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The American Legion: "Meaning of a Flag Draped Coffin"

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our "GOD GIVEN" rights and freedoms. (...) >>>

Dec. 28, 2009
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The Democrat heritage of racial politics:

Popmodal: "KKK Democrats Lynching Killing Black & White 'Radical Republicans'"

How is it possible that this piece of history has effectively been turned on its head in Europe? Ask any European and they'll tell you that the Republican Party is the party of the KKK, mob rule and racial discrimination. The Dems advocating direct action (positive discrimination) and other forms of 'identity politics' is really no surprise: it's the same racist principle only used in favor of minorities, just like Nazi polylogism is the same principle as postmodern multiculturalism. For MLK's color blindness we need real equality, as in "created equal in God's image". More on Popmodal.



July 18, 2009
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Rush Limbaugh: "The Americans Who Risked Everything"

My father, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it appeared in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words which you will see evidenced here:

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor"

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.
The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!"

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York."

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned (...)
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July 4, 2009
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Politeia: "US Independence Day: the gist"

(...) The most central piece of philosophy separating the United States from the rest of the world and leading to its true exceptionalism, is the axiom that rights derive from God or Nature, NOT from the state. This makes these rights inherent and universal to mankind, and unalienable.

This profound premise also divorces the nation's founding principles from the current occupier of the White House, who is a quintessential statist. One cannot help wondering how this structural incompatibility will work out in the future. (...) here are a few excerpts from HBO's miniseries on the life of John Adams and the first 50 years of the United States.
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On the occasion of American Independence Day, 4th of July 2009, we received following message from Eric Odom, Executive Director of American Liberty Alliance:

Fellow Patriots,

As we go into Independence Day weekend, it's important to remember the sacrifice behind this great and Historic day.

The following was sent to me this morning through email:

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

Read it all here.

Remember: freedom is never free! Whatever you're doing this weekend, be that a Tea Party or just time with friends and family... remember the sacrifice our founding fathers made.

The American Liberty Alliance wishes you a very safe and Happy Independence Day!

For Liberty,

-Eric Odom
Executive Director
American Liberty Alliance
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Here's a lovely Barney Fife episode on the Preamble of the US Constitution:



July 3, 2009
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Michael Scalise's Notes (Facebook): "Lincoln and the Civil War"

The Southern states had already won the slavery issue without firing a shot. The North had given the South every concession toward slavery. The infamous Supreme Court Dred Scott decision in 1857 had declared slaves as property. Lincoln and Congress had approved a constitutional amendment protecting slavery forever. Lincoln didn’t campaign on abolishing slavery in the south, but rather the opposite. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued 2 years into the war and was done to help keep Northern support behind the war because the North had been losing battle after battle. It also did not proclaim all slaves free, only the slaves in areas that the South controlled. Border states on the union side and parts of southern states that the union forces controlled were specifically excluded from the proclamation. (...) >>>
- Caption: The National Archives - Pictures of the Civil War -
Mar 6, 2009
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Europeans better take note - dispelling the myth of a black Democratic Party

Human Events: "Why Martin Luther King was Republican", by Frances Rice

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s. (...) >>>

Feb 1, 2009
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Politeia: "Red Flags", by Dr Sam Holliday

A parallel between Postmodern USA and Germany during the interbellum Weimar Republic.

Dec 2, 2008
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WSJ: "'A Day of Thanksgiving'

The national holiday actually began at a dark hour during our war for independence. Here's the story. By Ira Stoll

When was the first Thanksgiving? Most of us think of the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621. But if the question is about the first national Thanksgiving holiday, the answer is that the tradition began at a lesser-known moment in 1777 in York, Pa.
In July 1776, the American colonists declared independence from Britain. The months that followed were so bleak that there was not much to give thanks for. The Journals of the Continental Congress record no Thanksgiving in that year, only two days of "solemn fasting" and prayer.
For much of 1777, the situation was not much better. British troops controlled New York City. The Americans lost the strategic stronghold of Fort Ticonderoga, in upstate New York, to the British in July. In Delaware, on Sept. 11, troops led by Gen. George Washington lost the Battle of Brandywine, in which 200 Americans were killed, 500 wounded and 400 captured. In Pennsylvania, early in the morning of Sept. 21, another 300 American soldiers were killed or wounded and 100 captured in a British surprise attack that became known as the Paoli Massacre. (...) >>>

More illustrations (click to enlarge) on Atlas Shrugs >>>

Nov 26, 2008
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Politeia: "On Election Day, Kool-Aid for Everyone

Notes and comments on the Presidential Elections of 2008 >>>

4th Nov 2008
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute: "Lincoln, Douglas, and Their Historic Debates"

Long before television, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and the sound bite, political debate was a vital part of civic life in this country. This week, the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College look back at America's first great debates: the seven joint discussions between Abraham Lincoln andStephen Douglas during the Illinois U.S. Senate campaign of 1858. Longtime rivals who would meet up again in the watershed presidential election of 1860, Lincoln and Douglas famously debated at length about the issues of the day, including slavery, economic development, and American expansion. To take a closer look at each of the Lincoln-Douglas debates >>>

- Caption: Lincoln-Douglas, The Sequel (1860 Campaign) - (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
25th Sep 2008
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Politeia: "Who is a Patriot?", by Dr Sam Holliday (director of "The Armiger Cromwell Center")

(...) Traditional American patriotism claims there is right and wrong behavior, as defined by society, to demonstrate patriotism without regard to personal opinion. This means putting the country first, before ideology, factions, personal ambition, or anything else. Move. Most Europeans consider this view of patriotism a relic of the past. On the other hand, postmodernists present patriotism as being subjective and dependent on the life narrative of each individual. This means the memories, hopes, dreams and feelings of each person are stressed.

Most Americans and Europeans hold preconceptions that cause them to be emotionally committed to one of these two versions of patriotism. (...) Patriotism is a question of loyalty. It replaced the loyalty to an individual sovereign (lord, king, emperor), derived from feudal law, with loyalty to the people (a nation)—the new sovereign. In our case "the good People of these Colonies" absolved “all Allegiance to the British Crown".

In Europe the 68-generation has attempted to suppress any form of patriotism as integral nationalism: jingoistic chauvinism or the ethnic Darwinism of National Socialism. All expressions and symbols of the “outdated nation state” are frowned upon and suppressed through social pressure, i.e. political correctness. In Europe, and among postmodernists, sovereign nationalism is never considered.

Sovereign nationalism seeks the ideals expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Sovereign nationalism is an expression of the human desire for freedom and self-government. It places an emphasis on popular sovereignty, a constitution, decentralization, and civil rights—it is legitimized by a social contract between a people and their state. Sovereign nationalism is based on E Pluribus Unum—thus it is uniquely American and the reason traditional American patriotism differs from the politicized European versions, which are often closely interlinked with ethnicity or religion. The American version expresses pride in the founding documents of this country.

(...) We must have the courage, and be politically incorrect enough, to agree on civic virtues. We must distinguish right from wrong, good from bad. We must be judgmental. We can no long say everyone is a patriot just because they claim they love their country. Patriots are willing to work and sacrifice to advance the policies and interests of their country.

In addition to designating a new President, the November 2008 election will be a referendum on the meanings of patriotism which since the 1960s has been one aspect of the struggle between modernism and postmodernism. >>>

Updated: 6th Sep 2008
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... the not se secret life of political parties ...

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tlas Shrugs: "BLACK REPUBLICANS PLASTER BILLBOARDS IN DENVER" MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS A REPUBLICAN!"

How great is this? The National Black Republican Association is running 50 billboards across lunatic central - Denver, host to the DNC. How many people know Martin Luther King was a Republican? Or that the Republican party was the party of the abolition of slavery? Or that the Republicans were the party of civil rights? Check out some of these leading lights of the GOP through American history.
You must read:The Democrats' Missing History
A Walk in the Democratic Party’s Racist Graveyard By Frances Rice
Unveiled: Democrats’ Racist Past by Frances Rice
If you missed my coverage of the Black Republican Forum you can watch it the whole thing here (...) >>>

Updated: 25th Aug 2008
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Townhall: "Political Moral Philosophy - R.I.P.," by Ken Connor

"Political moral philosophy" sounds like an oxymoron in the context of our modern, unprincipled politics. Nevertheless, a sound moral philosophy is the vital center of any political movement intent on fashioning a just society. Unfortunately, both political parties today seem to have lost their grip on whatever moral philosophy they once held to be true. (...) "America is unique, strong, great because of a commitment to personal freedom—in our economic system and our politics. We are a free people who consented to be governed. Not vice-versa."
Personal freedom is foundational to all branches of conservative moral philosophy, but it is especially important to Christian conservatives. Christian conservatives believe that all individuals—rich or poor, black or white, whole or handicapped—have inherent worth, value and dignity. Their belief springs from the concept of the imago dei, that is, that every individual is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Their belief is bolstered by the notion that God loves humanity so much that he sent his son to die for fallen human beings in order to redeem them for eternity (John 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). These views give rise to the notion that all men stand equal before the law and that government exists to protect the rights that have been endowed to them by their creator.
Tension sometimes develops between the different strains of conservatism, especially between libertarian conservatives and Christian conservatives (...) over where to draw the lines limiting government involvement in the free choices of its people. For example, many libertarians oppose governmental attempts to restrict abortion, prohibit physician-assisted suicide or use tax monies to assist the poor. The basis for their opposition is that in a free society, government has no business limiting the rights of its citizens to make decisions for themselves. For libertarians, freedom is the ultimate value and the atomistic individual should be free to make decisions for himself by himself. (...)
Christian conservatives, while cherishing freedom, do not believe that freedom is the only value or that it gives rise to an unrestricted license in personal decision making. They believe that since we live in community with others who are of equal worth and dignity, we have obligations to our fellow citizens and not just to ourselves. (...) Its chief purpose is to protect life and to preserve order so that freedom can flourish for all. (...)
The conservative principles of equality and freedom formed the moral philosophy of the early United States. (...) The Declaration of Independence specifically focuses on these principles. It declares that the equality of all men and their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are self-evident truths. Human equality and freedom are the core principles that form the moral philosophy of the United States (...) the people have the right to "alter or abolish" the government if it ceases to fulfill its purpose.
(...) Through a discussion of the contrasting political philosophies, Americans will once again begin to develop their own individual political philosophies which, in turn, will guide their opinions and votes. (...) >>>

Updated: 15th June 2008
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Politeia: "Working on Utopia: the Last World Order"
Dated: 10th June 2008
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Introduction to this page, devoted to all things American: given the host of para-exegesis (deliberate misunderstandings) and simply a lack of knowledge about the origins and ideas that underlie the creation of the United States, this page seeks to further understanding through the compilation of articles and posts pertaining to such issues.

It differs from other dossier-pages on Politeia Articles. As a rule they seek to guide to further in-depth material elsewhere on the web. Americana" may contain lengthy quotes and excepts in order to offer a complete reference work by itself.

The European nations - in founding the E.U. - missed a golden opportunity to right a history-old wrong to enshrine in its cornerstone the sanctity of human equality and individual liberty; instead - as they have done through the ages - they reverted to the pernicious Utopianism through faulty philosophical principles and founded the union instead on coercion and subterfuge in behalf of a perceived collective. This dossier compiles also flagrant comparisons in order to expose the difference between the EU and the USA.

Important documents:

- The Declaration of Independence
- US Constitution
- Amendments I - X, the Bill of Rights
- Amendments XI - XXVII

Sources:

- The Jacksonian Party
- Teaching American History
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History

Related:

- "The McCain-Palin Ticket"
- "The Pomo White House"

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