed the monument on the
banks of Big Creek approximately where Old Drum was found after he
had been shot.
Ford received donations of money and rocks from all over the world to
create the monument. The sixty-seven block base of the monument
consisted of small rocks placed in cement blocks labeled with metal
donor name plates. Dog lovers sent stones from the Great Wall of
China, Mexico, the West Indies, South Africa, Germany, Guatemala,
France, the White Cliffs of Dover, Jamaica, and most of the states in
the U.S. Unfortunately, due to vandalism in later years, the original
base no longer exists.
The part of the original monument that still remains was constructed by
the Indianola Memorial Works at Indianola, Iowa, using gray granite
stone. The monument is illustrated with a dog treeing a coon in the
middle, a fox in one corner, and a deer being chased in the other. It
contains the inscription: Killed, Old Drum, 1869. It remains a symbol of
all dogs that people have loved and lost.

The Old Drum Memorial
Today a monument to Old Drum stands in Warrensburg, Missouri,
along with the words of Vest’s eulogy. On September 23, 1958,
through the coordinated efforts of the Warrensburg Chamber of
Commerce and dog lovers from around the country, Old Drum was
immortalized in statue by the sculptor, Reno Gastaldi.
On the southeast corner of the current Johnson County Courthouse
lawn, stands a bronze statue of the much beloved black and tan hound,
Old Drum. The sculpture is of a hunting dog standing on all fours, with
tail lowered and head up. On the front of the trapezoid concrete base
on a plaque in raised letters, appear Vest’s well-known words which

Missouri State Archives
Man’s Best Friend:
The Old Drum Story
The story of the Burden v. Hornsby trial, involving the untimely death of a black
and tan hound dog named Old Drum, comprises people and events that have
become more legend than fact. Yet, the Burden v. Hornsby trial, or the Old
Drum trial as it came to be known, is a true story well-documented through
court records progressing from a Justice of the Peace to a final appeal before
the Supreme Court of Missouri.
The Story of Burden v. Hornsby
The Death of Old Drum
On the 28th of October in 1869, around 8 o’clock in the evening, Charles
Burden heard the fire of a gun from the direction of his neighbor’s adjoining
farm only a mile south.
His brother-in-law, Leonidas Hornsby, owned the adjoining farm about five
miles southwest of Kingsville in Johnson County Missouri. It was only four
years after the Civil War and farming was beginning to return to the war-torn
western counties of Missouri. Lands once plundered by guerillas and raiders
now began to support families attempting to farm and raise livestock.
Leonidas Hornsby was doing his best to farm, but was struggling to maintain
his flock of sheep because of the constant threat of prowling dogs and wolves.
He had lost more than a hundred sheep and made a vow to kill the first stray
dog that appeared on his property. On the evening of October 28, Leonidas
made good on his promise after a hound dog wandered into his yard.
Samuel “Dick” Ferguson, Hornsby’s young nephew, immediately proposed to
shoot the intruder. Thinking it might be a neighbor’s dog and in an effort not to
kill the dog, but merely scare it, Hornsby instructed Ferguson to load the gun
with corn and then take the shot. According to Ferguson, after the dog was
shot it yelped in pain, jumped over the fence, and disappeared.
Neighbors heard the howling of the wounded dog as it grew fainter and then
finally died away. Charles Burden also noted the silence following the sound of
the gunshot. He remembered Hornsby’s threat and feared the worst. He called
his dogs, but his favorite hunting dog, Old Drum, did not come.
After Old Drum failed to come home the next morning, Charles Burden began
the search for his missing dog. First, he went to his neighbor Hurley and inquired about Old Drum’s whereabouts. Then, he went to the farm of Leonidas Hornsby and began to question him. After Hornsby denied having seen Old Drum, Burden asked, “What dog was that you shot last night?”
Hornsby replied that he had not shot any dog, but that his nephew Dick had
shot at a dog he thought belonged to their neighbor, Davenport.
Unconvinced and angry, Burden replied, “I’ll go and see it may not be my dog.
If it ain’t it’s all right. If it is it’s all wrong and I’ll have satisfaction at the cost of
my life.” He then left his brother-in-law’s property to continue the search.
On that same morning of October 29, Burden, along with a neighbor, found Old
Drum dead lying with his head in the water on the banks of Big Creek just
below Haymaker’s Mill. He appeared to have died from multiple shots of
different sizes with no hole completely penetrating the body. It was apparent to
Charles Burden that Old Drum had been carried or dragged to his final resting
place along the banks of the river. There was mud on Old Drum’s left side, the
fur on his ear and side were roughed up the wrong way, and evidence of sorrel
horse hairs were on his body. Coincidentally, Leonidas Hornsby owned a
sorrel mule. To Burden, the circumstantial evidence was overwhelming.
The Burden v. Hornsby Trial
Unable to let the death of his prized hound dog go unpunished, Burden filed a
lawsuit for damages against Hornsby. A summons was issued to Leonidas
Hornsby to appear before Justice of the Peace Munroe of Madison township on
November 25, 1869. Burden originally asked for a $100 judgment in damages.
Hornsby’s attorneys, Nation and Allen, filed a motion to dismiss because the
amount sued for was beyond the jurisdiction of the Justice of the Peace.
However, Burden was allowed to file a motion to amend, changing the amount
to the legal limit allowable of $50 for the worth of Old Drum, and the trial
proceeded.
· Summons, Leonidas Hornsby, November 25, 1869
· Motion to Amend Statement, November 25, 1869
The jury was not able to agree on whether Hornsby was guilty for instructing his
nephew to shoot the dog. The trial was rescheduled for December 23, 1870,
but was continued until January. In this second trial on January 27, 1870, a
verdict of guilty was returned and Burden was awarded $25 plus court costs.
· Transcript of Proceedings before Justice of the Peace, February
5, 1870
Hornsby appealed the case to the Johnson County Court of Common Pleas in
Warrensburg. He claimed that amendment of the original statement to bring
the case before the Justice of the Peace should not have been allowed. New
lawyers were hired, with Thomas T. Crittenden and Francis M. Cockrell now
representing Hornsby and George N. Elliott and Wells H. Blodgett representing
Burden. The trial date was set for March 25, but later moved to March 30.
· Subpoena for Court of Common Pleas, March 30, 1870
According to their testimony, Hornsby and Ferguson went back to Big Creek,
where the body of Old Drum still lay, and removed lead bullets after the
January trial at Kingsville. Because the burden of proof could not be
established, there was doubt as to whether Hornsby was directly the cause of
Old Drum’s death. On April 1, 1870, Hornsby received a verdict in his favor in the amount of court costs.
Dissatisfied and still seeking justice for his dead dog, Burden filed a motion for
a new trial alleging the discovery of evidence not available before. A new trial
was granted and Burden hired the Sedalia legal team of John F. Philips and
George G. Vest. A formidable group of attorneys now sat on both sides of the
table.
On September 21, 1870, in what is now known as the Old Johnson County
Courthouse in Warrensburg, the case went to trial for the fourth time. As the
court convened, Judge Foster Wright looked out on a packed courtroom and
four prominent lawyers destined to become known as Missouri’s Big Four.
Hornsby was represented by the firm of Crittenden & Cockrell, with Philips &
Vest now joining Elliott & Blodgett for Burden.
· Old Johnson County Courthouse
· Missouri’s Big Four
Arguments were made by both sets of attorneys. Depositions from witnesses
now out of state in Kansas and Texas were read in evidence. The defense
tried to show that Old Drum was sighted at Haymaker’s Mill and shot there
around the same time a different dog was shot at Hornsby’s farm. Hornsby
admitted to telling his nephew to shoot at a dog, but denied the dog was Old
Drum, even though no other dog was found dead.
On September 23, 1870, Vest presented the closing remarks on behalf of
Burden and Old Drum. However, he made no reference to the evidence or to
Old Drum, but delivered a powerful tribute to all dogs and their masters.
Following his summation, the jury quickly returned a verdict in favor of Burden
in the amount of $50 and court costs. Even though Vest’s Eulogy of the Dog
was not written down until some time after the trial, the speech became famous
because of its universal appeal to dog lovers everywhere. Eulogy of the Dog

After the war he returned to Pettis County moving to Sedalia,
Missouri and resumed his law practice. It was at this time in
1869 that Vest was asked to represent Burden and Old Drum
in the case that would make him famous.
Vest took the case tried on September 23, 1870 in which he
represented a client whose hunting dog, a foxhound named
Drum (or Old Drum), had been killed by a sheep farmer. The
farmer had previously announced his intentions to kill any dog
found on his property; the dog’s owner was suing for damages
in the amount of $50, the maximum allowed by law.
During the trial, Vest stated that he would “win the case or
apologize to every dog in Missouri.” Vest’s closing argument
to the jury made no reference to any of the testimony offered during the trial, and instead offered a eulogy of sorts. Vest’s “Eulogy of the Dog” is one of the most enduring passages of
purple prose in American courtroom history (only a partial
transcript has survived):
“Eulogy of the Dog” text

“Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. Gentlemen of the jury: A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death”

Missouri state archives
The litigation continued with Hornsby appealing the decision to the Missouri
Supreme Court. Hornsby’s attorneys claimed the judgment should be reversed
because the Justice of the Peace allowed the original statement to be amended
from $100 to $50 and the Court of Common Pleas granted Burden a new trial.
During the July 1872 term, the judgment was affirmed by the Missouri Supreme
Court. Charles Burden finally had justice for Old Drum.
· Burden v. Hornsby Opinion, July Term 1872
· Burden v. Hornsby Opinion, Mo. Reports, vol. 50, 1872

Lyrics to Celtic Thunder song “Heartland” including translation

(Spoken)
Out of the mists of Time it comes
Older than the oldest rhyme it comes
Coursing through our veins it comes
Pulsing in our brains it comes
Crashing like a thunder roll
Echoing in our very soul
Listen for it as it comes
The pure and primal sound of drums
(Spoken end)

Hear our hymn from the heartland
Hear our prayer
Steer us through stormy waters
Lead us there…

When the storm is raging
And thunder rolls
Deliver us from the ocean
Save our souls

(Gaelic chorus)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)

When the winds are howling
Vigil keep
Shelter us and save us
From the deep

(Gaelic chorus)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)

Thank you, Lord, you have brought us
Safe to shore
Be our strength and protection
Ever more

(Gaelic chorus)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)

(Gaelic bridge)
Déan trócaire (Have mercy)
Déan trócaire (Have mercy)
A Thiarna (Lord)

A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)

A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)
A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have mercy)
A Chríost, déan trócaire (Christ have mercy)

What the left is doing to American culture

Something I have been trying to tell people

Last segment of Rush’s show today

RUSH: Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Amy, thank you for calling, thanks for waiting, you’re next on the EIB Network.  Hello.  Open Line Friday.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  How are you today?

RUSH:  Ehhhhhhhh, I’m okay.  I’m muddling through here.

CALLER:  I listened to your show earlier this week and you came out with some statements about Obamacare which is going to start allowing for women to have free access to birth control, and you came out against it.  Now, my question for kind of just the Republican general in general I’m trying to reconcile is how can they be against birth control and abortion, yet at the same time be against raising children on welfare and having to pay for that debt to society our entire lives and filling our prison systems, and how do you reconcile this?

RUSH:  I don’t think the two have anything to do with one another.  You asked first off: Against raising children on welfare.  This is a cultural thing.  It has to do with the best way to raise kids.  Single parent families, single-mother children just don’t have a chance in this country.  It’s statistically documented.  What happened? Why do these people’s fathers — or mothers, in that case — run off?  You know, our problem is not that the government doesn’t help out.  The government has become the missing parent.  The government has become the parents, and does not inculcate any values.  The kids in this country that have no chance are the kids being cared for by government because their families have grown apart.CALLER:  Rush, I agree with not raising them on welfare but then how can you oppose — be opposed to women getting free birth control which would prevent theme women, these children from being born?RUSH: (sigh)  You’re asking me…? Do you really want me to sit here and say I’m in favor of abortion so we don’t have welfare?CALLER:  Uhhh, in favor of birth control to prevent welfare.RUSH:  No, no.  No, no.  You’re trying to maneuver me in some abortion question.  Of course the government has no business providing birth control! The government has no business encouraging the activity that leads to the cultural rot that is really responsible for all of these destroyed lives.  The government is the reason that all of this is wrong.  The government needs to get out of it.  Churches used to do this.  There was never welfare in this country before the mid-1930s.  How did people get along?  How did women get along without health care and birth control.  They did it with family and churches, but all that’s broken down. All that’s laughed at and impugned and made fun of now.

Now the government has to do it or else it’s not legitimate.  The government, as an entity — because it doesn’t care about anything about how those people vote — is destroying the opportunity that people in those financial circumstances have under the guise of compassion and saving them; and a lot of us are just fed up with it.  Not because of the money it’s costing, primarily, but because the human cost.  We love people.  We want the best for everybody! This is the greatest country ever devised by mankind, with the blessings of God, and we are in the process — and have been for 50 plus years — of ripping it apart, ripping the foundational building blocks of this country apart, and we wonder why certain people, kids, end up as they do?

The guardrails are gone from our society.  There’s nobody around to tell ’em they’re wrong. There’s nobody around to love them. There’s nobody around to care about them, nobody around to give them high expectations. No! We’re worried about whether or not the mother is gonna get an RU-486 pill the next day as she runs around and abandons HER responsibility, to HER self and culture and society.  There’s no contradictions here.  It all makes sense if you just broom the prejudice and the bias that you’ve been taught (A, about conservatives), and start thinking of people in purely human terms, there is no way you can look at what the welfare state has wrought and say that there’s anything about it that is worth financing further.

Because all it’s doing is producing people who vote Democrat, with a false promise that they’re gonna be cared for, the false promise that they’re going to have prosperity, the false promise that whoever is discriminating against them is gonna get theirs; they’re gonna get taken care of. It turns out that all these promises have been made for 50 years, and these people been hearing the same promises for 50 years, and they’re still complaining about the same broken promises for 50 years. Yet they keep voting the same way.  It’s utter insanity.  Now, you’re talking to somebody who wants the best for everybody.  You’re talking to somebody who wants everybody to be able to access the opportunities for economic opportunity, education, whatever.
This is the best place on this planet there has ever been for humanity to be born.  The greatest gift a human being in this world has is to be born in America, to be born in the United States.  It’s not going to be true very much longer if we keep treating people we claim to have compassion for the way we’re treating them, if we look at them first and foremost as political tools.  “Oh, yeah, I’m gonna make sure she gets an RU-486 pill! She’ll vote for me! Women’s rights, abortion rights, yeah! That’s what we’re for!” No.  What about the concern for life, quality of life, the sanctity of life? There are people that have that, and they used to be those that people turned to when times got tough.  They’re called church, they’re called family.  But the left’s busted up families and the left is busting up churches, or trying to.(sigh) I ought to get sick more often.BREAK TRANSCRIPTRUSH:  I’ll tell you where that last call came from. Here’s a story on CNN which broke the news: “According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the decision [we’re gonna demand that the insurance companies provide birth control for free] is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s move to ‘stop problems before they start,'” which is exactly my point! Babies are “problems,” and Obamacare is gonna stop ’em! How’s Obamacare going to stop problems? We’re gonna give out free abortion and morning after pills — and by the way, we’re gonna demand that the insurance companies provide birth control for free.  Now, my attitude is real simple: Is there a problem in this country getting birth control?  Is there a problem getting birth control pills or devices?  There’s not, is there?  Now it’s a right for which we all have to pay?  My attitude is: If you want to abort your baby, you go get your own pill — and if you want your own birth control, you go get your own condom or whatever device you want to use and you pay for it.  They are in plentiful supply.  The rest of society does not need to subsidize your behavior.
END TRANSCRIPT

Rush just always says what we think better than we ourselves do 😉

Rob Davis

Some other funny stories

My son doesn’t like me telling these 😉 He still laughs about it though, very good kid, love him with all my heart!

Another funny story, when my son was 4, my brother and I were working on a car in my front drive in Cal. my brother had a big screwdriver about 2-3 ft long, we had a big tree in the front yard, my son was hitting the tree with the screwdriver. I told him he shouldn’t be hitting the tree with the screwdriver cause he was hurting it. My son being sweet like I was when I was his age, I told him to hug the tree, tell it that he was sorry. He did, I told my brother “gives new meaning to the term tree hugger, huh?” 😉

Another time we were out of state staying in a motel. He was always hassling me about going to the pool and going swimming. I was working late one night and since there was a bright light just outside the window in our room, you could not tell if it was actually dark or not outside without pulling back the curtain. About 1am I got a bright idea. I woke him up and asked him if he wanted to go swimming he was sleeping the day away and it was 1 o’clock. He fell for it, you can figure out the rest.

A little more about my son, this is one of the AMAZING things about the Lord, he is not my biological son, he is just as much or more like me though than a biological son. He is actually my ex’s, sisters boy, her sister was on drugs really bad, gave him mainly sugar water when he was a baby, so much so that his skin was actually gray when we got him. He had medical issues that we had to get taken care of, because of his mothers drug use. Eye operated on among other things, I won’t go into the long story about why he is with me instead of my exe, I’ll just say he prefers it that way, I love him, I am his father, and he doesn’t care if he ever sees my exe again.

That’s all for now, will add more of my orneriness and his as I think of them.

God bless,

 

P.S. another thing about adoption and the way the Lord works, doing genealogy I have met many cousins thru doing it. One that was in Okla., looking up some records here about 2-3 weeks ago, came by to meet me, mom, grandma etc., His last name was Bell, just thru adoption though, he was born a Reynolds. I have an Uncle who is a Bell, my cousin I just met looks so much like my uncle they could be brothers. He and his sister were both adopted into the same family, then they had a sibling who was the biological child of the parents, he and his adopted sister look more like the parents than the biological child does.

Isn’t it amazing how God works things out?

History of the Cross in America

I am not going into the complete history of the cross here. I am going to go into when the cross was first used as a symbol in America to dispel the “myth” that America was not founded on Christian principles.

I will be using information taken from my 9th Great Grandfathers (Captain James Davis/Davies, Master of the “Mary & John”) diary, written in 1607/10, detailing one of the first expeditions to America. Captain John Smith who wrote about the Sagadahoc colony indicated that Captain James had other family members on this expedition, all ships Masters/Captains and Master Mariners, James, John and Robert. I do not know about John, however James and Robert were also the ships navigators on the voyage.  I will tell more about Captain James in another article, he was a very accomplished man. Robert is also recorded as Master of Sir Walter Raleigh’s vessel the “Rawley” which sailed in Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s expedition in 1583.

As an aside, one of the cool things about doing your family history & genealogy. My father’s mother maiden name King, was descended from Captain King who was Captain on the “Diamond” on later expedition that left England in 1609, (fn. 1) he went down with the Diamond off of Ushant Point English Channel on way back to England. I wonder if Capt. James and Capt. William ever thought that a grand daughter from King, and a grandson from Davis, would meet in Arkansas and marry, over 300 yrs after they stepped on the shores of America.

I will not go into a lot of detail on the voyage itself. They departed England on May 31/June 1, 1607. They arrived Isle of Terceria or Graciosa on June 25th, they spent a few days in and around Flores Islands. They arrived off the coast of America July 30, 1607. One of the first places they laid to (anchored) was the Georges Islands, on August 9th being a Sunday the chief of both the ships with the majority of the men, landed on the island called St. George’s Island, beneath the “Cross of St. Georges Island” prayed and heard a sermon delivered to them by their preacher, Mr. Seymour. The very first thing they did when they landed on the coast of Sagadahoc, now Kennebec river, Maine, they prayed and asked for the Lord’s help, blessings, and guidance. They did this before making ANY decision on where to build the fort, where to plant or anything else.

For those who do not believe the cross has a place in public venues in America, well, they either are ignorant of the history of America, or they have a political agenda to remove every reference to our Lord Jesus Christ and God his father. I know for many of the leaders on the left, sadly it is the latter. The cross of Christ has been a fixture of the United States of America, since the beginning of it’s very foundation. The Cross at the Saint Georges Island was erected in 1605 in an expedition lead by Captain George Waymouth.

Although the founders did not want a church state based on one particular religion or religious group. They believed it was founded on the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Patrick Henry said “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Patrick Henry said “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Where do you think they got their ideas of liberty, freedom and the system of government, 3 branches of government, God the father, Christ the son, and the Holy Ghost the spirit. 12 members on a jury, the twelve apostles. The list is endless, Harvard, Yale, i.e. schools were originally charged with teaching the truth and gospel of Jesus, hence the term schools of “Higher” learning.

I say therefore to you who deny the founding of our Nation as founded on the principles of Jesus Christ. You are very mistaken, get over it, the truth will always win! The truth is simple and it is plain, not hard to understand at all if you are “open” to it!

“Knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence. Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been or what its core values are.”

See also:
Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God
THE HOLY BIBLE IN AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE
Christianity and the Founding of the United States the Simple Truth
Quote by Thomas Jefferson You’ll Never Hear From The Democrats
AMERICA AND JUDAISM by Rabbi N. I. Benson, Mississippi, 1876
THE GENIUS OF AMERICA by Hon. Dr. Felix R. Brunot July 4, 1876
THE COST OF POPULAR LIBERTY by Brooks Adams July 4th 1876
RISE OF CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY by Dr. Richard Salter Storrs July 4 1876
RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS: The Liberty of Speech and of the Press
RELIGIOUS VIEWS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON; source: The Jefferson Bible
THE TRANSCENDENT GLORY OF THE REVOLUTION by John Quincy Adams
CHRISTIANITY AS A POLITICAL FORCE by Senator John A. Dix 1798-1879
Founders & forefathers pledged their Sacred Honor, what did they mean?
SIGNS OF THE TIMES by Jedidiah Morse: Pastor of the Congregational Church
THE TRANSCENDENT GLORY OF THE REVOLUTION by John Quincy Adams
This is why the Elitist’s in the United States want to eliminate the middle class
True American Patriotism Defined by Hon. Curtis Guild and H. F. Kinnerney 1876
THE MEANING OF THE REVOLUTION and CONTROVERSY OF INDEPENDENCE
OF THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM; AND OF TRAITORS by John Dickinson 1732-1808
Governments Corrupted By Vice and Restored By Virtue: by Samuel Langdon 1775
RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS: The rights reserved to the people of the United States
INDIVIDUAL PURITY THE HOPE OF FREEDOM’S BLESSINGS by Charles Sprague 1791-1875
THE GREAT AMERICAN REPUBLIC A CHRISTIAN STATE by Cardinal James Gibbons 1834-1921
An oration delivered on the 4th of July, 1826, at Northampton, Massachusetts by George Bancroft
The Practical Advance Of Human Freedom Under The Trumpet Call Made In 1776 by Charles F Adams
THE SOURCE AND SECURITY OF AMERICAN FREEDOM AND PROGRESS by Courtlandt Parker 1876
GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN Speech by Benjamin Franklin During the Constitutional Convention
HISTORY BEFORE and DURING THE ERA OF THE FORMATION OF THE CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES
Rights of American Citizens: The policy which ought to be pursued by the federal government in relation to commerce
The Excellence of the Christian Religion by Noah Webster Published 1834 Part 1
The Child of Promise and The Nativity of Christ
A Thanksgiving Discourse by Rev. George Washington Cole
Christmas; Christ’s Nativity: The Manifestation of Christ, or Epiphany.
Christian Condescension: Reminds Me of the Teachings of My Youth
Non Revisionist Politically Incorrect History of Jesus Christ by Johannes von Müller 1832

NOTE: 1. I will get to how Captain James Davis and Captain William King came to be together on another expedition that left England in 1609 as part of the article on Captain James Davis.

Copyright TEAPartyEdu, Captain James Davis

Misc Founder’s quotes

Not all Founders quotes and some attributed to the Founders I have yet to find the source of, not saying they didn’t say it, I just haven’t found where they did. They are all good however,

“There is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness—between duty and advantage—between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity….we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained….the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”—George Washington: Congressional Serial Set; 21st Congress

“One man, with courage, makes a majority.” -Author unknown attributed to Andrew Jackson

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Not sure about author it is attributed to Isaac Newton

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. – Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac

‘Mountain tops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.’ – Billy Graham

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” – Thomas Sowell

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. …And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure.” – Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty Tree quote

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. – Author unknown attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“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 of the Gift of 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; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.” — Thomas Jefferson, another great American of Welsh ancestry. There are many Welshmen/women who partook in the founding of this Nation

“To become Christlike is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and lower achievement vain”. -Henry Drummond

“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 is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”  – John Adams Letter to Officers of the First Brigade 3rd Division Militia of Massachusetts

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason people of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here!” — Attributed to Patrick Henry, have yet to find record of where he said it or wrote it. Henry was very much into the Gospel of Christ and perhaps loved Jesus more than any of the other founders so it is possible he said something very much likened unto it…

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. No free government, or the blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”- Attributed to Patrick Henry in A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations edited by Tyrone Edwards

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” – Author unknown attributed to Patrick Henry

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine in The American Crisis No. V Sept 12, 1777

“Republicans believe every day is 4th of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.” -Ronald Reagan

This is all the Inheritance I can give to my dear family, The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed”-Patrick Henry in his last will and testament

“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”-Patrick Henry in his give me liberty or give me death speech

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”-Patrick Henry before the Virginia Convention concerning the Federal Constitution June 4, 1788

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” – Abraham Lincoln

“His Most Christian Majesty speaks and acts in a style not very pleasing to republican ears, or to republican forms; nor do I think it is altogether so to the temper of his own subjects at this day. Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. The checks he endeavours to give it, however warranted by ancient usage, will more than probably kindle a flame, which may not be easily extinguished, though it may be smothered for a while by the armies at his command and the nobility in his interest. When a people are oppressed with taxes, and have cause to believe that there has been a misapplication of the money, they ill brook the language of despotism. This, and the mortification, which the pride of the nation must have undergone with respect to the affairs of Holland, if it is fair to judge from appearances, may be productive of events, which prudence forbids one to mention.” – George Washington March 2, 1788 letter to James Madison, in Congress

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” – George Washington Thursday, Oct. 30, 1789 after being sworn in by the Chancellor of New York

“An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.” – Thomas Paine in his Dissertation on the First Principles of Government published 1819

“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.” – Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee from Monticello, 1825

A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. – Winston Churchill

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” – Thomas Paine

“Independence forever.” – John Adams said to be his last words as he died.

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions — The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them.” – George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776.

“Resolved: That these colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved of 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. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective colonies for their consideration and approbation.” – Richard Henry Lee; June 7th 1776 Resolution offered by Lee of Virginia

“On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power.” – Thomas Jefferson; Jefferson’s Works, Query XIII The Constitution of the State and its Several Charters?

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was nor will be decided among men. A resolution was passed, without one dissenting colony, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, and as such they have, and of right ought to have, full power to make war, conclude peace, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which other States may rightfully do. You will see, in a few days, a Declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution, and the reasons which will justify it in the sight of God and man. A plan of confederation will be taken up in a few days.

When I look back to the year 1761, and recollect the argument concerning writs of assistance in the superior court, which I have hitherto considered as the commencement of this controversy between Great Britain and America, and run through the whole period, from that time to this, and recollect the series of political events, the chain of causes and effects, I am surprised at the suddenness, as well as greatness of this revolution. Britain has been filled with folly, and America with wisdom; at least, this is my judgment. Time must determine. It is the will of Heaven that the two countries should be sundered forever. It may be the will of Heaven that America shall suffer calamities still more wasting, and distresses yet more dreadful. If this is to be the case, it will have this good effect at least. It will inspire us with many virtues, which -we have not, and correct many errors, follies, and vices which threaten to disturb, dishonor, and destroy us. The furnace of affliction produces refinement in states as well as individuals. And the new governments we are assuming in every part, will require a purification from our vices, and an augmentation of our virtues, or they will be no blessings. The people will have unbounded power, and the people are extremely addicted to corruption and venality, as well as the great. But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe” – John Adams; Letter dated July 3rd 1776

In another letter dated the same day Adams said “But the day is past. The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means; and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.” End Adams excerpt

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.” ~ Joseph Story; Commentaries on the Constitution: published 1833

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Author unknown attributed to Thomas Jefferson

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Author unknown attributed to James Madison: A better quote from the Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 Appendix A, CLVIII is as follows:

“[61] This report was adopted by a majority of the convention, but not without considerable opposition. It was said, that we had just assumed a place among independent nations, in consequence of our opposition to the attempts of Great Britain to enslave us; that this opposition was grounded upon the preservation of those rights to which God and nature had entitled us, not in particular, but in common with all the rest of mankind; that we had appealed to the Supreme Being for his assistance, as the God of freedom, who could not but approve our efforts to preserve the rights which he had thus imparted to his creatures; that now, when we scarcely had risen from our knees, from supplicating his aid and protection, in forming our government over a free people, a government formed pretendedly on the principles of liberty and for its preservation, — in that government, to have a provision not only putting it out of its power to restrain and prevent the slave-trade, but even encouraging that most infamous traffic, by giving the States power and influence in the Union, in proportion as they cruelly and wantonly sport with the rights of their fellow creatures, ought to be considered as a solemn mockery of, and insult to that God whose protection we had then implored, and could not fail to hold us up in detestation, and render us contemptible to every true friend of liberty in the world. It was said, it ought to be considered that national crimes can only be, and frequently are punished in this world, by national punishments; and that the continuance of the slave-trade, and thus giving it a national sanction and encouragement, ought to be considered as justly exposing us to the displeasure and vengeance of Him, who is equally Lord of all, and who views with equal eye the poor African slave and his American master.

[62] It was urged, that, by this system, we were giving the general government full and absolute power to regulate commerce, under which general power it would have a right to restrain, or totally prohibit, the slave-trade; it must, therefore, appear to the world absurd and disgraceful to the last degree, that we should except from the exercise of that power, the only branch of commerce which is unjustifiable in its nature, and contrary to the rights of mankind; that, on the contrary, we ought rather to prohibit expressly in our constitution, the further importation of slaves; and to authorize the general [i.e. Federal] government, from time to time, to make such regulations as should be thought most advantageous for the gradual abolition of slavery, and the emancipation of the slaves which are already in the States: That slavery is inconsistent with the genius of republicanism, and has a tendency to destroy those principles on which it is supported, as it lessens the sense of the equal rights of mankind, and habituates us to tyranny and oppression.” End excerpt from Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 Appendix A, CLVIII

“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.” – Declaration of Independence

“Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, and measure in which the lives and liberties of millions yet unborn are intimately interested, are now before us. We are in the very midst of a revolution the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations.” – John Adams Letter to William Cushing 1776

“The people of the U.S. owe their independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.” Attributed to James Madison in Harper’s Monthly Magazine – Volume 128 – Page 493

“To preserve liberty, it is necessary that the whole body of the people possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” — Attributed to Richard Henry Lee; While Lee did believe that every able bodied citizen should be taught in their youth how to handle firearms for our common defense, he never said it in these exact words. A statement by him that I like more is in answer to Patrick Henry’s Give me liberty or give me death speech, it is as follows, after P. Henry sat down

Richard H. Lee who was called the Cicero of America, stated the force which Britain could probably bring to bear upon us and reviewed our resources and means of resistance. its stated the advantages and disadvantages of‘ both parties, and drew from this statement auspicious inferences. But he concluded with saying, admitting the probable calculations to be against us, “we are assured in holy writ that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong ; and_it‘the language of genius may be added to inspiration, I will say with our immortal bard:

‘Thrice is he armed who has his quarrel just!
And he but naked, though locked up in steel,
Whose conscience with injustice is oppressed.’ End quote by R.H.Lee

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” — Author unknown attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“It is the DUTY of a Patriot to protect his country from its government” – Thomas Paine

“Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that ‘if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our
liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.’ It is a very serious consideration that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.”- Samuel Adams speech, 1771

“All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.” – Edmund Burke

‎”They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.” by Edmund Burke

“If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be…if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”
– Thomas Jefferson

‎”Knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence. Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been or what its core values are.” The National Center for History in the Schools

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery!?” – Patrick Henry

“My hand trembles, but my heart does not.” – Stephen Hopkins (as he signed the Declaration of Independence)

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion”
– Edmund Burke

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. – Attributed to John F. Kennedy

“The Declaration of independence… [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.” – Thomas Jefferson

“It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use and authority of reason as to administer medication to the dead.” – Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. — Attributed to Galileo Galileo

“The advancement and diffusion of [true] knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – Attributed to James Madison, 4th US President

‎”The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”
– John Adams, “Notes for an Oration at Braintree”, 1772

‎”Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.”- Rousseau, “The Social Contract,” 1762

‎”There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.”- Andrew Jackson, Veto of the Bank Bill, 1832

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious…Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread… Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” – Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise that control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1820

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”- Barry Goldwater

“The real danger is the gradual erosion of individual liberties through the automation, integration, and interconnection of many small, separate record-keeping systems, each of which alone may seem innocuous, even benevolent, and wholly justifiable.” – U.S. Privacy Protection Study Commission, 1977

‎”Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.”- Barry Goldwater

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Edmund Burke

“Where the principle of difference [between political parties] is as substantial and as strongly pronounced as between the republicans and the monocrats of our country, I hold it as honorable to take a firm and decided part and as immoral to pursue a middle line, as between the parties of honest men and rogues, into which every country is divided.” — Thomas Jefferson

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams

““I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” — Thomas Paine

“No other One thing has ever been such a power for the moral transformation of life, as the experience of falling in love with Jesus.”–James Bisset Pratt

I asked God

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier

“To the wisdom of the perfect teacher, in Jesus was added the love of the perfect brother”

“No other one thing has ever been such a power for the moral transformation of life as the experience of falling in love with Jesus.” by James Bissett Pratt if memory serves.

Things I think of:

It’s easy to see the hand of God in history…words…words…how I love their complexities,,take the word “History” = “His Story”. Another neat thing; the word “HELP” = “HE LP”, LP = Record disc that played at speed 33.3, 33.3 = age, Jesus rose from the dead.

I see those kinds of things in simple words…I see hand of God in lots of ways most people do not. He tries communicating in lots of ways. -) You think about the word History…it truly is His Story. He is always trying to get us to think things through and understand that He is the “Je Suis” [Translation: “I AM”)

From my friend Elaine: James, love, my new house mate, and believe it when I say that I HAD TO MOVE NOW, my new house mate said today that it was “the Hand of God” that brought us together as roommates. And all is right with the world of Elaine and her silly iguana, Isabella, who will be re-united next Saturday upon Elaine’s move-in!! I see his handwriting all over my forty-eight years of life…

It is hard not to see it when you are truly open to it,,,,impossible to see if not!

From another friend:

Jerusalem, you shall not always weep Your crimson river flowing shall abate; The bitter tears you shed though rising deepAt last shall drown the searing flames of hate.   Jerusalem, you shall not always cry Your agony shall cease and peace shall reign Upon thee, Holy Land, and lift you highAbove the arid desert of…

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The Cheater in Chief

The Cheater in Chief,

Well, once again the catastrophe we were supposed to avoid by enacting, once again, one of Obama’s leftist policies caused the self same catastrophe. The Dow plunged 500+ points AND we lost our vaunted AAA credit rating. Timothy “tax cheat” Geithner
swore, that if we didn’t raise the debt ceiling that we’d lose the AAA rating. Sure enough just as has become the norm for the Obama administration. they said we’d lose the AAA rating if we didn’t raise the debt ceiling. They raise the ceiling, we lose the AAA rating and the stock market plunges.

The reason it seems like Geitner, and the whole of the Obama administration seem wholly unfit for the offices they occupy is because THEY ARE! They have cheated at everything all their lives, they’ve never had to measure up to the vaunted ideas they have of themselves and each other. All they have ever done is game the system, the people and the country. All in a quest to gain wealth and power for themselves and their cronies. Cronies like GE CEO and Obama Jobs Czar Jeffrey R. Immelt, who pays no taxes, gets stimulus money and then moves jobs over seas.

Everything they have ever done has been to agitate people in poor neighborhoods,who are too busy struggling to survive, to pay attention to the fact they are being played, and used by these same people. People who care for you only as long as you are useful to them. A good example is Cindy Sheehan, she has been protesting just as fiercely Obama’s war as she did Bushes, but do you ever hear of her anymore? No, she has been cast aside, just like so many other people used by the liberal/progressive/leftist/democrats through the years. She is just the latest and most glaring example of one of the “little” people they have used. Then you have people like Anthony “I can’t keep my hands off my junk” Weiner. Who as soon as he become a liability politically they dropped this rising star, as fast as he dropped his pants. Not that I feel sorry for Geitner, he’ll do all right, probably get a job at CNN alongside “client number nine” Eliot Spitzer.

I do though feel sorry somewhat for Cindy Sheehan and people like her, that have been used, then tossed aside by the Democrats, throughout the last dozen decades. Even more, I feel sorry for all the people who have had no hope for the same number of decades, because they believed the lies that people like Barack and his leftist cronies have told them, again for decades. Then they have voted the liars into office, only to have their lives destroyed even more, because the liars never worked on anything in their lives, other than how to cheat the next group of victims they wish to exploit. They have never worked a real job in their lives, they have only worked at theories in universities or politics. So it matters little to them, that once again they caused the catastrophe they promised we’d avoid, if we only compromised again, with them. They have never had to face up to the results and consequences for their actions. They’re always too busy looking for the next group of “victims” they can help.

Once again also, the spineless GOP proved their weakness by not standing with US in the Tea Party, thereby they helped create another mess, the Tea Party is going to left in 2012 to clean up, after we kick them, and this administration to the curb, just as they have done to us, so many times in the past. GOP complicity, complacency, capitulation
or compromise, it REALLY doesn’t matter which. The leadership of the GOP has shown they are unwilling to tackle the tough issues, nor willing to fight the good fight on behalf of We the American people.

I say then that it is time we primary Tea Party candidates against them all, both GOP and Democrat, and throw the bums out on their ears. They have been filling our ears with lies for so long, that it seems like poetic justice to me. We are fed-up with the FED and it is time for. we the people to have our anger and hunger fed by getting rid of the lying, cheating, compromising politicians in Washington, once and for all. Not only to get rid of them, but defeat them in such an all consuming way, that they do not soon forget in Washington what we the people can do when we get fed-up with the games of the FED in DC.