Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

America

America

I've spoken of the Shining City ... built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind swept, God blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace ... -Ronald Reagan

What is America?

America is not a place it is a dream birthed in the hearts of the Pilgrims, our Founding Fathers and multitudes of others, yesterday and today, who value the divine concept of Freedom. Whittaker Chambers, a former communist spy and hero of one of our most loved Presidents said, "Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually for freedom."

America, which is based on the precious but fragile concept of Freedom, must be continually built up in order to maintain it's place in the world as a City upon Hill.

America's Foundation

God is the foundation of America and American values. He is best understood by a reading of the Bible.

This simple yet profound premise is critical to us as individuals, organizations and a nation, for we can’t move forward effectively unless we know who we are and where we came from. There is incredible depth to this simple premise and we submit only a sprinkling of the points that help us better understand the divine dream of America. Furthermore, this premise helps guard the freedoms of ALL peoples not just those of faith.

  1. Our laws and the legal process were derived primarily from Biblical principles. For instance, the admonitions that support life, private property, truth-telling, and family were succintly set forth in the 10 commandments.
    Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.
    James Wilson - Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice
  2. Most Americans respect the idea for conducting their daily affairs on the command of Jesus to “love your neighbor as yourself”. There would be not enough laws or police to keep order unless millions of Americans were regularly implementing this command of Jesus.
     
  3. On the Monday after hearing a sermon on the topic President Dwight Eisenhower prompted the legislation that inserted “under God” into our pledge.
    … this law and its effects today have profound meaning. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource, in peace or in war.
    Statement by President Dwight Eisnehower upon signing legislation to include the words, "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, June 14, 1954:
  4. Under President Dwight Eisenhower’s term the national motto was codified into law and placed on all forms of currency.
    Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first -- the most basic -- expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God's help, it will continue to be.
    Dwight Eisnehower
  5. The concept for which America is so well-known, Freedom, is one that is derived from an comprehensive understanding of the Bible. The true author of Freedom is Jesus Christ who died to free us from our sins.
    Freedom is a need of the soul, and nothing else. It is in striving toward God that the soul strives continually after a condition of freedom. God alone is the inciter and guarantor of freedom. He is the only guarantor. External freedom is only an aspect of interior freedom. Political freedom, as the Western world has known it, is only a political reading of the Bible. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies. Without the soul there is no justification for freedom.
    Whittaker Chambers - communist spy who turned to faith in God, hero of Ronald Reagan, author of best-selling autobiography, Witness.
  6. The “mission statement” for America “to become a City upon a Hill” is contained in the Puritan, John Winthrops sermon in 1630 immediately prior to disembarking his ship Arabella for what would become America.
     
  7. Multitudes of America’s past and present leaders have referenced God and His influence in shaping our nation.
    If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
    Ronald Reagan
  8. Each new President places his hand on a Bible for swearing in on Inauguration Day.
     
  9. Several editions of the Bible have been published which give numerous facts that show a significant connection of America with God.
    That book, sir, is the rock upon which our republic rests.
    Remarks by Andrew Jackson, during his last illness, as he pointed a friend to the Bible.
    A link to the website of the American Patriot’s Bible: www.americanpatriotsbible.com
     
  10. The Declaration of Independence references acknowledges God as the source of our rights.
    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.
    Declaration of Independence

Articles / Blogs

Article TitleSummary
Whittaker Chambers, American Hero Authored by: Carter LeCraw Carter LeCraw Have you ever worked a puzzle, not being able to find the last piece and then, finally, it appeared? That is exactly how I felt when I discovered Whi...
Quarterly - Patriotic Corporations American Hero News Patriotic Corporations David Lee Smith and Benjamin Van Huss American History is replete with examples of patriotic individuals; inspiring examples of integrity, caring and c...
America's Mission - A City upon a Hill Does America have a mission? If so, what are we supposed to do or be? I would submit that Liberty and Freedom, wonderful concepts, are not our mission, but merely logical by-products of a deeper, mo...
Quarterly - What Are American Values? American Hero News What Are American Values? by John De Troye Since the early colonies, America has always been unique. It's relatively late discovery in the history of the world opened up ...
London Merchant Adventurers Who would history say were the best investors of all time? Many familiar names come to mind like Warren Buffet who made billions for the owners of Berkshire Hathaway stock, Peter Lynch, the enor...
American Investor Priority Does it Matter? On April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was attacked thus beginning the Civil War. On November 13 of that same year Reverend Mark Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania, wrote a letter...

Videos

Video TitleSummary
Shining City Upon A Hill Speech: Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address from the Oval Office, 1/11/89 Music: Thomas Bergersen's "Remember Me". "Ye are the light of t...
American Hero #14 - Sybil Ludington Paul Revere had some help. In this short video we find out about another true American Hero, Sybil Ludington.
Grains of Sand
See It Before You See It Dreams and visions on a national, corporate and individual level can give us all hope for the future and encouragement for today.
American Heroes at Valley Forge Many American Heroes were formed in the crucible of Valley Forge. We are still reaping the benefits of what they endured in that bitter winter of 1777 - 17...

Patriotic Quotes

  • 'The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were … the general principles of Christianity … I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.' (from David Barton’s video)
    Adams, John
  • America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. 
    Alexis de Tocqueville
  • In God We Trust
    America's national motto
  • The historic glory of America lies in the fact that it is the one nation that was founded like a church. That is, it was founded on a faith that was not merely summed upafter it had existed; it was defined before it existed.
    Chesterton, G. K. 
  • Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good.
    Coolidge, Calvin
  • The danger to America is not in the direction of the failure to maintain its economic position, but in the direction of the failure to maintain its ideals. 
    Coolidge, Calvin
  • There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.
    Coolidge, Calvin
  • The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.
    Coolidge, Calvin
  • 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
  • To have a free, peaceful and prosperous world we must be ever stronger particularly in the spiritual things….It is American belief in decency and justice and progress and the value of individual liberty because of the rights conferred on each of us by our Creator that will carry us through.... There must be something in the heart as well as the head.
    Eisenhower, Dwight D.
  • Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. 
    Franklin, Benjamin
  • He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.
    Franklin, Benjamin
  • I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." 
    Franklin, Benjamin
  • One thing about trains; it doesn't matter where they're going; what matters is deciding to get on."
    Hanks, Tom - Movie: The Polar Express
  • Ideals are the incentive payment of practical men.  The opportunity to strive for them is the currency that has enriched America through the centuries. 
    Hannegan, Robert E.

Patriotic Store

Here are some patriotic products designed to inspire. We receive no revenue from their sale, but provide the links for your convenience.

Movies

Yankee Doodle Dandy

James Cagney danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography.

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Sergeant York

Story of World War I hero who captured German position single-handedly. Film also portrays York's earlier life in the mountains of Tennessee.

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Books

Last Best Hope, Volume 1, by William Bennett

America, how well do you know your history? Who quelled a coup d'etat by putting on a pair of reading glasses? Which U.S. senator was nearly caned to death on the Senate floor? Which first lady refused to serve alcohol in the White House?

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1776 – by David McCullough

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

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Light and the Glory – by Peter Marshall

Did Columbus believe that God called him west to undiscovered lands? Does American democracy owe its inception to the handful of Pilgrims that settled at Plymouth? If, indeed, there was a specific, divine call upon this nation, is it still valid today? The Light and the Glory answers these questions and many more for history buffs.

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For Children

Growing Patriots

Growing Patriots started as a birthday present for one little boy. When looking for a book for him, Amelia had trouble finding just the right one. She wanted a book that was purely patriotic, one that would teach kids about America and American history, a book that would spark his interest in his country and inspire him to ask questions. So, Amelia decided to write him a book which did just that. That’s how the first Growing Patriots book, One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots came to be written.

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Art

The Prayer at Valley Forge

Framed Lithograph Textured with a durable, non-yellowing clear coat Includes Certificate of Authenticity and Brass Plaque with George Washington Quote: "I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of the Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into His Holy keeping."

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Mending the Nation

Jon McNaughton is an established artist from Utah whose new paintings have attracted the international attention of millions over the last few years. Highly detailed religious and patriotic subjects are the focus of his paintings. The artist’s experiences and faith are the inspiration for his work.

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Jewelry

Flag Pin from Ann Hand, Washington DC

Ann Hand upscale patriotic jewelry to wear all year long. The crystal American Flag Pin is one of our most popular patriotic pins designed with genuine Austrian Swarovski crystals, white metal with red and blue enameling. Measures 1 3/4" X 2". A card enclosed with the brooch reads: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

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