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APPEAL TO HEAVEN!

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One of the flags carried by our Patriots during the Revolutionary War set forth the words, “AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN!”  We especially honor today, on July 4th, these amazing and courageous Patriots who fought another evil regime under the then ruling King George, as they gave their lives for the end of that tyranny.

Dear people of this great country, my soul, heart, mind, intellect and free will cries out for all of us to fight for our religious liberty, which has been violated and taken away by the current reigning king and his administration.  As little people who are great in the eyes of God, we are doing our best in our power to fight the obliteration of the evil HHS Mandate promoting abortion on demand and forcing American citizens to submit to a law that is against their Faith.  We refuse to submit and we APPEAL TO HEAVEN again to intervene for us in this horrible situation we find ourselves in which adds to the destruction of our Nation, under God.  I AM A ROMAN CATHOLIC AMERICAN AND I DEFY THE HHS MANDATE!

Pursuant to the official website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ final rule on the HHS mandate that requires employee health insurance for contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, and female sterilization does not appear. . .to eliminate “the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said yesterday, July 3, 2013.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, provided, by and through its president, Cardinal Dolan, three areas of concern based on the March 2012 statement of the Administrative Committee, United for Religious Freedom: “(1) the narrow definition of “religious employers” that are exempted, (2) the “accommodation” of religious ministries excluded from that definition, and (3) the treatment of businesses run by people who seek to operate their companies according to their religious principles.”

Cardinal Dolan stated: “We are concerned as pastors with the freedom of the Church as a whole  – not just for the full range of its institutional forms, but also for the faithful in their daily lives–to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Accordingly, I offer this prayer drafted and proposed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is most appropriate for today:

O GOD OUR CREATOR, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.  Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our Faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.  Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in  making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in  your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome-for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us — this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

ST. THOMAS MORE, PATRON OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, PRAY FOR US! 

Joan

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Where have all the good Presidents gone?

Today is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday that originally was a day to celebrate the birthday of one president — the first President of the United States, George Washington.
By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations. In Washington’s home state of Virginia, however, the holiday is still legally known as “George Washington Day.”
By changing Washington’s Day into a generic Presidents’ Day, America has diluted and forgotten this day’s significance. Today, Presidents’ Day is better known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales.
This post is a reminder of what Presidents’ Day originally was about and of the kind of man America’s first president was.

In a letter to Dr. Walter Jones in 1814, Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President (1801-1809), wrote this about the first President of the newly independent United States of America:

“[H]is was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quite and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example.”

George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. He never used his command for his own advantage. Washington even rebuked his men when they suggested that he be king or that the army assert its control over the civilian authorities. As Commander in Chief, Washington demonstrated his respect for the rule of law by his consistent deference to the elected Continental Congress.
When he ended his service at the end of the war, he resigned his commission in 1783 and retired to private life at his plantation in Mount Vernon, thereby proving King George III wrong. George III had asked what Washington would do after the war and was told of rumors that he would return to his farm, prompting the King to state, “if he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”
Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. Washington was elected the first president, unanimously by the Electoral College, something that has never been repeated in American history.
Washington belonged to no political party and served as America’s first President from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797. After two terms Washington thought it was important that he step aside. He believed that a peaceful transition of power to a newly elected president was necessary before his death. He feared that if he died in office and the vice-president ascended to the presidency, it would appear too much like an heir ascending to the throne after the death of a king.
Washington’s farewell address was a primer on republican virtue and a stern warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars. When Washington stepped aside at the end of his second term, George III said that Washington’s retirement from the presidency along with his earlier resignation of Commander in Chief, “placed him in a light the most distinguished of any man living,” and that his relinquishing power made him “the greatest character of the age.”
Washington died in 1799. Henry Lee, delivering the funeral oration, declared Washington “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”. Historical scholars consistently rank him as one of America’s greatest presidents. [Sources here and here.]
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Tears streamed down my face as I wrote this post.
We the People are political orphans. Where have all the good presidents gone?
In their place is a man who picks his nose on live T.V. and a First Lady who lets snot dribble from her nose while delivering a speech to America’s governors.
I will not sully this remembrance of George Washington with those images. Click here to see who we now have in the White House.
~Eowyn

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What Happened to That Gold Necklace?

In the year 1776, on July 4th, thirteen colonies in North America declared independence from King George III and the British Empire.
Thus began the Revolutionary War that eventually succeeded in establishing a new and independent country called the United States of America. Its founders insisted that the new America be a republic instead of a monarchy.
233 years later, in 2009, the President of the United States of America showed obeisance to the king of Saudi Arabia by bowing to him.

In recognition of that gesture of servility, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz gifted Skippy with a big chunky gold necklace:
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Under U.S. federal law, gifts received by the President of the United States are NOT to be kept by the recipient because they are deemed gifts to the Office, not the person, of the Presidency. The gifts are to be kept in the White House collection as part of America’s history and legacy.
Joseph, who sent the video to me, writes: “I’d like to see the catalogue that shows all the gifts and where they now are….”
Yes, I too want to know where that solid gold necklace is!
~Eowyn

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