reference to the Creator
and the Bible from
our money and any state
function, building, etc. Knowing our roots in Christian
principles is key to remaining
true to the "Spirit" of our constitution
and to our founding father's vision of self-government leading to abundance
- free of authoritarianism and corruption. Have you
ever wondered What
Would the Founders Do Today?
"The purpose of separation of church
and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has
soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries," declared James Madison.
Jesus was a great liberator and taught self-government,
the defining principle of American government. Our Founding Documents are
based on principles that Christians and many other faiths, as well as many
atheists and agnostics, hold dear. The Holy Spirit lives in all of us, whether
we acknowledge it or not! It is the part of us that is eternal. and strives
for good over evil.
I studied commercial
art at Sam Houston
State Teacher's College. In honors history we studied, "An Economic Interpretation
of the Constitution" by Charles A. Beard. They
were good men led by the Holy Spirit but money, the
love of which is the root of
all evil, was part of it. They wanted to create the land of abundance. They
knew ethics would have to rule for it to work. The Spirit of '76 was the
Holy Spirit and is our true north.
Abraham Lincoln noted,
is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of
all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted
the seeds of
despotism around your own doors. "
The only, truly revolutionary
ideas are compassion, kindness and love! When we compromise these or our ethics,
we become what we despise. If we let the chaos and injustice make us go blind
with anger we become part of the problem and loose our humanity.
The Love revolution is one of the greatest
cultural shifts in the history of mankind. We will soon reach the tipping
point, as more of us refuse to remain neutral in these times of great moral
conflict and work for positive change!
Today mass communication, social networking
and other high-technologies allow us to band together and form a powerful
united front for good over evil more easily and quickly than ever before.
The web is the fastest growing communications medium in the history of the
world. A powerful tool, a window of opportunity, in our war of good over evil;
the Internet continues to revolutionize the way we communicate and has enormous
potential for reshaping the political process.
"Knowledge will forever
govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm
themselves with the power which knowledge gives," affirmed
Madison, the primary author of the Constitution . He would be astounded by
the access to information we have today.
All who follow a code of ethics or principles
are self-governors. Our system is meant to protect the self-governors from
those without ethics and principles; perpetrators of fraud, rape and violence.
The state does not run the affairs of people in a free society. It upholds
justice between people who conduct their own affairs.
A declaration is an affirmation. Independence
means self-government. They could have called it, The Affirmation of Self-Government.
However I am sure we can all agree, The Declaration of Independence, sounds
way more cool! Our founding document, announces and asserts our affirmation
of self-government; freedom and liberty for all.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the
56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured
by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their
homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary
Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds
or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their
lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were
lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation
owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter
Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from
the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts,
and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was
forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without
pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery,
Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the
battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis
had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his
wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's
bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields
and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston
suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American
These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians.
They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they
valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:
"For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection
of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our
fortunes, and our sacred honor." They gave you and me the means to a
free and independent America. We were British subjects at that time and we
fought our own government! Some take these liberties so much for granted,
but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes, silently thank these patriots and
vow to do everything you are able to Save
the American Dream!!
of Independence is the most important of all our documents. Along with
Carta and the
Bill of Rights, it is one of the three greatest documents of the English-speaking
world. The fifty-six
Signers mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred
honor in the cause of liberty. The Declaration was inspired by a higher purpose
for humanity. No other patriotic document has ever produced such successful,
beneficial and far-reaching results.
The Founding Fathers
warned us to be diligent in protecting our freedom and not let things get
out of our control. Ooooops!
As Honest Abe stated,
"The people of the United
States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow
the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
Fix our broken system by prosecuting those
who take the oath but don't follow the Constitution. The
Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the US Constitution is
one super cool tool!! What's wrong is they swear to uphold our Constitution
but too many DO NOT!
"In the end, however, no
constitution can be self enforcing....For the Constitution will live only
if it is alive in the hearts and minds of the American people." Roger
Pilon, senior fellow and director of CATO's
Center for Constitutional Studies. The Cato Institute offers copies of its
Constitution booklet. Phone Order: 1-800-767-1241
Lincoln thought, we should
pray and worry earnestly whether we are on God's side, on the side of good
In this frame of mind, with modern unbiased, science based statistical reporting
our worries are over. We can see where our laws are causing more harm than
good and change accordingly. Empirical statistical evidence strongly shows
that a republic
(the American form of government) leads to less internal violence and democide.
Democide is a term coined by political scientist R. J. Rummel in his book,
DEATH by GOVERNMENT to describe "the murder of any person or people by
a government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder."
Changing who's in charge
will not affect much. The real cause of this huge quagmire of failed policy
is the beast, big government, that money hungry beast, Uncle Sam! Ma
Freedom tells it like it is! The beauty of it is when we focus on downsizing
our government we regain our roots of self-government and secure the blessings
of liberty for ourselves and future generations. The International Monetary
Fund, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations are more big government,
money hungry beasts that we must tame or cut down to size.
Morally bankrupt financiers,
empire builders and leaders in their pockets make capitalism abhorrent with
their predatory capitalism. Predatory capitalism due to big government interference
and protection destroys people, benign or ethical capitalism, America's founders'
vision of the free market, creates a world of abundance for all.
Please do your
bit and share this with as many as possible; increase awareness and support
for our founding principle, self-government. Together we will restore Justice,
the guardian of liberty and save the American Dream! Read on, you'll get a
clearer picture of how visionary these rebels with just cause really were,
in their own words.
"All men having power ought to be mistrusted. After government offers
its help, it then sets rules to administer that aid. And when it creates rules,
it must enforce them. And enforcing rules requires a policing mechanism and
a set of penalties. And while the initial application of this statist regimen
- in the hands of well meaning people who birthed it - may be benign, it would
eventually end up controlled by people of less liberal dispositions. 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 believe there are more instances of the
abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by
those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. If Tyranny and Oppression
come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. It
is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to
the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. Knowledge will
forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors
must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. No nation could
preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Of all the enemies
of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises
and develops the germ of every other. The essence of Government is power;
and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these
shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood
"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to
know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it. Is life so dear
or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid
it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give
me liberty, or give me death! I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided;
and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future
but by the past. The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure,
when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. We are not
weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed
in our power. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant,
the active, the brave."
Thomas Jefferson "In
matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like
a rock. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience
to remain silent. Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with
our government. Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is
no hook beneath it. Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions
of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. For here
we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead... Experience demands
that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no
milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. Every generation
needs a new revolution. Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled
in mind. He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is
filled with falsehoods and errors. I abhor war and view it as the greatest
scourge of mankind. I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing
good to another. I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against
every form of tyranny over the mind of man. I hope our wisdom will grow with
our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will
be. 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. I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth
and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which
stood in their way. If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state
of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. It is incumbent
on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if
acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. It is neither wealth nor
splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness. Leave all
the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading.
I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body.
Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness
can be enjoyed by society. Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils
are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which
they are accustomed. My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results from too much government. Nations of eternal war [expend] all their
energies... in the destruction of the labor, property, and lives of their
people. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving
his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always
cool and unruffled under all circumstances. Politics is such a torment that
I advise everyone I love not to mix with it. Rightful liberty is unobstructed
action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights
of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often
but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first
and only object of good government. The glow of one warm thought is to me
worth more than money. The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same
time. The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government
to gain ground. The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained
by reason and humanity over error and oppression. There is not a truth existing
which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world. Timid men prefer
the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. To compel a man to
subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and
abhors is sinful and tyrannical. When the people fear their government, there
is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Whenever
the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines
they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who
live under tyranny. I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of
our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to
a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. Educate
and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance
for the preservation of our liberty."
Ben Franklin "Any society
that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve
neither and lose both. Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. If passion
drives you, let reason hold the reins. A countryman between two lawyers is
like a fish between two cats. A house is not a home unless it contains food
and fire for the mind as well as the body. A life of leisure and a life of
laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. All human
situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither
see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes
without amendment, and frequently for the worse. All who think cannot but
see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership
in the serious work of the world. An investment in knowledge pays the best
interest. And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief, Depends
on whose solicitor has given me my brief. Anger is one of the sinews of the
soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind. Be at war with your vices, at peace
with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. Beer is
living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. By failing to prepare,
you are preparing to fail. Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what
may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Do not fear mistakes. You will know
failure. Continue to reach out. If you would not be forgotten as soon as you
are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other. Gain may be
temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and
certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine. He that lives upon hope
will die fasting. He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes
a book. Hear reason, or she'll make you feel her. Hide not your talents, they
for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? I conceive that the great
part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they
have made of the value of things. I guess I don't so much mind being old,
as I mind being fat and old. I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution
as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning. I should have no objection
to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the
advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the
first. It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence
of wealth. Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late. Remember
not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult
still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Savages we
call them because their manners differ from ours. The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The
doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. The
way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. To err is human; to repent,
divine; to persist, devilish. Where liberty is, there is my country. Wine
is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."
George Washington, "Liberty,
when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
It will be found
an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon
the supposition he may abuse it. Let us
raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the
hands of God. Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial
fire, called conscience. My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war,
banished from the earth. Over grown military establishments are under any
form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly
hostile to republican liberty. Government
is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous
servant and a fearful master. If
the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like
sheep to the slaughter. Firearms
are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's
teeth. The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women
submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. We should
not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and
for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. As Mankind becomes
more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves
as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections
of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations
of justice and liberality. Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty
abused to licentiousness. Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge
of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all
if three or more are employed therein. Truth will ultimately prevail where
there is pains to bring it to light. Worry is the interest paid by those who
John Quincy Adams, "Posterity:
you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it."
Samuel Adams, "It does
not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority
keen to set brush fires in people's minds."
As time allows, I will add
more quotes from years passed made by famous lovers of liberty.
Abraham Lincoln, "America
will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our
freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Our safety, our liberty,
depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers
made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters
of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to
overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. The best way to get a bad
law repealed is to enforce it strictly. I have always found that mercy bears
richer fruits than strict justice. You cannot build character and courage
by taking away a man's initiative and independence. This country, with its
institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow
weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right
of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."
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