Threats foreign and domestic

Right Ring

Taking stock and identifying all threats, foreign and domestic. WIP – work in progress.

Take it from a retired Former Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Fleet, James A. Lyons.


Published on Feb 19, 2017

As responsible Americans we must identify all threats foreign and domestic AND protect our fellow citizenry by raising awareness.

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AG Sessions: U.S. Govt. Prosecuting Elderly Army Vet for “Posting” American Flags in VA Facility


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Robert Rosebrock, a 74-year-old U.S. Army veteran who goes on trial next month for, wait for it…posting two-six inch American flags on the fence of a Veterans Administration facility in southern California last fall needs Attorney General, Jeff Sessions’ help.

Judicial Watch

Will Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) continue wasting taxpayer dollars to criminally prosecute a 74-year-old U.S. Army veteran for posting two American Flags in a southern California Veterans Administration facility? The absurd case was initiated under President Obama, but is set to go to trial in federal court next month under new DOJ leadership. The military veteran faces up to six months in jail for the ghastly offense of affixing Old Glory at a site honoring those who served their country. Judicial Watch reached out to Sessions’ office but has not heard back from the new Attorney General after various attempts via telephone and electronic mail with the DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs.

Here’s some background; U.S. Army veteran Robert Rosebrock posted a pair of four-by-six-inch American Flags on the outside fence of a VA facility in West Los Angeles on Memorial Day in 2016. The fence is part of the “Great Lawn Gate” and marks the entrance to the Los Angeles National Veterans Park. The public facility is part of a larger, 388-acre parcel that includes the Veterans Home of West Los Angeles. Since 2008, Rosebrock and a group of fellow veterans have assembled at the gate weekly and on Memorial Day to protest the VA’s failure to make full use of the property to benefit veterans, particularly those who are homeless.

The parcel was deeded to the federal government in 1888 for the specific purpose of caring for disabled veterans. Though it includes the veterans’ homey, the property is also used for a number of unrelated causes. Among them is a stadium for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) baseball team, an athletic complex for a nearby private high school, laundry facilities for a local hotel, storage and maintenance of production sets for 20th Century Fox Television, the Brentwood Theatre, soccer practice and match fields for a private girls’ soccer club, a dog park, and a farmer’s market.

Rosebrock and his veterans group were previously advised by VA officials a federal regulation allowed the hanging of the American Flag and the POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) flag on the “Great Lawn Gate” fence and dozens of full-size American Flags appeared on the fence at once without incident. But the VA later claimed that it erred in allowing the flags because it incorrectly interpreted the applicable regulation. Since then, the VA has cited Rosebrock for violating the provision on more than 15 occasions, but the charges were always dropped until now. Read the flag citation here. The feds are also criminally prosecuting Rosebrock for taking pictures of a VA Police officer while the officer detained and cited him for posting the two small American Flags on the fence. A separate count charges him with taking photos of a conservative African-American activist, dressed as Uncle Sam, being handcuffed for hanging a large American Flag on the same fence. The activist, Ted Hayes, was not charged with any wrongdoing though he was detained and cuffed like a criminal[…]

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This is the insanity that was ignored and allowed to unfold under Barack Obama’s tenure.  Please help this veteran by are asking AG Jeff Sessions to right the wrongs.  Please share.




A Leftist hiding behind Anne Frank’s skirts attacks Trump on antisemitism


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A brilliant essay of Progressive revisionist history in the name of social justice and the self-loathing knuckleheads who allow it.

Bookworm Room via Wow! Magazine by Bookworm

Trump made it simple: antisemitism is bad and it needs to stop so, of course, Stephen Goldstein, a Jewish Leftist hiding behind Anne Frank attacked him for not doing enough.

Trump addressed antisemitism in a short statement at the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

I know President Obama was here for the museum’s opening last fall, and I’m honored to be the second sitting president to visit this great museum.

Today and every day of my presidency, I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African-Americans and for every American, so important, nothing more important.

This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance, and hatred in all of its very ugly forms. The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.

Given that he was at the African American history museum and not the Holocaust Museum, I thought the brevity was appropriate[…]

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Progressives, Fake News and Sweden’s Attempts to Discredit President Trump Fail.


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The global elites, Swedish government, Progressives, and their media propaganda machine continue to express outrage that President Donald Trump at a rally in Florida this past Saturday put a spotlight on Sweden’s problem with Muslim migrants while talking about extreme vetting.

Oh, hit a nerve, did we?  Or was the media up to its same old tricks?  FAKE NEWS!

How dare the president speak of the atrocities committed by Muslim terrorists who have invaded Sweden or any other part of the world.

The failed propaganda machine who under eight years of Barack Obama refused to call Islamic terrorist attacks by its name, labeled the president’s statement baffling and quoted fake crime stats as provided by the Swedish government to cover up the country’s very real threat from its migrant population.

According to very fake news CNN, President Donald Trump’s reference to “what’s happening last night in Sweden” during a Saturday rally in Florida raised questions in Sweden and around the internet about what he really meant and where he gets his information.”

The Swedish Embassy desperate to discredit Trump’s statement dispatched the following tweet:

President Trump tweeted clarification of his statement. The Swedish embassy responded respectively intent on covering up the problem.

Politicians and the media, in the pockets of Islamists, as expected continue their line of attacks.

The president learned of Sweden’s terrorism problem last week from an airing of Tucker Carlson Tonight in which Carlson interviewed Ami Horowitz who directed a documentary on the same subject.

The usual suspects remain in denial or even worse is outright lying to because acknowledging reality simply does not fit the narrative.

Media outlets who reported violent crimes committed my migrants in Europe in the past and conveniently omitted that the migrants are Muslim are the same propagandists attacking the president for his remarks today.

New York Times  (JAN. 11, 2016)

The police in Sweden, responding to accusations of a cover-up, said on Monday that they were investigating why the public had not been informed about sexual assaults by men reported to be migrants at a festival in Stockholm last summer.

In echoes of the scandal in Cologne, Germany, where the police are investigating scores of assaults, often involving asylum seekers, on New Year’s Eve, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported over the weekend that a gang of migrant youths had groped young girls at a festival in August….

The Swedish newspaper said that the police had not mentioned the attacks until it published details about them, and it accused the authorities of failing to warn the public before the festival that similar attacks had occurred in 2014, prompting speculation that the authorities were trying to avoid an anti-immigrant backlash

New York Times (FEB. 20, 2017)

Just like that, without white papers, intelligence reports, an interagency meeting or, presumably, the advice of his secretary of state, the president started a dispute with a longtime American friend that resented his characterization and called it false. The president’s only discernible goal was to make the case domestically for his plans to restrict entry to the United States.  The Swedes were flabbergasted

Dog whistle, the president has caused a foreign incident.

Newsflash to media propagandists, get over yourselves, the real shame is the Swedish government’s cover-up of the human rights violations visited upon the citizens of Sweden and erased from the books immediately after each occurrence.

The law enforcement officers interviewed in Horowitz’ documentary now claim that they were misstated more than likely because such admissions would not only cost them their jobs but are illegal due to a law passed in Sweden 26 months ago that censors its citizens by  threatening the prosecution of anyone criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue.”

Can it be that Sweden having once felt the wrath of the Saudi government after taking a stand against Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations would rather alienate its citizens than the Saudis and so they overlook  human rights violations committed against its own by Muslim invaders?  [Suggested reading (as not reported by the American media nor will it ever be), Sweden takes steps to establish Sharia Law, rules in favor of child marriages.]

Barack Obama, will never to miss an opportunity to discredit President Trump.  It, therefore, is no coincidence that Azita Raji, a major fundraiser/bundler for Obama and former U. S. Ambassador to Sweden was trotted out to appear on Tucker Carlson last night.

Raji is a member of the global elites and President Trump is not so whose words in the eyes of out of touch global elites should carry more weight?  Really?

Raji tried to disprove Trump’s statement by denying the existence of atrocities committed by Muslim savages against the Sweden’s citizens.

Raji did a piss poor job (pardon my expression) of covering up the lies (Barack’s going to be angry) but expect propagandists to twist the facts anyway.


As it so happens while the Swedes, politically correct bureaucrats, and the global media were attacking President Trump including @Sweden’s twitter account hundreds of said Muslim thugs rioted in the streets of the heavily Muslim populated area known as “little Mogadishu” in the of borough of Rinkeby setting Stockholm ablaze.

Trump, vindicated AGAIN. [Wake up Europe, this is becoming a habit.]

Zero Hedge

Now that the incident is over, in their “post-mortem” Swedish officials confirm that riots erupted in the “heavily immigrant Stockholm suburb” Monday night, as masked looters set cars ablaze and threw rocks at cops, injuring one police officer, Swedish officials said….

The violence in Rinkeby began around 8 p.m., when officers arrested a suspect at an underground station on drug charges, The Local reported. A group soon gathered, hurling rocks and other objects at officers and prompting one cop to fire his gun “in a situation that demanded he use his firearm,” police spokesman Lars Bystrom said[…]

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Within hours, another wave or riots broke out.  A photographer was attacked while trying to document the riots and beat up by group of 15 men.  Vehicles were set ablaze and businesses looted.

Surprisingly, no one was injured.


Monday night’s riots is but one of several that has occurred over the past few years in Rinkeby, and as pointed out in Tyler Durden’s article above, this is also the same community where an Australian 60 minutes film crew was attacked last year as they attempted to do a story on Stockholm’s no-go zones, terminology of which it appears have been scrubbed from reports by those denying that such a reference is made or that no-go zones exist. Sound familiar?

Some are claiming that the riots are fake news but fake news or not, Sweden has a problem and any reports denying that fact is the real fake news along with attempts by Progressives to blame President Trump for the riots.

Finally, I ran across this comment beneath an article in Speisa that says it all.


The bottom line is that the election of Donald Trump has shattered eight years of political correctness in America and just as many years of political correctness across the globe.

Elitists have spent years controlling the message, censoring people through political correctness and labeling anyone who spoke of matters deemed not politically correct aka an inconvenient reality as racists, sexists, Islamaphobes, un-American, a Nazi, etc.

As of January 20, 2017, President Trump has officially shattered the illusion that today’s world after eight years of Barack Obama is better off.

Forum: Who’s Your Favorite President?


Every week on Monday, the WoW! staff, community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Who are Your Favorite Presidents?

Fausta : George Washington: Brave, learned, tall, rich, good-looking in his youth, and the man who gave up the presidency. His legacy is best summarized in his Farewell Address:

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.

Don Surber:My favorite is Trump. He’s taking on the establishment and every day is a new adventure. As they try to put him down, they expose their own corruption. Consider the AP Fake News story about Trump weighing sending 100,000 National Guardsmen to round up illegal aliens. It is preposterous. All the AP did was show itself to be run by liars.

My second favorite is Lincoln. Ended slavery. Gave us the transcontinental railroad (finished under Grant), land grant colleges, and the Homestead Act. Those four moves set the nation up for the industrial and agricultural growth that made us the most prosperous nation on Earth.

My third favorite is Reagan, a decent man who gave conservatives hope after 50 years of socialism.
Of course, Washington is the most important. He eschewed nobility. He set the tone for everyone to follow. This is why I do not call Monday “President’s Day,” and why Congress never changed the name from George Washington’s Birthday.

Rob Miller : There’s a novelist I like who used to be quite popular named Somerset Maugham. In one of his books (‘The Moon and Sixpence?’ The Razor’s Edge?’)he wrote that he had never ceased to be amazed at how much courage there was in the cowardly, how much baseness there was in the good, how much character there was in the dishonorable and how much honesty there was in the dishonest. I think it’s the same with presidents. The office and the challenges change the man, for better or worse.

A while ago I examined who I thought the worst presidents were based on a specific criteria. Although now I would have to add Barack Hussein Obama to the list, I wouldn’t change it otherwise. But the best? Well, in no particular order:

Calvin Coolidge remains one of the few presidents ever to shrink the behemoth of the federal government while keeping a balanced budget. He oversaw considerable growth in America’s economy while exhibiting an almost voodoo-like knowledge of when to simply get out of the way and let things be.He did no harm and quite a bit of good.I also love his old fashioned Down East sense of humor.My favorite ‘Silent Cal’ story concerns a woman reporter who once gurgled at him, “Mr. President, I made a bet with some of the other reporters that I could get you to say three words. Can you say just three words for me?”

President Coolidge’s response? “You lose.”

Ronald Reagan was an amazing man and an amazing president. He turned America around from the decline of the Carter years and although he really did little to actually shrink government, he at least recognized and named the problem. Articulate, humane, brave and principled, he left America far better than he found it – strong, prosperous, confident ad with its major strategic threat, the Soviet Union in eclipse and en route to defeat just a year or so later. I don’t refer to him as ‘Ronaldus Maximus for nothing.

John Adams remains a seriously underrated president. Aside from his role in the Revolution and being a prosperous lawyer willing to risk his neck for freedom, he was also Washington’s behind the scenes go to man when it came to keeping the fractious colonies in line or formulating policy. As president, he overcame serious political opposition to build up our military and is often called the Father of the American Navy. His term in office solidified nuts and bolts of the American government andhow it works. And yeah, a man of almost obsessive principle and courage, willing to risk ruin and social ostracism to defend the British soldiers in the Boston Massacre trial even though he was a firm and outspoken patriot – on the grounds that a man accused of a crime was entitled to a legal defense no matter what.

And at last we come to George Washington, truly the man who set the standard for our future presidents. While his ability to lead is a given, a window into his sublime character is that he was willing to take on the job at all. He was one of America’s richest me, comfortably ensconced at his palatial home in Virginia with nothing to gain by casting his lot with a bunch of barely organized rebels taking on one of the world’s great powers. He could have easily done what lots of people in his situation did…sit back, keep quiet and wait and see who would prevail. Instead, he took on the job and risked his health, his wealth and his life, because had the Revolution failed, there’s no doubt he would have been hung as a traitor and everything he possessed confiscated by Crown. Washington was fully aware of that, but he possessed the moral and physical courage to take a stand and see things through, no matter the odds.

It’s far to early to assess Donald Trump’s presidency, but as a passing note, he has shown exactly that same kind of courage. He had a pleasant life of ease and plenty, a beautiful wife and a successful company he put together where he had the pleasure of working with his kids everyday. Instead of just sitting back and enjoying life, he chose to run for president and be subjected to ridicule, hatred and even physical danger.

He was never called a racist or Hitler before he decided to run for president with an R after his name, nor were his wife, kids and even his grandchildren ever attacked viciously in public simply because they were his family. And he’s putting up with all that plus the stress and hard work involved in the job itself at age 70 – for the munificent sum of $1 per year.

Disagree with him or not, you can’t deny that he chose to run for president knowing what it involved, especially after seeing how the Left and their trained seals in the media demonize opponents and their families. And he did it anyway. That kind of courage is an encouraging sign.

Mike NcDaniel : The first on any rational being’s list would have to be George Washington. Even before he became president, at the Constitutional Convention, he was the unanimous–the only–choice to preside. He said only a very few words, and remained silent the rest of convention. A giant among giants, his mere presence was enough to lend the necessary gravity to the deliberations of giants. Likewise, there was no question who would be the first President of the new United States. Oh, to once again experience that kind of national pride and unity.

On the long ride to the new nation’s capitol, Washington passed tens of thousands lining the roads, and weeping in gratitude and admiration at his passing. It affected him deeply. A lesser man’s ego might have swelled to epic proportions, but Washington wept and was humbled. Washington served with dignity befitting the office. He could have been president for life–many clamored for just that–but knowing everything he did would set the tone for the future, retired to private life. Washington was a great American, and a truly humble and dedicated public servant.

Abraham Lincoln would also have to be on the list. His speech in response to Judge Douglas is a classic of American philosophy, mercy and grace. The Gettysburg address, less than two minutes in length, rhetorical, moral perfection. It is little known Lincoln was not the featured speaker that day, but was included out of obligation. The headliner was the greatest public speaker of the time: Edward Everett, who spoke for more than two hours. No one remembers what he said, but Lincoln’s words–and this is no faint platitude–will live as long as liberty survives. Likewise his Second Inaugural speech is a masterpiece of the depth and honor of the American spirit. I need not speak to his preservation of the union, the Emancipation Proclamation, and his genius for friendship.

As magnificent as it is, the Lincoln Memorial scarcely does his spirit justice.

Imagine Harry Truman, hours after being sworn in as president following the death of FDR: “Uh, by the way Mr. President, we have the most powerful weapon mankind has ever developed, and you have to decide if we use it against our enemies.” Harry Truman remains the only world leader to authorize the release of nuclear weapons.

As history marches on, more and more fools believe the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unnecessary, perhaps even war crimes. Perhaps the best recent information on the issues facing the new president is provided by the invaluable Bill Whittle, here. Whittle puts to shame the morally bankrupt arguments of the shameless. We owe more to Harry Truman than most can imagine.

There have been, at precisely the right times, just the right men in the Oval Office. I do not, for a moment, think this chance, but the guidance of God. Their morality, patriotism and courage turned the tide of history and ensure that freedom would not perish from the earth. Harry Truman, much reviled by those without knowledge of history, humanity and patriotism, think otherwise. How terrible to be such shriveled souls.

And then there is Ronald Reagan, the right man at the right time, the man who, working with other visionary world leaders, ended the Soviet empire and freed untold millions. His view on the Cold War was simplicity itself: “we win; they lose.” His unabashed love for America and belief it her greatness was a shining city on the hill.

Donald Trump. Does he have that kind of moral clarity, that kind of selfless courage? Will he truly drain the swamp and return America to government of the people, by the people, for the people? We shall see.

Doug Hagin : Well, Washington set the standard. He term limited himself, limiting his own personal power. He set the example of what a president should be in many ways.

Reagan, because he believed, truly believed in Conservatism, and showed what Conservatism could do when implemented.

Also, two presidents not so famous. John Tyler, and Grover Cleveland But these men showed a great respect for the Constitution, and the separation of powers, and Federalism. I would suggest reading the book, Nine Presidents who Screwed Up America and four who tried to save her by Brion McClanahan for more of an in depth understanding of these two leaders.

Dave Schuler : While naming the usual suspects, e.g. Washington, Lincoln, is pious, it’s just too expected.

I’m going to have to go with the politically incorrect candidate of James K. Polk. He accomplished nearly every campaign promise and then, consistent with his campaign promise, refused to seek another term. As far as I’m concerned that’s batting 1.000.

He was also the architect of the present United States. He literally changed the map of the country.

Bookworm : I’m here to put in a good word for Calvin Coolidge. He understood that a liberty-oriented government exists to occupy as small a space as possible within the nation. It has its core responsibilities — national security, free commerce between the states, international relations, etc., but it functions best when it gets out of the way. Here are some of my favorite quotations, all of which are clear and concise, and all of which explain how he understood individual liberty; limited, constitutional governance; and the importance that faith (personal faith, not government-imposed faith) plays in a the affairs of a healthy, moral nation:

“To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”

“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty.”

“It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”

“This country would not be a land of opportunity, America could not be America, if the people were shackled with government monopolies.”

“Wealth comes from industry and from the hard experience of human toil. To dissipate it in waste and extravagance is disloyalty to humanity.”

“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people.”

“The people cannot look to legislation generally for success. Industry, thrift, character, are not conferred by act or resolve. Government cannot relieve from toil. It can provide no substitute for the rewards of service. It can, of course, care for the defective and recognize distinguished merit. The normal must care for themselves. Self-government means self-support.”

“The nation which forgets it defenders will be itself forgotten.”

“…After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these are the moving impulses of our life. But it is only those who do not understand our people, who believe that our national life is entirely absorbed by material motives. We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things that we want much more. We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization. The chief ideal of the American people is idealism.” [Dishonestly, many anti-Coolidge writers stop with the first sentence or two. The whole quotation is powerful.]

“It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness. They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.”

“It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love. Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan.”

“Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberality, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. There are only two main theories of government in our world. One rests on righteousness and the other on force. One appeals to reason, and the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in the republic, the other is represented by despotism.”

“The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion of a country. There is no way by which we can substitute the authority of law for the virtue of man. Of course we endeavor to restrain the vicious, and furnish a fair degree of security and protection by legislation and police control, but the real reform which society in these days is seeking will come as a result of our religious convictions, or they will not come at all. Peace, justice, humanity, charity—these cannot be legislated into being. They are the result of divine grace.”

Honestly! How can one not love the man who presided so wisely over one of the most dynamic growth periods in America? It was imperfect as all times are, but looking back on the tapestry of American history, it compares very well to other decades. The most corrosive influence during this period was probably Prohibition and that, one must remember, was a gift from the Progressives.

The only reason Coolidge is not given the respect he deserves is that Progressives became ascendant in America’s history departments and media after his presidency, and they poured their encomiums on Franklin Roosevelt. That would be the Roosevelt who, among other things, imprisoned American citizens without due process, sent Jews to die in Nazi death camps, refused to integrate the American military, tried to force the Supreme Court to rule in his favor on manifestly unconstitutional acts, and kept the U.S. in a perpetual Depression thanks to his Leftist economic policies. FDR gets kudos for his upbeat demeanor and for being a patriotic wartime president who, thanks to Hitler’s stupidity in declaring war on America after Pearl Harbor, joined in the good fight in Europe, but otherwise he’s simply a post-War Leftist idol.

And yes, I agree with everyone else about George Washington, the man who would not be king; Abraham Lincoln, who refused to let the nation disintegrate at the alter of slavery, one of humanity’s great evils; and Ronald Reagan, who inspired a powerful conservative revolution, delaying by two decades the Progressives’ disastrous politics.

For now, I’ll hold off on Donald Trump. I think he’s doing wonderfully so far, and I’m still kvelling with joy about that beautiful press conference, but I still want to get more of a feel for his presidency before ranking him.

Laura Rambeau Lee : We are a relatively young republic. President Trump is only our forty-fifth president. I am taking this opportunity to provide some little know historical information on our third president, Thomas Jefferson. One can’t bring up the name Thomas Jefferson without some educated/indoctrinated liberal immediately responding with “he owned slaves”. That is supposed to shut down all further conversation about the man and diminish his accomplishments and contributions as a founding father of our country. We were all taught Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. What we were not taught was that his original draft was edited to leave out the following paragraph as a listed grievance against the King of England:

“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.”

You see, Jefferson, as well as the other founding fathers, detested the practice of slavery. Like many others, he inherited slaves through his father’s and father in law’s estates. It was the English monarchy that brought slavery to the colonies. The above paragraph was stricken from the Declaration of Independence in order to obtain the signatures of the representatives of Georgia and South Carolina and get unanimous consent of all of the Colonies.

Jefferson attempted several times during his political career to abolish slavery. His first attempt was in 1769 when he became a member of the legislature of the county in which he resided. In his autobiography Jefferson acknowledged that during the turbulent Revolutionary War eradication of slavery had not been addressed and he wrote “this subject was not acted on finally until the year [17]78, when I brought in a bill to prevent their further importation. This passed without opposition, and stopped the increase of the evil by importation, leaving to future efforts its final eradication.” Here we again see Jefferson’s personal commitment to the abolition of slavery in America. This was an important advancement towards ending the practice and also reveals the Founding Fathers shared the same commitment.

The Library of Congress states that, “As his life advanced, Jefferson became more and more concerned that people understand the principles in and the people responsible for the writing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote: “this was the object of the Declaration of Independence, not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we [were] compelled to take.” He wanted future generations to understand what they had done, and more importantly, why they had done it.

Jefferson’s contributions to the founding of the United States of America sowed the seeds of liberty which set the course of our country towards the inevitable freedom of every man, woman, and child. It took a very bloody Civil War to finally effect this change. Never before in the history of mankind have free men fought to emancipate those who had been enslaved. In writing the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson established the precepts upon which our nation was founded. Our belief in the inherent right of every individual person to life, liberty, equality of opportunity, and self-determination, has been a beacon shining upon the world which still today attracts people from countries all over the world to immigrate to our shores.

History is never as simple or neat as we have been taught. As for me, Thomas Jefferson remains my favorite president. He had me at “sacred and undeniable.”

Well, there it is!

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