On this Fourth, I'd like to share the name of one of my favorite Patriots.
James Forten. I never learned of him in any school classroom. Which is a shame.
I urge anyone, who has never heard of him to google him and learn his great American story and what he worked to do for us all.
He was born free in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After his father died, James Forten started working at age seven to help out his mother and sister, first as a chimney sweep and then as a grocery-store clerk.
By age nine, Forten left school to work full-time. He used his early experience at work as a measuring stick for the rest of his career and life.
At the age of 14, during the Revolutionary War, Forten served on the privateer Royal Louis, captained by Captain Stephen Decatur, Sr. Upon the ship's capture by British forces, Forten's friendship with the son of the British captain who had captured the Royal Louis,Captain John Beazley, enabled him to be treated as a regular prisoner of war rather than being forced into slavery. He could have excepted freedom if he joined the British.
He was sent to the English prison ship HMS Jersey, moored in Wallabout Bay, (later the site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard). When the American Revolution began, the British used her as a prison ship for captured Continental Army soldiers, making her infamous due to the harsh conditions in which the prisoners were kept. Thousands of men were crammed below decks where there was no natural light or fresh air and few provisions for the sick and hungry. Political tensions only made the prisoners' days worse, with brutal mistreatment by the British guards becoming fairly common. As many as eight corpses a day were buried from the Jersey alone before the British surrendered at Yorktown on 19 October 1781.
James Forten was fortunate; he was able to survive seven months before he was freed in a prisoner exchange. He walked from Brooklyn to Philadelphia to his mother and sister.
His story is far from over at that point..but today, On july 4th, I wanted to post about him and reflect how he fought for our begining nation and could have excepted Freedom from the British at any point. England offered freedom to any freedman or slave who would come and join their side in the war. This man gave it all for the place of his birth.
@gnu - Great point.
J P DUH, u really gonna denigrate Thomas Jefferson so close to the 4th of July ?
How many of T.J.'s slaves died of starvation?
Your assertion of "cradle to grave bondage" is literally false, as invoking the word bondage can literally mean only physical restraint. False on "bondage"
You and most indignant fools need to remember that slavery existed in an America (and under a semblance of the current "American" flag) before federal welfare, public housing and food stamps were even considered as anything other than the ridiculous concept they have proven to be. There was also no controlled electricity, or refrigeration.
According to UNICEF, 5,500 children die in sub-Saharan Africa every day. TODAY AND YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW. They die, and u (and many other posers) pretend to be all sad about slavery 150 years ago. Show me any historical evidence of any of the GREAT Tommy Jefferson's slaves dead from starvation.
Equality of opportunity is good, no one doubts that. It does not in any way guarantee equality of results.
I am as free as any other American to try out for the NBA or become an Air Force fighter pilot. The rest is up to me. My success or failure in my endeavours is my own.
Equality is a liberal utopian myth. Equality does not exist, nor should it. Equal treatment under the law, in most circumstances, is proper. There is, however, no real equality in a natural or organic form without government activist intervention. What the left wants is guaranteed equal outcomes, via activist intervention and the creation of special protected classes rather than equal protection. Quotas, reverse discrimination, and affirmative action do not cure past ills. They perpetuate and magnify problems. Two wrongs do not make a right. Race relations are much worse today than 30 years ago. Rabid political correctness and activist policies to atone for a past long gone are harming our society far more than helping it.
Equality is a myth and the pursuit of equality is a fools errand. Equity is what matters.
The "all men" phrase was penned by a gentleman who held over 200 of his fellow humans in permanent, cradle to grave bondage - and without the slightest twinge of irony. And "men" referred to the landed owners of real property, not the middle or lower classes, and certainly not women.
Actually the "all men are created equal" is a specific contradiction of nobility. It is saying that "birthrights" and "royal blood" and being born with a "title" is contrary to God's equal creation. That is why "title" is illegal in America and European immigrants must renounce their "royalty" or "title" before they can become an American citizen.
Dear "And if elected..."
The idea behind the "created equal" bit of the Declaration is not a statement that we are all actual equals in any measurable manner, whether height, weight, skin tone, intelligence (which itself is questionable in how it is measured), or any other sort of tangible quality.
The idea is that we all deserve equal treatment from our fellow humans and from our political institutions. Without that, there really isn't much point in calling ourselves a "civil society", or really much of anything.
The sad fact is that 237 years after the Declaration of Independence, there are still people like you who don't want any sort of equality under the law, and will use the same old tired and boring, vapid and cliched tricks to keep it that way - including muddling about with the concepts that you supposedly treasure from your "Founding Fathers".
Have a nice Independence Day, dreaming of your (hopefully never to be) theocracy.
Anyone who thinks all men are created equal never saw big John or heard of Einstein..
I also kind of wonder how he can afford an attorney but can't make the rent or insurance payments?
Cartoon Chris Collins has a far greater mastery of the English language than real life Chris Collins...
Any bar owner who tries to have his bouncers do anything but cursory monitoring of the sidewalk is asking for a law suit. Sorry, but we need cops with authority to make obnoxious drunks (redundant ) move on. Simply publish pictures of those who do make a scene, and post it outside the bar on the "do not return" list.
I'm thinking Hells Agents and the Black Panthers..
Hahahaha! On pointe!
First, ban them from all political and news
webs so they cannot even speak in their own
defense. Then disenfranchise them, as in the
2008 rejection of white voter rights in Michigan
and Florida, so they cannot defend themselves
politically, legally. Then you migrate
foreigners by the millions to displace them,
economically. Finally, you disarm them so they
cannot defend themselves, physically.
I do believe The Right Reverend Jeremy Wright's
exorcism of the White Devil from America is
proceeding quite nicely. The Democrat ethnic
cleansing of America is almost complete. This
looks like a page out of Hitler's political
I think we should declare January 20th of every
year to be a federal holiday, celebrating the
White Man's holocaust in America.
Cutler this is blatant satire, why so serious?
Somebody didn't get the joke.
So when someone can't get a job, healthcare (because of pre-existing conditions), and has to rely on the welfare program of the state and nation it's "being lazy". When the gov't gets involved to try to get better opportunities for said people, it's called socialism. Is there anything you approve of that the gov't can do for the people besides "getting out of the way"? Marriage equality is a far cry from socialism. It's civil rights and for a brush up in history, read Brown vs. Board of Education, some Martin Luther King Jr. and.......o what's that book called? Oh yeah.......The Bible. And don't give me that "homosexuality is a sin bulls#$t". Cause it's not. Doing wrong and judging your neighbor before loving them (The Golden Rule) is a sin. Deadly sins mentioned: wrath, envy, pride, and greed. What deadly sins do people / citizens in love commit? Lust? No, my friend. They bleed, love, cry, mourn, and share all other human emotions. It's time to start treating everybody with dignity under the law. Or else we are no different than Morsi and extremists in other parts of the world. Traditions can be traditions. You hold them dear to your heart so keep them there. That's where they matter most. Not when they are shoved down other people's throats with bitterness, anger, and fear.
In all of these gun related threads, you'll read two prominent decries... you will have a liberal shouting that the Bill of Rights is outdated and irrelevant while you will have a conservative shouting about an oppressive government stripping rights from the citizens. The solution to this disagreement is quite simple; if you do not agree with the principals upon which the country is founded and are more impressed with the politics and social ideas of another country, say France, they will be happy to have you pay your taxes there rather than here. Feel free to leave.
LOL, These educated liberals.
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