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Basic Principles of Our Nation — Especially Regarding Education

From John Quincy Adams :

Here was a conflict between two first principles of government resulting from a defect in the British Constitution: the principle that sovereign power in the human government is in its nature unlimited; and the principle that property can lawfully be taxed only with the consent of its owner. Now these two principles carried out in practice are utterly irreconcilable with each other… The King and Parliament and the people of Great Britain appealed for the right to tax to the Colonies to unlimited and illimitable sovereignty of the Parliament, and the Colonists appealed to the natural right of property and the article of the Great Charter. The collision in the application of these two principles was the primitive cause o the severance of the North American Colonies form the British Empire.

The grievance alleged in the Declaration of Independence were..causes amply sufficient to justify before God and man the separation itself; and that resolution – to the support of which the 55 representatives of the one people of the United Colonies pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor – after passing through the fiery ordeal of a sex years war, was sanctioned by the God of Battle sand by the unqualified acknowledge of the defeated adversary.

John Quincy Adams spoke these words in a oration on the occassion of the celebration of Indpendence Day 1837 at Newburyport. He had special reason to know what the first principles of our national governmental philosophy were because his father John Adams was the primary promoter and his boyhood friend Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence, upon which he is basing this argument.

John Quincy Adams says that inside the first two principles of government, as stated in the Declaration, is the constraint of government. That neither King nor parliament has unlimited power.

Today many people assert that we cannot know the intent of the founders. This is obviously silly. They told us what they intended. That both executive branch — or legislative — or judicial branch would take power that they were not given by the Constitution is very serious. While we don’t normally get into politics on GSB, we do talk about education. This is foundational civics education, required for homeschoolers, at least in Texas.

Let’s do not neglect to teach this to our children. God is the final authority. Government is supposed to be limited to what the people agree to. This was the aim, intent, and clear declaration of our founders, godly forefather.

Podcasts Available Now: We Are on Virtual Air Again

The long anticipated day has arrived. YAY! GSB will now be available in podcast format. As always, whenever I start “broadcasting” on a “new channel” I start with the testimony of my grandson’s healing. So that episode will be posted here. I will in addition put several other popular episodes on our host site, Blubrry.

Then we will continue with the weekly episode pattern, posting in time for the weekend. (Normally I upload on Thursday, but the idea is to be in time for the Friday/Saturday high useage time for social media. Originally GSB aired on Sunday morning on the Christian Teaching and Talk FM station in Austin. This is what originally set the pattern.)

So delighted to be able to reach out again. Please alert all interested parties. Remember, GSB originally aimed at encouraging parents and educators to have faith for their children’s academic success. We have branched out a bit from that. Let me know if there is more interest in The GSB 4 Grandparents. We may be able to podcast that line too.

May the Lord bless you. PLEASE SHARE!!! Tell people who need to know about this cast. Thanks very much.

The Government is Not a Village

“No! It takes parents!” is what many people said in response to “It takes a Village. But the discussion needs to continue. And here it is, just when we thought we could be smug and one sided. First we look at James 1:27 — widows and orphans. Then we hear what John Adams had to say about education. This man, promoter of Independence, second president, and foundational thinker had something to say about public expenditures on education. We have a lot to learn — and we are about that business.

Celebrating Independence is Nearly as Important as ….. Christmas?

This is 3rd in our series on Independence Day. Today, a quote from John Quincy Adams. Look for a forthcoming workbook on civics from upper elementary and junior high students.

Why is it, friends and fellow citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it that entering upon the 62nd year of our national experience,e you have honored with an invitation to address you from this place a fellow citizen of a former age, bearing in the records of his memory the warm and vivid affection which attached him – at the distance of a full half century – to your town and to you forefathers, then the cherished associated of his youthful days? Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, you most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? And why is it that among the swarming myriads of our population thousand and tens of thousand among us …yet united with all their brethren of this community year after year in celebration his, the birthday of the nation?

Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? –that it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is is not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? – that it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christian and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?

Oration by John Quincy Adams, 1837.

Why is the Declaration of Independence so very important according to John Quincy Adams? Why is is important that we celebrate it. How might we apply this today?

Next time, let’s see what he said were the aims of the Declaration — and why his view is so compelling.