Obama Erases Christianity from the American Founding

Obama Erases Christianity from the American
Founding

January 28th, 2011

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

In the State of the Union Address, Obama said: “We are the first nation to be
founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance
to shape our own destiny. That is why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have
risked everything to come here.” In Obama’s telling, this is the reason “why our
students don’t just memorize equations, but answer questions like ‘What do you
think of that idea? What would you change about the world? What do you want to
be when you grow up?’”
That is perhaps the most underwhelming description of freedom ever uttered by
a president.
It is rendered less impressive by the fact that later in his speech, Obama
called on more Americans to study equations and stop
telling him what they think of his ideas
. This lack of vision manifested
throughout the SOTU is one of the reasons so many Americans considered this
address drab and uninspiring.
The president’s presentation of America’s founding lacks its most important
cause: Christianity….
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Thanksgiving: An Economics Lesson

Thanksgiving: An Economics Lesson

November 24th, 2010

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson, FloydReports.com

Every   fall in my Econ 101 course, during the last class period  before we  part  for Thanksgiving, I share a lesson from early American  history.  It is  particularly timely, because it deals with those we  credit with  the  first American Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims of Plymouth  Colony.

Upon   arriving in New England, the Pilgrims shared “their meat,  drink,   apparel and all provisions” in common. As inevitably happens  under   collective ownership, the incentive to work disappeared. The grim   result  was food shortages, hunger, starvation; indeed, half of those   who  sailed on the Mayflower perished.

With  the colony’s  survival in question, the survivors reintroduced  the  principle of  private property. Each family was assigned a plot of  land.  They  adopted the apostle Paul’s dictum, “if any would not work,  neither   should he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10). Thereafter, food  production   soared and the Pilgrims prospered.

The  political-economic lesson  here is obvious, and I won’t belabor  it.  Instead, let’s consider  another important lesson imparted by this   historical episode: We  humans need to be challenged.

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Obama and Immigration: Rewriting History?

Obama and Immigration: Rewriting History?

Posted By Pam Meister On July 2, 2010 @ 12:00 am In Column 2, Culture, History, Homeland Security, Immigration, US News | 55 Comments

This week, while shilling for “comprehensive immigration reform” (aka amnesty for illegal aliens), President Obama cited the famous poem “The New Colossus” ( “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”) written by Emma Lazarus in 1883. For one whose intellectual powers are constantly being touted by his followers, it’s interesting to note how little he seems to know about the Statue of Liberty’s history — or, perhaps, how little he cares about twisting that history in order to push his radical progressive agenda.

Obama said in his speech on Thursday [1] that Emma Lazarus wrote the poem and donated it for an auction in order to “help pay for the construction of a new statue.” He went on to say that the funding for the statue was garnered by small donations from people all across America. Unfortunately, he gets it wrong.

The Statue of Liberty [2], commissioned in 1876 and designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift to America from France in honor of this nation’s centennial. The only cost to Americans was that of the pedestal upon which the statue would be placed, and fundraising for that effort began several years before the statue arrived, in pieces, to be reassembled upon arrival in 1885. In fact, the poem written by Lazarus was forgotten soon after it was donated to the fundraising effort and it wasn’t until 1903, 16 years after her death, that the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque [3] and placed inside the pedestal as a memorial.

Perhaps pointing out the discrepancy about the wording of his speech (“the construction of a new statue” rather than “the construction of the new statue’s pedestal”) seems like nitpicking. But had a Republican president made such an error, innocent or otherwise, he’d have been pilloried in the “mainstream” press as an ill-educated boor. It reminds us of how the MSM ignored [4] Obama’s infamous “57 states” gaffe while on the campaign trail in 2008. Besides, it’s a lot more glamorous to talk about fundraising efforts for the statue itself, not the statue’s base.

It’s also somewhat galling to hear Obama speak of Lazarus’ Jewish heritage, considering his attitude toward Israel [5] — a nation created in the traditional Jewish homeland as a refuge for Jews once again escaping from Europe “to the sounds of gunfire” and seeking refuge to create new lives for themselves.

But here’s the icing on the cake: Obama made the claim [6] that “being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith” and said that “we can’t forget that this process of immigration and eventual inclusion has often been painful. Each new wave of immigrants has generated fear and resentment towards newcomers, particularly in times of economic upheaval.” In other words, those of us who are against illegal aliens breaking our laws by sneaking in through our borders and other ports of entry are a bunch of racists who are looking to deprive these people of their livelihoods.

Ed Morrissey brings up another salient point [7]:

We know what Obama meant in this passage — a similarity to those who have expressed the notion that they were Americans before ever setting foot in the US, thanks to their love of liberty.  However, the people expressing that concept came to the US through legal immigration, and didn’t presume to break our laws in order to express their desire to live in freedom.  They understood that the aspirational concept of being American and the legal status of American citizenship (or even residency) are two completely different things.

Besides, if being an American is a matter of faith, then the religion in question is devotion to the rule of law.  We have created the laws by which we live through representative democracy within a framework set by our Constitution.  Breaking the law to get into the country isn’t an expression of faith; using Obama’s construct, it’s actually heresy.

But as I said recently [8], it’s not about enforcing current law to protect actual Americans — you know, those of us who do not base our citizenship on “faith” alone. It’s about courting a large group of people who, if given amnesty, would constitute a juicy voting bloc just waiting to be snapped up.