Thursday, July 29, 2010


Somebody Make a Play! - Dave Daubenmire from Disciples of Liberty on Vimeo.


By Coach Dave Daubenmire
July 29, 2010

I hope this doesn’t come across as self-serving, but I have something for you to view that I think is important.

As a friend of mine once said “something’s are better felt, than telt.” This is one of those things.

I have been writing a regular commentary for nearly five years and I am honored to have developed a group of loyal readers, some who actually enjoy what I have to say, and I appreciate the feedback, both pro and con, I receive on a regular basis.

But this one is going to be a little different.

I have been given the opportunity to speak at several Tea Parties here in the Midwest. I guess word travels fast that I have something to say that is worth hearing.

Initially, many of the organizers were hesitant to invite me because of the strong Christian message that I deliver. In their desire to obtain “unity” they were fearful that a message addressing the “moral issues” would be “divisive.”

“Many of us agree with you, Coach, but not all of the Tea Party folks are Christian. We love the enthusiasm you bring but we are wondering if you can tone down the ‘religion’ a little bit? We don’t want to offend any of our members. It is hard enough to get people to work together.”

I always try and calm their fears, but my answer is direct. “No sir, not only won’t I tone it done, I can’t tone it down. To change the message is to change the impact. Trust me; I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the reaction of the crowd. My message will unify, not divide. Americans are starving for someone to tell them the Truth.”

The only thing that can unify this nation is a sense of common values. Those values are built upon the pillars of Christianity. Only a return to the “Faith of our Fathers” will give us a chance at survival.

Our problems are not political. They are spiritual...moral. That is something Mom and Pop American understand. They don’t want to live in a nation where they are forced to follow Christianity, but they do want to see those values handed down to their children.

In their hearts, even those who never darken the doorway of a church know that those values are, well, so American. Don’t lie...don’t steal...don’t unto others…they know that those common values are the glue that keeps this nation patched together.

And they know those values are under attack. They know that this is not “one nation under Allah”...and they know which God the Pledge is referring to when they recite it. They know that the 10 Commandments are hard to live up to, they struggle in their own lives to follow them, but they understand their importance in helping America remain free.

For what it is worth, in my humble opinion, the Tea Party movement is destined for failure if at the center of the movement is not a push to return to the Christian values we all were raised with. It is that Christian culture that has made us strong and not the “multi-culture” that the leftists have tried to tell us was our strength. Strength is in unity, never in diversity. A diverse group of people unified by common values is E Pluribus Unum...“out of many, one."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Oswald Chambers


“If a teacher fascinates with his doctrine, his teaching never came from God. The teacher sent from God is the one who clears the way to Jesus and keeps it clear; souls forget altogether about him because the vision of Jesus is the only abiding result. When people are attracted to Jesus Christ through you, see always that you stay on God all the time, and their hearts and affections will never stop at you.

[What] has crippled many a church, many a Sunday School class and Bible class, is that the pastor or teacher has won people to himself, and the result when they leave is enervating sentimentality. The true man or woman of God never leaves that behind, every remembrance of them makes you want to serve God all the more.

So beware of stealing the hearts of the people of God in your mind. (2 Samuel 15:6) If once you get the thought, ‘It is my winsome way of putting it, my presentation of the truth that attracts’—the only name for that is the ugly name of thief, stealing the hearts of the sheep of God who do not know why they stop at you. Keep the mind stayed on God, and I defy anyone’s heart to stop at you, it will always go on to God. The peril comes when we forget that our duty is to present Jesus Christ and never get in the way in thought.”

Oswald Chambers

Prince of Fools

Prince of Fools

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them.

This quote came from the Czech Republic Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president."

"The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

Friday, July 23, 2010

Will Rogers

Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash with his best friend, Wylie Post, was probably the greatest political sage this country ever has known.


1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman, neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.

8. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

9. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

10. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

11. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.


First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.

Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

And, finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Lately I have been thinking of the Sovereignty of God in all the little things that happen in our life.
Not that I don't ever think of His sovereignty; it's just that sometimes we don't think of His sovereignty in the small things.
Those things aren't necessarily any big happening. It might just be a small thing, like, waiting in line for something or maybe dealing with a tiny infraction of a small child, or your car won't start, etc.

A friend forwarded this little gem, which made me think about His Sovereignty even more:
The' LITTLE' Things~
As you might remember, the head of a company survived
9/11 because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was
His turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn't go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident.

One of them
Missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change.

Car wouldn't start.

One couldn't
Get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
Took the various means to get to work but before
he got there, he developed a blister on his foot.

He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..
Now when I am
Stuck in traffic
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone
All the little things that annoy me,
I think to myself,
This is exactly where
I'm meant to be
At this very moment..
Next time your morning seems to be
Going wrong
The children are slow getting dressed,
You can't seem to find the car keys,
You hit every traffic light,
Don't get mad or frustrated;
It may be just that
Someone is watching over you.
May you continue to be blessed with all those annoying
little things and may you remember their possible purpose.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Give us Socialism! Lest we die!!!”

Give us Socialism! Lest we die!!!”

“If government spending is reduced in order to balance the budget, which one of the following government programs should receive lower federal funding than they currently do?” The results confirm the misguidedness and/or hypocrisy of the large percentage of this nation that identifies itself as “conservative.”

The poll report : 62% agree that we should cut government spending. Only 5% prefer to raise taxes (likely on someone else besides them) in order to fight the deficit. See below for link.

The bad news is, the “less spending” claim is an absolute joke: for only one of seventeen categories of government spending did more than 29% of the same people consent to less funding. That sole category was foreign aid (71%).

Foreign aid commands less than 1% of total US spending.

This means that for every category constituting 99% of federal spending, more than two-thirds of the population refuses to accept less federal spending. In fact, for twelve of those seventeen categories, more than three-fourths of those polled refuses to accept less. Even worse, for the two most socialistic programs which pose the biggest threat to our fiscal future—social security and medicare—a massive majority of 93% (for each) refuses to accept less funding. “Give us Socialism! Lest we die!!!”

The vast majority of people in this country—including a large chunk of those identifying as conservative, Republican, and even some TEA-Party conservativesremain closet socialists on social security and medicare, and really for almost every category of public spending. (“Sorry I just had to say that”)

A 1950s comic strip popularized the phrase, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Pogo used the phrase to propagandize for environmentalism, but it applies to all forms of government intervention, manipulation, etc. This poll confirms the truth: “We have found the Socialism, and Socialism is us.”

The force behind socialism is the public’s demand, dependence on, and defense of government handouts. Until these numbers reverse, and a vast majority of people refuse to take funds expropriated (stolen, that is) from other people, then we will continue to have government program upon government program until the deficit grows beyond our ability even to pay the interest on it. If we haven’t all ready!

In order to redistribute wealth, the government must extract wealth. The IRS alone employs over 100,000 people. One should recall Jefferson’s complaint against King George in the Declaration of Dependence “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

But Today we accept as normal swarms, harassment, and confiscation far beyond anything King George could have effected or imagined. And we just accept it! Our acceptance of it is our Declaration of Dependencedependence on government invasion and coercion. What our founders fought to free themselves from, the vast majority today fights to keep.


The only remedy to free us and return America to a path of prosperity is for the people to resolve our hearts and minds against government handouts in principle. Only then will we be able to develop the resolve to say, “Yes, cut spending across the board.” This will involve sacrifice, physically, psychologically, and monetarily for some of us, but for the sake of freedom and integrity it must take place. Only when we resolve to say “Yes” to sacrifice can we even begin to talk about the political steps necessary to make it happen.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


PEOPLE, ya need to wake up!
This is ridiculous!

Government Wants Your Individual Obesity Rating By 2014

All Americans, by 2014 will be required to have an individual obesity rating electronically recorded. It has been determined that under the new health stimulus law passed by President Barack Obama recently, that all Americans, by 2014, will be required to have electronic health records which will include their height, weight and body mass index(BMI).

Read the rest of the article here:


When we get piled
upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
we shall become as corrupt as Europe .

Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist
when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every
generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save
one-half the wars of the world.

Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for
Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the
pretense of taking care of them.

Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me
that most bad government results from too much

Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred
the use of arms.

Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the
people to retain the right to keep and bear arms
is, as a last resort, to protect themselves
against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be
refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants.

Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with
his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in
'I believe that
banking institutions are more dangerous to
our liberties
than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow
private banks to control the issue of their
currency, first by inflation,
then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will
grow up around the banks will deprive the people
of all property -
until their children
wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers

Friday, July 16, 2010

Assembly-Line Medicine By Chuck Baldwin

July 16, 2010

This column is archived at

It is no hyperbole to say that the consequences of the recently passed
"Obamacare" bills by the Congress will be horrific. In fact, I'm not even
sure that the English language contains a word sufficiently suitable to
describe exactly how dreadful the consequences of this new national health
care monstrosity will actually be.

With all its faults, America's health care system is the finest in the
world. Why else would rich people in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, and
elsewhere come to the US when the medical chips are really down? Socialized
medicine doesn't work for them and it won't work for the United States.

The negative effects of Obamacare are already starting to take effect.
Across the country, tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of
physicians are making preparations to retire. I would be willing to predict
that the vast majority of physicians who are financially able to retire will
do so before 2014 (the year Obamacare officially takes full effect). And who
can blame them? Not me.

Think of it: under Obamacare, physicians will be told to increase their
patient load by at least one-third, or maybe even half. Imagine a physician
with a government-mandated patient load of maybe 5,000 or 6,000 people (or
even more than that). Imagine some federal bureaucrat demanding that the
physician spend not more than, say, 4 minutes with each patient. Imagine
that physician being told what he or she will not be allowed to prescribe or
what they will not be allowed to treat. Imagine the health care Nazis
micromanaging not only patient care and treatment, but also wages and
pricing. If you think insurance companies have too much control over medical
care now, just wait until government-mandated (and controlled) medical care
is implemented. In other words, you ain't seen nothin' yet! How could any
self-respecting, conscientious physician practice medicine in an environment
such as that? They couldn't--and they won't. And this will create a shortage
of physicians like you won't believe, which only serves to push the patient
load per doctor and quality of care per patient to unsustainable levels. In
other words, prepare for assembly-line, one-size-fits-all medical care!

And don't expect any relief from the courts over inferior medical treatment,
either. With the federal government in charge of medical care, the patient's
right to recover damages from malpractice will be substantially limited.
After all, when is the last time anyone you know was able to successfully
sue the federal government for anything? The feds are immune, Brother. And
that means any federally-mandated and controlled health care will be largely
immune from any claim of malpractice--or at least that damages will be
strictly limited.

Plus, placing your medical care in the lap of the federal government allows
the feds to "share" even more of your personal information with hundreds of
its alphabet police agencies. Will your medical information be shared with
the BATFE, for example? If so, could some of that information be used to
deny your right to lawfully purchase a firearm? You can count on it! Good
grief! Guess which agency has been chosen to implement and enforce Obama's
national health care program? The IRS! If that doesn't send goose bumps up
your spine, you don't have one!

I cannot say it forcefully enough: the newly created Obamacare bills are
among the most evil and most reprehensible laws ever passed in Congress, the
result of which will destroy quality health care (except for the rich and
powerful); create perhaps the largest federal bureaucracy (complete with
ubiquitous government enforcers) ever seen; increase the size and scope of
the IRS to harass, seize, and imprison; and drive up health care costs,
federal spending, federal deficits, and, yes, taxes.

To make matters worse, the Obamacare bills are already being used to force
US taxpayers to fund abortions. According to, "The Obama
administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded
abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is
the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when
Congress considered the bill."

See the report at:

So, what can we do?

First of all, we should be demanding that our State governors and
legislators REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE in any national health care system. I am
saying it: individual states should tell the federal government in no
uncertain terms that their states will not participate in Obamacare. Period.
Furthermore, the states should stubbornly withhold any and all state monies
that would be used to underwrite national health care. Suing the federal
government is not enough. STATES MUST REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE! Are you
listening, Bill McCollum?

Furthermore, I encourage readers to immediately contact your US congressman
(woman) and demand that he or she support a discharge petition introduced by
Congressman Steve King of Iowa, which paves the way for Congress to repeal
H.R. 3590, the first national health care bill (there were actually two
separate national health care bills, which became law seven days apart). At
last count, the petition already has some 133 signatures. 218 are needed.

Obviously, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing everything she can to block
the discharge petition, but if 218 votes are gathered, she would not be able
to stop it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the bill can still be overturned and

I strongly urge everyone to learn the details of how many in Congress are
currently working to overturn this healthcare monstrosity by reading this
report in World Net Daily:

First, look to see if your House member has yet to sign the petition. If
not, do everything you can to put pressure on him or her to sign the
petition. Inform your relatives, friends, neighbors, fellow churchmen,
pastors, co-workers, etc., about the need to support Rep. King's discharge
petition and repeal Obamacare before it's too late.

The other thing our congressmen should do is support Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX)
"Private Option Health Care Act" (H.R. 5444): "To amend the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and
the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and to replace it
with provisions reforming the health care system by putting patients back in
charge of health care." This bill would repeal both H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872
(the second national health care bill). But beyond that, Paul's bill would
actually provide commonsense, freedom-friendly alternatives to Obama's
socialized medicine.

Learn about Dr. Paul's bill here:

Folks, this is not a partisan issue. The future of our children and
grandchildren's health care, our nation's overall economic well-being, and
even the freedom of our posterity is at stake. This cannot wait until the
November elections, either. We must insist that Congress act NOW to repeal
Obamacare. Even many Democrats now recognize that passing this abominable
legislation was a very serious mistake and are willing to reconsider their
support. Please contact your House member NOW! Here is a convenient web page
containing the contact information for all 435 US House members:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists."
- J. Edgar Hoover

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
- Samuel Adams

Some would like to think that the Constitution is a living document (which it's not), i.e., the meaning of the Constitution can change according to the whims of society.

Just think what would happen if they said that about the Bible!
You would have moral relativism, doing what's right in our own eyes, moral decay, no absolutes, the church would be apostate, the church would not be teaching sound doctrine.

Come to think of it, people do say that about the Bible.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Think About it!

To learn to think is a matter of habit.

To think is a matter of habit.

To not think is a matter of habit.

To learn to not think is a matter of habit.

Think about it.

Friday, July 9, 2010


"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Monday, July 5, 2010


I fully agree to what Peter Bradrick is saying in this video clip. It's just that some people don't realize that they are compromising.
You can go to and see more great clips like this one.

A Tiny Little Compromise from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


By Pastor Roger Anghis

June 27, 2010

Discovering America’s Christian Heritage

Foundation Scripture:

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of God, I will also forget they children.”

The last 100 years have seen revisionist historians remove the truth about our Founding Fathers and replace a history that never occurred. The new so-called history books used in our public school classes do NOT tell the truth about the Christian heritage of our nation. As pastors, we are mostly to blame by allowing our religious rights be trampled on without fighting back. We are no longer allowed to participate to any degree in the political process. Most of the pastors that I speak with today don’t even know that the church used to be the guiding force in the elections. Now we can’t endorse nor can we come against a candidate or party. Many pastors like it that way. They don’t want to ‘offend’ one party or the other. Simply put, they are cowards. When preaching the truth, someone will be offended no matter what. It is better to err on the side of truth than on the side of political correctness.

I have always said that if you are politically correct you are more often than not wrong! Over the last 100 years we have seen our Founding Fathers be denigrated almost to the point of irrelevance. The most attacked of our Founding Fathers is George Washington. He was Commander and Chief of the Continental Army, President of the Constitutional Convention that produced the Constitution, first President of the United States and the president that oversaw the creation of the Bill of Rights. He spent 50 years in public service in leadership roles. He was a prolific writer. There are almost 100 volumes of his writings as well as the writings of his contemporaries about him. In 1855 John Frederick Schroeder went through all of the available writings of George Washington and assembled a book entitled “The Maxims of George Washington’. These were divided into four categories: political, social, moral and religious.

Each of the categories began with a testimonial about Washington by one of his contemporaries concerning that particular topic. Some of these comments are: J.M. Sewall- “George Washington was a firm believer in the Christian religion.” Chief Justice John Marshall stated “George Washington was a sincere believer in the Christian faith.” Elias Boudinot, president of Congress during the Revolutionary War and was a member of Congress under George Washington, stated “The General was a Christian.” The book, The Maxims of George Washington, was recently reprinted and in the religion section all of the comments from Washington’s contemporaries were omitted and a professor’s commentary was inserted that claimed that Washington was a deist.

When you want to change the perception of someone you attack the character of the leader and that is what has been done with Washington. The revisionist historians dwell on the fact that Washington was a slave owner. He was. He was given the slaves when he was a teenager. He refused to break up the slave families and almost went broke in the process of keeping them together. He was against slavery and did all he could to end it. He lived in a state where you were not allowed to free a slave. Upon his death he did free them but many were put right back into slavery because of the states laws.

Another way the revisionist historians are attacking Washington is an article that stated that he was a Unitarian. All of his life he was an Episcopalian and this is well documented. The Unitarian church was not founded until 19 years after Washington had died. And the Unitarian church of that time period is not the Unitarian church of today.

During the framing of the Constitution many were tired of the bickering and lack of progress in establishing fundamentals of the Constitution. There was a call to take a few days break and during that break they attended church and in the local paper the prayer that was prayed over the attendees of the Convention was printed which called for God to help direct the proceedings. When they began deliberations again things began to come together, they were able to agree to things and they were able to complete the document and it was ratified.

Washington was elected president unanimously. He was the only president to be elected unanimously and during his inauguration after he took the oath of office he added “So help me God.” He requested that he be sworn in on the Bible and afterwards he leaned over and kissed the Bible indicating that this oath was not just to the people of the United States, but to God as well.

He then offered a pray for the nation. After the inauguration Congress went into session and before they did anything they went to church where a sermon was preached and prayers were offered for the elected officials and the nation and then they went back to the Congressional hall before adjourning. This made going to church an act of Congress. This would bring the ACLU to a boiling point today. They claim that our Founding Fathers demanded that there be no public display of religion especially within government proceedings. Somebody forgot to tell our Founding Fathers that.

This is what the revisionist historians are doing to our real history. They are distorting it to what they want it to be. This is why we need to not just know, but to teach our true history. If we don’t know it, we have to learn it. Christianity is the foundation of this nation and it is up to us to keep that history before the eyes of the people.

John Adams gave the first presidential speech ever given in the statehouse and according to Congressional records that included this prayer, “May this territory (Washington, D.C.) be the residence of virtue and happiness! In this city, may that piety and virtue, that wisdom and magnanimity, that constancy and self-government which adorned the greater character whose name it bears, be forever held in veneration! Here and throughout our country, may simple manners, pure morals, and true religion flourish forever!” Adams even published a book of poems that are based on scripture.

The teachings that our Founding Fathers were NOT Christians has no basis at all. Only in the writings of the revisionist historians do we see them portrayed as anything but Christians.

James Garfield, the 20th President, was involved in a revival where he preached 19 times during the revival, 34 people accepted the Lord and he personally baptized 31 of them. What President today would be allowed to do this without being chastised by the left and accused of attempting to ‘establish a religion’? Today we have very little of our ‘Freedom of Religion’ left. It is our responsibility to get it back so our future generations can enjoy the freedoms that our fathers enjoyed.

Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.

Friday, July 2, 2010


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer,James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Declaration Of Independence Day For Kids By Chuck Baldwin

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This past week, my son and constitutional attorney, Tim Baldwin, wrote the
following and then delivered it to his elementary age Bible class at our
church. It tells the story of our brave forebears' struggle for freedom and
independence in a way that even children can comprehend. Oh! By the way, the
class stood up and clapped after Tim delivered this address. I offer Tim's
lesson to my reading audience with the prospect that many of you may want to
read this story to your children or grandchildren this weekend, as we
celebrate our nation's independence.

A long time ago, or not so long ago, depending on how you look at it, men,
women and children set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in the 1600s to
establish their own communities and to raise their families in a country
that was inhabited only by Indian tribes and wild animals. By the thousands,
they risked their lives by traveling across a vast ocean of rough seas,
stormy nights and nauseating waves so they could build their homes in a
place called America. Many of them died on their way here, and even more of
them died after having reached the shores of the Atlantic coast. Still, with
all of the elements of nature against them, including disease, harsh winters
and some of the Indians who were very hostile towards them, they were able
to build homes, churches and a form of government so that they could live a
life pleasing to themselves, their families and their God.

During the 1600s and 1700s, more and more people came from mostly the
European countries. There were people who came to America under the
authority of the king of Great Britain to establish a colony. A colony is a
territory of land that is founded by a people on behalf of their government,
even though the government was not anywhere close to that territory of land.
Eventually, thirteen colonies were established in America, all of them in
the Eastern territories of America. The most northern colony was New
Hampshire and the most southern colony was Georgia. When each colony was
founded, the people of those colonies formed constitutions so that the
people of each colony could enjoy a free society and a free government.

These people had to work extremely hard to make a good life for themselves.
It has been described by people who first settled these areas that the trees
were so vast and many that a squirrel could travel from New Hampshire to
Georgia through trees and never have to touch the ground. Think of the
amount of work it took to clear out the land, build their homes and make
their food. To live in America was no easy task. It took determination, and
no one here could be lazy. You would die if you were.

As the years passed, the people in America became very self-sufficient,
relying upon their own hard work and labor to meet their needs. They thanked
God for the way He provided for them and all of them celebrated Thanksgiving
Day just as their forefathers, the Pilgrims, did, because they knew that God
had blessed them with a great country, with great people and great land to
live on. With the ability to take care of themselves, to provide for their
families, to run their own businesses and to have their own government,
there was a spirit of liberty and freedom in those colonies.

However, over time, it became apparent to everyone, including the king of
Great Britain and the Parliament of Great Britain, that the resources of
America were too valuable not to benefit from. So, Great Britain began
passing and executing laws that took advantage of the labor, agriculture and
industry of the American colonists. Even though Great Britain had very
little to do with the American way of life, their business and the people
there, they enjoyed taxing the colonists so that they could get money from
them and spend that money for the benefit of Great Britain.

The American colonists at first did not mind the laws that Great Britain
passed to tax and regulate them. They saw Great Britain as their mother
country and they gave loyalty to the king and parliament. They saw their
authority as complying with the British Constitution, which had existed
there throughout hundreds of years of their history. Great Britain had a
king to execute the laws, which would be similar to a President; it had a
Parliament to create laws, which would be similar to our Congress; and it
had judges, to apply the laws to individual cases, just as our courts do
today. The American colonists were very proud to be loyal to Great Britain,
because it was considered to be the greatest country in the world, with the
greatest form of government.

But that feeling did not last forever. What began happening was Great
Britain started using the American colonies and colonists as a way to obtain
more money and wealth for themselves. Finally, they passed a law called the
Stamp Act in 1765. This Stamp Act was designed to tax the internal
commercial activities of the colonies. Before the Stamp Act, Great Britain
taxed only the external commerce of the colonies, that is, where the
colonies shipped goods from America to other countries. But now, the Stamp
Act taxed goods and products that were made in America and sold in America.
This was the first time that Great Britain had tried to interfere with the
internal affairs of the American colonies.

To some in America, the Stamp Act was unacceptable, and they would not stand
for it. The colonial governments, which had been handling the affairs of
their own colonies, began sending to Great Britain their letters of
dissatisfaction, requesting that the king repeal this law. These colonists
cried out, "No taxation without representation!" See, the American colonies
were not involved in the way government operated and what laws passed in
Great Britain, because that was across the ocean and they had no
representatives in parliament to make sure their interests and their will
was expressed and made part of the decision making process. The resistance
became so heavy that the king and parliament decided to repeal the Stamp
Act. The colonists celebrated as they found out. They had parties, music and
gatherings all over to express their joy for what they had accomplished.

However, their celebration was soon to end. See, Great Britain repealed the
Stamp Act, but they still declared that they could regulate and tax the
colonies at any time they wanted, even though the colonists did not have any
representatives in Great Britain. Thus, it is no wonder that the conflict
between Great Britain and the colonies would soon arise again, and indeed it
did arise again.

Not too long after Great Britain repealed the Stamp Act, Great Britain
passed another law that taxed the America colonies, just as they did before.
Great Britain declared to the colonies that their laws were the supreme law
of the land and that they were constitutional. To resist these laws was
treason and worthy of extreme punishment. The colonists had mixed feelings
about what was going on before them. Some thought that Great Britain had the
constitutional right to regulate them because the constitution allowed them
to do so. Others did not care one way or the other. However, there were
others in America who believed that their natural rights from God allowed
them to govern themselves based upon their own consent and not upon the will
of some ruler who did not have their interests in mind. These people were
called Patriots.

In 1775, the intensity was becoming more and more heavy. Each colony was
trying to figure out what to do. Some suggested that they send more letters
to Great Britain, expressing their loyalty to the king and to the
constitution, just hoping that the king and parliament would listen to their
complaints and would grant them relief. But others were not so hopeful. One
man in particular believed that action was required and that mere words were
a waste of time. He believed that the time for taking up arms in defense of
their liberty was required, and that the king should know that they were
free people and would not stand to be trodden under the foot of the king.
This man was Patrick Henry.

The story goes that Patrick Henry delivered a speech that was so moving and
so full of wisdom and inspiration that he convinced the colony of Virginia
to do just what he said they should do: prepare for war! And that they did.
Now keep in mind, the colonists did not start a war, but they were preparing
for a war that Great Britain was launching against them. During this time,
Great Britain had sent soldiers to the colonies to make sure that the
colonists behaved and followed the laws passed by Great Britain. Patrick
Henry knew that those soldiers were not there to play games but to enforce
Great Britain's rule, and if necessary, kill those who refused.

A year of struggle between the colonists and Great Britain took place, but
the one incident that cemented in the minds of the people that they must
break away from their government was when Great Britain's soldiers tried to
disarm the people by taking away their guns and ammunition. During that
effort, some people died as the American colonists tried to defend what was
rightfully theirs. In the colonists' minds, like Patrick Henry, there was no
way that Great Britain and America could ever be reconciled with each other.
America must be free from them, for as Patrick Henry said in his famous
speech to take up arms in their defense, "Give me Liberty or give me death."

So, on July 4, 1776, after representatives were sent from each colony to
meet at a convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, each colony declared its
independence from Great Britain and America was born as a nation to stand
above all other nations. It was the place that God used to spread the gospel
of Jesus Christ to the rest of the world. It was the place where men and
women sacrificed their lives, fortunes and sacred honor, so that you and I
could have a legacy of freedom.

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