“Be it remembered, however, that liberty must at all hazards be supported… cannot be preserved without a vernal knowledge among the people… And the preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks, is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country. The people… have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know.” This is from the 1765 Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, by John Adams. He was a devout Christian, a Harvard-educated lawyer and a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses that adopted the Declaration of Independence. He was the second president of the United States. Adams’ wife, Abigail, has been recognized as a Founding Mother because of her influence on behalf of women’s rights. Their son, John Quincy Adams, was the sixth president of the United States.
Are we as citizen taxpayers willing to forfeit our liberty, the teaching of essential knowledge, as a courtesy to union bosses and tenured secular militants who have rejected American history, the traditional family, public morality and representative government? AS EDUCATION GOES, SO GOES A NATION.
On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote the following to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more” (cited by David McCullough, John Adams, New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2001, 130).
On July 4, 1787, consistent with the nationwide custom, Philadelphia celebrated the Declaration of Independence with bell ringing, marching with fife and drums, the salute of guns, and speeches. It was Wednesday, and the constitutional delegates had taken the day off. That “The Grand Convention may form a constitution for an eternal Republic!” was the toast of the day. The Pennsylvania Herald declared, “With zeal and confidence we expect from the Federal Convention a system of government adequate to the security and preservation of those rights which were promulgated by the ever memorable Declaration of Independence.”
No more rule by pretender gods — Samuel Adams is quoted as saying, “We have this day [Fourth of July] restored the Sovereign [the God of creation] to whom all men ought to be obedient.He reigns in Heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His Kingdom come.”
~ David Norris