Thursday, February 21, 2013

One Nation, Under God

I know I am late on doing a post for President's Day, but I only do posts on Mondays and Thursdays (and I didn't get the idea until yesterday!). Enjoy these quotes and please remember to be in prayer for our country!

 


George Washington on Gun Control:

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."

Abraham Lincoln on The Constitution

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."

George Washington on Friendship:

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with a few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence."

Abraham Lincoln on Freedom:

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

Please take a moment to watch the Gettysburg Address. It's only 2 minutes long and it is a wonderful reminder of our nation's past. 


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Happy President's Day!
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5 comments:

  1. Awesome post Alicia!! My four older children had memorized that speech, among others like it (Patrick Henry's speech etc) at one time for a home school project. LOVE it!

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  2. This may well be controversial (especially on President's day) but I really think that many of the notions of freedom America holds dear were actually originated and developed in Britain.
    The one about overthrowing those who threaten the constitution seemed rather relevant considering how several English kings faced rebellion and or were even deposed for acting against the law or exercising arbitrary rule in some way.

    Contrary to popular opinion, our monarchs did not wield absolute power, could not be whatever they wanted with no regard for the law, and Britain was not in the grip of tyranny for most of its history- not since 1215 at least. Indeed we were one of the first countries to limit the power of the King- which is one major reason why we have a parliament.

    So yes, God bless America, but maybe take a thought to remember how some of your forbears may have been striving for freedom long before George Washington or Abraham Lincoln (both names which seem oddly Britisg in origin).

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    1. I definitely agree. I think nearly every race contains the principles of freedom within their heart because those principles were endowed within them by their Creator.

      The whole point of our revolution was that the colonists didn't feel they were receiving the same freedoms as regular Englishmen. So, yes, ultimately, our notions of freedom came from England herself. However, I think the fact that makes our revolution unique was that it was successful. So many other revolutions for "freedom" resulted in terrible bloodshed and no true freedom.

      But, then, President's Day isn't really about the revolution, freedom, or the lack thereof. (The holiday celebrating those facts is the 4th of July/Independence Day.) We're just celebrating the lives of two presidents who brought our nation through two of the toughest times in American history. :) Thanks for commenting!

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    2. Like the French revolution? It really bugs me when people harp on about how 'wonderful' that was. Yeah, like killing 2 million people for no reason was a good thing.....
      That said (and although I know the movie was entirely inaccurate) I remember watching part of The Patriot with Gibson & co talking about how they wanted to protect their families and fight to win freedom and my reaction was something along the lines of- those British soldiers you are slaughtering with impunity have families too.
      I suppose no revolution can be entirely bloodless. Thanks for the post and for tolerating my ranting.

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    3. Not a problem! I believe in freedom of speech. :)

      And I agree about the French Revolution. It was the one that stood out the most in my mind about failed revolutions.

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