The Universal Education of Youth

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“But passing by all other considerations, and contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them.  We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism.”

– Benjamin Rush

 

 

Posterity

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Portrait of John Quincy Adams by Charles Robert Leslie (source)

“Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.  They form the connecting links between the selfish and the social passions.  By the fundamental principle of Christianity, the happiness of the individual is Later-woven, by innumerable and imperceptible ties, with that of his contemporaries: by the power of filial reverence and parental affection, individual existence is extended beyond the limits of individual life, and the happiness of every age is chained in mutual dependence upon that of every other.”

– John Quincy Adams (July 11th, 1767 – February 23rd, 1848),
from his “Oration at Plymouth”, December 1802

Weekend Reading

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Having just celebrated America’s founding, perhaps it’s a good time to visit the question of whether or not we are a Christian nation.  I thought this article proposed an interesting answer.

And in today’s gender-equal society, it was refreshing to read this piece, about how important masculinity really is: The Feminization of Everything Fails Our Boys.

 

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Independence Day 2017

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America!  America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America!  America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America!  America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America!  America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

– Katharine Lee Bates

Happy 4th of July!

Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor
by Paul Harvey

Do you know happened to each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence?  Sadly, many Americans don’t.  But when those 56 men “mutually pledge[d] to each other [their] Lives, [their] Fortunes and [their] sacred Honor” they were not just waxing eloquent – they were essentially signing their own death warrants.

Conveyed in typical Paul Harvey fashion, this small yet profound book tells “the rest of the story” about the lives of the men who were willing to risk everything that we might be free.

Weekend Reading

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What do Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia have to do with each other? Find out in this infographic: The Roots of American Order.

Do you want to change the world for the better?  Although it’s from a few years ago, the University of Texas at Austin’s 2014 commencement speech is worth a read.  In it Navy Admiral William H. McRaven shared with graduates 10 life lessons he learned from Navy SEAL training.  (I highly recommend reading the full speech, but you can find a condensed version of the lessons here.)

 

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Socialism

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“Back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.”

– Ronald Reagan

 

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