The Cornerstone of Liberty

“The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty.

Perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands. The practice of morality being necessary for the well-being of society.

“He has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain.”

~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

The Incompatibility of Identity Politics with American Principles

A Quote Excerpt from The Presidents Advisory 1776 Commission

“Identity politics divide Americans by placing them perpetually in conflict with each other. This extreme
ideology assaults and undermines the American principle of equality in several key ways.

First, identity politics attacks American self-government. Through the separation of powers and the system
of checks and balances, American constitutionalism prevents any one group from having complete control of the government. In order to form a majority, the various groups that comprise the nation must resolve their disagreements in light of shared principles and come to a deliberative consensus over how best to govern. In the American system, public policy is decided by prudential compromise among different interest groups for the sake of the common good.

Identity politics, on the other hand, sees politics as the realm of permanent conflict and struggle among
racial, gender, and other groups, and no compromise between different groups is possible. Rational deliberation and compromise only preserve the oppressive status quo. Instead, identity politics relies on humiliation, intimidation, and coercion. American self-government, where all citizens are equal before the law, is supplanted by a system where certain people use their group identity to get what they want.

Second, by dividing Americans into oppressed and oppressor groups, activists of identity politics propose to
punish some citizens – many times for wrongs their ancestors allegedly committed – while rewarding others. Members of oppressed groups must ascend, and members of oppressor groups must descend. This new system denies that human beings are endowed with the same rights, and creates new hierarchies with destructive assumptions and practices.

On the one hand, members of oppressed groups are told to abandon their shared civic identity as Americans and think of themselves in terms of their sexual or racial status. The consequence is that they should no longer see themselves as agents responsible for their own actions but as victims controlled by impersonal forces. In a word, they must reject, not affirm, the Declaration’s understanding of self-government according to the consent of the governed. If members of oppressed groups want to become free, they must rely upon a regime of rewards and privileges
assigned according to group identity.

On the other hand, members of oppressor groups merit public humiliation at the hands of others. Diversity
training programs, for example, force members of “oppressor” groups to confess before their co-workers how they contribute to racism. Educational programs based on identity politics often use a person’s race to degrade or ostracize them.

These degradations of individuals on the basis of race expose the lie that identity politics promotes the equal protection of rights. Advocates of identity politics argue that all hate speech should be banned but then define hate speech as only applying to protected identity groups who are in turn free to say whatever they want about their purported oppressors. This leads to a “cancel culture” that punishes those who violate the terms of identity politics.”

~ The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission
The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission
45th Presidential Administration, Pro-America & Patriotic
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A Free People Must Have a Knowledge of the Principles & Practices of Liberty

A Quote from The Presidents Advisory 1776 Commission

“Among the virtues to be cultivated in the American republic, the founders knew that a free people must have a knowledge of the principles and practices of liberty, and an appreciation of their origins and challenges.

While this country has its imperfections, just like any other country, in the annals of history the United States has achieved the greatest degree of personal freedom, security, and prosperity for the greatest proportion of its own people and for others around the world. These results are the good fruit of the ideas the founding generation expressed as true for all people at all times and places.

An authentic civics education will help rebuild our common bonds, our mutual friendship, and our civic devotion. But we cannot love what we do not know.

This is why civics education, education relating to the citizen, must begin with knowledge, which is, as George Washington reminds us, “the surest basis of public happiness.””

~ The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission
The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission
45th Presidential Administration, Pro-America & Patriotic
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Americans’ Freedom

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)
 

This 2021 Federal Government

“The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)
“Will today’s conservative, patriotic, true Americans have to soon say,
“We WERE free.” or be able to continue saying “WE’RE free.”?”
~ Michelle Boddie

‘A Scholarship of Freedom’

A Quote from The Presidents Advisory 1776 Commission

“Universities in the United States are often today hotbeds of anti-Americanism, libel, and censorship that combine to generate in students and in the broader culture at the very least disdain and at worst outright hatred for this country.

The Founders insisted that universities should be at the core of preserving American republicanism by instructing students and future leaders of its true basis and instilling in them not just an understanding but a reverence for its principles and core documents. Today, our higher education system does almost the precise opposite. Colleges peddle resentment and contempt for American principles and history alike, in the process weakening attachment to our shared heritage.

In order to build up a healthy, united citizenry, scholars, students, and all Americans must reject false and fashionable ideologies that obscure facts, ignore historical context, and tell America’s story solely as one of oppression and victim-hood rather than one of imperfection but also unprecedented achievement toward freedom, happiness, and fairness for all. Historical revisionism that tramples honest scholarship and historical truth, shames Americans by highlighting only the sins of their ancestors, and teaches claims of systemic racism that can only be eliminated by more discrimination, is an ideology intended to manipulate opinions more than educate minds.

Deliberately destructive scholarship shatters the civic bonds that unite all Americans. It silences the discourse essential to a free society by breeding division, distrust, and hatred among citizens. And it is the intellectual force behind so much of the violence in our cities, suppression of free speech in our universities, and defamation of our treasured national statues and symbols.

To restore our society, academics must return to their vocation of relentlessly pursuing the truth and engaging in honest scholarship that seeks to understand the world and America’s place in it.

~ The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission
The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission
45th Presidential Administration, Pro-America & Patriotic
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A Nation Under God or A Nation Gone Under?

“Without God, there is no virtue, because there is no prompting of the conscience … without God, there is a coarsening of the society; without God, democracy will not and cannot endure … if we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)
“Will today’s conservative, patriotic, true Americans have to soon say,
“We WERE free.” or be able to continue saying “WE’RE free.”?”
~ Michelle Boddie

Socialists Undermine Economics (Our Economy 2020 & Beyond)

“If Socialists understood Economics they wouldn’t be Socialists”
~ Friedrich August von Hayek, CH FBA
Economist, Philosopher, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1974), Companion of Honour (1984) & Presidential Medal of Freedom (1991)
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Due to The Color of Your Skin

“We must recognize that to live in a world, in a society,
in which you feel that your life is constantly under threat
because of the color of your skin is, also, a form of violence.
It is a daily, ambient, gnawing violence.”
~ Charles M. Blow
Author & Op-Ed Columnist – The New York Times
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Family Really is Important

“I think a lot of the problems we have as a society is because we don’t acknowledge that family is important,
and it has to be people who are present, you know, and mothers and fathers,
both are not present enough with children.”
~ James Earl Jones,
Emmy Award (3X), Tony Award (2X), Golden Globe (1970), Grammy Award (1970),
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2008), Academy Honorary Award (2011),
Voice Arts Icon Award (2015) & Harvard University Honorary Doctor of Arts (2017)

Business Mirrors These Goals

“We all like to be unique, we like to be valued, we like to be complimented,
and we like to achieve things, for ourselves, our family, our communities, and our society.
We still must find a way to achieve our goals and desires, to leap as high as we can.
Business, as an expression of human aspiration and achievement, mirrors these same goals.
It is about being great, about achieving something, and sometimes even about changing the world.”
~ Dov Seidman,
Author, Columnist, Businessman & Founder – LRN
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A National Ethos

“The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States,
the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom
includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for
the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.”
~ Wikipedia,
The Free Encyclopedia

Glamorized Youth & Marginalized Old Age

“Society may glamorize youth and marginalize old age,
but your season of life doesn’t limit God.
But in order to have confidence that God will fulfill your dream,
you must know that it was born of His Spirit:”
~ Jentezen Franklin,
Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, & Author

When We Possess a Vision

“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is
characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence,
and a belief in our right and our responsibility
to be equal members of society.”

~ Janet Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress & Author

Twenty-year Old Boxes!

“Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society.
We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.”
~ Erma Bombeck,
Humorist, Syndicated Columnist, Author & Writer

Not From the Outside

 

“America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

~ Abraham Lincoln,
Lawyer & 16th President of the United States

Making Differences

“Being a working mom, you want to make a difference in our schools,
which is making a difference in our children and
ultimately it’s making a difference in our community.”
~ Kimora Lee Simmons,
Fashion Designer, Philanthropist, Perfumier, Author & Fashion Model

An Idea, Problems or Wrongs!


“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.
If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)

Playing Together, Like Children

“Along the way, let’s never forget that once we were children
and that we were all playing together without distinction of skin color, society level, or where people come from.
Adults need to remember to play and to be more childlike in our behavior.
We’ve forgotten what that childlike experience was like.”
~ Guy Laliberte,
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Co-Founder Cirque du Soleil.