The Process Toward Independence… Vital Trivia

The Process Toward Independence
From Authoritarian Rule To a New Government
In 1776, on February 28, George Washington acknowledged a poem written in his honor by Phillis Wheatley. She had been captured in Africa at the age of seven or eight and sold in Boston to John and Susanna Wheatley. They treated her lovingly as a daughter and taught her to read and write; she even learned Latin. An accomplished poet, she was an admirer of the minister George Whitefield and a strong supporter of independence from Great Britain.*
The Declaration of Independence condemned slavery, but it took a war to make it enforceable. On January 1, 1863, near the end of that war, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that reversed the momentum of slavery.**
In 1776, on July 4, the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence , and the American nation was born.
In 1777, on November 15, the Articles of Confederation, our nation’s first written constitution (which proved to be too weak), was adopted by the Congress. It was not ratified by the states until near the end of the war, but it served as the procedure for governing throughout the war. On March 2, 1781–the day after the Articles of Confederation were ratified–the Continental Congress became known as the Confederation of Congress, and the confederacy claimed the title “the United States of America.”***

***Articles of Confederation, Article 1
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The Sovereignty of Man

The Process Toward Independence
From Authoritarian Rule To a New Government
Objections by the original colonies regarding the rule of the British king began when he imposed a series of unjust laws that violated the colonists’ rights as British citizens. The colonists objected most vehemently to taxation without representation.
The December 16, 1773, Tea Party: The Colonists were refusing to pay taxes required by the British Parliament because their representatives had not been allowed to participate in tax enforcement decisions. If Americans paid the duty tax on the imported tea they would be acknowledging Parliament’s right to tax them. On December 16, 1773, when three shipments of tea were in the Boston harbor the crisis came to a head. The Colonists liked their tea, but in the early evening about 200 descended upon the three ships and dumped the expensive shipments of tea into the harbor waters. This act was monumental and there could no longer be any misunderstanding about the political will of Americans.
In 1774, on September 5, the First Continental Congress came together in Philadelphia with hopes of reaching an agreement with the British king. Alexander Hamilton expressed the colonists’ concern in a published pamphlet: “The only distinction between freedom and slavery consists of this: in the former state, man is governed by laws to which he has given his consent, either in person or, by his representative. In the latter he is governed by the will of another.*
In 1775, the Second Continental Congress convened May 10. The goal of the colonies was justice, not independence. On July 5, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the Olive Branch Petition and appealed “To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, Most Gracious Sovereign” for reconciliation. The English Parliament responded to this appeal on December 22, 1775, with the American Prohibitory Act–a declaration of unrestricted war against the colonists, claiming the right to confiscate their property. Freedom for Americans at that point becomes a matter of self-defense and necessitated a new republican (republic) government.**
*Forrest McDonald, Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 1985), 160.

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Simplicity. Focus. Because Tomorrow We Vote.

The Sovereignty Of Man
Under the Impartial God Of Creation Over Government
The following is a listing of the principal lessons to be learned from biblical guidelines about the several levels of government.
1. God instituted civil government.
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Rom. 13:3-4).
2. Omnipotent God is sovereign–His authority is over all.
In the history recorded in 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites rejected citizenship responsibilities outlined in scripture and asked to be like other nations and have a king. God gave them a king–an arrangement that was second best to His own authority alone, but better than anarchy.
“But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Ps. 75:7). “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase” (Dan. 4:37).
3. Government servants are accountable to God.
“For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing” (Rom. 13:6).
4. As citizens, we have a moral responsibility to participate and improve civil government.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Rom. 13:1-4).

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Good Government Starts With Self-Government

The Sovereignty Of Man
Under the Impartial God Of Creation Over Government
In 1772, Samuel Adams stated: “The right to freedom being a gift from God Almighty . . . the rights of Christians may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of the great Law Giver which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” Disrespect for Authority: Being under authority is not being under control. It is being under God’s protection. The help provided by God-ordained authorities can be illustrated by the protective wall or “breakwater” that shields boats in a harbor from devastation. Getting a boat into the harbor may be inconvenient, but the barrier tames the waves and keeps boats safe. Similarly husbands, parents, employers, and police may be an inconvenience at times, but they play an important role in our progress. God’s benevolent instruction is evident at several levels of responsibility and authority for government (Romans 13:1-3).
The first level of government is individual self-government. Lasting success comes by giving attention to God’s standards, the laws of creation’s nature that were the norm before man’s rebellion opened the door for Satan’s influence. Big government, the abundance of police, prisons, and hospitals are the consequences of sinful life practices. When man restrains his own selfish impulses and desires, the tyranny and exploitation of big government can be avoided.
The second level of government is the family. From the beginning, it has been the holy commitment of one man and one woman in marriage that has defeated the will of Satan in his war against civilization. God instituted marriage to facilitate companionship and the nurturing of children in the Truth. The husband cares for his wife in a loving way, and she respects him (Eph. 5:22-33). Parents are responsible for the education of their children. By learning to honor and obey their parents, children also learn to honor the lordship of God and become responsible citizens (Eph. 6:1,4; Prov. 15:5). The Bible makes it clear that property ownership and wealth come through labor, while laziness produces poverty (Prov. 10:4-5). Recognition of this aspect of the laws of creation’s nature benefits families (1 Tim. 5:8; Prov. 31:13-27).
The third level of government is the voluntary union of people belonging to a church, churches of different denominations to evangelize and edify citizens through biblical principles for faith and community (1 Tim. 5:17) and discipline (Matt. 18:16-19). Churches also have the Bible mandate to be societal caregivers (1 John 3:17). Families and churches are united in the promotion of citizen self-reliance and limited civil governments.
The fourth level of government is civil government on local, regional and national levels. Its prime function is to protect the citizens from criminals inside and outside government and from external aggression (Rom. 13:1-4; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).

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The Sovereignty of Man

The Sovereignty Of Man
Under the Impartial God Of Creation Over Government
In this chapter we can see the rich orthodoxy that brought the universal principles of the Declaration to the American mind. That the nation was founded upon the principles of God’s Word is well documented by the founding compacts, covenants and constitutions.
In 1620, the Pilgrims drafted our nation’s first self-governing document, the Mayflower Compact: “We . . . having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, do . . . solemnly and mutually in ye presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politic . . .. And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”*
The King of England left the colonists alone for 150 years. Without the albatross of paternalistic authoritarianism, the colonists experienced the benefits of personal responsibility and hard work. People would come together with their pastor or a prominent student of the Bible as moderator and search the scriptures for principles of government that would uphold civility in their community.
In 1630, the famous sermon by John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, reflected the great sense of purpose that has prevailed since the arrival of the Pilgrims. Later quoted repeatedly by Ronald Reagan, Winthrop declared: “We are to be ‘a City upon a hill,’ a beacon of light for the world to follow.” He continued, “The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.”**
In 1638, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut stated: “[We] enter into a combination and confederation together to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which we now profess.”***
The Spiritual Awakening of 1740 through 1780 drove the selfless dedication that brought the American Revolution to a successful conclusion. We have this promise, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
**Robert C. Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity,” discourse written aboard the Arbella during the voyage to Massachusetts, 1630, In Life and Letters of John Winthrop, 1867, 19.

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Conclusion of “American Principles” (Part II of II)

Immortal Principles Central To Liberty and American Greatness
The tragic support for radical teacher privilege can be traced to changes in what many law students are being taught. In the 1870s, Christopher C. Langdell, Dean of the Harvard Law School, discarded the foundational basis for law upon which greatness has been achieved in America: “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…”
Langdell’s fellow travelers are themselves victims of bad education. According to them, no lasting absolutes upon which laws can be framed exist. Instruction that fortifies the enemies of William Blackstone’s Commentaries on Common Law is BAD education. Blackstone’s Commentaries were used by law students up through Abraham Lincoln’s time. It took several decades for the secularized instruction in law schools to compromise American jurisprudence. The Commission on Excellence in Education emphasizes what is happening, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.” The report laments, “the de-construct of the moral and spiritual strengths which knit together the very fabric of our society” (A Nation At Risk, the National Commission on Excellence in Education, April 26, 1983).
“Human history records the ongoing effort by men to substitute man-made law for the [unrelenting] laws of God and creation’s nature.” Laws contrived by men end in disaster because they reject the existence of moral absolutes. The consequences of this are clearly apparent today in America. Quoting Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who documented the extermination of tens of millions of innocent victims in order to create a socialistic utopia in his homeland, “man has forgotten God” (quotes in this paragraph are from Understanding the Times, an exceptional resource, by David A. Noebel, Harvest House Publishers).
Enslavement by authoritarians’ regulations and excessive taxation could not occur if Americans were being taught American history. Renewed exposure to the God-honoring principles of the American Declaration of Independence is our most powerful weapon. The light of truth fortifies the minds of men and women, boys and girls. We believe these principles because they reflect the unrelenting power of creation’s God.
We serve God. The most significant change that came from the American war for independence is that the people were recognized by law to be sovereigns under God, over government. Citizen self-rule replaced self-anointed authoritarians. Government officials were recognized for what they are–servants of the people.
The Spiritual Awakening of 1740 through 1780 drove the selfless dedication that brought the American Revolution to a successful conclusion. We have this promise, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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Conclusion of “American Principles” (Part I of II)

Immortal Principles Central To Liberty and American Greatness
“Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights, and where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal nor universal” (Dr. Benjamin Rush, Essay, 1786).
Our families and nation are at risk. Where moral law ends, tyranny begins. Some sixty years ago, public schools were still circulating the A Golden Treasury From The BIBLE pamphlet full of wholesome character-building Bible verses. The God-rejecting secular worldview imposed upon education by control of just a few militant teachers, protected by union contract negotiators, has undoubtedly put our nation “conceived in liberty” to the ultimate test.
The tactics of a small group of tenured teachers have forcibly elevated sexual promiscuity, infanticide and other practices devastating to students and society to the status of education legitimacy. Because of the tactics of secular militants, good teachers, students and even the taxpayers who pay the teachers’ salaries, are afraid to object. These few radicals have the power to totally disrupt the education process. School administrators know this. Teacher tenure laws, approved by current state laws, force administrators to leave bad teachers in control of the God-rejecting anti-Christian education climate.
This is not a strictly religious matter. The consequences of rejecting the life-enhancing Laws of Nature are easily seen in daily experience. Even though some parents do not give creation’s God credit for life-enhancing standards, they take their children out of government public schools to avoid exposing them to evil suggestiveness.
What do we mean by LIBERTY? We do not need new principles to solve our problems. We need America; meaning, we need to advance again and apply the civic values of the American Judeo-Christian heritage. The Preamble (purpose) for the Constitution reads to “… secure the BLESSINGS of LIBERTY to ourselves and our posterity…” If we do not succeed in alerting our young people, our friends and others, to what the enemies of American liberty are accomplishing, there will no longer be the kind of liberty that inspires the “BLESSINGS of LIBERTY for our posterity [descendants].” The purpose of the Constitution includes “… establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare…” (meaning common needs that do not conflict with or hamper the development of the work ethic and citizen self-reliance). If we do not succeed in alerting others, ill-advised politicians will, at the expense of taxpayers, justify benefits for voters from birth to grave.

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American Principles (Part V of V)

American Principle Thirteen: Government Power and Taxes Limited for Liberty’s Sake—
“. . . imposing Taxes on us without our Consent . . ..”
Declaration of Independence
“Liberty and security in government depend not on the limits, which the rulers may please to assign to the exercise their own powers, but on the boundaries, within which their powers are circumscribed by the Constitution” (James Wilson Lectures, p. 179). The Federalist No. 10, written by James Madison, condemned taxing the thrifty and financially independent citizens for purposes of leveling. He condemned this practice, advanced by old European secular philosophy, as “improper” and “wicked.”
American Principle Fourteen: Life, Liberty and Happiness, Humanity’s Goal—
“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. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Declaration of Independence
American Principle Fifteen: Benevolent Provision and Heart of God for Man Recognized—
“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.”
Declaration of Independence
The Constitution was clearly patterned according to the Genesis 1:1-based Declaration for civil liberty. To teach that the Constitution is a secular charter demonstrates education at its worst, a Genesis 3:4-5 worldview deception.
References to the Creator-based Declaration of Independence and Divine Providence in the last paragraph of the Constitution are the American classroom bases for In God We Trust public education. The tyranny of high-minded law schools and judges to change the meaning and intent of OUR laws and force an exclusivist top-down mindset on society should be stopped. It is the Higher Authority Genesis 1:1 and 1:31 approach to governance that reversed the historic tide of tyranny from man-made law throughout history.

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American Principles (Part IV of V)

American Principle Ten: Government Must Be Decentralized—
“The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them.”
George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
American Principle Eleven: Government or Union Monopolies Directing Education, Religion, Speech or the Press Are Prohibited for Liberty’s Sake—
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion [religo/education monopoly], or prohibiting the free the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
First Amendment, Constitution of the United States
The main weapons used by the enemies of citizen self-rule and liberty are leftist educational monopolies and physical force. When laws are legislated by unelected judges that permit government employee control over religio/political education and history instruction, it always leads to tyranny of the mind.
American Principle Twelve: Vital to American Work Ethic, Property Ownership Must Be Secure—
The people “. . . are entitled to life, liberty and property . . ..”
Declaration of Independence, First Continental Congress, 1774
“Our wish is that . . . [there be maintained] . . . the state of property, equal or unequal, which results to every man from his own industry, or that of his fathers.”
President Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, 1805

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American Principles (Part III of V)

American Principle Seven: Moral Duties of Civility Are a Predicate for Interpreting Constitutional Meaning—
The impartial Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God are the moral connectors that uphold the work ethic, prosperity and civil community.
When we speak of morality here, we are speaking of what John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote in the Marbury v. Madison opinion. Marshall rightly said, “The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws [such as the Ten Commandments, displayed in courthouses throughout the nation], and not of men.” John Marshall’s opinion did not advocate supremacy for unelected Supreme Court judges over the legislative and administrator opinions irrespective of the Constitution. He actually placed limits on Supreme Court judge-making authority. The people should be the controllers. They need to know where legislators and administrators stand and to control government policy they choosing whom to elect or not elect to office.
The Declaration of Independence: “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.” When applied, this common sense guideline protects man from authoritarian deception and intrigue. The Laws of Nature inherent in the Ten Commandments and Golden Rule are foundational to the American Constitution. This is consistent with Common Law that protects the Constitution as a tool from being twisted by arbitrary man-made Case Law rule (Alexander Hamilton in the Philadelphia newspapers, August 28, 1794).
James Madison, the fourth President, known as “The Father of the Constitution,” made the following statement, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
American Principle Eight: The Overriding Concern When Designing the Constitution Was Checking Man’s Sin-Prone Nature—
The public treasury and power of government are tempting. “In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
The Virginia Resolutions by Thomas Jefferson
American Principle Nine: Authoritarians in Government Are a Parasitic and Everpresent Danger—
“. . . taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments [constitutions].”
Declaration of Independence
“The history of the present King [claiming a divine right] of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”
Declaration of Independence

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