The First National Day of Prayer and Fasting occurred on July 20, 1775. Congress attended “Divine Service” and ordered that a copy of the Resolution be “published in the Newspapers, and in Hand-bills.”
“As the Great Governor of the World, by his supreme and universal Providence, not only conducts the course of Nature with unerring Wisdom and Rectitude, but frequently influences the minds of Men…
This Congress, therefore, considering the present, critical, alarm- and calamitous State of these Colonies, do earnestly recommend that Thursday the 20th Day of July next, be observed by the Inhabitants of all the English Colonies on this Continent, as a Day of public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; that we may, with united Hearts and Voices… confess and deplore our many Sins; and offer up our joint Supplications to the all-wise, omnipotent, and merciful Disposer of all Events; humbly beseeching him to forgive our Iniquities, to remove our present Calamities, to avert those desolating Judgments, with which we are threatened, and to bless our rightful Sovereign King George the Third, and to inspire him with Wisdom to discern and pursue the true Interests of his Subjects, that a speedy end may be put to the civil discord between Great-Britain and the American Colonies…
[and] that the divine Blessing may descend and rest upon all our civil Rulers, and upon the Representatives of the People in their several Assemblies and Conventions, that they may be directed to wise and effectual Measures for preserving the Union, and securing the just Rights and Privileges of the Colonies…” Journals of Congress, Resolution for a Fast, June 12, 1775
James Still (Dec 2015), RetraceOurSteps.com
“… George Washington… General of the American Army… is to repair [take himself] as soon as possible to the Camp before Boston… We have appointed a continental Fast. Millions will be upon their Knees at once before their great Creator, imploring his Forgiveness and Blessing, [and] his Smiles on American Councils and Arms.” John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, June 17, 1775
The Republican governor’s plan to put money into classrooms disrupted the usual union coalition.
Gov. Doug Ducey appears to have solved one of the hairiest problems in Arizona politics: How to give more money to teachers—without raising taxes—and settle a long-standing billion-dollar lawsuit filed against the Grand Canyon state by its own school districts. Mr. Ducey, a former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, apparently knows how to wheel and deal.
Arizona ranks near the bottom of states by total per-pupil funding for K-12 education. Voters tried to fix the problem in 2000 in the usual way: by throwing money at it. They approved a referendum to raise the state sales tax to 5.6% from 5%, with all of this new revenue to be reserved for education. The measure was designed to ensure that school funding kept pace with inflation. The language required the legislature
Nov. 24, 2015 WSJ Notable & Quotable
The Speaker’s Lobby: Simmer Down
By: Chad Pergram, FOX News, 19 November 2015
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) probably knows how to calm things down when things get a little noisy around the house in Janesville, WI. Three kids and all, you know. So Ryan knew he had to quiet the din inside the House chamber Monday night to lead members in a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris terrorism attacks.
Ryan rapped the gavel a couple of times. The cacophony barely waned. The Wisconsin Republican immediately resorted to a tactic he may have used a time or two back home.
“Shhhhh!” interjected Ryan.
The commotion on the floor ceased immediately and proceeded to the moment of silence in record time.
With that singular, sibilant phonation, Ryan distinguished himself from his predecessor, former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
Little known history - 1798 the States fight back against Federal Government overreach
"Who did Jefferson believe had the right and the responsibility to protect citizens from federal abuse of power? The states. 'It is of immense consequence that the States retain as complete authority as possible over their own citizens,' he wrote."
No sooner had they formed a Republic, but President Adams attempted to silent speech he did not like.
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Now the militants are targeting the Afghan media that helped modernize attitudes.
In answering, I point to the enormous strides Afghanistan has taken since the fall of the Taliban. Close to nine million children are now in school, compared with fewer than a million before 2001; almost half of Afghan girls are nowenrolled and women make up 20% of students in higher education. Advances in health care have reduced the infant mortality rate by half. The economy has witnessed a fivefold increase in GDP, spurred by advances in technology and workforce development. In 2014 we held our third national democratic elections, and people were able to cast votes in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
With each passing democratic milestone, we are seeing a better-informed electorate, thanks
By: Chad Pergram, FOX News, 11 November 2015
Who brings a knife to a gunfight?
The answer of course is someone lacking a gun, outmatched and reduced to fending for themselves, wielding only a blade.
Such is the case with Congressional Republicans as they try to repeal parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. And seemingly, Republicans are only armed with a knife. They need a gun. But the knife is all they’ve got.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pitched his members at the weekly GOP luncheon Tuesday on the use of a special parliamentary gambit to undo some portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and strike federal dollars for Planned Parenthood. The parliamentary maneuver is called “budget reconciliation.” The reconciliation strategy can sidestep filibusters and curb amendment options for senators – the two most-fundamental tenets of Senate operations.
Budget reconciliation appeals to Senate Republicans because they’ve yet to conduct an actual, concrete vote on repealing the ACA. Democrats held the Senate majority since final passage of Obamacare in 2010. As a result, they could block such a vote from coming to the floor. Moreover, Democrats continue to barricade the Senate from voting on an Obamacare repeal – even though Democrats now operate in the minority. That’s because of filibusters. It takes 60 votes to overcome a filibuster – usually at two distinct parliamentary mileposts. Republicans now control 54 seats in the Senate. So the math to hinder an Obamacare repeal still favors the Democrats.
But that’s the beauty of budget reconciliation. If the House and Senate approve
Sylvia Thompson, October 26, 2015
To the many gullible souls out there who truly think that Barack Obama is "legacy building" in his all-out assault on America, I implore you to bow out of the conversation because you are not seeing clearly.
The term legacy carries positive connotations of something bequeath that is to the receiver's benefit. Everything that Barack Obama does is calculated to destroy America, which he despises. This man no more cares about legacy than he fears being properly prosecuted by the white political leaders whose responsibility it is to remove him from office.
I focus on white leaders, because whites are still in the majority and they fill the majority of political offices. If the majority of political operatives were of some other ethnicity, I would lodge my complaint against that group. Ethnicity is an issue only because Obama is half-black and he uses that fact to intimidate guilt-conflicted white people. Otherwise, he would have been impeached and likely in prison for treason by now.
Barack Obama's sole aim has been, since he first entered politics and continues as he winds down this presidency, the complete destruction of America as it was founded.
It is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans who must listen to elitist pundits on Fox news and elsewhere, and political drones in either party endeavor to make Obama's behavior fit a pattern of normalcy. Attributing his destructive policies to "legacy building" is either self-delusion on the part of the people who make that claim or cowardliness.
This is my take.