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So much of our history is lost, untold, or revised in ways that shred the truth of the patriots that gave all they had in the Revolutionary War. These patriots did so to secure a nation ruled by laws and not by men. They knew all too well the smothering grip of government without representation, or free elections. The word liberty is like a tired old commercial jingle that no one wants to hear, nor do they understand it when they do. Most people have no clue about human history and that the vast expanse of humanity never lived in liberty or freedom, as it once existed in America. I was listening to Mark Levin the other night and he spoke of a patriot that was quite unusual—although not alone. His name was Salem Poor and he was a war hero at the battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775.
The story of Salem Poor
Salem Poor was an African-American slave when he was born in Massachusetts sometime around 1745. He purchased his freedom, as was lawful in some of the Northern States at that time, for about 27 pounds. The fascinating thing is that rather than turn and run from the very colonies which had enslaved him, Salem Poor joined the fight for liberty. What drives a man to do such a thing? This is an important question to ponder.
Historical records show that Salem Poor joined the Minute Men at the battle of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775. This battle was the opening British strike of the American Revolution; it`s also the place where the now famous ride of Paul Revere took place, warning the patriots: “The British are coming.” The British suffered some 273 casualties as Minute Men, farmers, and villagers shot from behind every tree, rock, and blade of grass ripping the retreating British soldiers to shreds. Salem Poor was there—fighting for liberty.
Salem Poor went on to fight in other battles, most notably at Bunker Hill where he is rumored to have shot and killed British Lieutenant-Colonel Abercrombie. His comrades thought so highly of Poor`s actions in that horrific battle that he was recommended for a commendation by his peers:
"The subscribers beg leave, to report to your Honorable House - which we do in justice to the character of so brave a man - that under our own observation, we declare that a negro man called Salem Poor, of Colonel Frye's regiment, Captain Ames' company, in the late Battle at Charlestown, behaved like an experienced officer, as well as an excellent soldier. To set forth the particulars of his conduct would be tedious, we would only beg leave to say that in the Person of this said negro centers a brave and gallant soldier. The reward due to so great and distinguished a character, we submit to the Congress" (celebrateboston.com/biography/salem-poor.htm, 2014).
In spite of his great heroism, it seems that Salem Poor died in complete poverty in 1802.
The New African-American
When I first heard the story of Salem Poor I was almost moved to tears. The thought of this man taking the hope of liberty onto the battle field within the very colonies that had enslaved him shows true character and a lack of resentment. History also shows that Salem wasn`t alone, many other freed slaves (and slaves) fought in the Revolution. This shows the deeply embedded desire for liberty in every human heart. Liberty is not the same as freedom. China has some freedom. Russia has freedom. Nations of all kinds have certain freedoms; human liberty is altogether different than freedom. The American Black Man had a two-fold struggle for liberty and freedom, and our Constitution was drafted to deal with that very issue at the right time.
The Southern States relied heavily on their trade with Europe and the slave labor they used to accomplish their goals. The history is very logical and clear, to an open mind, that abolishing slavery during the colonization wasn`t going to happen. Furthermore, when the Revolution was won and the Articles of Confederation were in place, there was no possible way to hold the fragile new nation together and deal with the question of slavery. The framers knew when they drafted the new Constitution in the Congress of 1787-89 that, again, this issue would not be able to be dealt with because they needed the Southern States to help ratify the new Constitution.
Why aren’t these stories told to our children anymore? Why is it that the black community—now hyphenated as African-Americans instead of just Americans—aren’t told about the heroes of their past? Why are the black communities used by white liberals and race hustlers like Al Sharpton to promote a new slavery—the government plantation. The story of Salem Poor should be shouted on roof-tops in these communities so that they can know the true struggle that occurred to untangle slavery from America. Moreover, it was a struggle to untangle slavery from Europe as well; they just started sooner than the colonies and made better progress.
The facts are clear, the world has used slaves of all races, creeds, and colors for the entire expanse of recorded human history. Why does America not get the same pass on this issue as Egypt, Greece, Rome, Spain, France, Britain, Africa, Asia, and the great empires of history?
Stories like that of Salem Poor show a much different angle on history than most of our children now hold. Share this great story with your friends, family, children, and grandchildren.
More interesting facts and stories about Black Americans in the Revolutionary War: http://www.quazoo.com/q/African_Americans_in_the_Revolutionary_War
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
So here we are again, the Republican base—made up of Tea Party members, Independents and Democrats that are fed up with Obama, Conservatives, and Republicans that are corporatists. Once again we have been duped. This time it was at lightning speed. It happened less than 6 weeks from the election.
We Conservatives find ourselves on the dark side of the moon. Men and women without a party. We all do what we can as patriots: calling our reps, emails, donations to the Tea Party, faxes, and blog posts. It`s all for not. No one is listening. These newly re-elected Republicans have four more years to feed at the “K” street pig trough. Obama laughed his behind off as he headed to yet another vacation. The rest of us linger—waiting to see the other shoe drop. Every time we think we may have gained some ground, someone in one or both political parties pulls the rug out from under our feet. America takes another gut punch.
I was scrolling over Facebook looking at the comments, anti-Obama posters, the disgruntled Republicans and Conservatives and I realized more than ever that we must have an Article V convention to stop these political swine that feed on us, our children, and grandchildren. None of us—to include the WWII generation has ever seen anything like what we are seeing today in America.
The true power base
My dear friends, all is not lost. There are 30 plus states that have passed resolutions to hold an Article V Convention of the States. There have been several productive meetings since December of last year where representatives from all 50 states have shown up and discussed this option. The state legislatures are where our true power lies. Yes, this is a hard undertaking, it requires a lot of foot work on the grass roots level; however, we have the numbers in place in terms of Republican controlled state legislatures.
This is our only answer. Another election cycle won`t do it. Another RINO candidate coroneted by the establishment will cost us yet another Presidential Election. Gripping and bitching on social media sites feels good but gains nothing. We must convince other Americas to get educated about the Article V amendment process and we must get to know our state representatives and encourage them to act on this movement; a movement that is truly gaining momentum under the radar.
For further information on this movement here are some links:
- Friends of the Article V convention
- The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic by Mark Levin
- Article V of the U.S. Constitution
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Most Americans are sick of politics. It`s hard, as a writer, to get people to pay attention to the situation we now find ourselves in as a nation. Most people feel very good about the results of the November elections. They were happy to see the Republicans gain the Senate and to further their hold in the House; however, we have already seen in less than a month that Republicans will NOT do what it takes to stop Obama and his lawlessness.
Some don`t want to think about this conundrum, others will simply put their political heads back in the sand, others will criticize the conservatives and the Tea Party for being so hard to please. The truth is far more important than political parties—the truth is that we are now living in a post-Constitutional nation. So then, what do we do?
We have now seen for sure that simply winning elections is not enough. We watched Mitch McConnell campaign (because a no-name, Tea Party, local businessman almost cleaned his clock in the primary) on the fact that he would REPEAL Obamacare. We saw all of the Republican leadership make this promise, and now, we see them lining up at the microphone to capitulate and walk back these promises. Their big business, crony-capitalist donors have them chained to Obamacare and illegal immigration. Both Republicans and Democrats gain from these acts; Republicans satisfy their corporate donors and Democrats gain voters and welfare lifers.
There are truly two Americas today. This was a political buzzword that the left used all the time in the last decade and it wasn`t true at the time; however, it`s more true than ever before, today. On one side we have rich people, politicians, and government employees who are doing just fine; on the other side, we have the middle class, the private sector, and the poor who are scraping by like America is some third world nation. Jobs that were once available to high school graduates now require a bachelor’s degree at the minimum. Full time jobs are almost impossible to land. Most Americans in the second class I described either have several part time jobs or have fallen into the welfare trap. Is anyone listening? Does anyone care?
Article V Convention of the states
There is a solution that is within our grasp. It`s not an easy solution but it is doable because we now have 27 states under Republican control in their state legislatures. Article V was written in the waning hours of the Constitutional Convention in 1787-89. It was one of the last articles written. The framers realized that if the only way to amend the Constitution was thrugh the Congress that a tyrannical Congress would not pass amendments to correct their own un-Constitutional behavior. The second portion of Article V gives the state legislatures total power—through the people—to amend the Constitution with no interference from Washington, the President, or the courts. This, ladies and gentlemen, is our only answer to stop Obama, the Democrats, the Republicans, and the un-elected fourth branch of government—the bureaucracy.
There have been several meetings between representatives from all fifty states to move forward with this convention process. We could implement a balanced budget amendment, an amendment for term limits on both the Congress and the Supreme Court, and we could abolish the IRS (among other things).
There are a number of sources out there that are scholarly and informative; however, none is as scholarly as Mark Levin`s book “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.” In his book, Levin lays out the case, the process, and the history of this process. I encourage you to take the time to research this growing movement. We must pass down the same America to our children and grandchildren that was handed down to us!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Picture a hill overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea in Athens Greece. The breeze blowing and the smells of the water coming to shore as billowing clouds float ever so slow. Mars Hill is both beautiful and famous for many reasons; however, none is as important as the history of rhetoric. Moreover, what is rhetoric? These same questions were asked by Isocrates, Plato, Gorgias, and Aristotle to name only a few of the ancient philosophers of Greece. The beauty of these ancient men was in their willingness to sort-of hash things out (in modern terms) rather than shout lies at one another.
Should rhetoric contain truth in order to have any semblance of credibility? | LinkedIn
Posted by S.W. Biddulph at 3:42 PM
Friday, August 15, 2014
Mark Levin Slams Obama's Apathy: 'World Is On Fire, And This Man Doesn't Seem To Give A Damn!': Conservative radio host Mark Levin lamented President Obama's profound indifference toward the wars raging overseas, declaring that 'the world is on fire, and this man doesn't seem to give a damn!'
Posted by S.W. Biddulph at 12:39 AM