Thursday, January 30, 2014

"'Be Yourselves, O Americans'"

Samuel Adams, the leader of Patriots at the Boston Tea Party, gave the following speech on American Independence on 1 August, 1776 at the State House of Philadelphia.  It is an important speech in America's history and definitely a worthy read:

We are now on this continent, to the astonishment of the world, three million souls united in one cause.  We have large armies, well disciplined and appointed, with commanders inferior to none in military skill, and superior in activity and zeal.  We are furnished with arsenals and stores beyond our most sanguine expectations, and foreign nations are waiting to crown our success by their alliances.  There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing Providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels:  so we may truly say it is not our own arm which has saved us.

The hand of Heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great providential dispensation which is completing.  We have fled from the political Sodom; let us not look back, lest we perish and become a monument of infamy and derision to the world.  For can we ever expect more unanimity and a better preparation for defense; more infatuation of counsel among our enemies, and more valor and zeal among ourselves?  The same force and resistance which are sufficient to procure us our liberties will secure us a glorious independence and support us in the dignity of free, imperial states.  We cannot suppose that our opposition has made a corrupt and dissipated nation more friendly to America, or created in them a greater respect for the rights of mankind.  We can therefore expect a restoration and establishment of our privileges, and a compensation for the injuries we have received, from their want of power, from their fears, and not from their virtues.  The unanimity and valor which will effect an honorable peace can render a future contest for our liberties unnecessary.  He who has strength to chain down the wolf is a madman if he let him loose without drawing his teeth and paring his nails.

We have no other alternative than independence, or the most ignominious and galling servitude.  The legions of our enemies thicken on our plains; desolation and death mark their bloody career; whilst the mangled corpses of our countrymen seem to cry out to us as a voice from Heaven.

Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved.  You are now the guardians of our own liberties.  We may justly address you, as the decemviri did the Romans, and say:  'Nothing that we propose can pass into a law without our consent.  Be yourselves, O Americans, the authors of those laws on which your happiness depends.'

You have now in the field armies sufficient to repel the whole force of your enemies and their base and mercenary auxiliaries.  The hearts of your soldiers beat high with the spirit of freedom; they are animated with the justice of their cause, and while they grasp their swords can look up to Heaven for assistance.  Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would, for higher wages, direct their swords against their leaders or their country.  Go on, then, in your generous enterprise, with  gratitude to Heaven for past success, and confidence of it in the future.  For my own part, I ask no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory.  If I have a wish dearer to my soul than that my ashes may be mingled with those of a Warren and a Montgomery, it is that these American states may never cease to be free and independent.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Founding Father: Dr. Benjamin Franklin

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” – Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

In celebration of Dr. Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, here are 10 quick facts about one of our greatest Founding Fathers:

January 17, 1706:  born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1723:  Ran away from home to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1728:  Opened his printing press in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1732-1758:  Published Poor Richard:  An Almanack.

1737:  Appointed as Postmaster of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1752:  Performed the famous kite experiment.

1776:  Became a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

1778:  Negotiated and signed the Treaty of Alliance with France.

1782:  Negotiated with John Jay and John Adams the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain.

April 17, 1790:  Died at age 84 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

America’s Economic Plight

The Index of Economic Freedom published as a partnership between The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal released a new report on its 20th Anniversary this week.  The 2014 report shows the list of the top 10 ranking countries thriving under economic freedom.  Hong Kong leads all the other nations in the world followed closely by Singapore.  Unfortunately, the United States is missing entirely from the top 10 lineup.

According to The Foundry, the United States ranked number 6 in 2008 as an economically free nation.  Essentially, Americans had the liberty to pursue their happiness without choking on overwhelming governmental regulations.  As of 2014, the United States ranking fell down to number 12.  The report is shocking on its own accord but what makes things worse is how legislators in Washington continue to ignore the obvious red flags that show our nation’s wavering economy.  Instead, these politicians continue to push their own political agendas at the expense of the country.

Consider for example the GOP leaders who are now hotly pursuing to “fix” the immigration system.  To be sure, they claim to support enforcing the nation’s borders but they also seek amnesty for over 11 million illegal aliens and an increase in immigrant workers.  Under the GOP led “piecemeal” approach, illegal aliens shall still gain amnesty to the further detriment of our nation’s economy. 

Indeed, instead of working on solutions that reduce the high unemployment rate and boosts the economy for Americans, these politicians want to bring in more people under the pretext of needing more workers for non-existent jobs.  If questioned, they either refuse or are unable to explain precisely how our unstable economy - where Americans are struggling to find and sustain employment - shall support and provide for all those who receive amnesty under such a law. 

All of this makes it even more essential for American taxpayers to question the motivations of such “leaders.”  The 2014 Index of Economic Freedom’s report provides a wakeup call for all of us.  We can either continue to look at politicians for our salvation or begin to hold them accountable for their horrible policies.