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The owner, author, publisher and founder of is a descendent of William Brewster who was the pastor and religious leader of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.  It seems as though some of the preacher's blood still runs in my veins.  This page does sound a little preachy but maybe that is what we need today.

The freedom of choice that was bought by the sacrifices of the founders of the United States is being taken for granted today.  Your freedom to choose your lifestyle should be constrained by moral and religious values.  Sure, we have freedom and personal liberty in the United States, but it does not mean that you have no higher responsibility to the American people to make good choices.

The level of freedom and personal liberty that is enjoyed by all Americans, must be constrained by religious and moral values.  Freedom, without moral values can be a very dangerous combination.

Let me quote,

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.

Identifying the causes and factors regarding violent armed criminal activity should be the first step in determining what the solutions should be.  It's my sincere belief that the most major problems in the United States in this regard are the following two:

  • Multi-generational Dysfunctional Families:  These dysfunctional families who either don't know how to properly discipline their children, don't care about their children or have no moral and religious boundaries to their own personal conduct, is the biggest problem we have in America.

Dysfunctional families who have children who grow up and start dysfunctional families of their own is a colossal problem and is tearing up the foundation of freedom and liberty that was poured by the Founding Fathers.

The more we collectively misbehave, act irresponsibly and choose wrong behavior, the more freedom we are going to lose.

"[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.

Firearms have been around since the mid-1200's to late 1200's, most historians nail the date of the invention of the gun to about the year 1280.  Guns have played some role in humanity for more than 730 years.  It's absolutely ludicrous to place the blame of firearm homicides on firearms or the supposed "availability" of firearms.

The true problem lies in the fact that far too many free people are choosing immoral activities that run contrary to the Ten Commandments of God found in Exodus 20 in the Bible.

  • Our Failed Criminal Justice System:

The inexcusable failures of our criminal justice system are a huge factor in repeated violent and armed criminal activity.  In some areas of the country, almost one month is spent in prison for every year of imposed sentence.

On May 3, 2008, a Philadelphia police officer was shot by an armed felon with a stolen rifle.  The felon was robbing a bank, along with two other cohorts, who were also felons and also illegally armed.  The shooter's prior crimes should have kept him in prison until the year 2036.  Yes, that's not a typo, that is the year 2036.  He was out on parole thirty (30) years early, robbing banks and killing a police officer.  His partners in crime should have both been in prison until the year 2025 or more from prior convictions.

Our failed criminal justice system is just as dysfunctional as a father who teaches his teenage son the proper way to conduct a hold-up or the proper way to inject heroine or rape an unsuspecting woman.  But our criminal justice system is much more than simply dysfunctional.  Our criminal justice system has collapsed.

Let's think about that statement for a moment, shall we?  What evidence would we see if our criminal justice system was collapsed and useless as a means of keeping us safe?  Would we see a felon breaking into a home, in the middle of the night, with multiple convictions for prior crimes?

Well, an armed homeowner in Rhode Island recently was forced to shoot a man who was unlawfully in his home and the intruder had twenty nine, yes 29 prior convictions for various crimes.  I think I've made my point.

Habitually violent felons who use firearms to commit crimes with should NEVER be allowed parole under ANY circumstances.

The United States ranks 8th in the world in rates of firearm homicide per 100,000 citizens.  We are behind the following countries in firearm related homicides:

South Africa 74.57
Columbia      51.76
Thailand        33.00
Guatemala    18.50
Paraguay         7.35
Zimbabwe        4.74
Mexico            3.66
United States  3.60

When one thinks of Benjamin Franklin, one conjures up images of an older bespectacled gentleman flying a kite in a thunderstorm, perhaps the image of an inventor or publisher who participated in the American Revolutionary War period and a patriot in every sense of the word.  But who would have guessed that he single-handedly would have written the prescription for what ails America in the twenty first century?

"Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.

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What are the real solutions to correcting the problems that America is facing today?

The best place to start such a pursuit is to identify the problems so we know how best to approach the subject.  I have placed below seventeen subjects that I believe play a prominent role in the solutions to the problems that we face in America as it relates to firearm freedom and the course that the United States in on.  Feel free to send me feedback on this page.

I know this is a huge page, but I didn't feel like breaking it up into chunks, so bear with me, I have a lot to say.

"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life.  If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
Josef Stalin  (1879-1953) Communist leader of the USSR

Where Are The Dads?

“[F]athers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Paul of Tarsus)  If you don't know who Paul of Tarsus is and you consider yourself to be an average American family man, you're making part of my point in writing this page.

The problems are many faceted and complex, but  I believe the most critical problem in America today is immorality and the apparent abandonment of traditional family and religious values.

When I speak of the destruction of the American family, what I really mean is that there are too many fathers of children who have abandoned their families.  I am not going to beat around the bush here.  This entire Web site is totally based on the truth as best as I know it.  

Non-existent Dads are to blame for a large portion of America's ills.  The typical family in America is now dysfunctional in some way.  Many of them are simply dysfunctional in that the mother and father of the children are not married and living under the same roof as the kids.

As I previously mentioned, the biggest problem is dysfunctional families who raised children without biblically-based, religious and moral values, who are raising children under even a higher level of dysfunction.

"The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  (1929-1968), US civil rights leader

God intended the family structure to consist of a mother, father and their children.  The erroneous notion that a woman does not need a man to raise a child is nonsense.  God knows best...

Former Vice-President Dan Quayle was right, Murphy Brown was wrong.  Thank you Dan for standing up for what you thought was right.

These statistics are really alarming:

90% of runaway and homeless children had no father in the home.

85% of all youths in prison cells right now grew up with no Dad in the home.

85% of all children with some degree of behavioral disorders had no father in the home while young.

80% of all convicted rapists had no father in the home to guide them in true religious morality.

75% of all drug-addicted adolescents come from fatherless homes.

The average American child gets only 37 seconds of fatherly interaction each day.  Most experts agree that the first seven (7) years of a child's life are the most important to proper social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth.  In these first seven (7) years, the average American child receives just 28 hours of fatherly interaction.  That is shameful and wholly inadequate...what will you do to change???

"It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.  If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives."
John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source: Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

Focusing our energy trying to control possession of firearms is simply a useless and futile diversion from the central aspects of the real problems we must face and we must face these problems soon.  These problems developed slowly over generations and it will take generations to reverse as well.

"Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament and its best Security."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) "The Father of the American Revolution"

Why are fathers leaving the home?  I believe that the answer to this question is quite simple.  They feel dissatisfied.  God designed a Christian, Bible based marriage to be satisfying to the soul.

A secular, non-Christian, non-religious marriage will not satisfy the soul.

Marriage does have a manual... The Bible.  Get yours above today, just type 'Bibles' into the search box at the top of the page.

"Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow."
Elias Boudinot (1740-1821) President of the Continental Congress (1782-1783), later a congressman from NJ, and president of the American Bible Society

Fathers are responsible for the proper discipline of children.  This job was largely shoveled off to the wife (mother of the children) because of the Industrial Revolution that took the father out of the home for most of the week.  Now today, when an alarmingly high number of fathers don't even live in the same household as their children, this lack of proper discipline and moral guidance is reaping misery across the nation and indeed the rest of the world.

This is not merely my opinion, the Bible says so as well.

Check out:

Genesis 18:19
Leviticus 20:9
Proverbs 13:24
Proverbs 19:18
1Timothy 3:4
1Timothy 3:12
Hebrews 12:7

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."
John Adams  (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source: Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

The "separation of church and state"

I never cease to be amazed at the number of people who believe that the term "separation of church and state" can easily be found in the founding documents of the United States of America.  The term "separation of church and state" was first written into American jurisprudence in 1947.  The attack on Christianity began in deadly earnest with several Supreme Court decisions beginning in 1947 with Everson v Board of Education (330 USC 1, 18) and McCollum v Board of Education (333 USC 203) in 1948.

The Founding Fathers never intended for the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause to take prayer out of the public scene.  They would be horrified at how this part of the Bill of Rights has been corrupted.  To give you an example of what I'm talking about, let's take a quick look at Article II and Article III of the Massachusetts State Constitution in blue text as follows:

Article II. It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.

Article III. [As the happiness of a people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality; and as these cannot be generally diffused through a community, but by the institution of the public worship of God, and of public instructions in piety, religion and morality: Therefore, to promote their happiness and to secure the good order and preservation of their government, the people of this commonwealth have a right to invest their legislature with power to authorize and require, and the legislature shall, from time to time, authorize and require, the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic, or religious societies, to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the institution of the public worship of God, and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion and morality, in all cases where such provision shall not be made voluntarily.

And the people of this commonwealth have also a right to, and do, invest their legislature with authority to enjoin upon all the subjects an attendance upon the instructions of the public teachers aforesaid, at stated times and seasons, if there be any on whose instructions they can conscientiously and conveniently attend. 

Provided, notwithstanding, that the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic, or religious societies, shall, at all times, have the exclusive right of electing their public teachers, and of contracting with them for their support and maintenance. 

And all moneys paid by the subject to the support of public worship, and of the public teachers aforesaid, shall, if he require it, be uniformly applied to the support of the public teacher or teachers of his own religious sect or denomination, provided there be any on whose instructions he attends; otherwise it may be paid towards the support of the teacher or teachers of the parish or precinct in which the said moneys are raised. 

Any every denomination of Christians, demeaning themselves peaceably, and as good subjects of the commonwealth, shall be equally under the protection of the law: and no subordination of any one sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law.

If you take the above quotation from the Massachusetts State Constitution that speaks about how essential it is for the "...public worship of God" and compare it to today where you can't even place a manger scene on public property at Christmas, you can very clearly see how far we have strayed off the path that was set forth for us by the Founding Fathers.

The term "separation of church and state" was mentioned by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 in a letter to a group of Baptists from Danbury, Connecticut.  He was responding to a letter he had previously received from the Danbury Baptists.  They were a minority denomination and were subjected to persecution for their beliefs.  They feared that if the government were to adopt a state religion, as it had done in England, that their minority views would be trampled, and they themselves subject to further persecution.  Jefferson wrote his letter to them to reassure them that they would remain free to worship as they wished, without needing to fear government interference in their religious beliefs or practices.

Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists is transcribed here below in blue text:

Mr. President

To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.


The affectionate sentiments of esteem & approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful & zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more & more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from presenting even occasional performances of devotion presented indeed legally where an Executive is the legal head of a national church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

(signed) Thomas Jefferson

It's important to note that Thomas Jefferson did not propose or entertain the notion that religious expression should be eradicated from government or kept away from public expression.  He was merely assuring the Danbury Baptists that there would never be an official government-run and government regulated religion where minority sects could be persecuted, fined or somehow punished for their beliefs.

Some people who clearly don't know the truth behind Thomas Jefferson's thoughts on this matter, think that Jefferson intended all religious expression emanating from government sources or displayed on government property should be prohibited.  Jefferson NEVER uttered such a belief.  He thought, along with most of the Founding Fathers, that there should never be an official state church as they had in England at the time.

In England, the Anglican Church of England was an official state religion.  It was financed and regulated by the English Crown.  Those who worshipped outside of the Anglican Church of England were called separatists.  The Pilgrims, who left England for Holland and then later for America, were seeking religious freedom from such a state religion that constantly persecuted them to the point that they had to worship in secret.  Jefferson was merely assuring the Danbury Baptists in the above letter that that would not happen here with the newly formed United States of America.

Oh America, how far have we strayed from the path?  But are we truly lost yet?  Can we relocate the true path?  The path really isn't that far away.  We need to look into America's past, then determine what changes were good and which were bad, then choose the good.

Moral Relativism?

Clearly identifying one of the problems for us, is this quote from a Greek Sophist from the fifth century B.C..

"Man is the measure of all things.  Truth is merely opinion, and, therefore even morality is relative."
Protagoras (480?-411? B.C.) A 5th century B.C. Greek Sophist

Morality is not relative.  God's rules and God's standards don't change.  There is such as thing as moral absolutes.

The future of America revolves around our ability to adhere to the moral absolutes found in the Ten Commandments of God.

They are called the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions.

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government.  Far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
James Madison (1751-1836) Fourth President of the United States.

Please forgive me, I am a bit emotional about this and I can ramble, but I'll try not to.

If everyone tried not to break the Ten Commandments Of God, we would have a much better place to live.  We would be the absolute envy of the world.  Nearly every household in the United States has a Bible in it.

Take it out and read Exodus 20 to your family tonight and absorb its true meaning.  God knows what is best for us.

"It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world.  They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time..."
Abraham Lincoln  (1809-1865) 16th US President

The truth is that too many American youth are consciously doing things that they know to be morally wrong.  Firearms have nothing to do with violent criminal acts whatsoever.  It is the all important moral compass of America's youth that is off kilter and not pointed North.

Too often I look around and clearly see that the nation's moral compass is not functioning correctly.  Our moral compass that compels us to do right things and not wrong things is out of calibration or perhaps even non-existent in some dysfunctional families.

<<Alarming Statistic Warning>>

One (1) in every thirty two (32) American adults is either in prison, in jail, on probation or out on parole.  We don't have a gun problem, we have a morality problem.  We have a religion problem.  We have a virtue problem.  We have a lack of upright, moral, ethical and righteous people, mostly men, who can be good role models for our young generation.

"To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society."
Theodore Roosevelt  (1858-1919) 26th US President

I believe that largely, the answers to most of America's problems can be found, if we would simply look back into our own history.  We should closely examine how things were when America was truly a great nation.  Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't live anywhere else, this is the best nation that ever existed, but we can do so much better.

The Blame Game

We always seem to feel a need to place the blame for a school shooting, workplace violence or street crime on something.  Let's put the blame right where it belongs, in our nation's mirror.

Should we blame firearms for murder, matches for arson or knives for rape?  Perhaps we can even blame pencils or keyboards for misspelled words?  Maybe forks and spoons for obesity...  You get my point I'm sure.

Of course not...but could it have been...

  • Because we give more attention to the cat or dog, than our own children?  Which makes them feel like their needs are not important to us?


  • Because American fathers interact with their children only 37 seconds a day?


  • Because only 14% of African-American led homes have the father and mother of the children, married and living under the same roof and the numbers for Hispanics, Caucasian and other races don't fare much better in this regard?


  • Because we gleefully hand our children off to day care centers, who have no real investment in our children's future and who really just try to make sure kids are fed, changed and not hurt too badly each day?


  • Because our children watch an average of seven (7) hours of television a day, where the borders of decency and acceptable norms keep getting pushed further and further away, while the principles of conduct outlined in the Bible and the word of God are ignored or made light of?


  • Because video games and computer games are quickly becoming more graphic and contain an increasing amount of killing and criminal violence?  Because going to the movies today likely involves seeing images and situations that impressionable children and some adults should not be seeing?


  • Because we spend so little time filling our children's needs and so much time pursuing material gain, that our children associate love with getting more stuff?


  • Because we allow bullying in school to go on uninhibited?  In almost every school shooting, vicious acts of bullying by other students toward the shooter were present.  In quite a bit of school shootings, the bullied student is desperately reaching out for a solution and chooses a firearm to solve his problems.  There needs to be a nation-wide "no-tolerance policy" for school bullying.  Most often, teachers and school administrators look the other way and write off school bullying as some sort of rite of passage for adolescents.  That MUST stop and it must stop now.  We allow "bullying" in school to go on unabated without pushing very hard to develop programs to effectively deal with school bullies?  The cradle of America's future is in school right now!!!  There is no place for ANY violent behavior in school!!!  Furthermore, we should pay and respect our children's teachers and school administrators more AND be more involved as well.


  • Because since 1959, our schools have taught our children that we are just glorified circus monkeys and that we emerged from a "Primordial Soup" filled with muck and seaweed, which modern science has already dispelled, but is afraid to tell us?  It's statistically impossible for even a single protein chain to arrange itself in a puddle of mud in ancient pre-life Earth, but that's not being taught to our children either.  Even Charles Darwin in The Origin of the Species created God with originally creating life.

"It is interesting to contemplate ... [all the many forms of life on earth] ... so different from each other, have all been produced by laws acting around us. ... There is grandeur in this view of life, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that from so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
On the Origin of the Species Chapter 15, Recapitulation and Conclusion


  • Because we give very lenient sentences to teenage girls who hide their pregnancies from their parents and toss their vulnerable and dependent newborns into the nearest dumpster?  Or out a window to the neighborhood dog?  (True story)  Shouldn't we be teaching America's children about the value of life, so that they don't try to flush their newborns down the toilet?  Morality and religious values are so far gone in some communities that even the natural mental blockade against harming a newborn has vanished.  WHAT IS HAPPENING TO US?


  • Because we have allowed ourselves to be intimidated by state agencies into not properly disciplining our children for disobedience, disrespect and misbehavior.  (The Bible tells us the appropriate way to discipline a rebellious child.  Anyone who allows their own elected officials to dictate to them, how to raise a child, is a sheep and has no courage.)

    Proverbs 13:24  He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.


  • Because we tend to think of our children as interruptions to our important work, when they should be our primary concern?


  • Because we teach our children that there are no moral absolutes and that the concept of morality can change from one individual to another?


  • Because we allowed our own government to tell us that the church and the state should be completely separated?  And we believed them?  (The Founding Fathers never intended for prayer and the Ten Commandments to be removed from school.  That came from Supreme Court rulings in the middle of the last century.)  The term "separation of church and state", is not found anywhere in the founding documents of the United States, but is rather a "politically correct" term, that has been floating around in media circles since the 1950's.

    Indeed, the very first textbook, in the very first public school was the Bible and it remained in the classroom until the late 1950's and early 1960's, when American society interestingly enough, began its precipitous slide toward oblivion.


  • Because we allow our school age children to be taught about the mechanics of sex in school and be handed condoms by school officials, and we didn't even bat an eyelash?  We didn't even demand that abstinence to sexual intercourse be a mandatory part of this program at the very least?


  • Because we hand over hundreds of millions of dollars to Hollywood to see the latest Hannibal the Cannibal movie, buy the latest Grand Theft Auto video game for our kids or the latest shoot 'em up movie and then hypocritically shake our collective heads about the violence in the entertainment industry?


The time has come for us to take a long, cold, hard look in the mirror and STOP LOOKING TOWARD CONGRESS TO HELP US WITH OUR SELF-CONTROL PROBLEMS.  Congressmen are among the most unlawful and immoral professionals among us.

Get Involved...

Another major problem that we face is the unwillingness of people to get involved in their own  neighborhoods.  Many of us, don't even have a clue what our neighbor's name is.  Please take time to visit the Lighthouse Movement Web site at

Yet another problem is our unwillingness to accept the consequences of our own immorality.  Instead, we allow government to restrict our freedom in an effort to artificially improve our social condition.

We seem to be pursuing material gain, wealth and pleasure while we let our children raise themselves.  We force them to glean their morals and values from their peers, daycare workers and the entertainment industry.

Our children hold the key to the future of America.

Yet American children get six hundred times (600X) more interaction with the television than they do with their own dads.

When will we start meeting our children's needs.  There is an entire generation of children in America that are crying out for change, but are we listening?  We need men, I mean real men, to get involved and start making a difference one family at a time.  The path that America is on should be changed and it can only be changed one family at a time, by men who really care what their lives will mean after they're dead.

"It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives."
Dr. Samuel Johnson  (1709-1784)

Our Hypocrisy

We cry out about violence, bloodshed and sex in the entertainment industry, but still go see the latest "Hannibal The Cannibal" movie, the latest R rated trash or the latest drug movie.  We buy the latest and greatest shoot'em up video games for our children, then wonder how they get so violent...

Who can blame Hollywood, when we Americans are throwing billions of dollars at them?

The answer is staring back at us from the mirror, take a look...

We are comfortable with the latest Supreme Court ruling on the separation of Church and State, but wonder why our children don't obey the Ten Commandments of God.  Why do we seek God's help after the tragedy instead of seeking His guidance beforehand?  We disagree about the removing of the Ten Commandments of God from our nation's public places, but only complain about it to our family members over a cup of coffee.

We gladly accept that cheap forty dollar ($20) VCR or stereo from an acquaintance of a co-worker, that you know was probably stolen, but we shake our collective heads when home break-ins are on the rise in our neighborhood.

Hypocrisy, pure hypocrisy

Don't Diminish Freedom

Freedom and personal liberty should not be abridged because of the immoral, unlawful and uncivil actions of a miniscule segment of the population, but that is exactly what today's federal and state governments appear to be doing.

We're losing our own freedom and liberty because as a nation, we no longer conduct ourselves according to the traditional values of America's past.  We have strayed too far from the path set before us by the Founding Fathers.

We have all said "They've got to do something."  I assume that "they" means the government.  The real answer lies in not "they", but rather "we" have to do something.

We elect government officials and tell them to do something about drug abuse, do something about robbery, do something about aggravated assaults, do something about murder.  And then the government officials feel the public pressure and do whatever is in their power to help solve the problem.

The trouble with that approach lies in the fact that nobody can legislate a populace into conducting their lives within the framework of moral, religious and family values.

Furthermore, the government can only pass laws that are within their power.  Laws that include regulating, restricting and diminishing personal liberty and freedom.  Our own state and federal lawmakers simply strike out at freedom to solve our problems.  Man, is this frustrating for the man who conducts himself and his family properly and lawfully at all times.

The true answer lies within each one of us.  The answer is that we as individuals must refine our character.  We must pursue truth and real justice.  We should depend upon our God's ability to help us change ourselves.  We have to strive for a better America by getting involved.  We desperately need to get back to the America who not only respected the Ten Commandments of God, but actually knew all ten of them.

I believe that our primary duty (aside from our families) as honest, upright and involved citizens of the United States, is to elect good, moral, honest and hardworking people to state governorships, congress and our state legislatures.  To protect freedom and not diminish it, we must do a better job at electing our own government.

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, "just men who will rule in the fear of God."  The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.  If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws."
Noah Webster 1758-1843 American Patriot and author of America's first dictionary.

Proper Punishment

Congress and the legislatures of the fifty (50) states must begin to develop policies that punish repeated criminal use of firearms and not mere possession of firearms by lawful, honest and upright Citizens.

Here is my recipe:

  • If a person commits any violent crime (rape, robbery, aggravated assault or homicide) and possesses, brandishes or fires a gun during the commission of the crime of violence, he/she should be made to completely serve the entire sentence.  In other words, if you commit a violent crime with any firearm, there's no parole, no good time, no work-release, no probation, no early release, no plea-bargaining and no anything else that could possibly get them a lighter sentence to serve... period.  If you commit any rape, robbery, aggravated assault of murder while in possession of a firearm, you get no time off whatsoever and must serve every minute of the sentence, EVERY MINUTE!


  • For mere possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime (rape, robbery, aggravated assault, attempted murder and murder), the convict should have five (5) years added to the time to serve for the crime as well as a $5,000 civil fine.


  • For brandishing the firearm during the commission of that particular violent crime, the convict should have ten (10) years added to the time to serve for the crime as well as a $10,000 civil fine.


  • For firing that gun during the commission of a violent crime, the convict should have fifteen (15) years added to the time to serve for the crime as well as a $15,000 civil fine.


  • For injuring or killing anyone with that firearm during the commission of a crime, the convict should have twenty (20) years added to the time to serve for the crime as well as a $20,000 civil fine.


  • For any of the traditional violent crimes already mentioned, we've got to pass a 'Three Strikes and You're Out' law.  This must be made nationwide and as soon as possible.  If anyone commits any three (3) rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults or homicides with a firearm in any combination, they will never, ever, see freedom again.  No bull.  No parole, no plea-bargaining, no probation, no early release, no good behavior, no good behavior, no anything that would get them out....ever.  Three strikes and they're out of circulation for the rest of their lives until they draw their last breath.  Three chances at behaving properly in a public place without committing a violent crime is more than generous.

If my recipe for stopping violence committed with firearms was implemented, just as I have written it above, crime committed with firearms will disappear from the United States.  We simply must begin focusing upon violent criminals who choose firearms to commit a crime with.  Nothing else will work, except keeping them in prison and away from the general public.

C'mon, let's go, who will be the first legislator or Congressman to put this in a bill?  I don't even need any credit for saving the nation...

We MUST pass 'Three strikes and you're out' legislation on a nation-wide basis.  If anyone commits three violent criminal acts or at least three felonies, that person should remain in prison until the day they pass away and never see the light of day.

In May 2008, a violent felon killed a Philadelphia, PA police officer during the commission of bank robbery.  The violent felon had a VERY extensive criminal record.  This felon had already committed four (4) previous armed robberies and had enough sentenced prison time to remain in prison until the year 2036.  However, he got out of prison in 2006, which was an incomprehensible thirty (30) years early.  THIS HAS TO STOP AND STOP NOW!


The answers that we seek in this arena is to support such programs as Project I.C.E. and Project Exile, which focus upon violent criminals who choose firearms to commit crime with.


So what's next?  What else should we be doing besides proper punishment that would actually affect the mindset of the violent felonious thug?  The next step would be to look at the ACTUAL sources that they use to obtain firearms.  Gun ownership for the felon has been unlawful since at least 1968.  So where are they getting them and how to do get laser-focused on those sources?  See Where Do Felons Get Their Guns Anyway?

Illegal Drugs

The reason we have a colossal drug problem in America is because of the immense demand from "normal everyday people".  If each young person, utterly and completely refused to use illegal drugs, even once, the problem would evaporate as soon as the current population of abusers dies off.  DON'T TRY DRUGS...EVER, IT'S NOT WORTH THE RISK.

The casual, one day a week drug user who says they are not hurting anyone, is where most of the illegal drug demand comes from.

The massive amount of casual users are responsible for the thousands of drug related deaths each year that result from within the illegal narcotics supply chain.  The casual, once a week, drug user, is perpetuating a colossal nationwide demand for illegal drugs.

The casual illegal drug user bears the responsibility for the more than 50,000 deaths each year due to the drug supply chain, drug turf wars, drug gang killings and law enforcement deaths all over the world.

The casual user is also supporting international terrorism, whether they know it or not.  The largest exporter of opiates is Afghanistan and the Islamic extremist terrorist groups that have control over the distribution chain.  If you're into narcotics, you're likely supporting terrorist activities, whether you mean to or not doesn't matter.

Mrs. Reagan had it right...JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS.

  • The real problem here is not the heavily addicted street person.

  • Nor is it the people who unlawfully import illegal drugs.

  • Nor is it the drug kingpins in Central America.

  • Nor is it the local organized crime boss.

But I will tell you where the real problem exists:

It is the casual user, who accepts illegal drugs, who has friends who use illegal drugs, who just wants a little bit, maybe once a week.  That is the central problem in the "War On Drugs", because there are so many of you.

The pure hypocrisy of the anti-gun advocate who casually uses illegal drugs is simply maddening to me.  The vast majority of deaths where firearms are used in the United States is related to illegal drugs in one way or another and the casual drug user must bear the responsibility for each of those young people's families having to bury a child.

Sometimes the truth hurts doesn't it?

The Ten Commandments


The Ten Commandments of God that can be found in the Bible are the true answer to changing life in America and around the world.

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government.  Far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
James Madison (1751-1836) Fourth President of the United States.


The Ten Commandments of God

Exodus 20 (NIV)

1. And God spoke all these words:
2. "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery." 

3. "You shall have no other gods before me."
4. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."

5. "You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 

6. but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments."

7. "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name."

8. "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."

9. "Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10. but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates."

11. "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."

13. "You shall not murder."

14. "You shall not commit adultery." 

15. "You shall not steal. "

16. "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."

17. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

It is a real shame that these Ten Commandments are not being taught in school.  Literally hundreds of millions of children have never been taught these basic rules of life.

1.)  You shall have no other Gods before me.

2.)  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything...

3.)  You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

4.)  Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

5.)  Honor your father and your mother.

6.)  You shall not murder.

7.)  You shall not commit adultery.

8.)  You shall not steal.

9.)  You shall not give false testimony.

10.)  You shall not covet your neighbor's house, wife, servants or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Make no mistake about it... the reason for the condition of this country and the rest of the world for that matter is that the Ten Commandments of God are being broken and trampled upon by man.  It is far past time to take God and His word seriously.

Visualize for just a moment, that the world's population just made a decision to obey the Ten Commandments...what would life be like?  How would it change?

The Ten Commandments are etched in bronze and in stone in Washington D.C., but cannot be taught in public school??  Can somebody say the word hypocrisy for me?

Many many people ignore God's Commandments and take Him for granted.  As the famous bumper sticker goes...

"Those who plan to seek God in the eleventh hour sometimes die at 10:30."

The Full Armor Of God

Put on the Full Armor Of God when you go about your daily life.


10. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 

15. and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 

16. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

17. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Change Ourselves...

We have to return America back to the days when it was ok for a neighbor to scold your children for misbehaving.  A time when neighbors were addressed by a title like Mr. or Sir and not by their first names.  We must revert to the days when families ate together at least five days a week.  A time when a family being raised by a single mom was a rare and unusual thing.

We have to go back to the days when teachers were revered and given the utmost in respect.  Today, nearly 12% of high school teachers have been threatened with physical assault.  That was not the case just 15 years ago.

"But Marc", you say, "how can I change America.  I am just one person in a very large country.  What affect can I have?  People are not going to change.  It is just going to get worse and worse.  Just wait until today's generation of children start having families in 12 years."

Wait just a minute, I would say.  I never asked you to take on such a burden, did I?  No single person, no civic group, no state legislature, no single United States Congressmen or President is going to change things either.

However, every single person that resides here can elevate their conduct, improve their character, and change their behavior for the good.

We all know the difference between right and wrong, between immoral choices and ethical choices.  Guidelines for making these choices can be found in the Bible.  (Read it!!!)

There would be a drastic drop in the robbery and burglary rates if the average person was not willing to accept that $40.00 video cassette recorder or car stereo that you know was stolen.

"The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute -- he simply speaks and does what is right."
Mencius  [Mengzi Meng-tse] (c.371 - c.288 B.C.) Chinese Confucian philosopher

The incidence of drug abuse would come to a screeching halt if the young person refused to sacrifice their body's well being and not give in to peer pressure.  If the upcoming generation would just refuse to use illegal drugs even once, they would change America.  Without the public demand for harmful drugs, the problem would evaporate into thin air.  Mrs. Reagan had it right..."Just Say No."

Like I said a little while ago, this is a battle that wages on within each one of us.  A battle between good and evil.  A battle that MUST be won by the good side.

I fear that if this battle is not won, and the hearts and minds of the people are not changed, we will see the end of this free republic within 30 years.

A Native American Indian proverb

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about

He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and
it is between two wolves.

One wolf is evil:

He is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt,
resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and

The other is good:

He is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness,
benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."
They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather,
"Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

The Void

I believe that in God's plan for us, He made a void within each one of us.  When we were, as the Bible puts it, 'fearfully and wonderfully made' He placed an emptiness in our souls that longs to be filled and yearns to be satisfied.  This void yearns for spiritual things.  This emptiness prompts us to search for satisfaction and fulfillment.

It is an empty space within our souls that longs to be filled with the things of God.  It is what He created in us, to naturally get us to long for a relationship with Him and to seek Him.  Only the Holy Spirit and a relationship with Jesus Christ can aptly fill this emptiness that we search for.

However, it seems like more and more often, people are trying to fill this emptiness with things like over indulgence in alcohol, illegal drugs and street narcotics, obsessive gambling, pornography and perverse sexual behavior.  Some people seek thrills like extreme sports, dangerous mountain climbing, skydiving, hoarding money and gaining riches and much more.  Everyone is yearning to fill that part of them that remains unsatisfied.  These things will NOT fill the emptiness and longing that we feel.

The temporary fulfillment or excitement that we sometimes experience from these activities will fade away quickly, leaving us feeling empty, unfulfilled and perhaps even guilty and filthy.  The emptiness can only be satisfied with the Holy Spirit and the full knowledge of Jesus Christ.  The emptiness can only be satisfied by being born again.  Seek Him and His righteousness.  There you will find fulfillment and satisfaction beyond your wildest dreams.

What does being "born again" mean?

John 3:3-8 NIV

3. In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. "  

4. "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" 

5. Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 

6. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 

7. You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again.'

8. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

The very foundation of the Christian doctrine of being born again has been a mystery to many who profess to be believers and followers of Christ.  But it really need not be a mystery at all.  It is the process of becoming 'saved'.  It is the moment when you fully accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as full and complete payment for your sins, so that you can be free enough of sin to be allowed into the very presence of God Himself.  You must be born of the Spirit of God.

John Wesley (1703-1791) was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian.  In one of his many famous sermons he explain it much better than I could:

Before a child is born into the world he has eyes, but sees not; he has ears, but does not hear.  He has a very imperfect use of any other sense.  He has no knowledge of any of the things of the world, or any natural understanding.  To that manner of existence which he then has, we do not even give the name of life.  It is then only when a man is born, that we say he begins to live.  For as soon as he is born, be begins to see the light, and the various objects with which he is encompassed.  His ears are then opened, and he hears the sounds which successively strike upon them.  At the same time, all the other organs of sense begin to be exercised upon their proper objects.  He likewise breathes, and lives in a manner wholly different from what he did before.  How exactly doth the parallel hold in all these instances!  While a man is in a mere natural state, before he is born of God, he has, in a spiritual sense, eyes and sees not; a thick impenetrable veil lies upon them; he has ears, but hears not; he is utterly deaf to what he is most of all concerned to hear.  His other spiritual senses are all locked up: He is in the same condition as if he had them not.  Hence he has no knowledge of God; no intercourse with him; he is not at all acquainted with him.  He has no true knowledge of the things of God, either of spiritual or eternal things; therefore, though he is a living man, he is a dead Christian. But as soon as he is born of God, there is a total change in all these particulars.  The "eyes of his understanding are opened;" (such is the language of the great Apostle;) and, He who of old "commanded light to shine out of darkness shining on his heart, he sees the light of the glory of God," his glorious love, "in the face of Jesus Christ."  His ears being opened, he is now capable of hearing the inward voice of God, saying, "Be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven thee;" "go and sin no more." This is the purport of what God speaks to his heart; although perhaps not in these very words.  He is now ready to hear whatsoever "He that teacheth man knowledge" is pleased, from time to time, to reveal to him.  He "feels in his heart," to use the language of our Church, "the mighty working of the Spirit of God;" not in a gross, carnal sense as the men of the world stupidly and wilfully misunderstand the expression; though they have been told again and again, we mean thereby neither more nor less than this: He feels, is inwardly sensible of, the graces which the Spirit of god works in his heart.  He feels, he is conscious of, a "peace which passeth all understanding."  He many times feels such a joy in God as is "unspeakable, and full of glory."  He feels "the love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost which is given unto him;" and all his spiritual senses are then exercised to discern spiritual good and evil.  By the use of these, he is daily increasing in the knowledge of God, of Jesus Christ whom he hath sent and to all the things pertaining to his inward kingdom.  And now he may be properly said to live: God having quickened him by his Spirit, he is alive to God through Jesus Christ.  He lives a life which the world knoweth not of, a "life which is hid with Christ in God." God is continually breathing, as it were, upon the soul; and his soul is breathing unto God.  Grace is descending into his heart; and prayer and praise ascending to heaven: And by this intercourse between God and man, this fellowship with the Father and the Son, as by a kind of spiritual respiration, the life of God in the soul is sustained; and the child of God grows up, till he comes to the "full measure of the stature of Christ."

From hence it manifestly appears, what is the nature of the new birth. It is that great change which God works in the soul when he brings it into life; when he raises it from the death of sin to the life of righteousness.  It is the change wrought in the whole soul by the almighty Spirit of God when it is "created anew in Christ Jesus;" when it is "renewed after the image of God, in righteousness and true holiness;" when the love of the world is changed into the love of God; pride into humility; passion into meekness; hatred, envy, malice, into a sincere, tender, disinterested love for all mankind.  In a word, it is that change whereby the earthly, sensual, devilish mind is turned into the "mind which was in Christ Jesus."  This is the nature of the new birth: "So is every one that is born of the Spirit."


The A,B,Cs of Salvation

"Marc, I have heard about the ABCs of salvation before and I want to know what it means."

Knowing that your sins of the past have been forgiven and that you are ready for heaven is as easy and simple as the three following steps:

Admit that you have sinned in the past.

Everyone has sinned and comes short of the Glory of God.

Romans 3:22-24 NIV

22. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 

23. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 

24. and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.


Believe in Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 NIV

16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus came here to teach us how to live and also to become a holy and atoning sacrifice for sin.  In the Old Testament days, animals like doves, bulls, goats and lambs were slain on the alter for forgiveness of sins.  Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God and the final necessary sacrifice.

The high priests in the old testament would have to spend days cleansing themselves of sin and sacrifice various animals for the forgiveness of sins so that they could approach the Spirit of God which resided in the temple.  They would tie the ankles of the high priest as he entered this special part of the temple called the holy of holies, so that if he died immediately once entering the presence of God, they could pull him back out without having to enter it themselves.  God and sin cannot coexist in the same place and time.  Jesus' sacrifice on the cross brought all of this to a halt and He became the lasting and final sacrifice for remission of sins.


Confess and leave your sin behind you.

1 John 1:9 NIV

9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Once you have become "born again", you will no longer have a taste for your old ways.  You will have put on the "new self".  You will find that the sinful things you used to do, now and repugnant to you and you will find yourself shunning them.

Colossians 3:9, 10 NIV

9. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 

10. and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

The sins of your past will be forgotten and will not be remembered by God.

The Holy Spirit will come and live within you and be a part of your soul.  A strong feeling inside of you will tell you the difference between right and wrong.  The lines between right and wrong will no longer be blurred for you.


It is as easy as ABC.

If you would like to pray with someone about your decision to become born again and model yourself after Jesus Christ.

  • Contact an Assembly of God Church near you.  I'll bet that there is one in your phone book.


  • Or call Toll-Free 1-800-4PRAYER.



  • Please take time to visit the Web site of my church's weekly publication called Pentecostal Evangel.  You can learn a lot about the true Christian religion here and at a local Assemblies of God Church near your home.


Other Miscellaneous Thoughts

Many people would say that being poor and having an insufficient family income is a cause of crime.  I say that is a total cop-out.  There are plenty of families living below the poverty level that are upstanding, respectable and moral in their conduct and character.

The liberal, left wing and feel-good Democrats would have America believe that the "availability of firearms" is the reason that our crime rate is higher than it should be.  I say that firearms have been around since about the year 1245 A.D. and they are no more a cause of crime now than they were then.

Every time a crime is committed, every time a drug is swallowed, smoked or injected, every time an innocent person is harmed, there MUST have been a choice made to do something they know is wrong.  Every rape, robbery, aggravated assault and murder begins with making a choice that the perpetrator knows is wrong.

That is really it, isn't it?  Too many Americans are choosing to do things they know to be wrong.  There are far too many shameless and licentious choices being made.


Some would say that racism plays a part in the problems that we face today in America.  To a point, I agree with that.  However, let me say what I think about racism.

It makes absolutely and entirely no difference to me what country someone's family originated from.  I refuse to place judgment on someone's character and integrity because of the church, synagogue or temple in which they worship either.

It makes no difference whatsoever to me how much pigment (Melanin) is in someone's skin.  I evaluate someone's character by what they do, what they say, their intelligence and how they have chosen to conduct their lives and lead their families.

For a person to pass judgment on another person simply because of the level of pigment in their skin is very shallow, petty and small-minded.

In fact, I call on the United States Government to be a leader in eliminating racism in America.  The United States Government can take a large leap in abolishing racism by not including race on the 2010 census.  NOBODY should get special or unique treatment because of the color of their skin.

In fact, the major "leaders" in the "black community", such as Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and their ilk are much more racist than most people.

Let me quote Martin Luther King Jr. twice:

"I Have a Dream" speech Dr. King said: "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US civil rights leader
Source: Speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.


"The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US civil rights leader
Source: Speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

The colorblindness that he dreamt about in America has been replaced with color preference efforts such as racial quotas, affirmative action and in some circles, hatred of the other races.

I contend that the most racist people in America are the ones that are on the front lines of supposedly fighting it.

In the above quotation, Mr. King said "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."

Somebody should tell this to Louis Farrakhan who makes a living off of wrongfulness, bitterness and hatred.

The American that happens to have more melanin in their skin, otherwise known as an "African-American", must be empowered with the knowledge that they alone are responsible for their own success and happiness.

The small part of the African-American community who blames their social and economic condition upon the amount of melanin in their epidermis, is being misled by the Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons and Louis Farrakhans of America.

The individual American citizen is solely responsible for their own financial, family and social conditions.  No government agency is going to sweep into their homes, fix their family relationships, get them to church, get their kid's school grades up, get their kids to behave themselves and keep narcotics and alcohol abuse out of their homes.  It makes no difference whatsoever how much pigment is found in the upper layers of the individual's skin.

When young African-American youths hear the words of "black leaders", blaming their social and economic conditions on the "white man", they are doing great harm to their young and impressionable minds.  They walk away believing that they cannot succeed because of the color of their skin and that's where the real tragedy lies.

If I was to have the ear of every African American youth in the United States, I would tell them a few very specific things.

  • Don't listen to the hateful words of the likes of Louis Farrakhan and so called "black leaders".  They're making a living off of the tragic misconception that the social and economic condition of African American families is to be blamed on people with less melanin pigment in their skin and that they have no individual power to change their own lives.  That's a copout!

  • I would tell them that nobody owes you anything.  You have the freedom of choice to educate yourself, succeed and make a great life for yourself or to get into narcotics and violence and throw your life into the junk pile of humanity.  It's your choice and yours alone.

  • Only you and a close relationship with God can change your situation for the better.  Life itself is all about choices.  Your life is full of choices.  From birth to death, we all make choices everyday.  Some of us make more good choices than bad choices.  The color of your skin has nothing whatsoever to do with making good choices in life.  I encourage you to make good choices and make a great life for yourself.  Only you have the power to do that.  Do not look to others to empower you, empower yourself.

  • Lastly, I would repeat a thought that came from the mouth of Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963, in his famous "I have a dream" speech.  He dreamt of the day when his children would be judged solely on the content of their character.  I have one question for you now.  If I was to really get to know you, inside and out and spend every single day of the year with you, what would I see in your character?  Mr. King wanted you to be judged on the basis of your character, your integrity and your personal honor alone, instead of your skin color and nationality.  If you were to be judged on these things alone, what would we find?  You're in charge of your own life.  Nobody else is going to step into it and make all your decisions for you.

The tragic and cowardly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, brought us all closer together.  For a while, we were all just Americans.  Let's not get back to "normal".  Let us all just be Americans again...

Yes, of course slavery was wrong.  In the 1860's, more than 622,000 Americans died in the Civil War to change that.  Yes, slavery in America created a long lasting injury to our country.  But that was then and this is now.  There is nothing we can do about the wrongs of America's past.  But slavery ended more than one hundred forty (140) years ago.  Just simply get over it, pick yourselves up and make the biggest difference in America that you possibly can while you are still walking on God's green earth.

Every single day, each of us should try to make an effort to get closer to Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of having everyone simply judged by their own character and conduct.

I believe that efforts like Affirmative Action and racial quotas, both in the workplace and in college admissions run contrary to the vision of Martin Luther King Jr..  Every American should be evaluated by the content of their individual character and their morality and abilities.  The pigment in one's skin should not play a role in anybody's judgment of another or in the opportunities afforded to them.

Yes, racism was a big problem, but today racism is being perpetuated by those who are most vocal in fighting against it.  The real struggle lies in improving character, integrity, morality and righteousness and not seeking to blame social and economic conditions upon skin color.

A very large percentage of murders in the United States consists of Americans of African heritage, killing other Americans of African heritage.  A huge part of big city murders are gang-related, where adolescents kill adolescents, repaying violence for violence.  Martin Luther King Jr. has the answer.

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it... Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  (1929-1968), US civil rights leader

Where Do Felons Get Their Guns Anyway?

Let me make this very misunderstood point quite clear:

If state and federal lawmakers can come up with legislation to charge previously convicted violent criminals with a felony with an irrevocable long prison term for even making an attempt to procure a firearm, it would receive widespread support by the law-abiding gun owning community.

Let me make another point very clear:

Laws that regulate the possession and sale of firearms, only apply to purchases made at a legal and licensed retail outlet.  Can you imagine an illegal drug dealer asking one of his addicts for his firearm permit, when he tries to buy drugs with a stolen gun?

How ridiculous!!!  How about a gun-running unlicensed and illegal black-market firearm dealer?  Would they provide a means for a comprehensive background check while making a sale?  How absurd!!!  All 25,000+ local, state and federal gun control laws affect only those who obey the law and purchase firearms through properly licensed retailers or through some other lawful and honest means.

Most Second Amendment supporters who aren't absolutists believe that violent felons, the criminally insane and the mentally incompetent should not have free and unencumbered access to firearms at retail.  I quite frankly am not a Second Amendment absolutist.  I don't believe that previously convicted felons, career criminals, rapists, drug addicts, thugs and the mentally incompetent should have free access to firearms at retail.

I have found over my many years of working to preserve the integrity of the Second Amendment that those who support gun control legislation are really decent, caring and involved individuals that want to do something about crime, but in actuality, don't have a single clue what they're talking about or how to go about it.  The misinformation and sometimes downright lies coming from the anti-gunners greatly influence these caring people who don't know anything about firearms, lawful gun owners or how felons actually obtain their firearms.

Most law-abiding gun owners want something to be done about the violent felon's access to firearms, but at the same time, we want to be left alone and unaffected.  I believe we can divide and conquer gun control supporters by continually stating the following statistics.

Here's the truth, as plain as I can make it.  These statistics come from the United States Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Source: (Table 9)

This study is fifteen pages long and I cannot possibly include all the different statistics in this one section of this Web page.  You simply wouldn't be interested enough to read it all anyway.  So I have decided to use current inmates in State prisons who are in prison and were in possession of a firearm during their current offense, who were recidivist offenders.  Unfortunately this particular set of statistics was done for 1997 and is almost twelve years old, but it likely has not changed very much.  If you're following along in the study, once again, I'm using Table 9.

Where recidivist convicted criminals actually got the guns they used to commit a crime with in 1997.

22.8% got the gun from a drug dealer or through 'off the street' sales.

17.9% borrowed or rented the gun from a family member or friend.

13.5% bought or traded the gun from a family member or friend.

10.9% got the gun from a theft or burglary.

8.8% got the gun from a fence or 'black market' source.

7.8% got the gun from a family member or friend through other means not listed.

6.9% of the guns used came from an unknown source.

6.0% got the gun they used fraudulently from a retail store.

3.7% obtained the gun they used through a pawnshop.

1.1% got the gun from a flea market.

0.7% of the offenders, the lowest recorded source in the study, got it from a gun show.  It really makes you think why gun shows are getting so much unnecessary attention huh?

So to briefly recap the actual sources of firearms that were used during the commission of a crime by recidivist felons in State prison, 42.4% of them got their guns off the street or some other illegal source.  39.2% of them obtained the guns they used from their friends or family members, who presumably knew they were already felons.  11.4% of the convicted felons in State prisons bought or traded for the gun they used in some type or form of retail outlet and the remaining 6.9% were either unknown or did not comprise a source category that was high enough to be listed.

So let's see here:

42.4% off the street or illegal source, drug trade, burglaries, black market and theft.

39.2% from family and friends

11.4% fraudulently from some type of retail source

6.9% not listed or unknown (due to some rounding, this comes out to 99.9%)

And That's The Truth!!!

Prevent your guns from being used to murder someone.  Ten point nine percent (10.9%) of firearms used to commit a crime come from burglaries and thefts from both homes and retailers.  More than 1/10 of all guns used in crime come from burglaries and we should do everything possible to make certain our firearms do not end up being used to rob or murder our fellow citizens and neighbors.

So, with these statistics in mind, how can we keep guns from getting into the hands of criminals who are prone to violent behavior?  How can we curtail the actual sources of crime guns, affect the criminal mind, leave the honest gun owner out of the loop and support the intention of the Second Amendment?

A quite simple three-prong effort will suffice nicely.  This effort of mine will leave law abiding gun owners totally out of the loop and will gain the full support of concerned gun owners and NRA members everywhere.

1.)  Add penalties to a violent crime of rape, robbery or murder for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years if a gun is present, brandished, fired or used to injure, respectively during the commission of the violent crime.  (who cares about the resulting prison overcrowding?  Not me.  Maybe the ACLU.)  Adding specific firearm-related enhancements to a violent crime is part of the answer.  More often, in reality, the gun charges are dismissed, in order to obtain an easier criminal conviction.

We clearly need to add at least five (5) years onto a home burglary charge per firearm if a gun was stolen during the home burglary.  Often you'll hear this type of penalty referred to as a 'firearm enhancement'.  Such firearm enhancements can be the most effective tool in affecting the mind of the violence-prone felon.  Adding a non-negotiable prison term of five (5) years for each firearm stolen in a theft or burglary will make the thugs think twice before taking that gun they found in your bedroom.

Criminals will use guns less often if just brandishing one, will cost them ten (10) years of freedom if they choose to commit a violent crime with it.  Additionally criminals will steal firearms from a home less often if taking one unlawfully from a private residence or gun dealer would add five (5) years onto a prison sentence for the burglary itself.  Specifically punishing criminals for stealing, possessing, brandishing and shooting firearms is the right answer.  Further burdening the honest gun owner is never going to accomplish anything.

2.)  Add severe penalties to an individual who knowingly provides a firearm to a known convict.  Be them a friend, acquaintance, family member, neighbor or drug dealer.  Remember that almost 40% of guns used during the commission of crime come from family and friends according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

These penalties should be severe enough that someone would refrain from giving a firearm to his/her own brother or sister if he/she had been convicted of a crime in the past and could likely intend on using the gun to commit a crime.

13.5% of the firearms actually used during the commission of a crime are purchased or traded from a friend or family member of the felon who is already aware of his status of being a felon.  17.9% of the guns used during the commission of a violent crime are borrowed or even rented from a friend or family member who again is aware of him/her being a felon.  The largest source, 22.8%, or more than 1/5th of all guns used during the commission of a crime, come from drug dealers or totally unregulated on-the-street sales.

These sources need to have the focus and attention of legislators.  They should not be focusing upon firearm possession, sales, transfers, transportation and carry in general that would include honest, upstanding and law abiding citizens who have chosen to exercise their constitutional rights to own and carry arms under the Second Amendment.

3.)  Make licensed firearm retailers require and confirm at least two (2) accepted methods of identification in order the thwart the criminal's attempts at falsifying documents at the time of sale.  There should be no substitute for positive identification during the purchase of a firearm.  The National Instant Check System (NICS) is used in every state that does not require a permit to purchase a firearm at retail.

Any attempt to fraudulently purchase a firearm at retail through a straw purchase or false identification or lying about felony status, should be punished appropriately and enforced.

So between NICS, some state required permits to purchase and positive identification of the purchaser, sales to felons at retail should be nearly eliminated.  There are perhaps one percent (1%) or less of BATFE licensed (FFL) firearm dealers who do not follow firearm sale guidelines or keep good records of firearm sales.  This very small portion of firearm retailers should be punished appropriately.

A three pronged approach such as this, that completely leaves the law abiding gun owner alone is best.  I have never been an absolutist in defending the right to keep and bear arms.  It's my opinion that the violent felon, the criminally insane and the mentally incompetent should not have lawful access to firearms at retail.  But it's also my position that the law abiding, honest and upright firearm owner should never be harassed or unnecessarily inconvenienced in the name of reducing acts of violent crime.

The Quotes
(On Morality and Religion)


Listen to these people.  The following people have advice for us today.  With the wisdom that these people had, it is no surprise to me that they were able to change the world.

The answers to the questions posed by the ills of modern day society can be found in America's past.  Please take time to read these quotes.  Most of the men below were either Founding Fathers of the United States, or played major roles in the development of freedom and religion in America.

"A wholesome regard for the memory of the great men of long ago is the best assurance to a people of a continuation of great men to come, who shall be able to instruct, to lead, and to inspire. A people who worship at the shrine of true greatness will themselves be truly great."
Ronald Reagan  (1911-2004) 40th US President
Source: from the speech "A Time For Choosing"

I know it will take a while to read them, but believe me, it took even longer to compile them.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed researching and publishing them.  You may copy them, forward them, print them, post them or otherwise use them any way you wish.  Just please don't misquote them.  Copy them as they stand.  If you use them in a publication of any sort, please place somewhere in your article as a reference.  Enjoy...

"Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."
Northwest Ordinance, Article III, 1787

"Respect for religion must be reestablished, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of public officials must be curtailed, assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves.  The people should be forced to work and not depend on the government for subsistence."
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and philosopher (106-43BC)


"If you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains; if you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains."
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and philosopher (106-43BC)


John Winthrop

"Our task and our duty must be to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God, for we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill and the eyes of all are upon us."
John Winthrop (1588-1649) Puritan and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 to 1649


"Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternally life."
Harvard University (Pamphlet published in 1643)

Timothy Dwight

"Christ is the only, the true, the living way of access to God."
Timothy Dwight, Yale University President (1795-1817)


"Give up yourselves therefore to Him, [God] with a cordial confidence, and the great work of life is done."
Timothy Dwight, Yale University President (1814 Baccalaureate Discourse)


"To commit our children to the care of irreligious people is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves."
Timothy Dwight, President of Yale from 1795-1817


"The chief Thing that is aimed at in this College is to teach and engage the Children to know God in Jesus Christ, and to love and serve Him, in all Sobriety, Godliness, and Righteousness of Life, with a perfect Heart, and a willing Mind."
Columbia University publication (1754)


"Religion and morality are necessary to good government, good order, and good laws, for "when the righteous are in authority the people rejoice" [Proverbs 29:2]."
William Patterson, US Founding Father, Signer of the Constitution, United States Senator, United States Supreme Court Justice

George Washington

"It's the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits and to humbly implore his protection and his favor."
George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the United States.


"We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our won Country's Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.  Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions."
George Washington


"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily."
George Washington


"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."
George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796; originally published in American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796; "The Life of George Washington: Special Edition for Schools," Appendix V: Farewell Address, editors Robert Faulkner and Paul Carrese (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000)


"Tomorrow being the day set apart by the Honorable Congress for public Thanksgiving and Praise; and duty calling us devoutly to express our grateful acknowledgements to God for the manifold blessings he has granted us, the General... earnestly exhorts, all officers and soldiers, whose absence is not indispensably necessary, to attend with reverence the solemnities of the day."
George Washington (December 17, 1777)


"And now, Almighty Father, if it is Thy holy will that we shall obtain a place and name among the nations of the earth, grant that we may be enabled to show our gratitude for Thy goodness by our endeavors to fear and obey Thee.  Bless us with Thy wisdom in our counsels, success in battle, and let all our victories be tempered with humanity.  Endow, also, our enemies with enlightened minds, that they become sensible of their injustice, and willing to restore our liberty and peace. Grant the petition of Thy servant, for the sake of Him whom Thou hast called Thy beloved Son; nevertheless, not my will, but Thine be done."
General George Washington 1779


"O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving Father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day.  I have called on Thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins...  Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable in Thy sight."
President George Washington (From a booklet of prayers he wrote.)


"Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the United States.  In his last official address to Congress


"Your love of liberty -- your respect for the laws -- your habits of industry -- and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness."
George Washington


"It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect...No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States."
George Washington (1732-1799)


"[T]rue religion affords to government its surest support."
George Washington (1732-1799)


"To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian. The signal Instances of providential Goodness which we have experienced and which have now almost crowned our labours with complete Success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of Gratitude and Piety to the Supreme Author of all Good."
George Washington (1732-1799) May 2, 1778, at Valley Forge


"Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principle…"
George Washington (1732-1799)


"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest prop of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge in 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... Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it?"
George Washington (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
Source: George Washington's Farewell Address, September 17, 1796


"[W]e ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious [favorable] smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained."
George Washington (1732-1799)


"The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor so to live as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country."
George Washington July 9, 1776


"You do well to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention."
George Washington from his speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs on May 12, 1779.


"May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy."
George Washington  (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
Source: letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, August 1790, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (548)

John Adams

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.  If 'Thou shalt not covet' and 'Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.


"My custom is, to read four or five chapters [of the Bible] every morning immediately after rising from my bed.  It employs about an hour of my time.  It is essential, my son, in order that you may go through life with comfort to yourself, and usefulness to your fellow-creatures, that you should form and adopt certain rules or principles, for the government of your own conduct and temper."
President John Adams in a letter to his son John Quincy Adams


"Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell."
John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President Source: letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 28, 1813, quoted from Charles Francis Adams, ed., Works of John Adams (1856), vol. X, p. 254


"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: That it connected in one dissoluble bond the principles of Christianity with the principles of civil government."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.


"I have thought proper to recommend, and I do hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the 25th day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain as far as may be from their secular occupations, devote the time to the sacred duties of religion in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that "righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people;" that He would turn us from our transgressions and turn His displeasure from us; that He would withhold us from unreasonable discontent, from disunion, faction, sedition, and insurrection; that He would preserve our country from the desolating sword; that He would save our cities and towns from a repetition of those awful pestilential visitations under which they have lately suffered so severely, and that the health of our inhabitants generally may be precious in His sight; that He would favor us with fruitful seasons and so bless the labors of the husbandman as that there may be food in abundance for man and beast; that He would prosper our commerce, manufactures, and fisheries, and give success to the people in all their lawful industry and enterprise; that He would smile on our colleges, academies, schools, and seminaries of learning, and make them nurseries of sound science, morals, and religion; that He would bless all magistrates, from the highest to the lowest, give them the true spirit of their station, make them a terror to evil doers and a praise to them that do well; that He would preside over the councils of the nation at this critical period, enlighten them to a just discernment of the public interest, and save them from mistake, division, and discord; that He would make succeed our preparations for defense and bless our armaments by land and by sea; that He would put an end to the effusion of human blood and the accumulation of human misery among the contending nations of the earth by disposing them to justice, to equity, to benevolence, and to peace; and that He would extend the blessings of knowledge, of true liberty, and of pure and undefiled religion throughout the world."
Presidential proclamation of a national day of fasting and prayer (6 March 1799)


"It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.


"Let them revere nothing but religion, morality and liberty."
John Adams  (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source: advise to his wife, in concern for his sons


"And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.


"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net.  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States. Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798


"Remember, democracy never lasts long.  It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.  There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.
Source: letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814


"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence, were ... the general principles of Christianity, in which all those sects were united, and the general principles of English and American liberty, in which all those young men united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her independence.  Now I will avow, that I then believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States.  Letter to Thomas Jefferson, 28 June 1813.


"Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the "latent spark"... If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?"
John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Source: Novanglus, 1775


"Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.  The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty."
John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President June 21, 1776
Source: letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776, (Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (371))


"When we say God is a spirit, we know what we mean, as well as we do when we say that the pyramids of Egypt are matter. Let us be content, therefore, to believe him to be a spirit, that is, an essence that we know nothing of, in which originally and necessarily reside all energy, all power, all capacity, all activity, all wisdom, all goodness."
John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the United States. Letter to Thomas Jefferson (17 January 1820)



"We think ourselves possessed, or, at least, we boast that we are so, of liberty of conscience on all subjects, and of the right of free inquiry and private judgment in all cases, and yet how far are we from these exalted privileges in fact! There exists, I believe, throughout the whole Christian world, a law which makes it blasphemy to deny or doubt the divine inspiration of all the books of the Old and New Testaments, from Genesis to Revelations. In most countries of Europe it is punished by fire at the stake, or the rack, or the wheel.  In England itself it is punished by boring through the tongue with a red-hot poker.  In America it is not better; even in our own Massachusetts, which I believe, upon the whole, is as temperate and moderate in religious zeal as most of the States, a law was made in the latter end of the last century, repealing the cruel punishments of the former laws, but substituting fine and imprisonment upon all those blasphemers upon any book of the Old Testament or New.  Now, what free inquiry, when a writer must surely encounter the risk of fine or imprisonment for adducing any argument for investigating into the divine authority of those books? Who would run the risk of translating Dupuis?  But I cannot enlarge upon this subject, though I have it much at heart.  I think such laws a great embarrassment, great obstructions to the improvement of the human mind.  Books that cannot bear examination, certainly ought not to be established as divine inspiration by penal laws.  It is true, few persons appear desirous to put such laws in execution, and it is also true that some few persons are hardy enough to venture to depart from them.  But as long as they continue in force as laws, the human mind must make an awkward and clumsy progress in its investigations.  I wish they were repealed. The substance and essence of Christianity, as I understand it, is eternal and unchangeable, and will bear examination forever, but it has been mixed with extraneous ingredients, which I think will not bear examination, and they ought to be separated. Adieu."
John Adams  (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President  Source: one of his last letters to Thomas Jefferson, January 23, 1825

Thomas Jefferson

"The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain.  We all agree in the obligation of the moral precepts of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in his discourses."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States.  Author of the Declaration of Independence.


"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source: Summary View of the Rights of British America, 1774


"[My views on Christianity] are the result of a life of inquiry & reflection, and very different from that anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President  Source: letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Apr. 21, 1803


"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States.  Author of the Declaration of Independence.


"My God, how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of and which no other people on earth have ever enjoyed."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States.  Author of the Declaration of Independence.


"Say nothing of my religion.  It is known to God and myself alone.  Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States.  Author of the Declaration of Independence.


"God, who gave us life, gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we remove from them a conviction these liberties are a gift of God?  Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and His justice cannot sleep forever."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States.  Author of the Declaration of Independence.


"Nothing can be more exactly and seriously true than what is there [the very words only of Jesus] stated; that but a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandising their oppressors in Church and State; that the purest system of morals ever before preached to man, has been adulterated and sophisticated by artificial constructions, into a mere contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves; that rational men not being able to swallow their impious heresies, in order to force them down their throats, they raise the hue and cry of infidelity, while themselves are the greatest obstacles to the advancement of the real doctrines of Jesus, and do in fact constitute the real Anti-Christ."
Thomas Jefferson  (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President  Source: letter to Samuel Kerchreview, January 19, 1810


"The truth is that the greatest enemies to the doctrines of Jesus are those calling themselves the expositors of them, who have perverted them for the structure of a system of fancy absolutely incomprehensible, and without any foundation in his genuine words. And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors."
Thomas Jefferson  (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President  Source: letter to John Adams, from Monticello, April 11, 1823


"The precepts of philosophy, and of the Hebrew code, laid hold of actions only.  He [Jesus] pushed His scrutinies into the heart of man; erected his tribunal in the region of his thoughts and purified the waters at the fountain head."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President  Source: letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Apr. 21, 1803


"Jesus embraced with charity and philanthropy our neighbors, our countrymen, and the whole family of mankind.  They confined themselves to actions; he pressed his sentiments into the region of our thoughts, and called for purity at the fountainhead."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States.  Author of the Declaration of Independence. April 19, 1803 letter to Edward Dowse Esq.

<<Webmaster's Note:  Even though Thomas Jefferson might not be considered a born-again Christian evangelist, he very clearly believed in God and even more so believed that morality and religion played essential roles in all of humanity.  He also clearly believed that the true words of Jesus Christ were extremely important to observe.>>

James Madison

"The belief in a God all Powerful, wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources."
James Madison (1751-1836) Fourth President of the United States.


"No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of events and the Destiny of Nations than the people of the United States…And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land."
James Madison (1751-1836) Fourth President of the United States.


"In these my confidence will under every difficulty be best placed, next to that which we have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic, and to whom we are bound to address our devout gratitude for the past, as well as our fervent supplications and best hopes for the future."
James Madison (1751-1836) Fourth President of the United States.


"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust."
James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source: Federalist #57


"We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government.  Far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
James Madison (1751-1836) Fourth President of the United States.


"We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.  The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.  This right is in its nature an unalienable right."
James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

Samuel Adams

"Has it [government] any solid foundation? Any chief cornerstone...?  I think it is an everlasting foundation in the unchangeable will of God, the author of Nature whose laws never by no means an arbitrary thing depending merely on compact or human will for its existence...  The power of God Almighty is the only power that can properly and strictly be called supreme and absolute.  In the order of nature immediately under him comes the power of a simple democracy, or the power of the whole over the world...[God is] the only Monarch in the universe who has a clear and undisputable right to absolute power because He is the only one who is omniscient as well as omnipotent... The sum of my argument is of God, that the administrators of it were originally the whole people."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) "The Father of the American Revolution"


"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved.  This will be their great security."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) "The Father of the American Revolution"  Source: The Writings of Samuel Adams, ed., Harry Alonzo Cushing (G. P. Putman's Sons, 1908), Vol. 4, p. 124.


"Our unalterable resolution would be to be free.  They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised!, in vain.  Their arts may be more dangerous than their arms.  Let us then ... under God trust our cause to our swords."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) "The Father of the American Revolution"


"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."
Samuel Adams  (1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."
Source: letter to James Warren, 4 November 1775. Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (261)


"Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament and its best Security."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) "The Father of the American Revolution"


"Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) "The Father of the American Revolution"


"After all, virtue is the surest means of securing the public liberty. I hope you will improve the golden opportunity of restoring the ancient purity of principles and manners in our country. Every thing that we do, or ought to esteem valuable, depends upon it.  For freedom or slavery, says an admired writer, will prevail in a country according as the disposition and manners of the inhabitants render them fit for the one or the other."
Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), Letter to Elbridge Gerry (October 29, 1775)


"He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) "The Father of the American Revolution"


"He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man...  The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people."
Samuel Adams (1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."

John Hancock

"I conjure you, by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act."
John Hancock (1737-1793) First signer of the Declaration of Independence.


"You...are placed by Providence in the post of honor, because it is the post of danger... The eyes not only of North America and the whole British Empire, but of all Europe, are upon you. Let us be, therefore, altogether solicitous that no disorderly behavior, nothing unbecoming our character as Americans, as citizens and Christians, be justly chargeable to us."
John Hancock, President of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts Bay, charge establishing Minutemen, October 26, 1774


"I have the most animating confidence that the present noble struggle for liberty will terminate gloriously for America…Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe, who loveth righteousness and hates iniquity…Let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him who raiseth up and pulleth down the empires and kingdoms of the world as He pleases."
John Hancock, American Patriot and Revolutionary


"In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us as men and Christians to reflect…All confidence must be withheld from the means we use and respond only on that God who rules in the armies of Heaven and without whose blessing the best of human councils are but foolishness and all created power vanity…and that America may soon behold a gracious interposition of Heaven."
John Hancock, April 15, 1775, just four days before the "shot heard round the world".

Benjamin Franklin

"And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend?  Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance?...[W]ithout His concurring aid...we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges."  "(The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.)"
Cornelius Tacitus (55-117 A.D.)
Source: Annales, 1st century A.D.
Benjamin Franklin obviously agreed with Tacitus


"Wish not so much to live long as to live well."
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738


"Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"We need God to be our friend and our ally.  We need to keep God's concurring aid.  If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable an empire can rise without His aid?  We've been assured in the sacred writings that 'except the Lord keep the city, they labor in vain that build it.'"
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.  This quote was said on the floor of the Constitutional Convention June 28, 1787


"A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district, all studied and appreciated as they merit, are the principle support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) US Founding Father in a letter dated March 1778 to the Ministry of France


"He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity, will change the face of the world."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts!  O! ‘tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.


"Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American printer, author, philosopher, diplomat and scientist.

John Quincy Adams

"Posterity, you will never know what it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you will make good use of it."
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) Sixth President of the United States.


"The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code ... laws essential to the existence of men in society."
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) Sixth President of the United States.


"Why is it next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day, the Fourth Of July?  It is because the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission on earth and laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity."
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)  From a speech on July 4th 1837.


"Three points of doctrine, the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality.  The first is the existence of a God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments.  Suppose it is possible for a man to disbelieve either of these articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark; the laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy."
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Patrick Henry

"Doctor, I wish you to observe how real and beneficial the religion of Christ is to a man about to die.  This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family.  The religion of Christ can give them one which can make them rich indeed."
Patrick Henry (1799, on his death bed)


"There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us."
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American Orator and Statesman in a 1787 speech


"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here.”
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American Orator and Statesman March 23, 1775 at the Second Virginian Convention given at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.


"The great pillars of all government and of social life …[are] virtue, morality, and religion.  This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible."
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American Orator and Statesman


"[T]he law…dictated by God himself is, of course, superior in obligation to any other.  It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times.  No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this."
Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)

John Jay

"Providence has given to us the choice of our rulers, and it is the duty as well as the interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
John Jay (1745-1829) First Supreme Court Chief Justice  Letter to Jedidiah Morse February 28, 1797


"No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian religion... Should our republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance this great experiment will then be surely doomed."
John Jay (1745-1829) First Supreme Court Chief Justice


"The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next.  Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."
John Jay (1745-1829) First Supreme Court Chief Justice

George Mason

"Providence punishes national sins with national calamities."
George Mason  (1725-1792), drafted the Virgina Declaration of Rights, ally of James Madison and George Washington.  He was also known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights".


"No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
George Mason  (1725-1792), drafted the Virgina Declaration of Rights, ally of James Madison and George Washington.  He was also known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights".


"The only foundation for... a republic is to be laid in Religion.  Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."
Dr. Benjamin Rush  (1745-1813) signed the Declaration of Independence 1798
Source: The Selected Writings of Benjamin Rush. Edited by Dagobert D. Runes. New York: Philosophical Library, 1947.


"I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am perfectly satisfied that the Union of the States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testaments"
Dr. Benjamin Rush  (1745-1813) signed the Declaration of Independence


"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, "just men who will rule in the fear of God."  The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.  If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws."
Noah Webster (1758-1843)


"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look at his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace our government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country."
Noah Webster  (1758-1843) American patriot and scholar, author of the first dictionary of American English usage (1806) and the author of the 1828 edition of the dictionary that bears his name.


"The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.  All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
Noah Webster (1758-1843)


"The Bible is the book upon which this Republic rests."
Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the United States


"What is liberty without...virtue?  It is...madness, without restraint."
Edmund Burke (1729-1797 Irish-born statesman, author, orator and philosopher


"Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist."
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
Source: Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol, 3 April 1777


"What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man."
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party.


"If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants."
William Penn (1644-1718) A champion of democracy and religious freedom


"Our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment.  Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely be trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, not any government secure which is not supported by moral habits....  Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens."
Daniel Webster  (1782-1852), US Senator
Source: Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1820, commemorating the arrival of the Pilgrims 200 years prior

Alexis de Tocqueville

"Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America . . . America is good.  And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) French political thinker, author and historian


"The Americans, combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other."
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) Democracy in America (1835)


"[Religion] is more needed in democratic republics than in any others.  How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie be not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed?  And what can be done with a people which is its own master, if it be not submission to the Divinity?"
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) Democracy in America (1835)

Abraham Lincoln

"I am nothing.  Truth is everything."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Sixteenth President of the United States.


"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Sixteenth President of the United States.


"Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us.  Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere.  Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors.  Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them.  Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you."
Abraham Lincoln from a speech in 1858


"At what point should we expect the approach of danger?  By what means are we to fortify against it?  Shall we expect some trans-Atlantic military power to step across the ocean and crush us?  Never.  At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected?  I answer, if it ever reach us, it cannot and it will not come from abroad.  If danger ever reach us, it must spring up from amongst us.  If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.  As a nation of free men, we will live through all time or die by suicide."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) From an 1838 speech when he was just 29 years old.


"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and in prosperity.  We have grown in numbers and wealth and in power as no other nation ever has, but we have forgotten God.  We have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, and too proud to pray."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Sixteenth President of the United States. From Lincoln's March 30, 1863 Proclamation of a National Day of Prayer and Fasting


"We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Sixteenth President of the United States.


"It is the duty of all nations as well as of men to own their dependence on the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose god is the Lord."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Sixteenth President of the United States.


Final Word

Immorality, dishonesty and corruption seem to have become socially acceptable norms.  When something abhorrent occurs, most of America seems to shrug it off or complain about it amongst themselves.  Take the time and be an active participant in trying to make America a better place.  If everyone did a little, there would be a colossal change for the better.

It seems as if the general public believes that each individual can determine for themselves what level of morality they will adhere to.  The total lack of moral absolutes is destroying this country from the inside out.  There are moral absolutes.  There are things that are absolutely right and some that are absolutely wrong.

Could it be that the "...approach of danger..." that Abraham Lincoln spoke of is actually the beast of immorality?  Is the danger that will destroy this country, our very own unwillingness to constrain ourselves?  Think about it...

Thank you for reading this entire page.  I know it's a lot of reading, but changing the course of America is essential to the survival of human freedom.

"It is important therefore that in these schools the precepts of morality and religion should be inculcated, and habits of subordination and obedience formed. One of the greatest blessings which the State can confer upon her children is to instill into their minds at an early period moral and religious truths. ... Thousands of unfortunate children are growing up in perfect ignorance of their moral and religious duties. Their parents equally unfortunate know not how to instruct them, and have not the opportunity or ability of placing them under the care of those who could give them instruction. The State, in the warmth of her affection and solicitude for their welfare, must take charge of those children and place them in schools where their minds can be enlightened and their hearts can be trained to virtue."
Archibald D. Murphey (c.1777-1832) North Carolina State Senator (1812-1818), founder of the North Carolina public schools
Source: MURPHEY'S REPORT, Dec. 19, 1816, The Beginnings of Public Education in North Carolina; A Documentary History, 1790-1840. Volume I: Electronic Edition. Coon, Charles L. (Charles Lee), 1868-1927

God, guns and guts made the United States of America, the preeminent and most powerful country the world has ever seen.

  • But...we have shut God's word and community prayer out of America's schools.


  • We have allowed government to regulate, restrict and diminish the Second Amendment to the point where the real meaning of it has been lost.


  • We have lost our courage.  We have forgotten our brave roots.  In essence, we have lost our guts.  If people were less cooperative with the street thug and generally made things more difficult for the career criminal, crime would drop precipitously.  If more criminals were met with resistance, we would all be safer for it.

The World War II generation was the last generation to demonstrate fortitude, bravery and true grit.  During World War II, the entire country was aflame with the passion to save America and keep freedom and liberty alive.

Now it seems that the abundance, prosperity and safety that we have enjoyed all these years has made us complacent and contented to the point where we are letting freedom and liberty slip through our fingers.

Each generation has been called upon to prove to posterity that freedom is never free.  America again is being called upon to fight for freedom.  This time, the fight does not require battleships, aircraft or tanks.  This time, the fight is within each one of us.  Yes, the answer can be found within the framework of moral and religious conduct.  

Our reliance on our own government to control our lives, is at the very heart of this fight.  We cannot look for solutions to our social problems from our own government.  That mindset will eventually lead to tyranny.

We can no longer keep looking to the government for answers to our problems, because the solution to our problems can be found in each of us.  Government only has the power to restrict and legislate.  We have to find the courage to change ourselves individually.

Our own standards of conduct have been declining throughout the last few decades, but God's Word and God's standards DO NOT CHANGE.  It is up to us, to realign our standards to where they once were.  I believe God wants to bless America again.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

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