On This Day in History: December 01, 

1660 – First Navigation Act passed by the British Parliament to regulate colonial commerce to suit English needs. 1955 – Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

STANDING FOR LIBERTY & FREEDOM

On Religious & Political Freedom

This section of America For Me ! is chronological listing of statements and documents which illuminate our heritage of Liberty and Freedom. It is dedicated to those men and women throughout history who have stood up for Freedom no matter what the cost. Those who by their words and actions have demonstrated that the “Light of Liberty radiated in their soul because the Fire of Freedom burned fearlessly and determinedly [fiercely] in their heart not just for themselves but for all men everywhere.”

“Religious and political liberty are but two ‘peas in the same pod.’ The ‘pod’ is a gift of God. It is the divine principle which equates freedom with individual responsibility.” – J. Allen English

“LIBERTY will not descend to a people; people must raise themselves to LIBERTY; it is a Blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“For what avail the plow or sail, Or land, or life, if freedom fail?”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God has given Liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” – John Philpot Curran

Our Fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With Freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!

Fourth Verse of America by Rev. Samuel F. Smith

“Man has slaved through the ages that we might be free. He has battled that we might have peace. He has studied that we might know. He has left us the heritage of the ages that we in our turn might carry it on.” – Angelo Patri

Edward Gibbon, in 1788, set forth in his famous book, “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” five basic reasons why that great civilization withered and died:

  1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis for human society.
  2. Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace.
  3. The mad craze for pleasure, with sports and plays becoming more exciting, more brital and mor immoral.
  4. The building of great armaments when the real enemy was within – the decay of individual responsibility.
  5. The decay of religion, whose leaders lost their touch with life, and their power to guide the people.

Defenders of Freedom before the Meridian of Time

Defenders of Freedom before the Meridian of Time
1491 BC The Ten Commandments
720 BC Isaiah Cries Out for Social Justice
92 BC King Mosiah to His People

64 AD Spiritual Wickedness in High Places
1215 The Magna Carta
1381 John Ball

16th Century Quotes
1521 Martin Luther “Here I Stand”
17th Century Quotes

18th Century Quotes
1735 Alexander Hamilton – Freedom of the Press
1761 A Man’s House Is His Castle
1766 No Taxation Without Representation
1775 Patrick Henry “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”
1776 Nathan Hale “I Only Regret That I Have but One Life to Lose for My Country”
1776 Thomas Paine “These Are the Times Which Try Men’s Souls”
1776 Virginia Bill of Rights
1782 George Washington “Declines to be King”
1787 Benjamin Franklin – Constitutional Bookends
1787 Preamble to the Constitution
1789 George Washington – 1st Inaugural Address
1796 George Washington – Farewell Address

19th Century Quotes
1814 Francis Scott Key – Star Spangled Banner
1826 Daniel Webster – Supposed Speech of John Adams
1830 Daniel Webster – On Strong Federal Government
1858 Abraham Lincoln – A House Divided
1860 Abraham Lincoln – Right Makes Might
1861 Abraham Lincoln – 1st inaugural Address
1863 Abraham Lincoln – Emancipation Proclamation
1863 Edward Everett Hale – Man Without a Country
1865 Abraham Lincoln – 2nd Inaugrual Address
1886 Statue of Liberty
1887 Alexander Tyler – On Democracy

20th Century Quotes
1933 Franklin D Roosevelt – First Inaugrual Address
1940 Winston Churchill – Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
1940 Winston Churchill – This Was Their Finest Hour
1940 Winston Churchill – We Shall Fight on the Beaches
1940 J Reuben Clark, Jr – Why I Am an American
1941 Franklin D Roosevelt – Four Freedoms
1951 General Douglas MacArthur – Old Soldiers Never Die
1961 John F Kennedy – Inaugural Address
1962 General Douglas MacArthur – Duty, Honor, Country
1963 Rev Martin Luther King – I Have a Dream
1966 Johnny Sea – Day of Decision
1966 Ezra Taft Benson – Stand Up For Freedom
1979 William J Dell – To Mrs. Hannibal’s Home Room Class
1996 Rev Joe Wright – Prayer for Kansas House

21st Century Quotes

In the Preamble of our Constitution, our Founding Fathers stated one of its purposes as being to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

May God Bless and Save the United States of America
Our Constitutional Republic !