Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Fourth of July Article

by David Barton; An excerpt:
"John Adams believed that the Fourth of July should become a religious holiday – a day when we remembered God's hand in deliverance and a day of religious activities when we committed ourselves to Him in “solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” Such was the spirit of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of those who led it, evidenced even further in the words of John Quincy Adams, one who was deeply involved in the activities of the Revolution.

(Upon his return to France, in 1783, the young Adams served as an additional secretary to the U.S. commissioners in the negotiation of the Treaty of Paris that concluded the American Revolutionary War. - Ed. note)

In 1837, when he was 69 years old, he delivered a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts. He began that address with a question: “Why is it, friends and fellow citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it that entering on the 62nd year of our national existence you have honored [me] with an invitation to address you. . . ?”

The answer was easy: they had asked him to address them because he was old enough to remember what went on; they wanted an eye-witness to tell them of it! He next asked them: “Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?”

An interesting question: why is it that in America the Fourth of July and Christmas were our two top holidays? Note his answer: “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”
Sadly, far too many victims who sleep through gub'mint schools will never learn these truths.

Is it any wonder we have generations of intellectually bankrupt and morally degenerate citizens demanding their class warfare demi-gods in gub'mint use the police power of the state to confiscate wealth for their own perverse demands? And then howl with vociferous indignation - resorting even to violence in the streets - if others dare to question how that fits under the egalitarian principles embodied in our Constitution?

At least those victims who slept through gub'mint schools got a pass/fail grade in self-esteem and how to properly worship at the alter of Gaia.

God save the Republic.
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