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  • Morning Bell: What the Left Doesn't Understand About America

    Monday night in Rockville, Md., President Barack Obama told Democratic Senate candidate donors: “As wonderful as the land is here in the United States, as much as we have been blessed by the bounty of this magnificent continent that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, what makes this place special is not something physical. It has to do with this idea that was started by 13 colonies that decided to throw off the yoke of an empire, and said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’”

    At first blush, that seems like a fine statement about what makes America exceptional. But look at President Obama’s “quote” from the Declaration of Independence again. Here is what the Declaration actually says: “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.” If you think that President Obama’s abandonment of the Creator was an accident, think again. Monday was the third time in a little over a month that President Obama wrote the Creator out of one of our nation’s founding documents. He omitted the exact same phrase at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala on September 15 and again at a September 23 fundraiser in New York City.

    Remember this is the same President who admonished “small towns in Pennsylvania” and “a lot of small towns in the Midwest” because they “get bitter” and “cling to guns or religion.” And the President is not alone. MSNBC’s new “Lean Forward” Progressive Movement branding campaign also leaves out “by their Creator” from their reading of the Declaration. Again, this is no accident. Writing faith in God out of the public sphere allows and encourages Big Government to replace it. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Messmore explains:

    [G]overnment power is inherently limited by the role of other social institutions, such as families, religious congregations, schools, and businesses. The rightful authority of these institutions helps to check the authority of the state. … As government claims responsibility for more tasks, it absorbs the allegiance that citizens once placed in other relationships and forms of association. When the federal government assumes more responsibility for fulfilling the moral obligations among citizens, it tends to undermine the perceived significance and authority of local institutions and communities.

    This encourages citizens, instead of looking to their families, churches, or local communities for guidance and assistance, to depend on the government for education, welfare, and various other services. As individuals begin to look more consistently to the government for support, the institutions that are able to generate virtues like trust and responsibility begin to lose their sway in the community. Excessive bureaucratic centralization thus sets in motion a dangerous cycle of dependence and social decay.

    For far too long the American people have allowed the Progressive Movement to read out of existence the checks that America’s Founders placed on government in our founding documents. That is why The Heritage Foundation is now distributing a series of pamphlets titled “Understanding America” that explores how the United States’ commitment to the universal truths of human equality and the right to self-government—as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence—requires a vigilant defense of the cause of liberty, both at home and abroad. In the first volume, Heritage’s Matthew Spalding writes:

    America’s principles establish religious liberty as a fundamental right. It is in our nature to pursue our convictions of faith. Government must not establish an official religion, just as it must guarantee the free exercise of religion. Indeed, popular government requires a flourishing of religious faith. If a free people are to govern themselves politically, they must first govern themselves morally.

    The United States did not grow from a small thirteen colonies to a vast 50 states that produce almost a quarter of the world’s wealth due to an all powerful federal government. It was American civil society, led by families, churches, businesses, communities and associations that built this country. According to the latest Gallup poll, 58% of Americans believe that “the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses.” Contrast that with President Obama who recently told a Democratic campaign rally in Philadelphia, the very place where the Declaration of Independence was signed, that the United States Chamber of Commerce was “a threat to our democracy.” With all due respect to the President, the American people have a much different view of where the threat to our democracy is coming from.

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    53 Responses to Morning Bell: What the Left Doesn't Understand About America

    1. David Perkinson, Har says:

      We tried back in 1861 to keep this from happening. But nooooo the North wanted a war to say we were stupid and did not know what we were talking about. Now see where it has got us. Islam wanting to take us over. The left trying to take all religion out of our country.

    2. Rick says:

      Christine O'Donnell has been pilloried again – this time for stating that "separation of church and state" is not found in the First Amendment.

      When she makes no sense, she is taken to task.

      When she makes sense, she is taken to task.

      Her statement is correct and reflects a view that matches that expressed in this article.


    3. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      The above article by Conn reminds me more of Animal Farm than Rules for Radicals.

    4. ThomNJ says:

      I am going to borrow a quote from a comment by Maggie at the Weasel Zippers blog:

      "In the last 22 months, perhaps longer, but especially the last 22 months we have seen what happens when the “Creator” IS omitted from the psyche of those men who do govern. If they don’t believe themselves accountable to anything greater than themselves, then they surely do not consider themselves accountable to us. And on that same note, if they do not consider this union to have been the most exceptional and righteous in all the world they have no intention of ever being accountable to us.

    5. Bernard P. Giroux, S says:

      Obama is a merciless, godless, self-centered, narcissistic tyrant. He is anathema to the principles accorded by the Founding Fathers of this country. The sooner we vote he and his party into oblivion, the better off we shall be. November 2nd cannot come soon enough.

    6. Ken McIntyre KenMac55, Washington says:

      Thank you for spotting this for what it is. Three times is no coincidence. Message received, Mr. President.

    7. gerald skey, princet says:

      As to the question of why President Obama omitted the phrase "by their creator" to somehow qualify the "all men are created equal" phrase, I cannot see the point. First, I am a staunch conservative, but I am not religious and do not believe in religious or involved "Creator". I firmly believe that such issues are manipulative and marginalizes those who siply do not believe in such religious concepts.

      Secondly, do not believe that all men are created equally. Demonstably that is not true – it may be manipulative to claim that a god somewhere created all humans equally, but te facts do not bear this out and furthermore, even if all people were created equally, there are a thousand sociological facts that make the inherently equal idea irrelevant.

      As to whether all people are created equally, please. We know beyond any question that we have babies that are born with what we now call "special needs". Obviously, ther are babies who have, within their DNA, the capability to achieve in various activities across the board and not limited to athletics, that others do not have. But beyond these inherent differences, take a baby born to a middle to upper income family where that familyh is intact and committed to raising that child with care, love, discipline and eduation. Imagine a family where there is a parent always available to that child and there are sufficient financial resources to provide a quality education. Now compare that child to a baby born ino deep poverty where there is no one in the family to take care of that child other than the Mother. A child whose Mother or Father is, perhaps, a drug addict. That baby has nothing close to equality.

      So, from my perspective, the entire notion of people being created equally or having an equal opportunity is nothing more than "feel good" rhetoric.

      The bottom line is that until our society begins to understnad that babies need intact families and committed parentS, there will never be anything close to equality. So, in the end, why would anyone care whether the President includes or omits language that is demonstrably untrue and somewhat irrelevant?

    8. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      HF = "the American people have a much different view of where the threat to our democracy is coming from."


      Circle of HATE OBAMA –

      Murdoch, WSJ, FOX, Rush, Chamber of Commerce,

      Heritage Foundation, Karl Rove, Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly,

      Coulter, LV Review Journal, Koch Bros. Newt


    9. Carlton VA says:

      This is really getting to the point of being VERY upsetting. Four times now "President" Obama has omitted "by our Creator" from his quote of the Declaration of Independance.

      This is not only very important to me as a Christian, but should be very important to every American. Is there some way someone could coordinate some type of media campaign (email, letter writing campaing, etc.) to implore the President to either quote the Declaration of Independance correctly or not quote it at all? If we could get the listeners/readers of the more popular sorces (Heritage Foundation, Bill O'Riely, Glen Beck, Rush, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Bill Bennet, etc.) coordinated to respond maybe we could get his as well as others attention. Flood the White switchboard, mail system, put up a couple of bill boards, crash their servers with emails or something.

    10. Lynn, Baltimore Mary says:


      I loved your article! I am a beginner writer and have a small section in the Baltimore Examiner. Your article was so awesome that I copied the beginning for my readers. I gave you full credit, as well as the Heritage Foundation…and several links to your article and other articles. Thanks so much for publishing what happened Monday night…Keep up the great work :)


    11. Chris Mancini, South says:

      I'm thinking he wants to replace "…by their Creator…" with "…by their ever-benevolent government…." Makes me want to hurl.

    12. Chuckwagonchuckie2u, says:

      The Left very well understands everything standing in the way of their power grab. Getting rid of Christianity removes one of the biggest organizations that can resist their agenda. The State will become the Idol America will worship if the Dems have their way.

    13. D.Smith says:

      I believe that BO and his Dem party will be in for a big surprise in two weeks. As a result of this, I further believe, based on his demonstrated personality of arrogance, preaching and looking down on the average American citizen as to dumb to understand, that we will see even greater displays of this arrogance and superiority. This will further display his lack of understand and being in touch with the American people whom he serves to all who watch him. By the time the 2012 elections come around it will be evident to even the blindest Obama worshiper that their man is totally out of touch with reality and thereby seal his destiny in history as the worst one term POTUS ever to sit in the Oval Office.

    14. Guy Shannon, Fresno, says:

      We say that our naton was founded upon Christian principles; but many Prophets appeared before His Highness Jesus the Christ; and after His dispensation 3 Prphets have appeared. Before the founding of this nation, Muhammad revealed his dispensation approximately 600 years after Christ, and its influence spread throughout Europe. So our founding principles must contain the influences of several Revelations, although our founders were of Chiristian beliefs. This I believe is why the issue of Church and State was entered into our Constitution; to prevent the atrocities and superstitions that the various faiths perpeetrated upon humanity, which was one of the purposes of coming to America, to be free from religious persecution. But the subject of "seperation of church and state" is not specificaly addressed in the Constitution for the United States of America (our restricted Federal Government). No, the subject is addressed only that Congress may not make a law respecting an established religion, and cannot prohibit the free exercise of a religion. This is found in Article I of the Amendments. This Article restricts Congress from respecting one religion over another, and proohibits Congress from making any law which would prohibit one from exercising a religious RIght; of course, recognizing that such exercise may not hurt or damage what rightfully belongs to another. In this sense, then, the Seperation of church and state exists, but there is no prohibiton against God bing mentioned, for God is universal and in all of the major religions. So to pray, to encourage prayer to God, Congres may "encourage" (not by law) citizens to worship God. But Congress may not make a law in respect of a religious practice because that is not in pursuance of the Constitution. SO the question of "seperation" of church and state itself, is somewhat ambiguous; it is not specifically addressed wtihin the Constitution, yet there are restrictions placed upon the Federal Government in regards to religion.

    15. Sandy says:

      Christine O'Donnell also questioned whether making no laws establishing a religion is in the Constitution. Coons comment also included the Supreme Court, which is been reviewing the Constitutionality of Congressional laws for a while now. The Constitution and the Supreme Court have declared there is a separation of church and state, that's what he said and that's a fact. No amount of silly word games can change the face that our system of checks and balances, Executive, Legislative and Judicial, creates the laws in this country.

      One other note, the President did not say the US Chamber is a threat to democracy, he didn't even mention the US Chamber in the Philadelphia speech. As I said previously, the "threat to democracy" is secret contributions to all these shadowy groups, with no means to hold them accountable for the lies they tell.

    16. winterhawk says:

      The liberals are not noted much for knowing anything about religion. Doesn't surprise me that the watercarriers for obama would agree with him.

    17. Al, The Villages, Fl says:

      Mr Carroll has is right. Pres Obama's vision is one of the State conveying rights, not a creator and in accordance with his Christian view (which is really Marxist based black liberation theology), created equal means that the State must make sure we are all equal in outcome. One of those ways is the redistribution of wealth. Why liberals think that any man or group of men can get something like this idea of a Utopia run by a benevolent group of experts correct, defies all the wisdom known to man. There is also an element of America owes minorities, the poor, etc. All of this is a vision for the destruction of America as we know it.

      The secular progressive movement pushes for this and has corrupted our citizens, in particular the youth, through a dominance in our education system. Consequently many citizens do not know what their constitutional form of government really is and do not appreciate the fact that many men and women have died to fight for the freedom that this leftist vision takes away.

      Read "5000 year leap" by Dr Skousen for a review of what the government our Founding Fathers put in place really is and how it was formed and how many of the laws we have follow the Judeo-Christian philosophy and God's natural law.

      Nevertheless, the voters will decide which direction this country takes and our Founding Fathers advised us to elect virtuous people, an attribute that is missing in our politics and business these days.

      By the way, separation of church and state is not nor was it ever intended to be in the constitution. Some of the colonies had a religion and did not want the federal government to impose a national religion, nor was it ever intended that God, Christianity, prayer et al be restricted in the public sphere. Although Jefferson referred to "separation of Church and State" in a personal letter, this is usually used by those who wish to place restriction on religion in some form upon the people. As for Jefferson, he attended religious services in buildings used by our legislators. Be careful what you vote for this Nov and in 2012.

    18. philip hilliker says:

      It's a shame that we have a president like Obama along with the party he represents ,that willfully undermine our declaration of independence by omitting wording to fit their way of rules they wish to put into law over a free people this unlawful they are trying to take god out out of out of all thing in our country they should not be allowed to distort our forefathers rules of the declaration of independence which is the rule of law to keep government in check and to keep we the people free Obama took the pledge to up hold the constitution of united states by omitting words he braking his oath of office and should be impeached

    19. BitterlyClinging says:

      Gerald, you misunderstand the meaning behind the phrase, "all men are created equal." This is not a description of physical or mental ability, talent, or health. Obviously some are genetically disposed to good or poor health, intellectual ability, or talent.

      The writers of the Constitution came from a culture where people were born into royalty and privilege. By stating all men are created equal, they were rejecting this culture and form of government.

    20. Hans, Pennsylvanie says:

      Obama's diatribes sound more like true COMMUNISM than anything else. In the old USSR the government took the place of God. People were expected to worship the Government. Any person caught speaking contrary to GOVERNMENT wishes (commands) was sent to the Gulags. I wonder where Obama would send those speaking against HIS government if had the power to do so.

    21. Pete Meuleveld, Sale says:

      Liberals cannot allow themselves to understand anything other than their own worldview. Everything liberals think, say or do is driven by their never-ending internal requirement to substantiate their own inherent 'Wonderfulness'. This is done in two primary areas: their intellectual superiority over non-liberals and their nobleness in terms of symbolic self-sacrifice. This is why the question "What books have you read?" is so important to them. And, that is why group identity is vital to them. They don't want to sacrifice personally, so they are satisfied by mentally sacrificing some particular group they belong to. Wealthy liberals will support higher taxes on themselves and then scratch and claw for every deduction they can come up with. They will bad-mouth America – almost the ultimate in symbolic self-sacrifice by sacrificing your own country. The overall ultimate is mentally sacrificing humanity by supporting abortion, population control, and denigrating human beings in general .

      I know. I was raised in a family of true believer liberals.

    22. Tim Tieman, Las Vega says:

      While I understand and agree with the writers comments I disagree with the premise. The Left clearly understands the importance of "The Creator", that is why it is left out. If they didn't understand the President would leave it in and assume that his and others good intentions for "Hope and Change" would win the day. How someone with as little power as he had could develop such arrogance prior to becoming President is beyond me.

    23. David, NC says:

      It is quite apparant that those who do not care to have an absolute, or less, believe in one, will always find time, and rhetoric, to resist the existance of God – and eventually push moral relativism and truth. This inherantly fallacious slippery slope only brings about the chance for drastic actions from any one entity wanting to control the minds of others who disagree.

      It seems that misquoting relevent documents to our country's founding only shows a severe lack of historical reference. Regardless if you believe in a Creator or not, if a country has founded itself on the understanding of such a being, then decides after a few centuries to omit that being from it's consciousness, all it has to fall back on is that country's original documents. For America, it is the Constitution.

      With the Consitution you will always have an opinion as to a liberal or literal interpretation of it – unlike God's Word. With the Declaration of Independance – you either agree with it or not – not unlike God's Word. God doesn't appear to judge lightly on one's liberal interpretation of His Word or one's literal execution of It. But, we can thank Jesus for grace we have when we do; if you agree with Him or not, you don't really get a second chance with that one.

      So, if one disregards original founding documents, one has to make up new rules to go by and new laws to be enforced. Although this may seem all right for some, history shows us that it isn't. And if you want to be the one to write the new laws, history also shows us what has to be done.

    24. KLIMAX Baltimore, Ma says:

      Big Brother is at it again !!! The Federal Government wants the right to put GPS devices on the cars of American Citizens without a warrant so they can follow their movements, Every time someone wants to remove prayer from public assemblies they don't fight for what is right they just stand by and watch !!! NObama is setting up America to move us in the direction of the Islamic religion which he embraces although he denies it !!! If we are not careful we will find OUR selves Muslims without knowing it !!!

      The socialistic ideas that NObama has tried to, or has, push on the Citizens of America must be stopped before he finds a way to push amnesty through and gains 20 to 30 Million sheep that will do anything NObama wants because he continually champions their cause !!! NObama constantly slights the American Citizens in favor of Illegal Aliens that will be his base for his army of followers !!!

    25. Hugh, Jefferson Oreg says:

      Please do not pound on me for repeating the obvious, but I am responding to an earlier comment. The words “by their Creator” simply says that ours rights are not of human origin, but come from a far superior source. Too many of us, like me, God is our Creator and to others the universe or some other mechanism or process is their creator, and we are all equal before the Creator. Purposely leaving out “by their Creator” is an attempt to replace the source of our rights with a changeable human derived version. The debasement of our founding documents marches on.

    26. Tom Georgia says:

      The laws of nature–The laws of creation–The laws of the creator have always had and will always have primacy over the laws of man. Whether Obama is a believer or not makes no difference. We and he will obey the laws of creation. Whether we happen to agree with them or "believe in them" (a somewhat bizarre phrase) of not just doesn't matter.

      The thoughts of the worlds most powerful intellect can only be as lucid and as useful as the quality of the information and knowledge to which the intellect can be harnessed.

      A highly intelligent fool is the most dangerous kind of fool.

    27. Drew Page, IL says:

      It won't be long before Novv. 2nd. Once the votes are tallied we will see what the American people have to say about Mr. Obama, his promises, his policies and his administration.

    28. Lawrence Farrington says:

      Your final sentence in today's article, "What the Left Doesn't Understand about America," states in part, "With all due respect to the President…." I suggest that this phrase is certainly gratuitous, for, in my opinion, he has done literally nothing to earn my respect, and thus none is due him. I would never apologize for my position regardiing this pretender, and I would hope The Heritage Foundation feels likewise.

    29. Margaret Mueller, Ro says:

      RE: Gerald Skey, Princeton

      "As to whether all people are created equally, please. We know beyond any question that we have babies that are born with what we now call “special needs”.

      So, from my perspective, the entire notion of people being created equally or having an equal opportunity is nothing more than “feel good” rhetoric.

      So, in the end, why would anyone care whether the President includes or omits language that is demonstrably untrue and somewhat irrelevant."

      So, Mr. Skey, I think you're missing the point. The founders put the language 'endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights' in the Declaration of Independence to clearly communicate that freedom is not given us by men or goverments, but by The God who created humanity. If God has freely enabled each individual in humanity the free will to choose to follow His very simple Laws of behavior toward one another — or not. The crafters of the Declaration were removing beyond any doubt the right of any created human to abrogate the rights of any other human being.

      The point is: Mr. Obama is communicating that our rights as American citizens are no longer a unquestioned right of our very existence. He is communicating that our rights are subject to his personal whim, and the whims of his government from this point forward in our history.

      And, that Mr. Skey, is why we need to vote Mr Obama, Democrats who have supported his agenda, and any Republican who supports him out of office. Because my rights, and your rights were earn with the blood of real men and women. IF we entrust them to any other human being, we will be forced to earn them back with our own blood and the blood of our children.

    30. PippN, Severna Park says:

      And who ever said socialists aren't Godless? Tsk Tsk

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    33. Tenn Slim says:

      Finally, and for the umpteenth time this past 60 days, the gloves are off.

      Blatant opininated statement sans the Creator. Castigation of the USA GNP process AKA Chamber of Commerce. All are now openly exposed.

      BUT> is anyone really listening CLOSE. Are any of the US Electorate paying anymore than scant attention to a 15 second sound bite on the PM news?

      The folks here have a finely tuned ear. Do the average housewifes and husbands of such pay really close attention?

      In my experience, the answer is NO. Which is precisely why we have the US GNP Mess today.

      Semper FI

    34. Bob, Atlanta GA says:

      I am Conservative and I do agree that the Country is heading in the wrong direction. My problem is not so much with one party as it's with both. When we elect one it seems that nothing fundamentally ever changes. We need to get back to the days when States rights meant something and the Federal Government took care of protecting our borders and little else. I trust the individual States to know what the needs of the citizens are much better then Big Brother who only wants to tax and spend for pet projects. I know this is a oversimplification of our huge problems but we really need to get back to the days when the States directed how we are governed. Of course that does not address what we can do today. I think our only course of actions is Throw the bums out and start over with a new bunch. Maybe if we put the fear of defeat into them some of them will do the right thing some of the time.

    35. Jim McMullen says:

      What the left doesn't understand about America. A very good title. However, what the left doesn't really understand about America is the resolve of the American citizen who truly loves his country. The left doesn't realize that WE THE PEOPLE are awakening and throwing off the sands of sleep, of apathy and rising. November 2, 2010, will be a turning point for our country. It will begin a time of shame for the ruling elite of the so-called Republican Party as a new, patriotic generation of citizens representatives and senators take their place in the halls of our government. There will be no more compromising of the values that built this country from colonies to free states to the greatest country the world has ever experienced. We will return to being the beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world. We will return to the fundamentals of the Founding Fathers, values, morals and faith in our Creator.

    36. Jeannette, Lafayette says:

      request layout from journal, here it is:

      No surprise last door on left open upon land. We the people standing at wall. Crossroads. Time forced decision. Wall cries out full warning. Choice marks each heart forever. Why? Full scale battle cry murder the whole of Liberty upon her own land. Vultures carry bellies full of Liberty's life blood and flesh even now. Unsatisfied cry more while her flesh bleeds between their teeth.

      The solution is not more political rules, laws, regulation nor in a person it is too late. The solution is here. From the Living God Himself the creator of all things made. Creator of the three worlds. All below the earth, all upon the earth, all above the earth. Nothing made He did not make. He is always ahead of us.

      Written vision my journal: October 12, 1992, again October 12, 1996, again October 12, 2010

      Instruction given from Holy Flame: "GO FLY, SEE IF YOU FIND A FIT PLACE TO DWELL."

      Upon the cloud pure truth I ride, while seven flames of life burned on every side. Strange the snow around did not melt, upon the cloud I was kept. ( same as if I were a plane) Made attempts to land.

      Shouts arose each corner of land same upon each attempt to dwell, "No you can not ! Not here!."

      Answer to instruction returned to Holy Flame: "No, my Lord, not one fit place to dwell was given me."

      Response from Holy Flame a calm straight tone: "THEN WE MUST GO AND CLEAN DWELLING PLACE."

      1776 Chariots Covenant Choice, 1776

      2010 Chariots, Covenant, Choice 2010

      Upon the cloud pure truth I ride, while seven flames of life burned on every side. Strange the snow around did not melt, upon the cloud I was kept. The flesh of vultures it did burn in the day and hour Holy fire did churn. Liberty's life was the cry, let her not live, make her die. Mandatory houses now named stench, by the miles not the inch. Oh, The Living Stone those vultures rejected, upon Liberty's land He Himself came vultures ejected…


      Do not know day or hour, do know season and reason

      We have a song to sing, Time sealed appointment to keep:

      In one day in one hour the Living God Himself who sent Liberty to mankind will be faithful to her. Suddenly the four winds will He be riding. Yes, He Himself full all seven spirits in His flame riding each four winds of same. Seven flames named North. Seven flames named West. Seven flames named South. Seven flames named East. Entrance spread comes in from North side. Spread will be West to East. Movement line up toward South.

      Naked eye will see . Most ferocious cloud riding sonic boom ahead and behind. All sense approach as if earthquake all hearts alert. Kingdom meets kingdom. Truth not one able to deny. The most Holy God Himself bringing home His name on the wings of His flame. God The Almighty One is never taken by surprise by the actions of humans upon earth.(here only part one, beginning)

    37. Jill-Maine says:

      I believe they meant equal in God's eyes. No one is more important than someone else. Each indivdual has worth. I feel sorry for those who do not or cannot believe in our Creator. The evidence of God is all around us. People are just too arrogant to recognize this,

    38. Julie@american-histo says:

      I think our President needs to re-read the Declaration of Independence…


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    40. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      What the Left, including the law firm of Pelosi, Obama, and Reid, don’t understand
      about America is that it wasn’t, like the USSR, and PRC, founded on the idea of freedom from religion——-it was founded on the idea of FREEDOM OF RELIGION.
      The Establishment Clause of the Constitution says the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion; or the free exercise thereof.”
      Translation: Congress can’t establish a state religion. But the states, which had established churches in 1787, were left to their own devices. Christine O’Donnell,
      the Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware, asked her “bearded Marxist” opponent, Chris Coons, “Where in the Constitution does it say ‘separation of church
      and state?’” Tovarich Coons didn’t have an answer. Remember when Linda McMahon, the former WWE CEO, had that smack-down with Richard Blumenthal,
      the Connecticut Attorney General who lied about serving in Vietnam, “How do you
      create a job?” It took Mr. Blumenthal over a minute to answer the question, in round-about, twisted, contorted, torturous, manner saying “That’s government’s job.” Then Mrs. McMahon came back and gave him a lecture on how you create a job. It was like the question Jimmy Carter, then the President of the United States in
      1980, was asked: “Mr. President, what’s the most pressing in issue in the world today?” Mr. Carter proceeded to drag his daughter, Amy, into the 1980 presidential
      election. It was like Obama dragging Malia into the BP oil spill crisis six months ago. The Left doesn’t understand the Tea Party, and you know what, folks? IT NEVER WILL. WE, THE PEOPLE, WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

    41. Thomas Brown, Cincinnati says:

      “Endowed by their Creator,’” as I teach my American History students, is a vital part of the Declaration. The founders understood, as we should, that rights that are God-given cannot be taken away by man (i.e. government.) I for one am chilled by the idea that my rights as an American citizen are anything but God-given. The non-religious may be more comfortable referring to our rights as the product of Natural Law. Either way, the two concepts are the same in that our rights as American citizens do not come from the government.

    42. Jill-Maine says:

      Natural law only grants the right for the strong to survive and the weak to fail. There is no kindness, fairness, equality, in natural law.

    43. and2therepublic, ill says:

      liberalism n 2 c : a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of man, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties

      The notion that man has any goodness separate from God is laughable if it were not so dangerous. This principle is the basis of Marxism.

    44. David E M Gilbertson says:

      As an academic observer, far away across the sea in liberal-democratic Britain, but with some knowledge of the US scene having lived and worked in New York for a long time, I found Conn Carroll’s piece fascinating. My problem with it is that it feeds all the stereotypes that many, in Europe, have about the USA.

      Surely, it must be counter-intuitive to regard the US Constitution as something akin to holy writ. It is what it is – nothing more than an Eighteenth Century document drafted by individuals who had all the strengths, all the skills and all the prejudices of other people of their class at the time. Clearly it has relevance in terms of jurisprudence, but as a document it is invested with no more significance than any other historical document. It would be ridiculous for us in the UK to hold up the Magna Carta as something possessing almost supernatural significance, when it was actually little more than a bargain between King John and a gang of feudal barons.

      The US is not a theocracy, and never should be. In theory, and under the law, your President could be a Christian, a Jew, an agnostic or an atheist – he or she could even be (intake of breath!) a practising Muslim. Surely what matters is the ability of the President to represent, fairly and impartially, the interests of a diverse population.

      Lastly, freedom and liberty are not handed down from heaven on high, they are a function of law, embodied in the legitimate authority of elected government. To think otherwise is to consign your brave and worthy nation to the sort of mediaeval polity that disappeared from Europe in the fourteenth century.

      I know that the overwhelming majority of ‘thinking citizens’ in the US, are caring, humane and generous – why is this not reflected in public policy, or political discourse?

    45. Lazarus, Whitinsvill says:

      Dear Mr. President,

      You omitted "endowed by their Creator" from your quoting of one of my FAVORITE documents, the Declaration of Independence. You know those pesky documents that all of us kids had to learn and memorize in grade school 40 years ago. You know the opening preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, the Lord's Prayer, plus the first few verses of Genesis and the Gospel of John. As an honorablly discharged veteran, I have tremendous respect for my nation, and it's founding principles. Sir, I believe that you are highly dangerous to those guiding principles of this nation. My Creator tells me that I need to vote you out of office during the election of 2012. My creator tells me that I also need to vote out several of your supporters from the House & Senate during this coming election. I intend to remember such oversights of "endowed by their Creator" at the polling place this November 5th, and each subsequent election year to come; and to vote my conscience so help me God!!!

      With the deepest of Respect,


      PS: I would encourage my fellow Americans to remember the power of the people in exercising their due right to vote; and to strongly search their consciences.

    46. SL Kay, San Diego, C says:

      The same man who wrote the DoI also would like to remind you of the tyranny of ideas held by some in your organization. The left is not the only ones who misappropriate the legal documents of this country: Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell all need refresher courses in US History combined with a little sensitivty training in civil discourse.

      It will still boil down to the voter…it would just be nice if the options were better.

    47. maryanne Bell says:

      the only treat to our country is abama and his cabinet!!!!!!!!the lies thebribes the taking our nation where we the people will not go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the american have a value system that he and his CROOKED band of thugs do not understand. never in the history of our country have we let a non american run our country!!!!!!! it will not happenOUR MOTTO IN GOD WE TRUST withGOD on our side we cannot lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    51. Dotty Gray says:

      The woman that a woman was not allowed to vote because she was wearing a political badge is standard procedure.

      A voter in our district is not allowed to wear badges, clothing, or bear any kind of political advertising when they come into the polls to vote.

    52. JAMES GLENNON says:


    53. Lee. Oregon says:

      People we are on our way to loosing our liberties and freedom. Congress and the senate have become sess pools for the unions and the progressive movement and other movements that want our country gone as we know it. I say this if we turn away from GOD our country as we know it will be gone and it will never return. All one has to do is look at what history has to say about where we are at this point in time. All the country's that thought they did not need GOD any longer were destroyed, this can be found around the world and in our own beloved Bible. I am asking each one of you stand for God and what the founders wanted for us and not let this wave that we face now over power you, id you go down do it in prayer.

      GOD, FREEDOM, LIBERTY! GOD bless you.

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