Party Like It’s 1776 In America!

Recently a New Jersey High School principal apologized for “party like it’s 1776” on prom tickets. The principal wrote:

“I especially apologize to our African American students, who I have let down by not initially recognizing the inappropriateness of this wording.” Fox News

Party like it’s 1776

The facts do not support the idea that modern Americans should be ashamed of the founding of their country, nor should they be ashamed of the fact that slavery was still an existing institution in the new country, the founding of which is associated with the year 1776 and the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Sowell summed up the impulse that drives many modern racists trying to cash in on racism when he wrote:

“Those who mine history for sins are not searching for truth but for opportunities to denigrate their own society, or for grievances that can be cashed in today, at the expense of people who were not even born when the sins of the past were committed.” Thomas Sowell: Poisoning present by distorting slavery’s past

To hear many today you would think that slavery was invented by white Americans and the sin of slavery in America somehow negates the great virtues of America in particular, and Western Civilization in general. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Although we cannot know with absolute certainty when human slavery was invented we can be fairly certain from the evidence that it was practiced at least from the beginning of the Neolithic age well over 10,000 years ago.

In centuries since people of every human race have practiced slavery, and been enslaved. Probably through the whole of human history as many Caucasians have been enslaved as people of African descent – see White Slavery and Slavery on Wikipedia. The very word “slave” comes from the name of the Slavic people of Europe who were a source of slaves to the Muslim empire of the Middle Ages.

It is true that slavery was still being practiced in America at its founding, but America was not unique in that respect – slavery was common throughout the world at that time in many places. Only a fraction of Africans exported as slaves went to North America. Many more went to South America and Islamic countries of the Middle East.

What makes America different is that it was part of the Western Civilization that by the 18th century was starting to think of ending slavery and in the end did end it, at least in the parts controlled by it. Quoting Thomas Sowell again:

“Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century. People of every race and color were enslaved – and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed.”

“Everyone hated the idea of being a slave but few had any qualms about enslaving others. Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century – and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other American leaders. You could research all of the 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there. But who is singled out for scathing criticism today? American leaders of the 18th century.”

“Deciding that slavery was wrong was much easier than deciding what to do with millions of people from another continent, of another race, and without any historical preparation for living as free citizens in a society like that of the United States, where they were 20 percent of the population.”

“It is clear from the private correspondence of Washington, Jefferson, and many others that their moral rejection of slavery was unambiguous, but the practical question of what to do now had them baffled. That would remain so for more than half a century.”

That question was finally answered by a war in which one life was lost [620,000 Civil War casualties] for every six people freed [3.9 million].

The Thomas Sowell Reader

Americans of all colors should be proud of America and of 1776. Go ahead and party like it’s 1776!

Was America perfect at its founding? No. Was it a step in the right direction? Absolutely!

History records the evils that men and women have done. It also records their difficult progress, step by step, to eliminate evil. In that story, the story of America is one of progress in that direction. It was not a story without error, or without evils, but it was a story of great progress, some of the greatest.

Men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others were slave owners in their lifetime, but their acts and their intellectual contributions certainly were key in setting the foundations for the elimination of slavery in America.

No American should ever apologize for 1776 to anyone. America inherited slavery from the past and among other countries in the West, especially Great Britain, America fought to abolish it. Black American slaves were not freed soon after 1776, but the fact is that 1776 was instrumental in getting to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the final freeing of slaves in 1865.

Americans are not proud of the history of slavery in America, but they are justifiably proud of their country’s achievements in ending it, and the great sacrifices they made to do so.

Yes, let’s party like it’s 1776.

Big Wins in 2017

United States flag in winter

Last day of the year and like everyone in the U.S. we are preparing for some very cold nights coming this week. Looking back we can see that President Trump and Conservatives had some very significant wins in 2017 – see the first story below on “The 7 Biggest Conservative Wins of 2017.”

Also don’t forget President Trump’s great success in appointing Federal judges in 2017 – the 2nd story below. But not everyone is happy – read the last story below on the still bitter “Never Trumpers.”

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and may our wins in 2018 be even bigger!


The 7 Biggest Conservative Wins of 2017

President Trump Winning

 

 “Making America Great Again” isn’t going to happen overnight. But, 2017 has surely been a good start. So, before leaping into the new year, let’s take a look back at what Republicans have accomplished.

Judicial Picks, Including – But Not Limited to – Justice Neil Gorsuch …

Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Agreement …

Significant Blows to ISIS …

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Passes in the House …

Formally Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel …

Tax Reform …

Economic Uptick …

Simply put, despite what some may want you to think, this year hasn’t been all that bad. Here’s to hoping 2018 is even better.  

-Erika Haas READ MORE at Townhall


Trump’s Historic Success Appointing Federal Judges in 2017

 Even President Donald Trump’s critics cannot deny his historic success in 2017 in appointed judges to the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, exercising one of the greatest powers of the presidency in a way that will create a lasting legacy shaping the destiny of the nation.
President Trump’s clearest single victory on the judicial front was the successful nomination and confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. It began with the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. For voters, the issue of the courts went from the abstract to the concrete, and judicial appointments became a red-hot issue.  

-Ken Klukowski READ MORE at Breitbart


Rick Manning: ‘National Review Crowd Can’t Admit They Were Dead Wrong About Donald Trump’

Never Trump at National Review

 “The National Review crowd can’t admit they were wrong, dead wrong, about Donald Trump,” said Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government.
Manning made his comments during Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with Breitbart Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour.

“[Donald Trump] is the most conservative president in my lifetime, and I include Ronald Reagan,” opined Manning, reflecting on National Review’s ongoing framing of the 45th president as lacking conservative bona fides.

National Review’s 2016 “Against Trump” article derided then presidential candidate Donald Trump as a “philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus.”

Manning reflected on National Review’s expressed contempt for “white working class” communities, recalling the magazine’s 2016 cover story by Kevin Williamson which described predominantly white and rural communities as “dysfunctional and downscale.”  

-Robert Kraychik READ MORE at Breitbart


December 31, 2017 InAmerica

How Trump Changed the Courts in 2017

President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

How Trump Changed the Courts in 2017

 Even before he was president, Donald Trump was clear about how he would prioritize putting constitutionalists on the courts.

And now, at the end of 2017, we can see how his presidency is already having an effect on the courts.

So how has the president done in his first year in office in terms of making good on that promise? Quite well indeed.

While the crowning achievement of the year was clearly the confirmation of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, it is worth celebrating the fact that the Senate confirmed 12 circuit court judges this year—the largest number of appellate judges confirmed during the first year of any president in history (beating out John Kennedy and Richard Nixon by one).  

-John G. Malcolm, READ MORE at The Daily Signal


Trump’s Tax Reform Will Benefit Middle Class More Than Wealthy

 Most of the gifts exchanged at this time of year are opened on Christmas Day. But this time around, a big one arrived a few days early: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

You’d never know that if you listen to the grinches in the so-called mainstream media, of course. They poured the usual amount of derision on it, insisting that it’s nothing more than a robber-baron’s roundup—a grab bag of goodies for the rich and no one else.

“A Win for the Wealthy, the Entitled and the Irresponsible,” read the headline of The Washington Post’s editorial. The New York Times, meanwhile, went with “Tax Bill Lets Trump and Republicans Feather Their Own Nests.”

Other media outlets followed suit, venting outrage at what they insist is nothing more than a sellout and a scam.

It isn’t. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act isn’t perfect, but it offers real tax relief to Americans up and down the income scale. President Donald Trump’s opponents are so fixed in their class-warfare ways that they seem oblivious to how beneficial it will really be, to ordinary workers and to the economy as a whole.  

-Ed Feulner, READ MORE at The Daily Signal


Passing Tax Reform Offers Republicans Another Shot to Repeal Obamacare

 Republicans have another shot to repeal Obamacare in 2018 after passing the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, which repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate. After passing the tax reform legislation, Republicans have differed on whether to pivot to infrastructure or entitlement reform.

Speaker Paul Ryan signaled that next year he wants to tackle entitlement reform, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that Republicans should move on from repealing Obamacare. Republicans will only have a one-seat majority in the Senate in 2018, which will make more contentious issues such as welfare reform and Obamacare repeal less politically viable, although some conservatives have argued that Republicans should focus on repealing Obamacare.  

-Sean Moran, READ MORE at Breitbart


December 28, 2017 InAmerica