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Index

- Patriot's Declaration
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Frederick Douglas
- What was it that influenced America's Founding Fathers
- Thoughts of Leaders of Men
- Editorial from a Romanian newspaper

Also see Founder's Quotes & more & Warnings from the wise

 

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PATRIOT'S DECLARATION

And with any battle worth fighting, there comes suffering and sacrifice - a price to pay for our cherished freedom. The Founding Fathers of this Nation, in another fight for freedom from tyranny, signed their names to the Declaration of Independence just below these words of commitment: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Of the fifty-six signers: 17 lost their fortunes, 12 had their homes destroyed, 9 fought and died, 5 were arrested as traitors, and 2 lost sons in the War.

 

Delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall and George Walton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes and John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr. and Authur Middleton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine and Elbridge Gerry
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone and Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Ruchard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton and Edmund Randolph
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson and George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, and Thomas McKean
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, and Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart and Abraham Clark
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple and Matthew Thorton
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams and Oliver Wolcott

The Americans Who Risked Everything by Rush Limbaugh Jr. ...These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor. They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled.

...Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered. ...John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family.

...Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact. And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark. He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."

...The 56 signers of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth." Thomas Paine

"Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the House when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress [John Hancock] to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants?" Benjamin Rush

"There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!" John Hancock

"We must hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately." Benjamin Franklin

"Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!" George Washington  

"It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. ... 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 tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." John Adams

"It has ever been my hobby-horse to see rising in America an empire of liberty, and a prospect of two or three hundred millions of freemen, without one noble or one king among them. You say it is impossible. If I should agree with you in this, I would still say, let us try the experiment, and preserve our equality as long as we can. A better system of education for the common people might preserve them long from such artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural distinctions of right and wrong, virtue and vice." John Adams (letter to Count Sarsfield, 3 February 1786)  Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, 264.

"On the distinctive principles of the Government ...of the U. States, the best guides are to be found in...The Declaration of Independence, as the fundamental Act of Union of these States." James Madison

"[T]he flames kindled on the 4 of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. ... The Declaration of Independence ... [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man." Thomas Jefferson

"Independence Forever." John Adams toast July 4, 1826, the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the day both he and Thomas Jefferson died.

David Barton of Wallbuilders.com is an historian who speaks around the country to share the truth about the American founding, using the original writings of the Founders. This information is no longer presented in our public schools, but it was for the first 200+ centuries of our nation's existence. Here are the You Tube links where you can hear this history, in the Founders' words. I hope you'll share this with others after viewing, even to Deists.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wWp2MSKuMk


Rev. John Witherspoon - American Minute with Bill Federer - November 15 -

He lost two sons in the Revolution, was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration and served on 120 Congressional Committees. His name was John Witherspoon, and he died November 15, 1794.

Born in Scotland, a descendant of John Knox, he was President of Princeton, leader of a New Jersey committee to abolish slavery, and taught 9 of the writers of the U.S. Constitution, including James Madison. Other students became Vice-President, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet Members, Governors, Senators and Congressmen.

John Adams said he was "A true son of liberty...but first, he was a son of the Cross."

On May 17, 1776, the day Congress declared a Day of Fasting, Rev. Witherspoon told his Princeton students: "He is the best friend to American liberty, who is most...active in promoting true and undefiled religion...to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy of his country. It is in the man of piety and inward principle that we may...find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier. God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable."

For endnotes, books, or to contact Bill about speaking, visit www.AmericanMinute.com P.O. Box 20163, St. Louis, MO 63123 1-888-USA-WORD, 314-487-4395, wjfederer@aol.com


Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. quotes challenging apathy and complacency.
"He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
"In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."

Martin Luther King Jr. was born JANUARY 15, 1929. (American Minute) A minister like his father and grandfather, he pastored Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. On April 16, 1963, King wrote: "As the Apostle Paul carried the gospel of Jesus Christ...so am I compelled to carry the gospel...I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers...I stand in the middle of two opposing forces...One is a force of complacency...The other force is one of bitterness and hatred, and it comes perilously close to advocating violence. It is expressed in the various black nationalist groups...the largest being Elijah Muhammad's Muslim movement. Nourished by frustration over racial discrimination, this movement is made up of people who have lost faith in America...I have tried to stand between these two forces...for there is the more excellent way of love." Martin Luther King concluded: "One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage."

A Knock at Midnight - Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. ...The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. If the church does not participate actively in the struggle for peace and for economic and racial justice, it will forfeit the loyalty of millions and cause men everywhere to say that it has atrophied its will. But if the church shall free itself from the shackles of a deadening status quo, and recovering its great historic mission, will speak and act fearlessly and insistently in terms of justice and peace, it will enkindle the imagination of mankind and fire the souls of men, imbuing them with a glowing and ardent love of truth, justice and peace. Men far and near will know the church as a great fellowship of love that provides light and bread for lonely travelers at midnight.

“Rediscovering Lost Values" - Several years ago, the earliest recorded sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was discovered. When you consider President Obama's message of "forward" and promoting "Rights" that violate "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," then perhaps you might want to also consider how he misuses Dr. King's words by selectively omitting the basis and foundation of Dr. King's message.
   Dr. King said in that first sermon: "If we are to go forward today, we’ve got to go back and rediscover some mighty precious values that we’ve left behind. The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. We have adopted in the modern world a sort of a relativistic ethic. Now I’m not trying to use a big word here; I’m trying to say something very concrete. And that is that we have accepted the attitude that right and wrong are merely relative…  ...If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover these precious values: that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control. God bless you. " 
   Now, how does that compare to the snake oil Obama is preaching?  

Martin Luther King Jr. - Excerpts from his Letter from the Birmingham Jail April 16, 1963

"How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law."

"There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators"' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.

Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."

MLK: homosexuality a 'problem' with a 'solution' By J. Matt Barber - This past week America honored both the life and noble work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a Bible-believing Christian minister who did more to advance the cause of race-based civil rights than perhaps any other person in recent history. Regrettably – and as they do each year – the same flock of opportunist "LGBT"-activist vultures quickly swooped in, picking the live flesh from MLK's character-based "dream," to advance their own behavior-based nightmare. In what amounts to a sort of soft racism, this mostly white left-wing faction has, over the years, disingenuously and ignobly hitched its little pink wagon to a civil rights movement that, by contrast, is built upon the genuine and noble precepts of racial equality and humanitarian justice.
   What was MLK's position on the homosexual lifestyle and so-called "gay rights"? While he said little in public on the issue, what he did say made his viewpoint abundantly clear. Unlike the "LGBT" lobby, I'll let Dr. King speak for himself. In 1958, while writing an advice column for Ebony Magazine, Dr. King responded to a young "gay" man looking for guidance. To avoid being accused of "cherry-picking," here is the exchange in its entirety:
   Question: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don't want my parents to know about me. What can I do? Is there any place where I can go for help?
   Answer: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. Your reasons for adopting this habit have now been consciously suppressed or unconsciously repressed. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that led to the habit. In order to do this I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that led to the habit. You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.
No amount of leftist spin can muddy Dr. King's lucid position on the homosexual lifestyle. He recognized it as a "culturally acquired" "problem" in need of a "solution" – a "habit" stemming from a series of negative "experiences and circumstances."
   ...Indeed, were he still alive today, and when judged against today's empty, politically correct standards, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – quite literally the "King" of civil rights – would be perpetually smeared as a "bigot," "hater" and "homophobe" by the ever-"tolerant" left. ...And in 2012, Alveda publicly chastised the NAACP for abandoning its founders and constituents, saying, "Neither my great-grandfather, an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., an NAACP leader, my father, Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda. ..."

Ten Commandments Pledge: The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights was an organization he worked closely with in Birmingham. At right is their Ten Commandments Pledge that each member signed upon joining.

 

'MLK was Fair and Compassionate with Rustin: Christian Compassion Does Not Mean Endorsing Sin,' Says Dr. Alveda King The 21st century homosexual lobby likes to point to the professional relationship between my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin, his openly homosexual staffer who left the movement at the height of the campaign. Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would not attach the homosexual agenda to the 20th century civil rights struggles. So Mr. Rustin resigned. He was a brilliant strategist and was hired by Uncle M. L. not because he was gay, but because he was a capable strategist. He also was not fired, he chose to resign. My uncle was not a bigot, and he didn't judge people for the color of their skin nor their sexual orientation. Neither do I. As compassionate Christians who won't be forced to sit on the back of the bus as far as our spiritual commitments are concerned, we can be compassionate without endorsing sin.

...From 1950's Ebony Advice Column:
QUESTION: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don't want my parents to know about me. What can I do?
MLK: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. ... You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.

King's Legacy and Civil Rights Cause Misrepresented HILLSIDE, Ill., Jan. 16, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than 40 African-American religious and political leaders will gather on Martin Luther King Day to decry the misrepresentation of King's legacy and the noble civil rights cause. The recent passage of the "civil unions" bill has been trumpeted by some lawmakers as an achievement to civil rights. It is not. Some lawmakers have suggested that King's interest would have included homosexuality. David Smith, Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute, says, "Skin color is not analogous to behavior. To equate homosexuality to race is offensive and perverts the noble cause of a great man and an important movement in our history."

   During House Floor debate on the issue of "civil unions," both State Representative Careen Gordon (D-Morris) and openly homosexual State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) exploited a flawed analogy by comparing same sex marriage to interracial marriage. In essence they are claiming that opposition to discrimination based on an immutable, non-behavioral, morally neutral condition like race is equivalent to homosexuals' fight to normalize and institutionalize deviant sexual relations. Rep. Gordon expressed a radical and heretical notion in her plea for civil unions, which is merely a more publicly palatable term for same sex marriages. She described the passage of the civil union bill as doing "God's work."

   Homosexual activists and their allies are advancing their subversive moral and political goals by hijacking the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. They seek to intimidate philosophical conservatives into silence by associating them with racism and bigotry. Volitional homosexual acts are not equivalent to race. And morals beliefs regarding volitional homosexual conduct are not equivalent to racism. We shouldn't allow the exploitation of the legacy of Dr. King to be exploited for the destructive purposes of the movement to normalize homosexuality and demonize traditional moral beliefs.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. By Patriot Post Staff - “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ … I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. … And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

   Of course, today’s Democratic Party has turned the wisdom of this iconic sovereign inside out, as if King had said, “I have a dream that my children will one day be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.” They’ve turned it from a dream into a nightmare. King’s 1963 address from the Lincoln Memorial was his most famous, but you have likely never read King’s 1966 assessment of racial violence in Obama’s hometown of Chicago back: “This is the most tragic picture of man’s inhumanity to man. I’ve been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.” King added, “Those who are associated with ‘Black Power’ and black supremacy are wrong.”  

"Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool" (Excerpt from 27 August 1967) I'd like for you to look at this parable with me and try to decipher the real reason that Jesus called this man a fool. (Luke 12:13-40) Number one, Jesus called this man a fool because he allowed the means by which he lived to outdistance the ends for which he lived. (Yes) You see, each of us lives in two realms, the within and the without. (Yeah) Now the within of our lives is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, religion, and morality. The without of our lives is that complex of devices, of mechanisms and instrumentalities by means of which we live. The house we live in that's a part of the means by which we live. The car we drive, the clothes we wear, the money that we are able to accumulate in short, the physical stuff that's necessary for us to exist. (My Lord) Now the problem is that we must always keep a line of demarcation between the two. (My Lord) This man was a fool because he didn't do that. (Yes) 

...Somehow in life we must know that we must seek first the kingdom of God, and then all of those other things clothes, houses, cars will be added unto us. But the problem is all too many people fail to put first things first. They don't keep a sharp line of demarcation between the things of life and the ends of life.

And so this man was a fool because he allowed the means by which he lived to outdistance the ends for which he lived. He was a fool because he maximized the minimum and minimized the maximum. This man was a fool because he allowed his technology to outdistance his theology. This man was a fool because he allowed his mentality to outrun his morality. Somehow he became so involved in the means by which he lived that he couldn't deal with the way to eternal matters. He didn't make contributions to civil rights. (Yes) He looked at suffering humanity and wasn't concerned about it. (Yeah)

He may have had great books in his library, but he never read them. He may have had recordings of great music of the ages, but he never listened to it. He probably gave his wife mink coats, a convertible automobile, but he didn't give her what she needed most, love and affection. (Yes) He probably provided bread for his children, but he didn't give them any attention; he didn't really love them. Somehow he looked up at the beauty of the stars, but he wasn't moved by them. He had heard the glad tidings of philosophy and poetry, but he really didn't read it or comprehend it, or want to comprehend it. And so this man justly deserved his title. He was an eternal fool. (Yes) He allowed the means by which he lived to outdistance the ends for which he lived. (Yes)  

MLK: ‘Whatever We Do, We Must Keep God in the Forefront’ By Terence P. Jeffrey - On Dec. 5, 1955, four days after Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person, King spoke in Montgomery’s Holt Baptist Church at the end of the first day of a boycott he had been elected to lead against Montgomery’s bus system. King stressed that the boycott movement’s foundation was the Christian religion. “Whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront,” he said.
   “I want it to be known throughout Montgomery and throughout this nation that we are Christian people,” he said. “We believe in the Christian religion. We believe in the teachings of Jesus. The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest. That’s all.” He also expressed his conviction that God would judge nations by whether they obeyed Him or not.
   “He’s also the God that stands up before the nations and said: ‘Be still and know that I’m God, that if you don’t obey me I will break the backbone of your power and slap you out of the orbits of your international and national relationships,” said King. Additionally, he stressed the movement’s reverence for the Constitution and the free system of government that made peaceful protest possible. “There will be nobody amid, among us who will stand up and defy the Constitution of this nation,” said King.
   “Certainly, certainly, this is the glory of America, with all of its faults,” said King. “This is the glory of our democracy. If we were incarcerated behind the iron curtains of a Communistic nation we couldn’t do this. If we were dropped in the dungeon of a totalitarian regime we couldn’t do this. But the great glory of American democracy is the right to protest for right.” King said that if the Montgomery police were going to unjustly arrest anyone for merely sitting on a bus, he was happy that the person they arrested was Rosa Parks. This, he said, was because of Parks’s integrity, her character and her Christian faith.
   “Mrs. Rosa Parks is a fine person. And, since it had to happen, I’m happy that it happened to a person like Mrs. Parks, for nobody can doubt the boundless outreach of her integrity,” said King. “Nobody can doubt the height of her character nobody can doubt the depth of her Christian commitment and devotion to the teachings of Jesus. And I’m happy since it had to happen, it happened to a person that nobody can call a disturbing factor in the community. Mrs. Parks is a fine Christian person, unassuming, and yet there is integrity and character there. And just because she refused to get up, she was arrested.”
   Finally, King called for those joining the movement to boycott Montgomery’s busses to “be Christian in all our actions.”
   “May I say to you my friends, as I come to a close, and just giving some idea of why we are assembled here, that we must keep—and I want to stress this, in all of our doings, in all of our deliberations here this evening and all of the week and while—whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront,” said King. “Let us be Christian in all of our actions.” 

On a cold winter night in 1956, while attending a meeting at church, he learned that his house had been bombed. King rushed home to find that the bomb had exploded on his front porch. The rest of his family was safe inside. An angry crowd wanted revenge, but Dr. King calmed them. "I want you to go home and put down your weapons." He told them that violence would not solve their problems and reminded them what the Bible teaches. "We must meet hate with love." When he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, Dr. King declared that "Nonviolence is the answer to the most crucial political and moral questions of our time."

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Frederick Douglas

Frederick Douglass (Rochester, 1857) - "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."  

Frederick Baily was born around FEBRUARY 7, 1817, though no accurate records exist, as he was a slave. He did not know who his father was, and before being separated from her as an infant, he did not remember seeing his mother in the daylight. Around 12 years old, his master's sister-in-law taught him to read, despite this being against the law. Voraciously reading newspapers, books, and a publication titled "The Columbian Orator," Frederick is noted as saying "knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom." Frederick was hired out to the William Freeland plantation where he taught other slaves to read the New Testament at a weekly Sunday school. Enthusiasm in learning to read drew more than 40 slaves to attend. Neighboring Democrat plantation owners understood that slaves could be more easily manipulated and controlled if they could not read, so one Sunday they burst in with clubs and dispersed Frederick's congregation.

In 1837, Frederick fell in love with Anna Murray, a free black in Baltimore. She helped provide him with a sailor's uniform and some identification papers from a free black seaman, and on September 3, 1838, Frederick escaped by boarding a train to Havre de Grace, Maryland, and from there fled to New York. Frederick and Anna Murray were married eleven days later by a black Presbyterian minister, and they change their last name from "Baily" to "Douglass" to hide Frederick's former identity. They joined a black church and regularly attended abolitionist meetings, where, in 1841 they heard William Lloyd Garrison, a founder of the Liberty Party, which was replaced by the Free-Soil Party and then the Republican Party. When Frederick Douglass was unexpectedly asked to speak, William Lloyd Garrison was so impressed that he eventually hired Douglass to sell subscriptions to the anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator.

In 1843, Douglass went on a 6-month speaking tour through Eastern and Midwestern States with the American Anti-Slavery Society. He was frequently accosted and even had his hand broken, which never healed properly. In 1845, Frederick Douglass published his autobiography and it became an instant best-seller, being translated into French and Dutch. Skeptics could not believe a former slave could have written such an eloquent book, so they began to question Douglass' real identity. Douglass had to flee to Ireland to avoid slave-catchers. The Irish were supportive of Douglass, as during the 17th century, more Irish were sold into slavery than Africans, either by British to the Caribbean and American Coast, or by Muslim Corsair pirates to North Africa's Barbary Coast. Douglass met with Irish reformer Daniel O'Connell, and then traveled to England where English abolitionist friends raised over $700 to buy Douglass' freedom. Douglass returned to New York where he founded the North Star newspaper and wrote in support of abolition and women's suffrage. His motto was: "Right is of no sex-Truth is of no color-God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren."

He was an advisor to the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, even raising the first all Black Regiment, the "54th Massachusetts." Frederick Douglass stated: "I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress." Douglass told the story of his conversion: "I loved all mankind, slaveholder not excepted, though I abhorred slavery more than ever. I saw the world in a new light... I gathered scattered pages of the Bible from the filthy street gutters, and washed and dried them, that...I might get a word or two of wisdom from them."


What was it that influenced our Founding Fathers to declare a Declaration of Independence and produce our great Constitution of freedom? From where did they derive their motivation? What is it that now influences American leaders? From where do they derive their motivation? Does character make a difference? Some insight is offered below Highly recommend America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer. See also: The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government Founding Fathers: Quotes -Founding Fathers: Short Biographies - From Revolution To Reconstruction and what happened afterwards. Research professors Donald Lutz and Charles Hyneman reviewed almost 15,000 historic writings of the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and they found that more than a third of the quotes in their writings came directly from the Bible.

Over 15,000 writings of America's founders were examined to determine the primary sources for establishing our government. The number one source was the Bible.  From these writings it has been determined that Jeremiah 17:9 and Isaiah 33:22 were the basis for separation of powers and America's three branches of Government. Ezra 7:24 was the premise for tax exemptions. Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution was derived from Exodus 18:21 which formed the basis of a Republic form of Government. The judicial branch of government in Article III Section 3, was derived from Deuteronomy 17:6 and Ezekiel 18:20.

Religious liberty is often called the first freedom because our Founding Fathers valued it so highly. The Fathers recognized that religious freedom in America must be protected with great vigilance. That is the guarantee of the Constitution, and that is the promise of our government throughout the generations from the 1780's until the 2003 Supreme Court decisions. Of those who wrote and signed the Constitution, twenty-nine were Episcopalians, nine Presbyterians, seven Congregationalists, two Lutherans, two Dutch Reformed, two Methodists, two Roman Catholics, one Quaker and one Deist. See America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations (p.180) by William J. Federer and the following references: 1. A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution (p. viii-ix) by M. E. Bradford 2. Christianity and the Constitution - The Faith of Our Fathers (p. 43) by John Eidsmoe 3. Faith of Our Founding Fathers (p. 30) by Tim Lahaye  4. The Myth of Separation (pp. 24-24) by David Barton

Another resource provides a list: Denominational Affiliations of the Framers of the Constitution, contrary to the myth, this chart shows that only 3 out of 55 of the framers classified themselves as Deists (with doubts that they were actually deists.)

"He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." 2 Samuel 23:3

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, 4th President of the United States

Benjamin Franklin's Virtue Chart: Did you know that in 1726, at the age of 20, while on an 80-day ocean voyage from London back to Philadelphia, he developed a "Plan" for regulating his future conduct? He was partially motivated by Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." He followed the plan he created "pretty faithfully" even to the age of 79 (when he wrote about it), and he was even more determined to stick with it for his remaining days because of the happiness he had enjoyed so far by following it.  See also: Ben Franklin and the Apostle Paul.

Noah Webster was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. His most famous work was the American Dictionary of the English Language, first published in 1828. Webster used a large number of verses from the Bible to clarify the context in which a word was to be used. He also tried to free the American language from British influences, changing the spelling of certain words. For instance, the word "colour" became "color." Noah Webster's other publications include the "Blue-Backed Speller" (so named because of its blue cover) that was used by generations of children, a History of the United States in 1832, and a translation of the Bible in 1833. This great educator stated that "Education is useless without the Bible."


Thoughts from leaders to contemplate

Benjamin Franklin  - In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection - Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His Assistance? AND: I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous."  (The Busy-body, No. 3, 18 February 1728)  Reference: The Works of Benjamin Franklin, Bigelow, ed., vol. 1 (350)

 

James Madison, Primary Author of the U.S. Constitution: Article I of the Constitution begins: "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States." Section 8 of Article I then goes on to enumerate those powers, of which James Madison wrote: "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions."

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

"The preservation of a free government requires not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority and are Tyrants. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves."

"It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [The Constitution] a finger of that almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution."

"Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

"With respect to the two words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators. It broaches a new Constitutional doctrine of vast consequence, and demanding the serious attention of the public. I consider it myself as subverting the fundamental and characteristic principle of the government; as contrary to the true and fair, as well as the received construction, and as bidding defiance to the sense in which the Constitution is known to have been proposed, advocated and adopted. If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions."

"The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded."

"If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice." --James Madison, in response to Washington's first Inaugural address, 1789

"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.” James Madison, Primary Author of the U. S. Constitution and 4th U.S. president. America's Providential History, p. 93

James Madison's defense of religious freedom began when he stood with his father outside a jail in the village of Orange and heard Baptists preach from their cell windows. Their crime? -Preaching without a license from the government. Madison wrote on the fate of more Baptist ministers to William Bradford, JANUARY 24, 1774: "There are at this time in the adjacent Culpeper County not less than 5 or 6 well meaning men in jail for publishing their religious sentiments which in the main are very orthodox." Madison helped pass the Virginia Bill of Rights, June 12, 1776, endorsing "Christian Forbearance, Love, and Charity," which contrast with intolerant ideologies of religious apartheid, fundamental Islam, atheistic Communism or State-enforced secularism: "Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator, and the Manner of discharging it, can be directed only by Reason and Convictions, not by Force or Violence; and therefore all Men are equally entitled to the free exercise of Religion, according to the Dictates of Conscience; and that it is the mutual Duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love, and Charity towards each other." As President, Madison wrote July 23, 1813 in a National Proclamation of Public Humiliation and Prayer: "If the public homage of a people can ever be worthy of the favorable regard of the Holy and Omniscient Being to whom it is addressed, it must be...guided only by their free choice...as proving that religion, that gift of Heaven for the good of man, is freed from all coercive edicts."

Samuel Adams - Crying "No taxation without representation," he instigated the Stamp Act riots and the Boston Tea Party. After the "Boston Massacre," he spread Revolutionary sentiment with his Committees of Correspondence. Known as "The Father of the American Revolution," Samuel Adams, who was born SEPTEMBER 27, 1722, called for the first Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. A cousin of 2nd President John Adams, Samuel Adams wrote in The Rights of Colonists, 1772: "Among the natural rights of Colonists are: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to defend them...The supreme power cannot justly take from any man any part of his property without his consent." As Massachusetts' Governor, Samuel Adams wrote to James Warren, February 12, 1779: "A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." Samuel Adams ended: "If we would enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people." American Minute for September 27th

George Washington - "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." And: "[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man... and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous."  

 

American Minute with Bill Federer Sept. 10 - appointed by Madison, Justice Joseph Story...& Christianity - The Son of one of the Boston Tea Party "Indians," he graduated from Harvard and eventually became Massachusetts Speaker of the House. At age 32, he was appointed as the youngest Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served 34 years and helped establish the illegality of the slave trade in the Amistad case. 

His name was Joseph Story, and he died SEPTEMBER 10, 1845. A founder of Harvard Law School, Justice Joseph Story stated in a speech at Harvard, 1829: "There never has been a period of history, in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundation."

In 1832, Joseph Story responded to a pamphlet titled The Relation of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States, written by Rev. Jasper Adams, President of the College of Charleston, South Carolina: "Government can not long exist without an alliance with religion; and that Christianity is indispensable to the true interests and sold foundations of free government."

In Vidal v. Girard's Executors, 1844, Justice Joseph Story wrote: "Christianity...is not to be maliciously and openly reviled and blasphemed against, to the annoyance of believers or the injury of the public....It is unnecessary for us, however, to consider the establishment of a school or college, for the propagation of...Deism, or any other form of infidelity. Such a case is not to be presumed to exist in a Christian country...Why may not laymen instruct in the general principles of Christianity as well as ecclesiastics...And we cannot overlook the blessings, which such laymen by their conduct, as well as their instructions, may, nay must, impart to their youthful pupils. 

Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a Divine Revelation...its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained and its glorious principles of morality inculcated? What is there to prevent a work, not sectarian, upon the general evidences of Christianity, from being read and taught in the college by lay teachers? It may well be asked, what is there in all this, which is positively enjoined, inconsistent with the spirit or truths of the religion of Christ? Are not these truths all taught by Christianity, although it teaches much more? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?" 

Appointed to the Supreme Court by James Madison, the person who introduced the First Amendment, Justice Joseph Story commented on it in his Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States, 1840: "At the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and of the Amendment to it now under consideration, the general, if not the universal, sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the State so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and the freedom of religious worship.

An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation. But the duty of supporting religion, and especially the Christian religion, is very different from the right to force the consciences of other men or to punish them for worshipping God in the manner which they believe their accountability to Him requires...The rights of conscience are, indeed, beyond the just reach of any human power. They are given by God, and cannot be encroached upon by human authority without a criminal disobedience of the precepts of natural as well as of revealed religion." 

Justice Story continued: "The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment which should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government."

In his Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833, Justice Joseph Story explained that the Federal Government had no jurisdiction over religion, as religion was under each individual State's jurisdiction: "In some of the States, Episcopalians constituted the predominant sect; in other, Presbyterians; in others, Congregationalists; in others, Quakers; and in others again, there was a close numerical rivalry among contending sects. It was impossible that there should not arise perpetual strife and perpetual jealousy on the subject of ecclesiastical ascendancy, if the national government were left free to create a religious establishment. The only security was in the abolishing the power. But this alone would have been an imperfect security, if it had not been followed up by a declaration of the right of the free exercise of religion...Thus, the whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the State governments, to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice and the State constitutions.” 

President John Adams' From his March 23, 1798 national Fasting and Prayer proclamation: "As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity are a loud call to repentance and reformation;" (www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=44)

"[A]ll are subject by nature to equal laws of morality, and in society have a right to equal laws for their government, yet no two men are perfectly equal in person, property, understanding, activity, and virtue, or ever can be made so by any power less than that which created them … all are subject by nature to equal laws of morality, and in society have a right to equal laws for their government." --John Adams, Discourse on Davila

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. – Letter to Abigail Adams (17 July 1775)

Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies. – Letter to Zabdiel Adams (21 June 1776)

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

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence, were … the general principles of Christianity, in which all those sects were united, and the general principles of English and American liberty, in which all those young men united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her independence. Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system. – Letter to Thomas Jefferson, 28 June 1813.

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood. ...The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. - John Adams – A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law (1765)

Killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many. - John Adams – A Defence of the Constitutions of Government (1787) 

Booker T. Washington stated: "The Negro who does the shooting is uneducated and without Christian training... Of all the graduates from Tuskegee Institute only one had been since sentenced to the penitentiary... So the work today is to make religion the vital part of the Negro's life. But this is a stupendous task, as there is a nation of Negros..." ..."If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." ..."You never read in history of any great man whose influence has been lasting, who has not been a reader of the Bible. Take Abraham Lincoln and Gladstone. Their lives show that they have been readers of the Bible." ..."The men doing the vital things of life are those who read the Bible and are Christians and not ashamed to let the world know it." ...Booker T. Washington was visited by Republican President William McKinley. To the protests of Democrats, Booker T. Washington had dinner at the White House with Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. Booker T. Washington met with Republican President William Howard Taft.

Theodore Roosevelt, in his book The Strenuous Life, published 1900 The true Christian is the true citizen, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero's deeds, but never looking down on his task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful of baseness, awake to his own duties as well as to his rights, following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all that in him lies, so that when death comes he may feel that mankind is in some degree better because he has lived.

 

 

Calvin Coolidge - "We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. If the foundation be firm, the foundation will stand."

"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.  ...We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshipped." --"The Inspiration of the Declaration of Independence," July 5, 1926

President Calvin Coolidge unveiled an Equestrian Statue of Francis Asbury in Washington, D.C., 1924, stating: "Francis Asbury, the first American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church...made a tremendous contribution..." ..."Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government..."

On SEPTEMBER 21, 1924, America's 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, addressed the Holy Name Society in Washington, D.C., saying: "The worst evil that could be inflicted upon the youth of the land would be to leave them without restraint and completely at the mercy of their own uncontrolled inclinations. Under such conditions education would be impossible, and all orderly development intellectually or morally would be hopeless." Calvin Coolidge continued: "The Declaration of Independence...claims...the ultimate source of authority by stating...they were... 'appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of' their 'intentions.'...The foundations of our independence and our Government rests upon basic religious convictions. Back of the authority of our laws is the authority of the Supreme Judge of the World, to whom we still appeal." President Calvin Coolidge concluded: "It seems to me perfectly plain that the authority of law, the right to equality, liberty and property, under American institutions, have for their foundation reverence for God. If we could imagine that to be swept away, these institutions of our American government could not long survive."

"What America needs is to hold to its ancient and well-charted course. Our country was conceived in the theory of local self-government. It has been dedicated by long practice to that wise and beneficent policy. It is the foundation principle of our system of liberty. It makes the largest promise to the freedom and development of the individual. Its preservation is worth all the effort and all the sacrifice that it may cost."

"No matter what anyone may say about making the rich and the corporations pay the taxes, in the end they come out of the people who toil. It is your fellow workers who are ordered to work for the Government, every time an appropriation bill is passed. The people pay the expense of government, often many times over, in the increased cost of living. I want taxes to be less, that the people may have more."

"To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race." --At the White House, December 12, 1924

Larceny of power - Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933), 30th president of the United States from 1923 - 1929. He made this observation in a speech that he delivered on May 30, 1928 (Decoration Day) at the site of the Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania.- "For the purpose of promoting a reign of law in the world there is a special obligation resting upon all public officials. In our own country, and in most others, the government is one of limited powers. The purpose, as has been so well expressed, is to provide a government of law and not of men. The great majority of offices are those created by statute. Those who fill such places should be alert to ascertain the powers with which they have been invested and scrupulous to observe the law under which they have been appointed. But in addition to these there is a considerable body, executive, legislative, and judicial in its functions, which derive their authority directly from constitutional sources. None of these are all-powerful, but are held within strict limits. They have all come into existence because the people have decreed by their constitutions that they should be clothed with certain limited authority. The chief temptations to go beyond the bounds which the people have set arise in legislatures. In their desire to take some action which they conceive to be in the public interest, they oftentimes manifest a disposition to exceed their constitutional authority. Such action is a larceny of power. Responsibility for it cannot be evaded by the weak plea to let the law be passed and the courts can decide its constitutionality. Legislators are required to qualify upon their solemn oath. That oath is not that they will leave the Courts to defend and support the Constitution, but that they themselves will defend and support it. When additional authority is required, they should apply to the people to amend the Constitution, and not attempt to evade it or strain it by subterfuge and misconception." (The entire speech can be read here.)

President Herbert Hoover - "While I can make no claim for having introduced the term, 'rugged individualism,' I should be proud to have invented it. It has been used by American leaders for over a half-century in eulogy of those God-fearing men and women of honesty whose stamina and character and fearless assertion of rights led them to make their own way of life." The Challenge to Liberty, 1934


 

President Harry S. Truman - "Let us all stand together as Americans. Let us stand together with all men every where who believe in human liberty.  Peace is precious to us.  It is the way of life we strive for with all the strength and wisdom we possess.  But more precious than peace are freedom and justice.  We will fight, if fight we must, to keep our freedom and to prevent justice from being destroyed.  These are the things that give meaning to our lives, and which we acknowledge to be greater than ourselves. This is our cause:  peace, freedom, justice. We will pursue this cause with determination and humility, asking divine guidance that in all we do we may follow the will of God." January 1951

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower - "This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make the decision you must make in a crisis and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose." September 1952, in reference to his decision to postpone by one day the D-Day assault on Normandy, France

"A people that values its privileges above its principles, soon looses both."

American Minute for November 9th: On NOVEMBER 9, 1954, President Eisenhower addressed the National Conference on the Spiritual Foundation of American Democracy at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel, Washington D.C.: "Now Dr. Lowry said something about my having certain convictions as to a God in Heaven and an Almighty power. Well, I don't think anyone needs a great deal of credit for believing in what seems to me to be obvious...This relationship between a spiritual faith...and our form of government is...so obvious that we should really not need to identify a man as unusual because he recognizes it." Eisenhower continued: "Our whole theory of government finally expressed in our Declaration...said...Man is endowed by his Creator...When you come back to it, there is just one thing...man is worthwhile because he was born in the image of his God...Democracy is nothing in the world but a spiritual conviction...that each of us is enormously valuable, because of a certain standing before our own God." Eisenhower concluded: "Any group that...awakens all of us to these simple things...is, in my mind, a dedicated, patriotic group that can well take the Bible in one hand and the flag in the other, and march ahead."

World War II ended in Europe on MAY 7, 1945, when German emissaries met at General Dwight Eisenhower's Headquarters, a schoolhouse in Reims, France, and signed an unconditional surrender. The War in Europe lasted five and half years, costing millions of lives. After the war, Eisenhower was elected the 34th President by the largest number of votes in history. In remarks broadcast from the White House as part of the American Legion "Back-to-God" Program, February 7, 1954, President Eisenhower stated: "As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes. They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage...Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us." At the next year's "Back-to-God" Program, February 20, 1955, Eisenhower stated: "Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first - the most basic - expression of Americanism." American Minute for May 7th

Ike at OhrdrufIke and the Death Camps - Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Washington, DC - When General Eisenhower learned about the camp, he immediately arranged to meet Generals Bradley and Patton at Ohrdruf on the morning of April 12th. By that time, Buchenwald itself had been captured. Consequently, Ike decided to extend the group’s visit to include a tour of the Buchenwald extermination camp the next day. Eisenhower also ordered every American soldier in the area who was not on the front lines to visit Ohrdruf and Buchenwald. He wanted them to see for themselves what they were fighting against.

During the camp inspections with his top commanders Eisenhower said that the atrocities were "beyond the American mind to comprehend." He ordered that every citizen of the town of Gotha personally tour the camp and, after having done so, the mayor and his wife went home and hanged themselves. Later on Ike wrote to Mamie, "I never dreamed that such cruelty, bestiality, and savagery could really exist in this world." He cabled General Marshall to suggest that he come to Germany and see these camps for himself. He encouraged Marshall to bring Congressmen and journalists with him. It would be many months before the world would know the full scope of the Holocaust many months before they knew that the Nazi murder apparatus that was being discovered at Buchenwald and dozens of other death camps had slaughtered millions of innocent people.

General Eisenhower understood that many people would be unable to comprehend the full scope of this horror. He also understood that any human deeds that were so utterly evil might eventually be challenged or even denied as being literally unbelievable. For these reasons he ordered that all the civilian news media and military combat camera units be required to visit the camps and record their observations in print, pictures and film. As he explained to General Marshall, "I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to propaganda."

His prediction proved correct. When some groups, even today, attempt to deny that the Holocaust ever happened they are must confront the massive official record, including both written evidence and thousands of pictures, that Eisenhower ordered to be assembled when he saw what the Nazis had done.

President John F. Kennedy (JFK) - In his inaugural address, he said: "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country...Let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own. There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." Also: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

In a speech to have been given November 22, 1963 These words were written by President John F. Kennedy that was to be delivered in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy never delivered the speech, but his written thoughts remain. "We in this country, in this generation, are by destiny rather than choice the watchman on the walls of world freedom. We ask therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men. That must always be our goal. For as was written long ago, 'Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'"  And: "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers."

From a speech, Oct. 27, 1963 -- "A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." John F. Kennedy

At the end of the year, 1962, President John F. Kennedy stated: "We mark the festival of Christmas which is the most sacred and hopeful day in our civilization. For nearly 2,000 years the message of Christmas, the message of peace and good will towards all men, has been the guiding star of our endeavors...the birthday of the Prince of Peace."

"Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people." --President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

John F. Kennedy - By William J Federer of American Minute

..."This year of 1961 is signalized by the happy coincidence... To each of us is entrusted the heavy responsibility of guiding the affairs of a democratic nation founded on Christian ideals."

..."Our founding fathers came to these shores trusting in God, and in reliance upon His grace. They charted the course of free institutions under a government deriving its powers from the consent of the people. In the General Congress assembled they appealed the rectitude of their intentions to the Supreme Judge of the World, and 'with firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence' they mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their most sacred honor. During the deliberations in the Constitutional Convention they were called to daily prayers, with the reminder in sacred Scripture it is written that 'except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it,' and they were warned that without the concurring aid of Providence they would succeed in the political building 'no better than the builders of Babel...'"

..."It has always seemed to me that when we all - regardless of our particular religious convictions - draw our guidance and inspiration, and really in a sense moral direction from the same general area, the Bible, the Old and the New Testaments, we have every reason to believe that our various religious denominations should live together in the closest harmony... The basic presumption of the moral law, the existence of God, man's relationship to Him - there is generally consensus on those questions. So that we should set a happy model for the world."

..."Whereas faith in Almighty God was a dominant power in the lives of our Founding Fathers; and Whereas they expressed this faith in prayer, and in this posture members of the Continental Congress mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor; and Whereas each succeeding generation has shared that faith; and Whereas in full recognition of our dependence upon Almighty God and for our continuing need of His great blessings, the Congress of the United States by joint resolution approved on the seventeenth day of April 1952 a provision that 'The President shall set aside and proclaim a suitable day each year, other than a Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals'...

..."The struggle is...as I attempted to say in my inaugural, that the blessings which come to us come not from the generosity of the state by from the hand of God - and this alternate concept that the state is the master and the people the servants."

Ronald Reagan - "Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. That's why the Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith, the second oldest in the world, first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words of temptation: 'Ye shall be as gods.' The crisis of the Western world, Whittaker Chambers reminded us, exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God... This is the real task before us: to reassert our commitment as a nation to a law higher than our own, to renew our spiritual strength. Only by building a wall of such spiritual resolve can we, as a free people, hope to protect our own heritage and make it someday the birthright of all men."

"Every time the government is forced to act, we lose something in self-reliance, character, and initiative." ~ Ronald Reagan


Editorial from a Romanian newspaper

Editorial by Romanian Journalist About the
        American Spirit Strikes Chord in U.S."
    Associated Press.   18 October 2001.

Why are Americans so united? They don't resemble one another even if you paint them! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations. Some of them are nearly extinct, others are incompatible with one another, and in matters of religious beliefs, not even God can count how many they are. Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed on the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. After the first moments of panic, they raised the flag on the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colours of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a minister or the president was passing. On every occasion they started singing their traditional song: "God Bless America!".

Silent as a rock, I watched the charity concert broadcast on Saturday once, twice, three times, on different tv channels. There were Clint Eastwood, Willie Nelson, Robert de Niro, Julia Roberts, Cassius Clay, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Silvester Stalone, James Wood, and many others whom no film or producers could ever bring together. The American's solidarity spirit turned them into a choir. Actually, choir is not the word. What you could hear was the heavy artillery of the American soul. What neither George W. Bush, nor Bill Clinton, nor Colin Powell could say without facing the risk of stumbling over words and sounds, was being heard in a great and unmistakable way in this charity concert. I don't know how it happened that all this obsessive singing of America didn't sound croaky, nationalist, or ostentatious! It made you green with envy because you weren't able to sing for your country without running the risk of being considered chauvinist, ridiculous, or suspected of who-knows-what mean interests. I watched the live broadcast and the rerun of its rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who fought with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that would have killed other hundreds of thousands of people. How on earth were they able to bow before a fellow human? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit which nothing can buy.

What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases which risk of sounding like commonplaces. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion.

Only freedom can work such miracles!


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