Jefferson’s Last Letter Reveals True Meaning Of Independence Day

Some of Thomas Jefferson’s most famous words begin with “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”

In that document, the timeless Declaration of Independence, a new experiment was begun, one which brought hundreds of years of philosophy into a coherent political system; that experiment is still happening today, right before our very eyes. The result of that experiment is still in the works.

You see, the United States of America was a completely new idea, a nation built on ideas rather than one of solely ethnicity or religious beliefs. Somehow, the American Founders made a system of government that generally respected each person’s way of life, and maximized freedom for all who desired such a way of life.

Those ideas were clear in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and in the last words that Jefferson ever wrote.

The Washington Post discussed an interesting piece of history, one that many have overlooked, as Jefferson’s more famous writings eclipse this small but profound letter. 50 years after the Declaration was signed, there remained but a handful of original signers of the Declaration. Jefferson was one of those survivors, along with friend-turned-enemy (and later reconciled) John Adams.

During his last few days, Jefferson was invited to a special celebration for the 50th anniversary of the United States’ founding. At this time, Jefferson was at an extreme low point; Monticello was poorly managed for many years, and he was in danger of losing the estate (though his family attempted to shield that fact from him). The various efforts to save Monticello had come up short; he was running out of time both for his life, and for Monticello’s.

Then along came this invitation from the Mayor of Washington, who wished to host a celebration of 50 years of independence as a nation. Unfortunately for Jefferson, his rapidly deteriorating health prevented him from being able to travel to the nation’s capitol.

He penned a response letter, the last public letter he ever wrote. It is dated June 24, 1826, and in the letter he informed the Mayor that he had to decline, and that it pained him to do so. But ever the philosopher, Jefferson could not help but look back on the past 50 years, and philosophize.

Though riddled with strange punctuation and capitalization, the meaning is clear; Jefferson’s words are bound to make one seriously think about what we are celebrating this Independence Day.

I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. may it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self-government. that form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion.

Jefferson rejoiced that so many decades after the fight for independence, Americans still respected and appreciated the work that was done and the sacrifices that were made. He also noted an even broader development, one that went further than just the American fight for independence (emphasis added to drive the point home):

all eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. the general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view. the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of god. these are grounds of hope for others. for ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

That last clause right there is it: we commemorate this day to cherish the liberties that were won through long years of war with the greatest empire in the world. That’s nothing to shrug off. Even 241 years later, we should never consider casting that aside.

The American Revolution acted as a beacon for peoples across the world, that liberty is something we can achieve. But the United States is a rare exception in the long history of attempted uprisings. Countless times, uprisings in the name of freedom have been put down, only to be replaced with an even worse monster.

Somehow, the American colonies bucked that trend, and a new nation was brought forth, conceived in liberty.

To provide a concluding corollary to Jefferson’s final words, I invite each of us to consider thoughts from John Adams on our independence; for we are the posterity to whom he is writing:

Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.

On this Independence Day, let us still not forget those sacrifices made. Though we do not know must how much they did sacrifice, let us make every effort to appreciate what was done for this nation’s future so long ago, and work as hard as we can to preserve what freedoms we do have left.

Steyer: Maybe We Can Have a ‘Nuclear War’ to Provide a ‘Real Course Correction’ to Trump

Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer said perhaps there could be a “nuclear war” that would provide a “real course correction” to Donald Trump’s presidency during an interview published by Rolling Stone.

Steyer, who launched a national impeachment campaign against President Donald Trump last year, spoke with the liberal magazine about his efforts, which have been opposed by leading Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).

Interviewer Tim Dickinson pointed out Pelosi’s strategy of opposing impeachment of President George W. Bush, to take the issue off the table in 2006. Democrats took back both chambers of Congress in an electoral rout that year.

“She pointed to how she dealt with George W. Bush – whom many wanted to impeach,” Dickinson said. “She believes the decision to take impeachment off the table helped Democrats take the House in 2006, and paved a path to Obama and a deeper correction.”

“I remember 2006,” Steyer said. “What happened is that George W. Bush, he put us in two disastrous wars and we were headed toward the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression. So if the answer is that we need those three things to happen for a course correction, I’d prefer to move a little quicker. How about that? But I take your point. Maybe we can have, like, a nuclear war and then we get a real course correction.”

Dickinson responded that was a “sobering” thought, and Steyer replied he would take back the “nuclear war” comment.

“We’re trying to do what’s right,” he said. “And 2006/2008 did not happen because George W. Bush didn’t get impeached, is what I’m saying. I should be a little bit more tempered: I take back that remark about nuclear war. The correction happened because the United States got screwed, and American citizens lost their houses and American citizens lost their lives – and, by the way, there was a terrible climate-related crisis, New Orleans, that the president fumbled.

Multiple People Shot at Maryland Newspaper Office, Suspect in Custody

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked a newspaper in Maryland’s capital Thursday, killing four journalists and a staffer before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said.

The shooting came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the “fake news media” from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down. It prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation’s media capital.

Police in Annapolis said a white man in his late 30s was in custody after the rampage at The Capital Gazette. A law enforcement official said the suspect was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County called it a targeted attack in which the gunman “looked for his victims.”

“This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people,” Krampf said.

The dead included Rob Hiaasen, 59, assistant managing editor and brother of novelist Carl Hiaasen. Carl Hiaasen said he was “devastated and heartsick” at losing his brother, “one of the most gentle and funny people I’ve ever known.” Also slain were Gerald Fischman, editorial page editor; features reporter Wendi Winters; reporter John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. Police said two others had minor injuries, and the newspaper later reported both were employees later released from a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Krampf said the gunman was a Maryland resident, but didn’t name him.

Phil Davis, a reporter who covers courts and crime for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling under desks.

“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” he wrote.

At the White House, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: “There is no room for violence, and we stick by that. Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against.”

Meanwhile, investigators said they would seek to learn more of the gunman’s motives.

“The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don’t have any information yet on motive,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said.

In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper, alleging he was harmed by an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case a year earlier. The suit was dismissed by a judge who wrote Ramos hadn’t shown “anything that was published about you is, in fact, false.” An appeals court later upheld the dismissal.

In an interview appearing on The Capital Gazette’s online site, Davis said it “was like a war zone” inside the newspaper’s offices.

“I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” he said. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”

Reporter Selene San Felice told CNN she ran after hearing shots but found a back door locked, then watched as a colleague was shot.

“I heard footsteps a couple of times … I was breathing really loud and was trying not to, but I couldn’t be quiet,” she added.

The reporter recalled a June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse and how terrified people crouching inside had texted loved ones as dozens were killed. She added: “And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them.”

Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers arrived within about 60 seconds and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire. About 170 people were evacuated, many leaving with their hands up as police and other emergency vehicles arrived.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community was grieving the attack on its paper.

“These are the guys that come to city council meetings, have to listen to boring politicians and sit there,” Buckley said. “They don’t make a lot of money. It’s just immoral that their lives should be in danger.”

The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com. It is owned by The Baltimore Sun.

The Associated Press Media Editors have promised to help Capital Gazette journalists as they recover. An APME statement called on newspapers nationwide to help the paper and its journalists so they can continue to cover their community and fight for freedom of the press.

The attacker had mutilated his fingers in an apparent attempt to make it harder to identify him, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Another official speaking on condition of anonymity said he was identified with help of facial recognition technology. Of the two accounts, Krampf said: “We have no verification of either.”

Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington and Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

 

Trump & Melania Pick Up Phone and What Happens Next is a True Christmas MIRACLE

President Trump and his family are staying at Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida this Christmas. While on holiday, they decided they wanted to do something extra to spread some Christmas cheer.

Trump and Melania decided to talk to children around the country who were calling the NORAD hotline to speak to Santa.

President Trump talked to six children and Melania talked to nine from the living room of a Mar-a-Lago suite before heading off to their family dinner.

“What would you like more than anything? Building blocks, that’s what I’ve always liked, too. I always loved building blocks … well I predict Santa will bring you building blocks, so many you won’t be able to use them all.”

One child who called the hotline asked Santa for his grandmother to get out of the hospital for Christmas.

“So you want your grandma to get out of the hospital? That’s what your wish is? That’s great. That’s better than asking for some toy or something, that’s much better, right? So your grandma’s gonna be good, OK, she’s gonna be good.”

The children were calling via the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which sets up the hotline every year and also created the “Santa tracker” which lets kids all over the world track the progress of Santa delivering presents overnight.

SHARE this and tell President Trump and his family ‘Merry Christmas!’

 

Source> US Truth Wire

Whoa! Democrat ‘Holy Grail’ Forced To Pay Millions, Gets Thrown Out Of Sanctuary State

Under President Trump, America is changing. Liberal traditions are finally being overturned. We are ending decades of shameful policy.

You can see it across government. Trump’s influence is driving out the rats. Corrupt politicians have no place to go. If you are a swamp dweller, your time is up.

This is happening in the most unlikely of places. The pro-life crowd has just scored a major victory. Two companies have been fined millions. And they are being booted out of California.

Thought that couldn’t happen? Think again.

From NOQ Report:

Well, thanks in part to the Center for Medical Progress two bioscience companies now have to pay up to the DA’s office of Orange County, California, and no longer do business in the state.  At least we try to bring dignity to these children that were never given a chance to live…

Two bioscience companies have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney’s office over allegations that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday.

According to the settlement signed Monday, DV Biologics LLC and sister company DaVinci Biosciences LLC, both based in Yorba Linda, must cease all operations in California within 60 to 120 days. The agreement also requires the companies to admit liability for violations of state and federal laws prohibiting the sale or purchase of fetal tissue for research purposes, prosecutors said.

Millions of Americans hate abortion. The practice is evil, out-of-date, and barbaric. Yet liberals protect it. They claim it is the right of woman to kill her child. Planned Parenthood lobbies for it. That’s because they make millions selling aborted baby parts.

At least two companies who profited from abortion are facing the music. $7.7 million is no chump change. But the other punishment is more fitting. They will no longer be allowed to practice in California. That’s significant.

California is the liberal poster child. They embrace every ridiculous progressive idea. For this to happen in CA is huge.

Pro-life supporters are hopeful. Perhaps this is the beginning of the end for abortion. Momentum is growing. Soon we might see the end of Roe V. Wade.

Source: NOQ Report |PJ

POLL: Should President Trump Save Social Security?

Social security has been bleeding cash for decades.

Now it is only years from a major crisis.  If Trump and Congress do not act, benefits will be slashed.

Thankfully a strong economy with low unemployment and high wages helps stabilize toe program, but it is not enough.

The trust fund shortfall can be fixed now, but only if Trump acts with Congress to avert the crisis.

Should Trump save Social Security? Vote in our national poll, then leave your thoughts below in the comments!

Also check out Trump’s plan to save Social Security in the video below!

 

Source> Forbes | Patriot Journal

After Learning Congress Is EXEMPT From Obamacare, Mike Pence Issues Ultimate Threat…

Vice President Mike Pence is fed-up with Obamacare — and he’s threatening to take away Congress’ special healthcare, giving them all a taste of how destructive the “Affordable Care Act” really is.

On Wednesday, in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Pence was asked specifically about how Congress is exempt from the Obamacare.

Carlson asked, “Why should Members of Congress and their staffs have a better deal, not subject to the same rules as everybody else is?”

The Vice President Mike Pence responded with this:

“That’s pretty typical of Washington, isn’t it? You, more often than not, see one set of rules for the American people and another set of rules for the political class here in our nation’s capital. but as we move forward, the point is that whether the president makes a decision, it would be his decision whether to rescind that special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs.

HE WENT ON TO SAY, “WHAT WE WANT IS A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.” MIKE PENCE EXPLAINED THAT ONE ELEMENT OF HEALTH CARE REFORM SHOULD BE CHEAPER COVERAGE. “I THINK THE PRIMARY GOAL FIRST IS TO GIVE PEOPLE FREEDOM OVER THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE CHOICES AGAIN,” SAID PENCE.

Congress needs to step up. Congress needs to do their job,” Pence said at a meeting with business and conservative leaders at his office to discuss ways to encourage Republican holdouts to vote in favor of beginning debate. “Every [Republican] member of the United States Senate should vote to begin the debate to rescue the American people from the disastrous policy of Obamacare.”

Republicans are aiming to vote on beginning debate next week on legislation that would repeal portions of Obamacare, though it isn’t clear whether the final bill will offer provisions that would replace its healthcare provisions or whether they will vote for another bill that would give them two years to craft a replacement plan. Pence and President Trump have voiced support for both bills at various times.

Pence said that the Trump administration intends to keep its promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Watch the interview here:

Source: conservativepost.com

Records Show Exactly How Many Immigrants Made It Into The Country Under Obama – And The Number Is STAGGERING

No one can ever say that Donald Trump is soft on immigration, but the same cannot be said for his predecessor. According to DHS reports, former President Barack Obama granted permanency for over 9 MILLION immigrants, and that’s not even counting how many illegals were able to slip in.

From Conservative Post:

New data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows that former President Barack Obama granted permanent lawful residence to nearly nine million migrants. That isn’t counting the migrants who have found shelter in the country illegally, thanks to Obama’s soft stance on immigration.

The numbers are stark evidence that Obama consciously encouraged mass migration to the United States. It’s hard to dispute that immigrants are woven deeply into America’s fabric — the U.S. is a nation of settlers — but who they are and how many there are does matter.

DHS’s data shows that nearly nine million legal immigrants came to the United States under the Obama administration. This is a number nearly equal to the number of unemployed American citizens, Breitbart noted.

Additionally, Obama’s final year in office saw near record numbers of green cards issued.

Obama’s annual inflow fell short of only those of President George H.W. Bush, whose administration saw the windfall of the 1986 Reagan amnesty plan that granted some 5.38 million green cards to foreigners. An average of 1.29 million immigrants per year gained legal status under Bush, compared to 1.05 million per year under Obama.

According to the report, roughly 1.2 million migrants obtained lawful permanent residence in the country in 2016. This number doesn’t account for the roughly 400,000 illegal immigrants who were caught at the border and sent back — and the unknown amount of others who actually made it into the country.

While these numbers are truly shocking, it’s nice to know that our current leader is working to undo these kinds of trends, and keep America for Americans.

Source: en-volve.com

The Dems Have Already Chosen Their 2020 Candidate, And Trump is OVERJOYED!

Fox News host Jesse Watters said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller is “basically” the Democrats’ nominee for the 2020 presidential election.

From Breitbart:

“It seems like Mueller’s basically the Democrat candidate for president,” Watters said. “He’s the only person that can stop Donald Trump’s reelection. And the Democrats are putting all their eggs in the Mueller basket and if he clears everybody else after this, they have nothing.”

The Fox News host also took aim at Democrats for defending Mueller’s investigation in light of allegations that some investigators on Mueller’s team displayed anti-Trump biases.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with criticizing the Mueller investigation if something’s wrong,” he said. “Evidence of blatant anti-Trump bias by investigators isn’t justification for questioning the probe? You kidding me?”

Watters stated on his own show last Saturday that the anti-Trump texts between Peter Strzok and another agent could be the sign of a “coup” within Mueller’s investigation to remove Trump from office.

This would be amazing for President Trump, because he will have NO PROBLEM beating Mueller if he became the nominee in 2020. If this news turns out to be true, then we are almost guaranteed a two-term run for Donald Trump.

Source: en-volve.com

POLL: People Will Rather Leave Than Be Forced to Take Muslim Migrants! Do You Agree?

A poll recently was published in which the people spoke their opinion on one of the biggest world problems – the migrants. The migrants represent one huge issue and cause severe problems that the governments worldwide need to make drastically steps in order to protect their citizens. The people who live in EU would rather leave the European Union than have Brussels force migrants from third world nations on their country.

via Breit Bart

Conducted by pollster IBRiS and published in weekly news magazine Polityka, the survey found that 57 per cent of respondents would be willing to forego EU development funds if it meant Poland retains sovereignty on the issue of accepting migrants from outside Europe.

The seventh-poorest, and fifth most populous nation in the bloc, Poland is the largest beneficiary of its development funds and membership has high support  — with 71 per cent of Poles believing that belonging to the EU is a “good thing”, according to a March survey by Eurobarometer.

But the June survey, published Wednesday to coincide with a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, showed that more than half of Poles would rather their country exit the 28-member economic and political union than be forced to surrender border controls to Brussels.

Head of IBRiS Marcin Duma told Bloomberg News that the government’s “anti-refugee rhetoric” has caused Poles to oppose the EU scheme, which insists that countries across the bloc be forced to welcome quotas of the thousands of migrants arriving in Europe weekly by boats  — an influx the UN said it expects only to increase, and which consists mostly of young, male economic migrants.

Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party has stood firm against the plan and, pointing to terror attacks in Western Europe, has argued that rejecting migrant quotas is the only way to keep the country safe.

Writing in Wpolityce, Konrad Kołodziejski slammed the frequent claim by liberals that Poles’ increasing resistance to the EU quota scheme was “due to PiS frightening people about Muslim immigration”.

“The truth is quite different”, said the veteran journalist, describing Poles’ disenchantment with Brussels as “the result of EU policy, EU leaders and their Polish puppets, who have for years now run a suicidal strategy of destroying European identity and replacing it with a volcanic multicultural mishmash”.

“It will not result  — as liberal elites would like  — in the creation of a harmonious society, devoid of any identity or culture.”

Urging Europeans to “wake up”, Kołodziejski writes: “Watching what is happening today in Western Europe, revealing its weaknesses both civilisational and demographic, we instead see Islam becoming stronger and more aggressive.

“It is utterly wrong to say Poland is anti-European,” he concludes. “The liberal elite is possessed with the Bolshevik mission of building a new society, and to do so they are lighting the fuse to set fire to, and destroy European civilisation.

“We do not want to take part in this suicide.”

First, there are many Slavic people who always made good immigrants here in America. They aren’t refugees for one thing and do not represent a danger to society. But that is not the issue here. The issue comes from those who represent a danger to society. Few EU countries make clear examples of how dangerous the threat from Muslim mass immigration is. The government needs to fix this mutual problem in order to protect its citizens for sure.

Source: http://rightjournalist.com