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John Adams writing to Abigail after a momentous afternoon approving the resolution that the colonies be be free and independent from England…

“The second day of July 1776 ought to be commemorated by succeeding generations as the day of deliverance.  It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows and games, sports, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forevermore.  Now, you’ll think that I am getting carried away with enthusiasm, but I am not.  I am well aware of the toil, the blood and the treasure that it will cost us to maintain this declaration.  Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.  I can see that the end is more than worth the means.  Posterity will triumph in this day’s business, even though we may regret it.  I trust in God we shall not.”

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In posting the cartoon below, I was reminded of the billions of dollars of misappropriated monies that our government spends, and I recalled a wonderful story I read once where Congressman Davey Crockett learned an important constitutional lesson from a farmer.

I’ve reprinted the story, Not Yours to Give, below.  As thinking Americans, it is our duty to be appalled when government appropriates federal funds for pork and charity.  Please take the time to read this interesting account penned by Davey Crockett on this important lesson.

Money with [Congressmen] is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it.”

One day in the House of Representatives, a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose:

“Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this house, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.”

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Suggestion for NO

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ChurchillWinston Churchill…

“The improper use of grammar is something up with which we shall not put.”

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One of the benefits of my liberal arts education was, of course, acquiring necessary basic training in hambone.  Here is a YouTube flick demonstrating how my first hall leader, Sam Hicks, does hambone right, and from this fountain we are all tributaries.  You can learn more at HamboneHicks.com.

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From the Backseat

1)  Try explaining to a recently-turned-5-year-old the difference between consanants (with which he is familar) and consonance (which he is mistaking for rhyming).  The issue is not that they are similar but that they are homonyms, and it made for a laughable conversation by us both.

2)  Haddon:  “Karsten!  Come see this picture from when Papa was little!”

Me (turning in time to see Haddon walking out of the room with my BJU ID card): “Hey!”

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Charles Spurgeon…

“Many men of earnest spirit and established Christian character are hindered in their efforts to do good by the slenderness of their knowledge.”

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Old Glory

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John Piper…

“The most fundamental task of a mother and father is to show God to the children. Children know their parents before they know God. This is a huge responsibility and should cause every parent to be desperate for God-like transformation. The children will have years of exposure to what the universe is like before they know there is a universe. They will experience the kind of authority there is in the universe and the kind of justice there is in the universe and the kind of love there is in the universe before they meet the God of authority and justice and love who created and rules the universe. Children are absorbing from dad his strength and leadership and protection and justice and love; and they are absorbing from mother her care and nurture and warmth and intimacy and justice and love—and, of course, all these overlap.

“And all this is happening before the child knows anything about God, but it is profoundly all about God. Will the child be able to recognize God for who he really is in his authority and love and justice because mom and dad have together shown the child what God is like. The chief task of parenting is to know God for who he is in many attributes and then to live in such a way with our children that we help them see and know God. And, of course, that will involve directing them always to the infallible portrait of God in the Bible since ours is always important.”

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A favorite place

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