'Our sacred honor'

The power to hold our country together come from its people

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When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?

It might be a good time to pick it up again.

For one thing, it – along with the preamble of the Constitution – is just some of the most profound writing in human history.

The founders could’ve written, “Hey world, here’s why we’re doing this.” Instead, they painted a flowing and vivid word picture:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

But they were just warming up.

“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.”

Then, after outlining the offenses of the British crown that provoked the proclamation, and “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions,” they declared independence.

Finishing with a flourish – in our opinion, in one of the most moving passages in the long and tortured story of mankind – the founders took note of the grave danger their declaration would put them in:

“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.”

What a consequential moment. What a potent summation of their perilous predicament – to “pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

Has there ever been a more powerful or encompassing pledge among a band of brothers?

And is that spirit completely gone today? Do you detect anything like that spirit of unity and purpose emanating from Washington?

Our founders pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to one another. Our “leaders” today bicker and posture and jostle for position. Their constituents are now groups of groups – special interest groups often divided by ethnicity and other wedges of “identity politics.” Their representatives and lobbyists spend their days and nights, and considerable amounts of money, pressing for advantage over one another.

Where is the honor in that, much less sacred honor?

We have allowed and encouraged our leaders to focus so much on what separates
us that we can no longer see what unites us: a freedom and self-reliance – and a resulting burden of responsibility – that may be unprecedented in its scope and duration.

America is both an ideal and an idea. It truly is an experiment in self-governance. But that means that the glue that holds it together has to come from we the people, not a prince or
potentate.

In other words, we need to stick together, the way the founders did.

Are we capable of that? Could we really pledge our lives, fortunes and sacred honor to one another?

If not, what is to become of us?

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deestafford 10/26/13 - 10:56 pm
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Thank you so much for this editorial.

My wife and I were talking the other day about whether the current gaggle in DC would pledge and carry out the pledge of the signers of the Declaration. Of course it maybe hard to find many up there who have any "sacred honor" or any honor for that manner.

It would be interesting for the ACE to publish an editorial or column on what happened to each of the signers and what they and their families had to actually sacrifice for their support of the country.

Too many people want to just think about the Constitution and neglect to see how it is based on the words in the Declaration.

I firmly believe we have more complaints and grievances against our federal government today than our Founders had against King George. It would be interesting if someone with more skill than I could write a Declaration against today's government using the same format and tone as Jefferson did in his writing of it.

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owensjef3 10/27/13 - 03:15 am
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This paper's editorial board
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This paper's editorial board is of the best a doing the divisive things that the piece talks about.

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Riverman1 10/27/13 - 05:59 am
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Listen My Children And You Shall Hear

I hear a chant of unity, but separate chants on each side. We have a cold civil war going on between liberals and conservatives and it appears folks are loyal to their sides. Reds vs. Blues. Those on each side are civil and understanding to those who support their views while vilifying those on the other side. Tories and rebels all over again. Hostility was no greater in the 1770s than now. Paul Revere will be riding again soon enough.

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ymnbde 10/27/13 - 08:05 am
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perhaps we could modify Winston Churchill just a bit

"I [can] forecast to you the action of [big government]. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is [big and growing government] interest."
big government has a Declaration of their own Independence
We hold these [perceptions] to be [indoctrinated after public school training], that all [biological entities of the human form] which are [racist homophobic children of the pig form] [made] equal, that they are [bestowed] by their [controlling legal authority] with [government sanctioned] [privileges], that among these are [government actuarially decided economically sustainable Life equal to societal position], [the freedom to decide which victim class to join] and the pursuit of [free stuff and free food and free housing].
"...the longer an empire is in existence, the more time the successfully sinister have to find ways to subvert the system and insert themselves into positions of power."

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 10/27/13 - 08:31 am
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Leave (insert your gawd here) out of it...
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Why the curious attempt at conflating the Constitution, which has NO MENTION OF ANY GAWD, with the Declaration, which was a justification of rebelling against a Divine Right king, and therefore needed to pander to the religious crowd?!

I live by the Constitution and am bound by it, as is everyone in this country, not by some propaganda sheet, which is what the Declaration actually amounts to. I was bound to protect it in a previous employ.

Perhaps if the 'believers' in this country stopped trying to force their wingnut fairytale beliefs of the 'sacred' down our throats, as the Constitution forbids, we'd all get along a lot better? Maybe if Reality was listened to, instead of preachers of some ideological Paradise, we'd all realize there is no unseen Devil to blame, just other humans?

Reality has a way of sharpening the mind, like the proverbial hanging, that getting lost in the fantasy of prayer and the 'sacred' does not.

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dahreese 10/27/13 - 10:27 am
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What the words of the
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What the words of the Declaration were/are and the actual competitive behaviors of the "Founding Fathers" is not as lily-white as the editorial suggests.

Therein is a part of the problem Americans have today - the mistaken idea that the ideals they were taught in public schools (along with the tv show, "West Wing") is the way our government actually works - equality for all.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Many of our teenagers not old enough to yet vote, and young adults who are, know, thanks to the media (especially so-called "leftwing" independent media) and the internet that our Congress is corrupted by Corporate money."

Americans now know too much about their government and understand that it isn't the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution nor the supposed examples set by our "Founding Fathers" that govern our political reality.

And corrupt corporations, CEOs and politicians are now dreading face to face meetings with the public.
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At least once, recently, the "free media" did its job.

"After a sexting scandal derailed his mayoral bid, Anthony Weiner speculates that he would have been successful if he had run in the days before the internet."

O Mensch, bewein' dein Suende gross

dahreese
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dahreese 10/27/13 - 10:32 am
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One of the best things that
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One of the best things that could set an example in this country for Americans is that the Department of Justice would prosecute the wrong doers of Wall Street for their corrupt rolls in our economic collapse.

Instead, the DOJ "settles" with a fine that is nowhere close to the illegal billions Wall Street collected from investors and homeowners.

A guy who steals a six pack of beer or sells a little pot can get more punishment.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/27/13 - 10:38 am
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"If not, what is to become of

"If not, what is to become of us?"

Look around........we hold these truths to be self evident.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/27/13 - 10:46 am
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Maybe one of the best things

Maybe one of the best things if the corrupt media actually investigated Fast and Furious, IRS targeting conservatives, Obama killing 16 year old citizens with out due process, the NSA, and the contracts issued by the Obama admin with out biding. Oh well the left has it's wishes and I have mine!

dahreese
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dahreese 10/27/13 - 11:21 am
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You know, every post above
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You know, every post above has dealt with open-minded ideas, until your post with such limited vision.

KSL
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KSL 10/27/13 - 11:29 am
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So dahreese

You are OK with all of the corruption and abuse of power.

dahreese
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dahreese 10/27/13 - 11:50 am
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If you’re as smart as you
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If you’re as smart as you would like to be, why don’t you read my posts and make your own decision. The open-minded folks on here don’t seem to have a problem with my posts.

harley_52
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harley_52 10/27/13 - 01:30 pm
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"The open-minded folks on here...

....don’t seem to have a problem with my posts."

I guess that's proof I'm "open-minded," as I've always maintained.

I have no problem with your posts.

We live in a Country where the right to free speech is often respected and sometimes even protected by the government. Your posts are evidence both that free speech is a right AND that being correct isn't a necessity when exercising that right

harley_52
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harley_52 10/27/13 - 01:47 pm
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"Do you detect anything like....

....that spirit of unity and purpose emanating from Washington?"

Absolutely not.

I see the United States in a death spiral. I see about twenty percent of current Congressmen and Senators trying hard to pull us out, twenty percent feverishly trying to move us closer to crashing, and sixty percent not really understanding, or caring, but more concerned with enriching themselves and/or extending their careers as Washington politicians.

I believe the Republic is currently in greater peril than ever since our founding. I see fewer and fewer understanding the peril we face and too many of them falling victim to the lies and propaganda flowing from the Obama Administration and their co-conspiritors in the mainstream media.

If we don't turn it around soon, we will fall in line with other experiments in freedom that have come before us and failed.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, as Benjamin Franklin was leaving the Convention a lady asked him "Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

Franklin replied "A Republic, if you can keep it.”

I must say that it now appears, we can't.

teaparty
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teaparty 10/27/13 - 01:59 pm
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dahreese said, "The
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dahreese said, "The open-minded folks on here don’t seem to have a problem with my posts."

I understand 'open-minded folks' = folks that agree with me.

teaparty
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teaparty 10/27/13 - 02:01 pm
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harley_52, a big thumbs up on
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harley_52, a big thumbs up on your 2:47 post.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/27/13 - 02:45 pm
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Dahreese, Ok lets forget the

Dahreese, Ok lets forget the abuses of Fanny and Freddie (asked to be stopped several times by Bush) allowed by Frank and "Country Wide "Chris Dodd! Of course you remember the "special loan "Chris Dodd got from country wide? All of this is related to evil Wall Street of Course! Fannie and Freddie under wrote billions and billions in worthless loans that cost the tax payers billions. Of course that won't be investigated, just wallstreet right?

carcraft
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carcraft 10/27/13 - 02:51 pm
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As Fannie and Freddie lost

As Fannie and Freddie lost Billions of taxpayer's dollars Obama buddy Franklin Rains walked out with a $6 million tax payer funded bonus!

carcraft
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carcraft 10/27/13 - 02:55 pm
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Dahreese,any problem with

Dahreese,any problem with Obama targetting American Citizens with death without due process? Doesn't need to be investigated?

carcraft
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carcraft 10/27/13 - 03:06 pm
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By your own admission Wall

By your own admission Wall Street was investigated. If the DOJ settled under Obama why are you complaining? Now lets move on to Fannie, Freddie, "country wide " Dodd and Barney Frank!

KSL
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KSL 10/27/13 - 03:21 pm
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Thanks guys. I did not

Thanks guys. I did not respond to dahreese because it would have strained me to remain civil.

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burninater 10/27/13 - 03:35 pm
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The belief that the language

The belief that the language of the Declaration of Independence signifies undivided unity of the business and political leaders of the time -- even on the broad issue of declaring independence in the first place -- demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of the Colonial era.

Despite the tendency of some to portray our time as some type of unprecedented slouching towards Armageddon, people -- and their thoughts, actions, discords, and agreements -- really haven't changed much between then and now.

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CobaltGeorge 10/27/13 - 03:37 pm
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The U.S. Is Passed The Point Of No Return

Be Prepared

FEMA Preparing Military Police For Gun Confiscations and Martial Law

U.S. Army MP told Constitution may be suspended by Homeland Security

Infowars has confirmed the identity and authenticity of the source of the video below as a member of the U.S. Army military police in Arizona.

The video, shot in September 2013, shows an army commander briefing the MPs on their new command structure under the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for domestic operations with the National Guard.

The MP began recording the exchange after being shocked to hear that they were now under FEMA control.

In this video you can clearly hear the commander discuss the suspension of the Constitution for martial law and gun confiscations in America.

In essence, the military police is to provide security for FEMA while the agency confiscates our guns during a government-declared domestic crisis.

“They did that in Katrina, right,” the commander said. “They just go on and take away people’s guns.”

This is yet another piece of the larger pattern of demonization of gun owners, libertarians, conservatives, Christians and anyone who will not bow down to enslavement by a hijacked government occupied by ruthless tyrants who desire only total control.

We’ve already seen gun confiscations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005:

The hijacked federal government has been meticulously preparing for martial law at a breakneck speed.

Last year, a leaked U.S. Army manual entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations outlined the responsibilities of army “PSYOP” officers to indoctrinate “political activists” into having an “appreciation of U.S. policies” while they are detained at detention camps within America.

Another training manual demonized Americans who embrace individual liberties as potential “extremists” and even referred to the Founding Fathers as examples of “extremists” in history.

The U.S. Army Civil Disturbance Operations manual from 2006 broke down how military assets on U.S. soil will be used to confiscate firearms, put down riots and even kill Americans.

This manual listed weapons to be used against American “dissidents,” including “anti-riot” grenades, and emphasized that “warning shots will not be fired.”

Earlier this year, Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., a provider of shooting targets to DHS and other federal agencies, sold a line of realistic-looking “non-traditional” targets of pregnant women, children and the elderly.

One target in particular depicted a pregnant woman standing inside a nursery.

These targets are designed to condition law enforcement into shooting these American “threats” without hesitation.

In addition to buying shooting targets of Americans, DHS also bought two billion rounds of ammunition for domestic operations last year.

This excessive amount, enough to sustain the war in Iraq for 24 years, will ensure the rapid expansion of the police state during the civil chaos caused by the likely economic collapse of America.

We’ve already seen a police state takeover after the Boston Bombings, when armored police went door-to-door to enter and search homes without a warrant.

The hijacked federal government is simply shedding our constitutional republic and purging what remains of our liberties while demonizing anyone who stands in the way.

This article was posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:24 am

teaparty
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teaparty 10/27/13 - 04:20 pm
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carcraft said, "As Fannie and
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carcraft said, "As Fannie and Freddie lost Billions of taxpayer's dollars Obama buddy Franklin Rains walked out with a $6 million tax payer funded bonus!
Rains was Barry Franks lover. You think Rains did not whisper suggestions to Franks while having sex. This is very typical of the left.

KSL
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KSL 10/27/13 - 04:37 pm
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CG

You are scaring me.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/27/13 - 04:48 pm
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Teaparty, actually it wsz a

Teaparty, actually it wsz a guy named Moses that was Frank's lover. Moses was an ex of Franks and a Fannie executive!

teaparty
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teaparty 10/27/13 - 04:55 pm
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carcraft, thanks for the
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carcraft, thanks for the correction.

KSL
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KSL 10/27/13 - 06:01 pm
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Well

They were too close for comfort, ours, that is.

dahreese
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dahreese 10/27/13 - 05:41 pm
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"If the DOJ settled under
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"If the DOJ settled under Obama why are you complaining?"

Why aren't you complain even more.

The DOJ settled with J.P. Morgan for 13 billion, after making 78 billion from illegal doings.

The problem is that NO-ONE is being prosecuted, and, current laws allow that 13 billion to be tax deducted as a cost of doing business, i.e., you and I will actually pay the bill if that happens.

And, rightwing Murdock wants you to think the government is robbing J.P. Morgan.

It will be interesting to see your usual conservative comments and defenses and attempts to slur the left and the Democrats on this.

US 'Robbed' JPMorgan, Payback for Criticism of Obama
Newsmax.com-Oct 20, 2013

dahreese
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dahreese 10/27/13 - 05:45 pm
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"Allegations?!" The
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"Allegations?!"

The settlement sum includes $4 billion that JPMorgan agreed this month to pay the Federal Housing Finance Agency to resolve allegations that the bank misled mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about the quality of loans it sold them prior to the 2008 financial crisis, the Journal reported.

A fool might believe it is "allegations!"

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