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Henry Ward BeecherThe American Flag
by Henry Ward Beecher

As at the early dawn the stars shine forth even while it grows light, and then, as the sun advances that light breaks into banks and streaming lines of color, the glowing red and intense white striving together, and ribbing the horizon with bars effulgent, so on the American flag, stars and beams of many-colored light shine out together. And wherever this flag comes, and men behold it, they see in its sacred emblazonry no ramping lions and no fierce eagle; no embattled castles, or insignia of imperial authority: they see symbols of light. It is the banner of Dawn. It means Liberty; and the galley-slave, the poor, oppressed conscript, the trodden-down creature of foreign despotism, sees in the American flag that very promise and prediction of God,—"The people which sat in darkness saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up."...

In 1777, within a few days of one year after the Declaration of Independence, ... the Congress of the Colonies, or the Confederated States, assembled, and ordained this glorious National Flag which we now hold and defend, and advanced it full high before God and all men, as the Flag of Liberty. It was no holiday flag, gorgeously emblazoned for gayety or vanity. It was a solemn national signal. When that banner first unrolled to the sun, it was the symbol of all those holy truths and purposes which brought together the Colonial American Congress!

...Our Flag carries American ideas, American history and American feelings. Beginning with the Colonies, and coming down to our time, in its sacred heraldry, in its glorious insignia, it has gathered and stored chiefly this supreme idea: Divine right of liberty in man. Every color means liberty; every thread means liberty; every form of star and beam or stripe of light means liberty: not lawlessness, not license; but organized institutional liberty,—liberty through law, and laws for liberty!...

... It is not a painted rag. It is a whole national history. It is the Constitution. It is the government. It is the free people that stand in the government of the Constitution. —Henry Ward Beecher

(Henry Ward Beecher, Freedom and War, Discourses on Topics Suggested by the Times, Boston, MA: Ticknor and Fields, 1863, 112–113, 114–115, 123; From Verna M. Hall, (2006). The Christian history of the Constitution of the United States of America, Vol. I. Christian self-government (Founders Edition) (371). San Francisco: Foundation for American Christian Education.)

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Ben Gilmore Truth—Power, Love and a Sound Mind
Guest Essay by Ben Gilmore

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind--2 Timothy 1:7

It has been my honor to write these columns since August 3, 1981 (32 years). Theme topics have, I trust, aimed at presenting sound principles upon which to evaluate our choices and govern out actions.

Our founders were correct in their belief that America could never be brought down by external forces. Rather, they warned, our vulnerability was from within. It is wrong to say, “America is a Christian nation because it was formed by Christians.” It is right to say, ”America is a Christian nation because it has a Christian form.”

“In proportion as Americans let go of faith in the absolute power of God, they have accepted the belief in an all powerful State.”—Verna M. Hall [Christian History of the Constitution, 1960]
Human history is full of examples where groups and nations found themselves in darkness (i.e., graft, treason, greed, lies, corruption of all sorts). Many of those examples have joyous conclusions as pockets of people humbly confessed the darkness and turned back to the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

Such darkness is spreading across America faster and faster. Truth is fighting to the surface as it always does. News of Benghazi treason, supplying guns to Mexican drug lords and Muslim Brotherhood thugs, IRS intimidation of patriotic groups - Things are piling up to the point that more and more folks are saying, “ENOUGH!” There is internet monitoring - I will be embarrassed if my name is left off their list!

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Calvin Coolidge
"Is it reasonable to expect wisdom from the ignorant? Fidelity from the profligate? Assiduity and application to public business from men of a dissipated life? Is it reasonable to commit the management of public revenue to one who has wasted his own patrimony? Those, therefore, who pay no regard to religion and sobriety in the persons whom they send to the legislature of any State are guilty of the greatest absurdity and will soon pay dear for their folly."

—John Witherspoon, A Sermon Delivered at Public Thanksgiving after Peace (Documented in The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, Vol 3.).

Joel Belz Terrorism | Playing by the terrorists' rules wastes time,
money and energy

Guest Essay by Joel Belz

Through some clumsy scheduling, I ended up a couple of weeks ago with a three-hour layover in the airport at Buffalo, N.Y. It’s OK, I thought. If the clientele at a typical Walmart can respond thoughtfully to a few man-in-the-street questions (veteran WORLD readers are used to such occasional profiles in this space), then certainly these sophisticated patrons of air travel might have a little wisdom to share.

Besides, we were all just standing in line, shuffling our way—shoeless and beltless—through the security process. Nobody could go anywhere.

So, I thought I’d ask in the most inoffensive, even-handed fashion possible: “Excuse me, sir. Do you have a moment for me to quiz you about a couple of public policy issues?” To my surprise, in perhaps two dozen such approaches, almost no one turned the other way. These folks were ready to talk, ready to comment, ready with their opinions.

“If you were President Obama,” I asked, “and this afternoon you could take care of just one big problem our country faces, what would that problem be?”

One or two folks mentioned North Korea and Iran and the nuclear threat. One or two brought up the national debt and the budget deficit. One spoke of global warming. No one mentioned education, immigration, the disintegration of the American family, or homosexual marriage.

Easily trumping any and all of those concerns, in the minds of these people, was this one. Waving their arms in every direction, these folks were focused on just one big concern: What might President Obama do to resolve the horrendous waste, delay, and frustration brought on by airport security?  Read On



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John Talcott Jr. A Tribute to John Talcott Jr.
by Dr. Paul Jehle

Not too many people in America have experienced and also served in such a wide variety of ways as did John G. Talcott, Jr. John remembered the very first Armistice Day in 1918 which he attended. He also met John Phillips Souza after a concert. Descended from Pilgrim John Chilton of the Mayflower, his ancestors were also a part of the migration that began the Connecticut Colony under the leadership of Thomas Hooker. He grew up not far from where they first planted the colony, in the Talcottville section of Vernon. How many people can say they grew up in a village named after one of their ancestors!

But in John Talcott's mind he did not receive an abundance of experiences or an ancestry so that he might be admired by others. Throughout his life he remained a child at heart with a central focus of demonstrating gratefulness through service to others. His collections of antique cars and locomotives were always for the purpose of being shared or put in parades. In short, though he always appeared to have only a few words to say, the quality of his actions made him a giant! Truly his family and those of us who knew him could say that his actions did speak louder than his words. Read On


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