“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood — the virtues that made America.” — Teddy Roosevelt
Guest Blog by Sharon Anderson
National Center for Constitutional Studies announces free internet course in Constitution.
These “webinars” will begin on July 7th, the in July, and continue each Tuesday for the first four Tuesdays of each month. We will teach our regular Making of America seminar but divide it up into four parts, presenting one part each Tuesday evening for four Tuesdays and then repeat the four parts again each month. It will also give an opportunity for participants to ask questions and have them answered during or after the formal presentation. Each participant may go to our NCCS website and download the applicable pages to the next Tuesday’s webinar. There is no cost for the study guide download or these webinars.
Here is a summary of the subjects covered in each of the four parts:
The, Part I (first Tuesdays) Few Americans today know the real story of how America was made. The struggle of the Founders through 180 years to discover the ideas of freedom will give you a deep appreciation for these people. As each American today experiences this amazing story, he will want to become an advocate and a teacher of America ‘s formula for freedom.
The Making of America Part II (second Tuesdays) In this session we will learn why the Founders called the study of politics a “divine science.” This concept surprises most Americans, but those who hear the story of where the Founders got their great ideas gain a great new hope for America today. One man said, “This is what I always felt inside, but I just have never heard it put in words before.” Also, we will discover why most people in history seem to have to go through a very rough period in order to have the perspective to really appreciate freedom.
The Making of America , Part III (third Tuesdays) In Parts I and II we learned the development of good constitutional ideas in the minds of the Founders. Now in Part III we undertake the study some
of the more profound provisions of the magnificent document we call the . We will point out original intent and it will be very apparent how far we have strayed by the examples we give. This is the point that participants begin to ask themselves how we could have gotten so far off base!
The Making of America , Part IV (fourth Tuesdays) We continue our study of the greatest freedom document ever written by man. Participants come away with the definite impression that the Founders really did have answers to nearly every problem we have in America today. This document is simple, yet profound. It is beautiful and its principles are universal and everlasting. This concluding session contains ideas and suggestions of what citizens can do now that they know somewhat about the freedom document that made the first free people in modern times.
Are you ready to learn from the Founders in the comfort of your own home? (Go to www.nccs.net/seminars/ for more information and to sign up and then please forward this information to your friends.) Time listed is Mountain Standard Time or Arizona time (which never changes):
Join us for a Webinar. The Making of America , Part 1 of 4
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MST
Reserve your Webinar seat now at www.nccs.net/seminars
*Participants should download Study Guide for Part I at www.nccs.net prior to the webinar.
**This webinar will be recorded and archived at www.nccs.net
***There is no cost for this webinar
“Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. In one in which the measures of government receive their impression so immediately from the sense of the (people) as in ours, it is. . .essential.”
“In proportion as the structure of a government give force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” George Washington
This was also on the Voice of the soldier. Just thought I would share it with you.
Who created 50 million jobs in America? Who paid wages fo high that the poorest workman could afford luxuries even the rich in other countries never had? Who paid for the research to develop new postwar products which could be providing greater prosperity than the world ever saw?
American industry—spurred on by the chance for profit.
It has paid more taxes, provided more jobs, paid higher wages, produced more goods at lower prices, developed more national security than any other system in any other time in any other part of the world.
Now this great force which has done all this for America is being treated by elements of government and labor as though it were an enemy. Industry is told what it must pay but government wants to decide what it can keep; industry managers who supply the brains to keep all business going are cut back and back in profit an the right to manage; a thousand regulations trip, hamstring and block business progress. The wonder is that American industry and those who own and manage it bother to keep on hoping and working.
It might pay all of us who share in industry’s benefits (all 129,999,000 of us) to examine the thousand or so who are
trying to kill it. Regardless of their names, the accent is foreign.
“The idea that even the brightest person or group of bright people, much less the U.S. Congress, can wisely manage an economy has to be the height of arrogance and conceit. Why? It is impossible for anyone to possess the knowledge that would be necessary for such an undertaking.”
– Economist Walter F. Williams
“Government has only two ways of getting money other than raising taxes. It can go into the money market and borrow, competing with its own citizens and driving up interest rates, which it has done, or it can print money, and it’s done that. Both methods are inflationary.”
– Ronald Reagan
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
– Abraham Lincoln
By Sharon Anderson
America, God Mend Thine Every Flaw
Friday, at Deseret Industries (a second hand store), I walked by a cart with books waiting to be put on the shelves and happened to notice one entitled Just and Holy Principles – Readings on America and the Constitution (1998). This like-new collection of over 25 talks, given 1839-1996, cost only a dollar, so it seemed like a gift put there just for me. It was a serendipitous discovery that helped counter the disappointment we felt that evening when we learned that the House passed the Cap and Trade bill. The book contains a timely and inspiring discourse, “America, God Mend Thine Every Flaw” by Neal A. Maxwell given 4 July 1993. Here are some excerpts:
As we sing of a “patriot dream that sees beyond the years,” it reminds us of the special perspective that patriotism possesses. True patriotism takes a long view of this nation’s needs. What does this reminding lyric tell us about our consistent and collective refusal, regardless of party, to face America’s mounting national debt and our destabilizing budget deficits.”
We cannot seem to see beyond the political moment, let alone “beyond the years.” Indeed, if certain conditions remain uncorrected in a lasting way, the “patriots’ dream” may be replaced by some nightmares!
Patriotism that sees “beyond the years” leave legacies to rising generations instead of debt. It leaves clean turf, not the debris-strewn fields of a selfish society.
“As we sing the words “confirm thy soul in self-control,” what of our society’s increasing lack of impulse control? More than we realize, our whole society really rests on the capacity of its citizens to give “obedience to the unenforceable.”
Widespread and sustained lack of self control will bring either several external controls or anarchy. The lack of self-control collectively and individually adds to our debt, to America’s devastating drug problem, and to our growing crime.
The quality of self-control is best grown in healthy family gardens. are the first places in which we learn how to balance rights and responsibilities. ”
We rightly sing about how a “good” America should be crowned “with brotherhood.” But instead of increasing brotherhood there is increasing separatism.
We plead for God to “mend” America’s “every flaw.” But can we both acknowledge our flaws productively and believe in the Mender? God’s blessings will depend upon our behavior. We can be “free from bondage, and from captivity,” if we serve God.
God’s blessings in the future are vital not only for America but also for the world. More hinges on what happens in America than we realize. America, with all its problems, is still a beacon. This beacon needs to shine more brightly today for the sake of alll mankind in order to give “hope to all the world.”
Patriotism required that America have and maintain a spiritual core in order that our hopes are not in vain. Without this spiritual core, our liberties, our cities, our fiscal policies, and our brotherhood will finally falter and fail. Virtue must, therefore, reside in the people as well as in the leaders.
The best single way to improve the quality of life in America is to improve the quality of our own individual lives and our own neighborhoods.
Our inspired Constitution is wisely designed to protect us from our excess of power, but it can do little to protect us from excesses of appetite or from our indifference to great principles or institutions.
Any significant unraveling of the moral fiber of the American people, therefore, finally imperils the Constitution. The moral fabric of this society can become dangerously and relentlessly frayed as too few strands strain to hold us together. Hence shared patriotic, spiritual, and moral commitments within this nation’s border are a vital as defending those borders!
by helping us to mend our flaws!
Note: In July 1993 national the debt was increasing by an astounding one billion dollars every 24 hour— little compared to what is happening today.
Our soldiers are not valued by President Obama!
He will bail out the bankers, the automakers, the homeowners, but he will not honor our nation’s obligation to take care of the soldiers that we sent into harm’s way. This is outrageous and inexcusable!
The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President’s Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment
WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the (VA) in such cases.
“It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan,” said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. “He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it.”
The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, “This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ‘ to care for him who shall have borne the battle’ given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm’s way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America’s veterans!”
What do you get when you cross America with Finland and Russia? Hopefully this is not an insight into our move towards Socialism and Communism!
A Finnish rock band called the Leningrad Cowboys performed with the old Red Army Choir, the official choir of the old Soviet armed forces. Here is their (quite unique) version of Sweet Home Alabama:
Guest Blog by Sharon Anderson
I appreciate what ingodwetrustblog.com, he wants to empower Americans and help us identify areas where we can agree. We don’t have to agree on EVERYTHING in order to find common ground where we can unitedly stand together to make a difference. If YOU are concerned about America and the direction we are going, read on….is trying to accomplish. Like the hosts of
From www.glennbeck. com:
Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?
Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?
Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?
If so, then you’ve fallen for thelie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.
We surround them.
So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.
The Nine Principles
- America is good.
- I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
- I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
- The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
- If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
- I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
- I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
- It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
- The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
If you agree with at least seven of those principles, then you are not alone. Please send a digital version of your picture to: wesurroundthem@ foxnews.com and then stay tuned to the radio and television shows over the coming weeks to see how we intend to pull back the curtain.
Bush will seek $350B bailout if Obama asks
Reflecting on the recession that is ending his tenure, Bush said, “I inherited a recession and I am leaving on a recession.”
“I readily concede I chucked aside my free-market principles when I was told … the situation we were facing could be worse than the Great Depression,” Bush said. “(But) we’ve taken extraordinary measures to deal with frozen credit markets (that) have helped thaw the credit market.”
The signers of the Declaration of Independence were willing to give up their lives and their fortunes for the principles of freedom. Many did forfeit their fortunes and some their lives. We look upon them as heroes. George Washington and many Americans with deep conviction and commitment suffered through a long and difficult war, believing that doing the right thing would eventually bring its own rewards; believing we must try, no matter the consequences.
George W. Bush has sold us out to try and maintain the status quo of a comfortable lifestyle. It is wrong. Twisting truth to justify his actions does a dis-service to our founding fathers and their great sacrifice. To sell out the future freedoms of our children in order to try and hold on to our wealth is wrong. It is especially sad since the answer to our debt-ridden society is the creation of greater debt. The result will be worse economic fallout in the future. The loss of our freedoms will have been for naught.
Sacrifice is a word that has lost its value in the modern world.
How did Lenin and Trotsky make such inroads with the Russian people to create a passionate blaze so intense as to tear down their society and forge a new government? Where did the inspiration stem from and what drove the mobs to such courage? The answer is simple and age old…they were inflamed with a spirit of covetousness to the point where their envy overcame rational thought. Today, the liberal socialist agenda is fanning those same feelings of class envy to the point where many Americans believe it to be their right to lay claim to equal wages and possessions that any other citizen has. It doesn’t seem to matter if no work, effort, or thought went into working for these privileges, rational thought gives way to what they believe is noble idealism.
Pandering to inherent laziness and envy in the name of arrogant socialist idealism is the weapon that has brought the United States to a point of danger we have not experienced since the Civil War.
For those of us who see the fallacies inherent in class envy, what should our attitude be? If we lose hope, despair will overwhelm us. To be of good cheer and refuse to sink into hopelessness is what the land of the brave is all about. We look for the good that is everywhere around us and we teach our children to separate the problems that have arisen in government and society from the heart and core of what it means to be an American. It is important to talk to them about the things that are happening around us. If we are sincere, they will hear the ring of truth like a clear bell and will be armed with knowledge that can help them detect empty, hollow promises.
If we point out the inspirational heritage we all share, if we instill a deep love for our country and our founders, we can help our loved ones escape cynicism that could inhibit feelings of patriotism. When the day comes that we all must stand and protect the stars and stripes from foreign invaders, our children will need to have a deep love for America.
How do we teach love of country in spite of the negative image of government that so many feel? Point out what America really is and explain that those things that oppose the principles that founded this nation must be separated from what we really are. Teach them that darkness eventually gives way to the light of sunrise if we do not give up. Teach them to hope.
God Bless America
Here is a video sent to us by Kassi McCauley that everyone needs to see. Is the American currency really going to be worthless?