Tag Archives: George Washington

Tough-Guy Speaks Out on Violent Crime

29 Jul

I pulled this out of a column by Chuck Norris (yes, THAT Chuck Norris) titled “Our Founders’ Wisdom on Reducing Violent Crime”.  The entire column can be found at


 Excerpt:    [Bolding is mine; content in brackets [] is mine]}

So how can we continue to help reduce and prevent violent crime in our communities?

First, as with most societies’ ills, the key to curbing crime is not more government expansion and spending. Nor is the answer dissolving our Second Amendment rights; countries with super-strict gun ownership laws have equally violent crimes and also proved that taking guns from good guys doesn’t prohibit bad guys from obtaining them. Our Founding Fathers had a far better solution than more government and taking away guns from law-abiding citizens.

Though our founders initiated our government, they didn’t expect it [government] or the law of the land to establish and maintain civility. As proud as they were of their newfound republic, they would turn to and trust in God and “We the People” to usher in life, liberty, happiness, decency, respect, morality, honesty and restraint, to name a few.

George Washington warned us in his Farewell Address about a time in America’s future in which we might be tempted to discard the pillars of civility: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Curbing violent crime is still more about what we do than it is about what government does. The answer is still more about nature’s law within us than it is about man’s law outside of us.

We must return to being a nation in which mutual respect is king — in which I am my brother’s keeper and we agree to disagree agreeably. It’s time to renew our commitment to the basic premise of humanity: Do unto others as you would have them do to you, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

[End of excerpt]

Food for thought — and comment.


History Reminder — George Washington Was a One-Percenter

4 Jul

Salena Zito wrote an interesting column for Townhall.com, titled “Gen. George Washington: the Original One Percenter?”, in which she describes an issue between George Washington and occupiers (in this case, they were occupying his land).  The full text of the column can be found at http://townhall.com/columnists/salenazito/2012/07/04/gen_george_washington_the_original_one_percenter/page/full/

 I have included some excerpts below.  I happen to consider Washington the most important of Presidents, even more so than the great Abraham Lincoln.  Having a man like Washington in the role of President at the very start of our national identity was absolutely key to the ongoing success of our political and economic systems, and key to our country’s prosperity.

 Excerpts:    [Bolding is mine; content within brackets [] is mine]

To the 13 families living in this Pennsylvania village [Venice], Gen. George Washington was an arrogant, elite Virginian who dared to claim ownership of the land where they had built log cabins, grown crops and conducted their lives for nearly 15 years.

To them, he was “the first true 1-percenter,” local historian Clayton Kilgore said, recalling Occupy protesters’ description of wealthy Americans.  Washington represented everything they despised, according to Kilgore.

“These [people] .  .  .    held anything associated with government in utter contempt.” Based on the standards of that time,  .  .  .  Washington indeed was very rich — quite possibly the wealthiest man in the fledgling nation.

He owned nearly 60,000 acres,  .  .  .  This particular tract contained approximately 3,000 acres given to him by the British for his French and Indian War service.  .  .  .

You can imagine his surprise, in the late summer of 1784, when he rode out to survey his property and found squatters permanently settled on the land.  .  .  .   They had built a church, homes and lives here, and looked down their noses at this elite truant-landlord.

“He really didn’t care much for the ‘rabble,’” Kilgore said. “He thought they had no regard for his grueling time spent commanding the Revolutionary War, which kept him away from his lands, and he was right — they thought very little of him.” .  .  .  .

Washington offered them choices: Pay back rent, lease the property for 999 years, or leave.  They said “no” to all three options.

So much for negotiating with those who have no claim to your property in the first place.

The situation back then really does remind one of today’s Occupy movement, Kilgore agreed. Washington was about as popular among those squatters as a modern-day Wall Street banker is among today’s Occupy crowd, he said.  .  .  .   Washington’s land dispute eventually went before Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.  .  .  .  he finally won.

He generously offered to allow the .  .  .  families to remain .  .  .   without paying back rent, but insisted they pay going forward.  “They would have none of it” and moved on”, Kilgore said.  .  .  .

[End of excerpts]