John Sullivan, who was charged after telling police officers to stand down at the Capitol, can be seen training rioters how to evade being identified.
Fri Jan 15, 2021 – 5:44 pm EST
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Giuliani presented the footage as evidence that Antifa was behind the “key” violence that occurred at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Even before Sullivan was charged yesterday for illegal activity at the Capitol, his up-close witness of the death of Ashli Babbitt had garnered much media attention.
Sullivan told major news outlets such as Fox and CNN that he entered the Capitol only to document what was happening. Anderson Cooper, who interviewed him about the events leading up to Babbitt’s death, seemed blithely unaware that Sullivan’s own footage belies the actions of a neutral bystander.
Sullivan can be heard in his footage telling police blocking the doorway to a Capitol hallway, “We want you to go home. I’m recording. There’s so many people. They’re going to push their way up here. Bro, I’ve seen people out there get hurt. I don’t want to see you get hurt. Please, just let us make a path.”
Immediately after that, one officer appears to motion to another, and they leave the area. Sullivan is heard yelling, “Go! Go!” And then, “Let’s go! Get this s‑‑‑!” as nearby men proceed to pummel the glass doors in order to break through.
Sullivan keeps the camera focused away from where Ashli Babbitt was located but shows a gun emerge on the other side of where he is standing. Soon after, the gunman shoots Babbitt, and you can see her fall from a height.
This isn’t the first time Sullivan has instigated violence and been charged for it. He was arrested earlier this year in Utah after a motorist was shot during a protest he organized. “Sullivan was captured on video threatening to beat a woman in an SUV, according to the affidavit, and then kicking her door, leaving a dent,” reported DeseretNews.
Sullivan’s inflammatory tactics have reportedly gotten him kicked out of the BLM movement in Utah. Max Blumenthal, who spoke to other BLM members and Sullivan’s own brother, describes him as a “chaos agent.”
“If there’s violence to instigate, he will raise it to another level. But he’s not the one that does it,” Sean Michael Love, a D.C.-based BLM activist and publisher of Blackhouse News, told Blumenthal. “And that’s a dangerous type of person. That’s one of the most dangerous types of people to me.”
Sullivan founded a group called Insurgence USA after the death of George Floyd, with the goal of “racial justice and police reform.” The group’s website home page video features footage of a burning American flag.SUBSCRIBEto LifeSite’s daily headlinesSUBSCRIBEU.S. Canada World Catholic
Giuliani explained to Steve Bannon earlier this week on The War Room (Episode 647), before releasing the footage on his own website, that he intended to share the training footage of Sullivan with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Giuliani expressed dismay that the FBI had “already said Antifa is not involved” and “let the chief Antifa guy go without bail,” an apparent reference to Sullivan.
Giuliani explained to Bannon that he had the help of undercover “MAGA people” who had been “filming Antifa for some months.” Giuliani also mentioned that the brother of John Sullivan had “turned on him.”
Fox News reported that it was John Sullivan’s brother, James Sullivan, who “gave tips about his brother to the Salt Lake City FBI.”
James Sullivan, a Trump-supporter, has frequently commented about his brother on Facebook. He wrote on January 13, “I find it funny that one of my friends was arrested by the FBI for standing in front of the Capitol but my brother and other antifa members got slaps on the wrists.”
The FBI’s complaint affidavit against Sullivan, submitted by FBI special agent Matthew Foulger of Salt Lake City, does not reference the training video footage released by Giuliani, but only Sullivan’s own footage taken at the Capitol.
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The new Nazi Party of Washington DC has removed President Trump’s badly needed 1776 Report from the official White House website. So I posted it in text form here!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Introduction ……………………………………………………………….. 1
II. The meaning of the declaration …………………….. 2
III. A constitution of principles ……………………………… 6
IV. Challenges to America’s Principles ………………. 10
Progressivism ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 12
Fascism ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 13
Communism ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
Racism and Identity Politics ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
V. The Task of National Renewal ……………………….. 16
The Role of the Family ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 17
Teaching America ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 17
A Scholarship of Freedom ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
The American Mind ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 18
Reverence for the Laws ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 19
VI. CONCLUSION ………………………………………………………………….. 20
Appendix I: The declaration of independence…………………………. 21
Appendix II: Faith and America’s Principles ……………………………… 24
Appendix III: Created Equal or Identity Politics? …………………. 29
Appendix IV: Teaching Americans about Their Country …. 34
In the course of human events there have always been
those who deny or reject human freedom, but
Americans will never falter in defending the
fundamental truths of human liberty proclaimed on July
4, 1776. We will—we must—always hold these truths.
The declared purpose of the President’s Advisory 1776
Commission is to “enable a rising generation to
understand the history and principles of the founding of
the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more
perfect Union.” This requires a restoration of American
education, which can only be grounded on a history of
those principles that is “accurate, honest, unifying,
inspiring, and ennobling.” And a rediscovery of our
shared identity rooted in our founding principles is the
path to a renewed American unity and a confident
Washington Crossing the Delaware
The Commission’s first responsibility is to produce a
report summarizing the principles of the American
founding and how those principles have shaped our
country. That can only be done by truthfully
recounting the aspirations and actions of the men and
women who sought to build America as a shining “city
on a hill”—an exemplary nation, one that protects the
safety and promotes the happiness of its people, as an
example to be admired and emulated by nations of the
world that wish to steer their government toward
greater liberty and justice. The record of our founders’
striving and the nation they built is our shared
inheritance and remains a beacon, as Abraham Lincoln
said, “not for one people or one time, but for all people
for all time.”
Today, however, Americans are deeply divided about
the meaning of their country, its history, and how it
should be governed. This division is severe enough to
call to mind the disagreements between the colonists
and King George, and those between the Confederate
and Union forces in the Civil War. They amount to a
dispute over not only the history of our country but also
its present purpose and future direction.
The facts of our founding are not partisan. They are a
matter of history. Controversies about the meaning of
the founding can begin to be resolved by looking at the
facts of our nation’s founding. Properly understood,
these facts address the concerns and aspirations of
Americans of all social classes, income levels, races and
religions, regions and walks of life. As well, these facts
provide necessary—and wise—cautions against
unrealistic hopes and checks against pressing partisan
claims or utopian agendas too hard or too far.
The principles of the American founding can be learned
by studying the abundant documents contained in the
record. Read fully and carefully, they show how the
American people have ever pursued freedom and
justice, which are the political conditions for living
well. To learn this history is to become a better person,
a better citizen, and a better partner in the American
experiment of self-government.
Comprising actions by imperfect human beings, the
American story has its share of missteps, errors,
contradictions, and wrongs. These wrongs have always
met resistance from the clear principles of the nation,
and therefore our history is far more one of selfsacrifice,
courage, and nobility. America’s principles
are named at the outset to be both universal—applying
to everyone—and eternal: existing for all time. The
remarkable American story unfolds under and because
of these great principles.
Of course, neither America nor any other nation has
perfectly lived up to the universal truths of equality,
liberty, justice, and government by consent. But no
nation before America ever
dared state those truths as the
formal basis for its politics, and
none has strived harder, or done
more, to achieve them.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Lincoln aptly described the
fundamental principles as “a
standard maxim for free
society,” which should be
“familiar to all, and revered by
all; constantly looked to,
constantly labored for, and even
though never perfectly attained,
constantly approximated.” But
the very attempt to attain
them—every attempt to attain
continued, constantly spread and
deepen the influence of these
principles and augment “the happiness and value of life
to all people of all colors everywhere.” The story of
America is the story of this ennobling struggle.
The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission presents
this first report with the intention of cultivating a better
education among Americans in the principles and
history of our nation and in the hope that a rediscovery
of those principles and the forms of constitutional
government will lead to a more perfect Union.
II. THE MEANING OF
The United States of America is in most respects a
nation like any other. It embraces a people, who inhabit
a territory, governed by laws administered by human
beings. Like other countries, our country has borders,
resources, industries, cities and towns, farms and
factories, homes, schools, and houses of worship. And,
although a relatively young country, its people have
shared a history of common struggle and achievement,
from carving communities out of a vast, untamed
wilderness, to winning independence and forming a
new government, through wars, industrialization,
waves of immigration, technological progress, and
In other respects, however, the United States is
unusual. It is a republic; that is to say, its government
was designed to be directed by the will of the people
rather than the wishes of a single individual or a narrow
class of elites. Republicanism is an ancient form of
government but one uncommon throughout history, in
part because of its fragility, which has tended to make
republics short-lived. Contemporary Americans tend to
forget how historically rare republicanism has been, in
part because of the success of republicanism in our
time, which is derived in no small part from the very
example and success of America.
In two decisive respects, the United States of America is
unique. First, it has a definite birthday: July 4th, 1776.
Second, it declares from the moment of its founding not
merely the principles on which its new government will
be based; it asserts those principles to be true and
universal: “applicable to all men and all times,” as
Other nations may have birthdays. For instance, what
would eventually evolve into the French Republic was
born in 1789 when Parisians stormed a hated prison and
launched the downfall of the French monarchy and its
aristocratic regime. The Peoples Republic of China was
born in 1949 when Mao Tse Tung’s Chinese
Communist Party defeated the Nationalists in the
Chinese Civil War. But France and China as nations—
as peoples and cultures inhabiting specific territories—
stretch back centuries and even millennia, over the
course of many governments.
There was no United States of America before July 4th,
- There was not yet, formally speaking, an
American people. There were, instead, living in the
thirteen British colonies in North America some twoand-
a-half million subjects of a distant king. Those
subjects became a people by declaring themselves such
and then by winning the independence they had asserted
as their right.
They made that assertion on the basis of principle, not
blood or kinship or what we today might call
“ethnicity.” Yet this fact must be properly understood.
As John Jay explained in Federalist 2,
Declaration of Independence
Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country
to one united people—a people descended from the same
ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same
religion, attached to the same principles of government, very
similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint
counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a
long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty
Yet, as Jay (and all the founders) well knew, the newlyformed
American people were not quite as
homogenous—in ancestry, language, or religion—as
this statement would seem to assert. They were neither
wholly English nor wholly Protestant nor wholly
Christian. Some other basis would have to be found and
asserted to bind the new people together and to which
they would remain attached if they were to remain a
people. That basis was the assertion of universal and
eternal principles of justice and political legitimacy.
But this too must be qualified. Note that Jay lists six
factors binding the American people together, of which
principle is only one—the most important or decisive
one, but still only one, and insufficient by itself. The
American founders understood that, for republicanism
to function and endure, a republican people must share
a large measure of commonality in manners, customs,
language, and dedication to the common good.
All honor to Jefferson-to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national
independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into
a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times,
and so to embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a
stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.
All states, all governments, make some claim to
legitimacy—that is, an argument for why their
existence and specific form are justified. Some dismiss
all such claims to legitimacy as false, advanced to fool
the ruled into believing that their rulers’ actions are
justified when in fact those actions only serve the
private interests of a few.
But no actual government understands itself this way,
much less makes such a cynical claim in public. All
actual governments, rather, understand themselves as
just and assert a public claim as to why. At the time of
the American founding, the most widespread claim was
a form of the divine right of kings, that is to say, the
assertion that God appoints some men, or some
families, to rule and consigns the rest to be ruled.
The American founders rejected that claim. As the
eighteen charges leveled against King George in the
Declaration of Independence make clear, our founders
considered the British government of the time to be
oppressive and unjust. They had no wish to replace the
arbitrary government of one tyrant with that of
More fundamentally, having cast off their political
connection to England, our founders needed to state a
new principle of political legitimacy for their new
government. As the Declaration of Independence puts
it, a “decent respect to the opinions of mankind”
required them to explain themselves and justify their
They did not merely wish to assert that they disliked
British rule and so were replacing it with something
they liked better. They wished to state a justification for
their actions, and for the government to which it would
give birth, that is both true and moral: moral because it is
faithful to the truth about things.
Such a justification could only be found in the precepts
of nature—specifically human nature—accessible to the
human mind but not subject to the human will. Those
precepts—whether understood as created by God or
simply as eternal—are a given that man did not bring
into being and cannot change. Hence the Declaration
speaks of both “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s
God”—it appeals to both reason and revelation—as the
foundation of the underlying truth of the document’s
claims, and for the legitimacy of this new nation.
The core assertion of the Declaration, and the basis of
the founders’ political thought, is that “all men are
created equal.” From the principle of equality, the
requirement for consent naturally follows: if all men are
equal, then none may by right rule another without his
The assertion that “all men are created equal” must also
be properly understood. It does not mean that all
human beings are equal in wisdom, courage, or any of
the other virtues and talents that God and nature
distribute unevenly among the human race. It means
rather that human beings are equal in the sense that they
are not by nature divided into castes, with natural rulers
Thomas Jefferson liked to paraphrase the republican
political thinker Algernon Sidney: “the mass of mankind
has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a
favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them
legitimately, by the grace of God.” Superiority of
talent—even a superior ability to rule—is not a divine
or natural title or warrant to rule. George Washington,
surely one of the ablest statesmen who ever lived, never
made such an outlandish claim and, indeed, vehemently
rejected such assertions made by others about him.
As Abraham Lincoln would later explain, there was no
urgent need for the founders to insert into a “merely
revolutionary document” this “abstract truth, applicable
to all men and all times.” They could simply have told
the British king they were separating and left it at that.
But they enlarged the scope of their Declaration so that
its principles would serve as “a rebuke and a stumblingblock
to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny
and oppression.” The finality of the truth that “all men
are created equal” was intended to make impossible any
return to formal or legal inequality, whether to older
forms such as absolute monarchy and hereditary
aristocracy, or to as-yet-unimagined forms we have
seen in more recent times.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and
the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every
American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well
as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Natural equality requires not only the consent of the
governed but also the recognition of fundamental
human rights—including but not limited to life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness—as well as the
fundamental duty or obligation of all to respect the
rights of others. These rights are found in nature and
are not created by man or government; rather, men
create governments to secure natural rights. Indeed, the
very purpose of government is to secure these rights,
which exist independently of government, whether
government recognizes them or not. A bad government
may deny or ignore natural rights and even prevent
their exercise in the real world. But it can never negate
or eliminate them.
The principles of the Declaration are universal and
eternal. Yet they were asserted by a specific people, for
a specific purpose, in a specific circumstance. The
general principles stated in the document explain and
justify the founders’ particular actions in breaking off
from Great Britain, and also explain the principles upon
which they would build their new government. These
principles apply to all men, but the founders acted to
secure only Americans’ rights, not those of all mankind.
The world is still—and will always be—divided into
nations, not all of which respect the rights of their
people, though they should.
We confront, finally, the difficulty that the eternal
principles elucidated in the Declaration were stated,
and became the basis for an actual government, only a
relatively short time ago. Yet if these principles are both
eternal and accessible to the human mind, why were
they not discovered and acted upon long before 1776?
In a sense, the precepts of the American founders were
known to prior thinkers, but those thinkers stated them
in entirely different terms to fit the different political
and intellectual circumstances of their times. For
instance, ancient philosophers appear to teach that
wisdom is a genuine title to rule and that in a decisive
respect all men are not created equal. Yet they also
teach that it is all but impossible for any actual, living
man to attain genuine wisdom. Even if wisdom is a
legitimate title to rule, if perfect wisdom is unattainable
by any living man, then no man is by right the ruler of
any other except by their consent.
More fundamentally, by the time of the American
founding, political life in the West had undergone two
momentous changes. The first was the sundering of civil
from religious law with the advent and widespread
adoption of Christianity. The second momentous
change was the emergence of multiple denominations
within Christianity that undid Christian unity and in
turn greatly undermined political unity. Religious
differences became sources of political conflict and war.
As discussed further in Appendix II, it was in response
to these fundamentally new circumstances that the
American founders developed the principle of religious
While the founders’ principles are both true and
eternal, they cannot be understood without also
understanding that they were formulated by practical
men to solve real-world problems. For the founders’
solution to these problems we must turn to the
III. A CONSTITUTION OF
It is one thing to discern and assert the true principles of
political legitimacy and justice. It is quite another to
establish those principles among an actual people, in an
actual government, here on earth. As Winston
Churchill put it in a not dissimilar context, even the
best of men struggling in the most just of causes cannot
guarantee victory; they can only deserve it.
The founders of the United States, perhaps
miraculously, achieved what they set out to achieve.
They defeated the world’s strongest military and
financial power and won their independence. They then
faced the task of forming a country that would honor
and implement the principles upon which they had
declared their independence.
The bedrock upon which the American political system
is built is the rule of law. The vast difference between
tyranny and the rule of law is a central theme of
political thinkers back to classical antiquity. The idea
that the law is superior to rulers is the cornerstone of
English constitutional thought as it developed over the
centuries. The concept was transferred to the
American colonies, and can be seen expressed
throughout colonial pamphlets and political writings. As
Thomas Paine reflected in Common Sense:
The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on
a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias, and
prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely
connected with birth, education and family.
For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free
countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no
other. But lest any ill use should afterwards arise, let the crown
at the conclusion of the ceremony be demolished, and scattered
among the people whose right it is.
To assure such a government, Americans demanded a
written legal document that would create both a
structure and a process for securing their rights and
liberties and spell out the divisions and limits of the
powers of government. That legal document must be
above ordinary legislation and day-to-day politics. That
is what the founders meant by “constitution,” and why
our Constitution is “the supreme Law of the Land.”
Their first attempt at a form of government, the
Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was
adopted in the midst of the Revolutionary War and not
ratified until 1781. During that time, American
statesmen and citizens alike concluded that the Articles
were too weak to fulfill a government’s core functions.
This consensus produced the Constitutional Convention
of 1787, which met in Philadelphia that summer to
write the document which we have today. It is a
testament to those framers’ wisdom and skill that the
Constitution they produced remains the longest
continually-operating written constitution in all of
The meaning and purpose of the Constitution of 1787,
however, cannot be understood without recourse to the
principles of the Declaration of Independence—human
equality, the requirement for government by consent,
and the securing of natural rights—which the
Constitution is intended to embody, protect, and
nurture. Lincoln famously described the principles of
the Declaration (borrowing from Proverbs 25:11) as an
“apple of gold” and the Constitution as a “frame of
silver” meant to “adorn and preserve” the apple. The
latter was made for the former, not the reverse.
The form of the new government that the Constitution
delineates is informed in part by the charges the
Declaration levels at the British crown. For instance,
the colonists charge the British king with failing to
provide, or even interfering with, representative
government; hence the Constitution provides for a
representative legislature. It also charges the king with
concentrating executive, legislative, and judicial power
into the same hands, which James Madison pronounced
“the very definition of tyranny.” Instead, the founders
organized their new government into three coequal
branches, checking and balancing the power of each
against the others to reduce the risk of abuse of power.
The intent of the framers of the Constitution was to
construct a government that would be sufficiently
strong to perform those essential tasks that only a
government can perform (such as establishing justice,
ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for the
common defense, and promoting the general welfare—
the main tasks named in the document’s preamble), but
not so strong as to jeopardize the people’s liberties. In
other words, the new government needed to be strong
enough to have the power to secure rights without
having so much power as to enable or encourage it to
More specifically, the framers intended the new
Constitution to keep the thirteen states united—to
prevent the breakup of the Union into two or more
smaller countries—while maintaining sufficient latitude
and liberty for the individual states.
The advantages of union are detailed in the first
fourteen papers of The Federalist (a series of essays
written to urge the Constitution’s adoption), and boil
down to preventing and deterring foreign adventurism
in North America, avoiding conflicts between threats,
achieving economies of scale, and best utilizing the
diverse resources of the continent.
While the Constitution is fundamentally a compact
among the American people (its first seven words are
“We the People of the United States”), it was ratified by
special conventions in the states. The peoples of the
states admired and cherished their state governments,
all of which had adopted republican constitutions before
a federal constitution was completed. Hence the
framers of the new national government had to respect
the states’ prior existence and jealous guarding of their
They also believed that the role of the federal
government should be limited to performing those tasks
that only a national government can do, such as
providing for the nation’s security or regulating
commerce between the states, and that most tasks were
properly the responsibility of the states. And they
believed that strong states, as competing power centers,
would act as counterweights against a potentially
overweening central government, in the same way that
the separation of powers checks and balances the
branches of the federal government.
To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes; to
deny the rights of property is like cutting off the hands. To refuse political equality is to
rob the ostracized of all self-respect, of credit in the market place, of recompense in the
world of work, of a voice in choosing those who make and administer the law, a choice in
the jury before whom they are tried, and in the judge who decides their punishment.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
For the founders, the principle that just government
requires the consent of the governed in turn requires
republicanism, because the chief way that consent is
granted to a government on an ongoing basis is through
the people’s participation in the political process. This
is the reason the Constitution “guarantee[s] to every
State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.”
Under the United States Constitution, the people are
sovereign. But the people do not directly exercise their
sovereignty, for instance, by voting directly in popular
assemblies. Rather, they do so indirectly, through
representative institutions. This is, on the most basic
level, a practical requirement in a republic with a large
population and extent of territory. But it is also
intended to be a remedy to the defects common to all
republics up to that time.
The framers of the Constitution faced a twofold
challenge. They had to assure those alarmed by the
historical record that the new government was not too
republican in simply copying the old, failed forms, while
also reassuring those concerned about overweening
centralized power that the government of the new
Constitution was republican enough to secure equal
natural rights and prevent the reemergence of tyranny.
The main causes of prior republican failure were class
conflict and tyranny of the majority. In the simplest
terms, the largest single faction in any republic would
tend to band together and unwisely wield their
numerical strength against unpopular minorities,
leading to conflict and eventual collapse. The founders’
primary remedy was union itself. Against the old idea
that republics had to be small, the founders countered
that the very smallness of prior republics all but
guaranteed their failure. In small republics, the majority
can more easily organize itself into a dominant faction;
in large republics, interests become too numerous for
any single faction to dominate.
The inherent or potential partisan unwisdom of a
dominant faction also would be tempered by
representative government. Rather than the people
acting as a body, the people would instead select
officeholders to represent them. This would
refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through
the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may
best discern the true interest of their country, and whose
patriotism and love of justice will be least likely to sacrifice it
to temporary or partial considerations. [Federalist 10]
And the separation of powers would work in concert
with the principle of representation by incentivizing
individual officeholders to identify their personal
interests with the powers and prerogatives of their
offices, and thus keep them alert to the danger of
encroachments from other branches and offices.
The founders asserted that these innovations, and
others, combined to create a republicanism that was at
once old as well as new: true to the eternal principles
and timeless ends of good government, but awake to
and corrective of the deficiencies in prior examples of
One important feature of our written
constitution is the careful way that it limits
the powers of each branch of government—
that is, states what those branches may do,
and by implication what they may not do.
This is the real meaning of “limited
government”: not that the government’s
size or funding levels remain small, but that
government’s powers and activities must
remain limited to certain carefully defined
areas and responsibilities as guarded by
bicameralism, federalism, and the separation
Freedom is never more than one generation away
from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in
the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected,
and handed on for them to do the same, or one day
we will spend our sunset years telling our children
and our children’s children what it was once like in
the United States where men were free.
The Constitution was intended to endure.
But because the founders well knew that no
document written by human beings could ever be
perfect or anticipate every future contingency, they
provided for a process to amend the document—but
only by popular decision-making and not by ordinary
legislation or judicial decree.
The first ten amendments, which would come to be
known as the Bill of Rights, were included at the
demand of those especially concerned about vesting the
federal government with too much power and who
wanted an enumeration of specific rights that the new
government lawfully could not transgress. But all
agreed that substantive rights are not granted by
government; any just government exists only to secure
these rights. And they specifically noted in the Ninth
Amendment that the Bill of Rights was a selective and
not an exclusive list; that is, the mere fact that a right is
not mentioned in the Bill of Rights is neither proof nor
evidence that it does not exist.
It is important to note the founders’ understanding of
three of these rights that are decisive for republican
government and the success of the founders’ project.
Our first freedom, religious liberty, is foremost a moral
requirement of the natural freedom of the human mind.
As discussed in Appendix II, it is also the indispensable
solution to the political-religious problem that emerged
in the modern world. Faith is both a matter of private
conscience and public import, which is why the
founders encouraged religious free exercise but barred
the government from establishing any one national
religion. The point is not merely to protect the state
from religion but also to protect religion from the state
so that religious institutions would flourish and pursue
their divine mission among men.
Like religious liberty, freedom of speech and of the
press is required by the freedom of the human mind.
More plainly, it is a requirement for any government in
which the people choose the direction of government
policy. To choose requires public deliberation and
debate. A people that cannot publicly express its
opinions, exchange ideas, or openly argue about the
course of its government is not free.
Finally, the right to keep and bear arms is required by
the fundamental natural right to life: no man may justly
be denied the means of his own defense. The political
significance of this right is hardly less important. An
armed people is a people capable of defending their
liberty no less than their lives and is the last, desperate
check against the worst tyranny.
IV. Challenges to
Challenges to constitutional government are frequent
and to be expected in a popular government based on
consent. In his Farewell Address, George Washington
advised his countrymen that when it came to the
preservation of the Constitution they should “resist with
care the spirit of innovation upon its principles however
specious the pretexts.” The Constitution has proven
sturdy against narrow interest groups that seek to
change elements of the Constitution merely to get their
At the same time, it is important to note that by design
there is room in the Constitution for significant change
and reform. Indeed, great reforms—like abolition,
women’s suffrage, anti-Communism, the Civil Rights
Movement, and the Pro-Life Movement—have often
come forward that improve our dedication to the
principles of the Declaration of Independence under the
More problematic have been movements that reject the
fundamental truths of the Declaration of Independence
and seek to destroy our constitutional order. The
arguments, tactics, and names of these movements have
changed, and the magnitude of the challenge has varied,
yet they are all united by adherence to the same
falsehood—that people do not have equal worth and
At the infancy of our Republic, the threat was a
despotic king who violated the people’s rights and
overthrew the colonists’ longstanding tradition of selfgovernment.
After decades of struggle, the colonists
succeeded in establishing a more perfect Union founded
not upon the capricious whims of a tyrant, but
republican laws and institutions founded upon selfevident
and eternal truths.
It is the sacred duty of every generation of American
patriots to defend this priceless inheritance.
The most common charge levelled against the founders,
and hence against our country itself, is that they were
hypocrites who didn’t believe in their stated principles,
and therefore the country they built rests on a lie. This
charge is untrue, and has done enormous damage,
especially in recent years, with a devastating effect on
our civic unity and social fabric.
Many Americans labor under the illusion that slavery
was somehow a uniquely American evil. It is essential to
insist at the outset that the institution be seen in a much
broader perspective. It is very hard for people brought
up in the comforts of modern America, in a time in
which the idea that all human beings have inviolable
rights and inherent dignity is almost taken for granted,
to imagine the cruelties and enormities that were
endemic in earlier times. But the unfortunate fact is
that the institution of slavery has been more the rule
than the exception throughout human history.
It was the Western world’s repudiation of slavery, only
just beginning to build at the time of the American
Revolution, which marked a dramatic sea change in
moral sensibilities. The American founders were living
on the cusp of this change, in a manner that straddled
two worlds. George Washington owned slaves, but
came to detest the practice, and wished for “a plan
adopted for the abolition of it.” By the end of his life, he
freed all the slaves in his family estate.
Thomas Jefferson also held slaves, and yet included in
his original draft of the Declaration a strong
condemnation of slavery, which was removed at the
insistence of certain slaveholding delegates. Inscribed in
marble at his memorial in Washington, D.C. is
Jefferson’s foreboding reference to the injustice of
slavery: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that
God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
James Madison saw to it at the Constitutional
Convention that, even when the Constitution
compromised with slavery, it never used the word
“slave” to do so. No mere semantics, he insisted that it
was “wrong to admit in the Constitution the idea that
there could be property in men.”
Indeed, the compromises at the Constitutional
Convention were just that: compromises. The threefifths
compromise was proposed by an antislavery
delegate to prevent the South from counting their slaves
as whole persons for purposes of increasing their
congressional representation. The so-called fugitive
slave clause, perhaps the most hated protection of all,
accommodated pro-slavery delegates but was written so
that the Constitution did not sanction slavery in the
states where it existed. There is also the provision in
the Constitution that forbade any restriction of the slave
trade for twenty years after ratification—at which time
Congress immediately outlawed the slave trade.
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The First Continental Congress agreed to discontinue
the slave trade and boycott other nations that engaged
in it, and the Second Continental Congress reaffirmed
this policy. The Northwest Ordinance, a pre-
Constitution law passed to govern the western
territories (and passed again by the First Congress and
signed into law by President Washington) explicitly
bans slavery from those territories and from any states
that might be organized there.
Above all, there is the clear language of the Declaration
itself: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal.” The founders knew slavery was
incompatible with that truth.
It is important to remember that, as a question of
practical politics, no durable union could have been
formed without a compromise among the states on the
issue of slavery. Is it reasonable to believe that slavery
could have been abolished sooner had the slave states
not been in a union with the free? Perhaps. But what is
momentous is that a people that included slaveholders
founded their nation on the proposition that “all men
are created equal.”
So why did they say that without immediately abolishing
slavery? To establish the principle of consent as the
ground of all political legitimacy and to check against
any possible future drift toward or return to despotism,
for sure. But also, in Lincoln’s words, “to declare the
right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast
as circumstances should permit.”
The foundation of our Republic planted the seeds of the
death of slavery in America. The Declaration’s
unqualified proclamation of human equality flatly
contradicted the existence of human bondage and, along
with the Constitution’s compromises understood in
light of that proposition, set the stage for abolition.
Indeed, the movement to abolish slavery that first began
in the United States led the way in bringing about the end
of legal slavery.
Benjamin Franklin was president of the Pennsylvania
Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, and
John Jay (the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)
was the president of a similar society in New York.
John Adams opposed slavery his entire life as a “foul
contagion in the human character” and “an evil of
Frederick Douglass had been born a slave, but escaped
and eventually became a prominent spokesman for the
abolitionist movement. He initially condemned the
Constitution, but after studying its history came to
insist that it was a “glorious liberty document” and that
the Declaration of Independence was “the ring-bolt to
the chain of your nation’s destiny.”
And yet over the course of the first half of the 19th
century, a growing number of Americans increasingly
denied the truth at the heart of the founding. Senator
John C. Calhoun of South Carolina famously rejected
the Declaration’s principle of equality as “the most
dangerous of all political error” and a “self-evident lie.”
He never doubted that the founders meant what they
To this rejection, Calhoun added a new theory in which
rights inhere not in every individual by “the Laws of
Nature and of Nature’s God” but in groups or races
according to historical evolution. This new theory was
developed to protect slavery—Calhoun claimed it was a
“positive good”—and specifically to prevent lawful
majorities from stopping the spread of slavery into
federal territories where it did not yet exist.
We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things.
These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of
the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity,
overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp.
“In the way our Fathers originally left the slavery
question, the institution was in the course of ultimate
extinction, and the public mind rested in the belief that
it was in the course of ultimate extinction,” Abraham
Lincoln observed in 1858. “All I have asked or desired
anywhere, is that it should be placed back again upon
the basis that the Fathers of our government originally
placed it upon.”
This conflict was resolved, but at a cost of more than
600,000 lives. Constitutional amendments were passed
to abolish slavery, grant equal protection under the law,
and guarantee the right to vote regardless of race. Yet
the damage done by the denial of core American
principles and by the attempted substitution of a theory
of group rights in their place proved widespread and
long-lasting. These, indeed, are the direct ancestors of
some of the destructive theories that today divide our
people and tear at the fabric of our country.
In the decades that followed the Civil War, in response
to the industrial revolution and the expansion of urban
society, many American elites adopted a series of ideas
to address these changes called Progressivism.
Although not all of one piece, and not without its
practical merits, the political thought of Progressivism
held that the times had moved far beyond the founding
era, and that contemporary society was too complex
any longer to be governed by principles formulated in
the 18th century. To use a contemporary analogy,
Progressives believed that America’s original
“software”—the founding documents—were no longer
capable of operating America’s vastly more complex
“hardware”: the advanced industrial society that had
emerged since the founding.
More significantly, the Progressives held that truths
were not permanent but only relative to their time.
They rejected the self-evident truth of the Declaration
that all men are created equal and are endowed equally,
either by nature or by God, with unchanging rights. As
one prominent Progressive historian wrote in 1922,
“To ask whether the natural rights philosophy of the
Declaration of Independence is true or false, is
essentially a meaningless question.” Instead,
Progressives believed there were only group rights that
are constantly redefined and change with the times.
Indeed, society has the power and obligation not only to
define and grant new rights, but also to take old rights
away as the country develops.
Based on this false understanding of rights, the
Progressives designed a new system of government.
Instead of securing fundamental rights grounded in
nature, government—operating under a new theory of
the “living” Constitution—should constantly evolve to
secure evolving rights.
Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands.
Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not
happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, because if the American Constitution
should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.
In order to keep up with these changes, government
would be run more and more by credentialed
managers, who would direct society through rules and
regulations that mold to the currents of the time.
Before he became President of the United States,
Woodrow Wilson laid out this new system whereby
“the functions of government are in a very real sense
independent of legislation, and even constitutions,”
meaning that this new view of government would
operate independent of the people.
Far from creating an omniscient body of civil servants
led only by “pragmatism” or “science,” though,
progressives instead created what amounts to a fourth
branch of government called at times the bureaucracy
or the administrative state. This shadow government
never faces elections and today operates largely without
checks and balances. The founders always opposed
government unaccountable to the people and without
constitutional restraint, yet it continues to grow around
The principles of the Declaration have been threatened
not only at home. In the 20th Century, two global
movements threatened to destroy freedom and subject
mankind to a new slavery. Though ideological cousins,
the forces of Fascism and Communism were bitter
enemies in their wars to achieve world domination.
What united both totalitarian movements was their
utter disdain for natural rights and free peoples.
Fascism first arose in Italy under the dictatorship of
Benito Mussolini, largely in response to the rise of
Bolshevism in Russia. Like the Progressives, Mussolini
sought to centralize power under the management of
so-called experts. All power—corporate and
political—would be exercised by the state and directed
toward the same goal. Individual rights and freedoms
hold no purchase under Fascism. Its principle is instead,
in Mussolini’s words, “everything in the State, nothing
outside the State, nothing against the State.” Eventually,
Adolf Hitler in Germany wed this militant and
dehumanizing political movement to his pseudoscientific
theory of Aryan racial supremacy, and Nazism
The Nazi juggernaut quickly conquered much of
Europe. The rule of the Axis Powers “is not a
government based upon the consent of the governed,”
said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “It is not a
union of ordinary, self-respecting men and women to
protect themselves and their freedom and their dignity
from oppression. It is an unholy alliance of power and
pelf to dominate and enslave the human race.”
Ronald Reagan speaking
at the Brandenburg Gate
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Before the Nazis could threaten America in our own
hemisphere, the United States built an arsenal of
democracy, creating more ships, planes, tanks, and
munitions than any other power on earth. Eventually,
America rose up, sending millions of troops across the
oceans to preserve freedom.
Everywhere American troops went, they embodied in
their own ranks and brought with them the principles of
the Declaration, liberating peoples and restoring
freedom. Yet, while Fascism died in 1945 with the
collapse of the Axis powers, it was quickly replaced by a
new threat, and the rest of the 20th century was defined
by the United States’ mortal and moral battle against
the forces of Communism.
Communism seems to preach a radical or extreme form
of human equality. But at its core, wrote Karl Marx, is
“the idea of the class struggle as the immediate driving
force of history, and particularly the class struggle
between the bourgeois and the proletariat.” In the
communist mind, people are not born equal and free,
they are defined entirely by their class.
Under Communism, the purpose of government is not
to secure rights at all. Instead, the goal is for a “class
struggle [that] necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the
proletariat.” By its very nature, this class struggle would
be violent. “The Communists disdain to conceal their
views and aims,” Marx wrote. “They openly declare
that their ends can be attained only by the forcible
overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the
ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution.”
This radical rejection of human dignity spread
throughout much of the world. In Russia, the bloody
Bolshevik Revolution during World War I established
the communist Soviet Union. Communism understands
itself as a universalist movement of global conquest, and
communist dictatorships eventually seized power
through much of Europe and Asia, and in significant
parts of Africa and South America.
Led by the Soviet Union, Communism even threatened,
or aspired to threaten, our liberties here at home. What
it could not achieve through force of arms, it attempted
through subversion. Communism did not succeed in
fomenting revolution in America. But Communism’s
relentless anti-American, anti-Western, and atheistic
propaganda did inspire thousands, and perhaps millions,
to reject and despise the principles of our founding and
our government. While America and its allies
eventually won the Cold War, this legacy of anti-
Americanism is by no means entirely a memory but still
pervades much of academia and the intellectual and
cultural spheres. The increasingly accepted economic
theory of Socialism, while less violent than
Communism, is inspired by the same flawed philosophy
and leads down the same dangerous path of allowing the
state to seize private property and redistribute wealth as
the governing elite see fit.
For generations, America stood as a bulwark against
global Communism. Our Cold War victory was owing
not only to our superior technology, economy, and
military. In the end, America won because the Soviet
Union was built upon a lie. As President Ronald Reagan
said, “I have seen the rise of Fascism and
Communism…. But both theories fail. Both deny those
God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each
person on this planet; indeed they deny the existence of
Racism and Identity Politics
The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, passed
after the Civil War, brought an end to legal slavery.
Blacks enjoyed a new equality and freedom, voting for
and holding elective office in states across the Union.
But it did not bring an end to racism, or to the unequal
treatment of blacks everywhere.
Despite the determined efforts of the postwar
Reconstruction Congress to establish civil equality for
freed slaves, the postbellum South ended up devolving
into a system that was hardly better than slavery. The
system enmeshed freedmen in relationships of extreme
dependency, and used poll taxes, literacy tests, and the
violence of vigilante groups like the Ku Klux Klan to
prevent them from exercising their civil rights,
particularly the right to vote. Jim Crow laws enforced
the strict segregation of the races, and gave legal
standing in some states to a pervasive subordination of
It would take a national movement composed of people
from different races, ethnicities, nationalities, and
religions to bring about an America fully committed to
ending legal discrimination.
The Civil Rights Movement culminated in the 1960s
with the passage of three major legislative reforms
affecting segregation, voting, and housing rights. It
presented itself, and was understood by the American
people, as consistent with the principles of the
founding. “When the architects of our republic wrote
the magnificent words of the Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence, they were signing a
promissory note to which every American was to fall
heir,” Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his “I Have a
Dream” speech. “This note was a promise that all men,
yes, black men as well as white men, would be
guaranteed the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.”
Civil Rights March on
It seemed, finally, that America’s nearly two-century
effort to realize fully the principles of the Declaration
had reached a culmination. But the heady spirit of the
original Civil Rights Movement, whose leaders
forcefully quoted the Declaration of Independence, the
Constitution, and the rhetoric of the founders and of
Lincoln, proved to be short-lived.
The Civil Rights Movement was almost immediately
turned to programs that ran counter to the lofty ideals
of the founders. The ideas that drove this change had
been growing in America for decades, and they
distorted many areas of policy in the half century that
followed. Among the distortions was the abandonment
of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in favor of
“group rights” not unlike those advanced by Calhoun
and his followers. The justification for reversing the
promise of color-blind civil rights was that past
discrimination requires present effort, or affirmative
action in the form of preferential treatment, to
overcome long-accrued inequalities. Those forms of
preferential treatment built up in our system over time,
first in administrative rulings, then executive orders,
later in congressionally passed law, and finally were
sanctified by the Supreme Court.
Today, far from a regime of equal natural rights for
equal citizens, enforced by the equal application of law,
we have moved toward a system of explicit group
privilege that, in the name of “social justice,” demands
equal results and explicitly sorts citizens into “protected
classes” based on race and other demographic
Eventually this regime of formal inequality would come
to be known as “identity politics.” The stepchild of
earlier rejections of the founding, identity politics
(discussed in Appendix III) values people by
characteristics like race, sex, and sexual orientation and
holds that new times demand new rights to replace the
old. This is the opposite of King’s hope that his
children would “live in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin but by the content of
their character,” and denies that all are endowed with
the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
Identity politics makes it less likely that racial
reconciliation and healing can be attained by pursuing
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for America and
upholding the highest ideals of our Constitution and our
Declaration of Independence.
V. THE TASK OF
All the good things we see around us—from the
physical infrastructure, to our high standards of living,
to our exceptional freedoms—are direct results of
America’s unity, stability, and justice, all of which in
turn rest on the bedrock of our founding principles. Yet
today our country is in danger of throwing this
The choice before us now is clear. Will we choose the
truths of the Declaration? Or will we fall prey to the
false theories that have led too many nations to tyranny?
It is our mission—all of us—to restore our national
unity by rekindling a brave and honest love for our
country and by raising new generations of citizens who
not only know the self-evident truths of our founding,
but act worthy of them.
This great project of national renewal depends upon
true education—not merely training in particular skills,
but the formation of citizens. To remain a free people,
we must have the knowledge, strength, and virtue of a
free people. From families and schools to popular
culture and public policy, we must teach our founding
principles and the character necessary to live out those
Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general
diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force
to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
This includes restoring patriotic education that teaches
the truth about America. That doesn’t mean ignoring
the faults in our past, but rather viewing our history
clearly and wholly, with reverence and love. We must
also prioritize personal responsibility and fulfilling the
duties we have toward one another as citizens. Above
all, we must stand up to the petty tyrants in every
sphere who demand that we speak only of America’s
sins while denying her greatness. At home, in school, at
the workplace, and in the world, it is the people—and
only the people—who have the power to stand up for
America and defend our way of life.
The Role of the Family
By their very nature, families are the first educators,
teaching children how to treat others with respect,
make wise decisions, exercise patience, think for
themselves, and steadfastly guard their God-given
liberties. It is good mothers and fathers, above all
others, who form good people and good citizens.
This is why America’s founding fathers often echoed the
great Roman statesman Cicero in referring to the family
as the “seminary of the republic.” They understood that
the habits and morals shaped in the home determine the
character of our communities and the ultimate fate of
When children see their mother and father hard at
work, they learn the dignity of labor and the reward of
self-discipline. When adults speak out against dangerous
doctrines that threaten our freedoms and values,
children learn the time-tested concept of free
expression and the courageous spirit of American
independence. When parents serve a neighbor in need,
they model charity and prove that every human being
has inherent worth. And when families pray together,
they acknowledge together the providence of the
Almighty God who gave them their sacred liberty.
For the American republic to endure, families must
remain strong and reclaim their duty to raise up morally
responsible citizens who love America and embrace the
gifts and responsibilities of freedom and selfgovernment.
The primary duty of schools is to teach students the
basic skills needed to function in society, such as
reading, writing, and mathematics. As discussed in
Appendix IV, our founders also recognized
a second and essential task: educators must convey a
sense of enlightened patriotism that equips each
generation with a knowledge of America’s founding
principles, a deep reverence for their liberties, and a
profound love of their country.
Make no mistake: The love we are talking about is
something different from romantic or familial love,
something that cannot be imposed by teachers or
schools or government edicts, least of all in a free
country. Like any love worthy of the name, it must be
embraced freely and be strong and unsentimental
enough to coexist with the elements of disappointment,
criticism, dissent, opposition, and even shame that
come with moral maturity and open eyes. But it is love
all the same, and without the deep foundation it
supplies, our republic will perish.
State and local governments—not the federal
government—are responsible for adopting curricula
that teach children the principles that unite, inspire, and
ennoble all Americans. This includes lessons on the
Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence,
and the Constitutional Convention. Educators should
teach an accurate history of how the permanent
principles of America’s founding have been challenged
and preserved since 1776. By studying America’s true
heritage, students learn to embrace and preserve the
triumphs of their forefathers while identifying and
avoiding their mistakes.
States and school districts should reject any curriculum
that promotes one-sided partisan opinions, activist
propaganda, or factional ideologies that demean
America’s heritage, dishonor our heroes, or deny our
principles. Any time teachers or administrators
promote political agendas in the classroom, they abuse
their platform and dishonor every family who trusts
them with their children’s education and moral
“Law and liberty cannot rationally become the object of
our love,” wrote founding father James Wilson, “unless
they first become the objects of our knowledge.”
Students who are taught to understand America’s
exceptional principles and America’s powerful history
grow into strong citizens who respect the rule of law
and protect the country they know and love.
A Scholarship of Freedom
Universities in the United States are often today
hotbeds of anti-Americanism, libel, and censorship that
combine to generate in students and in the broader
culture at the very least disdain and at worst outright
hatred for this country.
The founders insisted that universities should be at the
core of preserving American republicanism by
instructing students and future leaders of its true basis
and instilling in them not just an understanding but a
reverence for its principles and core documents. Today,
our higher education system does almost the precise
opposite. Colleges peddle resentment and contempt for
American principles and history alike, in the process
weakening attachment to our shared heritage.
To place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm
as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are
compelled to take. . . . it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and
to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.
In order to build up a healthy, united citizenry,
scholars, students, and all Americans must reject false
and fashionable ideologies that obscure facts, ignore
historical context, and tell America’s story solely as one
of oppression and victimhood rather than one of
imperfection but also unprecedented achievement
toward freedom, happiness, and fairness for all.
Historical revisionism that tramples honest scholarship
and historical truth, shames Americans by highlighting
only the sins of their ancestors, and teaches claims of
systemic racism that can only be eliminated by more
discrimination, is an ideology intended to manipulate
opinions more than educate minds.
Deliberately destructive scholarship shatters the civic
bonds that unite all Americans. It silences the discourse
essential to a free society by breeding division, distrust,
and hatred among citizens. And it is the intellectual
force behind so much of the violence in our cities,
suppression of free speech in our universities, and
defamation of our treasured national statues and
To restore our society, academics must return to their
vocation of relentlessly pursuing the truth and engaging
in honest scholarship that seeks to understand the world
and America’s place in it.
The American Mind
Americans yearn for timeless stories and noble heroes
that inspire them to be good, brave, diligent, daring,
generous, honest, and compassionate.
Millions of Americans devour histories of the American
Revolution and the Civil War and thrill to the tales of
Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Franklin,
Lincoln and Grant, Sojourner Truth and Frederick
Douglass. We still read the tales of Hawthorne and
Melville, Twain and Poe, and the poems of Whitman
and Dickinson. On Independence Day, we hum John
Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and sing along
to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”
Americans applaud the loyalty, love, and kindness
shared by the March sisters in Little Women, revere the
rugged liberty of the cowboys in old westerns, and
cheer the adventurous spirit of young Tom Sawyer.
These great works have withstood the test of time
because they speak to eternal truths and embody the
It is up to America’s artists, authors, filmmakers,
musicians, social media influencers, and other culture
leaders to carry on this tradition by once again giving
shape and voice to America’s self-understanding—to be
what Jefferson called “an expression of the American
To them falls the creative task of writing stories, songs,
and scripts that help to restore every American’s
conviction to embrace the good, lead virtuous lives, and
act with an attitude of hope toward a better and bolder
future for themselves, their families, and the entire
Reverence for the Laws
The principles of equality and consent mean that all are
equal before the law. No one is above the law, and no
one is privileged to ignore the law, just as no one is
outside the law in terms of its protection.
In his Lyceum Address, a young Abraham Lincoln
warned of two results of a growing disregard for the
rule of law. The first is mob rule: “whenever the
vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to
gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn
churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw
printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and
burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity,
depend upon it, this government cannot last.”
But Lincoln also warned of those of great ambition who
thirst for distinction and, although “he would as
willingly, perhaps more so, acquire it by doing good as
harm, yet, that opportunity being past, and nothing left
to be done in the way of building up, he would set
boldly to the task of pulling down.”
Whether of the Left or of the Right, both mob rule and
tyrannical rule violate the rule of law because both are
rule by the base passions rather than the better angels of
our nature. Both equally threaten our constitutional
When crimes go unpunished or when good men do
nothing, the lawless in spirit will become lawless in
practice, leading to violence and demagoguery.
Patriotic education must have at its center a respect for
the rule of law, including the Declaration and the
Constitution, so that we have what John Adams called
“a government of laws, and not of men.”
In the end, Lincoln’s solution must be ours:
Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well-wisher to
his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to
violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and
never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of
seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of
Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws,
let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred
honor;-let every man remember that to violate the law, is to
trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of
his own, and his children’s liberty. Let reverence for the laws,
be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe,
that prattles on her lap-let it be taught in schools, in
seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers,
spelling books, and in Almanacs;-let it be preached from the
pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts
On the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the
Declaration of Independence, President Calvin
Coolidge raised the immortal banner in his time. “It is
often asserted,” he said, “that the world has made a
great deal of progress since 1776 … and that we may
therefore very well discard their conclusions for
something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be
applied to this great charter. If all men are created
equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable
rights, that is final. If governments derive their just
powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.
No advance, no progress can be made beyond these
America’s founding principles are true not because any
generation—including our own—has lived them
perfectly, but because they are based upon the eternal
truths of the human condition. They are rooted in our
capacity for evil and power for good, our longing for
truth and striving for justice, our need for order and
our love of freedom. Above all else, these principles
recognize the worth, equality, potential, dignity, and
glory of each and every man, woman, and child created
in the image of God.
Throughout our history, our heroes—men and women,
young and old, black and white, of many faiths and
from all parts of the world—have changed America for
the better not by abandoning
these truths, but by appealing to
them. Upon these universal
ideals, they built a great nation,
unified a strong people, and
formed a beautiful way of life
The Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain
of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles
contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by
those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places,
against all foes, and at whatever cost.
To be an American means
something noble and good. It
means treasuring freedom and
embracing the vitality of selfgovernment.
We are shaped by the beauty, bounty, and
wildness of our continent. We are united by the glory
of our history. And we are distinguished by the
American virtues of openness, honesty, optimism,
determination, generosity, confidence, kindness, hard
work, courage, and hope. Our principles did not create
these virtues, but they laid the groundwork for them to
grow and spread and forge America into the most just
and glorious country in all of human history.
As we approach the 250th anniversary of our
independence, we must resolve to teach future
generations of Americans an accurate history of our
country so that we all learn and cherish our founding
principles once again. We must renew the pride and
gratitude we have for this incredible nation that we are
blessed to call home.
When we appreciate America for what she truly is, we
know that our Declaration is worth preserving, our
Constitution worth defending, our fellow citizens
worth loving, and our country worth fighting for.
It is our task now to renew this commitment. So we
proclaim, in the words our forefathers used two and a
half centuries ago, “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.”
The declaration of independence
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have
connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
the 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.
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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that
Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience
hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing
invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty,
to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.-Such has been the patient
sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of
Government. The history of the present King 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. To prove this, let Facts be
submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in
their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people
would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable
to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of
their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the
rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative
powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State
remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for
Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the
conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and
payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat
out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged
by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the
Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary
government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for
introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death,
desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the
most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to
become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our
frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all
ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated
Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which
may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of
attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the
circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and
we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably
interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.
We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest
of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to
the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good
People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be
Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political
connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and
Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and
to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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.
Faith and America’s Principles
History underscores the overwhelming importance of religious faith in American life, but some today see
religious practice and political liberty to be in conflict and hold that religion is divisive and should be kept out of the
public square. The founders of America held a very different view. They not only believed that all people have a
right to religious liberty but also that religious faith is indispensable to the success of republican government. “The
God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time,” Thomas Jefferson once wrote. “The hand of force may
destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”
The idea that faith sustains the principles of equality and natural rights is deeply rooted in American society
and proven through human experience. The social, political, and personal value of religious faith within America’s
public space has been recognized and honored from the start. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to
political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports,” George Washington observed in his Farewell
Address. “In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of
human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens.” He went on to warn:
Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be
conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to
expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Civil and Religious Liberty
By the time of the American founding, political life in the West had undergone two momentous changes.
The first was the sundering of civil from religious law. Prior to the widespread adoption of Christianity, Western
societies made no distinction between civil and religious law, between the demands of the state and the demands of
the gods. Laws against murder and theft, for instance, had the same status as laws compelling religious observance,
and all laws were enforced by the same political institutions. Pagan societies recognized no “private sphere” of
conscience into which the state may not justly intrude.
Christianity overturned this unity by separating political from religious obligation and making the latter
primarily a matter of faith, superintended by a church whose authority was extrinsic to civil law. Thus began a
millennium of tension and conflict between secular and ecclesiastical authorities.
The second momentous change was the emergence of multiple sects within Christianity. In the pre-Christian
world, all subjects or citizens of any given political community were expected to believe in and worship the same
God or gods by the same rites and ceremonies. This basic unity held through the first several centuries of Christianity.
But the Great Schism and, more significantly, the Reformation, undid Christian unity, which in turn greatly
undermined political unity. Religious differences became sources of political conflict and war. The nations of Europe
fell into internal sectarian divisions and external religious-political wars.
British monarchs not only disputed one another’s claims to the throne but imposed their preferred religious
doctrines on the whole nation. Gruesome tortures and political imprisonments were common. The Puritans
proclaimed a “commonwealth” which executed the Anglican king. The executed king’s son proceeded to supplant the
“commonwealth,” but because his brother was suspected of being Catholic, Protestants expelled him in the so-called
“Glorious Revolution” of 1688 that installed the Protestant monarch of the Netherlands and his wife as England’s
king and queen.
In the 17th century, religious believers of many stripes came to North America as refugees from Europe’s
religious persecutions. Ironically, the most famous attempt to form a separate religious community—the Pilgrims’
relocation to Massachusetts—eventually led to the core American principle of religious liberty.
The Founders’ Solution
The founders were ever mindful of the religious oppression and persecution that had existed throughout
history. They knew that religious zeal often leads to the assumption that specific beliefs should be “established” by
governments, meaning certain religious doctrines should be enforced by law as the official religion of the state.
Individuals who are not members of that religious body and do not accept its teachings often did not enjoy the same
rights as a result. Discriminations against nonbelievers ranged from mild to the most awful, but the “establishment”
of one religious body by government always divided the population into privileged and non-privileged classes,
resulting in endless bitter struggles for religious dominance.
At the same time, the founders recognized man’s natural yearning to pursue the truth about God and freely
practice the teachings inspired by those religious beliefs. They knew that religious beliefs, good for the ultimate
happiness of the individual, were also good for politics because they encouraged the virtues (such as justice, selfrestraint,
courage, and truthfulness) necessary for self-government. To violate the consciences of citizens by using
force to change their religious beliefs was a gross injustice. Violations of conscience by government would not
strengthen the attachment of citizens to their government but would only foster hypocrisy, hatred, and rebellion.
The American founders did not claim to settle the ultimate questions of reason and revelation. But for the
first time in history, the founders believed they saw a practicable and just alternative to religious persecution and
conflict. Unlike previous forms of government, the Constitution they framed did not include the power to
“establish” a national religion, and it specifically denied that anyone could be prevented from holding office by a
“religious test.” They underlined this by expressly forbidding the federal government in the First Amendment from
“establishing” any religion and, to make it even clearer, guaranteeing the free exercise of religion.
Together, these provisions give religious liberty primacy among the natural rights secured by our
Constitution. This follows from the principles of the Declaration, as the foremost way individuals fulfill their wellbeing—
in exercising their natural right to “the pursuit of happiness”—is through the religious teachings and
institutions they believe and hope will lead to their salvation.
We often use the phrase “the separation of church and state” to refer to the founders’ practical settlement of
these questions, but this phrase is usually misunderstood to mean a complete separation of religion and politics, which
is a very different idea. When the founders denied government the power to establish a religion, they did not intend
to expunge religion from political life but to make room for the religious beliefs and free expression of all citizens.
The Common Ground of Reason and Revelation
The founders emphasized where the moral teachings of religious faith and the ground of political liberty
were in agreement. Just as they were confident that government has no theological expertise to decide the path to
salvation, they were equally confident that a well-designed republican constitution is sanctioned by human nature and
open to moral reasoning shared among human beings.
General moral precepts can be understood by human reason, and faith echoes these precepts. In other
words, when the Declaration of Independence opens by appealing to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” it
means that there is a human morality accessible to both reason and revelation. This is the common moral ground of
the American founding, where reason and revelation work together for civil and religious liberty. Consider this from
the Reverend Samuel Cooper in 1780:
We want not, indeed, a special revelation from heaven to teach us that men are born equal and free; that no man has a
natural claim of dominion over his neighbors. . . . These are the plain dictates of that reason and common sense with
which the common parent of men has informed the human bosom. It is, however, a satisfaction to observe such everlasting
maxims of equity confirmed, and impressed upon the consciences of men, by the instructions, precepts, and examples given
us in the sacred oracles; one internal mark of their divine original, and that they come from him “who hath made of one
blood all nations to dwell upon the face of the earth.” [Acts 17:26]
In proclaiming the self-evident truths of the Declaration, the founders interwove reason and revelation into
America’s creed. One such truth is that there are fixed laws higher than those enacted by governments. Reason and
faith secure limits on the reach of man-made laws, thereby opening up the space for civil and religious liberty.
Another is that, in the act of creation, however conceived, all came into existence as equals: the Creator gives no
person or group a higher right to rule others without their agreement. Yet another is that all are gifted through their
human nature with intrinsic rights which they cannot sign away, above all the great rights of “Life, Liberty, and the
Pursuit of Happiness.” In all of these things, the founders limited the ends of government in order to open up the higher ends of
The purpose of the founders’ ingenious division of church and state was neither to weaken the importance of
faith nor to set up a secular state, but to open up the public space of society to a common American morality.
Religious institutions, which were influential before the American Revolution, became powerful witnesses for the
advancement of equality, freedom, opportunity, and human dignity.
• The American Revolution might not have taken place or succeeded without the moral ideas spread through the
pulpits, sermons, and publications of Christian instructors. On the nation’s 150th Independence Day
celebration, President Calvin Coolidge said that the principles of the Declaration of Independence were
found in the text, the sermons and the writings of the early colonial clergy who were earnestly undertaking to instruct
their congregations in the great mystery of how to live. They preached equality because they believed in the fatherhood of
God and the brotherhood of man. They justified freedom by the text that we are all created in the divine image, all
partakers of the divine spirit.
• Even before the eighteenth century, Quakers and the faithful of other denominations, drawing on the Bible and
on philosophy, began a crusade to abolish race-based slavery in the colonies. Anti-slavery literature was largely
faith-based and spread through the free states via churches. One of the most famous anti-slavery writers in
history, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was the devout daughter of a great American reformist clergyman and wife of
a well-known theologian. Her worldwide best-seller, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, fired the moral indignation of
millions that helped lay the ground for abolition.
• America’s greatest reform movements have been founded or promoted by religious leaders and laypersons
reared in faithful home environments. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton in the early nineteenth century set up
orphanages and established free schools for poor girls. The tireless effort to end Jim Crow and extend civil and
voting rights to African Americans and other minorities was driven by clergy and lay faithful of a multitude of
denominations, including most prominently the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who used nonviolent
tactics to advocate for equal rights. The Pro-Life Movement today is led by clergy and the faithful of virtually
• Local religious leaders have been a key buttress supporting our communities. Neighborhood and parish
churches, temples, and mosques still are the strongest organized centers of help for the local poor, jobless,
homeless, and families down on their luck. For generations, neighbors have assisted neighbors through church
networks, helping the needy avoid the dehumanization of prolonged dependency on government welfare.
Today, countless men and women actively feed and care for the poor, house and speak for immigrants and the
disadvantaged, minister to jailed and released criminals, and advocate powerfully for a better society and a
more peaceful world, supported by the charitable funding of Americans of all faiths.
• Clergy of various denominations have sacrificed career goals and risked their lives in order to minister to men
and women serving in the armed forces. The brave soldiers who protect America against foreign dangers
depend on the corps of military chaplains who help cultivate the warriors’ courage, inner strength, and
perseverance they need to succeed in their missions. Religious chaplains open every session of Congress, and
clergy pray at presidential inaugurals, state funerals, and other official occasions.
The United States has journeyed far since its founding. While the founders certainly had disagreements
about the nature of religion, they had little doubt that faith was essential to the new experiment in self-government
and republican constitutionalism. They knew that citizens who practiced the faith under the protection of religious
liberty would support the Constitution that embodies their rights.
The shared morality of faithful citizens would sustain a republican culture that would foster stable family
relationships and encourage important virtues like fortitude to defend the nation in war, self-restraint over physical
appetites or lust for wealth, compassion toward neighbors and strangers in need, self-disciplined labor, intellectual
integrity, independence from long-term reliance on private or public benefits, justice in all relationships, prudence in
judging the common good, courage to defend their rights and liberties, and finally, piety towards the Creator whose
favor determines the well-being of society.
We have arrived at a point where the most influential part of our nation finds these old faith-based virtues
dangerous, useless, or perhaps even laughable. At the same time, many Americans feel that we have veered off the
path that has brought so many happiness and success, and fear a growing factionalism cannot be overcome merely by
electing a different president or political party. How can America overcome this partisan divide?
The answer to this rising concern must begin by frankly and humbly admitting that the common ground of
equal natural rights on which our common morality is based is no longer visible to many Americans. We must
refocus on the proposition that united this nation from the beginning: the proposition of the Declaration of
Independence that there are “self-evident truths” which unite all Americans under a common creed.
But it is almost impossible to hold to this creed—which describes what and who we are—without reference
to the Creator as the ultimate source of human equality and natural rights. This is the deepest reason why the
founders saw faith as the key to good character as well as good citizenship, and why we must remain “one Nation
under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The proposition of political equality is powerfully supported by biblical faith, which confirms that all human
beings are equal in dignity and created in God’s image. Every form of religious faith is entitled to religious liberty, so
long as all comprehend and sincerely assent to the fundamental principle that under “the Laws of Nature and of
Nature’s God” all human beings are equally endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness. As the first American president wrote in 1790 to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island:
The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of
an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of
citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that
another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives
to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean
themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
Created Equal or Identity Politics?
Americans are deeply committed to the principle of equality enshrined in the Declaration of Independence,
that all are created equal and equally endowed with natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This
creed, as Abraham Lincoln once noted, is “the electric cord” that “links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving”
people everywhere, no matter their race or country of origin. The task of American civic education is to transmit this
creed from one generation of Americans to the next.
In recent times, however, a new creed has arisen challenging the original one enshrined in the Declaration of
Independence. This new creed, loosely defined as identity politics, has three key features. First, the creed of identity
politics defines and divides Americans in terms of collective social identities. According to this new creed, our racial
and sexual identities are more important than our common status as individuals equally endowed with fundamental
Second, the creed of identity politics ranks these different racial and social groups in terms of privilege and
power, with disproportionate moral worth allotted to each. It divides Americans into two groups: oppressors and
victims. The more a group is considered oppressed, the more its members have a moral claim upon the rest of
society. As for their supposed oppressors, they must atone and even be punished in perpetuity for their sins and those
of their ancestors.
Third, the creed of identity politics teaches that America itself is to blame for oppression. America’s
“electric cord” is not the creed of liberty and equality that connects citizens today to each other and to every
generation of Americans past, present, and future. Rather, America’s “electric cord” is a heritage of oppression that
the majority racial group inflicts upon minority groups, and identity politics is about assigning and absolving guilt for
According to this new creed, Americans are not a people defined by their dedication to human equality, but
a people defined by their perpetuation of racial and sexual oppression.
The Historical Precedent for Identity Politics
Whereas the Declaration of Independence founded a nation grounded on human equality and equal rights,
identity politics sees a nation defined by oppressive hierarchies. But this vision of America is actually not new. While
identity politics may seem novel and ground-breaking, it resurrects prior attempts in American history to deny the
meaning of equality enshrined in the Declaration. In portraying America as racist and white supremacist, identity
politics advocates follow Lincoln’s great rival Stephen A. Douglas, who wrongly claimed that American government
“was made on the white basis” “by white men, for the benefit of white men.” Indeed, there are uncanny similarities
between 21st century activists of identity politics and 19th century apologists for slavery.
John C. Calhoun is perhaps the leading forerunner of identity politics. Rejecting America’s common
political identity that follows from the Declaration’s principles, he argued that the American polity was not an actual
community at all but was reducible only to diverse majority and minority groups. Calhoun saw these groups as more
or less permanent, slowly evolving products of their race and particular historical circumstances.
Like modern-day proponents of identity politics, Calhoun believed that achieving unity through rational
deliberation and political compromise was impossible; majority groups would only use the political process to
oppress minority groups. In Calhoun’s America, respect for each group demanded that each hold a veto over the
actions of the wider community. But Calhoun also argued that some groups must outrank others in the majoritarian
decision-making process. In Calhoun’s America, one minority group—Southern slaveholders—could veto any
attempt by the majority group—Northern States—to restrict or abolish the enslavement of another group. In the
context of American history, the original form of identity politics was used to defend slavery.
As American history teaches, dividing citizens into identity groups, especially on the basis of race, is a recipe
for stoking enmity among all citizens. It took the torrent of blood spilled in the Civil War and decades of subsequent
struggles to expunge Calhoun’s idea of group hierarchies from American public life. Nevertheless, activists pushing
identity politics want to resuscitate a modified version of his ideas, rejecting the Declaration’s principle of equality
and defining Americans once again in terms of group hierarchies. They aim to make this the defining creed of
American public life, and they have been working for decades to bring it about.
Intellectual Origins of Identity Politics
The modern revival of identity politics stems from mid-20th century European thinkers who sought the
revolutionary overthrow of their political and social systems but were disillusioned by the working class’s lack of
interest in inciting revolution. This setback forced revolutionaries to reconsider their strategy.
One of the most prominent, the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, argued that the focus should not be on
economic revolution as much as taking control of the institutions that shape culture. In Gramsci’s language,
revolutionaries should focus on countering the “Hegemonic Narrative” of the established culture with a “Counter-
Narrative,” creating a counter-culture that subverts and seeks to destroy the established culture.
Gramsci was an important influence on the thinkers of the “Frankfurt School” in Germany, who developed a
set of revolutionary ideas called Critical Theory. Herbert Marcuse, one member of the Frankfurt School who
immigrated to the United States in the 1940s, became the intellectual godfather of American identity politics. With
little hope that the white American worker could be coaxed to revolution, Marcuse focused not on instigating class
conflict but on instigating cultural conflicts around racial identity. He saw revolutionary potential in “the substratum
of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other races and other colors.”
These ideas led to the development of Critical Race Theory, a variation of critical theory applied to the
American context that stresses racial divisions and sees society in terms of minority racial groups oppressed by the
white majority. Equally significant to its intellectual content is the role Critical Race Theory plays in promoting
fundamental social transformation. Following Gramsci’s strategy of taking control of the culture, Marcuse’s followers
use the approach of Critical Race Theory to impart an oppressor-victim narrative upon generations of Americans.
This work of cultural revolution has been going on for decades, and its first political reverberations can be seen in
The Radicalization of American Politics in the 1960s
Prior to the 1960s, movements in American history that sought to end racial and sexual discrimination, such
as abolition, women’s suffrage, or the Civil Rights Movement, did so on the ground set by the Declaration of
In leading the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., was aware that other, more revolutionary
groups wanted to fight in terms of group identities. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, King rejected hateful
stereotyping based on a racialized group identity. The “marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro
community must not lead us to distrust all white people,” he warned. King refused to define Americans in terms of
permanent racialized identities and called on Americans “to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to
the solid rock of brotherhood” and see ourselves as one nation united by a common political creed and commitment
to Christian love.
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir,” King wrote. “This
note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights to
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
As the 1960s advanced, however, many rejected King’s formulation of civil rights and reframed debates
about equality in terms of racial and sexual identities. The Civil Rights Movement came to abandon the
nondiscrimination and equal opportunity of colorblind civil rights in favor of “group rights” and preferential
treatment. A radical women’s liberation movement reimagined America as a patriarchal system, asserting that every
woman is a victim of oppression by men. The Black Power and black nationalist movements reimagined America as a
white supremacist regime. Meanwhile, other activists constructed artificial groupings to further divide Americans by
race, creating new categories like “Asian American” and “Hispanic” to teach Americans to think of themselves in
terms of group identities and to rouse various groups into politically cohesive bodies.
The Incompatibility of Identity Politics with American Principles
Identity politics divide Americans by placing them perpetually in conflict with each other. This extreme
ideology assaults and undermines the American principle of equality in several key ways.
First, identity politics attacks American self-government. Through the separation of powers and the system
of checks and balances, American constitutionalism prevents any one group from having complete control of the
government. In order to form a majority, the various groups that comprise the nation must resolve their
disagreements in light of shared principles and come to a deliberative consensus over how best to govern. In the
American system, public policy is decided by prudential compromise among different interest groups for the sake of
the common good.
Identity politics, on the other hand, sees politics as the realm of permanent conflict and struggle among
racial, gender, and other groups, and no compromise between different groups is possible. Rational deliberation and
compromise only preserve the oppressive status quo. Instead, identity politics relies on humiliation, intimidation, and
coercion. American self-government, where all citizens are equal before the law, is supplanted by a system where
certain people use their group identity to get what they want.
Second, by dividing Americans into oppressed and oppressor groups, activists of identity politics propose to
punish some citizens – many times for wrongs their ancestors allegedly committed – while rewarding others.
Members of oppressed groups must ascend, and members of oppressor groups must descend. This new system denies
that human beings are endowed with the same rights, and creates new hierarchies with destructive assumptions and
On the one hand, members of oppressed groups are told to abandon their shared civic identity as Americans
and think of themselves in terms of their sexual or racial status. The consequence is that they should no longer see
themselves as agents responsible for their own actions but as victims controlled by impersonal forces. In a word, they
must reject, not affirm, the Declaration’s understanding of self-government according to the consent of the governed.
If members of oppressed groups want to become free, they must rely upon a regime of rewards and privileges
assigned according to group identity.
On the other hand, members of oppressor groups merit public humiliation at the hands of others. Diversity
training programs, for example, force members of “oppressor” groups to confess before their co-workers how they
contribute to racism. Educational programs based on identity politics often use a person’s race to degrade or ostracize
These degradations of individuals on the basis of race expose the lie that identity politics promotes the equal
protection of rights. Advocates of identity politics argue that all hate speech should be banned but then define hate
speech as only applying to protected identity groups who are in turn free to say whatever they want about their
purported oppressors. This leads to a “cancel culture” that punishes those who violate the terms of identity politics.
Third, identity politics denies the fundamental moral tenet of the Declaration, that human beings are equal
by nature. This founding principle provides a permanent and immutable standard for remedying wrongs done to
Americans on the basis of race, sex, or any group identity.
Repudiating this universal tenet, activists pushing identity politics rely instead on cultural and historical
generalizations about which groups have stronger moral claims than others. They claim this approach offers a superior
and more historically sensitive moral standard. But unlike the standard based on a common humanity—what Lincoln
called “an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times”—their historical standard is not permanent. Rather, it
adjusts to meet the political fashions of a particular moment. By this standard, ethnicities that were once considered
“oppressed” can in short order turn into “oppressors,” and a standard that can turn a minority from victim to villain
within the course of a few years is no standard at all.
Fourth, identity-politics activists often are radicals whose political program is fundamentally incompatible
not only with the principles of the Declaration of Independence but also the rule of law embodied by the United
States Constitution. Antagonism to the creed expressed in the Declaration seems not an option but a necessary part of
their strategy. When activists are discussing seemingly innocuous campaigns to promote “diversity,” they are often
aiming for fundamental structural change.
Identity politics is fundamentally incompatible with the principle of equality enshrined in the Declaration of
Proponents of identity politics rearrange Americans by group identities, rank them by how much oppression
they have experienced at the hands of the majority culture, and then sow division among them. While not as barbaric
or dehumanizing, this new creed creates new hierarchies as unjust as the old hierarchies of the antebellum South,
making a mockery of equality with an ever-changing scale of special privileges on the basis of racial and sexual
identities. The very idea of equality under the law—of one nation sharing King’s “solid rock of brotherhood”—is not
possible and, according to this argument, probably not even desirable.
All Americans, and especially all educators, should understand identity politics for what it is: rejection of the
principle of equality proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. As a nation, we should oppose such efforts to
divide us and reaffirm our common faith in the fundamental equal right of every individual to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.
Teaching Americans about Their Country
America’s founders understood the importance of education to the long-term success or failure of the
American experiment in self-government. Liberty and learning are intimately intertwined and rely on each other for
protection and nurturing. As James Madison noted, “What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than
that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?”
Education in civics, history, and literature holds the central place in the well-being of both students and
communities. For republican government, citizens with such an education are essential. The knowledge of human
nature and unalienable rights—understanding what it means to be human—brings a deeper perspective to public
affairs, for the simple reason that educated citizens will take encouragement or warning from our past in order to
navigate the present.
A wholesome education also passes on the stories of great Americans from the past who have contributed
their genius, sacrifices, and lives to build and preserve this nation. They strengthen the bond that a vast and diverse
people can point to as that which makes us one community, fostered by civil political conversation and a shared and
The crucial contribution that a quality civics education makes to the well-being of America and its citizens is
love for our country, properly understood. A healthy attachment to this country—true patriotism—is neither blind
to its flaws nor fanatical in believing that America is the source of all good. Rather, the right sort of love of country
holds it up to an objective standard of right and wrong, with the desire and intent that the country do what is right.
Where the country has done what is good, citizens justly praise those who came before them. Where it has done
wrong, they should criticize the country and work to make sure that we—the people who govern it—do what is
Rather than cast aside the serious study of America’s founding principles or breed contempt for America’s
heritage, our educational system should aim to teach students about the true principles and history of their country—
a history that is “accurate, honest, unifying, inspiring, and ennobling.”
The Misuse of History
To begin such an education, we must first avoid an all-too-common mistake. It is wrong to think of history
by itself as the standard for judgment. The standard is set by unchanging principles that transcend history. Our
founders called these “self-evident truths” and published these truths for all the world to see in the Declaration of
Independence: there are “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” that inform human interactions, all human beings are
created equal, and all human beings have fundamental rights that are theirs as human beings, not the gift of
Consider the subject of slavery. At the time the Declaration was written, between fifteen and twenty
percent of the American people were held as slaves. This brutal, humiliating fact so contradicted the principles of
equality and liberty announced in 1776 that many people now make the mistake of denouncing equality and liberty.
Yet as we condemn slavery now, we learn from the founders’ public statements and private letters that they
condemned it then. One great reason they published the Declaration’s bold words was to show that slavery is a
wrong according to nature and according to God. With this Declaration, they started the new nation on a path that
would lead to the end of slavery. As Abraham Lincoln explained, the founding generation was in no position to end
this monstrous crime in one stroke, but they did mean “to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might
follow as fast as circumstances should permit.”
The point is this: The key to freedom for all is discovered in the moral standard proclaimed in the
Declaration. It would, the founders hoped, prove to be the key that would unlock the door to equality and liberty for
all. History tells the story of how our country has succeeded—and at times failed—in living up to the standard of
right and wrong. Our task as citizens in a national community is to live—and it is the task of teachers to teach—so as
to keep our community in line with our principles.
The purpose of genuine, liberal education is to come to know what it means to be free. Education seeks
knowledge of the nature of things, especially of human nature and of the universe as a whole. Man is that special part
of the universe that seeks to know where we stand within it. We wonder about its origins. The human person is
driven by a yearning for self-knowledge, seeking to understand the essential nature and purpose of his or her life and
what it means to carry that life out in relationship with others.
The surest guides for this quest to understand freedom and human nature are the timeless works of
philosophy, political thought, literature, history, oratory, and art that civilization has produced. Contrary to what is
sometimes claimed, these works are not terribly difficult to identify: they are marked by their foundational and
permanent character and their ability to transcend the time and landscape of their creation. No honest, intelligent
surveyor of human civilization could deny the unique brilliance of Homer or Plato, Dante or Shakespeare,
Washington or Lincoln, Melville or Hawthorne.
But far too little of this guidance is given in American classrooms today. In most K-12 social studies and
civics classes, serious study of the principles of equality and liberty has vanished. The result has been a rising
generation of young citizens who know little about the origins and stories of their country, and less about the true
standards of equality and liberty. This trend is neither new nor unreported, but it is leaving a terrible and growing
void as students suffer from both the ignorance of not realizing what they lack, and a certain arrogance that they have
no need to find out.
The Decline of American Education
This pronounced decline of American education began in the late nineteenth century when progressive
reformers began discarding the traditional understanding of education. The old understanding involved conveying a
body of transcendent knowledge and practical wisdom that had been passed down for generations and which aimed to
develop the character and intellect of the student. The new education, by contrast, pursued contradictory goals that
are at the same time mundane and unrealistically utopian.
In the view of these progressive educators, human nature is ever-changing, so the task of the new education
was to remake people in order to improve the human condition. They sought to reshape students in the image they
thought best, and education became an effort to engineer the way students think.
This new education deemed itself “pragmatic,” subordinating America’s students to the demands of the new
industrial economy for skills-based, jobs-oriented training. Rather than examine the past for those unchanging truths
and insights into our shared humanity, students today are taught to assume that the founders’ views were narrow and
deficient: that’s just how people used to think, but we know better now.
Under this new approach, the only reason to study the works of Aristotle, Shakespeare, or America’s
founders is not to learn how to be virtuous, self-governing citizens, not to learn anything true, good, or beautiful, but
to realize how such figures of yesteryear are unfit for the present day. Such a vision of education teaches that ideas
evolve as human progress marches on, as supposedly old and worn ideas are cast aside on the so-called “wrong side of
This new education replaced humane and liberal education in many places, and alienated Americans from
their own nature, their own identities, and their own place and time. It cuts students off from understanding that
which came before them. Like square pegs and round holes, students are made to fit the latest expert theory about
where history is headed next.
As the twentieth century continued, these progressive views reached their logical apex: there is no ultimate
or objective truth, only various expressions of different cultures’ beliefs. Wittingly or unwittingly, progressives
concluded that truth is an ideological construct created by those with inordinate wealth and power to further their
own particular agendas. In such a relativist environment, progressive education may as well impose its own
ideological construct on the future. They did not call it indoctrination, but that is what it is.
Since the 1960s, an even more radicalized challenge has emerged. This newer challenge arrived under the
feel-good names of “liberation” and “social justice.” Instead of offering a comprehensive, unifying human story, these
ideological approaches diminish our shared history and disunite the country by setting certain communities against
others. History is no longer tragic but melodramatic, in which all that can be learned from studying the past is that
groups victimize and oppress each other.
By turning to bitterness and judgment, distorted histories of those like Howard Zinn or the journalists
behind the “1619 Project” have prevented their students from learning to think inductively with a rich repository of
cultural, historical, and literary referents. Such works do not respect their students’ independence as young thinkers
trying to grapple with social complexity while forming their empirical judgments about it. They disdain today’s
students, just as they doubt the humanity, goodness, or benevolence in America’s greatest historical figures. They see
only weaknesses and failures, teaching students truth is an illusion, that hypocrisy is everywhere, and that power is all
A few reforms of note have been attempted to improve America’s civic educational system, but they fail to
address the key problems.
The first was embraced with good intentions. Common Core appeared to be a promising way for the
federal government to supply a framework to improve the nation’s schools. But the Constitution leaves education to
the states and localities and denies the federal government any authority to impose what it wants to be taught in the
nation’s schools. To surmount this obstacle, the federal government used significant federal funding to entice states
to adopt Common Core. Nevertheless, within a few years it became clear that students in states that “voluntarily”
adopted Common Core suffered significantly lower academic performance and fewer marketable skills than
comparable cohorts of students who had been educated outside the Common Core regime. This system of
micromanaged “standards” proved to be a recipe for bureaucratic control and sterile conformity instead of a pathway
towards better instruction. We learned from the failed Common Core experiment that one-size-fits-all national
models are a blueprint for trivializing and mechanizing learning.
A more recently proposed remedy is called the “New Civics” (or “Action Civics”). The progressive approach
to education rests on the faulty notion that knowledge concerning long-term human and social concerns is divided
between “facts” (scientific data separated from judgments about right and wrong) and “values” (preferences about
moral matters, such as justice, which are said to have no objective status). Most students, yearning to make the
world better, find the study of “facts” boring and meaningless. The New Civics approach is to prioritize a valuesoriented
praxis over fact-based knowledge. As a result, New Civics uses direct community service and political
action (such as protesting for gun control or lobbying for laws to address climate change) to teach students to bring
change to the system itself. Under this guise, civics education becomes less about teaching civic knowledge and more
about encouraging contemporary policy positions.
However well-intended, the New Civics only aggravates the already inherent problems of progressive
education. Dispensing with ideas that transcend and inform history, students lack criteria for judging what a
politically healthy nation looks like and they cannot defend what practical actions actually would improve the health
of their community. A well-formulated education in political and moral principles is the necessary source of the
knowledge citizens need to make wise judgments about voting, demonstrating, or any other civic activity. By
neglecting true civic education, the New Civics movement only compounds the mistakes of today’s conventional
education in civics.
What is Authentic Education?
There are many aspects of formal education. The importance of professional education and technical training
is not here in dispute. There is no question that one crucial purpose of education is to equip individuals with the
knowledge and skills they need to provide for themselves and their families. More fundamental is the broader and
deeper education called liberal education.
Education liberates human beings in the true sense—liberation from ignorance and confusion, from
prejudice and delusion, and from untamed passions and fanciful hopes that degrade and destroy us as civilized
persons. It helps us see the world clearly and honestly. In revealing human nature, it reveals what is right and good
for human beings: authentic education is not “value-neutral” but includes moral education that explains the standards
for right and wrong. It takes up the hard but essential task of character formation. Such an education can form free
men and free women—self-reliant and responsible persons capable of governing themselves as individuals and taking
part in self-government.
Such an education starts by teaching that all Americans are equal members of one national community. The
unique character and talents of each person should be recognized and developed. The wide experiences and the
varied backgrounds of our citizens should be respected and honored. But the truths that equality and liberty belong
by nature to every human being without exception must be taught as the moral basis of civic friendship, economic
opportunity, citizenship, and political freedom.
Such an education respects students’ intelligence and thirst for the truth. It is unafraid both to focus on the
contributions made by the exceptional few, or acknowledge those that are less powerful, less fortunate, weaker, or
marginalized. With the principle of equality as a foundation, such an education can incorporate the study of injustice
and of tragedy in human affairs—including the American story’s uglier parts—and patiently addresses the ways
injustices can be corrected.
Rather than learning to hate one’s country or the world for its inevitable wrongs, the well-educated student
learns to appreciate and cherish the oases of civilization: solid family structures and local communities; effective,
representative, and limited government; the rule of law and the security of civil rights and private property; a love of
the natural world and the arts; good character and religious faith.
In the American context, an essential purpose of this honest approach is to encourage citizens to embrace
and cultivate love of country. Thoughtful citizens embrace their national community not only because it is their own,
but also because they see what it can be at its best. Just as students know their family members have good qualities
and flaws, good education will reckon the depths and heights of our common history.
Genuine Civics Education
Civics and government classes should rely almost exclusively on primary sources. Primary sources link
students with the real events and persons they are studying. The writings, speeches, first-hand accounts, and
documents of those who were acting out the drama of history open a genuine communication, mediated by the
written word, between historical figures and students that can bring to life the past. Primary sources without
selective editing also allow students to study principles and arguments unfiltered by present-day historians’ biases and
It is important for students to learn the reasons America’s founders gave for building our country as they
did. Students should learn and contemplate what the founders’ purposes, hopes, and greatest concerns truly were,
and primary sources will help them begin these considerations. Students should not read the Declaration of
Independence as archaeology but as the idea that animates our nation with claims that are true for all time. As
Alexander Hamilton reminds us in one of those primary documents (his 1775 essay Farmer Refuted),
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as
with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or
obscured by mortal power.
Civics and government classes ought to teach students about the philosophical principles and foundations of
the American republic, including natural law, natural rights, human equality, liberty, and constitutional selfgovernment.
Students should learn the reasons why our constitutional order is structured as a representative
democracy and why a constitutional republic includes such features as the separation of powers, checks and balances,
and federalism. They should study the benefits and achievements of our constitutional order, the Civil War’s
challenge to that order, and the ways the Constitution has been changed—not only by amendment and not always for
the better—over the course of time. Finally, these classes ought to culminate in the student’s understanding and
embracing the responsibilities of good citizenship.
A genuine civics education focuses on fundamental questions concerning the American experiment in selfgovernment.
The best way to proceed is for the teacher to assign core original documents to students to read as
carefully and thoroughly as they are able and then initiate age-appropriate discussion to surface and consider the
meaning of the document. Teachers will find that students of every age have a genuine interest in engaging in
discussion (and disagreement) about what these documents say, because they soon realize these enduring words speak
to their own lives and experiences.
Using the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, the following are a few
examples of prompts teachers can use to encourage civics discussion amongst students:
• What does human equality mean in the statement that “all men are created equal”? Equal in what
respects? What view of human nature does this presuppose? Does the Declaration intend to include
African Americans, as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr., all insisted?
• What does the Declaration mean by asserting that all persons possess rights that are not “alienable”?
Who or what, precisely, can alienate our rights? Are all rights deemed inalienable, or only some? And if
the latter, why are they different?
• Why did the founding generation consider government’s powers to be “just” only when government is
instituted by the consent of the governed? Is justice for the founders based on nothing more than
consent? What considerations might be more authoritative than consent?
• At the time the Federalist Papers were being written, the new Constitution did not include the Bill of
Rights. What are the rights and protections enumerated in the Bill of Rights and how did they come to
be amendments to the Constitution?
• Why did the founders opt for representative democracy over the “pure” version of democracy practiced
in ancient Athens? How do the two kinds of democracy differ? What did the Federalist assert was the
inadequacy of ancient democracy?
• How does the Constitution seek to reconcile democracy, which means rule by the majority, with the
rights of minorities? Stated differently, how does the Constitution do justice both to the equality of all
and to the liberty of each? What exactly is the difference between a democracy and republic?
• What economic conditions make American democracy possible? Could American democracy under the
Constitution be reconciled with any and every economic system? Why does the Constitution protect
property rights? Why do critics of American democracy such as Karl Marx believe that private property
(protected by our Constitution) is the root of injustice? How would Madison and Hamilton have
responded to Marx and his followers’ criticisms?
• Students should read the best-known speeches and writings of progressive presidents Woodrow
Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt on economic democracy. In what ways do they
differ from the principles and structure of the Constitution? Would the Constitution need to be
significantly amended to fit their proposals? Apart from amendments, in what other ways has
progressivism changed our constitutional system?
• Implicit in these questions are other basic documents and major speeches that every American citizen
should study. The questions concerning the meaning of human equality, inalienable rights, popular
consent, and the right of revolution call for a fresh examination—in the light of the Declaration—of
such key works as Frederick Douglass’s speech on “The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro” and
Chief Justice Taney’s infamous opinion for the Supreme Court majority in Dred Scott v. Sandford (holding
that African-Americans “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect”). Douglass’s and
Lincoln’s scathing criticisms of Taney’s pro-slavery opinion should be taught with these as well.
• Students should read the 1848 Seneca Falls “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” calling for
women’s suffrage, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Why did Elizabeth Cady
Stanton look to the form and substance of the Declaration of Independence in crafting the Seneca Falls
Declaration? What did King mean in asserting that the Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution constituted a “promissory note to which every American was to fall heir”?
These questions cover just a sample of the issues that come to the fore as students read the primary
documents of the founding and history of America. Other less fundamental but still important documents, speeches,
and topics could be added. Recognizing that political activism has no place in formal education, mock civics and
community service projects should be encouraged.
Among the virtues to be cultivated in the American republic, the founders knew that a free people must
have a knowledge of the principles and practices of liberty, and an appreciation of their origins and challenges.
While this country has its imperfections, just like any other country, in the annals of history the United
States has achieved the greatest degree of personal freedom, security, and prosperity for the greatest proportion of its
own people and for others around the world. These results are the good fruit of the ideas the founding generation
expressed as true for all people at all times and places.
An authentic civics education will help rebuild our common bonds, our mutual friendship, and our civic
devotion. But we cannot love what we do not know.
This is why civics education, education relating to the citizen, must begin with knowledge, which is, as
George Washington reminds us, “the surest basis of public happiness.”
The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission
Larry P. Arnn, Chair
Carol Swain, Vice Chair
Matthew Spalding, Executive Director
Gay Hart Gaines
Victor Davis Hanson
Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State
Christopher C. Miller, Acting Secretary of Defense
David L. Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior
Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Mitchell M. Zais, Acting Secretary of Education
Brooke Rollins, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
Doug Hoelscher, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs
The Commission is grateful to the following individuals who assisted with the preparation of the 1776
Report: William Bock, Alexandra Campana, Ariella Campana, Joshua Charles, Brian Morgenstern, Macy
Mount, McKenzie Snow, and Alec Torres.
Adam Honeysett, Designated Federal Officer.
While some may claim that calling our illegitimate President Joe Biden a “Nazi” is hyperbolic, I have seen the striking similarities of Democrats in office to the actual Nazis!
Combined with Fascism, Maoism, Leninism of course. These people are EVERY TYPE OF TYRANT COMBINED!
SERIOUSLY! DO THE RESEARCH!
And by the way, white people ARE the new Jews & Kulaks! On our way to be executed for the color of our skin if these people succeed! Good Luck and God Bless you and yours!
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
The formation of a totalitarian state is just about complete in America as the most powerful public and private sector actors unify behind the idea that actions to stamp out dissent can be justified, according to several experts on modern totalitarian ideologies.
While many have warned about the rise of fascism or socialism in “the land of the free,” the ideas have largely been vague or fragmented, focusing on individual events or actors. Recent events, however, indicate that seemingly unconnected pieces of the oppression puzzle are fitting together to form a comprehensive system, according to Michael Rectenwald, a retired liberal arts professor at New York University.
But many Americans, it appears, have been caught off guard or aren’t even aware of the newly forming regime, as the idea of elected officials, government bureaucrats, large corporations, the establishment academia, think tanks and nonprofits, the legacy media, and even seemingly grassroot movements all working in concert toward some evil purpose seems preposterous. Is a large portion of the country in on a conspiracy?
The reality now emerges that no massive conspiracy was in fact needed—merely an ideological alignment and some informal coordination, Rectenwald argues.
Despite the lack of formal overarching organization, the American socialist regime is indeed totalitarian, as the root of its ideology requires politically motivated coercion, he told The Epoch Times. The power of the regime is not yet absolute but it’s becoming increasingly effective as it erodes the values, checks, and balances against tyranny established by traditional beliefs and enshrined in the American founding.
The effects can be seen throughout society. Americans, regardless of their income, demographics, or social stature are being fired from jobs, getting stripped of access to basic services such as banking and social media, or having their businesses crippled for voicing political opinions and belonging to a designated political underclass. Access to sources of information unsanctioned by the regime is becoming increasingly difficult. Some figures of power and influence are sketching the next step, labelling large segments of society as “extremists” and potential terrorists who need to be “deprogrammed.”
While the onset of the regime appears tied to events of recent years—the presidency of Donald Trump, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, the Capitol intrusion of Jan. 6—its roots go back decades.
Is It Really Totalitarian?
Totalitarian regimes are commonly understood as constituting a government headed by a dictator that regiments the economy, censors the media, and quells dissent by force. That is not the case in America but it’s also a misunderstanding of how such regimes function, literature on totalitarianism indicates.
To claim power, the regimes don’t initially need to control every aspect of society through government.
Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Workers Party in Nazi Germany, used various means to control the economy, including gaining compliance of industry leaders voluntarily, through intimidation, or through replacing the executives with party loyalists.
Similarly, the regime rearing its head in America relies on corporate executives to implement its agenda voluntarily but also through intimidation by online brigades of activists and journalists who take initiative to launch negative PR campaigns and boycotts to progress their preferred societal structure.
Also, Hitler initially didn’t control the spread of information via government censorship but rather through his brigades of street thugs, the “brown shirts,” who would intimidate and physically prevent his opponents from speaking publicly.
The tactic parallels the often successful efforts to “cancel” and “shut down” public speakers by activists and violent actors, such as Antifa.
Dissenting media in America haven’t been silenced by the government directly as of yet. But they are stymied in other ways.
In the digital age, media largely rely on reaching and growing their audience through social media and web search engines, which are dominated by Facebook and Google. Both companies have in place mechanisms to crack down on dissenting media.
Google gives preference in its search results to sources it deems “authoritative.” Search results indicate the company tends to consider media ideologically close to it to be more authoritative. Such media can then produce hit pieces on their competitors, giving Google justification to slash the “authoritativeness” of the dissenters.
Facebook employs third-party fact checkers who have the discretion to label content as “false” and thus reduce the audience on its platform. Virtually all the fact checkers focused on American content are ideologically aligned with Facebook.
Attempts to set up alternative social media have run into yet more fundamental obstacles, as demonstrated by Parler, whose mobile app was terminated by Google and Apple, while the company was kicked off Amazon’s servers.
To the degree that a totalitarian regime requires a police state, there’s no law in America targeting dissenters explicitly. But there are troubling signs of selective, politically motivated enforcement. Signs go back to the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups or the difference in treatment received by former Trump adviser Lt. Gen Michael Flynn and former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe—both allegedly lying to investigators but only one getting prosecuted. The situation may get still worse as the restrictions tied to the CCP virus see broad swaths of ordinary human behavior being considered “illegal,” opening the door to nearly universal political targeting.
“I think the means by which a police state is being set up is the demonization of Trump supporters and the likely use of medical passports to institute the effective equivalent of social credit scores,” Rectenwald said.
While loyalty to the government and to a specific political party plays a major role, it’s the allegiance to the ideological root of totalitarianism that gives it its foot soldiers, literature on the subject indicates.
The element “that holds totalitarianism together as a composite of intellectual elements” is the ambition of fundamentally reimagining society—“the intention to create a ‘New Man,’” explained author Richard Shorten in “Modernism and Totalitarianism: Rethinking the Intellectual Sources of Nazism and Stalinism, 1945 to the Present.”
Various ideologies have framed the ambition differently, based on what they posited as the key to the transformation.
Karl Marx, co-author of the Communist Manifesto, viewed the control of the economy as primary, describing socialism as “socialized man, the associated producers, rationally regulating their interchange with Nature, bringing it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by the blind forces of Nature,” in his Das Kapital.
Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Workers Party in Nazi Germany, viewed race as primary. People would become “socialized”—that is transformed and perfected—by removing Jews and other supposedly “lesser” races from society, he claimed.
The most dominant among the current ideologies stem from the so-called “critical theories,” where the perfected society is defined by “equity,” meaning elimination of differences in outcomes for people in demographic categories deemed historically marginalized. The goal is to be achieved by eliminating the ever-present “white supremacy,” however the ideologues currently define it.
While such ideologies commonly prescribe collectivism, calling for national or even international unification behind their agenda, they are elitist and dictatorial in practice as they find mankind never “woke” enough to follow their agenda voluntarily.
In Marx’s prophecies, the revolution was supposed to occur spontaneously. Yet it never did, leading Vladimir Lenin, the first head of the Soviet Union, to conclude that the revolution will need leadership after all.
“The idea is that you have some enlightened party … who understand the problem of the proletariat better than the proletariat does and is going to shepherd them through the revolution that they need to have for the greater good,” explained James Lindsay, author of “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody.”
Elements of this intellectual foundation can be found in ideologies of many current political forces, from neo-nazis and anarcho-communists, through to progressives and to some extent even neoliberals and neoconservatives, Lindsay acknowledged.
“This is why you see so many people today saying that the only possible answers are a full return to classical liberalism or a complete rejection of liberalism entirely as fatally disposed to create progressivism, neoliberalism, etc.,” he said.
That’s not to say these ideologies are openly advocating totalitarianism but rather that they inevitably lead to it.
The roadmap could be summarized as follows:
- There’s something fundamentally and intolerably wrong with current reality
- There’s a plan to fix it requiring a whole society buy-in
- People opposing the plan need to be educated about the plan so they accept it
- People who resist the persuasion need to be reeducated, even against their will
- People who won’t accept the plan no matter what need to be removed from society.
“I think that’s the general thrust,” Lindsay said. “We can make the world the way we want it to be if we all just get on the same page and same project. It’s a disaster, frankly.”
Points four and five now appear to be in progress.
Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos recently labeled the widespread questioning of the 2020 election results as “violent extremism,” which social media companies should eradicate the same way they countered online recruitment content from the ISIS terrorist group.
The “core issue,” he said, is that “we have given a lot of leeway, both in traditional media and on social media, to people to have a very broad range of political views” and this has led to the emergence of “more and more radical” alternative media like OAN and Newsmax.
Stamos then mused about how to reform Americans who’ve tuned in to the dissenters.
“How do you bring those people back into the mainstream of fact-based reporting and try to get us all back into the same consensus reality?” he asked in a CNN interview.
“And can you? Is that possible?” CNN host Brian Stelter added.
The logic goes as follows: Trump claimed the election was stolen through fraud and other illegalities. That has not been proven in court and is thus false. People who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and managed to break inside and disrupt the electoral vote counting did so because they believed the election was stolen. Therefore, anybody who questions the legitimacy of the election results is an extremist and potentially a terrorist.
With tens of thousands of troops assembled to guard the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) recently told CNN that all guard members who voted for Trump belong to a “suspect group” that “might want to do something,” alluding to past leaders of other countries who were “killed by their own people.”
Former FBI Director James Comey recently said the Republican party needs to be “burned down or changed.”
“They want a one party state,” commented conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza in a recent podcast. “That is not to say they don’t want an opposition. They want a token opposition. They want Republicans where they get to say what kind of Republican is ok.”
Just as Marx blamed the ills of the world on capitalists and Hitler on Jews, the current regime tends to blame various permutations of “white supremacy.”
“Expel the Republican members of Congress who incited the white supremacist attempted coup,” said Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) in a recent tweet, garnering some 300,000 likes.
She was referring to the Republican lawmakers who raised objections on Jan. 6 to election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Their objections were voted down.
“Can U.S. Spy Agencies Stop White Terror?” Daily Beast’s Jeff Stein asked in a recent headline, concluding that a call for “secret police” to sniff out “extremist” Americans “may well get renewed attention.”
Under the regime, allegations of election fraud—de facto questioning the legitimacy of the leader—have become incitement of terrorism. YouTube (owned by Google), Facebook, and Twitter have either banned content that claims the election was rigged or are furnishing it with warning labels. Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey was recently recorded as saying that banning the president’s account was just the beginning.
The approach closely mirrors that of the Chinese communist regime, which commonly targets dissidents for “subverting” the state or “spreading rumors.”
What’s the Alternative?
If calls for radically reorganizing the world are inherently totalitarian, how is the world to avoid them? The question appears to be its own answer. If totalitarianism inherently requires allegiance to its ideology, it can’t exist in a society with a lack of such allegiance.
The United States were founded on the idea that individual rights are God-given and unalienable. The idea, rooted in traditional beliefs that human morality is of divine origin, stands a bulwark against any attempt to assail people’s rights even for their own good.
“If you’re not a believer in actual God, you can posit a God’s ideal on the matter … We have to posit some arbiter who’s above and beyond our own prejudices and biases in order to ensure these kinds of rights. … Because otherwise you have this infinitely malleable situation in which people with power and coercive potential can eliminate and rationalize the elimination of rights willy-nilly,” Rectenwald said.Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab
Source: The Epoch Times
I have been trying to point out the similarities of the Democrats AND Establishment Republicans to Adolph Hitler for some time now! The simple fact of the matter is they are eerily similar!
Now they’ve thrown in a little bit of Maoist tactics, Leninist tactics, and kinda wrapped it all up in a big blanket of FASCISM…….. But still, you MUST be able to see the similarities yourself! I mean just look at what brought Hitler to power! Look at his methods and beliefs, it’s a New World Order PLAYBOOK!!!
Then we have the FACT that world leaders also attend the annual “Cremation of Care” Demonic Ritual at the “Bohemian Grove” every year, where they sacrifice an “effigy” of a baby to an Evil statue of Molech! Hitler ALSO was a member of a “Bohemian” cult that also worshiped Satan and his minions!
Hey look folks……. whether or not it’s a “REAL BABY” or not is irrelevant! You can see that it IS AN EVIL CEREMONY! What kind of whacked out scum do we have in power?
Even Ice Cube is now seeing the bullsh*t for what it REALLY IS!!! And that is huge! We MUST wake up the population to what we are REALLY SEEING!
I PRAY that Americans will WAKE UP to what they see happening before their eyes! Especially our MILITARY men and women, Police and Fire Departments, and STATE AND LOCAL POLITICIANS
(who ALL need to be replaced by AMERICANS WITH A JOB!)
America appears to have fallen to the Globalist scumbags who worship EVIL and LUCIFER but I would NOT count us out just yet! God Bless you and your family. It will DEMAND the action of EVERY AMERICAN but we can defeat this EVIL!
The attacks against white people continue. Now if you were a Trump supporter or a conservative you must be PURGED from the military and government and society altogether! Look at what is happening folks!
The National Guard in DC were required to prove political allegiance or absence of conservative thought! Democrats are calling to remove conservative voices from government AND want conservatives put into “Re-education Camps!”
I believe in Russia the term was “Gulags!” Of course Democrats want to soften the language to re-education camps, and even further to “Enlightenment Centers” 1984 by George Orwell has been BYPASSED ALREADY!!! America has gone farther than the dystopic government in 1984 at this time!
I’d like to think that our military men and women have this under control, but do they? Everyone is sitting back waiting on some kind of “Plan” to kick in………… but as of today America looks like it’s controlled by the New NAZI PARTY!
And AS USUAL….. Democrats are ACCUSING OTHERS OF WHAT THEY ARE GUILTY OF!
EVERY AMERICAN should now SEE FOR THEMSELVES that Joe Biden and the Establishment Republicans and Democrats ARE attacking THE BILL OF RIGHTS & the Constitution on DAY #1!
BY ROBERT SPENCER JAN 09, 2021 3:37 PM ET
No one can point to any statement from President Trump calling upon his supporters to storm the Capitol, much less to stage a coup against the U.S. government, but it doesn’t matter anymore. The establishment media and the social media giants are insisting that he incited the attack on the Capitol and was trying to install himself as a dictator by means of a guy with a buffalo horn hat and some other dopes and wingnuts, and if you don’t believe it, you’re a racist, bigoted, MAGA-hat-wearing fascist who deserves to be silenced along with the president, and soon will be. But it’s clear who the real fascists are, and they are exploiting their Reichstag Fire moment to the fullest.
On February 27, 1933, four weeks after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, the Reichstag, the German parliament building in Berlin, caught fire. The culprit was a Dutch Communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, who apparently had acted alone. Hitler, however, insisted that the Communist Party, which was a considerable force within the Reichstag, had set the fire, and pressed German President Paul von Hindenburg to approve of an emergency law suspending civil liberties. Communist leaders, including the Communist members of the Reichstag, were hunted down and arrested.
Without their presence in the Reichstag, the National Socialists and their coalition partners had a majority. That enabled the Nazis to pass a further law, the Enabling Act, on March 23, 1933, giving Hitler dictatorial powers and removing any obstacle to his absolute supremacy.
While some people have always maintained that the whole thing was a false flag, most historians believe than van der Lubbe really did set the fire. Nonetheless, the advantages it gave to the Nazis were clear, and so it was no surprise when, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II ended, German General Franz Halder declared that he had heard one of the most prominent and influential Nazis, Hermann Göring, boast that he himself had set the fire. When confronted with Halder’s statement, Göring denied having had anything to do with the fire, but there is no doubt that its chief beneficiary was Germany’s new National Socialist regime. The Reichstag fire enabled the National Socialists to declare their political opponents enemies of the state and accordingly silence them and outlaw their activity, and opened the door to World War II and the Holocaust.
The parallels to what is happening today are obvious. In the wake of the January 6 riot at the Capitol, the Democrats are trying to criminalize opposition to their program, painting all support of President Trump and his America-First program as incitement to violence and tantamount to sedition. He has been shut out of the major social media networks that exercise near-total control over the means of communication today. And as Trump himself has pointed out repeatedly, for all the demonic frenzy of their desire to destroy him utterly, he is really not the target. We are.
The National Socialists used the Reichstag fire to destroy all political opposition in Germany and assert total control over the lives of every German citizen. They used it to give themselves official, pseudo-legal permission to break every moral law and ethical code ever known to mankind, and ultimately to murder tens of millions of people, including six million Jews (the particular target of their hatred), and lay waste to the entire European continent.
The American Left of today has followed the Nazis’ Reichstag Fire playbook to a T thus far. What is to prevent them from attempting to implement the whole thing? The one thing saving us from woke totalitarianism at this point may be the fact that the sinister authoritarians of the Democratic Party, the social media corporations, and the establishment media may already have overreached. America in 2020, even after fifty years of woke indoctrination in our schools, is not like Germany of 1933. We have a strong tradition of freedom, notably the freedom of speech. In attempting to impose their totalitarian woke straitjacket upon the American people, the Left is going to encounter considerably more opposition than the Nazis did in Germany, where the Weimar Republic was the nation’s first attempt at representative government and never enjoyed great support among the people.
These are indeed, however, as Tom Paine said so long ago, the times that try men’s souls. The way forward is unclear. The avenues that are even available to us to continue to dissent from the Left are being systematically closed down – witness the fact that after banning Trump, the social media giants began to make war on their much smaller competitor, Parler. The Left is reveling in its Reichstag Fire moment. This is their hour and the power of darkness. But the light of freedom still burns in so many American’s hearts that it is safe to say: this isn’t over.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
Source: PJ Media
It is pretty scary watching what is going on with the United States Government right now!
We are under attack by the Communists CCP with help from Democrats and many Republicans too! NO AMERICAN should allow this stolen election to determine their future and the future of their children and grandchildren!
I’m very hopeful that much of it is disinformation! If you really look at what is happening, people who have been fooled by Propaganda and disinformation by big Tech & Corporate Media are being AWAKENED to the deception!
Many people who may have believed that the censorship of Conservatives was just a “Conspiracy Theory” are now SEEING WITH THEIR OWN EYES 75 million Americans being purged from the internet and cancelled. But what will we do about a DOJ & FBI who have been corrupted and weaponized?
What will we do with those criminals?
You know, the ones who went right after Trump Supporters after the Capitol FALSE FLAG……. But totally ignored 10 months of BLM and Antifa VIOLENCE in our streets where they burned down private businesses and killed people, turning entire cities into crime scenes. While arresting people who LAWFULLY defended themselves like the McCloskey couple & Kyle Rittenhouse cases.
The people responsible for filing BOTH of those cases should be TERMINATED, disbarred, and prohibited from ever obtaining another government position! There are prosecutors across the country who are using the law as a political weapon! This MUST be remedied!
America CANNOT move on without rectifying a whole lot of things that have been done by those who have infiltrated our government!
While I’m still PRAYING that we’re about to see a massive take-down and arrest of many of these people, I’m NOT yet convinced those in the government will ever face consequences, especially those in the CIA, NSA, DOJ, and FBI! And let’s not forget the traitors within Congress itself!
And how can America move forward without ENDING stupid beer virus business closures, mask mandates, and plans for forced #Vaccine legislation! The media and goivernment have been pushing unhinged HYSTERIA over the beer virus and it is a HOAX!
For those of you searching for a new platform after being PURGED by the Marxist big Tech firms…….
Here’s a list of some good alternative options that are still up and running, despite being slowed down by an influx of mass numbers of people:
1.) Minds (block chain based)
2.) GAB (built their own servers and infrastructure)
3.) Xephula (Better than Facebook!)
5.) BitChute (Videos)
6.) BrandNewTube (Video)
7.) Rumble (Video)
8.) Odysee (Part of LBRY Video)
I can be found at Xephula, Minds, MeWe, GAB, BitChute, and I’ll update the rest of my links later, GAB is down for maintenance right now too. Xephula has been around a while now, and just got a 2,000 donation today towards a new server! I REALLY like the platform! I really like the format better than Facebook! I’ve quit Fascistbook, Twitter, and LinkedIn long ago!
I need to get completely off of Google and their products too! We MUST migrate off of these platforms! I have been telling people and now, most of them have been SILENCED by the Tech Nazis! It’s simple folks…… You DO NOT support your ENEMY with your patronage!
WHY would you have an account on a platform which wants to silence YOU? They make money off of silencing YOU! Just like Apple phones! Apple is just as bad. And Android is now owned by Google, and that is why Google everything is installed on your Android!
Did you know that you CAN REMOVE GOOGLE from your Android? There is an OS for Android phones called GrapheneOS. It is completely open source and spyware FREE!!! You should check it out!
Stay away from rallies right now as we KNOW they are being used as FALSE FLAGS! Keep your powder dry and put your FAITH in God!
This was the very first “Insurrection” I ever seen where the DC Police were caught on video escorting Antifa into the rally AND removed barricades and opened doors for these ACTORS and Antifa who POSED for photos……………. AND had professional photographers with them! it was a FALSE FLAG!
FALSE FLAG Police allowed the people into the building! They also took down the barricades!
FIRESIDE CHAT 7 | LIN WOOD – WHY IS THE CDC CALLING FOR NAZI-STYLE CONCENTRATION CAMPS? WHAT IS INSIDE HUNTER BIDEN’S LAPTOP? ARE AMERICANS REACHING THEIR PERSONAL BOILING POINTS? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO FINALLY SEE SOME ACTION?
Attorney Lin Wood shares what is inside Hunter Biden’s laptop while asking why the CDC is Calling for Nazi-Style concentration camps and what is your personal boiling point? Lin Wood also shares why believes that it is 1776 all over again.
Lin, We Now Have 100% Irrefutable Evidence That:
- The Models Used to Justify the Lockdowns Were Nefariously FALSE https://timetofreeamerica.com/#Models-section
- The PCR / COVID-19 Tests Used to Justify the Mask Mandates and Restrictions Are Intentionally FALSELY Calibrated
- WATCH – https://thehighwire.com/videos/covid-testing-fraud-uncovered/
- WATCH – The Founder of the PCR Kary Mullis Shares – “Tony Fauci doesn’t mind going in front of TV and lying on camera. He doesn’t understand medicine and he shouldn’t be in the position that he is in.” – Kary Mullis (The founder of the PC test) – https://www.bitchute.com/video/55LBX7rj94eZ/
- Wearing a Mask Makes Healthy People Sick
- COVID-19 is 100% Treatable When Budesonide or Ivermectin is Used and Wearing a Mask is Bad for Your Health:
- “If you take ivermectin for COVID-19 you will not get sick.” | 100% Effective COVID-19 Treatments – https://www.bitchute.com/video/OzrAVkI3nLIf/
- Doctor Richard Bartlett (MD) Has Successfully Treated 1,000+ COVID-19 Patients with 0 Deaths
- Wearing a Mask Is Bad for Your Health – https://timetofreeamerica.com/#Masks-section
- Forced Isolation / Nazi-Style Concentration Camps – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/global-covid-19/shielding-approach-humanitarian.html?fbclid=IwAR16k-HIzASknx8jx49JOhD8Vrrt5E30-g2ipsy19nfSDficm3NFTNf6YmM
Yet, we still are having lockdowns, mask mandates and the American people are being denied proven and safe treatments like Budesonide and Ivermectin, what is going on?
Lin, we now have 100% irrefutable evidence of medical fraud and we now have 100% irrefutable evidence of election fraud including:
Step 1 – America used the Canadian-owned DOMINION vote counting machines using Chinese parts in 28 states
- The Former CEO of Overstock.com Explains the Technology That Was Used to Rig the 2020 Elections
- Communist Chinese Gov’t-Linked Bank Account Gave $400M To Dominion Voting Systems Before US Election – http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/10232/20201203/communist-chinese-gov-t-linked-bank-account-gave-400m-to-dominion-voting-systems-before-us-election.htm
Step 2 – The Canadian-owned DOMINION hardware gets its software from Sequoia Voting Systems (Formerly known as SMARTMATIC which is a Delaware company owned by Venezuelans close to the Communist Venezuelan Chavez and Maduro family)
Step 3 – Then our United States votes were stored on a server in Frankfurt Germany.
- Trump recount committee has seen raw data from seized Dominion servers of how VOTES WERE SWITCHED by an algorithm in the software!!! “The things that are going to come out are going to SHAKE the globalists to their very core” – https://twitter.com/Bls1022/status/1328833128652296195?s=20
- BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: WE GOT IT! — Col. Waldron Confirms US Has a Copy of the Election Night Data ‘Traffic and Packets’ Sent Overseas to Frankfurt! (VIDEO) – https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/breaking-exclusive-got-col-waldron-confirms-us-copy-election-night-data-traffic-packets-sent-overseas-frankfurt-video/
Step 4 – Then our votes actually get counted in Barcelona, Spain and Smartmatic has a special software feature that allows users to change votes
- Their software allows them to change the VOTE
- Oh…and Smartmatic Owns DOMINION
- Listen to Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis on the Dan Bongino Show https://youtu.be/PSCik12dpTo?t=3647
Lin, we now have 100% irrefutable evidence of medical fraud and we now have 100% irrefutable evidence of election fraud and yet, the state courts and the Supreme Court refuses to look at the evidence, what is really going on?
Lin, you, Sidney Powell and countless attorneys were banned from Twitter today, yet Antifa members are still allowed to freely post, what is going on?
Lin, on Parler, you have been posting out screenshots from Hunter Biden? Sir what is on his laptop and how did you get a hold of it?
Lin, what is going on with the CDC recommending Forced Isolation / Nazi-Style Concentration Camps?
Lin, we all have our limit. I know for me, if I lock myself inside a chicken coup I’m going to freak out in about 30 seconds…and if you are using your phone while I’m watching a movie with you in the theatre, I’m going to freak out…however, what do you believe is the point that most Americans are simply not going to take the mask mandates, the business killing lockdowns, the shuttering of the schools and the nonsensical health guidelines anymore?
The Declaration of Independence:
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the 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.
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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King 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. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Matthew 10:34-36 –
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
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- Proof Italian Interference in the United State Elections:
- The CDC Now Recommends Forced Isolation / Nazi-Style Concentration Camps – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/global-covid-19/shielding-approach-humanitarian.html?fbclid=IwAR16k-HIzASknx8jx49JOhD8Vrrt5E30-g2ipsy19nfSDficm3NFTNf6YmM
- View the Kim Clement Prophecies – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh2hfbcPjOw&feature=youtu.be
- Why Masks Make Healthy People Sick – Dr. Jim Meehan
- The Truth About the Case-Inflating and Falsely Calibrated COVID-19 / PCR Tests?
Watch at 11 Minutes and 30 seconds – https://thehighwire.com/videos/covid-testing-fraud-uncovered/
- President Trump Signed – Executive Order on Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election – https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-imposing-certain-sanctions-event-foreign-interference-united-states-election/
- Justice Department Allows Use of Firing Squads https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/27/politics/federal-execution-new-rule-firing-squads/index.html
- September 12th 2018 – President Trump Signed – Executive Order on Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election – https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-imposing-certain-sanctions-event-foreign-interference-united-states-election/
- May 26 2020 – Director of National Intelligence – John Ratcliffe was sworn in as (DNI)
- November 9th 2020 – Secretary of Defense – Christopher C. Miller Acting since November 9, 2020
- November 10th 2020 – Ezra Asa Cohen-Watnick is the current Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity. – https://www.defense.gov/Our-Story/Biographies/Biography/Article/2297081/ezra-cohen/
- November 29th 2020 – Justice Department rushing to expand execution methods like firing squads for federal death row inmates – https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/27/politics/federal-execution-new-rule-firing-squads/index.html
- December 15th 2020 – FBI, US Marshals and Texas Rangers raid SolarWinds headquarters in Austin Texas! – https://www.sgtreport.com/2020/12/breaking-report-solarwinds-hq-raided-in-austin-more-news-coming-on-ceo-and-executive-vice-president-update/
- U.S. Special Forces Raid Amazon Servers in Frankfurt Germany
- December 31st – President Trump Funds the FEMA Camps – https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-adjustments-certain-rates-pay-010121/
“25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
“11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
The Unity Prayer:
My adorable Jesus,
May our feet journey together.
May our hands gather in unity.
May our hearts beat in unison.
May our souls be in harmony.
May our thoughts be as one.
May our ears listen to the silence together.
May our glances profoundly penetrate each other.
May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.
Source: ThriveTime Show
The Communist are now seeking to take over America PHYSICALLY!!!
They are PURGING social media of ALL DISSENTING VOICES!!! The Communists have PERFECTED the destabilization of societies!
PRAY and PREPARE YOURSELF! We ARE at war!!!
It is an information WAR that may go live fire really soon!!! President Trump will be talking to the People through the emergency alert system! (I hope anyway)
This is a GLOBAL ATTACK on ALL PEOPLE!!!
This is GOOD versus EVIL!
Before posting this article I’d like to point out that the #Communists within the Media, Social Media, and Congress not only ENDORSED VIOLENCE & RIOTS / LOOTING….. But they ALSO bailed the criminals out of jail who committed that violence!
It’s awfully suspicious that KNOWN ANTIFA CRIMINALS were photographed and identified as the people who actually broke into the capitol building! PAID AGITATORS did successfully escalate a “peaceful protest” into something more than that. But WHY have they left that part of the story out??? Nobody showed the video where Trump supporters TRIED TO KEEP THE PEACE and stop the vandalism!!! These are George Soros employees.
Believe it or not, apparently the Simpsons predicted yesterday on one of their episodes! Look familiar???
Democrats are now seeking to REMOVE TRUMP using the 25th amendment again……… claiming that Trump did what the Democrats’ did ALL OF LAST YEAR!!! Which is to call for and endorse violence! But Trump didn’t do that! Democrats DID!
Anyway, here is an article discussing the hypocrisy and pure bullshit spewing from the Propaganda outlets of America and the world.
The Democrats always ACCUSE YOU of doing WHAT THEY, THEMSELVES ARE DOING!!! They incited violence for a year! Now Trump calls for “Peace” and they claim he’s inciting violence
(The way they did) PATHETIC! Communism is threatening America like never before RIGHT NOW!Here’s the article.
After excusing and ignoring riots from leftists all year, Democrats and their allies in the media are ready to condemn riots now that the turmoil has shifted to fit their narrative.
By Tristan JusticeJANUARY 7, 2021
Democrats and their allies in the media are ready to condemn riots now that the turmoil has shifted to fit their narrative.
On Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. It was an astonishing display of anarchic protest that delayed congressional certification of the Electoral College vote formally handing former Vice President Joe Biden the keys to the White House.
The scenes from the dark day of disaster demonstrations illustrated a deteriorating country, repulsed millions, and traumatized a nation still recovering from the death, despair, and disruption that came to define the dystopian months of 2020. Above all, what happened Wednesday served as a grim reminder that the institutional stress test of 2020 has followed us into 2021.
— Laura Bicker (@BBCLBicker) January 6, 2021
For the left, however, the chaos at the Capitol has opened an opportunity to refute the perception they own the monopoly on widespread political violence. Democrats and left-wing media elites have already capitalized on the violent outbreak, where four people died, to characterize conservatives as the creatures of chaos.
At this point, it’s undeniable that the political far-right calls home to its own Antifa-like anarchists. It is also undeniable, however, that reaction to the protests from conservative leaders roundly condemning the violence from their own side stands in remarkable contrast to the way Democrats and corporate media spent months going out of their way attempting to justify the deadly actions of militant leftists.
Not one prominent conservative pundit or politician with any significant platform was reported to have tried endorsing the mob of Trump supporters infiltrating the U.S. Capitol. To the contrary, conservatives spent months vilifying Democratic leaders for not doing enough in their own states and cities to crack down on the militant mobs of leftists taking streets under siege, normalizing the kind of political violence on track to appear routine in the nightmare 2020 decade.
It was only seven months ago that Washington D.C. was last on fire.
Reminder that our nation’s capital looked like this at the beginning of the summer and most Democrats/media shrugged it off as mostly peaceful https://t.co/1zvsLVRuQc
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 6, 2021
A trip down memory lane chronicling the left’s reaction to last year’s eruption of unrest claiming the lives of at least 30 people not only exposes the hypocrisy suffusing Democrats’ condemnation of political violence, but also illustrates a sobering reality that there’s plenty of blame to go around for the situation in which the United States now finds itself.
1. Kamala Harris Urges Followers to Cover Rioters’ Bail
Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris encouraged her supporters last summer to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provided bail money to the militant anarchists facing charges for setting fire to Minneapolis.
2. Chris Cuomo: Who Said Protests Were Supposed To Be Peaceful?
CNN’s Chris Cuomo showcased his ignorance of the First Amendment in June when dismissing the idea that militant protests sweeping the nation in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death were illegal.
“Please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful,” Cuomo demanded.
Here’s the text from the First Amendment, emphasis added:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo: “Please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”
As riots and looting have broken out in cities across the country, this is the message the brother of New York governor Andrew Cuomo shares at the top of his show. pic.twitter.com/ZZ47zpyVlx
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 3, 2020
3. MSNBC Reporter Describes Fiery Scene ‘Mostly A Protest’
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi stood in front of a liquor store burning behind him in Minneapolis and called the riots surrounding the camera crew “mostly a protest” that is “not, generally speaking, unruly.”
“But fires have been started,” Velshi made clear to note.
“This mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly.
But fires have been started.”
MSNBC reporter says protests in Minneapolis are not “generally speaking, unruly” as buildings burn in the background. pic.twitter.com/IzzEmKgxhM
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 29, 2020
4. CNN Labels Burning Protest ‘Fiery But Mostly Peaceful’
CNN continued to parody itself in August as a second wave of mass unrest swept the country with Kenosha, Wisconsin as its focal point. After the label “fiery but mostly peaceful” had become a trolling phrase online to describe legacy media’s coverage of the summer riots, the network literally adopted the words to describe events unfolding in Kenosha while a reporter stood in front of a several burning vehicles.
For anyone doubting this is real: pic.twitter.com/3VGuGCDfAi
— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) August 27, 2020
5. Democratic National Convention Refuses To Condemn Riots
Democrats went through their entire online convention without condemning the epidemic of left-wing violence that engulfed the nation in the preceding months.
6. Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Writer: Destroying Property Isn’t Violence
“Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence,” Hannah-Jones said on CBS, to which the anchors offered no challenge.
“It’s a great point that you make, Nikole,” CBS’s Vladimir Duthiers replied.Video Player00:0003:12
7. Government-Funded PBS Reporter Denies Anarchists Are ‘Anarchists’
PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tried and failed to fact-check President Donald Trump in May, apparently faulting the president for not providing any evidence when calling the anarchists terrorizing cities “anarchists.”
“These people are anarchists,” President Trump says without providing any evidence. https://t.co/P7HGwsbKWD
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 31, 2020
8. CNN’s Don Lemon Compares Leftist Riots to Boston Tea Party
CNN prime time anchor Don Lemon celebrated the Floyd riots as a 21st-century version of the Boston Tea Party.
“And let’s not forget if anyone is judging this, I’m not judging this,” Lemon said as CNN cameras rolled with footage of riots in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. “This is how this country was started.”
“Our country was started because, the Boston tea party. Rioting. So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started” –@DonLemon on @CNN 11:53 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/dGu5TmArsp
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) May 31, 2020
9. CNN’s Chris Cillizza Complains About the Term ‘Riot’
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— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) August 31, 2020
10. New York Times Columnist Finds Portland Anarchists In Piece Titled, ‘Help Me Find Trump’s ‘Anarchists’ In Portland’
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof penned an op-ed in July headlined, “Help Me Find Trump’s ‘Anarchists’ In Portland,” in which he actually appears to find them.
OK, let’s! From his piece:
“Sure there are anarchists and antifa activists in the Portland protests, just as there are radiologists and electricians, lawyers and mechanics.”
Mission accomplished! pic.twitter.com/3lZliRCUs3
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) July 29, 2020
11. MSNBS’s Joy Reid: BLM Riots Are Really Just Undercover White Nationalists Causing Trouble
12. Huffington Post Releases Video Outlining ‘How Riots Built America’
The Huffington Post published a brief four-minute mini-documentary outlining “How Riots Built America” to draw parallels between the 2020 riots against police with periods of unrest throughout American history.
13. NBC News Allegedly Instructed Staff to Avoid the Term ‘Riot’
This will guide our reporting in MN. “While the situation on the ground in Minneapolis is fluid, and there has been violence, it is most accurate at this time to describe what is happening there as “protests”–not riots.”
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) May 28, 2020
14. Seattle Mayor On Anarchists Taking Control of Downtown: Don’t Be Afraid of Democracy
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan returned fire on Trump in June when the president demanded an end to the city’s partial occupation by socialist protestors.
“Seattle is fine,” Durkan wrote on Twitter despite the insurgency. “Don’t be so afraid of democracy.”
Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy. https://t.co/o26PkJnYhA
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 12, 2020
15. Washington Governor Unaware of Seattle Occupation
Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee was caught being completely oblivious to the anarchist insurrection taking over his state’s largest city when he was asked about the rogue militia during a coronavirus press briefing.
Jay Inslee had no idea anarchists were overrunning his state’s largest city.
— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) June 11, 2020
16. Pelosi When Mobs Tore Down Statues: ‘People Will Do What They Do’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just shrugged when asked about a militant mob tearing down the statue of legendary explorer Christopher Columbus in Baltimore in June 2020.
“People will do what they do,” Pelosi said.
Journalist referencing the removal of a Columbus statue in Baltimore: “Shouldn’t that be done by a commission or the city council, not a mob in the middle of the night throwing it into a harbor?”
Pelosi: “People will do what they do.” pic.twitter.com/0OVeaIw2y6
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 9, 2020
The Democratic leader likely had a different reaction Wednesday at the sight of a random Trump anarchists lounging around in her own office.
Is this really some guy just kicking it in Pelosi’s office? pic.twitter.com/PUqyXJtslZ
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) January 6, 2021
17. Rolling Stone Re-Publishes Article to ‘Rethink Property Destruction’
Rolling Stone Magazine re-published a 2014 article first out following the Ferguson, Mo. riots in 2104 titled, “9 Historical Triumphs To Make You Rethink Property Destruction,” promoting the devastation as progress in May last year. The “historical pedigree of property destruction as a tactic of resistance is long and frequently effective,” the authors wrote.
18. GQ Magazine: Violent Protests Work
GQ Magazine published a lengthy feature in June amid the Floyd riots headlined, “Why Violent Protests Work.”
19. Slate: Riots Are A ‘Proportionate Response’
Slate Magazine ran a piece amid the Floyd riots justifying the chaos ripping the nation’s cities apart titled, “Proportionate Response.”
20. Mother Jones: ‘Riots Aren’t Irrational’
Mother Jones joined the crowd in mid-June with a piece titled, “Riots Aren’t Irrational.”
21. TIME Magazine: The Term ‘Riot’ Is ‘Loaded’
Time Magazine published a piece in June headlined, ‘A War of Words.’ Why Describing the George Floyd Protests as ‘Riots’ Is So Loaded.”
22. Vox: Woke Riots Are Scary But Productive. Capitol Riots Were Devastating
You can’t govern a nation with two sets of rules. https://t.co/nCpedTALdx
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) January 7, 2021
23. New York Times Has Sympathy For BLM Riots, While Blaming Trump As Sole Perpetrator For Wednesday Mob
— James Lindsay, king of your mom (@ConceptualJames) January 7, 2021
24. Jacobin Magazine: Looting Is Justified Only For Social Justice
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) January 7, 2021
The left-wing publication also published a piece headlined, “When Rioting Works,” in June.
25. AOC: The Whole Point of Protesting Is to Make People Uncomfortable
This is what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said about rioting in December 2020. Her staff began trying to get Twitter to stop people from retweeting images of this in the wake of the Wednesday riots.
26. Author Writes Book Titled, ‘In Defense Of Looting’
Writer Vicky Osterweil published a book late last summer titled, “In Defense Of Looting,” and earned a feature in National Propaganda Radio (NPR) for the work.
27. NPR Guest: Floyd Demonstrations Are Acts Of Rebellion, Not Riots
Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill went on NPR complaining that dismissing protestors as rioters “dehumanizes” them, impeding political progress.
28. NPR Makes Up Right-Wing Violence
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 21, 2020
Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.
Source: The Federalist
You would be hard pressed to find me EVER saying that the Communists will win and DEFEAT the Constitution and EVERY CHECK AND BALANCE placed in the United States Government!
Americans ALL KNOW a theft of this election took place! But the Communists at Facebook, Twitter, Google, and the Media will not allow anyone to speak about it because apparently AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT FREE SPEECH!
I mean let’s face FACTS, for 5 years now our corrupt, tyrannical government has ALLOWED THE CENSORSHIP!!! They have done NOTHING about it!
I’m sick and tired of the political smoke and mirrors! Apparently Congress believes they have the authority to TAKE YOUR GOD-GIVEN HUMAN RIGHTS AWAY FROM YOU!!!
I’ve been trying to remain an optimist and to “Trust the Plan” but to be quite honest………. watching TRAITORS in my own government certifying a STOLEN ELECTION that EVERY ONE OF THEM KNOW FULL WELL WAS STOLEN is a bit disheartening!
What that tells me is that it’s me and my firearms against TYRANNY!!! And I’m not the only one! Here is a message a friend posted to social media this morning:
“This morning, I realized that everything is about to change. No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, lives are never going to be the same.
I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends. I look at people I have known all my life so hate-filled that they agree with opinions they would never express as their
own. I think that I may well have entered the Twilight Zone.
You can’t justify this insanity. We have become a nation that has lost its collective mind.
We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us.
Somehow it’s un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.
People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.
Universities that advocate equality, discriminate against Asian-Americans in favor of African-Americans.
Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.
Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it’s a violation of THEIR rights.
People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.
After legislating gender, if a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.
It was cool for Joe Biden to “blackmail” the President of Ukraine, but it’s an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquiries about it.
People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.
Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.
Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate to the US must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang-bangers who jump the southern fence are
$5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for “free” health care is not.
If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.
And, pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us “racists”!
Nothing makes sense anymore, no values, no morals, no civility and people are dying of a Chinese virus, but it is racist to refer to it as Chinese even though it began in China.
We are clearly living in an upside-down world where right is wrong and wrong is right, where moral is immoral and immoral is moral, where good is evil and evil is good, where
killing murderers is wrong, but killing innocent babies is right.
Wake up America. The great unsinkable ship Titanic America has hit an iceberg, is taking on water and sinking fast.
THERE IS NOBODY IN GOVERNMENT COMING TO SAVE US.
NOT THE GOP
EITHER WE THE PEOPLE GET OFF OUR ASSES AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BESIDES TALK, PETITION, AND POST OR JUST GO AHEAD AND START TO GET USED TO YOUR
THIS IS A HOSTILE TAKOVER, NOT A POLTICAL DEBATE.
WORDS, SIGNS, AND PENS DO NOTHING TO STOP THAT.
ONLY USE OF FORCE WILL!
How can any SANE PERSON disagree with that statement???
If Trump is going to pull off some miraculous “Save” of America I suggest that he GET TO IT!!!
I’m sick and tired of the beating around the bush and the dropping of bread crumbs to give people hope……… While we watch TYRANNY take our country through subversive and traitorous acts!
Shit or get off the pot!!! Americans are preparing for WAR!!!
When the government fears the PEOPLE you have LIBERTY!!!
When the PEOPLE fear the government you have TYRANNY!!!
How Big Tech Is Suppressing Trump’s Video to Capitol Hill Protestors; UPDATE: Whole Protest Is Being Censored
Source: AP Photo
Facebook released a memo saying they are removing content that:
- Praise and support of the storming of the US Capitol
- Calls to bring weapons to locations across the US — not just in Washington but anywhere in the US — including protests
- Incitement or encouragement of the events at the Capitol, including videos and photos from the protestors. At this point they represent promotion of criminal activity which violates our policies.
- Calls for protests — even peaceful ones — if they violate the curfew in DC
- Attempts to restage violence tomorrow or in the coming days
They also deleted Trump’s video on Facebook and Instagram.
The platforms are also changing their labels on videos to: “Joe Biden has been elected President with results that were certified by all 50 states. The US has laws, procedures, and established institutions to ensure the peaceful transfer of power after an election.”
Big Tech is out to suppress President Donald Trump’s video message to his supporters who have flocked to Washington, D.C. to protest the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Not long after the video was posted, Twitter censored it, preventing users from replying or retweeting the video. Eventually, the social media platform deleted the video all together, along with two of the president’s other tweets.
According to the social media giant, Trump’s tweets had “repeated and severe violations” of the company’s “Civic Integrity policy.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
The company also threatened to permanently boot President Trump from their platform should “future violations” take place.
Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Our public interest policy — which has guided our enforcement action in this area for years — ends where we believe the risk of harm is higher and/or more severe.
https://t.co/ZcbhDEAYjH— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
We’ll continue to evaluate the situation in real time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. We will keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Facebook also pulled the video because of the content.
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“We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson told ABC News. “We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”
YouTube made the same move.
“We removed a video posted this afternoon to Donald Trump’s channel that violated our policies regarding content that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Election,” Farshad Shadloo, YouTube’s head of Policy Communications, said in a statement to ABC News.