I am troubled about the truth of our American Heritage and it’s Christian legacy. This is not about the mess we’re in right now. But it’s about denying our Christian foundations and drifting along with false beliefs about our Founding Fathers and the denial of the one thing, our Christian faith, that makes us unique.
So I will be posting the accurate history of our God sanctioned establishment of an independent country with a republican form of government that is elected by its citizens. I will use the tag Heritage.
I’ve decided I would be amiss if I didn’t challenge the amount of Fake News that propogates Social Media today since the beginning of this century.
I’ve also decided to post many quotes – some with a caveat of my own.
John Adams (2nd President of US) “There is nothing I dread so much as the division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our constitution.“
President James A. Garfield
“I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.”
— Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic (p. 18). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
President James A. Garfield was able to say this because he, himself, came from very, very humble beginnings, growing up on the Ohio frontier, and lost his father due to a fire when James was just a little boy. As just one illustration:
Even by the standards of the hardscrabble rural region in which he lived, Garfield was raised in desperate circumstances. His mother, left with debts she could not hope to pay after her husband’s death, was forced to sell much of their land. What was left, she farmed herself with the help of her oldest son, James’s eleven-year-old brother, Thomas. Between them, working as hard as they could, they managed to avoid giving the younger children to more prosperous families to raise, as their relatives had advised them to do. So little did they have to spare, however, that James did not have a pair of shoes until he was four years old.f
— Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic (pp. 19-20). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
President Garfield’s humility, as we will see, served him well time and time again. Indeed it is doubtful that he would have become President had he not been so humble. His ambitions were for his country and not himself, and because of this, others elevated him when many of his peers lost out in the quest for the Presidency for being so personally ambitious.
Speach by James A. Garfield during his Presidential campaign. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/presidents-enemy-garfield/
President Abraham Lincoln gave his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, on November
19, 1863. At that time, the U.S. was in the middle of the Civil War. Lincoln gave the speech at the
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation,
conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived,
and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battle field of that war. We are now
have come to dedicate a portion of it as the a final resting place of for those who here gave their
lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power
to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never
forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work
which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great
task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to the that
cause for which they here gave gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve
that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and
that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
wayocross says when Federal troops were removed from the South the promise stated above was not kept. Only one generation lived under the promise of the Declaration of Independence until the beginning of the Jim Crow laws.