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  • 120 Retired Generals, Military Officers Sign Letter Warning of Conflict Between Marxism...

    05/20/2021 9:05:01 AM PDT · 24 of 24
    loveliberty2 to Pilgrim's Progress
    Oh, thank you for adding this one here!

    The Bicentennial volume entitled, "Our Ageless Constitution," contained a "Notable Quotes" section which included many Founders' quotations that would be useful to today's students and teachers alike. Sadly, there seems to be little interest among many so-called "educators" to consult original documents from our founding as they "teach" new generations of American citizens.

    We must look to Divine Providence at this point for intervention and change of direction for this nation which was founded on enduring principles well understood by ordinary citizens of the founding period.

  • 120 Retired Generals, Military Officers Sign Letter Warning of Conflict Between Marxism...

    05/15/2021 11:22:24 AM PDT · 2 of 24
    loveliberty2 to yoe
    James Madison

    "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." - James Madison

    "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison

    "To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea." - James Madison

  • Jeff Greenfield: Divided GOP Civil War Is a Media Myth

    05/15/2021 11:20:06 AM PDT · 32 of 56
    loveliberty2 to PJ-Comix
    Oh, for "an informed electorate" such as Thomas Jefferson described:
    James Madison

    "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." - James Madison

    "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison

    "To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea." - James Madison

  • Skills Not Schools: Lessons from the Renaissance

    05/15/2021 11:14:22 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    loveliberty2 to Kaslin
    "I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278

    "No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and their people were so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control. Their reformation then was to be taken up ab incunabulis. Their minds were to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments proportioned, indeed, but irremissible; in all cases, to follow truth as the only safe guide, and to eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession. These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure of order and good government. . . ." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1819. ME 15:233

    "An enlightened people, and an energetic public opinion... will control and enchain the aristocratic spirit of the government." --Thomas Jefferson to Chevalier de Ouis, 1814. ME 14:130

    "I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820.

    "Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia, 1782.

    "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787.

    "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.

    "Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, the people, if well informed, may be relied on to set them to rights." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.

    "Although all men are born free, and all nations might be so, yet too true it is, that slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant – they have been cheated; asleep – they have been surprised; divided – the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?... The people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it." - James Madison

    "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." - James Madison

    "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison

    "To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea." - James Madison

  • New anti-Trump group of Republican leaders threatens to leave if GOP doesn't reform - (Popcorn)

    05/13/2021 10:26:00 AM PDT · 69 of 130
    loveliberty2 to re_tail20
    See here for a detailed listing, with explanations in their own words, of the Founders' ideas of liberty. The title of this great Bicentennial book is Our Ageless Constitution, and every American citizen would benefit from reading the Founders own words, as quoted therein.
  • 'Ready To Turn The Page': Lou Dobbs Hits Back After His Fox News Show Was Cancelled

    04/15/2021 9:51:26 AM PDT · 6 of 29
    loveliberty2 to TrumpianRepublican
    Now, give them the American Founders formula for correcting and solving such problems as we are now experiencing: a book that lays out the ideas of liberty which formed the foundation for the U. S. Constitution's protections for liberty! It is titled, "Our Ageless Constitution." If you would like a way to obtain copies of that now out-of-print book, let me know!

    Thomas Jefferson's 1801 First Inaugural laid out what he considered to be the principles of his Administration. Mr. Trump may find that Jefferson's listing agrees with most of what he ran on as a candidate.

    Note the important warning contained in Jefferson's last paragraph--that if "we" strayed from those principles, the nation should return to "the only road which alone leads peace, liberty and safety."

    We are just beginning that "road" back. Determination of "We, the People," combined with diligence and patience will be required against those "progressive" paths which have led us away from the principles of Jefferson and the Framers of our Constiution of government.

    (Excerpt, "Our Ageless Constitution," p. xiv, reformatted)
    "Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachment to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe; too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others; possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation;

    - entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them;

    - enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man;

    - acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter

    —with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people?

    - Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

    - This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

    "About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you,

    - it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.

    - Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political;

    - peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none;

    - the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against antirepublican tendencies;

    - the preservation of the General Government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad;

    - a jealous care of the right of election by the people—a mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided;

    - absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority, the vital principle of republics, from which is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism;

    - a well disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them;

    - the supremacy of the civil over the military authority;

    - economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burthened;

    - the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith;

    - encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid;

    - the diffusion of information and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of the public reason;

    - freedom of religion; freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected.

    These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."

  • Today’s Big Tech tyranny is a dry run for future dystopian censorship

    03/10/2021 10:01:32 AM PST · 12 of 15
    loveliberty2 to William of Barsoom
    Excellent choices for identifying the problem!!

    Now, give them the American Founders formula for correcting and solving that problem: a book that lays out the ideas of liberty which formed the foundation for the U. S. Constitution's protections for liberty! It is titled, "Our Ageless Constitution." If you would like a way to obtain copies of that now out-of-print book, let me know!

    Thomas Jefferson's 1801 First Inaugural laid out what he considered to be the principles of his Administration. Mr. Trump may find that Jefferson's listing agrees with most of what he ran on as a candidate.

    Note the important warning contained in Jefferson's last paragraph--that if "we" strayed from those principles, the nation should return to "the only road which alone leads peace, liberty and safety."

    We are just beginning that "road" back. Determination of "We, the People," combined with diligence and patience will be required against those "progressive" paths which have led us away from the principles of Jefferson and the Framers of our Constiution of government.

    (Excerpt, "Our Ageless Constitution," p. xiv, reformatted)
    "Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachment to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe; too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others; possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation;

    - entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them;

    - enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man;

    - acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter

    —with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people?

    - Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

    - This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

    "About to enter, fellow-citizens, on the exercise of duties which comprehend everything dear and valuable to you,

    - it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.

    - Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political;

    - peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none;

    - the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against antirepublican tendencies;

    - the preservation of the General Government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad;

    - a jealous care of the right of election by the people—a mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided;

    - absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority, the vital principle of republics, from which is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism;

    - a well disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them;

    - the supremacy of the civil over the military authority;

    - economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burthened;

    - the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith;

    - encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid;

    - the diffusion of information and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of the public reason;

    - freedom of religion; freedom of the press, and freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected.

    These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."

  • House Dems Pressure Distributors to Justify Carrying Fox News, Others ... Sent letters to cable, streaming and satellite companies decrying 'disinformation'

    02/23/2021 10:20:42 AM PST · 8 of 24
    loveliberty2 to Red Badger
    Martin Niemoller: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

    "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me." - Martin Niemoller
  • Naomi Wolf: ‘Under the Guise of a Real Medical Pandemic, We’re Really Moving into a Coup Situation...

    02/23/2021 10:09:13 AM PST · 4 of 48
    loveliberty2 to yoe

    Biden is just the seemingly unlikely, pre-programmed vehicle progressives have chosen for transporting their authoritarian, freedom-destroying ideas into the nation’s highest office.

  • Meghan McCain doubles-down on Fauci attack over ‘intentional lie’ about masks

    02/23/2021 10:03:09 AM PST · 3 of 31
    loveliberty2 to conservative98

    This man provides an example of a human being who spends almost all of his adult life feeding at the “public” (taxpayer funded) trough, with little of the exposure endured by private sector individuals who must face daily scrutiny and cross pollination in their daily ideas diet

  • Fauci’s mixed messages, inconsistencies about COVID-19 masks, vaccines and reopenings come under scrutiny

    02/23/2021 10:01:00 AM PST · 6 of 20
    loveliberty2 to conservative98
    This man provides an example of a human being who spends almost all of his adult life feeding at the "public" (taxpayer funded) trough, with little of the exposure endured by private sector individuals who must face daily scrutiny and cross pollination in their daily ideas diet
  • VIDEO: Mumblin' Merrick

    02/23/2021 9:53:45 AM PST · 12 of 18
    loveliberty2 to PJ-Comix

    Remember that other “hero” of the Left from a couple of years ago who, when asked to testify, was so incoherent in his speaking that the Left’s use of him as a puppet became evident to all but the most dense and ignorant minds out there?

  • Kansas Bill Would Make Gold and Silver Legal Tender in the State

    02/22/2021 1:10:23 PM PST · 20 of 80
    loveliberty2 to amorphous
    The books and writings of Dr. Edwin Vieira are helpful when looking at this question. Here Sample:
    Daily Bell: "What do you think of Chief Justice Roberts’s decision regarding Obamacare?"

    Edwin Vieira: "Very little that is fit to print. It is an abomination, if I may be allowed a juxtaposition of letters in order to make a play on words. Roberts held that the so-called "individual mandate" in "Obamacare" — the supposed requirement for Americans to purchase health insurance which they do not want, or be penalized for their refusals — could not be sustained under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause or its Necessary and Proper Clause. Fine. That means that no substantive constitutional power exists that can rationalize that provision in "Obamacare." But then he opined that, notwithstanding the absence of any such substantive power, "the individual mandate" can be enforced as a "tax." What is the result of this aberrant reasoning? Namely, that Congress may, through the imposition of a "tax," coerce Americans into behaving in any manner whatsoever, even though it admittedly enjoys no particular power to require such behavior. Furthermore, as we know, taxes are often enforced not only by the confiscation of money or other property but also by imprisonment. So the bottom line is that Congress can provide for the imprisonment of any and every American who refuses to obey any Congressional command to behave in a certain manner, even though Congress has no independent power whatsoever to require such behavior!

    "Obviously, this is far worse than the constitutionally crackpot notion that Congress can "regulate commerce" by coercing Americans to engage in "commerce" against their wills; for at least some forms of personal behavior do not constitute "commerce" (or even, to use the judiciary’s gibberish, "affect commerce") by anyone’s definition, and therefore could never be subject to such a ludicrous misconstruction of Congressional power. Roberts’s "tax" theory, in contrast, embraces every conceivable form of behavior known to man, all of which can be compelled by the imposition of some "tax," and in the final analysis by imprisonment. Thus, appealing to just one clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 1), Roberts has concocted a rationalization for a complete totalitarian state! Even Alexander Hamilton, the most consistent and candid centralizer among the Founding Fathers, would have repudiated this theory in no uncertain terms. Even Stalin, I suspect, would have been surprised (albeit pleasantly) to discover that the power to tax, by itself alone, could be so employed. If this is not a perfect illustration of the utter imbecility of "judicial supremacy" — the notion that decisions of the Supreme Court control the meaning of the Constitution — nothing could be."

  • Gov. DeSantis: Flags will fly at half-staff for Rush Limbaugh

    02/22/2021 12:53:25 PM PST · 58 of 59
    loveliberty2 to conservative98
    Millions of American citizens who have been educated in, (or have educated themselves the principles and ideas which caused America to be the symbol of freedom and opportunity all oppressed people, are now supporting Trump for President. They were, then, labeled and "compartmentalized" (Clinton) by that other candidate who was desperate, as "the deplorables."

    How revolting and un-American that such a person should present himself/herself as worthy of being their President!

    Please review the following story and words of a Democrat from an earlier time in America's history.

    Would Hillary call him a "deplorable"?

    The American's Creed


    "I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principls of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

    I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."

    Historical Notes: The American's Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed, which would be a brief summary of the American political faith founded upon things fundamental in American history and tradition.

    The contest was the idea of Henry Sterling Chapin, Commissioner of Education of New York State. Over three thousand entries were received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner.

    James H. Preston, the mayor of Baltimore, presented an award to Page in the House of Representatives Office Building on April 3, 1918.

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the commissioner of education of the state of New York accepted the Creed for the United States, and the proceedings relating to the award were printed in the Congressional Record of April 13, 1918. It was a time when patriotic sentiments were very much in vogue. The United States had been a participant in World War I only a little over a year at the time the Creed was adopted.

    The author of the American's Creed, William Tyler Page, was a descendant of John Page, who had come to America in 1650 and had settled in Williamsburg, Virginia. Another ancestor, Carter Braxton , had signed the Declaration of Independence. Still another ancestor, John Tyler, was the tenth president of the United States. William Tyler Page had come to Washington at the age of thirteen to serve as a Capitol Page. Later he became an employee of the Capitol building and served in that capacity for almost sixty-one years. In 1919 he was elected clerk of the House. Thirteen years later, when the Democrats again became a majority party, they created for Page the office of minority clerk of the House of Representatives. He held this position for the remainder of his life.

    Referring to the Creed, Page said: "It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders." His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster's reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.

    
    
  • Gov. DeSantis: Flags will fly at half-staff for Rush Limbaugh

    02/19/2021 9:29:29 AM PST · 4 of 59
    loveliberty2 to conservative98

    An appropriate public tribute to a great patriot of our time!

  • Burgess Owens Slams Democrats For ‘Defeating the Dreams of Americans’ As They Unveil Biden-Backed ‘Amnesty’ Bill

    02/19/2021 9:16:04 AM PST · 7 of 9
    loveliberty2 to rustyweiss74

    The following is excerpted with permission from the book Our Ageless Constitution [p.51]

    The Spirit That Enabled A People To Transform Their Ideas Of Liberty Into A New Concept Of Constitutional Government For A Free People

    “…one must understand something of the spirit of the people who had been experimenting successfully with liberty for over 165 years when the Constitution was framed.”

    From 1620, the settlers of America were motivated by a passion for liberty. British statesman Edmund Burke, in 1775, traced the astounding economic development and the unparalleled spirit of liberty of the Americans when he appealed to Parliament for conciliation with its colonies (See: Part VIII – Burke Speech on Conciliation). He said: “…it is the spirit that has made the country…

    Examining some of the reasons for the spirit, he continued:

    “Religion, always a principle of energy, in this new people is no way worn out or impaired; and their mode of professing it is also one main cause of this free spirit…. This is a persuasion not only favourable to liberty, but built upon it…. This religion, under a variety of denominations agreeing in nothing but in the communion of the spirit of liberty, is predominant in most of the northern provinces…. The Southern colonies are much more strongly and with a higher and more stubborn spirit attached to liberty than those to the northward.”

    Burke’s comments shed remarkable light on the American spirit exhibiting itself, even to those in foreign lands, by the time of the American Revolution. His observations are significant for they reveal something important about a people already established in the eyes of the world as lovers of ordered liberty and participants in outstanding progress. Burke described what he called the “temper and character” of the people, saying, “In this character of the Americans a love of freedom is the predominating feature which marks and distinguishes the whole….” Among the reasons for their “untractable spirit,” he said, was their “education.”

    “In other countries the people … judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance; here they anticipate the evil and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of the principle.”

    In other words, Burke observed that in most of the world, people could only begin to understand an oppressive or bad idea in government after it had been employed to harm them. Americans were different, he said, for they were taught to understand the principles--ideas and principles inherent in human nature, both good and bad--before they could be used to oppress them. Possessing such understanding, he said, Americans could detect “misgovernment at a distance and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.” James Madison later expressed it this way:

    “The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much, soon to forget it.”

    It is clear that Americans were educated in the ideas of liberty for several generations. As late as 1830, Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville observed among the general population of America the same high degree of education and understanding of basic principles. “It cannot be doubted that in the United States the instruction of the people powerfully contributes to the support of the democratic republic….” Even in outlying areas, he said, the American “will inform you what his rights are and by what means he exercises them….”

    Such understanding was the primary purpose of the education provided to early generations. As Thomas Jefferson stated:

    “The most effectual [effective] means of preventing the perversion of power into tyranny are to illuminate …the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.”

    According to Jefferson, the people’s study of history would “qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it to defeat its views.”

    By 1787, after having endured a long and traumatic struggle for independence and freedom from a government that had become increasingly abusive and oppressive, their understanding of the nature of mankind as revealed through history and their examination of ideas and principles necessary to liberty had equipped them to undertake the establishment of a government for a free people – a government having its very foundation set in the knowledge that the rights and liberty of people are endowed by their Creator and are, therefore, unalienable.

    With this concept and these principles firmly fixed in their minds, and with a “stubborn spirit attached to liberty” they were ready, in 1787, to prepare a Constitution for the United States of America.

  • Shouldn't conservatives stop ignoring The British Empire's role in slavery?

    02/19/2021 9:01:54 AM PST · 72 of 159
    loveliberty2 to ProgressingAmerica; All
    The clueless "Progressive Regressives" often claim that Thomas Jefferson and other Founders were "slave owners."

    When countering that claim, it is well to ask those know-it-all 21st Century "elitists" to consider the historical context within which those Founders found themselves, as well as the enormous contributions they and their generations made toward eradicating slavery from these shores and creating a constitutional republic which could, ultimately, affirm and protect the rights of ALL people:

    Of special interest in that regard is Jefferson's “Autobiography,” especially that portion which states:

    "The first establishment in Virginia which became permanent was made in 1607. I have found no mention of negroes in the colony until about 1650. The first brought here as slaves were by a Dutch ship; after which the English commenced the trade and continued it until the revolutionary war. That suspended...their future importation for the present, and the business of the war pressing constantly on the (Virginia) legislature, this subject was not acted on finally until the year 1778, when I brought a bill to prevent their further importation. This passed without opposition, leaving to future efforts its final eradication."

    Jefferson also observed:

    "Where the disease [slavery] is most deeply seated, there it will be slowest in eradication. In the northern States, it was merely superficial and easily corrected. In the southern, it is incorporated with the whole system and requires time, patience, and perseverance in the curative process."

    He explained that,

    "In 1769, I became a member of the legislature by the choice of the county in which I live [Albemarle County, Virginia], and so continued until it was closed by the Revolution. I made one effort in that body for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, which was rejected: and indeed, during the regal [crown] government, nothing [like this] could expect success."
    Below is another quotation, cited in David Barton's work on the subject of the Founders and slavery, which also cites the fact that there were laws in the State of Virginia which prevented citizens from emancipating slaves:
    "The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this and learn to imitate it; for man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do. If a parent could find no motive either in his philanthropy or his self-love for restraining the intemperance of passion towards his slave, it should always be a sufficient one that his child is present. But generally it is not sufficient. . . . The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved by such circumstances. And with what execration should the statesman be loaded who permits one half the citizens thus to trample on the rights of the other. . . . And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep for ever. . . . The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest. . . . [T]he way, I hone [is] preparing under the auspices of Heaven for a total emancipation."
    A visit to David Barton’s web site (www.wallbuilders.com) provides an essential, excellent and factual written record of the Founders' views on the matter of slavery. One source he does not quote, I believe, is the famous 1775 Edmund Burke "Speech on Conciliation" before the British Parliament, wherein he admonished the Parliament for its Proposal to declare a general enfranchisement of the slaves in America.

    Burke rather sarcastically observed that should the Parliament carry through with the Proposal before it: "Slaves as these unfortunate black people are, and dull as all men are from slavery, must they not a little suspect the offer of freedom from that very nation (England) which has sold them to their present masters? from that nation, one of whose causes of quarrel with those masters is their refusal to deal any more in that inhuman traffic?"

    He continued: "An offer of freedom from England would come rather oddly, shipped to them in an African vessel, which is refused an entry into the ports of Virginia or Carolina, with a cargo of three hundred Angola negroes. It would be curious to see the Guinea captain attempting at the same instant to publish his proclamation of liberty and to advertise his sale of slaves." Ahhh, how knowledge of the facts can alter one's opinion of the revisionist history that has been taught for generations in American schools (including its so-called "law schools"!!)

    Human beings are allotted ONLY A TINY SLIVER OF TIME ON THIS EARTH. (Pardon shouting) Each finds the world and his/her own community/nation existing as it is.

    If lawyers and judges cared enough to educate themselves (in this day of the Internet) on the history of civilization and America's real history, and if they used that knowledge and the resulting understanding, to do as much on behalf of liberty for ALL people as did Thomas Jefferson and America's other Founders, the world in the next century would be a better place.

    Remember: Thomas Jefferson was only 33 years old when he penned our Declaration of Independence which capsulized a truly revolutionary idea into a simple statement that survives to this day to inspire people all over the world to strive for liberty!

  • It Is Time to Take Our Focus Off of Trump

    02/16/2021 9:34:32 AM PST · 15 of 59
    loveliberty2 to Kaslin
    Thank you for posting Brown's words.

    On another thread, my post contained these thoughts from the scriptures:

    John 8:12:

    12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said:

    "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

    John 3:19-21

    19 "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil."

    20 "Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

    21 "But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God."

  • Joe Biden’s 'Dark Winter' Is Here

    02/16/2021 9:26:10 AM PST · 9 of 20
    loveliberty2 to Kaslin
    John 8:12 12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
    John 3:19-21

    19 ""This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

    20 "Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed."

    21 "But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God."

  • Prestigious San Francisco High School To ‘Combat Racism’ By Selecting Students Based On Skin Color

    02/15/2021 9:24:05 AM PST · 19 of 46
    loveliberty2 to loveliberty2
    The Arnett Speech is Centennial Sermon here.