Tuesday, June 12, 2007

today in history--june 12--our theme is "freedom"

June 12, 1776
The Virginia Convention, assembled in Williamsburg, unanimously adopted George Mason’s declaration of rights. Go to www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/virginia.htm to read the text of this historic freedom document from American history. As you read through the Virginia Declaration of Rights, notice how many freedoms and rights it contains that later showed up in the U.S. Constitution. Notice also that it speaks of the concept of "natural rights," or what the Declaration of Independence would call our "unalienable rights." Concepts that conservatives take for granted, such as religious freedom, limited government, a respect for private property, separation of powers, civilian control of the military, and the right to bear arms, can all be found in this historic document. These are the very concepts that liberals are seeking to destroy. Notice also Section XVI of this document:

That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

Try as I might, I just couldn't find the words "separation of church and state" anywhere in that passage. So much for the liberaliars and their relentless jihad against American freedom!

June 12, 1963
Medgar Evers, a black civil rights leader in Jackson, Mississippi, was shot to death in the driveway of his home by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. Evers has been overlooked by history, overshadowed by men like Malcolm X and martin Luther King, Jr., but I would contend that he was at least as important as King, and far more important than Malcolm X. Evers was a field worker for the NAACP (back before the NAACP became an amoral socialist organization and an arm of the Democrat Party). He traveled all over Mississippi as part of a voter registration drive that was responsible for getting thousands of poor blacks active in the cilvil rights movement and the political process. In the words of Dr. King;

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

Medgar Evers was one of the crucial leaders in the fight to cash that check, in spite of fierce opposition from the Democrats of the day, and he is an American hero of freedom.

June 12, 1987

Pres. Ronald Wilson Reagan, the greatest president of the 20th Century and one of the 3 greatest presidents of all time, gave his historic speech at Brandenburg Gate. He stood up and faced the evil of Communism and oppression, and he told Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." He said, "The advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace." In so doing, Reagan changed the world. Millions of people on an entire half of the globe were freed because Pres. Reagan had the courage and the moral clarity to take a stand for freedom.

There are two kinds of people in America today.

There are those who recognize the difference between good and evil, and who have the courage to fight that evil. These are the people who are prepared to take a stand and lay their lives on the line for the advance of human liberty. These are America's principled conservatives, and the brave men and women of America's fighting forces.

Then there are those who are unable to tell the difference between good and evil. These are the appeasers. These are the people who told Reagan that he was wrong and that he would plunge America into war. These are the people who believe that it is America that is evil, and that we must accept punishment for our sins. These are the people who believe that, if we just talk nice to those who wish us harm, they will become our friends. These are the people who, over and over again, on each and every significant issue of our times, have been on the wrong side of history. These are America's liberals, and they hate freedom. They demonstrate this sad fact a million times a day in a million different ways, and they are to be held in contempt.

George Mason put down on paper the principles and values of freedom. Those principles and values became part of the American DNA. Medgar Evers died as he sought to fight for those principles and to advance human liberty. Ronald Reagan looked evil in the eye, forcefully proclaimed the principles and values of freedom, and changed the world.

It's our turn. What are we prepared to do?


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