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Mon, Jun 18th - 10:43AM

The Congressional Reform Act

The Congressional Reform Act has been going around the Internet and passed around through email for awhile, it’s now time to put our candidate’s feet to the fire. Its time our Representatives started living in the real world where “We the People” have been living for years. We can no longer afford to have Representatives living off the backs of the American People; it’s time that they were treated like “We the People” and not like aristocrats.
Our Founding Fathers started the Revolution War to end a monarchy ruled by aristocrats and now the United States has become an aristocracy, a republic that is being dominated by aristocrats.
Click on the link below then click on the Congressional Reform Act button, print out the Congressional Reform Act Pledge and take it to the Candidates in your State and have then sign it if they want your votes. Please return it to garyjv@takebackgov.org so we can keep track of those who have taken the Pledge, and hold them to it. We know that this is not the answer to all our problems, but it’s a start, and will help to bring our Representatives back to the reality that “We the People” are dealing with every day. Maybe then they will work together to solve the problems that “We the People” deal with since they too will have to deal with them in their daily life.

http://takebackgov.org/start.html


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Fri, May 11th - 7:22PM

THOMAS JEFFERSON: A DEFENSE OF HIS CHARACTER

I recently became of aware of an article going around on far left wing feminist web sites called Thomas Jefferson: The Face of a Rapist. This article states that Jefferson raped his slave Sally Hemings with no facts to back it up, the author Renee Martin, a black woman who lives in Canada, and works for the trash news service from Britain “the guardian” wrote this piece of trash and it has now traveled the Internet via the far left wing feminist web site circuit. A reading of The Hemingses of Monticello, also written by a black woman Annette Gordon-Reid will give a scholarly take on the Hemings-Jefferson relationship and by far the most in-depth and, insightful exploration of the Hemings story, it will considerably complicate the facile nature of Martin’s claims. It is certainly possible that Thomas Jefferson was simply a rapist as so many slave owners were. The surviving evidence of the Jefferson/Sally Hemings relationship mitigates against such an idea, and to gloss over that does both parties a disservice. Gordon-Reid does conclude that, for a variety of complex reasons, Jefferson & Hemings probably had feelings for one another. Martin also states that the only slaves that Jefferson freed were the children of Hemings, another false statement. It is not correct that “The only slaves that Jefferson freed were the children of [Sally] Hemings." That is a widely repeated error. He freed Sally's sons Eston and Madison Hemings in his will, but his will also freed Burwell Colbert (butler and artisan), Joseph Fossett (blacksmith), and John Hemmings (joiner/carpenter; he spelled his surname with the double mm). All of these men were part of the extended Hemings family. John was Sally's half-brother. Scholars have suggested that Jefferson's long-standing favoritism toward the offspring of Betty Hemings, Sally's mother, might have been the motivating factor.

With respect to slaves, Jefferson actually did more during his life against slavery than most other men of his time -- and deserves the credit for the principles in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal" -- which in the hands of Lincoln and Divine Providence, eventually freed the slaves -- at a great price of human blood in the Civil War.

Jefferson's anti-slavery efforts include:

1. Introduction of a bill in 1769 the Virginia legislature to abolish the importation of slaves into that state.

2. Inclusion of an anti-slavery provision in his original draft of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

3. Initiated the Congressional ban on slavery in all federal lands in 1784 (his effort to extend the act to the 13 states lost by only one vote).

4. In 1808, as President, he signed into law a bill banning the slave trade with Africa.

While Jefferson did not free all of his slaves on his death (as did Washington), a law passed in Virginia in 1806 required that the legislature pass a special bill that would attest to the exemplary behavior of each slave to be freed. If freed, the slave had to leave the state without his or her family. Jefferson was not in favor of this law. Further, Jefferson trained his slaves in skills that would be useful when they were free. He believed that to free them first would be irresponsible -- since they would be homeless and without family.

To those who are willing to read and search for themselves and discern the honest from the dishonest, and the man of moral principle from one who is not, I believe the truth becomes clearer as to the greatness and stature of Thomas Jefferson.


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Wed, Feb 22nd - 8:28AM

George Washington (February 22, 1732-December 14, 1799) Surveyor, Planter, Soldier, President

124x157George Washington was the fifth of Augustine Washington's ten children, who was a Planter and was part owner and director of an iron mine.
Washington never attended any school or college, he was educated as a child by his father and brother, and also self-educated as he became an adult. Washington was a "Low Church" Anglican, the branch of the Anglican Church that took the Bible literally and would be considered "true" to the Bible by evangelical Christians today. Married Martha Dandridge Custis on January 6, 1759, she was a widow; they were both 27 years old. George and Martha never had any children together, George had bouts with both smallpox and tuberculosis earlier in life and these may have left him unable to have children. In spite of their inability to have their own children, George and Martha raised two children from her first marriage: John Parke Custis known as "Jackie" and Martha Parke known as "Patsy". John Parke Custis served as an aide to Washington at the Battle of Yorktown, he contracted camp fever and died on November 5, 1781, after this, George and Martha Washington raised John's two children: Eleanor Parke Custis and George Washington Parke Custis. Washington's first involvement in the resistance against Great Britain was in 1769 when he introduced a bill in the House of Burgesses calling for a boycott of all British goods, the bill was written by George Mason, the boycott was in response to the Townsend Acts, a set of laws created by Parliament that taxed imports to the American colonies, the colonists believed the acts were illegal and violated their rights as British citizens. 
The Second Continental Congress formed the Continental Army and made George Washington a general. He started training his 14,000 men. On April 19, 1775, war broke out between the colonies and Great Britain. This was the Battle of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. Washington took his men across the Delaware River, but the Redcoats couldn't cross it because they didn't have boats. General Washington thought his army should fight defensively, meaning not fighting unless they had to, but he saw a perfect chance to attack the British. On Christmas Eve, they attacked the Redcoats' camp at Trenton. Washington's men really trusted him. Once in the middle of a battle, Washington rode out on his horse and waved his hat at his men. This made them fight harder. The Americans won battles because they were fighting on their own soil for their own country, and they were Patriots who would never give up. During the terrible winter at Valley Forge, Martha Washington came to help the soldiers that were sick. They went without food for weeks but the soldiers held up till the food came. France wanted to help the Americans win, so they sent ships, soldiers, weapons and money. Benjamin Franklin had convinced France to join the American side in the spring of 1778. By October, 1781, the colonists were ready to trap the Redcoats. They circled around the city of Yorktown, Virginia, where the huge British army was located, attacked them and won the Battle of Yorktown. This ended the major Revolutionary War fighting. The Peace Treaty of Paris was signed on Sept. 3, 1783.

Following the Revolutionary War Washington returned to work with his plantation - Mount Vernon. In 1787 there was a call for a constitutional convention to meet in Philadelphia and write a constitution for the United States. 56 persons were asked to meet for this purpose; one of the men selected from Virginia was George Washington. Washington in every way, shape, and form was a leader. His very presence was extraordinary even to all of the leaders of all the states. He was appointed president of the constitutional convention. When the Constitution was completed Washington was selected as the first President of the United States. He served two terms (1789 to 1797). Washington did not belong to a political party he was against parties because he thought they created too much division, he was considered to be the informal figurehead of the Federalist Party. Washington was not elected by the people. He was appointed by the signers of the Constitution of the United States. They were unanimous in their choice. Washington is often revered for his retiring from public service and going back to private life, rather than seeking to extend his power as many monarchs did, thought to be very shy and reserved, was believed to be very humble, not even wanting positions of power, turned down a $25,000 salary (an enormous amount of money at the time), known for his motto "Deeds, not words," not concerned about leaving a "legacy". December 14, 1799 at age 67, Washington became ill after spending all day December 12 on horseback in snow and freezing rain, he awoke the next day with a cold, fever and throat infection, these turned into pneumonia and possibly laryngitis, Washington apparently died of asphyxiation as a result of all these complications.

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796


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Tue, Feb 21st - 5:30AM

Middle-Class Death Watch (Just The Facts)

In 2010, 15.1 percent of all persons lived in poverty. The poverty rate in 2010 was the highest poverty rate since 1993.
The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
The top 1 percent of U.S. households owns nearly twice as much of America's corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 - the highest rate in 20 years.
Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.
Americans without health insurance in 2010 rose to a 45-year high of 49.9 million persons, or 16.3 percent of the population
The truth is that the middle class in America is dying -- and once it is gone it will be incredibly difficult to rebuild.
The Richest 0.1% have Launched A War On Us – It’s Time To Fight Back And Hold These 400 Billionaires Personally Responsible For Our Economic Crisis. The richest 400 Americans have as much wealth as 154 million Americans combined, that’s 50% of the entire country. If they are unwilling to put their immense power behind changing this dire situation, they too must be held personally responsible.

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Thu, Feb 16th - 6:22AM


56 men signed the Declaration of Independence and took the follow words not only to heart but many took them to their graves "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."
Read their Bio's at:
 
FoundingFathers
Then tell me what leader today would sign and pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor today for our Country? I can’t think of any one in Congress or in power today who would sign such a document and follow through on that kind of commitment to their Country.


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