To The Daily Sun,
The Declaration of Independence lists the offenses brought upon English colonials by King George. It was written after the olive branch to the king was shunned. We would do well to study this inspired document under the light of today. The main themes are: That people are endowed By Their Creator with certain unalienable rights and they the people grant rights to government.
The burden laid upon General Washington's shoulders was immense. He stated 67 occasions in his report to Congress "that had God not intervened in the contests the consequences would have been different." When Cornwallis put 6,000 men in boats to cross the York River and escape Washington, a tremendous storm came up and blew the boats back to the shore where the British were taken prisoner. Cornwallis exclaimed, "Even God wants Washington to win'.
Professor Gilbert Chinard a biographer of Thomas Jefferson wrote "Jefferson's great ambition at that time was to promote a renaissance of Anglo-Saxon primitive institutions on the new continent. Thus presented, the American Revolution was nothing but the reclamation of the Anglo-Saxon birthright of which colonists had been deprived by 'a long train of abuses.' Nor does it appear that there was anything in this theory which surprised or shocked his contemporaries .Adams apparently did not disapprove of it, and it would be easy to bring in many similar expressions of the same idea in documents of the time."
The first proposed seal was after the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, Franklin and Adams offered "Moses standing on the shore, and extending his hand over the sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open chariot, a crown on his head and a sword in his hand. Rays from a pillar of fire in the clouds reaching to Moses, to express that he acts by command of the deity. Motto: Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."
Eventually Congress adopted a simpler seal. An American eagle on one side and an unfinished pyramid with 13 steps, representing the original 13 colonies on the other side. Two mottoes in Latin inscribed stated Annuit Coeptis — He (God) hath favored our undertaking. And Novus Ordo Seclorum — the New Order of the Ages.
John Adams described: "Mr. Jefferson proposed: The children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, and on the other side Hengist and Horsa, the Saxon chiefs, from whom we claim the honor of being descended and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed."
John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." With all the debauchery emanating throughout our society it is a wonder that we have lasted this long.
John Adams wrote, "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward
Almighty God ... what a Utopia, what a paradise would this region be." Sounds much like the city of Enoch.
"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and congress and assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature"
Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787).
"There have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule ... confine it within the sphere of its appropriate duties. It has no power to raise a revenue or impose taxes except for those purposes enumerated in the Constitution. Every attempts to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed," Andrew Jackson.
James Madison wrote, "the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." He also wrote, "The powers delegated by the ... constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in State governments are numerous and indefinite," giving us a very limited federal government.
"... let virtue, honor, the love of liberty ... be ... the soul of this Constitution, and it will become the source of great and extensive happiness to this and future generations. Vice, ignorance, and want of vigilance, will be the only enemies able to destroy it." John Jay
Thomas Jefferson had this to say " When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
We have but two choices to view the situation we are in. Either the majority of our public servants are ignorant or have become part of a larger conspiracy.
Gene F. Danforth
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