Saturday, May 30, 2009

Samuel Adams Speech (part 7) Saturday

" 'Tis a strange species of generosity which requires a return infinitely more valuable than anything it could have bestowed; that demands as a reward for a defense of our property a surrender of those inestimable privileges to the arbitrary will of vindictive tyrants, which alone give value to that very property.
Courage, then, my countrymen; our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. Dismissing, therefore, the justice of our cause as incontestable, the only question is, What is best for us to pursue in our present circumstances?
The doctrine of dependence on Great Britain is, I believe, generally exploded; but as I would attend to the honest weakness of the simplest of men, you will pardon me if I offer a few words on that subject."
-Samuel Adams

To be continued.......Or read the whole speech here.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Samuel Adams Speech cont. (part 6) Saturday

"The part, therefore, which we then took, and the miseries to which we exposed ourselves ought to be charged to our affection to Britain. These Colonies granted more than their proportion to the support of the war. They raised, clothed, and maintained nearly twenty-five thousand men, and so sensible were the people of England of our great exertions that a message was annually sent to the House of Commons purporting "that his majesty, being highly satisfied with the zeal and vigor with which his faithful subjects in North America had exerted themselves in defense of his majesty's just rights and possessions, recommends it to the House to take the same into consideration and enable him to give them a proper compensation."
But what purpose can arguments of this kind answer? Did the protection we received annul our rights as men, and lay us under an obligation of being miserable?
Who among you, my countrymen, that is a father, would claim authority to make your child a slave because you had nourished him in infancy?"
-Samuel Adams
To be continued.....Or read speech here.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday's Quote, From John Locke

"Whenever the legislators endeavour to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence."

-John Locke (1632–1704), British philosopher.

Samuel Adams Speech cont. (part 5) Late for Saturday!

"But the last war, 'tis said, was purely American. This is a vulgar error, which, like many others, has gained credit by being confidently repeated. The dispute between the courts of Great Britain and France related to the limits of Canada and Nova Scotia. The controverted territory was not claimed by any in the Colonies, but by the crown of Great Britain. It was therefore their own quarrel. The infringement of a right which England had, by the treaty of Utrecht, of trading in the Indian country of Ohio, was another cause of the war. The French seized large quantities of British manufactures and took possession of a fort which a company of British merchants and factors had erected for the security of their commerce. The war was therefore waged in defense of lands claimed by the Crown, and for the protection of British property. The French at that time had no quarrel with America, and, as appears by letters sent from their commander-in-chief to some of the Colonies, wished to remain in peace with us." -Samuel Adams
To be continued....Or visit here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Supports For Folly- Against the Order of God and Nature, Benjamin Franklin Fridays

From "The 5000 Year Leap" by W. Cleon Skousen

"To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity; it is godlike; but, if we provide encouragement for laziness, and supports for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order of God and Nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as the proper punishments for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of, idleness and extravagance? Whenever we attempt to amend the scheme of Providence, and to interfere with the government of the world, we need be very circumspect, lest we do more harm than good." -Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thankful Thursday! YAY!!

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

First, I am so happy to find "Thankful Thursday" Here!

I am thankful for my new blog friends!

For "The Conservatve Homeschooler" and my dear friend who started it and who is letting me help her there!

For each member we have there so far!

For D. who sent me some great books!

I am thankful for our garden this year! And for all that is growing in it so far!

I am thankful for my family! For all of their smiles and laughs! For their hugs and kisses! I am thankful for our time together and all that God has blessed us with!

I am thankful for the new lap top computer, so that husband and I can both work at the desk together! Fun!

I am thankful for good, Christian music! For uplifting ones spirits and inspiring praise!

I am thankful that my house is about clean, from our spring cleaning! And for my little girls helping me!

I am thankful that my sister's pregnancy and two friends pregnancies are going so well!

I am thankful that my brother is planning a trip to visit us!

God bless you all and may we thank the Lord daily for His Many blessings He showers upon us!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Worshiping Almighty God, George Washington Wednesdays

From "The Patriot Post"

"The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights."
-George Washington
1789 - to the Annual meeting of Quakers
Category: Religious Liberty
Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (533)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Qualifications of Judges, Thomas Jefferson Tuesday

From "The Real Thomas Jefferson"

"The Judges....should always be men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, and attention: their minds should not be distracted with jarring interest." - Thomas Jefferson, To George Wythe (1776)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Virtuous People to Appoint a Virtuous Government--James Madison Monday

From "The Patriot's Post"

"Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them."
-James Madison
1788 - speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention
Category: Virtue
Reference: The True Republican, French, ed. (28-29)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

God's Hand in Motherhood

Okay, as usual, I am late writing! Sorry!

This evening, I have been thinking about God's hand in motherhood.

We see how God gave woman a body, to bring forth, into this world, a tiny baby, that He so caringly formed in her womb! A tiny seed that He choose to give life and grow into a child that that mother can hold in her womb and in her arms! It is as if God is such a part of the womans body, that He holds the babe, within her, in the very plam of His mighty Hands! How God must smile with a mother, as the baby kicks and strecthes within his safe little home, inside his mother, in the all powerful care of his loving God! Only a great and wonderful Creator could have made such a plan as this! How breathtaking! God has made her body, so that it grows for the baby, feeds the baby and makes ready to feed the baby once he arrives in this new big world. And when it is time for the baby to be brought out of the mothers womb, God has given her a body to bring forth this child!
Through the Bible, we read how God opens the barren womb and closes wombs, we are in awe of the virgin birth of His only Son, we see read His care in how He wanted to take Jerusalem up under His wing. So many times we see how our Great God who made us, is the loving Heavenly Father, who loves us, with the most perfect love of a father and mother. Because he made both, and gave both, each their special differences, He knows the complete make up of each and made the love of each in their own special way! How wonderful and amazing! God is soo Good!

I will never forget the pregnancies and births of our two girls.
With the first, I often worried about things that I heard, the what if's and could happens that everyone hears of! To drive my fears away, God put a song in my heart and mind, "God is so Good", the childrens song! Whenever thoughts started to creep into my mind, I would sing the song or think it in my mind instead! What peace it brought!
The feeling of a miracle and blessing from God was so real to me through both pregnancies and births! I do not see how Anyone can be with child and not be in awe and see the hand of God at work! It is so humbling to me, to see His blessing, the fruit of the womb, working in me! To watch your belly grow, to feel the small moves grow bigger, and how he plans the births out, in His own way!
What wonder! What a Mighty God we serve! Praise His Holy Name! Yes, Praise Him for all things He does for us and think upon His wonderful works!

"For You formed my inward parts;You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them."
Psalm 139:13-16

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate."
Psalm 127:3-5

"Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you."
Deuteronomy 7:12&13

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Samuel Adams Speech (part 4) Saturday's Words of Founding Fathers

"Men who content themselves with the semblance of truth, and a display of words talk much of our obligations to Great Britain for protection. Had she a single eye to our advantage? A nation of shopkeepers are very seldom so interested. Let us not be so amused with words! the extension of her commerce was her object. When she defended our coasts, she fought for her customers, and convoyed ourships loaded with wealth, which we had acquired for her by our industry. She has treated us as beasts of burden, whom the lordly masters cherish that they may carry a greater load. Let us inquire also against whom she has protected us? Against her own enemies with whom we had no quarrel, or only on her account, and against whom we always readily exerted our wealth and strength when they were required. Were these Colonies backward in giving assistance to Great Britain, when they were called upon in 1739 to aid the expedition against Cartagena? They at that time sent three thousand men to join the British army, altho the war commenced without their consent." -Samuel Adams
To be continued....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Our Posterity, Thomas Paine Thursday's

"As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight."

-Thomas Paine 1776 - Common Sense

A 100th Post Giveaway for $30 giftcard!

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"Life As Mom" Giveaways!

"Life As Mom" is having some great giveaways- 6 of them! To celebrate moms and Mother's day this week!
Here is a list of her giveaways:
a Peace Love MOM tshirt and notepad,
WomenHeart's All Heart Family Cookbook,
Chicken Soup for the Soul books devoted to mothers,
Complete Idiot Guide books for new moms: baby signing and baby naming,
"Food and Mood" by Elizabeth Somer,
and one of her favorite books of all time: "The Hidden Art of Homemaking"!

So go on over and join the fun! And celebrate motherhood!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Words of Our Founding Fathers, John Witherspoon

Today, we will let John Witherspoon give George Washington a break!

From "The Patriots Post"

"Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue."
-John Witherspoon
1776 - The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men
Category: Character
Reference: The Selected Writings of John Witherspoon, Miller ed. (140-1

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Object of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson Tuesday

From "The Patroit Post"

"This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."

-Thomas Jefferson
1825 - letter to Henry Lee
Category: Declaration of Independence
Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (1501)

Dayspring The Life Collection Giveaway!

Here is another great Mother's Day Giveaway! From "A Soft Place To Land", a beautiful collection to choose from! She says "It's called the Life Collection and it features the Bible verse John 10:10 (NIV), "I come that they might have life and have it to the full." Wow! One of my favorite verses! There is an Apron, pitcher, coffee mug, plates, etc!
She also has a link to get 20% off the Dayspring collection if you want to do your own shopping! So go check it out

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Fedaral Governmant vs.the State Governments,Madison Monday

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State." -James Madison, The Federalist Papers No.49

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cicero on True Law, Holding Humans Accountable

"True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrong doing by its prohibitions..... It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to attempt to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it.... There will be one master and one rule, that is, God, over us all, for He is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst penalties, even if he escapes what is commonly considered punishment." - Cicero

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Samuel Adams Saturday- Speech Part 3 cont.

"No man had once a greater veneration for Englishmen than I entertained. They were dear to me as branches of the same parental trunk, and partakers of the same religion and laws; I still view with respect the remains of the Constitution as I would a lifeless body which had once been animated by a great and heroic soul. But when I am aroused by the din of arms; when I behold legions of foreign assassins paid by Englishmen to imbrue their hands in our blood; when I tread over the uncoffined bodies of my countrymen, neighbors, and friends; when I see the locks of a venerable father torn by savage hands, and a feeble mother, clasping her infants to her bosom, and on her knees imploring their lives from her own slaves, whom Englishmen have allured to treachery and murder; when I behold my country, once the seat of industry, peace, and plenty, changed by Englishmen to a theater of blood and misery, Heaven forgive me if I can not root out those passions which it has implanted in my bosom, and detest submission to a people who have either ceased to be human, or have not virtue enough to feel their own wretchedness and servitude!" -Samuel Adams

Friday, May 1, 2009

Love of Power and Money, Term Limits, Benjamin Franklin Fridays -6

Our Founding Father's would agree, we have to

have Term Limits!

"Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power and the love of money. Separately, each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall at the same time be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. The vast number of such places it is that renders the British government so tempestuous. The struggles for them are the true source of all those factions which are perpetually dividing the nation, distracting its councils, hurrying it sometimes into fruitless and mischievous wars, and often compelling a submission to dishonorable terms of peace." -Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention in 1787
From "The 5000 Year Leap"
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