Benjamin Franklin Sincerely

In his “Project for Moral Perfection” one of the character traits Benjamin Franklin wanted to become morally perfect in the application of was Sincerity. He described this trait as: “Use no harmful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.”

Franklin also wrote a book and titled it “The Art of Virtue.” If you haven’t read it, or even heard of it, go and find it. It’s worth the trouble!

In that book Ben proposed that one of the principles for happiness is truth and honesty. How true that is. He added: “If the rascals knew the advantage of virtue, they would become honest men out of rascality.” Then, about himself, he added “That is my only cunning.” read more

George Washington at Valley Forge

George Washington and his soldiers, such as they were, established camp at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. It was a week prior to Christmas. They stayed there until June, 1778. During those six months as many as 2,000 men died. It was cold during the winter months, but the men didn’t die due to the weather.

The close and unsanitary conditions at the camp became a breeding ground for dysentery, typhus pneumonia, and typhoid. But the main killer was not the disease either. The main problem was the surrounding farmers. Many of them chose to sell their produce to the British instead of the Army for the new United States. It seems they trusted the English sterling more than any recently minted American money. read more

Benjamin Franklin and the Constitution

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself!” –Benjamin Franklin

Of course Franklin knew these words were directly in the Declaration of Independence, which was upheld by the United States Constitution. He helped draft both of them. But the meaning of the direct words is vouchsafed by our Constitution.

And he was a printer by trade, so he was careful with words. So he knew what he was saying. That is, that the Constitution protects you unalienable rights to pursue happiness, you still must pursue it and “catch it!” It’s all up to you. read more

The U. S. Constitution

In this Easter season I’ve been posting about the Illegal Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It all began because all Hebrew authority was concentrated in their Great Sanhedrin (they were allowed to govern themselves as a ‘client state’ of Rome). There were no checks and balances. Christ was found guilty of blasphemy.

There was no death penalty allowed to be carried out by the Sanhedrin without the express approval of the Roman representative. Hence, the Chief Priests took their guilty subject to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea as representative of Caesar. They wanted approval of their death penalty crime. It was granted. read more

After the Revolution America started off strong. With a new Constitution and President George Washington, this fledgling government was to become a world leader. Can it continue? Or as Benjamin Franklin advised: “We have a Republic—if you can keep it.”

George Washington reminded the citizens that it was up to them to build a prosperous and grand country. Americans had to decide for themselves according to Washington how to build on what they had achieved. “At this auspicious period, the United States came into being as a Nation . . . . and if their Citizens should not be free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.” read more

The American Flag

The first official flag of the United States of America had thirteen stars and thirteen stripes—all in recognition of the original thirteen colonies that became states. Some historians write about how George Washington visited with Betsy Ross in Philadelphia to design the original Stars and Stripes.

That flag kept growing. When Vermont and Kentucky were made a part of the Union in 1791 and 1792, Congress officially altered the flag and added two more of each, amounting to 15 stars and stripes. read more

Our Foundational Documents

People began moving to America for various reasons after it became a real possibility to make a life here. The real Founding of America as a new nation began with the French and Indian War in 1763. George Washington played a major part in that war as a member and leader of the Virginia militia, which was subject to the British General.

Then the Revolutionary War essentially began with the shots fired at the Battle of Lexington in 1775. George Washington was appointed to be the first Commanding Officer of the United Colonial Army soon thereafter. read more

The Founding Fathers and the Constitution

James Madison, known as “The Father of the Constitution”, explained that those prominent men at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, wanted the Constitution to be understood by the American population..

Gouverneur Morris (yes, that was his name) was named as the scrivener, or the man to put the concepts that were agreed upon in the meetings, into final form. In plain English. It was his intention to write the new document so it could be easily understood by a person with an eighth grade, or similar, education. read more

Patrick Henry’s Last Words

PatrickHenryAbout all that anyone knows about Patrick Henry is that some time in history he gave a great speech which included the words: “Give me liberty, or give me death!” And that he did. But he did much more.

He became a lawyer after studying for the bar for only 5 weeks. He spoke the words that caused the flame for independence to burn in the breast of Thomas Jefferson, his close friend. At the end of this speech he declared: “Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, . . .and George the Third . . .” read more

Thomas Jefferson’s Speech

President Donald Trump gave a stirring speech last night to a joint session of Congress. Even though he said some things that should be acceptable to any American citizens, he was ignored by the Democrats in Congress, and lambasted by the media. We, as a nation have become so divided by political parties that it is somewhat disconcerting.

ThomasJeffersonI wonder if Thomas Jefferson would have been so dismissed by the opposite party when he spoke to the nation. When he spoke he advocated that any political problems of the past decade be buried in order for Americans to unite. Here is what he said in his inaugural speech: read more