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.

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!

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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.

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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

POLL: Is Keeping Christmas a Religious Holiday Important To You?

Do you think that “keeping Christ in Christmas” is important – that is, making sure that people understand the true meaning of the holiday, and that it is a religious day celebrating the birth of Jesus, and not just another day to hoard presents and spend money?

 
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POLL: Do You Support The Texas Pig Farmer Who Refused To Move For Muslim Mosque?

Recently, a group of Muslims purchased land in Texas abutting a pig farm, and they immediately told the landowner that he should move.

Instead, the farmer began hosting pig races during the Muslim’s prayer times.

Do you support the farmer who refused to move for the Muslims and their new mosque?

Search Results for: POLL: Should The Phrase ‘Under God’ Stay In The Pledge Of Allegiance?

I know there are many major issues/topics in our country to be discussed, and that all are equally vital. It must be difficult seeking to please millions of American citizens everyday with the decisions you make, knowing that not all will be happy. Even so, I would like to bring to your attention an issue that is significant to me, involving our country’s Pledge of Allegiance.

The United States has been brought up with a Christian background. Our nation was first developed by Christians, and then established by Christians. Biblical references can be seen on our money and on our architecture. Prayers are said before civic meetings, witnesses swear to truth on a Bible, and the words “one nation, under God” are written in the country’s Pledge. However, not all are copacetic with this expression. Atheists and humanists believe that the phrase “under God” should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Non Believers hold the idea that these words interfere with the separation of church and state required in the Constitution, by alternating the Pledge into a prayer. This, though, is not the case..

Our founding fathers agreed we all have God-given rights; that these rights must be preserved. ​Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase “under God,” conveys our understanding that the rights our Constitution protects were not created by our government, but fabricated by a higher power. Who would you trust to create just freedoms more?: an all-knowing being, or a group of men who have never run a government before?

The first leaders of this country were not the only influential figures to declare “one nation, under God” to be important. In their most popular speeches, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson all had similar ideas when speaking about equality, rights, and who granted them the freedoms they were hoping to achieve. If numerous American historical figures agreed a united nation under God was important, why are there copious arguments against this fact?

The words “under God” should be kept in the Pledge of Allegiance, not only because of the United States’ Christian history, but also because the phrase represents our nation’s history and what makes us so proud to be American. “Under God” was added to the Pledge in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The then-President urged for this addition to separate the United States from other Communist countries. Americans love to be unique and separated from other country’s rules and beliefs, therefore, this inclusion was necessary to display from whom we acquire our privileges.

Can you imagine what our country would resemble, if not for our God-given rights? Or if our government had had to decide what we deserved and what we shouldn’t have been allowed? We have God to thank for these freedoms stated in the Constitution, therefore, we should acknowledge that fact by keeping the phrase “under God” in our country’s Pledge of Allegiance.

It was not originally part of the Pledge, but the phrase “One Nation Under God” has been included for almost all of our lifetimes – now, some groups want to have it removed.

Should the phrase “Under God” stay in the Pledge of Allegiance

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POLL: Should Trump Be Allowed To Ban More Or All Majority Muslim Countries?

The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017

Should Trump be allowed to ban more or all majority Muslim countries?

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