Weekend Reading

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I appreciated this article about Patricia Krause, assistant director of the USO center in Saigon from 1965-68, and all that she did to support American troops during the Vietnam War.

Is Handwriting History?  From electronic signatures to taking class notes on a computer, very rarely does our society put pen to paper.  But is this helping or hindering us?  What are your thoughts?

 

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The Basis of Any Government

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“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed. . .No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

– Noah Webster

Weekend Reading

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Curious to know what self-discipline and a personal library have in common?  This article, A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning, has the answer.

Nature is an amazing testimony of God’s creation.  While summer is now a distant memory and everyone is back into their daily routine of work and school, that doesn’t have to change how you view the world around you.  See how photographer Jesse Burke prioritizes family and turns the great outdoors into a classroom for his daughters.

 

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Weekend Roundup

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Did you know that the U.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest representative constitution still in existence today?  Tomorrow, September 17th, marks 230 years since the birth of that great document; be sure to check out this short video series to learn more about the men, events, and ideas behind it.

If you want to know how you can better defend America and her principles, this course looks worth the time and money.  Although classes started a few days ago, with the course’s flexible schedule it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up.

 

*Cultural Contemplations is a private blog and is not affiliated with any particular institution or organization.

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Have You Forgotten?

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Fireman stands amidst rubble of the World Trade Center (source)

“September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift.  Every life has a purpose.  And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.”

– Former Senator Bill Frist

 

Labor Day 2017

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (source)

“On this day – this American holiday – we are celebrating the rights of free laboring men and women.

The preservation of these rights is vitally important now, not only to us who enjoy them – but to the whole future of Christian civilization. . .

These rights were established by our forefathers on the field of battle.  They have been defended – at great cost but with great success – on the field of battle, here on our own soil, and in foreign lands, and on all the seas all over the world.

There has never been a moment in our history when Americans were not ready to stand up as free men and fight for their rights.

In times of national emergency, one fact is brought home to us, clearly and decisively – the fact that all of our rights are interdependent.

The right of freedom of worship would mean nothing without freedom of speech.  And the rights of free labor as we know them today could not survive without the rights of free enterprise.

That is the indestructible bond that is between us – between all of us Americans: interdependence of interests, privileges, opportunities, responsibilities – interdependence of rights.

That is what unites us – men and women of all sections, of all races, of all faiths, of all occupations, of all political beliefs.  That is why we have been able to defy and frustrate the enemies who believed that they could divide us and conquer us from within. . .

And we know that a free labor system is the very foundation of a functioning democracy.  We know that one of the first acts of the Axis dictatorships has been to wipe out all the principles and standards which labor had been able to establish for its own preservation and advancement. . .

American workers, American farmers, American businessmen, American church people – all of us together – have the great responsibility and the great privilege of laboring to build a democratic world on enduring foundations.

May it be said on some future Labor Day by some future President of the United States that we did our work faithfully and well.”

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
excerpts from his “Labor Day Radio Address”, September 1st, 1941

(Full address available here)