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Happy declaring our independence from tyranny day!

On July 2, 1776, 12 out of 13 colonial delegations voted in favor of a declaration of independence from England, with the New York delegate abstaining, unsure of how his constituents would wish him to vote.  John Adams wrote that July 2 would be celebrated as the most memorable epoch in the history of America; however the final draft of the Declaration of Independence wasn’t adopted by the Second Continental Congress until two days later July 4, 1776.  This is the date that was chosen to celebrate our declaration to the British Crown. Today as we fire up the grills and shoot off fireworks to celebrate a day off work, perhaps we should also reflect on the meaning behind our celebration.   For me it’s a very personal thing.  I thank God … Read entire article »

Filed under: 4th of July, Declaration of Independence, Freedom, indpendence

Natural Law

by RightHandMan The latest video by Whittle is excellent. It points out the difference between political and natural law. This is something fundamental to understanding American exceptionalism and sadly, something few understand today. Continue learning – continue educating. … Read entire article »

Filed under: american exceptionalism, Bill Whittle, Declaration of Independence, natural law, political law

A Call to Duty

by RightHandMan “To follow Rome, one of the greatest civilizations of all time, as it degenerated and fractured, is especially painful in view of the parallels to what is happening to America in our own times.” Thomas Sowell Recently Mr. Sowell, my favorite author, was interviewed by the Hoover Institution. In response to the quote above, he made a fascinating observation regarding these parallels with Rome and America. In the comparison he said, “…That we have to accommodate people who move here. You know, the old saying is ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’. The new one is, ‘when in Rome, tell the Romans what to do.’ And we are going along with it.” What has happened to us as a people? When did we become so self-deprecating? We have lost … Read entire article »

Filed under: Declaration of Independence, Hoover institute, Liberty, principles, Rome, thomas sowell

August 1814: Saving the Declaration of Independence

When people think of the War of 1812 two significant events of the war come to mind; the Battle of New Orleans and the burning of Washington D.C.  For the purpose of this post we will focus on the burning of Washington D.C. on 24 August 1814. The young capital of the new nation was relatively small and held little strategic value.  However the British were determined to send a message to the young American nation.  President Madison and Secretary of State Monroe received word that the British were landing their forces near a small village named Benedict just off the Patuxent River.  They mounted their horses and rode out to Benedict.  Their fears were confirmed.  A large British force was indeed landing near Benedict and President Madison was convinced that … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, British, Declaration of Independence, Stephen Pleasonton, war of 1812

Meet a Founding Father (part 2)

by RightHandManFrancis Lewis was born in Landaff, in South Wales in the year 1713. His father was a clergyman, belonging to the established church. His mother was the daughter of Dr. Pettingal, who was also a clergyman of the Episcopal establishment, and had his residence in North Wales. At the early age of four or five years, being left an orphan, the care of him devolved upon a maternal maiden aunt, who took singular pains to have him instructed in the native language of his country. He was afterwards sent to Scotland, where, in the family of a relation, he learned the Gaelic language. From this, he was transferred to the school of Westminster, where he completed his education; and enjoyed the reputation of being a good classical scholar. Mercantile pursuits … Read entire article »

Filed under: colonel mersey, continental congress, Declaration of Independence, fort oswego, francis lewis, moncalm, paul sweeney

Meet a Founding Father

by RightHandMan George Clymer was born in Philadelphia in 1739. He came from a respectable family, but was orphaned at an early age. Young Clymer’s mother died when he was one, and his father, the captain of a ship, died when he was seven. He was left in the care of his maternal uncle William Coleman, a respectable citizen of Philadelphia. Clymer was well educated by his uncle and showed to be a good student, curious and of clear mind. George never took to any of the learned professions but was well versed in the principles of law, history, and politics. When George was twenty-seven he married the daughter of a Philadelphia man named Mr. Meredith. This family association would prove valuable. Mr. Meredith was generous and well meaning. At some … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Revolution, bank of philadelphia, Declaration of Independence, George Clymer, George Washington, united states constitution

2 August 1776: The Declaration of Independence is signed

Each year since the birth of our great nation, we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July.  It was on this day in 1776 that delegates representing the colonies met in Philadelphia and adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring their independence from England.  It was an action that was not taken lightly for these men were committing an act of treason against the Crown of England punishable by death.  It took courage, it took an inner strength, it took an unshakable belief that we all were born with certain inalienable rights that are granted by our creator and not by a system of government. These men knew that by signing this Declaration they were placing their lives and the lives of their families in grave danger.  It was 234 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Congress, Declaration of Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Sacred Honor, sign

Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.  Take some time out of your busy picnic schedules to remember that our Founders’ pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor so that we may know freedom.  By signing the Declaration of Independence all 56 men were committing treason and the penalty for treason was death.  Our nation was born out of the courage of a few.  We must once again find the courage of our Founders to confront and solve the monumental problems that are rotting away the very fabric of our Republic.  I’m confident we will because the Spirit of 76 is part of who we are and what we hope to be. Below is a clip from HBO miniseries John Adams. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

Filed under: 4th of July, Declaration of Independence, john adams, Sacred Honor