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Roots Of America: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

March 16, 2015

Roots Of America: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

John Adams had a strong and argumentative personality that could irritated others. Yet, he was noted for his integrity and great loyalty to America. He was an amazing talented man who made monumental personal sacrifices to help construct America’s Constitutional Republic.

Once close allies, Adams and Thomas Jefferson became bitter political opponents. However, in their later years there was a reconciliation and they again became very close old friends, as documented through their many letters to each other.

Adams and Jefferson were the last of America’s living Founding Fathers.

History records an amazing coincidence:

“After his presidency, Adams lived quietly with Abigail on their family farm in Quincy, where he continued to write and to correspond with his friend Thomas Jefferson. Both Adams and Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of American independence. Adams’s last words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.’ ”

Adams did not know that Jefferson had died five hours earlier.

I think you will enjoy the following video and article about John Adams.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 3/16/15

Happy 2nd and 4th of July, 2014!

July 4, 2014

Happy 2nd and 4th of July, 2014!!

My dear Sub Mate Howard (Huck) Hawkins, a great patriot and diligent amateur scholar of American History, sent me the following information about why we celebrate the 4th of July and not the 2nd of July. The 2nd being the real date of the Declaration of America’s Independence.

Here is the story that Huck sent me. Although I do not know his source, I know it to be true.

Please enjoy your history and teach it to your children and friends!
Back in 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared the United States of America an independent nation not on July 4, as more than two centuries of Independence Day celebrations would suggest, but on July 2. John Adams, a congressional delegate from Massachusetts and a future president of the new nation, wrote about the vote for independence 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.”

So why do Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4th? Because that was the date on the Declaration of Independence, a document that was widely publicized and reprinted from one end of the fledgling nation to the other. As a result, the Fourth of July quickly became associated with personal liberty and national independence in the minds of all Americans.

For more about this momentous American and world history occasion, see the following:

V. Tom Mawhinney…with special thanks to buddy Howard Hawkins for sending me the quoted information.


June 20, 2012

The Stupidity Of The Electorate: Present and Future—

The Education Mess!


“Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates … to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
I dare you to watch 5 minutes of the following video with 
John Stossel! Here is new meaning to the phrase: 
"Our children are our future".

VTM, 6/20/12

“We Are In The Very Midst Of A Revolution”

April 12, 2012

We Are In The Very Midst Of A Revolution”

These words of John Adams are profoundly apropos  to President Obama’s fascist,  dictatorial and revolutionary assault on America in this 21 st. Century.

At present, the Obama administration appears to be purposefully “Abscent Without Leave” with respect to the various things that it could do to quell the building racial tensions, the race-baiting, the rumors of race-war, and the barbarous calls for the murder of the shooter of a black teenager, as well as the shooter”s family.

John Adams must be rolling in his grave.


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“Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, and measure in which the lives and liberties of millions yet unborn are intimately interested, are now before us. We are in the very midst of a revolution the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations.” –John Adams, letter to William Cushing, 1776

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“The People” Is Not Obama!

January 12, 2012

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“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

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“Democracy Never Lasts Long”

November 2, 2011

“Democracy Never Lasts Long”

This grave message from the past is unsettling.  I think it is true.  I do not know the context of this remark by John Adams.

I will hope that it was John Adams arguing against a pure democracy and for a republic, which America is supposed to be . It is not a pure democracy.

I will also hope that Adam’s criticism of a pure democracy is not also true of a republic…It looks increasingly that it is.


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“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts,
and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit
suicide.” –John Adams, letter to John Taylor, 1814

A Founding Father’s Moral Guidline

February 9, 2011

A Founding Father’s Moral Guidline

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“Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society.” –John Adams, letter to Mercy Warren, 1776

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Wake-Up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Our Founders Wanted God In Public Life

September 25, 2010

Our Founders Wanted God In Public Life. They absolutely did not want to see a particular governmentally established and sponsored religion emerge.  The “establishment clause”, as it has been called, never intended that various religious people could not pray or display their values in public places (schools, courts, and public property).
The following quotation goes to the heart of this concern:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. — Thomas Jefferson 

What about the part of this quote that is not emphasized by secular progressives?—– or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. 

How free do you feel when our Federal Government and the courts dictate that nondenominational prayer, moments of silence, and all religiously based rules for conduct must be prohibited and removed from public places? How free do you feel when this nations traditional religious holidays are ridiculed, renamed, and forbidden from display in public places?
The intent of the establishment clause was not to prevent public worship. The wall between church and state rather, was in reference to prohibiting a particular state sponsored religion. That, in large part, was what our first settlers had come to the Americas to escape.
The secular progressive interpretation of the establishment clause “throws the baby out with the bathwater”…it trashes the public display and influence of our basic (near nondenominational) ethical and morals rules that guided our forefathers and mothers along the paths of our greatness. History will conclude that this was a large part of our great undoing–though there is much more.
V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.    9/25/10

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“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.” –George Washington, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789 

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“It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

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Check Your Children’s Textbooks!

June 1, 2010

Check Your Children’s Textbooks!

Be sure to check your children’s school books to be sure that the intentions of our Founding Fathers are explained there. Also be certain that the profound sacrifices of our patriots and fighting forces are noted, as well as the stunning artistic, technological, military educational, civil, and humanitarian accomplishments of our great democratic society: the United States of America.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

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“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” –John Adams, Defense of Constitutions, 1787

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Censorship of Moral Values

August 27, 2009

Censorship of Moral Values

It is a bizarre twist that the minority secular forces in America, through the judiciary, have convinced the body politic that censorship of almost any sort is akin to a mortal Sin. Then, in the same way, they perpetrate the grand fraud that the Constitutional Separation of Church and State means that all references to Judeo/Christian guidelines to moral conduct must be expunged from the public domain.

Both are a monumental lies. These lies have credibility only because America has failed to educate its children, therefore its general public, about its own precious history;  the religiously based moral precepts of its Founding Fathers and their original intentions, hopes and dreams for our future.

The following quotes are taken from “Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in our Nation’s History and Future”, by Newt Gingrich.

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports” (p. 19).

George Washington, Farewell Address

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other'” (p. 19).

John Adams

“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness” (p, 19).

Samuel Adams

“The politician who loves liberty sees…a gulp [sic] that may swallow up the liberty to which he is devoted. He knows that morality overthrown (and morality must fall without religion) the terrors of despotism can alone curb the impetuous passions of man, and confine him within the bonds of social duty (p. 19).

 Alexander Hamilton

“Our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies of the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt, but would be the introduction of the dissolution of government and the bonds of civil society” (p. 20).

Elias Boudinot

“Religion and Virtue are the only Foundations, not only of Republicanism and or all free Government, but of social felicity under all Governments and in all Combinations of human society” (20).

John Adams

“Reading, reflection, and time have convinced me that the interests of society require the observation of those moral precepts…in which all religions agree” (20).

Thomas Jefferson

“Religion is the only solid Base of morals and Morals are the only possible Support of free governments” (p. 20)

Gouvernent Morris

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments” (p. 20).

The following quote (Italics) are the words of Newt Gingrich, to be found on page 21 of his book:

“For the founders, it was abundantly clear. Religious liberty and freedom of religious expression would be indispensable supports for our democratic traditions of government and our pluralistic society. And so they have for over two hundred years.”

“It is important to recognize that the benefits of these supports accrue to people of not just one particular faith, but those of all faiths, and for all people of goodwill, whether religious, agnostic, atheist, or radical secularist. Likewise, the Founders clearly believed that the weakening of these religious supports—such as by the hostile treatment of religion in American public life—threatens to undermine the very republican institutions under which the religious and the non-religious alike find their liberties.”


I believe these assessments of the essential beneficial effects of religion on the health and viability of America’s miraculous Constitutional Republic to represent an abiding truth.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 8/27/09

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