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246 Years Ago on July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed: Let Freedom Ring!

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 By Frances Presley Rice

Independence Day, or Fourth of July, is a time to be thankful that we still live in the greatest country in the world.

It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by others that ensure we live in a free country.

It is the time to celebrate our freedoms made possible by the Declaration of Independence signed 246 years ago on July 4, 1776.

Preamble of the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Each one was dedicated and showed their wisdom as they later wrote and debated on the Constitution. They were courageous to stand against the British and today serve as examples of how we can preserve our freedoms by standing up to our current tyrannical government.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO: The Founders Honored

The video is about how Frederick Douglass was invited to give a keynote oration on the Independence Day Celebration on July 5, 1852, by the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. President Millard Fillmore and 600 others listened intently to Douglass as he paid tribute to the founders of the United States while contrasting the hypocrisy of the present leadership where slavery and oppression were tolerated.

The audience within Corinthian Hall was enthusiastic, voting to unanimously endorse the speech at its end.

The Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society thought slavery “was an evil that ought not to exist, and was a violation of the inalienable rights of man.” They were steadfast in refusing any partisan political alignment, hoping to broaden their appeal across partisan lines.

Although Rochester was widely known as the home of Frederick Douglass’ Paper, at the time, Douglass was “the only anti-slavery instrumentality in the community.” The Rochester Ladies were anxious to increase the support for their anti-slavery movement.

This year, we can be thankful that recent Supreme Court decisions affirm our foundational values. The Supreme Court justice to whom we owe the most gratitude is Justice Clarence Thomas.

It would be well worth your time to view the documentary about Justice Thomas “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words.” This documentary shows the power of perseverance.

Below is a synopsis of this documentary that was provided by the filmmakers:

“Beyond the headlines, Thomas’ life is a classic American tale: born poor in the segregated South, he became one of the most influential justices in the highest court in the land. Created Equal tells his story truly and fully, without cover-ups or distortions.

“With unprecedented access, the producers interviewed Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia, for over 30 hours of interview time, over many months. Justice Thomas tells his entire life’s story, looking directly at the camera, speaking frankly to the audience. After a brief introduction, the documentary proceeds chronologically, combining Justice Thomas’ first person account with a rich array of historical archive material, period and original music, personal photos, and evocative recreations. Unscripted and without narration, the documentary takes the viewer through this complex and often painful life, dealing with race, faith, power, jurisprudence, and personal resilience.”

Author: Frances Rice

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story

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 By Judd Garrett 


East St. Louis, Illinois, 14-year-old Mary finds out she is pregnant by her 16-year-old boyfriend, Alfred. She and Alfred were scared to death. It was an impossible situation. Neither had even graduated high school. East St. Louis was a poverty-stricken city, infested with drugs and crime. This child growing inside of Mary did not have a chance in life. Every argument for abortion easily applied to Mary’s pregnancy. Every one of life’s cards were already stacked against him; born to a 14-year-old unwed mother, living in poverty with drugs and crime all around, his only hope was a failing school system. The most logical thing to do would be to end the pregnancy, stop the life of this child just as it was beginning.

But this was 1959, 14 years before the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v Wade, making abortion a protected right in this country. If this pregnancy had occurred after 1973, the practical thing to do, the logical thing to do, would be for Mary to visit the local planned parenthood, and “take care” of her pregnancy so she could live a “normal” life.

Instead, Mary and Alfred had the baby, and faced life as two scared teenage parents. Alfred Junior was born in January of 1960. Their family rallied around the young couple, the parents and grandparents helped them out as they married and grew their family. Two years later Alfred’s sister Jacqueline, named after our first lady at the time, Jacqueline Kennedy, was born.

They lived a hard-scrabble life. They never had much in their home other than love and each other. They went to school every day, and church every Sunday. They were taught to avoid the trappings of the streets; drugs, alcohol, crime, but at the same time, they were forged by the streets. They were taught toughness, competitiveness, self-sufficiency, survivor skills. 

With their family not having very much money, Alfred and Jackie got jobs working at the local community center, to make some extra money and to avoid the streets. They spent their free time playing basketball and racing each other in the streets. They played sports in high school and ran on the track team. They were so poor that they had to use the sand in the sandbox from the local playground as their landing pit when they practiced the long jump. But they did what they were taught; work hard, stay out of trouble, believe in God.

And 24 years after 14-year-old Mary brought a young boy into this world, her son, Alfred, was standing on a platform in the Los Angeles Coliseum, having an Olympic gold medal placed around his neck as the United States national anthem played. A day later, Jacqueline, or Jackie as she was now known, had a silver medal placed around her neck. Jackie also went onto compete in three other Olympic games, becoming one of the most decorated female Olympians in history, winning three gold medals, a silver and two bronze. And Jackie was named the greatest female athlete of the 20th century. 

The two children born to teenage parents whose pregnancies would be the standard argument for abortion are Al Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, two legendary track athletes, exemplary citizens, and true role models. And now, long after their track careers are over, they are still making a difference in people’s lives. They’re back in East St. Louis, where they grew up, rebuilding and revitalizing that city, making it a much better place to live for those who are born and raised there, like they had been. They recently opened the Jackie-Joyner Kersee center. How much true human potential, and human greatness has been snuffed out at the hands of abortionists?

What the abortionist do not understand is that quality of life cannot be measured on an excel spreadsheet where are you tally up your assets and debits to determine whether your life is worthwhile or not. These two people were born and raised in a family of riches, not riches by America’s standards, money and consumer products, they were born and raised in a family filled with love, and commitment, and devotion to each other, and a strong faith in God. Those are the riches that give children a chance at a better life, those are the things that make life worthwhile, the things that don’t cost anything, but are worth everything. And those are the things, more than anything is what’s lost in the abortion culture, where a child’s worth is determined based on how much money or net worth or how big of a house the child will be born into. We value children, we determine whether their life is worthwhile based on the meaningless, the worthless things in the world. And we therefore make the child just as disposable as the consumer goods that we are using to determine their worth. 

Whether Al Joyner or Jackie Joyner-Kersee ever won a medal in the Olympics or whether they ever even ran one race, their lives are inherently and infinitely valuable just like yours and mine are, just like everyone who has ever lived, just like every single one of the 60 million babies whose lives were ended in abortion since 1973. Al Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s lives were valuable and worth protecting not because they were going to win Olympic medals, not because they would go on to make millions of dollars, not even because they were going to give back so much to the community, they grew up in. Their lives were valuable because they are human beings, human beings from the moment of conception. And they, like all unborn babies, were worth protecting.

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Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.

The Rest of the Story (objectivityistheobjective.com)

Author: Frances Rice

Supreme Court Rules Parents Can Send Their Children To Religious Schools With Public Funds

Supreme Court Rules Parents Can Send Their Children To Religious Schools With Public Funds

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BY ALN STAFF


In a major win for school choice, the Supreme Court ruled on June 21 that parents could use state-provided vouchers to send their children to religious schools.

The court ruled 6-3 in the decision issued in the case of Carson v Makin.

Justice Roberts issued the majority opinion and Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett agreed with it. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan made up the dissent.

Per NBC News, the major issue at hand in the case “was a state program in Maine that made taxpayer money available to families who live in remote areas without public high schools. Under the state law, they could use the money for their children’s tuition at public or private schools in other communities, but not for sectarian schools, defined as those that promote a particular faith or belief system and teach material “through the lens of this faith.”

In the opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the following:

“There is nothing neutral about Maine’s program. The State pays tuition for certain students at private schools—so long as the schools are not religious. That is discrimination against religion. A State’s antiestablishment interest does not justify enactments that exclude some members of the community from an otherwise generally available public benefit because of their religious exercise.”

As summarised by Fox News, Justice Breyer wrote in the dissent that this ruling “runs afoul of the First Amendment. Roberts said in his majority opinion that this was “wrong,” because “Maine chose to allow some parents to direct state tuition payments to private schools; that decision was not ‘forced upon it.”

Breyer further claimed that the “situation ripe for conflict, as it forces Maine into the position of evaluating the adequacy or appropriateness of the schools’ religiously inspired curriculum.”

Texas Republican Ted Cruz celebrated the ruling via a Tweet issued by his office.

Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino called the court’s decision “a victory for religious liberty” in her own Twitter thread.

The America First Policy Institute also shared a similar sentiment, calling it a “BIG WIN for parents and students.”

The American Federation for Children – a conservative pro-school-choice group – issued the following statement from their President Tommy Schultz:

“This is a thunderclap for education freedom. Parents across America can celebrate today as the Court has affirmed their fundamental right to choose an education that works for their family. With today’s ruling, the rights of American students have been resoundingly confirmed. Now, legislators in every state must take action to provide as many options as possible to families in their state. AFC stands ready to support this goal.”

Supreme Court Rules Parents Can Send Their Children To Religious Schools With Public Funds – American Liberty News

Author: Frances Rice

How Tim Scott rose from poverty to become our only black GOP senator

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By Salena Zito | The New York Post

Republican Sen. Tim Scott with his mother, Frances Scott, after winning his first Senate race in 2014. Less than a decade later, he’s regularly touted as a leading potential Republican presidential candidate for the 2024 election. – AP

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Tim Scott knows the hassle that comes with being both black and conservative. Recently “The View” host Sunny Hostin said that being a black Republican is an oxymoron, and Scott, who is the only black Republican in the US senate, just shook his head.

“The comments are ridiculous,” he said.

The GOP has “championed causes for underserved communities and minority communities that have been really hammered under President Biden,” he said, before pointing to rising inflation and how the average person can barely afford to put gas in the car, use energy in their house, pay for their health care and take care of any other expenses.

“Contrast that against what happened when we were in the majority for 2016 to 2020, where we saw African American unemployment go to the lowest level ever recorded in the history of the country,” he said.

“The only question I have for those pundits on TV is why aren’t they conservative?” he asked.

Tim Scott’s name is in the top tier of those being mentioned as potential Republican presidential candidates in 2024, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump.

So is he planning to run in 2024? He’s not saying, but he admits he gets asked that a lot.

“I don’t think that there’s a day that goes by that I haven’t been asked for the last two months. But I keep telling people the presidency of my homeowner association is not open for another two years,” he jokes.

Whatever happens, faith will guide his choice. “It will be the genesis of that decision,” he said.

The Seacoast Church in nearby Mount Pleasant is “the most powerful force in my adult life,” added Scott of the Christian congregation that had less than 1,000 members when he joined in 1997 and now boasts over 25,000.

Despite having risen to become the most prominent elected black Republican in the country, Tim Scott has never forgotten where he came from. After his parents separated when he was a child, he grew up sharing a single bedroom with his mother and older brother in North Charleston.

His home — which was little more than a shack — was located on a dirt road. Scott said his mother worked double shifts as a nursing assistant at a Charleston hospital, and his grandfather left school in third grade to pick cotton. Even though he was illiterate, his grandfather would hold up the newspaper to “read” in front of his young grandsons just to instill the importance of knowledge and education in them.

“My grandfather … had a passion for progress that was palpable,” Scott said.

“My grandmother who cleaned houses taught me the importance of a work ethic and individual responsibility, and my mom, who is my true ultimate American hero … she taught me the dignity of work.”

“Yet all three of them were always laughing and joyful, even in the midst of poverty as if to suggest that your circumstances don’t determine your outcome. There’s something on the inside of you that is more powerful than the circumstances around you and that really is the basis of my happy warrior approach,” said Scott, 56, who is not married and has no kids of his own.

“The one thing all three of those powerful people had in common was the importance of faith. Through faith, all things were possible.”

Nothing remains of the place his family called home except the dirt and gravel from the old road, but poverty still remains in the neighborhood — and the crime that goes along with it. Which is why Scott said he always keeps his mind on “people who live on the edges.”

“Not just because I’m black but because [of] my lived experience as a person in poverty, living paycheck to paycheck. Coming home and the phone not working. Coming home and the electricity is not always on, coming home and sometimes being hungry with no food coming that night.

“That experience … is now one of the reasons why I fight the way I do for people living in tough communities. I don’t really care whether you’re a white person in rural South Carolina or whether you are someone living on the border in Texas, a Hispanic, or someone living … in one of the inner cities and you’re black,” he said.

Every day, he asks himself, is the American dream real for him? “And then I put myself in those different shoes so that I know that the answer is yes. And that’s my responsibility.”

Scott admits he struggled in high school but his life took a turn for the better when he met John Moniz — an Air Force veteran who owned the Chick-fil-A restaurant across from the movie theater where Scott worked as a high schooler. Moniz became an instant mentor.

Scott attended college, ran and won a seat on the Charleston County Council, lost a state Senate seat, briefly considered becoming a minister, and eventually won a state House seat in 2008. He toyed with the idea of running for lieutenant governor in 2010 only to change his mind and run and win the House seat in the same congressional district where the Civil War began.

Two years later then-South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint, making him the first black US senator from South Carolina. He ran and won the seat for the full term in 2016 and is seeking reelection to the Senate this year. In 2019, he said this would be his last run for the Senate office.

His longtime friend and fellow conservative Maurice Washington — the first black chair of the Charleston County Republican Party — said that if Scott ran for president he would bring a more worldly perspective to the White House.

“He has seen the best side and the worst side of America and he could speak to that with authority and experience,” said Washington.

“And the fact that he brings such a grassroots background into politics starting at a county council level, then to the state House level, then to House and Senate, that’s a pretty impressive resume. He’s the full package: clear-eyed, clear head, likable guy, scandal-free. I think at the right moment, he would make an excellent presidential candidate. More importantly, he would make an excellent president.”

Scott now sees himself as a mentor — like John Moniz was to him — for other young people with untapped potential.

“My mission statement is to positively impact the lives of a billion people with a message of open opportunity,” Scott said.

How Tim Scott rose from poverty to become only black GOP senator (nypost.com)

Author: Frances Rice

Conservatives Should Pressure Businesses Like the Left Does

LTP News Sharing: It’s a sad truth. In just a few years, America’s “largest corporations have abandoned their traditional roles” and are “jump[ing] hard into politics.” Taking a page from the Occupy Wall Street movement that he said intimidated the business community,...

It’s Important to Have Faith in Something Other Than Our Skin

LTP News Sharing: In his official proclamation for the 2021 National Day of Prayer, Joe Biden left out God. Nowhere in the seven paragraphs and 470 words did Biden deign to say God’s name. He name-checked the late congressman John Lewis in his treatise on faith, but...

This battle is Spiritual, not Political

This battle is Spiritual, not Political, , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-6Pnbg-aM, Clarence A Mason aka Mason Weaver, Join Us Check out my latest news and videos: Here Please support us by either buying one of my 9 books or make a donate. Stay Right or Be Left!...

(Video)Why is the Church Still Tithing? Who is Really Robbing God?

Galatians 5:1-6 (along with Romans 4:13-16) (1) “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. “(2) “Behold I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.” (3) ” For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.” (4) “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” (5) “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” (6) “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”

I believe Paul is very clear here; you cannot believe in the law and grace at the same time. You can’t serve two masters. Either Christ abolished the law, or He didn’t, and God will accept whichever choice we make. He will either judge us by the law or forgive us by the blood whichever one we select!

Facebook May Be Doomed

LTP News Sharing: Facebook is in a world of hurt. It may not survive. (Fingers crossed!) Scott Shepard Last week I pointed out that the Wall Street Journal’s revelation of a secret whitelist of favored Facebook users underscored the pressing need for Facebook to hire...

(Video) Stewardship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6220DvhUYg By Clarence A Mason aka Mason Weaver Join Us Check out my latest news and videos: Here Please support us by either buying one of my 10 books or make a donation. Contact me directly: Here Stay Right or Be Left!...

(Video) What is Satan’s end Game?

What is Satan's end Game? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlOGRrxLtlE By Clarence A Mason aka Mason Weaver Join Us Check out my latest news and videos: Here Please support us by either buying one of my 10 books or make a donation. Contact me directly: Here Stay Right...

Can Christians be unequally yoked with Liberals? (Listen)

Can Christians be unequally yoked with Liberals?, 2 Corinthians 6:14 warns us not to be "Unequally Yoked together with unbelievers." Does this mean Christians should not work together with unbelievers in Political subjects?  --- This episode is sponsored by...

Let’s restore ‘Rev.’ to MLK’s name

The “Reverend” Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration is here. I try not to refer to him as“Doctor” Martin Luther King Jr. because it does not reflect his ministry nor his calling. His doctoral degree was confirmed by man; his reverend status was called by God...

“Dems Embrace NONES as Largest RELIGIOUS GROUP In Party”

DNC trumpets 'religiously unaffiliated' as 'overwhelmingly' sharing the Democratic Party's values DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Democratic Party is making itself a haven for the non-religious. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved a resolution on Aug....

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