On Veterans Day, I was reading about what was probably the darkest moment in the American Revolution. It was late September 1777. The Brits controlled New York, and the Americans had lost Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York that July. In Delaware on September 11, George Washington lost the Battle of Brandywine: 200 Americans were killed, 500 wounded, and 400 captured. In Pennsylvania, on September 21, another 300 Americans were killed or wounded and 100 captured, in the Paoli Massacre. Washington’s army had been walking in the rain, and their ammunition was soaked and useless. At Valley Forge, 1,000 of Washington’s 9,000 troops were shoe less, and left bloody footprints in the snow. They lived on flour and water.
The British captured Philadelphia on September 26, and the Congress had to flee for their lives. Of the fifty-six who had signed the Declaration, only twenty remained as they gathered for a private meeting in York.
It was their darkest hour. John Adams remarked “The prospect is chilling, on every Side. Gloomy, dark, melancholy, and dispiriting.”
But Sam Adams, who was there, gave the speech everyone needed to hear:
From Samuel Adams, A Life, by Ira Stool (p. 3)
One of those present was John Adams’s cousin, the patriot leader Samuel Adams. His first wife and four of their children died of natural causes before the war began. At the Battle of Bunker Hill, British officers decapitated Samuel Adam’s close friend Joseph Warren and presented his head as a trophy to the British commanding general. Samuel Adams had spent the better part of three years at the Congress in Philadelphia separated from his two surviving children and his second wife. “Matters seem to be drawing to a crisis.” he had written her recently. Back in Boston, the British soldiers ripped out the pews of Old South Church, where Samuel Adams’ father had once worshiped, covered the floor with dirt, and used the church as a riding academy. Samuel Adam’s own house in Boston was vandalized by British troops so badly that it was uninhabitable. If the Revolutions failed, Samuel Adams could expect to meet the same fate at the hands of the British as Warren.
Yet on that day in York in late September 1777, Samuel Adams, a slightly heavy, gray haired fifty- five- year-old with large dark blue eyes, a prominent nose, and a high forehead, gave his fellow member so Congress a talk of encouragement.
“If we despond, public confidence is destroyed, the people will no longer yield their support to a hopeless contest and American liberty is no more, ” Samuel Adams said in the voice John Adams described as clear and harmonious. “
“Through the darkness which shrouds our prospects the ark of safety is visible. Despondency becomes not the dignity of our cause, nor the character of those who are its supporters.”
Sam went on :
“Let us awaken then, and evince a different spirit,—a spirit that shall inspire the people with confidence in themselves and in us, —a spirit that will encourage them to perseveres in this glorious struggle, until their rights and liberties shall be establish on a rock. We have proclaimed to the world our determination “to die freemen, rather than to live slaves.” We have appealed to Heaven for the justice of our cause, and in Heaven we have placed out trust. Numerous have been the manifestations of God’s providence in sustaining us. In the gloomy period of adversity, we have had “our cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.” We have been reduced to distress, and the arm of Omnipotence has raised us up. Let us still rely in humble confidence on Him who is mighty to save, Good tidings will soon arrive. We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection. “
And that’s the key isn’t it? Are we WORTHY of God’s aid and protection? Sam was.
For those of us who have no clue what they go through every single day…..all we can do is thank GOD we have men and women who give their all for America.
God Bless them, and their families.
I remember how excited I was the day I finished reading David McCollough’s biography of John Adams. I was even more excited when Tom Hanks brought his book to life in an HBO series. So you can imagine how surprised I was to hear a different version of history about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson last night on Mark Levine’s show. This historian, Jon Meacham, gave Jefferson all the glory and made John Adams out to be the stupid one when it came to Barbary pirates.
Funny, I thought—- that’s not how David McCullough reported it.
The author, Jon Meacham, was promoting his new book called Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.
From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–An honest look at Jefferson’s life, accomplishments, and inconsistencies. Bernstein does not gloss over his subject’s flaws and the controversies that surrounded him. The contradictions between Jefferson’s beliefs and his behavior, while exposing his human side, are not used to denigrate him or to diminish his accomplishments
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Bloomberg Businessweek
(Notice it’s the liberal media that loves it.)
Mr. Meacham made it sound like, it was Jefferson that stood up to the Barbary Pirates, against the wishes of John Adams. It wasn’t that he was wrong, it was the way he was presenting Jefferson as being so much wiser than John, and leaving out the particulars that was annoying.
To sum it up, in order for America to be able to use the shipping lanes in the Mediterranean, back in the early days of our country, they had to ‘pay’ the Sultan of Tripoli for safe passage. The Sultan, Abdrahaman, wanted more than Congress was willing to give, even though both France and Britain were already paying them. Jefferson had gone to Paris to help John negotiate with them.
(This bribery has NOT changed in all these years)
From John Adams (p. 352)
From Philadelphia, John Jay sent instructions to negotiate with the Barbary States. Funds were made available by Congress up to $80,000. But Adams and Jefferson had not money at hand. When Jefferson inquired whether Adams might borrow again from the Dutch, and reported that French officers in Paris were angry over not having been paid what they were due for services in the Revolution, Adams was helpless to do anything.
Remember, John Adams got a loan from the Dutch, (and he did this all by himself without the help of any of his ‘friends’ in Congress) so that George Washington could then go on with his battles and win the Revolutionary war. Without that loan, the war might have been lost.
From John Adams (P. 366)
In an exchange of letters between London and Paris , meantime, he and Jefferson considered the question of whether to pay tribute to the Barbary pirates or wage war with them. Jefferson recommend war as more honorable and proposed that an American fleet be built. Adams agreed in principle and promised, “I will go all lengths with you in promoting a navy.” Like Jefferson, he detested any prospect of paying bribes. But given that there was no American navy at present and that it would be years most likely before Congress voted such a resolution, Adams though it sensible to pay the money. “We ought not fight them at all, unless we determine to fight them forever” he told Jefferson who willingly deferred to Adam’s judgment. Later in January 1787, they would sign a pact with Morocco, whereby the Unites States, like France and Britain agreed to pay for protection.
Then Meacham, went on to give Jefferson the credit for building the Navy, at least I thought that’s what he said. I couldn’t believe it. Did I just hear that? All throughout McCullough’s book, Jefferson is seen hiding out on Monticello throughout the revolution…it was Adams that built that Navy.
When he became President, Adams asked Congress for the funds, and a bill for a ‘provisional army’ was passed.
From John Adams (p. 501)
The rebirth of the navy the ‘wooden walls’ he wanted above all for defense of the country, and a new Department of the Navy, separate from the War Department were his pride and joy.
Add to that the fact that when Jefferson became President, he disbanded much of our military, (typical democrat) and so, when the British invaded again in the war of 1812, it was Jefferson’s own fault, the country was unprotected. Adams begged him not to.
John Meacham, was obviously, making a not so accurate picture of Jefferson…the father of the democratic party. Jon is now helping Daddy Bush polish up the history of his son with 41’s new biography.
It’s easy enough to explain: Jon Meacham has connections to all the right people…many of them ‘progressives’ and who know to twist words, and report the right propaganda to affect the nation and the voters.
David McCullough is his own man.
Jon Meacham is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time Magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his work American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. en.wikipedia.org
It’s an election year…the democrats LOVE to bring out Thomas Jefferson, FDR, and the Kennedy’s and polish their stars.
It wasn’t too long after this that I hear ANOTHER biography on the great genius of FDR just came out. Propaganda to get the masses into voting for the RIGHT progressive, whether it be a Bush, or a Clinton.
And as my mother always said, when in life, most times it’s always wise to ‘consider the source.” When it comes to historians, it’s best to check who they are ‘associated” with.
That’s where you will usually find the truth.
Did we NEED another biography of Thomas Jefferson? No. But, it’s an election year…EVERYBODY is writing books.
The last really good movie I saw, one that I wanted to actually see again, was Jurassic World. Sure, The Martian was fun, but nobody does the sets, the acting, the action, the drama, as well as Steven Spielberg. The man was just born to do what he does.
Bridge of Spies is a movie of American history, and coming at a propitious time when daily we are bombarded with news that black is white, and our whole very notion of being “American” is being torn down. It’s A spy movie about when America traded ‘spies’ in the cold war, with the help of an insurance lawyer, who basically, against even our own government’s wishes, just does the right thing.
Yes, there still is a right, and a wrong. (even dogs know that.)
From HC Press.com:
Tom Hanks stars as James Donovan, an American attorney brought on to defend “suspected” Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) in 1957 in the early stages of the Cold War. Donovan is reluctant to take on the controversial client, but is encouraged to do so by his boss (Alan Alda) because America needs to prove that it gives everyone a fair trial. In other words, America is supposed to appear morally superior to its enemies, even though Abel’s guilt has already unofficially been determined.
Yes, James Donovan (Tom Hanks) defends the Soviet spy in the same tradition that John Adams defended the British soldiers of the Boston Massacre, and the whole time I was watching this movie I couldn’t help but think of how off the course of America we have come.
Obama can now, if he believes ANYBODY to be a threat to the nation, without a trial, imprison them for whatever time he likes, and Congress let him take that power. It was never even discussed in public, and yet a fundamental American right has been taken away. With Obama’s love and protection of all who are Muslim, this scares mostly those who HE thinks are enemies…and in Obama’s world, it’s a lot of the American population.
In this movie we see a normal citizen fight for the rights and lives of BOTH ‘spies’, American and Russian, the point being driving home is they are just doing their jobs. The ‘governments’ of our world, make decisions that a normal citizen would never make.
Not to mention, (going back to Obama) —Obama didn’t even attempt to get the release of four Americans out of Iran, when he was signing his ‘historical’ nuclear deals with Iran. You can’t help but compare Obama of today, with the past man in this movie, James Donovan, a nobody from some law firm, who goes on to get thousands of people released from jail in communist countries—which you learn as a footnote at the end.
Too bad we don’t have a James Donovan today.
As I left the theater, I wanted to see this beautifully told and meticulously crafted movie a few more times…but I can’t help but wonder why Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks continue in real life to support Obama? Why?
It’s a dichotomy that remains inexplicable: How many liberal actors make their living by blowing up people on screens with guns, and yet, want all guns banned? And how can directors and actors who make uplifting themes of the goodness of America, endorse someone like Obama? The MOST Un-American President to ever hold the office. How?
Is it really just all about the money? Can somebody answer that to me please? (I have my suspicions, but would love to hear yours.)
Anyway, go see the movie, because the PR is telling everyone NOT to.
You’ll want to see it…one more time.
Nobody hopes that Paul Ryan will not be the dictator that Nancy Pelosi, and John Boehner turned out to be. The spot itself, just like the Presidency, has grown exponentially in power and size beyond what the Constitution meant it to be.
Not many people know this, but Newt Gingrich, once welded the same kind of power over his members, as John Boehner. While Newt was known as the man who put the Republicans back in power in 1994, after fifty years of democratic rule, there were many men and women who went to Washington to serve in Gingrich’s ‘revolution’ and yet, in closed meetings they were told by Newt that either they go HIS way, or none of them would be re-elected or get on committees. Hard to believe, but Newt, after that ‘revolution’, abandoned many of the ideas that he wrote on that Contract with America board and cuddled up to Bill Clinton. The Freedom members of that time, had to admit defeat and just go back home.
When did this ‘power’ of the “speaker ” come about? According to some historians, It was Henry Clay that started it.
Henry Clay (from Kentucky) was probably the most innovative politician in American history , to be ranked with Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison as a political creator. A year after getting to the House he was elected its Speaker. Hitherto, the House had followed the English tradition, whereby the Speaker presided impartially and represented the collective consensus. Clay transformed this essentially non-political post into one of leadership, drilling and controlling a partisan majority and, in the process, making himself the most powerful politician in the country after the President. This made him a key figure in promoting the War of 1812 and in negotiating the Treaty of Ghent: and, somehow or other, he escaped any blame for the war’s disasters and returned from Ghent in Triumph. This led him to think he ought to be secretary of state to the new President, Monroe. When the job went to John Quincy Adams instead, Clay organized and led in the House a systematic. “Loyal opposition” another political innovations.
By all accounts, Henry Clay was a pre-Bill Clinton lovable cad. He was a big playboy, drank and gambled heavily. And he was very rich, due to the deals that he arranged by the power he held.
He was incredibly talented at stacking the house and getting his way. He was a dictator, but as one of the men in the house said about him:
“I don’t like Clay. He is a bad man, an imposter, a creator of wicked schemes. I wouldn’t speak to him but, by God, I love him!”
So, next time you wonder why your “representatives” in Washington D.C. never seem to do what they promised you they would do..
Go ahead. Blame Henry Clay. He expanded the power of the speakership and it remains to this day, next to the Presidency, a position of great power.
The opening statement of Trey Gowdy at the Benghazi hearings today, is one to be remembered. As Trey explains the years it took to get any kind of information on the events of a man being left to die in Benghazi, Hillary’s pompous attitude, as she is listening, is all you need to know about the kind of lying, contemptuous, criminal that she truly is. As she has kept basically saying, “Hey, the ambassador KNEW it was a dangerous job, so it’s his own fault for taking it.” I couldn’t help but imagine how Hillary would view ANY soldier that she would command as President.
She would be no different from Obama. She would put them into harm’s way without a thought to their deaths.
Suppose, as our President, Hillary Clinton had the same attitude to our military. “Hey, they knew what they were getting into..they can die. It’s WAR! Not my problem.”
This despicable ‘attitude” is a complete reversal of every American President that we have ever known. We NEVER leave men behind….or at least that has been the motto of our military.
If men don’t know that they have the support of their Commander-in-Chief, then why give your life? Why? As this was going on today, Obama vetoed the defense bill….that keeps our military running, all because he is more concerned about his butt-Muslim boys in Gitmo than our soldiers….and so far, nobody knows where the Commander In Chief was on 9/11 when the whole army was told to stand down.
We could “guess” that it was Obama’s call, and Hillary was just obeying that call, but then again…look at her. She is too vicious to not have any guilt here. She is just as guilty as he is.
In the three years that Hillary managed to “delay, delay, and delay” …there is now, overwhelming evidence that Obama and Hillary were using Libya to supply ammunition to Obama’s favorite Al-Quada group in Syria. Hillary and Obama could not afford to let that get out, therefore, those four men in Benghazi were expendable.
Hillary’s cold, calculating, and disdainful insulting attitude towards anybody who DARES ask her questions, should be scary to every person on the planet.
I didn’t watch the whole thing, that’s why I posted this.
My husband has been off work this week. (Which explains why I have only been able to post one post each day) One afternoon, we went to see the latest Matt Damon movie, “The Martian”. Basically the movie is about Americans going to Mars, and landing, and because of a storm, the crew takes off and leaves one man behind. I won’t spoil the movie for you except to say…all through the movie, EVERYBODY in our government in this movie was concerned about ‘getting the lost astronaut” back alive.
Right, I thought. We couldn’t even go get our boys in Benghazi, what makes anybody think that we’d go rescue a man on Mars? Not Hillary, Not Obama. That man would be left there.
“He knew the problems when he signed up.”
Long ago, I would have watched a movie with American patriotism with the belief that we truly DO have a great country. It’s going to take a hero to pull America even back on track, let alone out of the deep depressing hole we are in.
Yes, today was a historical day, but for Hillary Clinton, it was just too many hours of “I didn’t know” talking points, that kept her from her cell phone.
You know what was missing? Nobody mentioned that the poor man was gay and he was raped…and the other men who were killed, because THEY believed in their hearts, that they would NOT be left…but were left behind to die a horrible death, to save the political aspirations of two smirking psychopaths.
It’s one thing to give your life to your country, but to die for those two thugs in the White House?
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. —Machiavelli…The Prince
For years, all through the Obama administration, all through the horrendous losses that were so hard-fought by our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, through Obamacare, through the disasters of the last seven years, I have waited for George W. Bush to say SOMETHING…anything, about what Obama has done to this country. What Obama has done to the war that was Bush’s legacy.
But he remained..silent. It’s so stupid. Jimmy Carter AND Bill Clinton have done nothing BUT talk about the republicans, but the Bush family…OH NO..they are just so above that silly gossip.
When I heard this morning that X-President…George “This mission is over” W. Bush, had come out and finally said something, I couldn’t believe my own ears. I cannot COUNT the number of times that I have been waiting for him to say something… and when he finally decides to say something he attacks…Ted Cruz?
TED CRUZ!? Seriously? How about when Obama gave Iran 150 billion and permission to go full steam ahead to make their nukes putting the whole WORLD in danger?
You could have said something, don’t ya think George? Didn’t you once say that Iran was Evil? What? Did you stop being human? An American? What?
Excuse me. You might as well slap the American people, because there really is no one closer to the Constitution than Ted Cruz.
The former president told a small group of Jeb Bush donors recently that Cruz gets under his skin and is the most serious challenge his brother faces for the Republican nomination, Politico reported.
“I just don’t like the guy,” Bush said, according to Politico, which cited more than half a dozen donors at the event.
One donor told Politico that Bush said he found Cruz to be “opportunistic” for his apparent alliance with Donald Trump.
Another said that Bush was worried Cruz would give his brother Jeb a run for his money.
So, Nobody Asks: What’s this REALLY about?
What it’s really about is George W. Bush himself. It’s not even about his brother. Donald Trump hit the Bush family where they NEVER imagined anyone would ever dare hit them…he put the blame of 9/11 square on George W….in a roundabout way.
“I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers….No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”
“One day we’re told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan….He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.”
What did we hear afterwards about the 9/11 attacks from Bush? “We just couldn’t imagine this.”
Well, Donald Trump imagined it. And enough people have seen the 9/11 videos’ and some of us are starting to wonder if maybe the NEW WORLD ORDER globalists really had more to do with it than we dare imagine.
But why hate Ted Cruz?
Nobody Knows, but there is a good reason: Ted Cruz is the main guy in the Congress that is standing up for Constitution. Ted IS “We the People.” and in the Bush family, the motto is:
I’m with Trump. It’s BECAUSE of the elite greed of George W. Bush that we got Obama in the first place. He bailed out the banks, and giggled about it.
He is the elite of the elites. As George Carlin once said. “It’s a very small club, and you and I don’t belong to it.”
It’s just like George W. To not have enough guts to come out and attack Trump. He knows better. If he attacked Trump, Jeb’s polling number would go even lower. So…he goes after Cruz. Besides, there isn’t much to argue that he WAS the President when we were attacked.
Cruz, like Trump, was not afraid to speak:
“I have great respect for George W Bush, and was proud to work on his 2000 campaign and in his administration,” Cruz said. “It’s no surprise that President Bush is supporting his brother and attacking the candidates he believes pose a threat to his campaign. I have no intention of reciprocating. I met my wife Heidi working on his campaign, and so I will always be grateful to him.”
So, George Bush spoke for the first time, and attacked a fellow republican, and he did it because he doesn’t fear Ted Cruz. I’ve yet to hear him attack Obama OR Hillary.
What he DOES fear…is the American people….finding out that the elites of the world mean to do to them.
If that truth ever gets out, they might want vengeance.
But, that doesn’t mean the immigrants aren’t still flooding our country. Nobody knows how high the illegal number is, but the consensus seem to be around 40 million.
This has happened once before, when the nation was flooded by immigrants….but back then, there WAS no free food stamps, free housing, free educations…welfare. The immigrants that came to America, believed in holding their own.
Not surprisingly it was climate change that brought massive immigration to America back in the early 1800s. There was a very hard winter, of 1825–6, 1826-7, and 1829-30…in Europe. The last years the coldest ever recorded. People were starving, and the price to America by ship was cheap. Europe groaned from a heavy tax burden, which fell as usual upon the poor. Americans on the other hand, only paid on $12 dollars a year in taxes. Not only were the wages higher, but you could spend the money you made on your family.
But…because of the “bankers” printing endless money, unemployment was high. John Quincy Adams recorded in his diary of April 24, 1819:
The news didn’t reach those in Europe sailing for America. Tens of thousands of immigrant continued to arrive, to find no work and rising hostility. One observer, Emanuel Howitt, wrote that “the Yankees now (1819) regard the immigrant with the most sovereign contempt…a wretch, driven out of his own wretched country, and seeking a subsistence in this glorious land. “
John Quincy Adams, who headed the State Department announced its policy lines in the Niles Weekly Register:
“The America Republic invites nobody to come. We will keep out nobody. Arrivals will suffer no disadvantages as aliens. But they can expect no advantages either. Native born and foreign born face equal opportunities. What happens to them depends entirely on their individual ability and exertions, and on good fortune.”
And it was in those years, that the United States was Europeanized, with the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish.
It’s quite a different story now…..not only is the European family lines dying out, but so is the republic they built.
When someone asked Ben Franklin what the delegates in Congress had come up— with he said, “We gave you a republic, if you can keep it. ”
Will the new ‘immigrants’ to America’s want to keep the Anglo-Saxon’s historical republic? Or will they choose…what they are running from: socialism, and tyranny?
Pat Buchanan, has a great knack for putting into words, the obvious. In his last opinion piece he explains why many people are attracted to Trump:
When Trump says, “We never win anymore,” that resonates to these folks. They see 21st-century America as a nation that cannot win its wars, or secure its borders, or build an infrastructure of roads, bridges, rails and airports to match those rising in other countries.
Moreover, the spirit of revolt in the GOP, indeed, in both parties today, is not confined to the USA. It is roiling Europe. In Britain, France, Spain, Italy and Belgium, nationalism is tearing at the seams of nations. Secession from the EU appears to be an idea whose time is coming.
Right. Right. We see the rest of the world taking us over, while the Western Elite political families are busy making deals for their corporate friends, and their own families to stay in power…meanwhile they are building billionaire bunkers for the Holocaust they expect to happen from ‘climate change” but more than likely a Nuclear Iran.
Right now, most American would have to agree with Vladimir Putin who just said THIS about the United States:
“I think some of our partners simply have mush for brains, they do not have a clear understanding of what really happens in the country and what goals they are seeking to achieve.”
Mush. Putin masterfully explains Obama in one word.
Are you ready for the first democratic debate tonight?
I will, FORCE myself to watch it…just to let you know, the bloopers.
Liberia…Libya…I get those two mixed up.
So, here’s how to tell them apart: They are both in Africa (Can you tell that I did NOT take Africa studies in college?) but one has Hillary Clinton all over it, the other has Ebola, and James Monroe.
Since Obama likes to go back to our slavery problem about as much as he likes to go back to our gun problem. Once upon a time, we did have a President who was trying to find a way to get rid of slavery., which of course was VERY hard to do, since the whole South’s economy was based on the production of cotton. Thanks to Whitney and Fulton, the whole WORLD was just loving our cheap cotton. Just like now the whole WORLD loves Zuckerburg’s Facebook, and he needs MORE cheap slave workers…
But that’s another blog.
President James Monroe was a good guy by all accounts, and decided to…solve the slave problem by just shipping them back to Africa. He did managed to send a few thousand or more, but he had a big problem:
Most of them didn’t WANT to go back to Africa.
From The History of the American People:
Monroe is known to history chiefly as the author of the Monroe doctrine (John Quincy Adams was, but that’s another blog) (1823). He ought to be better known for his promotion of the scheme to solve the slavery problem by repatriating freed blacks to Africa. This was not just a humbugging tactical move on the part of conscience-stricken slave owners like himself. It was also backed by the powerful Evangelical anti-slavery lobby in Britain, who set up the first repatriation colony in Sierra Leone. So it was a “liberal” solution, or seemed so at that time. In 1819 Monroe supported Congressional legislation to set up a similar, American sponsored colony in Africa to be called Liberia. Its capital was named Monrovia after him. Some freed slaves did go to Liberia, where they immediately set themselves up as a ruling caste over the local Africans, a prime source of the country’s poverty and its ferocious civil wars, which continue to this day. American blacks seen to have realize instinctively that it would not work, that they were better off in America even as slaves than in Africa. They were scared of being sent there. Ten years after its foundation, Madison sold sixteen of his able-bodied slaves to a kinsman for $6,000, they giving “their glad consent” because of “their horror of Liberia.”
Of course, the South fought it. In 1844, Bishops John England of Charleston provided an elaborate theological justification to ease the consciences of Catholic slave owners.
So, there you go. A president TRIED to send them back to Africa, but they didn’t want to go, even if it meant their FREEDOM….and I have a suspicion that today, it wouldn’t be any different. Blacks here in the United States, for all their troubles, are well-fed, well-housed, and get vast government welfare. If Oprah Winfrey offered to take them all on a big cruise ship, never to return…I doubt she could fill the boat.
How about this: To stop the gun violence on the South Side of Chicago for starters, we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to pass a law that ANY black that murders someone with a gun, WILL be sent back to Africa, never to return to our country. After all, they might like it there, and fit right in. Crime and murder are big there too.
I bet if we started shipping blacks BACK to Africa after they commit a crime, they might all of a sudden start behaving like humans, instead of idiots.
That’s RACIST you say?
Well, then, whenever a Mexican commits a felony, and he’s illegal, Donald Trump suggest we send them back to Mexico, right? Muslims too. Send them all back. Get them out.
But Joyanna…blacks are citizens…Illegal’s are not. That’s true, but why should we keep these criminals in our country? Other countries send THEIR criminals to us, why don’t we start doing the same? A One way plane ticket would be a heck of lot cheaper than spending millions of dollars keeping them for years in our jails. Not to mention, think of the lives saved.
Liberia is STILL a cesspool of corruption. America recognized its Independence in 1862, and even though their lives would be MUCH worse than here, in Liberia, most men have four wives.
Even Kanye West would love that. All it takes is ONE rapper to start it off…
In fact, maybe we could call it the new Monroe Doctrine: If you don’t like America…LEAVE.
Did the Pope just give the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N.? Sounded like it to me. He endorsed the U.N. as being the official world “rule of law” and proclaimed that NO nation would be above any other, and that every citizen upon the planet had a RIGHT to an education, a house, a job, a religion, but only if they surrender to putting the ‘earth’ first and foremost. AND…the U.N. should control the economies, (and the world basically) and everything should be done for the ‘common’ good. Yes, a communist man, from a communist country, wants a communist world.
Good to know.
Did he get this permission from Congress yesterday to hand over our sovereignty in the name of ‘saving’ the planet?
Is THAT why John Bonehead resigned today?
Did the Chinese government just take over the United States? While our Presidents have been getting us all bound up in the Middle East, China as slowly been moving it’s chest pieces into place to take over as the leaders of the world and the U.N. Ha ha ha ha! Obama didn’t see THAT coming did he? You could tell at the press conference today that Obama and John Kerry had been really “screwed” in some deal by the Chinese by the looks on their faces. I’ve personally never seen them so pissed off. John Kerry was sitting in the front row with his arms crossed, mad. Obama was…MAD. Oh sure, their speeches were “blah. blah, China is on board with climate change” but something happened.
First China gets the TPA through, then gets our companies through their OWN greed, to come over and give them all their secret technology, and now, they are going to put over a million Chinese students in our country to study. We in turn, have to learn mandarin. (Zuckerface already speaks it.)
Donald Trump is right.
On top of that, yesterday, Xi Jinping met with top executives from Honeywell, Boeing, Cisco Systems, IBM, Starbucks, as well as Chinese firms Alibaba, Lenovo and Baidu. Facebook, Twitter, and Google were not invited. Tonight at a big party at the White House, he is meeting with Hollywood—Disney, Spielberg, and Netflix.
I guess when it comes to money, you can scrifice a few hundred million for the chance at 4 billion. It’s all about the numbers.
China, is basically calling all the shots. After that last cyber attack where China took down our whole govenment apparatus, I guess they now can control just about everyone.
So, who will get to control the United States? Mexico? Saudi Arabia? or China?
Or ….the Pope?
Is this Friday the 13th? Somebody check. I think they marked the calendar wrong.
I know one thing for sure, I will never forget THIS day in history. To me, it was the final quiet submission of a great country…to foreign nations.
By the way…they forgot to make room for Russia.
I watched Donald Trump speech last night, and one of the parts that I really enjoyed (besides the guy in the background that grinned all the way through his speech) was what the Trumpster had to say about how the Capitol Building, which has been surrounded by scaffolding since the Civil War it seems. He said it might not be finished before the inauguration.
Donald explained that SINCE it won’t be done by then, to make historical pictures look nice and wonderful, they plan to spend MILLIONS of taxpayers dollars to take the scaffolding down, and then put it back up again after the inauguration. Donald thought this was absurd.
“Why don’t you just hurry up and finish the project.” he asked the construction company. That’s what he would do, rather than take it down, and put it back up again, at the cost of millions.
Nobody is really talking about this absurdity, but almost everyone in the United States who has watched the establishes politicians in Washington D.C. know for a FACT, that that’s exactly what would happen if either Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton was elected. God FORBID their historical photo’s for their future presidential libraries be spoiled by an under construction Capitol building in the background.
I thought that was one of the most telling parts of his speech. Government waste, and the rich elites that make their millions, sucking the life out of us for their own benefit, is WHY Trump is popular.
I was so excited, I just might go out and buy one of those “Make America Great Again” hats and go visit my local Ferguson…who by the way, is getting a BRAND new fitness franchise where all the black lives that matter can join for $1 dollar, and buff up for their next riot.
Okay. On second thought: So maybe I’ll just wear it around my house.
Today, Hillary Clinton, compared the GOP’s attitude toward women, as bad as the terrorists, which is amazing considering the fact that video’s of Planned Parenthood executives have been taped laughing and bragging about all the money they are making off of butchered aborted fetuses. These videos have been just as shocking to Americans, as ISIS cutting off human heads.
BUT..in her typical Mammy-jammer fashion, Hillary turns that around, and accuses the GOP of being MUCH worse…Why they want to deprive women of health care! It’s party politics at its finest, and so I thought it rather propitious at this time in our history dig today, to ponder what George Washington, the father of our nation, warned us all about in his last farewell address:
Really, stop here if you don’t want to get depressed: In George Washington’s last address to the nation he had three main points:
“Differences, arguments, and debates there must be. But a common devotion to the Union, as the source of “your collective and individual happiness,” is the very foundation of the state. Central to this is respect of the Constitution: “The Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory on all.”
Well, THAT was pretty much thrown out the window after he left office, The Constitution died quite a while ago to our leaders, and it’s been a dirty little secret that it’s pretty much dead. People are just figuring it out. The parties are so much alike, that now the fights are like the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, except the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s were much more civil.
The fighting between the parties are like dogs all fighting for the same bone. Which is why people are sick of them all.
Can’t say George didn’t warn us.
“All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. “
Can’t say George didn’t warn us about that one either.
Washington believed that with law America was everything: without the law, it was nothing. Can you say…Amnesty?
SECOND: He thought it most important to keep clear of foreign entanglements. Isolation? Not at all. Independence? Yes.
The BEST advice ever given, unfortunately, nobody listened to it.
Can’t say he didn’t warn us.
THIRD: To Washington, it was most important to have a government of morals.
“Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. Anyway who tried to undermine these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizen was the very opposite of a patriot. Morality, cannot be sustained without religion. “
Well, there you go…We have come to the Clinton’s and the Obama’s—– the most immoral Presidents in American History. What would George have to say about them?
He’d have them shot. Really. That’s what they did in those days.
Yes, Washington worked hard to give us the first Constitution of the world, and he told us how to keep it.
So, how did we get into this fine mess that we find ourselves in? How did the big money corporations and elites of Harvard and Yale, end up ruling over all the rest of us?
The Revolutionary War, was like all wars, expensive. We started out in deep dept.
From the History of the American People:
In 1775 Congress authorized an issue of $2 million of bills of credit called Continentals to finance the war. By 1779 (December) $241.6 million of Continentals had been authorized. This was only part of the borrowing, which also included US Loan Certificates, foreign loans, bill of credit issued by the states, and other paper debts. Together they produced the worst inflation in United States history. By 1789 the Continentals were virtually valueless. By 1987 the debt had risen to $40 million domestic and $13 million Foreign.
(Sound familiar? How much did the Iraq war cost? A few trillion?)
Hamilton suggested that Congress gave one dollar for every hundred to the embittered people counting themselves lucky to get anything. And then he suggested that the Federal government take on all the debts of the states.
And so, Hamilton managed to pull the United States out of debt, with enough money to give Jefferson the means to make the Louisiana Purchase. BUT…the country was middle class, and was growing, and rich by most standards. Hamilton was looking good.
But he didn’t stop at that: Hamilton kept going. He convinced Congress that we needed a national money supply and so Congress chartered the Bank of North America as the first private commercial bank in the country and the first to get government incorporation. The bank opened in Philadelphia in 1782, and Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, James Monroe, and Jay were among its original stockholders and depositors. Hamilton wanted it to be more like the Bank of England. He wanted a board of 25 men, a main office and eight branches, serving as the government’s fiscal arm. Most of its stock was held by the government which was also its principal customer.
(Sound like the Federal Reserve?)
When Jefferson saw the concentration of power that this empire building was going to bring about, he protested against it. Jefferson was from wealth, and Hamilton was from poverty. So, while Jefferson wanted to curtail the growth of centralized moneyed government, Hamilton wanted to expand it. In fact Hamilton despised the poor. Especially the farmers, who hated the banks.
Hamilton wanted an elite an aristocracy to keep “the turbulent and uncontrollable masses” in subjection. But the elite had to be tough-minded, motivated by its own self interest. And because he wanted the elite to rule, Hamilton wanted a permanent senate who served for life, like a House of Lords. And it was this establishment of the Central bank that started the split of the countries into “parties.”
“Two parties began to form, in the new state, North versus South, farmers versus manufacturers, Virginia versus Massachusetts, states’ rights men versus federalist centralizers, old versus new. Jefferson protested that he had no wish to found a party.
“If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” Thomas Jefferson.
Hamilton was believed to be the founding father of the Republican Party. Jefferson, the Democrats, and we have forever been troubled by the lot of them ever since.
Nobody Wonders if Bill “Jefferson” Clinton added that middle name sometime in his life, to give himself political points.
What? Do you really think he was born with it?
HA! I want to see THAT birth certificate.