A Thanksgiving Discourse by Rev. George Washington Cole

GiveThanksA Thanksgiving Discourse by Rev. George Washington Cole; Rector of St. Peter’s Church, Tecumseh, and of St. Patrick’s, Clinton, Detroit.

December 1st, 1836. Rev. And Dear Sir:—
At a meeting of the vestry of St. Patrick’s Church, held last evening, the undersigned were appointed a committee to solicit a copy of your Thanksgiving Sermon for publication. We can assure you that a compliance will gratify the large audience attending upon that occasion.
Respectfully your Obedient servants,
A. Cressy,
R. Townsend.
Rev. George W. Cole.
Tecumseh, Mich., Dec. 13th, 1836, Gentlemen:—
The copy of my discourse which you have so kindly requested, I herewith submit to your disposal. I yield to your obliging request the more cheerfully, from the conviction that it has been prompted in a great measure by the kind regard entertained for me, by the large and respectable congregation before whom the discourse was delivered. Should the publication of it conduce in any degree to the moral or religious welfare of your interesting and thriving village, and of this com. munity, to whose kindness I am under many obligations, I shall be amply reward, ed for this humble production delivered by request before a promiseuous assembly of my fellow citizens, on a day of public praise and thanksgiving.
Yours affectionately,
George W. Cole. To Dr. A. Cressy, And
Richard Townsend, Esqr.


“God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us. That thy ways may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee O God; let all the people praise thee.” Psalm, lxrii. 1,2,3.

I have selected this language, my brethren, as peculiarly appropriate to the occasion which has assembled us this morning—as expressive of the feelings and sentiments with which we should “come to appear before the Lord” to-day. To awaken such sentiments as are here expressed, and to form corresponding purposes of life, is the object for which we are now together.

The Governor of one of our states, in a recent proclamation, has expressed himself in terms so beautifully in unison with the language which I have just read from the inspired page, that I may be permitted here to cite it. ” Let our hearts” he says ” kindle with gratitude, at the survey of our civil and religious, our social and domestic enjoyments;” and after enumerating many of them, he continues—” and above all, that we are still enlightened by the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, while multitudes of our race are still enveloped in moral darkness. And while we commemorate with thanksgiving these testimonials of God’s goodness, let us acknowledge with deep humility our own unworthiness, and in the name of our Redeemer, present our petitions for the continuance of Divine favors. In his name ‘ let us come boldly to the throne of grace’ and pray for the richest blessings both temporal and spiritual to descend upon our state and nation; especially that a healthful moral influence may extend through the length and breadth of our land, and that our favored country may shine forth among the nations, conspicuous in holiness, and be eminently instrumental in communicating throughout the world, a knowledge of the true God and of our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

We have here a view of the design for which is set apart this day of public praise and thanksgiving. To such language, the full and united response of our hearts should be, ” God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us. That thy ways may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.”

This psalm and the one immediately before it are supposed to have been composed by David, on the occasion of his being finally established upon his throne, having been victorious over all his foreign enemies, and having subdued all intestine commotions, and established peace and tranquility, through all the borders of his kingdom. Psalms similar to those were often rehearsed by Jewish congregations at their festivals. And among them festivals were frequent, and were established by express divine appointment.— They had their ” feast of Tabernacles” commemorative of their sojourn in the wilderness.

They had their “feast of the Passover” when were celebrated their escape from Egyptian bondage, and the preservation of their first-born, on that night when the first-born of the Egyptians were destroyed.

The feast of Pentecost was their annual thanksgiving, when the signal mercies of God towards them as a nation, and especially his blessing upon the fruits of the earth, were commemorated with various demonstrations of joy.

One principal design for which God required his chosen people to observe certain appointed seasons as holy festivals was, to keep vividly before their minds the truth that Jehovah was their God—that “He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth,” and that ” every good and perfect gift cometh down from the Father of lights with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.”

The great end to be kept in view by us in the observance of religious festivals appointed by the civil authorities, is the public recognition of an overruling Providence—the acknowledging of God in all our ways, in our social relations and in our individual capacities—a simultaneous expression of dependence upon the great Parent of all, for our every enjoyment, civil and religious, social and individual. And it should excite our devout gratulations that a usage which, in its design, is so consonant with the revealed will of God, and which has received the sanction of so many ages, is gradually gaining ground in our own land, among a people so signally favored of the Lord. Blessed is that people whose devout public acknowledgments are, that the Lord is their God.

“Let the people praise thee O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; and God, even our own God shall bless us. God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”

The psalm from which my text is taken is considered by some as a prayer, by others as a prophecy; but all christian commentators admit that it refers to the general diffusion of such blessings as we now enjoy. That which the Prophets “wrapt in holy vision,” saw in the far future, has become to us matter of actual observation and experience. Those blessings, the dim outline of which, viewed through the long lapse of ages, fired the heart and woke the glowing praise of the patriarch David, are distinctly seen by us, and felt and heard. God has been ” merciful to us” as a people, he has ” blessed us;” he has “caused his face to shine upon us.” The truth of these propositions will be readily admitted. But it is proper on the present occasion to enlarge upon them.

It will be perceived that it is not now my object to illustrate each particular clause of the text, nor to consider the whole in its primary and more direct application ; though it is justly applicable to the remarks of which it is now made the basis.

I shall, in the first place, advert to a few particulars, in which God has signally blessed us as a nation. Secondly, shall consider the bearing of our present position as a people upon the event of ‘God’s ways being made known upon earth, his saving health among all nations.”

1st. I am in the first place to advert, to some of the particulars in which God has signally blessed our nation.

Let us for a few moments transfer ourselves to a point in the history of the world, two or three centuries back. Why is it that at this late period all civilized nations are debarred from this immense continent? While we see the love of conquest still pouring the tide of its desolation’s upon the world—one despot demolishing the kingdom of another that he may extend over its ruins his own sway—the emperor of half the world eager to add to his territory a few acres more at the expense of the tears and blood of millions, the burnished arms of embattled nations gleaming in awful conflict for some petty province—while empire after empire rises, declines and disappears, the red man, without arms, without defence, without skill in war, remains in undisputed possession of this immense country.

While commerce from century to century enlarges her bounds, till her line extends from Britain to India, not one of her sails is seen nearing the shores of this land. Here the boundless forest still waves in all its native grandeur. Here the child of the wilderness, undisturbed by the onset of armies, and the overthrow of empires, on the other side of the great waters, pursues his game, voyages in his canoe, sings his war song, and dances around his council fire. This vast territory, these exhaustless mines, this fertile soil, these majestic rivers, these noble harbors are yet reserved for some great purpose known only to infinite wisdom—it is kept for some higher destiny than that to which the rest of the world has been allotted. The ambitious spoiler is not yet permitted to plant his desolating footsteps upon the bosom of this ” land of promise”—no spiritual despotism lifts its blighting rod over this fair heritage—no hand of rapacity fastens its iron grasp upon these countless uncoffered treasures.

Now why was it thus my brethren? Can we not discern the hand of a kind Providence in all this? Had this continent been discovered and colonized a few centuries earlier, when darkness, and superstition and tyranny held undisputed sway over nominally christian countries, what rank should we now have held among the nations of the earth? Italy, and Spain and Portugal and Mexico and South America may tell us.

Though at a point of view some two or three centuries back, an observer might not have been able to discover the reason why this country had been kept so long concealed from civilized nations, yet a sufficient reason is made obvious to us. It was that civil and religious freedom might be permitted to do its own work here without being obliged, first to demolish the fabric or to remove the rubbish of despotism. It was that the foundations of wise and righteous institutions might here be laid broad and deep. It was that the miserable hovels of an ignorant, oppressed, starved, wretched population, might not occupy the places which are now covered with our large commercial cities and manufacturing towns—that instead of a few clusters of rude dwellings frowned upon by the gloomy walls of monkery, beautiful and flourishing villages, with churches and school-houses, set like polished gems in their bosom, might smile upon the whole face of this fair land—that instead of being dotted over with here and there a meager acre fleeced by the hand of poverty, this vast field, in all its length and breadth might yield a rich increase under the cultivation of independent, enterprising, virtuous and intelligent yeomen, that it might bloom as the garden of Eden and be loaded with the abundance of harvest—that here an empire might spring up from which righteousness should go forth as the morning till ” God’s ways are known upon earth, his saving health among all nations.”

This is the high destiny for which the land of our heritage has been reserved. Surely in this God has been merciful unto us and has blessed us. Let it be our united and fervent prayer to-day, that our forgetfulness of God, and our abuse of his mercies, may not debar us from that lofty destination to which we have been called.

The history of the colonization of our country presents many striking instances of the interpositions of a merciful Providence. How often was the infant colony at Jamestown on the point apparently of utter annihilation, from pestilence, and improvidence, and famine, dire and inevitable, and the impetuous fury of savages. But when in their last extremities ; when their prospect had become most appalling; when death in his most hideous forms stood staring them in the face, then they cried unto the Lord, and he heard them and stretched forth his hand for their relief. At his bidding the tempest laid aside its fury, and the frightful cloud passed away. The hand of the destroyer was staid; provisions came as upon the wings of the wind; and by means wholly beyond the reach of human foresight, the storm of vengeful fury which had raged in the bosom of the Indian was calmed. The hearts of all men are in the hands of God, and he turneth them at pleasure, as the rivers are turned. He can cause the wrath of man to praise him, or the remainder of wrath he can restrain.

In the history of the Plymouth colony the hand of an overruling Providence is still more strikingly visible. Had they, as they had purposed, been landed at New York, to all human appearance every soul of them must have fallen under the tomahawk. But through the treachery of their captain, they were landed amid the chilling blasts of winter upon the bleak and ice-bound shore of Plymouth. The natives upon that coast for many miles in extent had been swept off almost to a man, by a dreadful pestilence that had raged the previous season. Consequently the feeble afflicted and depressed colonists were allowed to remain for several months unmolested by the native lords of the soil, their jealous and exasperated foes. And none of us I trust are so pur-blind with prejudice as not to perceive that the destiny of this great republic was in no trifling degree linked with that of the Plymouth colony. In blessing them a merciful God has blessed us.

Again, when we reflect upon the history of our struggle for independence, how astonishing do the results appear compared with the means that were used. How unequal the contest. An infant colony— a mere handful of men, without experience, without arms, without funds, and without credit, asserting their violated rights, and triumphantly repelling the aggressions of the most powerful nation on earth.

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” we may say,—” if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us.” [Psalm 124]

I would not presume to assert, that a holy God looked with approbation upon all the means that were used, and all the passions that were called into action by the wronged and aggrieved party in that struggle; but that their cause was a righteous one, and that the principles for which they contended received the sanction and the smiles of Heaven, I cannot question.

Josiah “The Patriot” Quincy Jr. proclaimed concerning the Revolutionary War of Independence: “In defense of our civil and religious rights, we dare oppose the world; with the God of armies on our side, we fear not the hour of trial, though the hosts of our enemies should cover the field like locusts. Under God we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we are called upon to make our exit, we will die freemen.”

There were many engaged in that momentous conflict, who felt and acknowledged their dependence Upon that Almighty Being before whom “all nations are as nothing”—many who like Patrick Henry publicly expressed their confidence in that “just God who presides over the destinies of nations.”

Franklin at a most solemn crisis in the deliberations of the first Congress, arose, as you will recollect, and moved that they proceed no further till they had unitedly bowed before the throne of Almighty God, and implored his blessing and his direction.

Washington was no stranger to prayer, that instrument which “moves the hand that moves the world.” Many a grove near his encampments witnessed this great man bowing upon his knees with the humility of a child; and with his eyes and hands and heart uplifted, fervently praying, ” God be merciful unto us and bless us and cause his face to shine upon us; that thy ways may be known upon earth thy saving health among all nations.” Nay more;—on that sweet and sacred day which commemorates the resurrection of the great Captain of our salvation, Washington was seen at the holy altar, bowed at the side of the humblest rustic, and receiving the emblems of the body and blood of Him who bled and died to save the world.

But it was not because we or our fathers deserved such blessings that they were given to us, but because God was merciful to us. He had important purposes to accomplish through our instrumentality, and therefore he broke in sunder the rod of the oppressor. “With his own right hand and with his holy arm hath he gotten himself the victory.”

It would be inconsistent with this occasion, and unworthy of me, a minister of ” the prince of peace” were I now to say aught to arouse or to perpetuate one feeling of unkindness or hostility towards one of the most noblest and most magnanimous of nations. They were our brethren who rose up against us. They were blinded by the pride of power. It now becomes us as an high minded free, intelligent and Christian people to forget the wrong, and to cherish grateful recollections of the good they have conferred upon mankind. Though they like Joseph’s brethren many have been instigated by wicked passions to do us wrong. Yet God meant it for good. In the results of this strife between us is not the hand of an overruling Power as apparent as it was in the conduct of the sons of Jacob towards their younger brother? From this violation of our fraternal bonds what incalculable good has resulted to us, to them and to the world. They are our brethren still, and we will love them.

Of those peculiarities in their civil and religious institutions which we conscientiously and intelligently regard as radically defective, I need not now speak. The blotting out of their power from the system of Christian nations would be, to the world, a most disastrous event.

We have separated from each other as Abraham and Lot did, when there was strife between their herdsmen. We, like Lot have chosen a great and fertile plain, ” which is well watered everywhere, even as the garden of the Lord”—though I trust we have no Sodom and Gomorrah upon our borders in whose destruction we are to be involved. Let there be therefore no more strife between us and them, between our herdsmen and their herdsmen. Or rather let our strife be to provoke each other to good works. For purposes of good, “is not the whole land before us?” In that grand career of improvements upon which both we and they have entered, may we go forward locked arm in arm as brothers. To the great work of regenerating the world to which we are respectively summoned, O may we come up “shoulder to shoulder.”

In the maintenance of many of those dearest rights of man which are the glory of the Protestant world, these two nations like brothers good and true, are destined by Providence to stand by each other till the last decisive blow is struck and the shouts of victory are heard through all the earth.

Without then, any other feelings than those of brotherly kindness towards our mother country, let us devoutly praise God to-day, that he has so overruled both the evil and the good purposes of men that inestimable good has resulted to the world from our struggle for civil and religious freedom. “Let the people praise thee O God, let all the people praise thee.”

Again, the more we reflect upon the peculiarities of our institutions, in connection with, the circumstances under which they were founded, the more distinctly shall we discover in them marks of a hand Divine,

Shall we attribute it entirely to the sagacity and far reaching wisdom of the fathers of our country, that they were able to devise and mature a system of government a whole century in advance of the rest of the world?—that without a precedent, without a model, a few colonists laid the foundations of their social compact sufficiently broad, and deep, and firm, to sustain the weight of this great sisterhood of republics, when our population shall have become hundreds of millions 1 No, my brethren, without derogating in the least from human wisdom and foresight, we may believe that our great Parent on high gave wisdom to our wise men, counsel to our counsellors, and dictated law to our lawyers. Do not understand me as claiming for all the founder* of our government peculiar excellence of character as religious men; this I should not dare to do. For while some of them were very pious men, others were by no means such. And all the honors in the gift of this nation, should not have the weight of ” the small dust of the balance,” in inducing me to connive at, or to become the apologist for vice and impiety, in any notoriously wicked man, however eminent the services he may have performed for his country. I am now however, speaking of men, merely as instruments in the hands of Providence for effecting certain great and good purposes. That we have received many mercies in consequence of the prayers and faith of our fathers, I have already intimated, and I do most cordially believe it. But it is not necessary to confound virtue and vice, godliness and impiety, in order to express our veneration and gratitude towards those who have bequeathed to us the sacred legacy of civil and religious freedom. Though we may believe Washington to have been an humble christian, and to have been raised up by Providence for our deliverance, as certainly, though not miraculously, as Moses was for the deliverance of the children of Israel, yet as a man of God, as a man of high attainments in holiness, we should not presume to compare the great and justly venerated Washington with the Jewish law-giver.

That God was in the councils of our fathers while laying the foundations of this great political edifice, we have such evidence as we may not reject with impunity. In proof of this we have one remarkable instance in their having repudiated the old idea that the interests of religion may be promoted by a union of civil and ecclesiastical institutions. Now this appears the more extraordinary when we consider how many centuries this sentiment had held its sway in the Christian world; and how many men there were then in our own country who were startled at the idea of serving the unhallowed alliance. But in this distinctive feature of our institutions we now discover a most salutary provision—a provision which appeals strongly for the support of religion, both to our selfish and to our benevolent feelings. The framers of our institutions discovered that the civil arm instead of being a support to religion, had ever been its most oppressive burden—that religion had withered under its weight, and languished into the chill and leaden numbness of death. They threw off from Christianity the burden with which she had been loaded by the mistaken kindness of her guardians, and under which she had sunk. They cut the leading strings to which religion had been confined and allowed her to walk abroad in her own native majesty. But although they rejected the union of church and state, they by no means rejected religion either in intention or in fact. On the contrary they have imposed upon us the fearful alternative either of disseminating religious principles among the people, or of abandoning our present form of government. They have made no provision, as you will discover by an examination of our laws, for a state of things that must exist when the people shall have become ignorant, or shall have ceased to be moral. And the history of the world for six thousand years, shows to a certainty, that good morals cannot be long sustained in any community without religion. A corrupt people will no more tolerate good institutions than a good and wise people will corrupt institutions. Without religion we cannot have good citizens; and without good citizens we cannot sustain good laws.

On the other hand the prosperity of religion is materially affected by the stability or by the overthrow of good government.

Thus while the sage founders of our liberties have not appealed to the law for the support of religion, they have appealed to every feeling of patriotism and philanthropy and christian benevolence, for its support. . Here religion is left free to find her way to the conscience of every man, and every man is left free to pay her whatever homage his conscience may dictate. Thus has God caused his face to shine upon us. He has poured light upon us from above.

One other circumstance for which we should offer up our devout acknowledgments to-day, is, the early establishment of a system of education peculiarly adapted to the genius of our government.

A system of general education seems to be indispensably necessary to the stability of government by the people, unless the people have intelligence to perceive justice they will not decree it. If knowledge is power to establish and sustain, ignorance is a mightier power to destroy. A fabric which the wisdom of a whole nation may have been centuries in constructing, may be destroyed, by the ruthless hand of barbarians, in a single hour.

To our system of common schools, as the attendant luminary of religion, are we in a great measure indebted for our present well-being as a people, and for our elevated rank among nations. In the history of our education the hand of our all-wise Providence is seen planting at the earliest infancy of our colonies, the germ of that tree which has grown with our growth and strengthened with our strength till it has come to a strong, rich and beautiful maturity.

Provided a people be intelligent and virtuous and enterprising, it matters not so much what are their climate, soil and other external circumstances—their influence will be felt, it will tell upon human destiny. Why is it that Scotland, a little nook of the world, made up in a great measure of rugged mountains and deep glens, has not only elevated her own population, but has sent abroad a redeeming influence, which is now pervading all civilized nations? It is her general education—embracing of course religious instruction, that has done this. From her seminaries of learning, has arisen a bright constellation of men, which has ascended high in the moral firmament, and whose brightness will continue to go forth into all the dark habitations of man, till one great flood of light shall cover the whole earth, from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same.

From the bleak hills of New England there has emanated an influence which has had more to do with the molding and the maturing of the institutions of our whole country, than many of the present generation are willing to admit. Whether the ‘eulogists of the Pilgrims—to whose memory I may be expected on this occasion to pay a passing tribute—may not sometimes have portrayed their characters in too high colors, I need not now attempt to decide. Nor should we allow the blemishes of their character to conceal from our view the good that they did, and that lives after them. I do not now purpose to speak of them with any reference to their peculiar religious tenets. They certainly were a peculiar people; but among their peculiarities, their excellences were conspicuous. I do not deem it incumbent on me to appear at this time as the apologist for their dark deeds of persecution. These have fixed an indelible stain upon their memory—a stain which the tears of posterity can never, never wash away. But the palliating circumstances in their favor should not be forgotten. They lived in a persecuting age—they lived at an age when the principles of religious toleration were but little understood and less practiced. They had long been schooled to persecution, and it would have been cause for peculiar gratitude, had they been able to have forgotten at once, all the lessons which the whole Christian world, with a few exceptions, had been inculcating for centuries.

But the institutions which they founded are pouring upon us such a flood of light, that the blemishes of their personal characters are but as spots upon the disc of the sun—we cannot long gaze upon them with the naked eye, without the aid of something very different from that charity which ” rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” The time is yet future—and I say it as a citizen of Michigan, the state of my adoption, and of my cordial preference—the time is yet future when the influence of the institutions founded by the early settlers of New England shall be justly appreciated in this country. Should the time ever come—which may a merciful God forbid—when those sterner, though less splendid and captivating virtues which nerved our fathers for their conflicts, shall be scouted and driven from among us, and the entire ascendency given to those more specious, but effeminate and enervating principles, which are being so generally transplanted from foreign climes to our own, and which are so sedulously cultivated among us—should we ever arrive at such a consummation of folly, then will our days have been numbered and finished, and our glory will have departed.

Should it ever become the melancholy task of the historian, to sit down amid the fallen columns and broken arches, and chaotic ruins of our political edifice, and trace the causes of such a dreadful catastrophe back to their source, then will he record upon the historic page his lamentations, that the institutions founded at an early period of our history, were either poisoned at their fountains, or were not permitted to have their due influence over this people.

But such a disaster I confidently trust no historian will ever have to record. When then we shall have become so great as to be just—when in the vastness of our empire, New England with her green hills, and white villages, and towering steeples, and college lawns, shall have become as the little garden in the corner of the opulent farmers field, then shall we be willing to acknowledge our indebtedness to the common schools and stern virtues of the Puritans—then will many be prepared to say what I now unhesitatingly aver, that if the system of general education as early established in this country could be traced up to any one individual as its founder, I had rather have been that individual, than the author of that grand discovery which gave Sir Isaac Newton’s name to immortality.

For all the blessings of our literary, civil and religious institutions, ” let the people praise thee O Lord ; let all the people praise thee.”

2nd. The connection between our present position as a people, and the event of “God’s ways being known upon earth his saving health among all nations,” is so obvious that I shall offer but a few observations under this head. “A city set on a hill cannot be hid.” God has caused his face to shine upon us, and the light thus received, we are in some measure reflecting out upon the families of man. As God has placed our government at the head of the popular institutions of the world, the influence of our example must be widely felt.

Our commerce is spreading its canvass in every part, and is fast lining the coast of the world. And wherever our ships go, there our institutions are made known. Nay more—look out upon every ocean and sea, and behold in all directions our ships of commerce, with their wings spread to the winds, hastening to benighted nations with the glad tidings of salvation—conveying to those nations thousands and tens of thousands of that precious volume which is to make known ” Gods ways upon earth his saving health among all nations.”

Look upon the wharves of our Atlantic cities, and what melting spectacles may you frequently witness there, a group in tears are now bidding each other along, long, adieu. Sobbing parents and children are parting to meet no more. The light-hearted mariner has turned back to look on. Another and another ascend the rigging of their vessels to view the scene. And now the big tear rolls down their sun-burnt cheeks. The parting hymn is sung. The voice of melody floats along upon the air through a forest of masts and many a wayward voyager stops to listen. The last strain, farewell, farewell, dies upon the water—the gallant ship spreads her wings and bears away from their country, their friends, their home, a band of well educated, self sacrificing holy young men, on an errand of mercy to heathen nations; they go to carry that gospel which will ere long make those enthralled nations as free, as intelligent, as happy as our own—they go to make known “God’s ways upon earth his saving health among all nations.”

Again, there is another majestic ship under full sail nearing the coast of Africa. A hundred happy colonists are on board. Once they were in bondage in this land of freedom. But the day of their sighing is at an end. “The year of jubilee” is come, and the ransomed captives are returning home to the land of their fathers. They are looking eagerly toward the colony of their destination. The ship makes the land—they leap on shore and are forever free.

Now may we not hope that by means of these colonists a channel is to be opened by which the blessings of our institutions shall be poured into the very heart of enslaved, smitten, bleeding Africa?—that thus our wrongs to them may be overruled by a merciful God for great good—may be made the means of sending the saving health of the gospel to the hundred millions of that bruised, wounded, plague-stricken race? Let us on this day fervently beseech the God of the oppressed, to remove that fearful rod of correction which we have been long preparing for ourselves, by enslaving and buying and selling millions of those immortal beings whom Christ died to redeem—let us earnestly pray that the beacon-lights which have been hung out upon the dismal coast of Africa, may burn brighter and brighter, and be raised higher and higher, till they have illumined every habitation, and thrown their light upon every appalling, hideous form of misery and debasement throughout that great continent.

From the fountains of our institutions, innumerable streams are going forth through the world to convey God’s saving health unto all nations. And the truth cannot be too deeply impressed upon our minds, that in us as a people the world has momentous interests at stake. In the institutions which our fathers have bequeathed to us, we have a most sacred legacy for the right use of which we are accountable to God. He has entrusted them to us as an instrument of good to mankind—as a lever by which we must endeavor to raise up the moral world from its present debasement. And if we do not guard them and apply them to the purposes for which the great Parent of all designed them, great will be our guilt both as individuals and as a people.

And may our own young and vigorous state be prepared to meet the full weight of its responsibility. In travelling over this state we find it almost entirely in the hands of young men. They are at all our fountains of influence. To these young men is entrusted the responsible work of founding the institutions of this republic, which in a few years must number its million of inhabitants. The unprecedented rapidity with which our population is increasing, admonishes us to be on the alert for good—for our own good, and for the good of posterity.

At almost every step some melancholy memento reminds us that we are pressing hard upon the footsteps of another race of men, once powerful, who have melted away before our advancing population like the morning mist before the rising sun. “We are almost amid their new-made graves and the dying embers of their council fires. These fields, these rivers, these water-falls were but recently theirs. These beautifully undulating grounds, so richly ornamented with trees, and shrubs, and flowers, were the parks of their noblemen. These trails which stretch across our farms and prairies and guide us in our journeys, were the highways to their villages, and towns, and legislatures. But where have they gone? They have fled from us as the stricken deer to pine away and die in solitude. It was but yesterday that he whose name our township bears, was perhaps, haranguing his warriors upon this very spot in all the impressive eloquence of a Demosthenes. But here and there one still lingers among us. Let us remember them to-day, wherever we meet them let us look upon them with pity, and endeavor as far as possible to mitigate the bitterness of their hard destiny. Let us if possible, keep from them that exterminating mischief which has long mingled its deadly ingredients in the cup of their tribulations. O let us endeavor to remove the gloom and dismal terror which hang over their dark passage into another world, and let us point them to that better country where sorrow and sighing shall be no more.

May the young men in all our villages feel their accountability to posterity—may the impression be deeply engraved upon their hearts, that they are laying the foundations of society for coming generations, for unborn millions. May they take the Book of God for their counsellor. And let us to-day, my young friends, pledge ourselves to look well to our influence, to come up manfully with hosts of other young men in different parts of our country to the cause of man, that is, to every good cause; to the cause of Bibles and Sunday Schools—let us enlist cordially, resolutely, and for life in that enterprise in the success of which, the well-being of every village is involved, the cause of temperance, whose grand achievements are to be scarcely less important to the world than those of the war of our independence.

Let us invest liberally according to our means, for posterity, by establishing as early as possible good literary institutions. Let us be more anxious to adorn our villages with good school-houses and neat churches, than with splendid private dwellings.

And may God be merciful unto us and bless us with the pardon of all our sins—and may He enlighten our hearts with the light of the everlasting gospel. And may our lives conduce to make known his ways upon earth, his saving health among the nations. May we all so praise him on earth, that when our tongues are stilled in death, we may be able to sing the “new song” with all the rapt hosts of heaven.

“Let the people praise thee O God; let all the people praise thee”. Amen.

First Thanksgiving Day Proclamation by President George Washington 1789


First Thanksgiving Day Proclamation by President George Washington; New York, 3 October 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Geo. Washington

What Thanksgiving Means To Me

Personal and Civil Liberty by John A. Marshall

Law-of-God-William-BlackstonePERSONAL or civil liberty is that boon which man values most among the inestimable gifts of God, his Creator. In the proper enjoyment of it, he stands forth in the image of his Maker, self-reliant and strong. Take from him this inherent natural right — through the forms of government or law — by subjugation or force — by tyranny or prerogative and he is a mere machine, worked by the hand of power.

It is equally true that the prosperity and superiority of the State or Nation having the elements of personal or civil liberty or freedom incorporated in the formation of the society which constitutes it, is in proportion to the extent of the civil privileges, immunities, and franchises. When a State properly enjoys liberty, its progress is the more rapid and stable. When the liberties of the people are abused and degraded, the State retrogrades.

The proper uses of liberty, in a free government where emulation receives encouragement and support, stimulate the citizen, and produce culture, refinement, art, science, invention, learning, eloquence, oratory, statesmanship, and religion, in the highest degree. No other form of government advances the virtues and interests of the people to such superiority and pre-eminence. It invites competition — it is the lever of progress — it is the friend of ambition. Hence, when the whole people — like the individual man — are inspired with a pure, patriotic, and instinctive love of liberty, the State becomes great, illustrious, and mighty.

The Constitution is the chart by which every
Administration ought to be guided; but I 
regret to say — both for the reputation and
stability of our Government — it has, of late,
been a "dead letter".

"He that takes,
 Deep in his soft credulity the stamp
 Designed by loud declaimers on the part
 Of liberty, themselves the slaves of lust,
 Incurs derision for his easy faith
 And lack of knowledge, and with cause enough:
 For when was public virtue to be found
 Where private was naught? Can he love the whole
 Who loves no part? He be a nation's friend
 Who is in truth the friend of no man there,
 Can he be strenuous in his country's cause
 Who slights the charities, for whose dear sake
 That country, if at all, must be beloved?"

It is to be hoped that the men in power, who 
have abused the confidence of the people, 
will soon be displaced. 

Retributive justice will follow him who robs 
the citizen of his liberty, even unto the 
very precincts of the cold and silent grave; 
conscience will smite him on earth, and he 
will exclaim:

"The thorns that I have reaped, are of the 
tree I planted. They have torn me, and I 

The citizen of a free State has no superior, in point of liberty or in point of law. The humblest citizen is entitled lo the same rights and privileges, and the same protection, to which the highest magistrate is entitled. The law in a free government is no respecter of persons, nor does it make any distinction, in so far as liberty is concerned.

Christian Patriot1

In a free government, the Constitution throws around the citizen certain safeguards or protections to his liberty. It gives him the right to trial by jury. It secures him against unreasonable searches and seizures. It protects him against arrest, except on oath made by a responsible person. If maliciously arrested or falsely imprisoned, he has his redress or action against the informant or magistrate for trespass or false imprisonment. “Every restraint upon a man’s liberty” says Kent, “is, in the eye of the law, an imprisonment, wherever may be the place, or whatever may be the manner in which the restraint is effected.” Even words may constitute an imprisonment, if they impose a restraint upon a person, and he submits.

He, then, who, possessing the power, robs the citizen of his liberty, even for an hour—yea, for a moment—without the sanction of law, or deprives him of the right to all the immunities of the law, commits a crime against the interests of the State, which time cannot expiate. By his example, the people are made reckless of their liberties and their allegiance to the State.

Blackstone says: “Of so great importance to the public is the preservation of personal liberty, that, if once it wore left in the power of any, the highest magistrate, to imprison arbitrarily whoever he or his officers thought proper, there would soon be an end of all other rights and immunities. To bereave a man of his life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole kingdom; but confinement of the person, by secretly hurrying him to jail, where his sufferings are unknown or forgotten, is a less public, a less striking, and therefore a more dangerous engine of arbitrary power.”

The highest aim of the magistrate in a free government should be to protect and defend, and not destroy, the liberty of the citizen. Even when the State is in danger, it is the province of the Legislature, and not of the magistrate, to protect it against external or internal foes.

In a free or elective system of government, as in the United States, where a written Constitution has been adopted, the different branches of government are so well marked out and defined, and the duties and offices of each are so independent and distinct, that under no possible circumstances can usurpations in any, or the encroachments of one upon the other, be excused. Any usurpation whatever, in either branch, leads to anarchy, demoralization, and finally disruption. The blow may not be aimed at, but it strikes into the very heart of liberty.

Hence the absolute necessity of keeping the liberties of the people pure and immaculate, and free from infringement, by the makers, the administrators, and the expounders of the laws.

In order to protect and increase the power and prolong the independence of the State, the liberties of the people must be fostered, guarded, and secured. “It ” (liberty), says Burke, “is not only a private blessing of the first order, but the vital spring or energy of the State itself, which has just so much life and vigor as there is liberty in it.”

BlackstonePrivateProperyTo protect liberty, the streams of legislation, administration, and justice must be kept clear, from the fountain-head even unto the mouth. Usurpation’s and encroachments upon the rights and liberties of the citizen are as deleterious to the tranquility and welfare of the State as the unbridled, unrestrained, and licentious abuse of them by the citizen.

These prefatory remarks are made merely to remind the general reader of his constitutional rights. Of late, the civic rights of the citizen have been abridged. It remains to be seen whether he will maintain them. The permanence and stability of the government rest entirely with the citizen. It is for him to say how long free government will exist in our country.

Although free government may be traced back to a period of about three thousand years, it is not my intention to allude to the experiments in establishing it beyond the adoption of Magna Charta, in which may be found the vital principles on which it is based. The political rights which we enjoy under our Constitution may be said to be derived directly from that document.

Yet, it is proper to say here, that the principles of liberty enunciated and the privileges granted by the Magna Charta, many of which had been digested in a code of laws by Alfred, were not confined exclusively to the Anglo-Saxons; for almost at the same era, upon the election of King Christopher II. of Denmark, he was obliged to sign a charter grant, ing nearly the same privileges and immunities as were contained in the Magna Charta, among which were that no man should be imprisoned, or deprived of life, liberty, or property, without public trial and conviction according to law; and that no law should be made or altered without the consent of the Parliament, composed of the best men of the kingdom, to be held annually at Wyborg.

And it may be said, that in Northern Europe, as well as in England, at the time of the granting of the Great Charter, the German tribes generally, and the Danes, were inspired by the same spirit of liberty which was kindled in the hearts of the Anglo-Saxons, their descendants.

Blackstones innocentsFrom the time of the granting of the municipal privileges and personal rights, as contained in Magna Charta, signed by King John on the 15th of June, 1215, but which was not really established until “after the contests of near a whole century,” for during that time, “it is computed,” says Hume, “that about thirty confirmations of the charter were at different times required of several kings, and granted by them in full Parliament,” the people of England have been jealous of their personal liberties and watchful of their civic rights.’

Since that period, the genius of the English people has been strongly and invariably in favor of liberty, while royal prerogative, until the accession of William and Mary, inclined as violently towards arbitrary power.

The Magna Charta laid the foundation for a Constitution, which has engrafted in it all the attributes and security of personal liberty, and stands a monument of enlightened statesmanship, worthy the pride and admiration of the English people; while the Great Charter itself denotes an epoch between despotism and liberty—semi-barbarism and civilization—rudeness and refinement.

The struggles to maintain the chartered rights of the people against the encroachments and usurpations of kingly prerogative, have been many, great, and even revolutionary. It has only been by an unconquerable will, and severe contests, that they have again and again been reasserted and re-established, enlarged and secured.

The Magna Charta secured personal freedom, 
the Declaration of Independence proclaimed it, 
and the Constitution guaranteed it!

When you allow the FIRST FREEDOM protected by 
the FIRST AMENDMENT to the Constitution to be 
consistently attacked and taken away by man, 
the Liberty; that of RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION, 
then all the other Liberties and Freedoms 
given to man by God, all other freedoms and 
liberties enumerated in the Magna Charta, the 
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution 
will SOON to follow!
How far, then, will politicians abuse our 
patience? How long, too, will their frantic 
wickedness of baffle our efforts? To what extent 
will their unbridled audacity insolently display 

Liberty, in the better days of our Republic, 
was the birthright of the American citizen. 
What guarantee has he that he will be protected 
in this fireside right in the future, if we may 
judge the future by the past. When the 
Constitution is despoiled of the altar 
of Liberty, in what Temple can Freedom Worship?

With us Liberty has no protective guarantees. 
Mr. Seward may again ring his "little bell," 
and secretly hurry the citizen from the family 
circle to the loathsome prison by the strong 
arm of arbitrary power, and what redress has he? 
What becomes of the old English maxim, 
"Every man's house is his castle?"

Our bureaucracy is filled by people with skulls 
that cannot teach, and will not learn.

Encroachments upon the rights and liberties of the people by Charles I., who caused the arbitrary imprisonment of his subjects, gave birth to the enactment of the Petition of Right, and also brought the head of that unhappy monarch to the block.

To enforce the provisions contained in the Magna Charta and Petition of Right, for securing the subject in his personal rights and personal liberty, against arbitrary imprisonments by command of the King or the Privy Council, the Habeas Corpus Act was passed, in the 31st Charles II. It may be called the bulwark of English liberty.

For nearly five centuries, the contests between sovereign and people, the one for royal prerogative, the other for the rights of personal liberty, were many and violent.’

If the King would threaten with the Star Chamber, the people would point to the Magna Charta. If the King would commit by the High Commission Court, the people would unfold the Petition of Right. If the King would imprison by the Privy Council, the people would release through the Habeas Corpus.

In our own country, there was a time when the proudest appellation a man could bear was that of American citizen. “I am an American citizen,” implied liberty and safety — protection and justice. Then, the national shield was, indeed, a shield with arms — a shield which defended the citizen against every act of tyranny and usurpation — a shield which guarded him on land and sea„at home and abroad. Then, personal liberty was a citizen’s birthright. Then, free speech was unshackled. Then, Mr. ‘Webster could exclaim: “It” (free speech) ” if a homebred right — a fireside privilege. It has ever been enjoyed in every house, cottage, and cabin in the nation. It ‘s not to be drowned in controversy It is as undoubted as the right of breathing the air and walking on the earth. It is a right to be maintained in peace and in war. It is a right which cannot be invaded without destroying constitutional liberty. Hence, this right should be guarded and protected by the freemen of this country with a jealous care, unless they are prepared for chains and anarchy.”

What are the protections of the law now?

When the arteries which convey the life-blood from the heart of the constitution to all parts of its body once become paralyzed, the most skilful treatment can never restore it to its original vigor and healthful condition. A partial recovery may be effected, but the disease remains.

Oppressive and illegal acts by one Administration may be adopted as established precedents for similar encroachments by succeeding ones ; and who can gainsay the right? Surely, not the people, when they not only encourage, but are accessories in the wrong. Therefore, without a proper and conscientious regard for the majesty of the law, and the observance of personal rights, there is no security for permanence in free government.

See also: Rights of American Citizens: The mode of obtaining redress for any infringement of civil or political rights, committed either by the officers of the General Government, or of any of the State Governments.

House of Representatives: The Power of the Public Purse

Democrats Have Shown With The Obamacare Law The Height Of Their Hypocrisy

Democrats & Obamacare as Foreseen in Anti-Federalist Paper No. 1 (Click to enlarge)

Democrats & Obamacare as Foreseen in Anti-Federalist Paper No. 1 (Click to enlarge)

The free market healthcare system we had before Obamacare was taking care of those who were sick. It was doing it the way the liberals contend they want it done, by spreading the wealth. The free market healthcare system paid for those that did not have insurance, when people went to the hospital and were unable to pay, as required by law they (the hospitals) have to treat people who come to the emergency room, regardless of ability to pay. The hospital and it’s medical associates would then charge each paying customer a little more, thereby spreading the cost among their many customers.

The democrats however, when they talk about these people going to the hospital and not paying, they then say “but, I don’t want to have to pay for your, or their, healthcare.” For the deniers out there, I have heard them say it too many times in the last year or so, for you to even try to deny it.

The liberal progressive democrats do not like this system as evidenced by Michelle Obama and the University of Chicago Medical Centers patient dumping scheme where they received a good deal of justly opprobrious press over its policy of “redirecting” low-income patients to community hospitals while reserving  its own beds for well-heeled patients requiring highly profitable procedures. Substantial coverage was given to a recent indictment of the program by the American College of Emergency Physicians. ACEP’s president, Dr. Nick Jouriles, released a statement suggesting that the initiative comes “dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,’ a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act, and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”

They want the government to impose even more egregious taxes on the middle class and the so-called wealthy. Those making more than 200k (according to democrats) who turn out to be small business owners, because the people who are really wealthy are like all enterprises including government, they are going to pass the costs onto someone else or protect what they have from being further encroached upon.

No, liberals say I don’t want to have to pay for that person going to the hospital, I want government to impose a tax system by which we can pick the winners and losers, where we can impose our idea of social justice on those evil people who don’t want to have to pay for other peoples healthcare insurance. Those who have gamed the system too long by lying to the American people, and have forced people to not be able to insure themselves.

It’s like the LA Times opinion piece where the liberal was all for the Obamacare law until they found out they were going to have to pay for it. I think the quote went something like “I was all for the law until I learned I was going to have to pay for it”. As we are finding out, and as was predicted by everyone on the right. The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act does nothing to protect the patient as evidenced from the lack of security testing on the healthcare.gov website to people losing the healthcare insurance plans and doctors they were happy with by the millions. Nor is it affordable as the liberal in the LA Times story found out along with millions of others.

Obama said one of the most incredibly incompetent things I’ve heard from him in his last press conference on Nov. 14th. He said “What we’re also discovering is, that, insurance is complicated to buy.” How out of touch can you be? This is what you get with people who have never had to exist outside of academia and government. How could they not know insurance was complicated to buy? Every single one of the intellectual professors who authored Obamacare, that I’ve heard speak about it. It is obvious they should never have been given the task of designing a system they have never had any involvement with, outside of abstract studies. It is incredible and incredulous how out of touch they truly are with the reality of humanity.

The democrats started this debate by saying there were an estimated 30 million before the Obamacare law without insurance, then they went to 40 million, then to 50 million. Now they are saying there are not only 50 million without insurance, but that all 50 million of them are sick, implying they’ll have access to healthcare for the first times in their lives. What they have really done is narrow your choices, your choice of insurance coverage and your choice of doctors, hospitals, and medical services. All of this from the so-called party of choice, sure they want to give you choices, their choices, not your own.

The lies will never stop with progressives, because they have to lie to get their policies passed by the American people. They have also shown their true feelings for minorities, by their flippant dismissive attitudes toward the 5 million Americans who have already lost their insurance due to the regulations imposed by the Obamacare law.

Out of the 20-30 million Americans who did not have insurance to begin with, most of them were young and healthy who do not need large healthcare plans. I seriously doubt out of that 20-30 million we were first informed about, that even 5 million of them didn’t have insurance because they wanted or needed it and could not pay for it.

As I pointed out months ago, the Obamacare law was designed to make the people lose their insurance on the individual market and the employer markets because the Obamacare law needs the people who already pay for insurance to be kicked out of their plans and be forced into the Obamacare market. They could not depend on the people who are not already paying for medical insurance to suddenly run out and buy insurance just because of the Obamacare law. No, they needed at least those on the individual market to come into the Obamacare exchanges to get the ball rolling, and boosting the number of enrollees by 5 or 10 million in the first year would help convince the American people that the law was working. This fact is evidenced by the authors of the law themselves, as professor Ezekiel Emanuel admitted the fact, they needed those people to be forced into the exchanges.

I used to think democrats studied history to learn how to implement harmful policies of the past to hurt America, it’s not that, they’re not that smart. In fact they are so devoid of intelligence, they do not realize they just have the same spirit as other despotic reprobate peoples before them, it therefore causes them to use the same tactics and rhetoric.

Cyber security experts say Healthcare.gov website for Obamacare is less safe and secure than it was in October.

They are also finally reporting something I told my family a few months ago. Not only can hackers get the information that you submit to the healthcare.gov website. Every computer system that healthcare.gov website is tied into is vulnerable because hackers can use the Obamacare website as a doorway into all the other systems, i.e. IRS, DHS, HHS, State computer systems, you name it.

Therefore every Americans information is vulnerable. For an identity thief this could not be better, they now have a way to make a complete profile on you, your assets, addresses, bank accounts, everything!

It is incomprehensible that a political party is so invested in a program that they would allow anywhere near this threat level to the American people and their information.

You keep hearing people say they need the young and healthy to buy into the exchanges to make Obamacare work. Why then does the law allow young adults to stay on their parents healthcare plans until they are 26 years of age? They were never counting on the young and healthy, they were depending on the millions and millions of people that have lost, are losing, or will be losing their current medical insurance plans to be kicked into the exchanges.

This was never about healthcare, this Obamacare law was simply about control. I do hope one of the consequences of this incredibly intrusive and abusive law is, that it will force out of business, those insurance companies who thought it was a good idea to join with government in this fascist manner because it forced with threat of penalty, the American people to buy those same insurers products, just as it is now forcing many small business people out of business and keeping others from growing the businesses they are able to keep. This would be the correct form of social justice!

See liberals, democrats or progressives are never really for, the things they say they are for, they consistently tell you the exact opposite of the truth. They have tried to destroy the best healthcare system in the world because they wanted to control the outcomes. The free market was doing a more efficient and cheaper job of spreading the wealth around with their policies, than the government will ever be able to do with theirs.

If the democrats and Obama anticipated the slow or low sign up for Obamacare, why would they now need to extend the 2014/15 sign up period from 45 days to 60 days and move the date of the beginning of the sign up period from 2 weeks before the election to 2 weeks after?

Democrat actions on Obamacare have proved beyond doubt; Liberals think it’s okay to force someone to do something that is good for them. Christian principles are good for people. Should people be forced to live by those principles, faith, prayer, church? No, and they should not be forced by government to do other things their conscience informs them is wrong, or that their hearts are against!

And no, I wasn’t serious in questioning  whether people should be forced to adopt christian principles, God, nor Jesus would approve of that. I am serious however, just as people should not be forced into religion, they certainly should not be forced into anything else!

As anyone can see they are making it up as they go and it’s anything goes with them when it comes to the lengths they will go to screw the American people

UPDATE: Now we have Jonathan Gruber one of the main Obamacare architects validating everything conservative Christians and TeaParty Patriots were warning about the Obamacare law were and are true.

UPDATE: Now since the mid-term elections of 2014 we have democrat Sen. Chucky Schumer coming out trying to save his job, saying democrats were wrong to do Obamacare, along with democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer trying to revise history and distance himself from the disastrous effects of the Obamacare law or Affordable Care Act as they like to mistakenly call it. I won’t even go into democrat Sen. Mary Landreu of Louisiana trying to save her job. Isn’t it amazing how the rats always desert the ship after they demo it, thus the name democrats.

Burden Story Looking Back, by Florence (Burden) Harmon 1919-2013

Grandma, Grandpa, Gary (youngest son), Cindy and Christy (grand-daughters)

Grandma, Grandpa, Gary (youngest son), Cindy and Christy (grand-daughters)

In loving memory of my dear sweet grandmother Florence L. (Burden) Harmon who passed away from us yesterday (14 Nov 2013) to go away to meet the Lord Jesus; who she spent her whole life serving, and preparing for this day. A true Christian “Peace Maker” if I have ever known one. She lived her whole life preparing for the day she would be called away by the Lord Jesus. God bless her, and keep her, as she now joins grandpa, her parents, siblings, and extended family with the Lord she so loved, somewhere beyond the sunset.

Founding Father and Educator Benjamin Rush in a letter written to John Adams concerning a visit to his family homestead. This is an excerpt containing what Rush said about his visit to the family cemetery, while there. I know the feeling behind his sentiment from doing genealogy, our family history thinking of the things my ancestors faced and overcame, and visiting the graves of my ancestors. It gives you a feeling of inferiority and awe for their stamina, strength, vision and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father.


In walking over the grave-yard, I met with a head-stone, with the following inscription:

“In memory of James Rush, who departed this life March 16th, 1727, aged forty-eight years.

“I’ve tried the strength of death, at length.

And here lie under ground,
But I shall rise, above the skies,
When the last trump shall sound.”

This James Rush was my grandfather. My son, the physician, was named after him. I have often heard him spoken of as a strong-minded man, and uncommonly ingenious in his business, which was that of gunsmith. The farm still bears marks of his boring machine. My father inherited both his trade and his farm. While standing near his grave, and recollecting how much of my kindred dust surrounded it, my thoughts became confused, and it was some time before I could arrange them. Had any or all of my ancestors appeared before me, in their homespun or working dresses, (for they were all farmers or mechanics), they would probably have looked at one another, and said, ‘What means that gentleman by thus intruding upon us?’

“Dear and venerable friends! be not offended at me. I inherit your blood, and I bear the name of most of you. I come here to claim affinity with you, and to do homage to your Christian and moral virtues. It is true, my dress indicates that I move in a different sphere from that in which you have passed through life; but I have acquired and received nothing from the world which I prize so highly as the religious principles which I inherited from you, and I possess nothing that I value so much as the Innocence and purity of your characters.” Benjamin Rush; Philadelphia, July 13th 1812

(End Excerpt)

Burden Story Looking Back, by Florence (Burden) Harmon, assisted by Shirley Harmon. Contributors of information, Andrew William “Butch” Burden, my [Florence] father: His cousin, Agnes Deemer Neiss, His Nephew, Otis Burden.

My grandparents, Daniel Webster Burden and Susan Christine (Deemer) Burden, homesteaded a one-hundred sixty acre farm in the Land Run of 1891, one mile north and one-quarter east from Avery, Okla., of which the SW 40 is still in the family, owned by my sister, Mrs. Paul (Naomi Ruth) Bell of Cushing. The remaining one hundred twenty acres is owned by Herman Kluck. (edit, now back in the family) In the same land run, my great grandparents, Andrew William Deemer and his wife, Elizabeth (Metz) Deemer, homesteaded a farm at the ages of 61 and 59 respectively, in the Soonerville area, which now belongs to John and JoAnn Cargill. Andrew W. Deemer was Holland “Dutch” from Rochester, Pennsylvania, where his family was in their glass making business. Elizabeth (Metz) Deemer came from Germany as a child of (9) years. In 1864, the Deemer family moved to Johnson County Missouri, where they resided until participating in the Land Run. They had three sons; Henry, Wesley, and Jacob: six daughters, Susan Christine. Sarah, Mary, Caroline, Elizabeth and Margaret. Great-grandfather Deemer was a farmer and a professional carpenter. In 1902, they moved to Kansas, where Mrs. Deemer died shortly after, and Mr Deemer returned to Oklahoma, to live in Yale with a granddaughter, Nora Burden, until his death in 1918. Nora Burden was a dressmaker, milliner, nurse and restauranteur in Yale for many years. Great-grandfather Deemer was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic on the North side during the Civil War. Agnes Deemer Neiss, who contributed to the article, now resides in the Colonial Plaza Nursing Center of Cushing, Okla. She was the daughter of Jacob Metz Deemer, who married Dorsa Wheeler of the Cushing area, the daughter of Phillip and Sarah Emma Wheeler. Mrs. Neiss has a brother, Dennis Deemer, who now resides with a son in Phoenix, Ariz. [Burden’s originated in Scotland, Harmon’s England]

Daniel W. Burden had three brothers; John Burden of Yale, who married Susan’s sister, Margaret. Their children were Nora, Alice, Bill and a daughter who died in childbirth. The other brothers were; Charlie Burden and Freeman ‘Burden, of which not too much is known by us, and one sister, called Lude. William Burden had a brother, Eldredge, who moved to Indiana, he became a judge. Daniel’s father, William Burden, married a German woman named, Jane Utz. William Burden raised hogs in Missouri and while feeding and watching them eat, was shot by snipers during the Civil War. John, his son, then took his Dad’s Uniform and went to fight in his place.

Daniel and Susan Burden had six sons. Alfred, father of Otis Burden, Benjamin, Andrew William (Butch), Ralph, an unnamed infant who died at birth, and Raymond, one daughter, Florence. Alfred Burden as a young man, hauled lumber with a team of oxen, from Davenport, Okla. to Cushing for resale. The family resided , on the Burden Homestead until 1904, when Uncle Alfred and Grandfather Burden bought a 640 acre ranch, approximately three miles from Depew, Okla. They rented out the homestead and moved to the ranch with all the family, except Alfred who had married Mary Rice of the Avery Community and as newlyweds, moved to Colorado and lived for awhile.

Grandfather Burden bought and raised cattle on the ranch,  My father, A.W.Burden, recalls seeing a zebra graze near the cattle for two days. He never knew where it came from or where it went. He also saw a bald eagle eating a rabbit among the timber on the ranch. He walked near the eagle, scaring it, and it flew very high and disappeared. They resided at the ranch until statehood in 1907, then sold out, and moved back to the Homestead near Avery.

Grandfather, Daniel Burden, hauled freight, to and from Guthrie, for early Cushing stores, namely Carpenters and Carvers. When buying groceries and supplies for their family, they took a two day trip to Guthrie, once each month. They bought their staples in large containers, parched and ground their own coffee. My father said, “That was real coffee.” Grandfather Burden later worked for Jacob Puckett. He also served as one of the early day Sheriffs. Their first dwelling on the Homestead, was a tent, then they built a sod house, using the tent to cover it. Later, they built a log house. While living in the log house, young Benjamin kept having the stomach ache, and told his Mother, “Ma, wes go back home, dis ole log house gives me de belwy ache.” Billy Hockemyer built the first frame house. The present house was Grandpa’s and Grandma’s last home. Grandpa Burden died in 1924, at the age of 66 years. Grandma died in 1940, at the age of 81 years. She was blind with cataracts for twelve years before her death. She was a very independent person. After going blind, she used a cane to go through the house by herself. They also had a rope from the back door to the outdoor toilet, that enabled her to go and come without help. Some of the things I remember most about Grandma, before she went totally blind, she used to make delicious biscuits (double dough type), when we grandchildren would stay the night with her; also she would tell us stories at night, often time, old ghost tales, some of which she said were supposed to be true. She used to sit in her rocker and rock slowly and sing old hymns, “What a Friend”, “Only Trust Him” and others. Uncle Alfred was a very enterprising young man, always on the lookout for opportunity, when the railroad came through and Mound city was founded, later called Avery, he ran the Livery barn and operated the first taxi service. His father-in-law, Frank Rice, was the first postmaster of Mound city. Mr. Rice and G. A. Robertson were two of the earliest businessmen to settle in Mound City, moving from Baker Village because of the railroad. After living in Avery for a time, Mr. Rice moved to a farm, one half mile north of Avery, in 1910, adding a two story portion to the existing house. (Edit: This is the house I grew up in, first story was built in 1896), Uncle Alfred’s son Otis and wife, Olive, live just north of the Summit Ridge Shopping center in Cushing. Alfred and Mary Burden had four sons, Olan, deceased; Otis of Cushing; George, of California; and Francis, who died in infancy; also one daughter, Rose Mary, who died at birth. Alfred Burden died in 1967 at the age of 85 years. Mary (Rice) Burden, died in 1972, at the age of 90 years. They were residing in Cushing at the time of their death,

Mamie Florence Burden, married Tom Cunningham of Yale, where he was a Barber. He was killed very early in their marriage and there were no children. Aunt Florence lived in Yale for several years before moving to Sapulpa, where she died in 1964, at the age of 78 years. A special treat in the summertime was when my Cousin Thelma and I got to visit her and Aunt Nora in Yale.

Benjamin Burden, married Vivian Larkins; a niece of Maude Rider, an early resident of Avery. Uncle Ben passed away in 1967, at the age of 73 years, while living in Sapulpa. They had one son, by adoption, Thomas. He and family live in Sapulpa. Aunt Vivian still lives in Sapulpa.

Ralph Burden, married Lena Smith, daughter of Henry Smith, a farmer of the Cushing area. Uncle Ralph served in WWI. Their children; Thelma, deceased; Raymond, of Jenks, Okla.; Dorothy, of Sapulpa; Henry, deceased; and Donna Sue, also of Sapulpa. Aunt Lena passed away in 1951, at the age of 52 years. Uncle Ralph died in 1967, at the age of 73 years. They lived in Sapulpa at the time of their deaths.

Raymond Burden married Jewel Gentry. Uncle Ray died in 1974, at the age of 76 years. Jewel is also deceased, they lived in Sapulpa at time of death. They had two children; Raymond, of Lindsey, and Idora Sue, of Sapulpa. Of all Daniel’s and Susan’s children, only my father, A. W. Burden is living.

Grandpa Andrew "Butch" Burden

Grandpa Andrew “Butch” Burden

When my father and some of his brothers were still single, they were at a dance in Avery. They were preparing to leave and my father (Andrew “Butch” Burden) went back inside for one brother, and a man (edit: mans name has been xx’ed out I cannot read it) being drunk, jumped him and cut his left side open, piercing his lower left lung. After recovering, while still single he worked on several ranches; the Butcher Ranch near Bartlesville, and the Fowler Brothers Ranch near Ralston, Okla. to name a couple. My Dad was quite a cowboy; riding broncs, breaking horses and riding in rodeos. He was working for his brother, Alfred near Shamrock, Okla. when he met my mother, Nellie Leona Ricks, daughter of John Henry and Lula Lamar (Crawford) Ricks, whom he later married at the Creek County Courthouse, in Sapulpa, Okla. on February 12, 1919. [Ricks originated in England, Crawford Scotland] My father was born May 3, 1891 in Holden, Mo. and my Mother [Nellie Leona (Ricks) Burden] was born March 26, 1903 in Powhatan County, Arkansas. She died October 24, 1976, at the age 73 years. After their marriage, they moved one mile west of Shamrock, where my brother and I were born. In 1922, they moved into a tent on my Grandparent’s Homestead. I was born in December, 1919 and my brother, Elvin Andrew was born in October, 1921. He married a Cushing girl Georgia Lou Campbell. They have three children; Ronald, of Davenport, Okla., where he works for an Uncle, Mr. Forbes, in the bank; Richard and Marilyn, both of the Tulsa area. Elvin and Georgia Lou live in Tulsa, where he has worked at W. C. Norris Co., for almost 30 years. Later, my parents moved to the SW 40, where they lived when my brother Merle Edward was born, February, 1924. He was killed on the Railroad track, which ran through the property, In November, 1925, while trying to follow my father, who was in the wagon, taking a load of cotton to Avery. Later, my sister Irma Elva, was born, August, 1927, and she later died of diphtheria, January, 1929. Later, my parents moved several while farming for others. While living on the McMurray farm, north of Stroud, my sister, Naomi Ruth, was born in January, 1936. She married Paul D. Bell, son of Roland R. and Mamie Bell, who operated the New Method Cleaners in Cushing for several years. Earl Edward Bell, who worked for Roland Bell, at the cleaners, was residing in Tulsa, as a manager of the Picadilly Cafeteria a few years ago. He was kidnapped and murdered, following a robbery, by a former employee. Paul D. Bell now works at the VoTech School in Drumright as an instructor of Key Punch and Data Processing. Naomi Ruth and Paul have ‘ one son, Paul Eugene, who lives on his Mother’s part of the Burden farm, with his wife, Terri (Johnson) Bell and two children, Brena, a girl, and their five month old baby boy, Paul Edward Bell. Paul Eugene works at the Cushing Fire Dept. John Henry Ricks parents were Samuel W. Ricks and Priscilla Payne.

Grandma Nellie (Ricks) Burden and Grandpa Butch Burden

Grandma Nellie (Ricks) Burden and Grandpa Butch Burden

My parents, A. W. and Nellie Burden, later moved into Stroud and lived there during the Depression Years. My father worked for Bob Terry, in the Blacksmith Shop. We later returned to the SW40 portion of the Burden Homestead, which later became my Father’s inheritance. During this time, they improved and added onto the house. My Mother loved to do carpenter work, in fact, she once told a neighbor, that she would rather do that, than eat when she was hungry, She was always finding more ways to improve their homes. They lived in Tulsa for several years, where they completely remodeled the home they bought . They also helped several of their grandchildren, with improvements on their homes. While living in Tulsa, they celebrated their golden Wedding Anniversary with an open house, for their old friends and neighbors, in their previous home on the Burden Homestead. This carpentry trait has passed on down the family to me and also my daughters.
At the age of 19 years, I married Vernon E. Harmon, on June 3, 1939, son of Alonzo L. (Peanuts) Harmon and Anna Eliza (Flessa) Harmon. We lived in the Cushing area for a few years, during which our first two children, Bobby Dale. and Shirley Ann were born. We later moved to Avery, to the Tom Coleman property, which we bought, and where our third child, Elberta Kay was born. We then moved to Grand Junction, Colo, and my parents also moved there. We lived there for two years, then returned to Avery, where our two older children attended Avery School for their first year. During this year of 1945, on the day Franklin D. Roosevelt died, a tornado struck Avery, blowing out all the west windows and ruining the roof of my parents home. We later moved to the Tulsa area and then into Tulsa where we lived for several years. When Vernon retired, we returned to Avery to make our home. Vernon did carpentry work for several years before becoming Maintenance Man of Tulsa’s Northland Shopping Center for thirteen years. Anna Eliza Flessa, daughter of Henry Edward Flessa and Christine Anna Ellis. Alonzo (Peanuts) parents were John Thomas Harmon and Lucetta Jane Yost. John Thomas was the son of Absalom Harmon who married the daughter of Captain George Donner, Elizabeth, who according to family history became pregnant just before the ill fated trip west, when the family took the turn at Hastings Cutoff, Absalom and Elizabeth stayed behind due to the complications of her pregnancy. It is not clear whether they returned immediately to Illinois or whether they stayed somewhere around the Fort Bridger area until after the birth of the baby, John Thomas Harmon.

Our son, Bob, married Judy Spires of Tulsa. They have one daughter, Robin, and live in Avery. Bob is employed with Wright’s Electric in Cushing, and Judy works at Dell Telephone. Our daughter, Kay married James Rogers, of Oologah, Okla. They have three children, Cindy, Christy, and Michael. They are making their home in Jennings, Okla. They operate a concrete finishing business in the Tulsa area. Our daughter Shirley married Robert J. R. Davis, they have two sons, Richard and Robert, they have a Heating and Air Conditioning business in the Tulsa area.

My Father A. W. “Butch” Burden (1891-1979) wrote a song about Avery’s early years and declining years.

We’ll sing a song of Avery,
She used to be a town.
But old Depression hit her,
And Avery’s falling down.

East side, West side,
All around the town,
It’s plain to see,
Old Avery’s falling down.

There’s Billy in the restaurant,
Allen in the store,
Business has been sagging much,
Since 1924.

Mary was the postmiss,
While Shorty tends the store,
And Emmett’s on the corner now,
No profits anymore.

Johnny was the banker,
But found it would not pay,
Bought a barn and filled it,
Full of barley, oats, and hay.

Harry runs the station,
Altho’ there’s few cars stop,
And when they do, Old Harry boy,
is Johnny-on-the-spot.

Happy Jack, the farmer,
A man of some renown,
Says, “When they all get moved,
He’s going to farm the town.”

Friends, now do you think it fair?
I do, altho’ not quite,
Except he leaves a little patch,
For our friend, Ernie Wright.

There won’t be any Avery,
There won’t be any lights,
And where will Cecil Ditto go,
To pass away the nights.

Goodbye, goodbye, old Avery,
You’re sinking, that is true,
We’ll get Hiram Long, to sing a song,
And we will bury you.

The people written about in this song were all deceased by 1979

My Father wishes to say, “He is now in a bigger business than ever before, that of trying to serve His Lord.” by Florence L. (Burden) Harmon

Update Nov 18th: One of the many Gospel songs my grandmother wrote.

I have so much, to thank you for, Dear Jesus.
I have so much to thank you for, Precious Lord.
You gave me eyes that I might see,
A chance to someday reign with Thee.
I have so much to thank you for, Precious Lord.

I have so much, to thank you for, Dear Jesus.
I have so much to thank you for, Precious Lord.
You gave me eyes that I might see,
A chance to someday be like Thee.
I have so much to thank you for, Precious Lord.
by Florence Lorene (Burden) Harmon

As a side note: One of the wonderful ways of the Lord. In all my years of growing up in Church, this was one of my very favorite songs. I never knew it was one of the songs written by my grandmother until her funeral today. She was always so humble and unassuming, always concerned with everyone’s welfare and hoping for the best. The one thing she wanted in life was for her children and grandchildren to serve and be saved by the grace of the Lord she loved and served so truly.

I remember when I started writing poetry a number of years ago, she was very pleased that her and her fathers gift for words was passed onto another generation in her grandchildren. She made a great many contributions to the church and God’s people. One of the many things in our lives where the Lord shows His workings. The minister (Rev. Ray Leniger) of the church I grew up in, my mother and her siblings grew up with Bro. Leniger and his siblings, as well as my brother and I growing up with Bro. Leniger’s children, all of us never knowing we were actually cousins until I did Bro. Leniger’s family tree a few years after he passed away. When I found out a few years ago that we were all cousins, Grandmother related to me how she had cared for Brother Leniger’s mother when she was sick with tuberculosis.  As evidenced by the words spoken and the speakers at her funeral today, she touched a great number of lives with her own. A great many other lives with the words and songs she contributed to the Body, never seeking credit or fame for herself.

Now that I look back, the Lord must have been in the last long talk we had a few weeks ago. It was about events taking place in my life, the Lord, thanking Him for His grace and goodness on our lives. How good He is, how much we love Him, and my personal desire to please Him. That’s the main thing she wished for her family was for them to have a love for the Lord and a wish to serve Him. I thank Him now for that talk we had, I will always remember it, I cannot think of anything better we could have talked about in our last long conversation. She and her prayers will be missed, may the Lord raise up another to continue on where she ended.

Thank you Lord, she will be missed. I think they wrote the Burden story in the 1970’s for the Perkins newspaper. Thank you Lord for the time we had together, looking for the day we’ll all be together again.

I asked my grandmother the last names of the people mentioned in the Song of Avery, their last names are as follows:

Hiram Long, Cecil Ditto, Ernie Wright,

the ones without last names are as follows,

Happy Jack,(I don’t know how it is spelled, it sounds like Mc-Que-in) the farmer.

Old Harry runs the station, (Crown)

Emmett’s on the corner now (Coleman),

Shorty tends the store, (Coleman, she wasn’t sure on this)

Mary was the postmiss, (Coleman, she wasn’t sure on this)

Allen in the store, (G. A. Robertson) (note: one of his brothers was Governor)

Billy in the restaurant, (Parker)

Johnny was the banker, (Murphy)

Barack Obama In the Footsteps of Jimmy Carter

Barack Obama, who deluded by obstinacy and avarice, is callous to the refined feelings of humanity, he is deaf to wisdom, blind to justice.

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams


“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.”– Barry Goldwater

Let’s look back to the Iranian Hostage Crisis, (when we had another weak spineless appeasist President) where 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, after a group of Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line (a radical Muslim terrorist group) took over the American Embassy in Tehran in support of the Iranian Islamic Terrorist Revolution, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that allied with the Marxist Tudeh Party, that has led to the Iran we know today that is run by the radical Ayatollahs, who incite hatred for Western values and culture. Carter didn’t demand immediate release and would not retaliate with US forces. An Ambassador was also killed then, due to the wrong headed policies of then President Jimmy Carter.

The American public united in outrage at this rash action against the United States. Many Iranians living in the U.S. were deported when they were discovered to be supporters of the revolution. Americans called upon President Jimmy Carter to act. However, Carter only ceased oil imports from Iran. Seeing Carter’s failure to defend the Americans, Khomeini commented that the “action has many benefits. … This has united our people. Our opponents [Carter] do not dare act against us.” Khomeini added supported from the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (a terrorist group) to his support from the Islamists, when he adopted the slogan “America can’t do a damned thing.” Together, the Muslim radicals and their Communist allies purged the country of all opposition, citing pro-Americanism as an offense in many executions. The American public continued to urge the President to take justified military action to protect his people. Carter answered by simply arranging for a Canadian ambassador to be sent to interview the hostages.

Former Democratic Attorney General in the Johnson Administration, Ramsey Clark flew to Tehran and participated in a “Crimes of America” trial while the crisis was on.

His ill-considered (Operation Eagle Claw) an attempt at a rescue mission sealed his fate as the most hated U.S. president in the history of the U.S. armed forces.

The last President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to many of the former hostages, is one of their captors. The Iranian government has denied that Ahmadinejad was one of the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line.

BCarter2Barack Obama however, surpasses even Carter in a spineless foreign policy. Not only is Obama into appeasement, he goes far beyond that. He is an apologist, retreatist, and you get the idea that he actually subscribes, to the same radical beliefs that the Islamic Terrorists subscribe to. The Iranian Hostage Crisis also happened in an election year, there were Americans killed in that “crisis” also.

Both presidential leaders went into their re-election efforts with poor-performing economies, high gas prices and an inability to stave the rising violence and hate towards America by radical Islamic protesters. The adversities that Carter faced in his re-election bid, as it was with Obama, were largely due to the policies that he and his administration put in place.

One of the hostages in the Iranian hostage crisis

One of the hostages in the Iranian hostage crisis

In addition, Carter, like Obama now, thought a peaceful diplomatic solution to the violence abroad could be reached if one sought to find one hard enough. Carter unlike Barack Obama, I believe was just a misguided fool, whereby Obama, sympathizes and obviously agrees with our enemies.

At the time (of Benghazi)the Muslim Brotherhood, who essentially rose to power after helping to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak by using the Arab Spring protests, threw their support behind the protest movement held in front of all major mosques in the country according to AbrahamOnline.

Iranian protesters burn American flag during Iranian hostage crisis

Iranian protesters burn American flag during Iranian hostage crisis

And this act may finally be the call to action that President Obama has to heed, especially if it involves one more attack directed at the U.S. or her interests and people.

Ahmed Hussein, the Muslim Brotherhood Secretary-General, said Egyptians must condemn the assault on Islamic religious sentiment, and staging the Friday protests is the way to do it.

Obama stands poised to repeat Carter’s failures, however, as he did not even address the brutal murder or body dragging of US Ambassador Chris Stevens until Wednesday, a day after his death.

Sadly, when the president did address the brutal murders, promising justice to those responsible, many believe that America’s enemies doubted what he said, since he said that America will work with the Libyan government in order to secure justice, according to CBS.

Obama like Carter criticized his opponent Romney’s remarks “Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later,” President Obama said in a CBS interview. Romney had criticized the Obama administration’s ‘apology’ in response to the attacks on the embassy and subsequent failure to condemn the attacks right away.

Muslim protesters burning American flag in Egypt

Muslim protesters burning American flag in Egypt

Carter also criticized Reagan’s views on foreign policy during his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1980, slamming Reagan for living in a “fantasy world” and noting his inability to understand the “complex global changes” in foreign policy.

“It’s a make believe world. A world of good guys and bad guys, where some politicians shoot first and ask questions later,” Carter said, “No hard choices. No sacrifice. No tough decisions. It sounds too good to be true – and it is. The path of fantasy leads to irresponsibility. The path of reality leads to hope and peace.”

After Reagan’s nomination in July 1980, Carter criticized Republicans calling it “a party with a narrow vision, a party that is afraid of the future, a party whose leaders are inclined to shoot from the hip, a party that has never been willing to put its investment in human beings who are below them in economic and social status.”

Barack Obama’s campaign slogan for 2012 was “Forward“, as anyone can see, he is clearly going “BACKWARD” Let’s stop letting him take the United States backward with him.

During the re-election campaign they got REALLY desperate for good news on the economy when they started looking at the unemployment numbers for cities, instead of per state or national unemployment numbers! Remember the Carter years when we had a “Misery Index”?

I think Obama’s numbers and,,,er,, achievements, far exceed Jimmy Carter’s, just think! Rosalynn can finally give a huge sigh of relief that her husband isn’t the biggest idiot, ever elected by the uninformed American voters!

Now Obamacare is showing the care the democrats actually have for America and her people. They refuse to live by the law they promoted, lied about and passed, while shutting down  key parts of government to put the “maximum amount of pain” on the American people, i.e. National Parks, Open Air Memorials, scenic turnouts on America’s highways and even the ocean in Florida to fishing.

While the fiasco of Obamacare continues to reveal the cavernous depths of the deception democrats used to get the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed. Which they were able to do because of the super majority the democrats had in Congress as well as the presidency, despite the protests of the American people.

As Americans are seeing now, the PPACA Obamacare does nothing to protect the patient, nor is it affordable in any manner. It is designed to further weaken and destroy the middle class in America. Whether you want to believe it, acknowledge it or not, that is the simple truth and is evidenced by the effects of the law.

See also: Manufactured Crises: You Never Want To Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste