Renewing the American Spirit

Patriot Week begins on 9/11 and ends on 9/17 (the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution (Constitution Day)) and renews America’s spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Many of current holidays have become overly commercialized or have lost their deeper meaning. We need to invigorate our appreciation and understanding of America’s spirit. This blog is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Patriot Week - and America - alive all year long.....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Federalist No. 10

"Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an ailment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency." James Madison, Federalist No. 10.

This amazing insight begins Madison's groundbreaking tract on how to preserve both majority rule an liberty.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do not shrink, but fight for principle

"'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct,will pursue his principles onto death." Thomas Paine (1776)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Remember - And Act - The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day should not be about barbecues, the start of summer, wearing white, or sales.

Memorial Day is intended to honor our sacred dead.  Over the past week I heard least a dozen people say “Happy Memorial Day.”  That butchers the point.

On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand
Army of the Republic, promulgated General Order No. 11, which was the
first official promulgation of Memorial Day. General Order No. 11 provided
 that flowers would be placed on the graves of Union and Confederate
soldiers on May 30, 1868. (Order No. 11 is below.) In the Order, General
Logan reflected he hoped it would become an annual tradition, and it did.
With World War I, that tradition expanded to include all war dead; eventually it became a recognized holiday.  All too soon, it became commercialized.

General Logan's Order stated, "Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify
to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people
the cost of a free and undivided republic." Indeed.

That Memorial Day will ever entirely recover its nature is a hopeless cause - the commercialization and habits of generations have undermined it too much.  That is why my daughter Leah and I created Patriot Week - with hope of establishing a new civic calendar to renew the spirit of America.  

Still, it is worth the effort to embrace the spirit of Memorial Day.  Its fine to do the barbecue and wear white (I prefer Red White & Blue), so long as your heart is in the right place, and you impress upon your family that we are free only because of the sacrifices of generations of Americans. 

Remember the cause of freedom, and ACT.  Do something to ensure our liberty.  Make sure you vote; express your views; learn about the issues of the day; petition the government; protest; counter-protest.  Don't just sit there.  ACT.  Freedom is a precious blessing, and its slipping away.  ACT.

God bless you, the sacred dead, and America.

Very truly yours,

Hon. Michael Warren

For more, visit www.PatriotWeek.org and www.AmericasSurvivalGuide.com.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sharing the Common Danger and Glory For Liberty is a Great Blessing

In 1776, when the American Revolution had just begun, and most would have thought the revolutionaries to be fools, Samuel Adams urged his countrymen to risk their lives for freedom:
"You have now in the field armies sufficient to repel the whole force of your enemies and their base and mercenary auxiliaries. The hearts of your soldiers beat high with the spirit of freedom; they are animated with the justice of their cause; and while they grasp their swords, can look up to heave for assistance. Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would for higher wages direct their swords against their leaders or their country. Go on then, in your generous enterprise, with gratitude to heaven for past success and confident of it in the future. For my own part, I ask for no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory. If I have a wisher dearer to my soul than that my ashes may be mingled with those of a Warren or a Montgomery, it is these American States may never cease to be free and independent."

These stirring words seem to be lost to many today.  Asking for now "greater blessing" than to risk one's life for glory and liberty?  Wishing to mingle one's ashes with those of martyrs? The Spirit of '76 is something we need to recapture or our republic will perish.

For more, visit America's Survival Guide and Patriot Week. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WE are the Guardians of Our Own Liberties

"Our Union is now complete; our Constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties. We may justly address you as the Decemviri did the Romans, and say: 'Nothing that we propose can pass into a law without your consent. Be yourselves, O Americans, the authors of those laws on which your happiness depends!'" Sam Adams (1776)

Whether we embrace Adams' call is up to us.  If we fail to heed his call, that we shall lose our liberty is a self-evident truth.

For more, visit Patriot Week and Americas Survival Guide.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Choose Freedom

"If there is any man so base, or so weak, as to prefer a dependence on Great Britain to the dignity and happiness of living a member of a free and independent nation let me tell him that necessity now demands what the generous principles of patriotism should have dictated." Samuel Adams (1776)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

WASHINGTON'S HUMILITY AND THE SALVATION OF FREEDOM

Today marks George Washington's birthday.  His remarkable life is so deeply rich, that choosing a singular accomplishment or characteristic to remark upon is a nearly impossible task.  However, one trait quite overlooked was his deep humility.  Although he earnestly desired to help his fellow countrymen, he often doubted his abilities to do so.  For example, when chosen to lead the Continental Army, he professed deep reluctance:

I am now Imbarked on a tempestuous ocean, from whence perhaps no friendly harbor is to be found. I have been called upon by the unanimous voice of the Colonies to the command of the Continental Army. It is an honor I by no means aspired to. It is an honor I wished to avoid, as well as from an unwillingness to quit the peaceful enjoyment of my Family, as from a thorough conviction of my own Incapacity & want of experience in the conduct of so momentous a concern; but the partiallity of the Congress, added to some political motives, left me without a choice. May God grant, therefore, that my acceptance of it, may be attended with some good to the common cause, & without injury (from want of knowledge) to my own reputation. I can answer but for three things: a firm belief of the justice of our cause, close attention in the prosecution of it, and the strictest Integrity. If these cannot supply the place of ability & Experience, the cause will suffer, & more than probable my character along with it, as reputation derives its principal support from success. [Letter to Colonel Bassett, June 19, 1775]
Of course, he proved his own doubts wrong, and by doing so, he won American independence and established a free country - a beacon of hope - for the world.  We would do well to emulate his humility and earnest desire to lay it all on the line for liberty.

For more, visit America's Survival Guide and Patriot Week.