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Fri, Jan 27th - 6:01AM

Never Forget Valley Forge

The images are heartrending, dramatic and so powerful that they are embedded in the nation’s historical consciousness:

Bloody footprints in the snow left by bootless men. Near naked soldiers wrapped in thin blankets huddled around a smoky fire of green wood. The plaintive chant from the starving: “We want meat! We want meat!” These are the indelible images of suffering and endurance associated with Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78. “An army of skeletons appeared before our eyes naked, starved, sick and discouraged,” wrote New York’s Gouverneur Morris of the Continental Congress. The Marquis de Lafayette wrote: “The unfortunate soldiers were in want of everything; they had neither coats nor hats, nor shirts, nor shoes. Their feet and their legs froze until they were black, and it was often necessary to amputate them.” A bitter George Washington — whose first concern was always his soldiers — would accuse the Congress of “little feeling for the naked and distressed soldiers. I feel superabundantly for them, and from my soul pity those miseries, which it is neither in my power to relieve or prevent.” The suffering and sacrifices of the American soldiers at Valley Forge are familiar, iconic images, but there is another side of the picture. Valley Forge was where a new, confident, professional American army was born. Three months of shortage and hardship were followed by three months of relative abundance that led to wonderful changes in the morale and fighting capabilities of the Continental Army. France would enter the war on the side of the new nation. Valuable foreign volunteers and fresh replacements would trickle into camp. Most important, it was at Valley Forge that a vigorous, systematic training regime transformed ragged amateur troops into a confident 18th century military organization capable of beating the Red Coats in the open field of battle.

Valley Forge was an encampment of the Continental Army in Pennsylvania, just about 20 miles south of Philadelphia. General Washington’s troops stayed there from December of 1777 to June of 1778. In 1776, George Washington and his troops crossed the mighty Delaware River. They then fought the Battle of Trenton which decided whether or not General Washington and his troops would stay at Valley Forge. The first three months that the troops spent at Valley Forge were most definitely the hardest. The troops did not have proper clothing. Many soldiers went without boots and some did not even have other articles of warm clothing. For the first couple of months the troops were there, they began to make log cabins out of wood. It was very hard to put 11,000 men into a wood lot south of Philadelphia. The troops who camped at Valley Forge for those three months often got sick from the cold. They were also hungry most of the time. It was very hard to survive; one troop expressed it through his words, “half the army are naked, and almost the whole army go barefoot.” The men at Valley Forge did not have many other supplies either. The men were short on guns which many men provided themselves. They were also short on food and money. Some of the officers there did not get paid because the Continental Congress did not have the money to pay them. The troops needed money to buy the proper supplies. During that difficult winter at Valley Forge, the troops learned discipline. Baron Augustus von Steuben came over from Europe and helped the Continental Army in their strategies for training. He helped General Washington in drilling the troops. Valley Forge turned out to be a good thing for the Continental Army. General Washington and his troops stay at Valley Forge was probably one of the most important events in the Continental Army’s existence.

“Naked and starving as they are we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery.” –General George Washington at Valley Forge, February 16, 1778

“Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.”
–The Crisis by Thomas Paine


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Fri, Jan 20th - 6:27AM


Richard Henry Lee 

(January 20, 1732- June 19, 1794)

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Richard Henry Lee American statesman and orator had the advantage in life of living during one of the most crucial times in American History. Allowing him to take part in one of the greatest events the world has witnessed, the pregnancy, birth, and childhood of the United States of America. Striving against the British Crown with such men as Patrick Henry, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin, his influence has a lasting effect on the outcome of American History. He was amongst those radical members of the Burgesses who met at the Raleigh tavern when the house was dissolved by the Royal Governor. In 1774 he was elected to attend the first Continental Congress. He enjoyed many important committee appointments. Noted for his oratory skills, it was he who offered the Resolutions for Independence to the committee of the whole in 1776. He served in Congress through the course of the War, while also serving in the House of Burgesses. In 1783 he was selected as president of Congress. Lee opposed the federal constitution, as he favored strong state rights. He was however elected the first State Senator from Virginia under the new federal government. He retired from that office to his home in Chantilly due to illness, and soon after died at the age of 62.

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” - Richard Henry Lee

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Thu, Jan 19th - 6:23AM

James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)

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James Madison was an American politician and political philosopher who served as the fourth President of the United States (1809–1817) and is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was the principal author of the US Constitution, and is often called the “Father of the Constitution”. In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, the most influential commentary on the Constitution. The first president to have served in the United States Congress, he was a leader in the 1st United States Congress, drafting many basic laws, and was responsible for the first ten amendments to the Constitution and thus is also known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights”. As a political theorist, Madison’s most distinctive belief was that the new republic needed checks and balances to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority.

James Madison Quotes:

“The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

“The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

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Tue, Jan 17th - 6:26AM

Benjamin Franklin

Writer, Publisher, Scientist, Inventor and Diplomat
January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790

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Ben Franklin was appointed by the Second Continental Congress to the "Committee of Five," which was given the task of drafting the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft, but with strong input from the other members who also revised Jefferson's original draft when it was complete. The other three members of the committee were John Adams, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman. Franklin voted to accept the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, famously saying that "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." He signed the document along with the other members of Congress in August. Ben Franklin served Congress in various important positions, including as Commissioner to Canada, Ambassador to France and as a member of the Committee of Secret Correspondence dealing with spying and foreign intelligence, while serving as Ambassador to France, Franklin was responsible for persuading the French to give large amounts of money, supplies and manpower, including ships, soldiers and experienced military leaders to the American war effort, this was probably Franklin's most significant contribution to the war effort. Franklin was one of three commissioners appointed by Congress to negotiate the terms of peace with Britain at the end of the war. The Treaty of Paris, as the peace treaty was known, was signed on September 3, 1783. The other commissioners were John Jay and John Adams. Though not during the period of the Revolutionary War, but still a significant moment in the founding of the United States, Ben Franklin was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and a signer of the United States Constitution in 1787.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes:

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." - At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." - Ben Franklin's proposed Seal of the United States, July, 1776


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Mon, Jan 16th - 6:48PM


Thomas Nelson, Jr. Signer of the Declaration of Independence

THOMAS NELSON, JR. was born December 26, 1738 in Yorktown, Virginia.

 In 1775 the third convention of Virginia delegates assembled at Richmond, Nelson was appointed a delegate to represent the colony in the continental congress, which was to assemble at Philadelphia. For the next two years, Nelson continued to represent the colony of Virginia in the congress, where he was frequently appointed on important committees, and was highly distinguished for his sound judgment and liberal sentiments. Thomas Nelson, Jr. voted for independence and signed the Declaration. In 1781, Thomas Jefferson, who had for three years filled the executive chair, left it, upon which Nelson was called to succeed him. This was a gloomy period in the annals of Virginia. In repeated instances the state was invaded, and the path of the enemy marked by destruction. Nelson himself was engaged in the final siege of Yorktown and being a true patriot, he urged General Washington to fire on his own home, the Nelson House, where Cornwallis had his headquarters.  The remainder of Nelson’s life was passed in retirement. His health and fortune were wrecked by the war and he moved his large family to a small estate in Hanover County. There he died of asthma on January 4, 1789, a week after he became sixty.

Men like Thomas Nelson, Jr. are the kind of leaders we need today. It’s shameful in this nation where so many have profited through the sacrifice of our Founding Fathers men like Thomas Nelson, Jr., who put their country first, today there aren’t any willing to stand up for their country or put anything on the line when their country needs them.

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Sun, Jan 15th - 10:27AM


Philip Livingston
(1716 - 1778)


Philip Livingston (January 15, 1716 – June 12, 1778), was an American merchant and statesman from New York City. He was a delegate for New York to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778, and signed the Declaration of Independence. He was also a member of the Secret Committee which imported weapons and gunpowder for the army. He spent a huge amount of his own personal resources in purchasing military supplied for the army.
All his business interests fell to the enemy. His mansion on Duke Street was seized by the British and turned into a barracks for enemy troops. His country estate on Brooklyn Heights was turned into a British naval hospital. Homeless, his family fled up the Hudson River to Kingston, New York. They were again endangered when the British burned Kingston. Phillip Livingston was never able to return home, and his health was devastated because of the strain from the war. Remaining faithful to the cause, he and his family sold some of their remaining property to help maintain the country’s credit.

Men like Philip Livingston are the kind of leaders we need today. It’s shameful in this nation where so many have profited through the sacrifice of our Founding Fathers men like Philip Livingston  who lost everything for his country, there are not any willing to stand up for their country today and put anything on the line when our country needs them.

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Sat, Jan 14th - 8:01AM


An act making an alteration in the Flag of the United States

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Approved by President George Washington on January 13, 1794, this act called for the Flag of the United States to have fifteen stripes and fifteen stars, reflecting the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. Faced with the admission of five more states in 1818, the flag design would return to the original thirteen stripes.

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Fri, Jan 13th - 9:18AM


Wake Up and VOTE America!

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“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ¯ Plato

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Thu, Jan 12th - 4:22AM


John Hancock, Quincy, MA  1/12/1737 - 10/8/1793
(American Merchant, Politician and Scholar President of the Continental Congress (1775-1777), governor of Massachussets, first signer of the Declaration of Independence1737-1793)

". . .In defence of the freedom that is our birthright. . .we have taken up arms. We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the agressors, and all danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not before."
-John Hancock

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Wed, Jan 11th - 8:04AM


Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757
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“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

— Alexander Hamilton

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Tue, Jan 10th - 5:57AM


New Hampshire Independents Get Out & VOTE it's your call.

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Mon, Jan 9th - 9:10AM


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“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

¯ John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

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Sat, Jan 7th - 10:00AM


George Washington, First President of the United States On Firearms

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”

George Washington

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Fri, Jan 6th - 4:47PM


Happy 100th Birthday New Mexico from the
Independent Bi-Partisan Coalition

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Fri, Jan 6th - 9:14AM

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, February 22, 1787

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere."


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Thu, Jan 5th - 5:00PM


“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776

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Wed, Jan 4th - 5:42PM

Thomas Jefferson on the Judiciary


"At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account."

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Monsieur A. Coray, Oct 31, 1823

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Wed, Jan 4th - 9:09AM

Independent Bi-Partisan Coalition

For too long our country has been divided, not the people, we are all Americans and care deeply about our Country.
Politicians, for too long, in both parties have worked to divide the people by using us instead of representing us.
We must remember that it's We The People, not we the politicians, lobbyist and big business.
The time has come for We The People to speak, and for the political leaders to listen.
The time has come to go back and revisit what Our Founding Fathers wanted for our country. They setup a government For The People, By The People. We now have a government for the $$$ by the $$$, and we are the ones paying for it.
The time has come for all Americans to stand up and say "We The People" are back in charge. "We The People" will only elect representatives that will do what's best for all the people, not what's best for their parties.
The time has come for all Americans, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to come together for the good of our country.
If not now then when will We The People Take Back our Government.

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Wed, Jan 4th - 8:09AM

Voter Turnout 6.5% in Iowa Primary


With a Ballots Cast Turnout Rate of 6.5% in Iowa the real losers are the American people, Wake up America get out and VOTE, it’s your children’s and grandchildren’s future we are voting for.

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Mon, Jan 2nd - 5:39PM

To The 1%

“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
John Adams


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Mon, Jan 2nd - 7:43AM

Vote

2008 Presidential Nomination Turnout: NH Turnout 53.6%, All other states under 43.2% Wake Up America Vote!

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