any 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, "Our defense 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 Revolution.

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!!

Our Declaration of Independence is the most important of all our documents. Along with the Magna 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 popular 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 over evil. 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.

James Madison "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 centuries."

Patrick Henry "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 borrow trouble."

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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