As we approach the Thanksgiving of American patriotism, and we prepare our grills and gather enough ammunition and explosives to reenact the American revolution, there is much to contemplate regarding America’s past and future. During Independence Day parties, one word which is thrown around between explosions like a star-spangled bottle rocket is freedom. It’s used by the Left and the Right, with various definitions between them, but Independence Day is seen as a day where Americans can come together, out of their differences, and celebrate what we have in common: freedom.
“If I were Washington I would summon all the American officers, they should form a circle around me, and I would address them, and we would offer a libation in our own blood, and I would order one of them to bring a lancet and a punch-bowl and we would bare our arms and be bled; and when the bowl was full, when we all had been bled, I would call on every man to consecrate himself to the work by dipping his sword into the bowl and entering into a solemn covenant engagement by oath, one to another, and we would swear by Him that sits upon the throne and liveth for ever and ever, that we would never sheathe our swords while there was an English soldier in arms remaining in America.” – Reverend John Ryland
Such were the words of the Baptist preacher, who in reality represented the sentiments of nearly every colonial Baptist church at the time of the War for Independence. So passionate was this denomination for the cause of liberty that, as the Declaration of Independence says, they pledged and sacrificed their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” for the cause.
By Eli Holliday, New Generation Voters
June 15, 2018
“Vote for Trump if you want nuclear war!” a major criticism of Donald Trump during his candidacy. Many, particularly on the left, portrayed him as a bumbling buffoon that would trip over the nuclear launch button and make a laughing stock out of America; yet Obama’s apology tour didn’t seem to be a mockery of America to them. However, in light of President Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s meeting, do these qualms against Trump still have merit?
-Caesar Rodney was born in October 1728 and was the eldest of eight children. At the age of 17, though, Rodney’s father died and his guardianship was handed over to the Delaware Orphan’s Court.
-Rodney began his education at age thirteen and ended at the age of seventeen, when his father died. He attended the Latin School in Philadelphia.