JANET – Events in July; Hillsdale – Read the Declaration.
ELIE: BERGER – Dies at 87; DERSHOWITZ – Humanity’s teacher.
LEADS: ZITO – GW’s legacy; WILLIAMSON – GW’s standard; JOANNE – Whites born racist; HENNINGER – Gov’t hits a wall.
EMAILS: CHOZIK – FBI interviews Hillary. KUMAR – Hillary could lose.
PA: SNYDER – Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: An honest man . . .
Remember a Vet!
Janet: July Events
* Monday, July 4 – Skippack Parade 10:00 AM
Gather at Skippack Fire Company, 1230 Bridge Rd. (off Rt. 73), Skippack, Pa.
The parade begins at 11, and lasts approximately one hour.
Bring your different American flags. Dress in Colonial garb. Wear your red, white, and blue.
Bring large and easily read posters. Bring banners (we need attendees to hold quite a few that we have). Bring your family. We need proud Americans to throw out 50 pounds of candy, and literature pertaining to our organization.
Afterwards, for whoever cares to gather on the outside patio in the center of the village at Basta Pasta, 4052 Skippack Pike, will have themselves a lot of fun with the dozens who join.
* Friday, July 8, 2nd AMENDMENT RALLY
High Noon until 2 p.m., Steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse, Swede Street, Norristown, PA, 19401.
(Street and garage parking available.)
*Bring your flags, bring your LARGE easily read signs supporting our great 2nd Amendment,
wear your blue (we will show Norristown police appreciation),bring your family!
*Our speakers are dedicated to upholding YOUR rights!
Saturday, July 16 – Pray Day DC Revival is happening 10:00AM
Join one million people standing together in solidarity for Jesus on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Artists/speakers include Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Lecrae, Michael W. Smith, Francis Chan, Ravi Zacharias, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Jeremy Camp, Lauren Daigle, Andy Mineo, and more.
We plan on helping people organize buses here in PA, starting in the King of Prussia area. It’s time to get your churches, schools, businesses, and local organizations involved!**
*Saturday, July 23 – Pray for our Nation, Washington Memorial Chapel, Rt. 23, on the edge of Valley Forge Park 10 AM – 12 Noon.
Our 2nd annual event co-sponsored by Valley Forge Patriots / Citizens for Liberty and Faith & Freedom Coalition.
Join us for prayer that God saves our Nation from those who seek to destroy it.
Ample parking at the chapel and lunch is available at the Cabin Shop picnic area adjacent to the chapel.
Hillsdale: Read the Declaration of Independence
“How many Americans do you think have actually read the Declaration of Independence? It’s an important question because the Declaration lays out principles of human freedom—the principles of Liberty—better than anything else. When we forget these principles, we risk losing our freedom.
“Join us this 4th of July in reading the Declaration of Independence together. Pledge to read the Declaration on July 4, 2016, and we will send you a digital copy of the Declaration of Independence to read with your friends and family.
“Take the pledge. Read the Declaration. Celebrate your freedom.”
Elie Wiesel, from his book Night “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed,” Mr. Wiesel wrote. “Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God himself. Never.”
ELIE . . .
Joseph Berger, NYT: “Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87”
“Elie Wiesel, the Auschwitz survivor who became an eloquent witness for the six million Jews slaughtered in World War II and who, more than anyone else, seared the memory of the Holocaust on the world’s conscience, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.
“Menachem Rosensaft, a longtime friend and the founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, confirmed the death in a phone call.
“Mr. Wiesel, a charismatic lecturer and humanities professor, was the author of several dozen books. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But he was defined not so much by the work he did as by the gaping void he filled. In the aftermath of the Germans’ systematic massacre of Jews, no voice had emerged to drive home the enormity of what had happened and how it had changed mankind’s conception of itself and of God. For almost two decades, the traumatized survivors — and American Jews, guilt-ridden that they had not done more to rescue their brethren — seemed frozen in silence.
“But by the sheer force of his personality and his gift for the haunting phrase, Mr. Wiesel, who had been liberated from Buchenwald as a 16-year-old with the indelible tattoo A-7713 on his arm, gradually exhumed the Holocaust from the burial ground of the history books. . .”
Alan Dershowitz, Boston Globe: “A tribute to humanity’s teacher”
“ELIE WIESEL was my teacher, my “rabbi,” my mentor, my colleague, and my dear friend. Over the past 50 years, we worked together on numerous human rights projects. Elie did more to bring the word “human” into human rights than any person in modern history. For him, it did not matter whether the victims of genocide were Jews, Christians, Muslims, black, white, from the left, or from the right. Human rights were equally applicable to all.
Elie was deeply involved in campaigns on behalf of the victims of genocide in Darfur, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and the Middle East. My last substantive conversation with him was about the genocide currently taking place in Syria, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims are being slaughtered by both sides of an intractable conflict. He bemoaned the unwillingness of the international community to stop the slaughter. “Have we learned nothing?” he asked rhetorically. For Elie Wiesel, the worst sin was silence in the face of evil. The worst crime was indifference to genocide, and the worst people were those who stand idly by the blood of their neighbors. Though he and his family were victims of the Holocaust, he never dwelled on his personal pain, but rather on the pain of those currently being victimized.
I first met Elie after the publication of his book “The Jews of Silence,” which dealt with the plight of Soviet Jews who were being persecuted in the Soviet Union. He inspired me to go to the Soviet Union with a legal team in order to defend those who were being criminally prosecuted for doing nothing more than practicing their religion. We continued to work together on matters involving non-Jewish victims of persecution around the world. I began as his student, and then became his colleague, and finally his friend. We shared a world view and a commitment to repairing a badly damaged planet. He would call me on the phone frequently to complain that we were not doing enough. He always wanted to do more.
Elie Wiesel was one of the most important people in the post-World War II period. He spoke truth to power, regardless of who was in power. He loved and respected President Ronald Reagan, and yet he lectured him and urged him not to go to Bitburg, Germany, to commemorate the Nazi killers who were in the SS. He spoke up when others were silent. He spoke up for those for whom no one else championed. For that he justly received the Nobel Peace Prize.
I was honored to be among those who nominated him for that prize, which he used as a platform to rail against injustice. He spoke softly — so softly that one had to lean forward to hear his hushed tones. But what he said inspired, stimulated, and produced results. He saved many lives by his quiet advocacy. He called world leaders on the phone and persuaded them to act, taking no credit for their life-saving actio
Among his most enduring contributions will be his great memoir “Night,’’ which has become required reading in many schools around the world and has influenced many young people to join the enduring battle against injustice.
Elie did so many things in his life. He wrote books, he advocated for justice, he ran a foundation for humanity with his wonderful wife, Marion. But whenever he was asked what his job was, he would reply, “I am a teacher.” He loved to teach more than anything else. He loved his students and his students love him. He saw the world as a large classroom, with his role as one of its teachers. Shortly before his final illness, Elie and I agreed to teach a course together at Boston University. We had scheduled the first preliminary joint lecture, but his illness required a postponement. It was never to be. But even in death, professor Elie Wiesel will continue to teach generations of students through his passionate writing and by his uncompromising example.
I will miss my friend Elie every day of my life. The world will miss Elie Wiesel for as long as the quest for justice continues.
LEADS . . .
Salena Zito, Real Clear Politics: “Independence & the Enduring Legacy of George Washington”
“JUMONVILLE, Pa. – Rain began pouring that day in the way it does in the hollows here that makes man and beast wonder whether everything atop the mountains will soon find its way into the valley below.
“It was July 3, 1754, and George Washington was about to engage in a battle that would change the course of the world. His actions would spark a seven-year war, an event that led to the American Revolution and the country we know today.
“He began several months earlier as a volunteer emissary of the British Crown, delivering a letter from Virginia’s colonial governor to French occupiers in the Ohio Country. Now he found himself in a vulnerable, hastily built fort, his men drenched by the pounding rain.
“Eight hours later, after pummeling Washington’s force from every direction, the French called for a meeting — a move Washington found suspicious because he and his men were not exactly winning.
“The young Virginian took stock: Nearly half his men were wounded, some drunk; the gun powder was soaked, making it useless; most of their livestock was dead.
He sent his only French-speaking officers to see what the enemy wanted; they returned with a general understanding (his interpreters weren’t very good) that he and his men could leave the fort unharmed as long as they returned any prisoners.
“All he had to do was sign on the dotted line.
“He did, and by the next morning — a Fourth of July much different than one to occur 22 years later — Washington discovered that what he actually signed was a surrender to the French.
“He was devastated.
“After a respectable couple of months, he retired his military commission and went home. “He returned a few months later to lose (not surrender) another battle in Western Pennsylvania along the Monongahela, led by British general Edward Braddock.
Many more battles, losses and attempts to retire would follow for this gentleman-farmer. Eventually, history led him to the incredible burden of commanding American forces during the Revolution.
“On the eve of a far more significant July 4 in 1776, Washington sat in his New York headquarters, preparing to defend Manhattan from the British. He contemplated what lay ahead as word circulated that the Continental Congress had formally adopted a Declaration of Independence, a momentous step toward establishing a new nation.
“Washington took to his diary to consider the moment.
“‘The time is now near at hand,’ he wrote, ‘which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be Freemen or Slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them.
“Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.
“Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”
“All Fourths of July are not created equal. Had Washington retired to a gentleman’s life in 1754, we likely would be looking at a different world.
“The lovely meadow where he fought his first battle is perfectly preserved, down to the poorly conceived moat encircling the fort. Here, at Fort Necessity in the Pennsylvania backwoods, the first worldwide war began. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “General Washington’s Standard”
“Does not, then, the Almighty clearly impress an awe of the persons and authority of Kings upon the minds of their subjects, hereby proving Government of Divine origin?” So asked the Reverend J. R. Walsh in a pamphlet printed in 1829. “For, otherwise, by what principle could any one mortal command subjection from so many millions of fellow creatures”?
“That was a question very much upon the mind of King George IV, whose coronation provided the inspiration for the Reverend Walsh’s essay: That king’s father, George III, had been treated with a notable lack of awe by his American subjects, who gave him the shoe and set up their own republic, without any king at all. This experiment in awelessness, all the smart people of the late 18th century assured one another, was doomed to failure: Awelessness was next to lawlessness, they believed, and a people without a king to tell them how to behave or a king’s church to tell them why to behave were doomed to anarchy.
“Here’s to 240 years of glorious anarchy. . .”
Joanne: “”Elite K-8 school teaches white students they’re born racist”
“This is very sad, and is unfortunately one of the tentacles of the divisive modes of operation of the current administration in DC. The COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS CONFERENCES, in which many teachers and administrators in school districts throughout the country have participate over many years, also cultivate the type of racial divisiveness such as is described in the article below. Take a look at the web site that describes these conferences:
To note which school districts participated in COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS in 2014, access the web site:
Unfortunately, my own school district (West Chester in PA) and the Great Valley School district in Malvern, PA, are two of the participants on that list.
It is truly unfortunate that those who obviously are acting out of “white guilt” arefurthering the racial divide in our country, rather than pulling us together. It is inexcusable and so very, very sad! Hopefully, the misguided individuals who devise these “diversity” programs will eventually realize that they are doing far more harm than good.”
By Paul Sperry
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Government Hits the Wall”
“The first Brexit vote actually took place in 1980 when the U.S. elected Reagan
“. . . Reagan, in his first inaugural address in 1981, could not have been more explicit about what his election stood for: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
“Brexit is shorthand for “government is the problem.”
“Liberal intellectuals have mocked Reagan for reducing his theory of government to a bumper sticker. But he elaborated on the idea with words that would have fit in the Founders’ debates:
“We have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”
“A good and just society comes through an economic and social compact between citizens and their government. If citizens will transmit sufficient tax revenue to the government, it will hire experts in public administration (to Reagan an “elite group”) who will deliver socially desirable benefits to everyone, and will do so with equity. It is an appealing promise.
“People who believe this, and some still do sincerely, regarded Reagan’s inaugural formulation as the words of an antigovernment “ideologue.” Still, ideology matters, and they have their own founding ideologue, Woodrow Wilson.
“In his 1889 book called “The State,” the future progressive Democratic president of the U.S. wrote: “Government does now whatever experience permits or the times demand.” Across the 20th century, that broad claim summarized the justification for building the administrative state, here and in Europe.
“That sound you heard in the United Kingdom last week was the administrative state finally hitting the wall. . .”
EMAILS . . .
Amy Chozick, NYT: “F.B.I. Interviews Hillary Clinton over Private Email Server”
“The F.B.I. interviewed Hillary Clinton on Saturday morning for its investigation into whether she or her aides broke the law by corresponding through a private email server set up for her use as secretary of state, a controversy that has dogged her presidential campaign and provided fodder for her political rivals.
“The voluntary interview, which took place over three and a half hours at the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington, largely focused on the Justice Department’s central question: Did the actions of Mrs. Clinton or her staff rise to the level of criminal mishandling of classified information?
“It could take weeks or longer to reach a decision, but news that Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, had been questioned in the J. Edgar Hoover Building three weeks before her party’s convention quickly reverberated.
“The Republican National Committee called the step ‘unprecedented,’ while Mrs. Clinton’s expected opponent in the race for the White House, Donald J. Trump, wasted little time before weighing in.
Anita Kumar, McClatchy: “Indicted or not indicted, Clinton could lose politically”
“If she is indicted, she will face further questions about her honesty and perhaps even calls for her to step aside. If she isn’t indicted, as many legal experts predict, critics will accuse the Obama administration of letting her escape charges merely because they want her to win the White House.
“Clinton was interviewed by the FBI Saturday for three-and-half hours at its headquarters in Washington, according to her campaign, suggesting the inquiry is nearing its end.
“‘Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary,’ Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. ‘She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion.’
“However it is concluded, events this week underscored anew that Clinton is likely to emerge scarred. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 7/1 Ups & Downs
“Tom Wolf. So close and yet still so far away. After theinterminable 267 day stalemate in 2015-16, it actually appears we just may have a deal done before the clock strikes midnight. The State House and State Senate each passed their own budgets, but differences between the two pieces of legislation remain. After last year’s experience, Pennsylvanians probably won’t sweat it if a resolution takes a few extra days. Governor Wolf really needs a major victory soon, though, in order to regain some momentum. 2018 will be here before he knows it.
Hillary Clinton. Until this week, the Democratic nominee’s lead (or lack thereof) in polls against Donald Trump was surprisingly small for a state that’s gone blue six straight times. This week, however, three separate surveys have shown Clinton with a healthy lead over her GOP opponent. Furthermore, FiveThirtyEight released their forecasts on Wednesday. Nate Silver’s site put Clinton’s odds at 82% in the Keystone State at this moment.
Kathleen Kane. When it comes to the Attorney General, there is seemingly no end to the bad news. Not only must Kane prepare for an August civil trial, but it appears the State House will continue their impeachment investigation. On Tuesday, House Courts Subcommittee Chair Todd Stephens announced they’ll be issuing subpoenas for documents and testimony. This investigation will likely prove to be moot, but it still applies additional burdens on an already overwrought AG.
Donald Trump. In 2008 and 2012, John McCain and Mitt Romney made last-minute pushes to win Pennsylvania that came up short. This year, Trump intends to make PA a major battleground state. Over the past few days, the GOP nominee revealed his team on the ground in the commonwealth and made another visit to the increasingly Republican Southwest. Trump’s initiative has forced Clinton off the sidelines and onto the airwaves in PA.
Waldorf Astoria. The legendary hotel is undergoing a major renovation in 2017. The process could take up to three years. As a result, the venue will lose Pennsylvania Society, which has taken place in the Waldorf since 1899. The long-running gathering will now occur in the New York Hilton instead, at least until whenever the Waldorf is finished.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is week three.”
END NOTES . . .
An Honest Man
““I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough,” he once said, “to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington