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  • The Spirit of ‘76: 'The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context’

    07/04/2015 10:24:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-4-15 | Tara Helfman
    On July 4th, 1826, a Washington newspaper published one of the most poignant letters penned in American history. An ailing Thomas Jefferson regretfully declined an invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of American independence with the citizens of the nation’s capital. “[T]o be present with them,” he wrote, “as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself. . . [I]t adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day.” In this, his...
  • Think you know about slavery? You don’t.

    07/02/2015 4:03:37 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-02-15 | DrJohn
      Certain things tend to set off triggers in you. For me it was Don Lemon- when he joined the flag-damning freaking idiot liberal lemmings in their bloodlust considering the removal of the Jefferson memorial: CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday hinted that there will come a day when the United States will have to "rethink" tributes such as the Jefferson Memorial. After a contentious segment with Ben Jones, in which the former Congressman defended the Confederate flag, Legal View host Ashley Banfield brought up the author of the Declaration of Independence. She reminded, "There is a monument of him in...
  • Will the Jefferson Memorial be Taken Down?

    06/25/2015 3:20:53 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/25/15 | Gail Jarvis
    The strategy used to eliminate Southern heritage will also be employed for the cultural cleansing of society at large In the past anyone who questioned whether the Jefferson Memorial might be taken down would have been dismissed as a screwball. But it is the kind of question that is being raised in this bizarre society we’re living in. A CNN anchor recently questioned whether the Jefferson Memorial should continue to stand. One of her cohorts responded that it might be time to “rethink Jefferson.” To understand these media types, we must remember that most were born after 1970, so they...
  • Jefferson Memorial, Confederate statues enter national race debate

    06/24/2015 9:51:54 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | David Ng
    This week, the Jefferson Memorial was drawn into the national debate about race following the shooting deaths of nine people in a predominantly black church in South Carolina last week. It joins other public statues depicting Southern or Confederate figures, including Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, that some are arguing represent the country's racist past and should be removed. CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield this week questioned whether the Jefferson Memorial should be taken down because Jefferson owned slaves. "There is a monument to him in the capital city of the United States. No one ever asks for that to...
  • The Republic For Which It Stands

    06/07/2015 3:18:46 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 19 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/07/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “At issue in the Hiss case”, wrote Whittaker Chambers in his autobiography Witness, “was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great the he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.” In August 1948, Chambers, an editor at Time, identified Alger Hiss, a former assistant to the Secretary of State and former General Secretary of the United Nations, as a fellow member of his underground Communist cell in the 1930s. Hiss was ultimately convicted...
  • Message From President Thomas Jefferson to White House Usurper

    05/31/2015 2:36:02 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
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  • Ellison, Klobuchar sworn in (Minnesota Politics PING)

    01/04/2007 3:00:28 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 38 replies · 783+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 1/04/07 | Kevin Diaz - Staff Reporter
    Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was sworn in this afternoon, holding his left hand on a leather-bound volume of a Qur'an that was once owned by Thomas Jefferson. In a day of firsts, Ellison was sworn in by Nancy Pelosi of California, the first woman House speaker. Ellison held his right hand in the air, placed his left hand on two brown leather-bound volumes of the Qur'an, which were held aloft by his wife, Kim. The historic moment was played out in wood-paneled chamber of the Capitol before hundreds of journalists from around the world, including Al...
  • State Nullification: What Is It?

    05/23/2015 3:15:50 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 18 replies
    State nullification is the idea that the states can and must refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal laws. Says Who? Says Thomas Jefferson, among other distinguished Americans. His draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 first introduced the word “nullification” into American political life, and follow-up resolutions in 1799 employed Jefferson’s formulation that “nullification…is the rightful remedy” when the federal government reaches beyond its constitutional powers. In the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, James Madison said the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution. But Jefferson didn’t invent the idea. Federalist supporters of the Constitution...
  • Thomas Jefferson & Radical Islam’s War on the West

    05/21/2015 6:42:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 21,2015 | David L. Hunter
    Those that assume that radical Islam is a modern phenomenon that became prominent during Bill Clinton’s tenure as president in the 1990s merely scratch the historical surface of America’s complicated political entanglement with the Middle East’s supposed “religion of peace.” In truth, the tentacles of radical Islam go all the way back to Thomas Jefferson.
  • Father & Son Shot Dead ‘Execution-Style’ by Black Teens in New Orleans (VIDEO)

    04/27/2015 8:33:42 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 26, 2915 | Jim Hoft
    Two teen car burglars were arrested this weekend after shooting David Pence and his son Nicholas at their home. The two black teens invaded the Pence home after a dinner party on Wednesday night.The father and son were shot dead in an execution-style murder moments after party guests left their home.
  • Nullification. What is it? Who can do it?

    04/22/2015 10:03:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/22/15 | Ed Wood
    Nullification. It’s a word being kicked around a lot these days — from radio talk show hosts, to TV journalists, to the halls of legislature. I guess the more recent idea came from the 1976 film “Network,” starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall and others. In the film, fictionalized TV news anchor Howard Beale became so enraged that he publicly challenged his viewers to shout out of their windows, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this any more!” Nullification is sorta’ like that. As noted previously in these pages, our elected officials are passing literally...
  • Jefferson and the Jihad

    04/04/2015 8:02:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/4/2015 | Sha'i ben-Tekoa
    Thomas Jefferson, Patron Saint of American Liberals, would not recognize his spiritual offspring in today’s liberal President Obama and his handling of the Middle East. Jefferson, as a trade commissioner and then ambassador in Paris for six years (1784-90), faced almost daily the tragedy of American hostages enslaved by violent Muslims and his own frustrating inability to liberate them. However, what he learned served him well as the leading hawk for war a decade later when he became president and went to war against belligerent Islam.
  • Taking Back Thomas Jefferson

    03/13/2015 12:21:52 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Abbeville Review ^ | March 10, 2015 | James Rutledge Roesch
    Jefferson, a member of the gentry of Old Virginia, was always regarded as one of the best and brightest of his generation, a gentleman of the finest intellect, taste, and manners. Although Jefferson loved and was loyal to the Union, he was a Virginian first and an American second; Virginia, Jefferson avowed, was his “country.” This order of allegiance – State over Union, or “Society” over “the State” – was firmly rooted in the Old South. Accordingly, in the emerging conflict between the North and the South, Jefferson sided with his own country. “It is true that we are completely...
  • Raleigh used car salesman accused of inappropriately touching customers

    03/05/2015 6:22:49 AM PST · by Colehill1999 · 7 replies
    WRAL-TV ^ | 3-5-15 | Staff
    The owner of a Raleigh used car dealership is accused of inappropriately touching at least two customers. Thomas JEFFRSON Lynn, 63, turned himself in to authorities on Friday. He is charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and is currently out on bond. Two customers, a 22-year-old man on Feb. 22 and a 32-year-old woman on Dec. 21, 2013, told police Lynn inappropriately touched them while at Wolfpack Auto Sales, at 3020 Hillsborough Street.
  • How Thomas Jefferson Responded to Islam in 1801 Puts Current Administration to Shame

    02/22/2015 1:41:25 PM PST · by Apple Pan Dowdy · 13 replies
    Obama should really pick up a history book sometime, and read about how one of his predecessors, and one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, handled the threat posed by radical Islamic jihadists, way back in 1801. (Read about how Thomas Jefferson responded to radical Islamic kidnappings, beheadings, and extortion)
  • Man killed in Oakwood Center shooting; sheriff describes "bedlam in the mall"

    12/24/2014 7:39:46 PM PST · by Charles Martel · 72 replies
    The Times-Picayune / NOLA.com ^ | 12/24/2014 | Jonathan Bullington
    A man was killed in a Christmas Eve shooting inside the crowded Oakwood Center mall, and a suspect has been arrested, the Jefferson Parish sheriff said. Sheriff Newell Normand said the shooting occurred about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 24) at the Footlocker shoe store. The victim, identified by authorities as 24-year-old Harvey resident James Vaughn, had just made a purchase when a gunman walked up and opened fire from about three feet away, Normand said. At least three shots were fired, he said. The gunman ran, but a suspect was taken into custody several blocks away from the mall after...
  • Sutter County (CA) Votes for State of Jefferson

    07/23/2014 7:06:45 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 21 replies
    appeal-democrat.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Andrew Creasey
    Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:11 am By Andrew Creasey/ acreasey@appealdemocrat.com Sutter County is now an official supporter of the movement to secede from California and create a new state called Jefferson. The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday supporting a declaration and petition to the Legislature to redress a lack of representation and for the possible formation of a new, separate state. The resolution also reserved the right to place the issue to a vote of Sutter County citizens at a future election. As in past supervisor meetings when the issue was on the agenda, the...
  • A Decent Respect: Renewing the Spirit of '76

    07/03/2014 9:06:39 PM PDT · by se99tp · 1 replies
    ChristianConcepsDaily ^ | July 4th, 2014 | Marvin J. Folkertsma
    July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
  • Jeffersonians en Masse (State of Jefferson Wants to Break From California)

    06/13/2014 6:10:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Chico News & Review ^ | 06.12.14 | Meredith J. Graham
    Huge turnout for discussion on State of Jefferson ends in request for more discussionHundreds of people flocked to the Butte County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday (June 10), most of them decked out in green and gold, their shirts and hats emblazoned with the words “State of Jefferson.” Others carried little flags with the double-X symbol that has come to represent this mythical 51st state. “We don’t have someone representing our way of life up here,” one man told the board. “Our votes are being controlled by LA, San Francisco and Sacramento, and our taxes are going to things that...
  • Voters in California contemplate forming new state

    05/28/2014 3:24:13 PM PDT · by bamahead · 41 replies
    AP / Yahoo! ^ | May 28, 2014 | Juliet Williams
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents of California's largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas. The idea of forming their own state has been a topic among local secession dreamers for more than a century. Residents in two counties will have a chance to voice that sentiment next week. Voters in Del Norte and Tehama, with a combined population of about 91,000, will decide June 3 on an advisory measure that asks each county's board of supervisors to join a...
  • Plan To Split California Into Six States Gets OK To Gather Signatures

    02/20/2014 10:57:21 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 86 replies
    CBS Local (San Francisco) ^ | February 19, 2014 10:23 AM | Secretary of State Debra Bowen
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Supporters of a plan to divide California into six sates can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the ballot. Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proposed ballot initiative – known as Six Californias – could move forward Tuesday. Under the plan, from venture capitalist Tim Draper, most of the Bay Area would be considered “Silicon Valley.” Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties would become part of “North California.”
  • Thomas Jefferson--WELL WORTH READING!!!!

    02/18/2014 7:26:42 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    This is amazing history. Be sure to read the quotes in BOLD at the end. Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped. At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other. At 19, studied law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. At 23, started his own law practice. At...
  • 'Cheese artisans' will feed French premier at outdoor White House State Dinner...

    02/10/2014 9:26:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-10-14 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    Full title: 'Cheese artisans' will feed French premier at outdoor White House State Dinner, followed by Mary J. Blige concert – but please, no dancing: Hollande is sans date! French President Francois Hollande is going stag, but the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to entertain him with a State Dinner full of pomp, circumstance, gourmet eats, and R&B music. The Bronx singer, rapper and record producer Mary J. Blige will perform after the meal, the White House announced Monday. L'affaire américaine will take place outdoors, in a tent on the South Lawn. Secret Service will have extra...
  • State of Jefferson Meeting (NorCal FReeper alert)

    02/07/2014 7:02:49 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 21 replies
    This will be a strictly informational meeting for those in Northern California who are tired of being ignored by our elected leaders. If you can't make it, please inform a friend or family member who lives in the area who might be interested.Live Oak is conveniently located 45 minutes north of Sacramento, 45 minutes south of Chico, 45 minutes east of Vacaville, 45 minutes west of Auburn (Not to scale. All times approximate).
  • Thomas Jefferson Needs A Dead Moose Right Now To Defend America

    01/29/2014 11:10:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | January 16, 2014 | Robert Krulwich
    They were so young, the folks who invented America. James Madison, on July 4, 1776, was 25. James Monroe was 18, Alexander Hamilton, 21, Marquis de Lafayette, 18, Aaron Burr, 20, Betsy Ross, 24, Gilbert Stuart, 20. Ben Franklin, of course, was much older, grander and world famous. But he was the only one. Europeans, peering across the ocean at this new place — this America — wondered why, after 200 years, the American colonies (and now the new American nation) had produced no other men of Franklin's stature, no world class intellectuals, no military geniuses, no great poets or...
  • Obama: The Cheese Stands Alone. (Not because it’s so smelly)

    01/25/2014 8:58:20 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-25-2014 | MOTUS
    It’s certainly not the first time we’ve celebrated cheese around here (see: “Rats Jump Ship; All that Remains is de Brie” - a don’t-miss rerun from the MOTUS vault) butt did you see that we’re having an official Big Cheese Day at the White House?Isn’t every day Big Cheese Day around here? “On Wednesday, January 29th, with a nod to history (and maybe the TV show the West Wing), the Obama Administration is hosting the first-ever virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day," during which dozens of White House officials will take to social media for a day long 'open house'...
  • Looking for Mr. Jefferson

    01/22/2014 7:38:41 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    Nomocracy in Politics ^ | 11/9/13 | Clyde N. Wilson
    <p>Needless to say, none of this has much to do with historical accuracy, which even at its best is an elusive and to some degree an unavoidably subjective thing. Thomas Jefferson was for a long time one of the most potent references in American discourse. I can think of nobody else who has had this role so powerfully as both a negative and a positive symbol. Jefferson’s name is still significant, as witness the relentless efforts of the present regime, which fears the real Jefferson, to destroy him as a favourable image. But, regrettably, Mr. Jefferson is no longer as important as he once was, nor does his name mean what it once did for most Americans. We live in an age of reverence for Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King and in a time in which eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America is as remote to most citizens as ancient Persia or China.</p>
  • Jefferson and the nuns

    01/09/2014 2:26:00 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 9, 2014 | Morrissey
    I have a couple of concluding thoughts about the ignorant, bigoted screed from Jamie Stiehm and published by US News a couple of days ago, both of them about Thomas Jefferson. In attempting to defend the big-government project of ObamaCare, Stiehm oddly (and ignorantly) invoked the storied libertarian to boost her claims that the government should dictate the expression of faith: Catholics in high places of power have the most trouble, I’ve noticed, practicing the separation of church and state. The pugnacious Catholic Justice, Antonin Scalia, is the most aggressive offender on the Court, but not the only one. Of...
  • Overcoming the Modern Tories

    11/21/2013 12:10:38 PM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 4 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 11-21-13 | Nelson Hultberg
    In 1776, the Tories timidly hid behind closed doors where it was safe and popular. They wallowed in pessimism and lamented that nothing could be done. The British were too strong. Why make a big fuss? But the rebels – men like Samuel Adams and John Hancock, Patrick Henry and Paul Revere – would have none of it. They possessed only a rag-tag army, but they knew they had moral truth on their side, and that the British Gargantua would fall precisely because of that. Entrenched authority has to justify itself morally and philosophically. And that is something that today’s...
  • Celebrating Lincoln's Words and Ideas

    11/19/2013 7:06:53 AM PST · by loveliberty2 · 41 replies
    Abraham Lincoln Online ^ | April 6, 1859 | Abraham Lincoln
    Springfield, Ills, April 6, 1859 Messrs. Henry L. Pierce, & others. Gentlemen Your kind note inviting me to attend a Festival in Boston, on the 13th. Inst. in honor of the birth-day of Thomas Jefferson, was duly received. My engagements are such that I can not attend. Bearing in mind that about seventy years ago, two great political parties were first formed in this country, that Thomas Jefferson was the head of one of them, and Boston the head-quarters of the other, it is both curious and interesting that those supposed to descend politically from the party opposed to Jefferson...
  • Thank God & The Founders For Our Divided Government

    10/12/2013 4:53:57 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 2 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 10/12/2013 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    The powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. ~ Thomas Jefferson writing in Notes on the State of Virginia Some historians are either woefully ignorant about our Republic or intentionally deceitful. You're reading false claims that the House of Representatives "shutdown the government" . . .
  • State-Level Secession Movements in the United States: Northern Colorado and Jefferson

    10/10/2013 12:37:13 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 22 replies
    GeoCurrents ^ | 10-9-13 | Martin W Lewis
    The intense political polarization of the United States is most clearly reflected by the dysfunctional nature of the federal government. At a more local scale, it is seen as well in the growing movement to create new states by splitting existing ones. Most of these cases involve the desire of people in rural, conservative counties to secede from the more liberal states in which they are currently located. A front-page story in the October 7 edition of the New York Times, for example, highlights a drive to devise a new state of “Northern Colorado.” Eleven Colorado counties will vote on...
  • Thomas Jefferson Would Be Proud: Using Human Criteria to Decide the Bible’s Authority

    09/18/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT · by P8riot · 16 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | 09/11/2013 | Dr. Michael J. Kruger
    This is the third and final installment of my (limited) review of A.E. Harvey’s book, Is Scripture Still Holy? Coming of Age with the New Testament. Prior installments can be found here and here. As we have seen in prior posts, Harvey’s book is designed to critique the traditional Christian doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture. After arguing that (a) Scripture isn’t revelation anyway, only Jesus is God’s revelation; and (b) since humans were involved in writing and transmitting Scripture, then it is unreliable and likely corrupted, one might wonder whether Harvey tries to salvage any authority for the Bible...
  • Neither Putin nor Obama get it

    09/17/2013 9:19:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | September 16, 2013 | Gary Bauer
    At the core of America’s founding was a simple, yet literally revolutionary, idea: that all people deserve to be free because they are created by God in His image, and that our rights come from God, not government. This was articulated in the most important sentence in America’s founding, the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Those 36 words are sometimes called the best-known...
  • Northern California County Board Votes For Secession From State

    09/09/2013 7:30:23 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    KCBS ^ | Sep 4, 2013 | CBS San Francisco
    YREKA (CBS/AP) – Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state. . . They want other rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join them in the creation of a new state called the State of Jefferson.
  • U.S. House speaker Boehner says he will support action in Syria

    09/03/2013 8:31:21 AM PDT · by maggief · 350 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 3, 2013
  • Thomas Jefferson vs. Barack Obama

    07/19/2009 3:51:59 PM PDT · by appleseed · 27 replies · 1,814+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 19 July 2009 | JB Williams
    Since 52% of American voters were foolish enough to buy the story that Barack Hussein Obama is some sort of "liberal messiah," I thought it would be interesting to compare the belief systems of America's father of liberalism and author of our Declaration of Independence, with the Marxist belief system of the false messiah. And since today's liberals have so much trouble properly interpreting our Founders' simple message to future generations, I am under no illusion that these facts will carry anymore weight with modern Marxists than Article II - Section I of the Constitution, which clearly states that Barack...
  • Jefferson, The FHA and Harming Borrowers: The Case For Tightening FHA Standards

    02/05/2013 11:00:41 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The following fhatestimony3 is my testimony to the House Financial Services committee on Wednesday at 9am. I. Introduction Chairman Hensarling and distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the invitation to testify at today’s hearing on “Examining the Proper Role of the Federal Housing Administration in our Mortgage Insurance Market” and to provide my perspective on the ongoing mortgage debacle, the resulting decline in the private mortgage insurance market and the need to return the FHA’s share of the insurance market back to pre-bubble levels. I am Anthony B. Sanders, Senior Scholar at George Mason University. The Federal Housing...
  • ABC's Cynthia McFadden Compares Hillary Clinton to Thomas Jefferson

    01/31/2013 3:46:46 PM PST · by yoe · 26 replies
    Media Research CEnter ^ | January 30, 2013 | Scott Whitlock
    Over three programs and two days, ABC devoted 15 minutes to a fawning profile of Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday's Nightline, Cynthia McFadden even compared the outgoing Secretary of State to Thomas Jefferson, hinting that Clinton could follow his footsteps to the White House. McFadden lauded, "There was a time not so very long ago when Hillary Clinton was seen as one of the most divisive figures in American politics." Noting Clinton's high approval rating, she announced this view was "changing." VideoIn an interview that, just coincidentally occurred in front of a statue of Jefferson, the reporter embarrassingly hyped, "As Jefferson...
  • Tom Brokaw v. Founding Fathers

    01/21/2013 7:32:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-21-13 | Thomas Lifson
    Thursday Jan 17, Tom Brokaw was given time on MSNBC to tell the Founding Fathers the self-evident truths they laid their lives on the line for are farfetched. Are we lucky, or what? Our talking heads know so much more than the men who pledged their lives, their sacred honor to free us from the tyranny of Kings and establish real freedom. Brokaw spoke with Andrea Mitchell. He aimed his remarks at people who believe in the Constitution by saying, in a scholarly formal tone (which passes for derision in his circles), that 2nd Amendment types who say the Amendment...
  • Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's (11-time RAT felon-La) pension should continue

    12/15/2012 3:45:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/12/12 | Bruce Alpert
    Congressional Research Service confirms Jefferson's pension should continueBy Bruce Alpert updated December 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM WASHINGTON - A new report by the Congressional Research Service reiterates previous legal findings -- that Congress can't deny pension benefits to former members for criminal conduct covered by a 2007 law if the illegal acts occurred before the law's enactment. That means former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, now serving a record 13-year prison sentence, will continue to collect his pension -- estimated at $40,000-$50,000 a year. Until 2007, only crimes relating to espionage, treason or several other national security violations could...
  • The Truth About Playing the Liar Card

    12/06/2012 8:04:26 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | December 6, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    Believing a free press to be a vital safeguard of liberty, Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Many believe the inverse of Jefferson's maxim — the people are uninformed, and therefore the government can't be trusted. After all, what well-informed American would knowingly allow politicians to lead us to the monumental economic and budgetary “cliffs” we face? Despite a proliferation of new media, it's increasingly difficult to separate fact from narrative. Combined with rancorous political discourse in which opponents are demonized in order to delegitimize competing arguments and render unnecessary...
  • A godless nation: Doomed to fail (Mychal Massie says U.S. trusts handouts of man over hand of God)

    12/04/2012 12:14:29 PM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Mychal Massie
    The truth is a hard thing to hear and even a more bitter pill to swallow. But until we face the truth, we are doomed to sink lower into the abyss as a society. The truth is that a godless nation is a nation doomed to fall. We as a nation have slowly accepted and pompously come to believe that wisdom begins and stems from us. Secularism is the view that all things religious should be excluded from daily public living, specifically pertaining to political and social concerns. Thanks to secularism, the mindset today is that God and religious opinion...
  • The Monster of Monticello (NYT on Jefferson)

    12/02/2012 2:05:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Paul Finkelman
    THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek. We are endlessly fascinated with Jefferson, in part because we seem unable to reconcile the rhetoric of liberty in his writing with the reality of his slave owning and his lifetime support for slavery. Time and again, we play down the latter in favor of the former, or write off the paradox as somehow indicative of his complex depths. Neither Mr. Meacham, who...
  • Scalia vs. Thomas Jefferson on secession: Will nation 'submit to government without limits'?

    11/14/2012 4:02:07 PM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | November 14, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Contemporary opinions, including those of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, say the idea of a state’s right to secede died with the hundreds of thousands of bloodied victims of the Civil War, and that the sentiment behind the dozens of petitions on a White House website seeking permission for most of the 50 individual governments to leave the union will be fruitless. But historians would note that even Thomas Jefferson, a “pole star among political philosophers because he based his politics on the eternal, self-evidence, fundamental truths that all men are created free and equal and that they are endowed...
  • Colonial Baptists used Bible to rally support for revolution

    10/17/2012 9:42:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | October 16, 2012 | Ken Camp
    From the days surrounding the American Revolution, Baptists used religious arguments to make political points and political arguments to make religious points, historian James P. Byrd, associate dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, told a conference at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the same time Baptists argued for separation of church and state, they did not hesitate to preach on political topics or embrace patriotic causes with religious fervor, Byrd said, addressing an Oct. 12-13 conference on “Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture.” In a sense, Baptists reflected their culture. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Benjamin Franklin accepted orthodox Christian...
  • No, Mr. Obama, We Don't "Belong" to the Government

    10/03/2012 10:32:04 AM PDT · by kathsua · 7 replies
    townhall ^ | October 03, 2012 | reasonmclucus
    President Barack Obama made a major gaffe when he recently said that we are owned, or "belong to", government. In the United States the government is supposed to "belong to" the people instead of the other way around as he suggests. We the people are supposed to own the government and tell it what to do. Obama and other elitists believe that government exists to control our personal lives and even tell us how much we can eat or drink. Some government controls are necessary to prevent people from harming others. Government needs to restrict sale of some substances that...
  • The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson

    09/22/2012 6:47:35 AM PDT · by Renfield · 103 replies
    SmithsonianMag.com ^ | 10-2012 | Henry Wiencek
    ...“One cannot question the genuineness of Jefferson’s liberal dreams,” writes historian David Brion Davis. “He was one of the first statesmen in any part of the world to advocate concrete measures for restricting and eradicating Negro slavery.” But in the 1790s, Davis continues, “the most remarkable thing about Jefferson’s stand on slavery is his immense silence.” And later, Davis finds, Jefferson’s emancipation efforts “virtually ceased.” Somewhere in a short span of years during the 1780s and into the early 1790s, a transformation came over Jefferson. The very existence of slavery in the era of the American Revolution presents a paradox,...
  • Obama’s Constant BS About Thomas Jefferson and Islam

    08/20/2012 2:56:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CFP ^ | 8/20/12 | Warner Todd Huston
    Every year he’s been in office, President Obama has hosted an “iftar dinner” to honor Islam in the White House. The President has also each time led his speech with the outlandish nonsense that Thomas Jefferson held the “first iftar dinner” in the White House. And every time it’s been utter hogwash. This year’s speech was no different in that respect. For the 2012 iftar dinner celebration. Obama said the following: As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia — perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200...
  • A reminder why we need to stand up for David Barton, who the media is trying so hard to silence

    08/10/2012 12:51:58 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 17 replies
    America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling...