In 1776, John Adams was asked to share his opinions on government. In response, Adams wrote several letters and a pamphlet entitled, Thoughts on Government. Adams touched on three branches of government and a system of checks and balances. Thoughts on Government helped colonists embrace Independence and influenced several State Constitutions. (In 1780, John Adams became the primary author of the Massachusetts Constitution, the oldest functioning constitution in the world.)
“It has been the Will of Heaven, that We should be thrown into Existence at a Period, when the greatest Philosophers and Lawgivers of Antiquity would have wished to have lived: a Period, when a Coincidence of Circumstances, without Example, has afforded to thirteen Colonies at once an opportunity, of beginning Government anew from the Foundation and building as they choose. How few of the human Race, have ever
by DAVID FRENCH March 23, 2017 NRO
In the political version of the Iran–Iraq war, everyone has grievances and no one has virtues.
There is humor in almost everything, even the fast-motion collapse of honesty and integrity in American political discourse. On Tuesday the Washington Post (no, not the Onion) actually published a piece by former Obama national security-adviser Susan Rice titled, “When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe.”
Yes, that happened. The woman who went on every major Sunday-morning news program after the Benghazi terrorist attacks and told flat-out falsehoods about its nature and motivations is now lecturing America about integrity. A person who was one of the chief national-security officials when the Obama administration was spinning false narratives about the Iran nuclear deal actually wrote this:
The foundation of the United States’ unrivaled global leadership rests only in part on our military might, the strength of our economy and the power of our ideals. It is also grounded in the perception that the United States is steady, rational, and fact-based. To lead effectively, the United States must maintain respect and trust. So, when a White House deliberately dissembles and serially contorts the facts, its actions pose a serious risk to America’s global leadership, among friends and adversaries alike.
Those words are true. Too bad she disregarded them when the truth was politically inconvenient.
It’s easy to single out disingenuous Democrats.
African-Americans have heard lots of excuses for failure and are hungry for inspiration.
People should never be defined by circumstances beyond their control—a principle exemplified by the three women whose stories are popularized in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.” Based on a 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly, “Hidden Figures” chronicles how NASA mathematicians Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan overcame legal segregation and racial discrimination to play a critical role in astronaut John Glenn’s orbital mission aboard Friendship 7 in 1962.
There is a thirst among black Americans for such inspiring messages. I witnessed evidence of this yearning last week when I attended a book signing with Ms. Shetterly at the Fredericksburg, Va., campus of the University of Mary Washington. The 1,000-seat auditorium was filled to capacity by a predominantly African-American audience. People were packed into the balcony and there wasn’t a spare inch of standing room anywhere along the walls. The 100 copies of “Hidden Figures” that organizers had brought to the venue sold out well before the presentation began. Even the local bookstores ran out of copies.
During the question-and-answer session following Ms. Shetterly’s talk, some in the audience lamented that they had not known earlier about the heroines of “Hidden Figures.” Children in the audience
We Fight For Freedom (1776)
Following the American losses in the fall of 1776 and prior to the victory at Trenton, several States issued addresses in an effort to encourage their citizens. Among the addresses given was one to the citizens of New York written by John Jay. (John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1789.) After reading a copy of this address, Congress “earnestly recommended” it to all American citizens and ordered it “printed at the expense of the continent.”
“You and all men were created free, and authorized to establish civil government, for the preservation of your rights against oppression, and the security of that freedom which God hath given you… It is, therefore, not only necessary to the well-being of Society, but the duty of every man, to oppose and repel all those… who prostitute the powers of Government to destroy the happiness and freedom of the people over whom they may be appointed to rule…
But you are told that their armies are numerous, their fleet strong, their soldiers valiant, their resources great; [and] that you will be conquered… It is true that some [of our] forts have been taken, that our country hath been ravaged, and that our Maker is displeased with us. But it is also true that the King of Heaven is not like the King of Britain… If His assistance be sincerely implored, it will surely be obtained. If we turn from our sins, He will turn from His anger.
… [Therefore] let universal charity, public spirit and private virtue be inculcated [taught], encouraged and practiced; unite in preparing for a vigorous defense of your country, as if all depended on your own exertions; and when you have done these things, then rely upon the good Providence of Almighty God for success, in full confidence, that without His blessing all our efforts will evidently fail.” John Jay, Address of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York to their Constituents, December 23, 1776
James Still (Mar 2017), RetraceOurSteps.com
“… we do not fight for a few acres of land, but for freedom — for the freedom and happiness of millions yet unborn.” John Jay, Address of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York to their Constituents, December 23, 1776
The Arizona Department of Education is soliciting applications for a Committee to review Social Studies & Science Standards for K-12. Click here to fill out the application. Although the application is designed for teachers to apply, it is important that parents, grandparents and all of us who care about he education of our children be involved.
This is our opportunity to insure that our children are more grounded in American Exceptionalism, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and their historical implications.
After all, look at current educatioin by the "professionals" and the rationale for appointing Betsy DeVos to head the Federal Department of Education.
Our Featured Speaker will be Steve Chucri.
Maricopa County Supervisor, District 2
February 16, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
AND to put more "Party" in Tea Party - After the meeting - we "break bread together" - or, eat dinner, with more discussion
8:30pm All American Modern Sports Grill at DC Ranch Market Street for food and socializing afterward