Was “The Original Intent”

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 Whose Divine Hand Was behind the Establishment of the United States of America and our Founding Documents.

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"Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the Revolution. Think nothing of me; take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever, but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles."

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States

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

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


“They [the Founding Fathers] were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self-government.  They were an inspired body of men. It has been said that God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the wilderness.... Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence.”

— Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th President of the United States


“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. The prospect of a war with any powerful nation is too remote to be a matter of calculation. Besides, there is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow.  Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they my place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail to properly scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing [and ours]. …. I regard it [countries founding & Constitution] as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statesman that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benignant Providence; for when we regard it as a system of government growing out of the discordant options and conflicting interests of thirteen independent States, it almost appears Divine interposition in our behalf …. I believe, if the bond of union were broken, we should never again be a united people…. No plan could be proposed that would be adopted; the hand that destroys the Constitution renders our Union asunder for ever.”

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot


“God is the only president of the day, and Webster is his orator.”

— Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)  Poet, abolitionist, naturalist, transcendentalist & philosopher


"While most nations trace their origin to barbarians, the foundations of our nation were laid by civilized men, by Christians."

— Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) Presbyterian minister & founder of the American Temperance Society

 

“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


"History is God's providence in human affairs."

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot


“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.” It may do for other countrys and other governments to talk about the state support religion, but here under our free institutions it is religion that must support the state.”

— Robert Charles Winthrop (1809-1894) Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives


“There are too many prophetic signs admonishing us, that Almighty Providence is pre-engaged to make this a truly great nation, not to be cheered by them, and set ourselves to a search after the true principles of national welfare, with a confidence that here, at last, they are to find their opportunity. This western world had not been preserved unknown through so many ages, for any purpose less sublime, than to be opened, at a certain stage of history, and become the theater wherein better principles might have room and free development.”

— Horace Bushnell (1802–1876) Mininister and Theologian


“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. All efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness.. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”

— Rev. Jedediah Morse (1761-1826) Author, minister and teacher


“... you [the voter]  have especially to guard yourselves. You have the highest of human trust committed to your care. Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number and has chosen you as the guardian of freedom to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May He who holds in his hands the destinies of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed and enable you, with pure hearts and pure hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to to the end of time the great charge he has committed to your keeping.”

— Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) 7th President of the United States


"... So far as I myself am concerned, I utterly abhor peace on any such grounds. Give me war redder than blood and fiercer than fire, if this terrific infliction is necessary that I may maintain my faith in God, in human liberty, my faith of the fathers in the instruments of liberty, my faith in this land as the appointed abode and chosen refuge of liberty for all the earth! War is terrible, but that abyss of ignominy (public disgrace; shame; reproach; dishonor; infamy) is yet more terrible!"


“If this nation is, in the providence of God, destined to lead the way in the moral and political emancipation of the world, it is time she understood her high calling, and were harnessed for the work. For mighty causes, like floods and distant mountains, are rushing with accumulating power to their consummation of good or evil, and soon our character and destiny will be stereotyped forever."

— Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887) Minister, Educator and Anti-slavery Activist


"Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the Revolution. Think nothing of me; take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever, but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles."

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for the progress made, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”

— Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) 18th President of the United States and  Commanding Genera in the Civil War


“Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what they may.”

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty from evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to Liberty lurk in the insidious encroachments by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”

— Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court


“In no other way can this Republic become a world power in the noblest sense of the word than by putting into her life and the lives of her citizens the spirit and principles of the great founder of Christianity.”

— David J. Brewer (1837-1910) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court


“Intelligence, patriotism, Christanity, and firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


“I care not if God is on my side. My constant hope and prayer is that I may be found upon God's side.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


“My experience of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them, or indisposed me to serve them; nor in spite of failures, which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge; or of the present aspect of affairs; do I despair of the future. The truth is this. The march of Providence [God's work] is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.”

— Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) General of the Confederate Army during the Civil War


"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling Providence."

— Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)14th President of the United States


“Let me say, gentleman, that if we and our posterity, shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in fear of God, and shall respect his commandments, if we and they, shall maintain just moral sentiments, and such conscientious convictions of duty as shall control the heart and life, we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country …But, if we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. Should that catastrophe happen, let it have no history! Let the horrible narrative never be written! Let its fate be like that of the lost books of Livy, which no human eye shall ever read, or the missing Pleiad, of which no man can ever know more, than that is lost, and lost forever!


We may trust, that Heaven will not forsake us, nor permit us to forsake ourselves. We must strengthen ourselves, and gird up our loins with new resolution; we must counsel each other; and, determined to sustain each other in support of the Constitution, prepare to meet manfully, and united, what ever of difficulty, or danger, whatever effort, or of sacrifice, the Providence of God may call upon us to meet. We are of this generation so derelict, have we so little of the blood of our revolutionary fathers coursing through our veins, that we cannot preserve, what they achieved? The would will cry out “SHAME” upon us, if we show ourselves unworthy, to be the decedents of those great and illustrious men, who fought for their liberty, and secured it to their posterity, by the Constitution of the United States. …

We have a great and wise Constitution. We have grown, flourished, and prospered under it, with a degree of rapidity, unequaled in the history of the world. Founded on the basis of equal right, its provisions secure perfect equality and freedom; those who live under it are equal, and enjoy the same privileges. It is presumed, that all wise and good men of the nation have the same end in view, though they may take different means to obtain that great end, the preservation and protection of the Constitution and government. ….


The Constitution has enemies, secret and professed; but they cannot disguise the fact, that it secures us many benefits. Those enemies are unlike in character, but they all act for the same purpose. Some of them are enthusiasts, self-sufficient and headstrong. They fancy, that they can strike out for themselves a better path, than that laid down for them; …

Heat, in the intellectual constitution of these enthusiasts, is distributed just exactly as it should be; they have hot heads and cold hearts. They are rash, reckless, and fierce for change, and with no affection for the exiting institutions of their country.


Other enemies are, more cool, and with more calculation. These have deeper and more fixed and dangerous purpose; they formally spoke of a forcible resistance to the provision of the Constitution; … There are those in the country, who profess, in their own words, even hate the Constitution ….

It is the anniversary of the birth of Washington. …All the good, whether learned or unlearned, high or low, rich or poor, feel, this day that there is one treasure common to them all, and that is the flame and character of Washington.  They recount his deeds, ponder over his principles and teachings, and resolve, to be more and more guided by them in the future. To the old and young, to all born in the land, and to all, those love of liberty had brought them from foreign shores, to make this the home of their adoption, the name of Washington is this day an exhilarating theme. Americans by birth are proud of his character, and exiles from foreign shore are eager, to participate in admiration of him; and it is true that he is, this day, here, everywhere, all the world over, more an object of love and regard, than on ay day since his birth.


Gentlemen, on Washington’s principles, and under the guidance of his example, we will and our children uphold the Constitution. Under his military leadership, our fathers conquered; and under the outspread banner of his political and constitutional principles, will we also conquer. To that standard, we shall adhere, and uphold it, through evil report and through good report. We will meet danger, we will meet death, if they come, in its protection; and we will struggle on, in daylight and in darkness, aye, in the thickest darkness, with all the storms which it may bring with it, till ‘danger’s troubled night in o’er, and the star of Peace return.”

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot


"That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles, right and wrong, throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle."

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


“If this nation is, in the providence of God, destined to lead the way in the moral and political emancipation of the world, it is time she understood her high calling, and were harnessed for the work. For mighty causes, like floods from distant mountains, are rushing with accumulating power, to their consummation of good or evil, and soon her national character and destiny will be stereotyped forever.”

— Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) Presbyterian Minister & Founder of the American Temperance Society


“What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling seacoasts, our Army, and our Navy. These are not our reliance against tyranny. All of these may be turned against us without making us weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is In the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. ….


Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage, and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


"If this nation is, in the providence of God, destined to lead the way in the moral and political emancipation of the world, it is time she understood her high calling, and were harnessed for the work.

For mighty causes, like floods from distant mountains, are rushing with accumulating power to their consummation of good or evil."

— Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887) Minister, Educator and Anti-slavery Activist


"Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purposes of the Almighty will not succeed. They always have been, they always will be, beaten."

— Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


"Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power."

— Lewis Cass (1782–1866) 22nd United States Secretary of State


“The far-reaching, the boundless future will be the era of American greatness. In its magnificent domain of space and time, the nation of many nations is destined to manifest to mankind the excellence of divine principles; to establish on earth the noblest temple ever dedicated to the worship of the Most High – the Sacred and the True. Its floor shall be a hemisphere, its roof the firmament of the star-studded heavens, and its congregation an Union of many Republics, comprising hundreds of happy millions, calling, owning no man master, but governed by God's natural and moral law of equality, the law of brotherhood of peace and good will amongst men."

— John Louis O'Sullivan (1813–1895) Columnist, Editor who coined the term "Manifest

Destiny"


"America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) Author, Poet, and Philosopher


“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

— Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) French Author


"Mohammed brought down from heaven and put into the Koran not religious doctrines only, but political maxims, criminal and civil laws, and scientific theories. The Gospels, on the other hand, deal only with the general relations between man and God and between man and man. Beyond that, they teach nothing and do not oblige people to believe anything.


That alone, among a thousand reasons, is enough to show that Islam will not be able to hold its power long in an age of enlightenment and democracy, while Christianity is destined to reign in such age, as in all others."

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) French Author


“The religion of Jesus Christ aims at nothing less than the utter overthrow of all other systems of religion in the world; denouncing them as inadequate to the wants of man, false in their foundations, and dangerous in their tendency.


These are no ordinary claims; and it seems hardly possible for a rational being to regard them with even a subdued interest; much less to treat them with mere indifference and contempt. If not true they are little else than the pretensions of a bold imposture, which not satisfied with having already enslaved millions of the human race, seeks to continue its encroachments upon human liberty, until all nations be subjected under its iron rule.


But if they are well-founded and just, they can be no less than the high requirements of heaven, addressed by the voice of God to the reason and understanding of man, concerning things deeply affecting his relations to his sovereign, and essential to the formation of his character and of course to his destiny, both for this life and for the life."

― Simon Greenleaf (1783–1853) Lawyer, Author, and Jurist


“THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE RETAINED THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION AS THE FOUNDATION OF THEIR CIVIL, LEGAL AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS; WHILE THEY HAVE REFUSED TO CONTINUE A LEGAL PREFERENCE TO ANY ONE OF ITS FORMS OVER ANY OTHER. In the same spirit of practical wisdom, moreover, they have consented to tolerate all other religions. … We must be a Christian nation, if we wish to continue a free nation."

— Jasper Adams (1793-1841) Clergyman, College Professor, and College President


“You will notice that while the oppressors have carried out their plans and had things their own way, there were other forces silently at work which in time undermined their plans - as if a Divine hand were directing the counter-plan. Whoever peruses the story of liberty without recognizing this feature will fail of fully comprehending the meaning of history. There must be a meaning to history or else existence is an incomprehensible enigma.”

— Charles Carleton Coffin (1823-1896) Journalist, Army Correspondent, Historian & Author


“Slavery as an institution is a moral & political evil in any country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence. Their emancipation will sooner result from the mild & melting influence of Christianity, than the storms & tempests of fiery controversy. This influence though slow, is sure. The doctrines & miracles of our Saviour have required nearly two thousand years, to convert but a small part of the human race, & even among Christian nations, what gross errors still exist!"

— Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) General of the Confederate Army during the Civil War


“Through the ages one increasing purpose (divine plan) runs. Yet I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs, And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns. What is that to him that reaps not harvest of his youthful joys, Though the deep heart of existence beat forever like a boy's?


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore, And the individual withers, and the world is more and more. Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and he bears a laden breast, Full of sad experience moving toward the stillness of his rest.”

— Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892) English Poet


Two versions of the quote.

"There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America”


“God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America."

— Otto (Eduard Leopold) von Bismarck (1815–1898) 1st Chancellor of the German Empire


"May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not."

— Mallard Filmore (1800-1874) Thirteenth President of the United States


“That the Almighty does make use of human agencies, and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest statements of the Bible. I have had so many evidences of his directions, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above.


I frequently see my way clear to a decision when I am conscious that I have no sufficient facts upon which to found it. But I cannot recall one instance in which I have followed my own judgment founded upon such a decision, where the results were unsatisfactory; whereas, in almost every instance where I have yielded to the views of others, I have had occasion to regret it.

 I am satisfied that when the Almighty wants me to do or not to do a particular thing, he finds a way of letting me know it. I am confident that it is his design to restore the Union. He will do it in his own good time. We should obey and not oppose his will.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


"Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power."

— Lewis Cass (1782-1866) Governor of the Michigan Territory and  Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson


"If there be a 'purpose running' through the life of the world, is it not plain that one thought in the divine plan was that in this republic should be unfolded and developed in the presence of the world the Christian doctrine of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man?"

— David J. Brewer (1837-1910) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court


"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot


“There must be an overruling Providence, who directs the destinies of men and nations.”

— William Smyth (1824–1870) Lawyer, Judge, and US. House of Representative member from Iowa.


"Man has made 32 million laws since THE COMMANDMENTS were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai more than three thousand years ago, but he has never improved on God's law. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are the principles by which man may live with God and man may live with man. They are the expressions of the mind of God for His creatures. They are the charter and guide of human liberty, for there can be no liberty without the law...."

— Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959) American Film Director and Producer


“The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French Military Dictator who conquered much of Europe


“One God, one law, one element, And one far-off divine event To which the whole creation moves.”

— Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892) English poet


“If we don't have a proper fundamental [Biblical] moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except for the State."

— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, 33rd President of the United States


"His hand, so often visible in our preservation, has stayed the pestilence, saved us from foreign wars and domestic disturbances, and scattered plenty throughout the land. Our liberties, religious and civil, have been maintained, the fountains of knowledge have all been kept open, and means of happiness widely spread and generally enjoyed greater than have fallen to the lot of any other nation.”

— Mallard Filmore (1800-1874) Thirteenth President of the United States


"Society without religion is like a ship without a compass."

— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French Military Dictator who conquered much of Europe


“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States


“Many historians of our day spend long hours discussing the South’s ‘States’ Rights issue and their Constitutional reasons for seceding from the Union. …I have considered it first of all from God’s perspective, not a political perspective. I must address the subject by asking how the Lord looks at wars in general and, in this case, the Civil War. … one has to consider the question: Does God intervene in the affairs of men, and wars? If so, all war? Does God choose sides in war? Does He determine the outcome? Obviously the answer to those questions is a resounding ‘Yes!’ God is sovereign, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Wars and their outcome are directly decided according to His will; God determines who will lose or win.”

— Richard “Little Bear” Wheeler – Author, Public Speaker and Storyteller, and Pastor (book God’s Mighty Hand, pg. 191-192)


“History should live by that live by that life which belongs to it, and that life is God. In history, God should be acknowledged and proclaimed. The history of the world should be set forth as the annals of the government of the Sovereign King.”

— Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné (1794– 1872) Protestant Minister and Historian


"Our whole history appears like a last effort of Divine Providence in behalf of the human race."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Author, Poet, and Philosopher


"The government of the United States is acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations, to be the most free, impartial, and righteous government of the world; but all agree, that for such a government to be sustained for many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practiced. The rulers must govern in the fear of God, and the people obey the laws."

— Emma Willard (1787–1870) Woman Rights Activist and Founder of the Troy Female Seminary in New York



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Through God’s blessing, grace and assistance,


Washington made our Country and Lincoln saved our Country.



















For our God and our Union ....


Who will be the Third Protector of our Liberties and Freedoms?

Will there be a Third Protector of our Liberties and Freedoms?

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No authority on earth supersedes God’s Word and Law.

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“God blesses those nations who acknowledge Him, His laws and providence..”

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