THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

July 2, 2012

Two Historic Quotes on this Day

July 2, 1776 and 1912…Founding Father John Adams extolling the Declaration of Independence versus Progressivist Woodrow Wilson reinterpreting it.

Teaching my worldview class for the past seven years has afforded great opportunities to study our nation’s history and find some great quotations. One of those great historic quotes was John Adams glorying on that day’s events in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, with I trust in God We shall not.

July 2, 1776 was the day Congress declared independence from Great Britain; July 4, 1776 was the adoption of the document, The Declaration of Independence. John Adams’ sentiments were only a couple of days early, but his heart was certainly on the pulse beat of every American.

Just 136 years later, presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson would declare his extremely progressivistic views on this same document–a view that would change the landscape of American politics and chart a departing course from that of our founding fathers. Wilson’s view predominates the liberal agenda of today’s politics. Wilson could invoke the name of God with the best of them, but that did not mean his politics were blessed of that God whom he quoted. Read this insightful introduction from The Heritage Foundation, then following, read for yourself the words of Governor Wilson who would months later become our 28th President and leader/charter of the progressive movement.

Read it and weep for an America that has followed that course and that needs to repent and return to the course of John Adams and his contemporaries.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
“Righteousness exalts a nation…”
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

June 23, 2012

Sage Advice for Voters from Noah Webster

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Noah Webster in his 1832 “History of the United States,” Chapter XIX “Advice to the Young,” #49:

49. When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of the Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it my be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws. Intriguing men can never safely be trusted.

This is why I am supporting and voting for Todd Akin for U.S. Senator from Missouri.

I know the Congressman and his family personally. They are the real deal. I believe Todd Akin would qualify for an endorsement from Noah Webster! He is pro-family, pro-faith, pro-liberty, and pro-Constitution, pro-limited government, pro-balanced budget–a fiscal and social conservative. I couldn’t give anyone a higher recommendation. Todd’s conservative record proves his principled approach to government as well as his commitment to principle over party. He understands the difference between conviction and preference and I trust him to represent my values and the values of Missourians. Todd Akin has my unconditional support in this important primary and election and I ask all Missourians to consider supporting his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

June 8, 2012

Samuel Adams had it right

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It does not require a majority to prevail,

but rather an irate, tireless minority

keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.

Samuel Adams, American Patriot, 1722-1803

February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to my favorite President

George Washington…”first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Although largely forgotten by most Americans, Washington’s “Farewell Address” is still remembered and read in its entirety on his birthday every year in the U.S. Senate. I encourage you to read his prophetic words as they speak to the great concerns of our country even in 2012. Washington’s protective ideals for America are a template for contemporary governmental reform. I challenge you to read his words and see if it is not so. If his message is read and heeded, I believe George Washington will be “first in the hearts of his countrymen” once again.

Link to George Washington’s Farewell Address

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

This will be a special summer for our family as we make a first-time “pilgrimage” back east to the Philadelphia and Boston area. Lord willing, we will stand where Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, where the “shot heard round the world” was fired (Lexington to Concord), where they battled the elements at Valley Forge, and where over Fort McHenry the “bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” We will also visit the sites of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Boston Massacre, and those famous places where our revolutionary fathers not only pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, but where many gave their last full measure of devotion. In years past, I have been moved at Arlington and Jefferson Barracks. A dream of a future trip is to walk the beaches of Normandy. Last night and today, I watched movies depicting Gen. Douglas MacArthur and other brave soldiers as well as brave Filipino partisans defending their homeland. I marveled at their focused devotion and the difficult and mortal sacrifices that were made. These as well as other places are what Memorial (“Decoration”) Day is all about. I can walk and talk freely today because of those who have defended my liberty with their own lives. We must never forget.

Today, we need a new birth of freedom in our beloved land. I believe that God births liberty in our hearts with His amazing grace. This grace is seen in the face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave His blameless life so that we might live in liberty. That liberty is enshrined in our American history: it is thoroughly documented from Columbus to our pilgrim fathers, from fledgling colonial communities to to the halls of state and federal government. Our form of government will not survive without acknowledging it. We are one nation under God, and it is in God we trust. We must rededicate our “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” Proverbs 3:5,6 admonishes us,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths

His direction and protection come as we acknowledge and trust Him. It is my prayer that God may continue to bless America.

December 23, 2010

Two Christmas Miracles

I am not so naive as to think that Jesus was born on December 25, but when celebrated on any date, the incarnation of Jesus Christ and entry into this world is the miracle of miracles–a mystery that hailed the redemption of the earth and brought tidings of great joy to all people.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  (Luke 2:8-14 ESV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6,7 ESV)

The Word–Jesus–became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) in the fullness of God’s timing (Galatians 4:4)–at exactly the right time.  The hour of God’s deliverance always comes at exactly the right time. There is no guesswork about it…God knows exactly where we are and exactly what we need.

As for the second Christmas miracle, we do have another historical account, but this one fell exactly on December 25, 1776: General George Washington and his troops miraculously crossed the Delaware River to evade surrounding armies and to invade the Hessian forces at Trenton. This Christmas miracle preserved the Continental army to eventually secure and establish our newly birthed nation. At exactly the right moment, God delivers. Our trust, hope, expectation, and deliverance are in Him and Him alone. This Christmas, I am praying that God will deliver us once again and that His people will seek that wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption that is in the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:30,31) who was born that Christmas Day. May God once again bless America as we put our trust in Him and may you and yours have a blessed and merry Christmas.

December 7, 2010

The Infamous Date

Today as we remember the event that brought America into World War II–the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor military installation on December 7, 1941–I was drawn to revisit President Roosevelt’s dramatic speech, “A date which will live in infamy,” delivered to Congress on the following day. Roosevelt concluded,

“…we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.”

Sixty years later, September 11, 2001, this generation saw another attack which would indelibly write another infamous date on America’s calendar. But this time the attack would be upon a civilian target and from a more nebulous and subtle enemy. President Bush concluded his address to Congress with these words:

“I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them. Fellow citizens, we’ll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may He watch over the United States of America.”

America does have a date with destiny. Her history, virtue, and resolve shape her future. Remembering this day and others like it should strengthen us, our faith, and our determination to seek God’s providential hand of protection and blessing and a renewed reliance upon His infinite wisdom and guidance.

November 20, 2010

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

It is a bit disconcerting when businesses move directly from Halloween to Christmas promotions and virtually skip over one of America’s most important holidays–Thanksgiving. Costumes, candy and gifts are big sellers for non-grocery retailers and about all Thanksgiving has going for it, commercially, is groceries. A retailer would have to be committed to the holiday itself and not just the profitability of it.  The history of Thanksgiving–its origin, purpose, and Presidential proclamations certainly warrant more than a casual mention in the history books and by school teachers. American students need to know the truth of it, and certainly not some “sanitized” version. Of course, it is very difficult to secularize Thanksgiving, although it has been and continues to be tried. Forgetting Thanksgiving is tantamount to forgetting God as well as avoiding a significant part of American history. When our family made a move in the summer of 1961, I distinctly remember my new third grade public school teacher leading us in a prayer before our lunch period every day. When I started fourth grade, the prayers went missing and never returned. At that time, I was not aware that in the summer of 1962, corporately thanking God for our food was banned from the public schools. Now, fifty years later, we may hear of a “pardon” for a turkey, but no proclamation of thanks to God for his benevolent provision and protection–in government nor government run schools. All I ask for is an acknowledgment of In God We Trust whether in schools or in the retail stores of our land. It is God who has blessed our land and I believe we are currently living on the blessings given to our forefathers. If retailers really believed that God is their provider, they would see the profitability in promoting a day of thanksgiving to Him and His all-wise providence.

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