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Trump, GOP: Follow Alexander I And Muhammad Ali: Go On The Offensive

Rod Thomson

Like Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope or Russia’s forced military strategies against French and German invaders in back-to-back centuries, President Trump has endured more than two years on the defensive.

He can and should go on the offensive, and Republicans at every level should follow suit. 

There are plenty of military and competitive examples of one side allowing the other to spend themselves on an ultimately futile offensive, retreating and bobbing and weaving on the defensive. And when done right, the apparently superior power spends itself and the counteroffensive is invariably explosive and successful.

The parallels are clear and the timing is now. History shows the way.

The Grande Armée under Napoleon was an unstoppable force in the early 19th century, sweeping through Europe and defeating France’s rivals across the continent. Russia was the final hurdle and Napoleon was determined to knock out the giant. When he invaded Russia in the summer of 1812, the Grande Armée had 685,000 soldiers, the largest army ever seen up to that point. Napoleon had great successes in pushing the Russians back. But the Russian Army kept eluding the major, decisive battle Napoleon sought, the knockout blow. The French even took Moscow. But the Russians had burned it along with everything on their retreat, enacting a scorched earth policy that starved the vast French army.

The Russians used the huge land mass to their advantage and stayed on the defensive while Napoleon exhausted his army being on the offensive. When at last winter began to set in, Napoleon had to retreat and the Russian army went on the offensive, hounding the French and their allies all the way back to Poland. When the tattered remnants of Napoleon’s army crossed into Poland in December, there were only 27,000 left. It was decimated.

The same thing played out when the German Army invaded Russia in 1941. Hitler and his generals knew the story of Napoleon well, and sought a quick summer knockout of the Russian Red Army. But Russia has both land and a lot of people. Stalin did not purposely employ what the Russian Emperor had a century earlier, but it practically worked the same. The Red Army suffered defeat after defeat, but kept retreating and fighting. The Germans got to the gates of Moscow by December, but everything stalled. 

But they regrouped in 1942 and went on the offensive again. Hitler went after Stalingrad this time, an important city but hardly a knockout city, because he hated Stalin and wanted to take the city named after him. It was irrational hatred and it drove the Germans deeper into Russia during the fall of 1942. The Russians kept retreating, but also kept bleeding the German Army while on defense. At Stalingrad, they purposely lured the Germans into terrible street fighting that nullified the German armor and air advantage.

In November 1942, as winter was setting in, the Russians sprung the trap on the German Army bogged down in Stalingrad, enveloping the Germans and eventually annihilating them. Germany never recovered from this defeat, losing an army of 600,000 soldiers in that single battle. Russia went on the offensive and never stopped until the Nazi regime was totally destroyed (and the U.S. stood in her way in central Germany.)

In 1974, Muhammad Ali and his team employed the Russian strategy against the more powerful puncher, George Foreman, but called it the rope-a-dope, because Ali had a way with words. This was the much hyped Rumble in the Jungle. Foreman was considered the favorite because of his superior punching power, and Ali knew this. 

Ali purposely angered Foreman with taunts during the match, provoking the heavy-hitter to pound on him. Ali used the ropes of the ring (like the landmass of Russia) to absorb the blows for round after round. It looked like Ali was being just pummeled and Foreman was easily winning the match. Some feared for Ali’s life. But by using the ropes, Ali was more protected than it appeared because the blows energy were passed on to the ropes.

By the mid rounds, Foreman began tiring because he had done most of the punching. By the 7th round, Ali went on the offensive against an exhausted Foreman and won the match on a knockout in the 8th.

In 2016, Donald Trump was elected president and contrary to having the traditional “honeymoon” of new presidents, was immediately on the defensive. From the supposed million-woman pink hat march the day after his inauguration to the two-year Russia collusion probe by Robert Mueller to the endless and breathless coverage of being a traitor, racist and existential threat by the media, Trump and the GOP has been on the defensive his entire presidency.

Granted, the President has punched back consistently, but these have been counter punches, raiding parties, not a full-scale offensive.

The Mueller report results and the disastrous Mueller Congressional testimony last week are like the moments of Napoleon and Hitler at Moscow, or Ali in the 7th round against Foreman. The attackers have petered out on that front. The Trump offensive can began.

Yes, the House will keep holding hearings and the media will keep reporting things dishonestly, but Trump can go on the full offensive now. 

Just as importantly, so can and should the entire GOP. They’ve laid low, said “let’s wait on the report.” Well the report is out and the corruption appears to be on the part of the investigators. Now there is no further excuse for not fighting back. 

The ground is fertile for the counteroffensive:

— Highlighting the Russian counter investigations, where two reports will be coming out; one from the Inspector General very soon and the other from the district attorney appointed by Attorney General William Barr later; 

— The hypocrisy of Democrats from the border to Baltimore who either are generating the human suffering or are ignoring it while trying to play the compassion card; 

— Turn the race card back, pointing out the quality of life for Americans in this prosperous economy, and harping on the stats pointing out how well minorities are doing in America under Trump.

There are multiple fronts on which to go on the offensive. The GOP should be pushing the advantage daily or they will needlessly find themselves living on the defensive.

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. 


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Dramatic Display Of Bipartisan, Racial Unity Over “In God We Trust” Law

Rod Thomson

For everyone wringing their hands about the lack of unity in our country, there was a shocking display of it this year — largely ignored by the media — on an issue of critical importance going forward: Exposing school children to our religious heritage

Back in March, in the waning days of the Florida Legislative session, black, female Democrat Rep. Kimberly Daniels stood to make the final pitch on a bill she co-sponsored with another black Democrat.

The bill: Require that all Florida public schools display “In God We Trust” prominently in their buildings, in a place where students will see it and perhaps want to talk about it.

In an unheard of display of unity between right and left, Republican and Democrat, male and female, black and white, Daniels rose on the House floor to speak and one by one Republican lawmakers (all of them white, male and female) went and stood behind her in support.

“Few would disagree with me that God is positive,” said Daniels. “He’s not a Republican, and he’s not a Democrat. He’s not black, and he’s not white. He is the light. And our schools need light in them like never before.”

Daniels went on, as more legislators stood behind her in support. She pointed out how we must “remind our children of the foundation of this country, which was founded on people who came for religious liberty.”

It was a powerful moment with whites and blacks, Republicans and Democrats standing together. When she concluded her remarks, she received a long standing ovation on the floor. And then the bill passed the House 97-10 vote.

And that moment got zero media coverage in a state smothered in major media outlets covering the legislative session. The law’s passage got some coverage, but not much. In fact, it was so ignored that I had to take a screenshot from the state’s C-SPAN equivalent taping the session to use with this story.

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Secular leftists have long been trying to erase America’s religious heritage, and religion itself, as part of our exceptional nation. And they have had a depressing amount of success in the past 70 years. These battles have often been focusing on the public schools, because that is where the next generation is won over.

But what happened in Florida this past year represents a sharp counterattack in this anti-religion war. While Florida is the tip of the spear, five other states — Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona — have passed laws mandating or allowing “In God We Trust” to be placed prominently in public schools. This all comes 56 years after the U.S. Supreme Court banned prayer in schools, beginning the long, deleterious march of squeezing all religious references from public education.

This move has flown under the radar largely because the media hyper-focuses on every breath of President Trump every day, and every leak and fake story regarding this or that alleged corruption or chaos, or every tell-all book. After all that nonsense coverage, there’s not much time left for actual news. And that, actually, can be a plus because we all know how this issue would generally be covered by the CNNs and New York Times of the media world.

In Florida, “In God We Trust” is also the state’s motto and is on the state seal. Of course, it’s on the nation’s currency.

Daniels’ law, passed during the Spring legislative session, has already gone into effect this school year. All of the schools have the signs up.

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Of course the ACLU is not pleased and sees it as a separation of state and church issue. But they also have not been successful in other cases involving the phrase in public places. They are “monitoring” the public schools law in Florida, which means that they probably will challenge it at some point when the right case comes. Likely, atheist parents will use their child to go to the ACLU to get the courts to overturn what is obviously a very popular move. Status quo there.

What’s worth noting here is that this is not the least bit controversial with most Floridians, or probably in other states. Just with the elitist left. The Florida House 97-10 vote came during an election year for all of those representatives. That pretty clearly shows that politicians in both parties not only support it, but expect that their voters support it.

There are some attempts to gin up outrage and opposition, but they don’t have much umph behind them. The only hope for the leftists who want to control everything is the courts. That’s where they’ve had all of their success — not from the approval of the American people. That will certainly be tried and the media will undoubtedly be all over it at that point.

But right now, a battle has been won and convincingly. “In God We Trust” signs are up in all of Florida’s 4,269 public schools, and 2.7 million school children will see them and maybe start having discussions that have not been happening in our schools for generations.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Note To Larry King: Armed, Freed Slaves Fought For Our Freedom

By KrisAnne Hall, JD

In a TMZ interview with Larry King recently, it was said that the Second Amendment was created by “Southern senators so they could ward off slaves uprising.” Not exactly. Yes there was slavery in the colonies and it was not confined to the South. Yes there were pro-slavery states pressuring convention delegates.

However, not everyone was pro-slavery and the right to bear arms was not something foisted upon the nation by those who wanted to continue the abominable trade. The oversimplification in the Larry King interview of this complex history presents a sad distortion and denies many honorable and brave people of color their proper station in history.  

It doesn’t take extensive research to discover that the very first man to give his life in our battle for independence was a freed slave by the name of Crispus Attucks. Crispus Attucks not only gave his life so we could be free, but was one of the most honored patriots of this time. The Boston Globe reported that Attucks’ funeral was the most attended funeral in the history of Boston. This armed, freed slave fought for our freedom.

American history also reveals battalions of freed slaves that fought for our independence. Peter Salem was one such hero. As a freed slave, Salem is credited with having killed Major Pitcairn, the British officer leading the charge that finally took Bunker Hill at great cost. Salem would receive many honors for this feat, even the praise of General George Washington. This armed, freed slave fought for our freedom.

Americans should learn of heroism of free black man Ned Hector, and of George Middleton, another free black man and colonel in a Massachusetts Militia. Middleton was a hero among those who fought in our war for independence. Upon his retirement from duty in 1796, Middleton started the “African Benevolent Society,” a charitable organization to care for the needs of the widows and orphans of those black soldiers who fought in our war for Liberty. All those armed, freed slaves, fought for our Liberty.

James Forten the son of free blacks, at 14 years old, heard the public reading the Declaration of Independence in the streets of Philadelphia. Forten then joined the Navy to fight against the British oppression of the American colonists. He was taken captive and given the option of living with a captain of the British Navy as a slave companion of the captain’s son. Forten was told he would have comfort and provision like he had never known in America, if he would only agree to stop fighting and return to his life as a slave in Britain. Forten, as a young man, responded: “I have been taken prisoner for the liberties of my country, and never will prove a traitor to her interest!” He ended up spending seven months on a British prison ship for his devotion to freedom and liberty. This armed, free black man, fought for our freedom.

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Let us not forget Prince Whipple, the freed black man who fought alongside General Washington and is seen in the very famous painting of Washington crossing the frozen Delaware River. This armed, free black man, fought for our freedom.

These are but just a few examples of the many armed freed slaves who fought for the new America. Several of our States had a provision, that gave permanent freedom to all slaves wanting to fight for liberty and independence. This history means there are some free men who gave their only free breath so America could be free and Americans do not even know their names. But somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 black men fought for liberty during the War of Independence.

I could write extensively of the reams of documented conversations in which the American founders held the right to bear arms out to be an essential right to protect a nation from government tyranny and oppression, not a means to subjugate slaves. In fact, the man known as the Father of the Bill of Rights, George Mason from the southern colony of Virginia, notably created the Fairfax Resolves of July 1774 which declared that slavery should be done away with. This matched the strong sentiments he expressed in an essay in 1773:

“That slow poison…is daily contaminating the minds and morals or our people. Every gentleman here is born a petty tyrant. Practiced in acts of despotism and cruelty, we become callous to the dictates of humanity, and all the finer feelings of the soul. Taught to regard a part of our own species in the most abject and contemptible degree below us, we lose that idea of dignity of man which the hand of nature has implanted in us for great and useful purposes.”

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One cannot look at the strong abolitionist sentiment in many of the founders’ writings and accept such a simple broad-brush of history as put forth by King and others like him. Many in our founding, both black and white, fought against the evils of slavery. Many fought for it. Eventually good triumphed over evil. To trot out racial division every time we want to win an argument, not only dishonors all of those who sowed seeds and spilled blood to move us closer to liberty for all, it threatens to grow an irrational hatred that serves the best interests of no-one.

We need a renewed vigor for truth in history in America. We need to learn about the liberty we possess that so many before us fought to secure. We cannot preserve our freedoms while denying the history that won them. Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.

Liberty First University has courses particularly to educated on this history and the principles that drove the creation of our Constitutional Republic. Please visit www.LibertyFirstUniversity.com and review the following courses to better educate yourself against these errors of history:

  1.  Slavery and the American Founders
  2.  Forgotten Founders
  3.  The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: The Second Amendment

KrisAnne Hall is a former biochemist, Russian linguist for the US Army, and former prosecutor for the State of Florida. KrisAnne also practiced First Amendment Law for a prominent Florida non-profit Law firm. KrisAnne now travels the country teaching the foundational principles of Liberty and our Constitutional Republic. KrisAnne is the author of 6 books on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, she also has an internationally popular radio and television show and her books and classes have been featured on C-SPAN TV. KrisAnne can be found at www.KrisAnneHall.com.


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First They Came for Confederate Monuments…

Rod Thomson

It’s a story as old as civilizations passing away, history looping without end…

First they came for the Confederate monuments, because they represented those who fought to maintain slavery.

Then they came for Confederate flags, because banning them would alleviate the hurt of slavery they represented.

Then they came for Confederate names on buildings, on schools and on streets. That which causes offense is not acceptable in our society.

Then they came for the history textbooks, which were revised to avoid causing pain to students confronted with the ugly past in their own country. How could the children endure this?

After a time, they had erased all memories of the Confederacy from the public square and the books — sent them down the memory hole — and all was good with race relations. All would now prosper and feel safe from the offense of history.

But…

Some Founders were slaveholders. And this is intolerable to even think about. So they came for those Founders who owned slaves, most prominent of whom were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

They came for the Jefferson and Washington Monuments in the nation’s capital and all statues of Washington and Jefferson, for they caused deep offense. Slaveowners looking down on us!

Then they came for schools named after Jefferson and Washington. Then they came after streets and towns named after Jefferson and Washington. That which causes offense is not acceptable in our society.

Then they came for the history textbooks, which were revised to avoid causing pain to students confronted with the slaveholding realities of the nation’s forefathers. How could the children endure this?

And finally they came after the Capital of the United States, because it was named after a slaveholder. How offensive to every citizen!

After a time, they had erased all memories of every founder who was a slaveholder from the public square and the books — sent down the memory hole — and all was good with race relations. All would now prosper and feel safe from the offense of history.

But…

It was soon remembered that all of the Founders agreed to keep women from being able to vote, to treat them as second-class citizens. This included those who were not slaveholders and those who opposed slavery.

So they came after all of the rest of the Founders not already erased, because they were sexist and diminished women. Hated women. Such sexism can never be celebrated!

Then they came for the monuments to Founders such as John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine and the rest for they caused offense, they made some women feel “less than.” Sexist males looking down on us!

Then they came for schools named after Adams and Hamilton. Then they came after streets and towns named after Adams and Hamilton. That which causes offense is not acceptable in our society.

Then they came for the history textbooks, which were revised to avoid causing pain to students confronted with the ugly, sexist past of all of the Founders of their own country. How could the children endure this?

After awhile, they had erased all memories of every Founder — racist and sexist — from the public square and the books — all sent down the memory hole — and all was good with race and gender relations. All would now prosper and feel safe from the offense of history.

But…

Oh, there was so much more still to erase! The impurities!

They came for Christopher Columbus because he brought plagues to the natives and stole their lands and resources. Erase him!

They came for U.S. presidents before the Civil War because they appeased the South with compromises, allowing slavery to expand into more new states in the Union. Erase them!

They came for the Presidents who did not uphold treaties with Native Americans. Erase them!

They came for the 19th century building titans who constructed the Transcontinental Railroad because they paid the Chinese slave labor wages for their work. Erase them!

They came for every corporate baron enriched during the industrial revolution, some of which had used child labor, all of whom had mistreated workers. Erase them!

They came for U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld slavery in the Dred Scott ruling. Erase them!

They came for the once-revered Woodrow Wilson because he was an overt racist and acted colonially when he began the U.S. occupation of Haiti. Erase him!

They came for Franklin Roosevelt because he put Japanese-Americans in internment camps in World War II. What an offense to have to be faced with! Erase him!

They came for Harry Truman because he used atomic weapons against Japanese civilians — but not Germany — showing his bigotry. Erase him!

They came for Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush. None withstood the next wave of erasure. “Erase them all!” they cried in their purifying fever.

Like the great Eraser’s of kingdoms past from Assyrians to Soviets, they took down all predecessors, all remnants that might remind people of the offensive, unacceptable, unauthorized national history. They erased them all.

In the end, they stood around, panting heavily from their long labors and paused. And then they came for themselves, because such was the voracious appetite to purify history from offense that none could meet the test of purity.

Not even the Erasers.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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Fourth of July History Liberty Truth

VIDEO: Why Americans Fought for Liberty

By KrisAnne Hall

As Americans enjoy the fireworks, hot dogs, and Apple pie on July 4th, let’s also remember why our independence was necessary.  Many Americans have forgotten why we celebrate this day of remembrance.

Our independence was not a foreign war. Our battle for independence wasn’t just about taxes or tea. It was so much more. Let’s set the record straight and undo decades of miseducation and revision in just 5 minutes.

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Celebrating the Fourth Through an Unshakable Faith in God

by Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

On July 3, 1776, John Adams sat down to write his wife, Abigail. In ending the second page and spilling onto the third, he wrote:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Two hundred forty one years later we can only marvel at the prophetic nature of his prescience.

And what of the state of affairs of his nation today?

Well, it is no less tumultuous than it was back in 1776. The fodder, the anger, the vitriol; it’s all there. But these things should never cast upon us any fears.  

So many of us feel the gloom that weighed so heavily upon Adams on July 3, 1776.  But he gave us the solution to conquering those fears. First, he kept his eyes on the ravishing light and glory that would befall his nation once the goals the Creator placed upon it were achieved. And second, he maintained a steady and unshakable faith in the utility of his “solemn Act of Devotion to God Almighty.”

Americans are truly an exceptional people, and their country no less so. We are the product of people who believed in the concept of natural law, or God’s law. Indeed, our forefathers so strongly believed in the existence of a set of divinely created rules, founded on the presumption that every man has a direct and immutable relationship with God, that they were willing to devote their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to see that system of government respecting such a divine relationship become a reality.

Today, we hear so much talk casting aspersions upon our nation’s most hallowed institutions — we focus our attentions so firmly on the various players of our present plight, be they persons or things — that we fail to focus on the foundation that strengthened Adams during his time of gloom; an unshakeable longing for the ravishing light and glory that will gently bathe America when she finally becomes a nation at peace with the Creator.

Today, two days later than Adams predicted, there will be Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.  And thank God there will be!

But tomorrow, we must steady ourselves and refocus our energies towards achieving that glorious society that can only exist when we are in compliance with the precepts of Natural Laws and when we abide by the dictum that demands we love God with all our might and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

This July 4th, I hope many wonderful things for your family and you, and I pray, despite our persistent shortcomings, that God continues to bless these United States of America.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.

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How American Independence Changed the World

Rod Thomson

The American colonies’ Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, marked one of the greatest turning points in the history of mankind. This is no exaggeration.

The Declaration set in motion the launching of the greatest democratic Republic and the most politically, economically and militarily powerful nation on earth. There is not a close second.

It created personal freedoms on an extraordinary scale. Just consider what is encompassed within the First Amendment — freedom of speech for everyone, freedom of religion for everyone, freedom to gather together with who we want to and freedom to gripe directly to government about government without fear of reprisal.

Absolutely groundbreaking. We way too easily take these ideas for granted, but this was revolutionary in thinking and in action. It just hadn’t been done. Maybe even barely contemplated. There was nothing like this by the Greeks, the Persians, the Romans, even the British.

The Declaration set the stage for free-market capitalism that has enriched the lives of literally hundreds of millions of people around the world, generated an endless fountain of innovation and creativity and built a culture that influences virtually every culture on earth.

The Declaration and following birth of a nation created the opportunity, for the first time in history, for a nation to liberate other nations under the boot of conquerors and then give them self-determined freedom and walk away. Again, we have to understand how unique this is in all of human history. It never happened. And America has done it repeatedly and continues to do it.

 

This miracle came with a price

None of this happened because men chose comfort and security over liberty and danger — quite the opposite of today, when Americans too often seek comfort and security through the government. The leaders of the American Revolution — which may have been a minority of colonists, at least those willing to risk all and to fight — chose to throw in their lot for the highest ideals, for themselves and for future generations.

As the last line of the Declaration solemnly declares:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

These were all faulty men, but with a vision and a commitment to the cause of freedom for the individual — more than a nation or a people. Even with the stain of slavery — a compromise to form a union of colonies large enough to beat the British Empire, and which was abolished a few generations later in the bloody Civil War — these ideals were recognizable to others. It’s what the French saw when they gave us the Statue of Liberty. We say the name so quickly, we can almost forget the whole point: Liberty.

It’s why Patrick Henry could swing the Virginia delegation to the side of fighting the British with the ringing words, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Remember, the declarers of independence weren’t really fighting for a nation. They were fighting for a universal cause of ideals — ideals spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution, which would all be encompassed within the new United States of America.

Fifty-six brave men — most of them with wealth and families — signed their names to that Declaration, knowing they were risking everything they owned and loved, including their lives. Their signature meant treason to the Crown. There was only one punishment for that. And it was final.

 

What was so unique in the colonies to cause this?

Given all the mighty nations and empires throughout history that had conquered and grown, from the ancient Assyrian Empire through the more benevolent British Empire, and that shared virtually none of the enlightened ideas composed in the American colonies, what set us apart?

The American experiment was so successful because of its foundation, which drew Europeans to the new lands.

It required the classical liberal thinking of John Locke and Adam Smith, emphasizing free markets, free trade, capitalism, minimal government regulation and taxes and freedom for the individual and groups of individuals to act. Some of the early colonists longed for the freedom to act in a new territory with new opportunities.

America coupled this classical liberal thinking with the Christian concept of the value of the individual and the strains within newly minted Protestantism that desired freedom from centralized control — whether by the church or the state. Consider how the Pilgrims, Puritans and others came here specifically to get away from powerful central governments under a King and powerful central churches under a Pope or Bishop. They sought freedom of religion and speech. Sound familiar?

These streams were all in place, flowing together to form the culture of the American colonies. That culture set the foundations for the success of the great American experiment. And it explains why the resulting Constitution cannot be laid over top of cultures where there is no such foundation.

It was, and still remains, a unique culture — but one people from around the world continue to be drawn to.

 

The foundational principles remain the only way

Those principles encapsulated in the Constitution worked then and through our history, and will work now and into the future. It would end up being one of the great tragedies in world history if we were to walk away from those guiding lights to follow the fleeting culture fancies of the moment.

Within the above historic context, we can read these words anew, and realize the power in them, and the import of not turning our backs on this solid foundation.

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundations on such Principles and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to Them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

That revolutionary thinking is how America became the shining city on a hill, and how it can remain so.

It’s a good time of year to remind ourselves of these Truths. Take 3 minutes to read the Declaration of Independence. It will be time well spent.

Rod Thomson is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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On Castro: Turning a Monster into a Martyr

By Representative Julio Gonzalez

Now that the dust is settling on Fidel Castro’s death, it is important that I share some thoughts as a child of Cuban expatriates who fled the island in pursuit of freedom.

First, good riddance! Fidel Castro is one of those historic figures the world would have done better without.

My father wouldn’t have stood a chance in the new Cuban regime. He was in his early 20s and had engaged in the fatal sin of working for the American Embassy. When the Embassy closed in 1961, he went into hiding, quickly rounded up his parents and his sister, and took off. Even though he was a lowly employee in the Embassy, his fate, had he been captured by any of Castro’s thugs, would have been to be dragged out to the streets of Havana, have a handkerchief drawn across his eyes, and shot. Right there in cold blood. No questions asked.

Such was the fate of many of my father’s friends.

On the same evening of the Embassy’s closure, my mother slept on a porch across the street with instructions from her single mother, Josefina Maffiotte, to run into the Embassy, should it be reopened, and seek asylum. She was 18 years old and slept on a slab of concrete with her best friend, Miriam Martinez, waiting for the American Embassy to reopen.

It never did.

Eventually, my mother was “declared” by my family’s patriarch, Manolo Miñagorri, her uncle, and one of the greatest men I have ever known, allowing her to obtain the freedom she so desperately sought.

Freedom Tower

My mother and father eventually met at the Freedom Tower in Miami, the same Freedom Tower where, decades later, Sen. Marco Rubio, another son of expatriates, would announce his candidacy for President of the United States. I was there that day, making the three-hour drive from Venice, Florida, after seeing patients in the morning. It was the first time I had stepped into the Freedom Tower since my mom would occasionally take me to work about 45 years earlier. I was so proud to be there at that moment, I silently wept during Marco’s speech.

My first schooling was in a small school named La Luz, or The Light. It was brought to the United States by another expatriate, Dr. Gil Beltran. My schoolmates were all sons and daughters of expatriates. And every last one of us knew someone who had either been imprisoned or killed by Fidel, Raul, or their sidekick, Che Guevara. For some, it was their fathers who had either been killed or imprisoned, left to continue their lives with only one parent.

Fidel’s revolution was a self-serving power grab for the benefit of no one other than himself. There was no death for the betterment of the human condition. There was no imprisonment because the prisoner was impeding the progress of good governance. Anyone who wears a Castro or Guevara T-shirt, in my eyes, is a bumbling idiot who has no clue of what he or she is espousing; cases in point, Carlos Santana and Colin Kaepernick. And let’s not forget Kevin Costner who agreed to play a character that salaciously uttered a tribute to Che Guevarra in Rumor Has It. For the sake of my reputation and out of respect for all those who suffered at the tip of Guevara’s gun, I would have never accepted the role unless that speech was removed from the script.

Sympathy to the oppressed, not oppressor

Second, I feel deeply for all those who didn’t witness Fidel’s dying day. People like my grandmother Josefina, my uncle Manolo, his wife Concha, Dr. Beltran, Father Luis Ripol, and the countless others who lived the rest of their lives yearning for the day that Castro would die and they could finally return home.

I feel for my mother, who was so effectively separated from her father in Cuba that she didn’t hear of his death until years afterwards.

My thoughts and prayers are not with Castro’s family. For them, I only harbor resentment for whatever role they played in aiding and abetting this most disgusting tyrant.

Castro and the American political left

Third, a few comments about how Castro’s death plays into the self-destruction of America’s left are in order. The left has traditionally positioned itself as the voice of the American worker, of the struggling middle class. They have claimed to be the more sophisticated political philosophers, who believe in open dialogue and solutions through study and the free exchange of ideas.

What a farce we now see that to be!

If there is anything the last few years have demonstrated about America’s left is its evil transformation. It is not tolerant. See what happens to anyone who dares reassert that all lives matter, or simply that the lives of our law enforcement officers matter. Their reaction to losing an election to the person that became their greatest nemesis is shameful.

Because of their loss, they rabidly call for the end of the electoral college while knowing full well that doing so would destroy the concept of a federalist republic upon which our country was built and would serve to silence practically every voter west of Philadelphia and east of San Francisco. They even threaten the lives of delegates who will be casting votes for Donald J. Trump even though Trump won their states. They shout down conservative speakers and threatened them on colleges campuses — once a cornerstone of free speech. They riot in the streets and destroy neighborhoods whenever they have a grievance, real or perceived.

They do everything they can to defend and promote the mass slaughter of unborn children without any signs of remorse, and resist — yes, they actively resist — efforts by groups whose goal is not to prohibit abortions, but to offer women alternatives to electively aborting a baby, such as adoption.

For today’s American left, all that matters is the promotion of their destructive and oppressive agenda.

And when it comes to Castro’s death, they eulogize him with comparisons to George Washington, ridiculously declaring that this monster of a man loved the Cuban people. Yes, in exactly the same way Stalin “loved” the Russian people.

Please!

Today’s left will never ask what it can do for its country. It is only asking what it can impose on others.

The tragic fact is that Fidel Castro died at 90 years of age of natural causes, his bloody footprints deeply embedded in Cuba’s soil and his path of destruction cast upon Cubans and Cuban exiles blessed enough to be living in the greatest, most exceptional nation on earth.

No, my heart is not lighter today knowing that Castro has finally died. My heart is heavy knowing that my family members in Cuba are still living in an oppressive state, and it sinks even deeper when I consider the audacity of those who try to turn a monster into a martyr.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon, lawyer and State Representative for South Sarasota County, Florida.  He is the author of The Federalist Pages, available at www.thefederalistpages.com or at Amazon.  He is available for speaking engagements and can be reached at [email protected].

 

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Elections Government History Truth

The “Mandates” That Never Were

By David G. Johnson

If I were in possession of a time machine, the top of my destination list would be the Constitutional Convention. Maybe the First Continental Congress. Or really any of the seminal gatherings at which our Founding Fathers hotly debated the ideas leading to the formation of the United States.

Among the topics I would hear in those epic debates, one concept that would never arise would be the notion of a “presidential mandate.”

Hard though it may be for our modern ears to hear, the Founders did not view the presidency to be what it has become — that of the “most powerful person on the planet.” Actually, they might have been terrified at the thought.

What I might see in my time time travel would be the Founders viewing the job a little like that of the president of your homeowners’ association: a position no one really wants but undertakes out of a sense of civic duty.

They understood that the President of the United States would be imbued with limited power they granted him — the purpose of which was primarily to execute the will of the people and the states as articulated through their representatives in Congress.

“Nothing shall be wanting on my part to inform, as far as in my power, the legislative judgment, nor to carry that judgment into faithful execution.” – President Thomas Jefferson, First Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1801

This was, for example, why the President could not actually declare war. It was the job of the President to guide a war declared by Congress as the Commander-in-Chief, and only such a war.

Thus, the Presidency was not originally the prize to be won at any cost. It is only after a couple of centuries of expansion of government at all levels that we now have a powerful Chief Executive. And as a result, now individuals, special interest groups, and God only knows who else spends hundreds of millions of dollars to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

Where did the “mandate” come from?

In the Autumn 1990 issue of Political Science Quarterly, Yale professor Robert Dahl looked into the history of what he described as the Myth of the Presidential Mandate. He argues that prior to Andrew Jackson, presidents infrequently used their veto power and did so only on Constitutional grounds.

Jackson’s innovation, according to Dahl, was to use the veto “…as a defense of his or his party’s policies.”

Dahl traces a shift in the theory of presidential elections, beginning with Jackson’s 1832 reelection, toward the view that it was a way for the people to directly ratify the policies of the candidate. While Jackson didn’t seem to promote this idea himself, much less use the term “mandate,” it was only a few elections later when one of his successors did exactly that:

“The people, by the constitution, have commanded the President, as much as they have commanded the legislative branch of the Government, to execute their will….” – President James K. Polk, State of the Union Address, December 5, 1848

This shift, Dahl contends, culminated in the Progressive thinking of Woodrow Wilson who, in 1908, prior to his election as President, wrote:

“The President is at liberty, both in law and conscience, to be as big a man as he can…. There is no national party choice except that of President. No one else represents the people as a whole, exercising a national choice… The nation as a whole has chosen him, and is conscious that it has no other political spokesman.” – Woodrow Wilson, Congressional Government.

Wilson took this idea seriously, issuing a record 1,803 executive orders in true Progressive style, roughly equivalent to the sum of his two immediate predecessors, who between them issued more than all the preceding U.S. presidents combined. You see the arc. Perhaps it’s no accident that the Federal Reserve and the Income Tax both came into being during his extra-Constitutional watch.

In the century since Wilson aggressively acted on his words, succeeding presidents have claimed their election as a “mandate” from the people. Even the most casual observer of history, however, will realize that this claim is a universal exaggeration. The largest percentage of votes received by the winner of a Presidential election was only 61% (Lyndon Johnson in 1964). While a mathematical majority, it can hardly be viewed as a universal demand from the people for a specific policy to be enacted. More recently however, elections have been bare majorities, or even pluralities. Trump received less than 47 percent of the vote.

Every election is different. But the forces that influence voters are far too complex for any objective, rational person to conclude that such close elections are a “mandate” — beyond theory and rhetoric.

As neither Trump or Clinton was going to get more than a plurality — less than half of voters — neither was going to have a mandate. But both would claim it as Trump’s campaign has. This is a long-term, bipartisan fiction that Americans should not buy into. What Trump does have is a duty to lead well and keep his promises.

David G. Johnson is Founder and CEO of Grow the Dream, a strategic marketing firm based in Sarasota, Fla.

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Christianity Government History Truth

Thanksgiving to God is Our American Heritage

By Representative Julio Gonzalez

Thanksgiving always reminds us of the inseparable juxtaposition between the American people’s fervent faith in God and the nation’s birth. Few documents serve as a greater testament to that close relationship than George Washington’s “General Thanksgiving Proclamation.”

An unapologetic appeal for God’s good favor on the new government, the “Proclamation” was the result of a congressional request — many of whose members were signers of the United States Constitution and were Delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  Such a passionate appeal to our Lord and Ruler of Nations could not be delivered by the highest official of our government at the behest of the legislature without a resounding acknowledgment of the close association between the America’s government and the divine world by the leaders of America’s government.

To this day, George Washington’s “Proclamation” stands as one of the most overt and sincere expressions of faith in the goodness and benevolence of God towards our nation. It makes for a great prayer for American families as they assemble at their Thanksgiving table to recount God’s many blessings and to implore His continued benevolence upon them and upon the great nation to which they dutifully belong.

If you haven’t yet read this proclamation, make sure you do so before your Thanksgiving Day family’s prayer and consider reading it to those assembled at your table on that most blessed and patriotic day.

Have a happy, healthy, and blessed Thanksgiving Day.

 

General Thanksgiving
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 favour; 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 PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and 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 TWENTY-SIXTH 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 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 enable 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 favours which He has 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 shown kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase 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, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon, lawyer and State Representative for South Sarasota County, Florida.  He is the author of The Federalist Pages, available at www.thefederalistpages.com or at Amazon.  He is available for speaking engagements and can be reached at [email protected].