Knowing The Difference between True Liberty And Fake Liberty

Let us re-adopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it, the practices, and policy, which harmonize with it. Let north and south – let all Americans – let all lovers of liberty everywhere – join in the great and good work. If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving. We shall have so saved it, that the succeeding millions of free happy people, the world over, shall rise up, and call us blessed, to the latest generations.

– Abraham Lincoln, October 16, 1854 Speech at Peoria

I could not agree more with Lincoln’s statement quoted above.  At the same time, is there not a tendency for liberty to become license, and for those enjoying liberty to be like the Israelites under the Judges – each one going his own way?

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5 Things You Need To Know About The Fourth Of July

Tuesday is July 4th, the day that Americans celebrate our nation’s birthday through pool parties, barbecues and spectacular fireworks shows. However, the true significance of the holiday and how it came to be enshrined in our culture often gets lost in the fanfare. To help remedy this, here are five things you need to know about the Fourth of July.

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How To Love This Freaky Country

AMERICAN PROGRESSIVES CAN’T ever match conservatives in displays of febrile patriotism, and for good reason. What Jesus told his followers about prayer is also good advice about loving a country: “Thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.”

Moreover, anyone who’s spent five minutes thinking about human history knows how dangerously volatile nationalism is. This is especially important to keep in mind in a country that has used nuclear weapons and pondered whether to drop tungsten rods on our enemies from orbit.

Nonetheless, I believe it behooves all of us to consider and celebrate what is resplendent about the United States of America.

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The Founders: Awesome Since 1776

It is time to say it. The Founders were awesome. In fact, the Founders are more amazing than ever. One of the many reasons is that the Founders put America on the path to ending slavery and, with Lincoln, ended it.

The Founders put America on the road to ending slavery by their public and private pronouncements and actions; pronouncements that would have led to their death if they were captured by the British. The Founders deplored slavery and blasted the King for engaging in the slave trade, as stated in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence. Even before the Constitution, the Founders forbade its spread via the Northwest Ordinance. The Founders, to include slaveholders Washington and Jefferson, knew that slavery was a sin and said so. They knew slavery was incompatible with the equality of the very God whom they drew their inspiration and justification. They also knew it could not be put away immediately, but they did what was possible to put it on the path to extinction.

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Jefferson’s Powerful Last Public Letter Reminds Us What Independence Day Is All About

As the nation’s 50th Fourth of July approached in 1826, Thomas Jefferson was at one of the lowest points of his life.

The author of the Declaration of Independence turned 83 on April 13. Just two months before, his beloved eldest granddaughter, Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead, had died after childbirth as Jefferson wept inconsolably in the next room.

She had suffered abuse from her alcoholic husband, and Jefferson tried his best to support her. But now everything was crumbling. He was in so much debt from mismanaging Monticello that he and his grandson petitioned the Virginia General Assembly for permission to raise cash through a lottery.

Richmond subjected the proposal to a humiliating debate. People around the country felt embarrassed for the country’s third president and sent a few donations. Jefferson’s family tried to shield him from the truth, but he was going to lose Monticello.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration To Bear Arms

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Almost everyone knows Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. But did you know he also wrote a Declaration of Arms?

A year prior to Congress’ adoption and ratification of the Declaration of Independence, the members were signing a declaration to pick up arms against the mother country. And Jefferson was again the primary author.

Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence when he was just 33 years old, the youngest member of Congress. He penned the Declaration of Arms when he was just 32 years old.

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Freedom and Tyranny: The Meaning of Independence Day

A reflection amidst the barbecues and fireworks and the paeans to patriotism.

The Fourth of July is not just another day off from work. Nor is it just the celebration of our country’s birth, the bold act of the Colonists in challenging the world’s greatest power and creating a government based on freedom and self-rule. On this day 241 years ago the delegates to the Second Continental Congress adopted a document that laid the foundations of the American political order. Sadly, the meaning of the Declaration of Independence has been lost, and the order it created eroded by progressivism.

One of the greatest statements of political philosophy occurs in the preamble to the Declaration:

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. ––That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . .

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