"There is a rank due to the
United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by
the reputation of weakness." --George Washington
past few years I have become concerned for the citizens of the United States of
America.....as well as for the citizens of every country.
I originally created
these 'America' pages out of my Love for this Land, out of my Respect for the
brave and industrious People who braved hardships to come here and who made of
this Land a Country like no other in all of recorded history. And all in the
space of a few hundred years the country became strong in many ways....became
one of the leaders of the 'free world'. The people worked hard....and lived
But now (2010) something has
changed....over the past fifty years, something has happened to the patriotic
furor of the average American man and woman....today the 'old Spiritual ways'
appear to be pushed aside....not only here in America but world wide.
Thus today many Americans
are awakening....and are examining again the philosophy and beliefs of those
early patriots we call the Founders. We are again examining the Principles upon
which this country, the United States of America, was founded....especially the
'God-Principles' of Freedom upon which this Country was founded.
Today some say America has
turned away from its Spiritual Foundation...away from the Spiritual Focus which
was foremost and powerful in the minds of those who gave 'their lives and
fortunes' to found a country ....a Country they founded upon Christian
"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.
So far in this website, not much has been said
about one individual without whose efforts there might never have been the
Christian Country of America.
It goes without saying that I love
the greatest of our Presidents, George Washington and understand his
importance in the Founding....and admire all others who participated in the
various gatherings and activity that brought forth our proclamations of Liberty and
but among 'those others' it is
Dr. Benjamin Franklin who has always grabbed my
attention....for a study of his life suggests that without his constant and
continual participation at many levels of
personal endeavor and public service over a long life, we might still be a
British Colony. There might not have been the United States of America.
And today (2012) when ideas
of personal responsibility are being debated here are some of his words on the
for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the
best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but
leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed
in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor,
the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the
contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and
became richer." --Benjamin Franklin, "Management of the Poor" (1766)
"In reality there is
perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise
it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one
pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself."
Then, over the years I have saved many articles about this
great Soul ...and in this moment wish to share excerpts from this one written
Ben Franklin on Liberty
Benjamin Franklin as one of our founding fathers. And well they should, as
he was not just our most famous citizen at our country's birth, he was a
central part of that birth.
As a member of the
Second Continental Congress, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of
Independence. As a member of the Constitutional Convention, he helped draft
the Constitution. Both documents bear his signature. He also signed the
Treaty of Alliance with France, bringing the colonies French aid against the
British, and The Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War and
recognized the independence of the United States. He was the only person, in
fact, to sign all of these key documents.
Franklin's role in our founding has, however, been eclipsed in modern memory
by his many other accomplishments. He was a prolific inventor whose
inventions ran the gamut from his trademark bifocals to the Franklin Stove
to artificial fertilizer. He ran his own paper and published Poor
Richard's Almanac. He even published the first political cartoon in
the colonies. He founded the University of Pennsylvania, as well as
America's first public library and public hospital. His discoveries went
far beyond his famous kite experiment, and included the identification of
lead poisoning and the discovery and charting of ocean currents.
result has been that attention which deserves to be paid to what Franklin
said about America and the liberty it was designed to protect has often been
crowded out by that paid to his other accomplishments.
It is worth
remembering some of those inspirational words.
They that can give
up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve
neither liberty or safety...
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.
This will be the
best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed
men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has
given them cannot be enslaved.
It is in the
religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.
...it is a common
observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we
are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.
dwells, there is my country.
recurrence to fundamental principles ...is absolutely necessary to
preserve the blessings of liberty and keep a government free.
Without freedom of
thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such
thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.
overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of
When the people find
that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the
Democracy is two
wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a
well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
to purchase power.
In free governments,
the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and
Only a virtuous
people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and
vicious, they have more need of masters.
I hope...that all
mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures,
have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting
throats; for in my opinion there never was a good war or a bad peace.
Men will ultimately
be governed by God or by tyrants.
Rebellion to tyrants
is obedience to God.
only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it
At the signing of the
Declaration of Independence, Franklin reflected the risk and unity of
purpose that led to America's founding when he said,
must now hang together, or we shall most assuredly hang separately."
But he also knew
how uncertain was the maintenance of the vision of liberty which animated
our founders....for he said....
Our new Constitution
is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but
in the world nothing can be certain except death and taxes.
History affords us
many instances of the ruin of states...the ordaining of laws in favor of
one part of the nation to the prejudice and oppression of another, is
certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy...An equal dispensation
of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is
entitled to, and ought to enjoy...
Benjamin Franklin made
clear the ultimate intended result of America's experiment in liberty, when
he said, "God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough
knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so
that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is
As we reflect on
the political developments of our day, we should take a moment to reflect on
how far we have strayed in the past sixty years from that goal, and ask how new life can be brought to that
Ideal which America was intended to embody.
It is my hope that Citizens of this Country and
those of all other Countries and Cultures will feel their Hearts swelling with Love and with
Pride as they each strive for and
identify with the goals of Freedom and Equality in the Country in which they
live....always remembering that we are all Spiritual Brothers and Sisters of a
Greater Cosmic Country....God's Universe.....
Always remembering that we all have the
responsibility to love and protect whatever God Hath Wrought in whatever Place we now find
ourselves. All Land is God's Land. All Life is God Life. May all People in every Land identify with that
Citizens of every nation
can and should decree and pray for God-Liberty for every country with Love and
Compassion for all people.
I do it this Way....
In the Name of Almighty God,
in the Name of my own 'I AM' Presence and Holy Christ Self...
and the Christ Self of each of mankind,
I 'ask'...in full consciousness of what that
I ask that all mankind may be taught to
understand the need for
As we all pray together
let us invoke
'Greater God-good' everywhere throughout the world....Let us ask to be led to
Greater God-Freedom and Liberty....to Invincible Peace and Grace
everywhere....to the descent of The Cosmic Christ Essence and the Ascended Master Consciousness of Freedom....asking Those Greater Levels of Godness to take
control of everything and everybody everywhere throughout the world....of
does not embody Freedom.
In God's Holy Name, we ask for God-Direction to lead us to Divine Freedom...we ask
that Peace and Grace expand everywhere throughout the world,
'line of impure energy'
that sets one group of people against another.'
In deepest Gratitude we ask this in the Name of Almighty God
and in the name of our own
Mighty 'I AM' Presence,
'knowing our Call to God
compels the Answer'.
Lois J Crawford
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*"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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