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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be [...]

John Adams: There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

John Adams: There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

LIBERTY LETTERS, 1776 Daniel Webster records that in 1776, while some men vacillated as to Independence, John Adams, the "Voice of the Declaration," arose and stirred the hearts of his countrymen with these immortal words: Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the [...]

Federalist Papers No. 80, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 80, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, June 21, 1788 Judicial Powers and Jurisdiction TO JUDGE with accuracy of the proper extent of the federal judicature, it will be necessary to consider, in the first place, what are its proper objects. It seems scarcely to admit of controversy, that the judicary authority of the [...]

The Defamation of the American Tradition

The Defamation of the American Tradition

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date November 01, 1962 Many of the departures from the American tradition came with dramatic swiftness in this century. A Rip Van Winkle who went to sleep in 1910 and woke again in 1935 would have discovered many of his fellow citizens strangely de­pendent [...]

“It Was a Real Killing Field”—Remembering Iwo Jima

“It Was a Real Killing Field”—Remembering Iwo Jima

PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES On February 19, 1945, 20-year-old Bill Young of Mooresville, North Carolina, disembarked an LST on a miserable hunk of black rock called Iwo Jima. He was part of a 75-mile-long convoy of ships preparing to dislodge the Japanese from this volcanic remnant of an island. The territory was formally part [...]

A Rebirth of Liberty

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date: Oct. 01, 1962 But Surely, I will be told, even if a rebirth of liberty were needed, now is not the time for it. What we need in these times, says the critic, are unity and strength. Surely, it is [...]

James Madison and the War of 1812

James Madison and the War of 1812

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Presidents Day reflections typically commemorate the exploits of two of our larger than life chief executives whose birthdays we celebrate in February—George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This piece instead assesses the contributions of a different American colossus—James Madison—and [...]

A Look Back at the Crusades

A Look Back at the Crusades

BY DENNIS BEHREANDT At the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama, our post-Christian President, took a swipe at Christians. We must “remember”, he preached, that “during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” This slanderous anecdote was part of a broader comparison the President was [...]

‘Brother Jonathan’s’ Prayer for Washington

‘Brother Jonathan’s’ Prayer for Washington

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, JONATHAN TRUMBULL TO GEORGE WASHINGTON 13th July 1775—Lebanon Suffer me to join in Congratulating you, on your appointment to be General and Commander in Chief of the Troops raised or to be raised for the Defence of American Liberty. Men who have tasted of Freedom, and who have felt their personal Rights, are not [...]

Genealogy of the Washington Family

Genealogy of the Washington Family

THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, BY WASHINGTON IRVING Vol. I, Chap. 1 The Washington family is of an ancient English stock, the genealogy of which has been traced up to the century immediately succeeding the Conquest. At that time it was in possession of landed estates and manorial privileges in the county of Durham, such as were [...]

Spooner: Trial By Jury

Spooner: Trial By Jury

Background of the American Civil War In 1852, abolitionist Lysander Spooner publishes an essay arguing that private citizens serving as jurors are the final arbiters of the law—not judges, not legislators, not executives, nor any agency or official of the government. Any government, that is its own judge of, and determines [...]

Beccaria—Of False Ideas of Utility

Beccaria—Of False Ideas of Utility

Background of the American Revolution In 1794, Cesare Beccaria anonymously publishes a small treatise on crime and punishment. Influential and widly read, the founders incorporated many of its thoughts into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The laws of this nature are those which forbid to wear arms, disarming those only who are not [...]

The Sphinx

The Sphinx

Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, by Nicholas Wapshott BOOK REVIEW BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The complicated strategic struggle between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and those who believed the United States could and should stay out of World War II has been repeatedly explored, mostly through works [...]

No Kings In America!—A Biblical Appeal

No Kings In America!—A Biblical Appeal

Paine’s Christianity: Part 3 BY STEVE FARRELL “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,” argued Thomas Paine. But let common sense have its day in the fertile ground of free speech, let every man have access to the Holy Writ and freedom of religion, so that he might read and [...]

Clarence Carson: The Road to Collectivism

Clarence Carson: The Road to Collectivism

Individual Liberty In The Crucible Of History, Part 5 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Sept. 01, 1962 Americans came upon the road to collectivism by diverse ways and from many paths. The signs that pointed toward this broad road filled seeker’s hearts with hope by such disarming [...]

The Interview: Paine’s Christianity, Part 2

The Interview: Paine’s Christianity, Part 2

BY STEVE FARRELL Thomas Paine Was founder Thomas Paine ever a Christian, and ever anything other than a man who shouted the Bible down as "Fraud!" Most of Paine's backers and critics enthusiastically cry "No!" To hear it from them, Paine was at once, a Deist, a Theosophist, a Secular Humanist, an Infidel, an Atheist, a Positive Atheist, [...]

What Happened One Christmas Night

What Happened One Christmas Night

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY The most important Christmas since the Birth of Christ was the Christmas of 1776. That’s the day a courageous, risk-taking General George Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution by his famous crossing of the Delaware River. Many of his 5,000 soldiers were so thinly clad as to be unfit for fighting. Some [...]

Judicial Monopoly Over the Constitution: Jefferson’s View

Judicial Monopoly Over the Constitution: Jefferson’s View

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date Oct 1, 1983 Do the Federal courts have a monopoly of the interpretation of the Constitution? Further, are the judges, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions . . .”? There is little reason to doubt that the [...]

Robert Rogers—Plan of Discipline

Robert Rogers—Plan of Discipline

Background of the American Revolution During the French and Indian War, Major Robert Rogers—in his Journal—records his instruction to the frontier militiamen assigned him. Such in general are the rules to be observed in the Ranging service; there are, however, a thousand occurrences and circumstances which may happen, that will make [...]

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS July 20, 1775 Preached in Christ-Church, Philadelphia, before the Honourable Continental Congress, July 20, 1775. Being the Day Recommended by Them for a General Fast throughout the United English Colonies of America. THE AMERICAN VINE: A SERMON Psalm 80, Verse 14 Return, We Beseech Thee, [...]

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