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Perhaps the Brookings-Harbor School Board should open a history book and learn the difference between a republic and a democracy. The difference is essential when understanding the proper role of government and that God-given rights cannot be taken away.

Have those that complained about our video (Overview of America) not learned what America's founding fathers taught? They painstakingly avoided a democracy and built a constitutional republic. Consider their words for yourself:

• Virginia's Edmund Randolph participated in the 1787 convention. Demonstrating a clear grasp of democracy's inherent dangers, he reminded his colleagues during the early weeks of the Constitutional Convention that the purpose for which they had gathered was "to provide a cure for the evils under which the United States labored; that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and trials of democracy...."

• Samuel Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, championed the new Constitution in his state precisely because it would not create a democracy. "Democracy never lasts long," he noted. "It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself." He insisted, "There was never a democracy that 'did not commit suicide.'"

• New York's Alexander Hamilton, in a June 21, 1788 speech urging ratification of the Constitution in his state, thundered: "It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity." Earlier, at the Constitutional Convention, Hamilton stated: "We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy."

• James Madison, who is rightly known as the "Father of the Constitution," wrote in The Federalist, No. 10: "... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they are violent in their deaths." The Federalist Papers, recall, were written during the time of the ratification debate to encourage the citizens of New York to support the new Constitution.

• George Washington, who had presided over the Constitutional Convention and later accepted the honor of being chosen as the first President of the United States under its new Constitution, indicated during his inaugural address on April 30, 1789, that he would dedicate himself to "the preservation ... of the republican model of government."

• Fisher Ames served in the U.S. Congress during the eight years of George Washington's presidency. A prominent member of the Massachusetts convention that ratified the Constitution for that state, he termed democracy "a government by the passions of the multitude, or, no less correctly, according to the vices and ambitions of their leaders." On another occasion, he labeled democracy's majority rule one of "the intermediate stages towards ... tyranny." He later opined: "Democracy, in its best state, is but the politics of Bedlam; while kept chained, its thoughts are frantic, but when it breaks loose, it kills the keeper, fires the building, and perishes." And in an essay entitled The Mire of Democracy, he wrote that the framers of the Constitution "intended our government should be a republic, which differs more widely from a democracy than a democracy from a despotism."

In light of the Founders' view on the subject of republics and democracies, it is not surprising that the Constitution does not contain the word "democracy," but does mandate: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government."

Perhaps those complaining think of a Republic in political terms as in the Republican and Democratic parties. Wrong again. The John Birch Society is non-partison and endorses no candidates or parties. We only endorse less government, more responsibility and--with God's help--a better world. All of which is achievable through the Constitution and an informed and moral electorate. Judge for yourself:

 

FreedomProject offers an examination of true thankfulness in our American history and heritage with one of their new videos.

 

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

On the November 14 segment of its five-part series, "The Right All Along: The Rise, Fall and Future of Conservatism," Fox News leveled a sustained blast at The John Birch Society, while bestowing accolades on the late William F. Buckley for "expelling" the Birchers from the conservative movement. Amidst old newsreel footage of the Cold War and interviews chronicling the rise of Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, the Fox documentary resurrected hoary charges that seem to have obsessed Buckley for the better part of half a century.

Read the rest of the article on The New American's web site.

It should surprise no one that someone who had served in the Eisenhower administration would call FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's attention to the charge made by John Birch Society founder Robert Welch that President Dwight Eisenhower was aiding and abetting the worldwide Communist conspiracy. But it might be surprising to learn that the cabinet official thought Welch was right, at least in the effect the Eisenhower policies were having in advancing rather than containing Communism and ultimately "rolling back the Iron Curtain" — as Republicans said they would do in winning the White House and gaining effective control of Congress in the 1952 elections.

Read the rest of the article on The New American's web site.

Rev. Jesse Lee PetersonJBS member and supporter, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson of BOND Action, will be a guest on Fox News tonight. Here are the details from our friends at BOND:

The REV. JESSE LEE PETERSON will be live and in studio tonight on NEIL CAVUTO TV show on Fox Business Channel TONIGHT at 6:00 pm (EST).

The REV. JESSE LEE PETERSON will again be live and in studio tonight on the HANNITY TV Show on Fox News Channel TONIGHT at 9:00 pm (EST).

He will undoubtedly slam the NAACP’s outrageous report just released, trying to brand tea party groups as racist.  You won’t want to miss black, conservative Jesse Lee Peterson’s take on this very important issue!

Jesse Peterson has been speaking at tea party rallies and other venues around the country non-stop, including The Beverly Hills Tea Party Rally, hosted by Pat Boone on September 26th, the Central Valley Tea Party Rally on October 2nd, and he will again be the keynote speaker at the Chino Hills Tea Party Rally on October 23rd. See here a list of his most recent speaking events. On October 28th and 29th Rev. Peterson will be a featured speaker in Pennsylvania at the 2010 East Coast Wake Up, America! Conference.

He will be speaking at ACT for America an organization founded to protect Americans against Islamic militants and jihadists.

See this truly dynamic short video of him here defending American’s rightsspeaking out against illegal immigration without having to be attacked as a racist for doing so!

Once you watch him in action on TV and watch the illegal immigration and tea party video, you will want his wisdom and courage at your event also!

Our country is at a crossroads.  This coming November election gives hope of some major improvements of the people in office, however the fight will not end there.

Bring Jesse Lee Peterson to your campus, rally or event to slam the demagogues, enlighten the strongly misguided and to give the conservatives more valuable tools with which to get our country back on the right track!

With an undeniable true love for America, he declares, "I am an 'American'  NOT an 'African American'."

Would you like to have Jesse Lee Peterson speak at your next or upcoming event and ignite your audience? (Or refer someone else who may be interested)?

For more information contact Sherrie Johnson, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson's Speaking Coordinator at (877) WE ACT 77 that's (1-877-932-2877) or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BOND Action is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, please visit our website www.bondaction.org. BOND Action is an affiliate of our brother organization, BOND, Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, which just (celebrated it's 20th Anniversary), see pictures on our website. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, please visit this website at www.bondinfo.org. You may also write us at BOND Action, P.O. Box 35586, Los Angeles, CA 90035-0586.

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