Founding Fathers Blog

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

April 19th, 2010

When British troops plan to destroy American ammunition at Concord, Massachussetts, the Boston Committee of Safety learns of this plan. It sends Paul Revere and William Dawes to alert the countryside and gather Minute Men.

On April 19, 1775, Minute Men and British troops meet at Lexington, where a shot from a stray British gun leads to more British firing. This shot has been dubbed “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.’

 The Americans fire only a few shots; several Americans are killed. The British march on to Concord and destroy some ammunition. They soon find the whole countryside swarming with militia. At the end of the day, many are dead on both sides. The Revolutionary War has begun.

John Adams–What is Your Recipe for Preserving the Constitution?

April 7th, 2010

John Adams was the First Vice President of the New United States of America, serving under the Father of Our Country, George Washington. When Washington refused to serve a third term as President, John Adams was elected President. He served only one term.

In his Inaugural Address John Adams shared his vision for America as a “City on a Hill,” to be admired by every Nation of the Earth as a beacon for liberty and freedom. Adams advocated the support of “every rational effort to encourage schools, colleges, universities, academies, and every institution for propagating knowledge, virtue, and religion among all people. [It is] the only means of preserving our Constitition.”

In his Farewell Address, President George Washington warned us that religion and morality are indispensible supports to our Nation’s political properity.

Our current political prosperity seems now to be floundering. Perhaps the pendulum for separation of Church and State has swung too far. Maybe virtue, religion, and morality need to be propagated more effectively in our schools, colleges, universities, acadamies, and other institutions, in order to perserve our Nation’s political prosperity. We should listen to our founding Presidents.

The First Amendment to the Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” it doesn’t prohibit Americans from being religous and virtuous people. Our founders thought the propagation of religion and virtue was required to perserved our Nation’s political prosperity.

Were the Founding Fathers Christian?

April 5th, 2010

Thinking about Easter today, I was contemplating on some of the pictures people have today about the Founding Fathers. Some people hold to the teachings they now receive in school that the Founding Fathers were not Christians. That they were either unbelievers, athiests, or Deists. Such people should read some of their own words. Words of the Founders of this Nation. Here are just a select few.

George Washington was a Christian, attending services as often as he could. He was a vestryman and a Church warden, and supported the Church with generous financial offerings. He often acknowledged the protection by hand of Providence in his life. He was often seen in prayer, especially at Valley Forge. He said: “I was in hopes (that the present age) would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination (to add to) the peace of society.”

And he forcefully stated in his Farewell Address: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensible supports.”

“I too have made a wee little book . . . which I call ‘The Philosophy of Jesus.’ . . . It is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call me infidel, and themselves Christians . . . .”   and

“The genuine and simple religion of Jesus will one day be restored; such as it was preached and practised by Himself.” and

“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     . . .”   –Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson’s friend, and erstwhile antagonist, John Adams, wrote a letter on his 2nd night in the White House, which included these words now engraved on a mantle in the house: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”

“I wish I could leave you my most cherished possession, my faith in Jesus Christ. For with Him you have everything and without Him you have nothing.” and

“It cannot be emphasized to strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by  Christians, not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” –Patrick Henry.

Benjamin Franklin created what he called his Plan for Arriving at Moral Perfection. His plan listed 13 character traits he planned to work on throughout his life, until he reached perfection. His thirteenth character trait was called “Humility: Imitate Jesus. . .” He also wrote for himself an interesting epitaph showing his belief in the Resurrection and the real meaning of Easter:  “The body of B. Franklin, printer (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of lettering and gilding), lies here food for worms. But the work shall not be lost; for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author.”

George Washington U.S. President – two terms

March 4th, 2010

Did you know that George Washington was sworn in for his second term as the President of the United States of America on March 4, 1793?

Following the drafting of the new Constitution for the United States of America, it was sent out to the various States for ratification. In 1787 three States ratified it. In the next year, eight more States gave their approval. On April 6, 1789, the Constitution of the United States became the basic law of the land as the electoral college unanimously elected George Washington as its first President.

The Founding Fathers of this nation had a strong distrust of centralized power in the Federal Government. They created a Constitution with checks and balances to prevent any of the three branches of government from becoming too powerful. But they knew the fledgling nation needed a strong, gallant and courageous leader to be the first fearless leader of the country.

George Washington was held in higher esteem by not only his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention, but also by the citizens of the nation. That is why he was considered the indispensible man and the only one to be given serious consideration to become the President.

George Washington was sworn in as President on April 30, 1789. As he was sworn in he held his arm to the square and repeated the words of the oath of office. After repeating the oath, he spontaneously added the words “so help me God.” No one had ever served a nation in this manner and he realized he needed God’s help. 

Since that day, those simple powerful words, “so help me God,”  have been considered a part of the Presidential Oath of Office. 

Washington was unanimously elected for a second term as President. He is the only man unanimously elected, not once, but twice. When asked to serve a third term he declined. He wished to live out the remainder of his life on his beloved Mount Vernon Plantation. And so he did.

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