Conservative and Liberal

Liberal Conservative MemeThere will never be a smaller government unless the people’s hearts are large. True conservatism can only exist among a truly liberal people. The more selfish and corrupt the people are, the more they require laws and masters. Love wins, not politics.

CONSERVATIVE, adjective: Preservative; having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste or injury.

LIBERAL, adjective: Of a free heart; free to give or bestow; not close or contracted; munificent; bountiful; generous; giving largely.

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Benjamin Franklin

“Wise and good men are, in my opinion, the strength of a state: much more so than riches or arms…” Benjamin Franklin

Herbert Hoover: Humanitarian – How Spiritual Ideals Are The Foundation Of Our Institutions And Individual Lives

Hoover Ideals MemeHerbert Hoover: Humanitarian – How Spiritual Ideals Are The Foundation Of Our Institutions And Individual Lives – By Daniel W. Sheridan (Twitter: @DanielWSheridan)

Most associate President Herbert Hoover with the depression. That’s unfortunate. There’s so much more to learn from the man himself. Hoover once said, “Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one.” Let’s learn something about the noble Herbert Hoover.

Herbert Hoover was driven by a sense of duty toward his fellow man having devoted much of his life to public service and humanitarian efforts. Here are just a few examples.

In 1914 the future President, with the outbreak of World War 1, helped Americans stranded in Europe get back home.  He chaired the Commission overseeing Relief in Belgium. President Wilson asked Hoover to be the Food Administrator during the war. On January 3, 1919, he was put in charge of European post-war relief efforts and directed the American Relief Administration which fed over 350 million people in the devastated countries which were facing starvation.

Herbert Hoover didn’t cease his humanitarian efforts after his Presidency. In 1936 he became Chairman of the Boys’ Club of America and oversaw the creation of over 500 new clubs. With the outbreak of World War 2, Hoover helped raise funds for Polish, Finnish, and Belgian relief. After World War 2, President Truman asked Hoover to conduct World Famine surveys. The list goes on.

What motivated Hoover? He wrote the following Message to the American Bible Society on Universal Bible Sunday on November 25, 1931.

My dear Mr. Brown (General Secretary, American Bible Society):

I am interested to know that December 6th is to be observed as Universal Bible Sunday. Our institutions and common life are grounded in spiritual ideals. I hope that the observation of Bible Sunday will quicken the spiritual impulses of our people and contribute to the spiritual advancement which underlies our stability, service and progress as a nation and as individuals.

Yours faithfully,

HERBERT HOOVER

Let us take our former President’s lead and be humanitarians in whatever capacity we can. For as former first lady Abigail Adams once said,

“If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”

The FDR Bible

FDR BibleThe FDR Bible for the Troops

Soldiers, before they left to fight in WW2, were given a Gideons New Testament with Psalms especially printed for them. The Bible contained the following inscription from President Roosevelt,

January 25, 1941, To the Members of the Army:

As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a foundation of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.

Very sincerely yours,

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Place of Religion in National Life – by Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge_Bible Reading and LibertyThe following is a portion Vice President Calvin Coolidge’s address to the New York State Convention of the Y.M.C.A. in Albany, New York, 1923.

“The Place of Religion in National Life.”

When we explore the real foundation of our institutions, of their historical development or their logical support, we come very soon to the matter of religious belief. It was the great religious awakening of the sixteenth century that brought about the political awakening of the seventeenth century. The American Revolution was preceded by the great religious revival of the middle of the eighteenth, which had its effect both in England and in the colonies. When the common people turned to the reading of the Bible, as they did in the Netherlands and in England, when they were stirred by a great revival, as they were in the days of the preaching of Edwards and Whitfield, the way was prepared for William, for Cromwell, and for Washington. It was because religion gave the people a new importance and a new glory that demanded a new freedom and a new government. We cannot in our generation reject the cause and retain the same result.

If the institutions they adopted are to survive, if the governments which they founded are to endure, it will be because the people continue to have similar religious beliefs. It is idle to discuss freedom and equality on any other basis. It is useless to expect substantial reforms from any other motive. They cannot be administered from without they must come from within. That is why laws alone are so impotent. To enact or to repeal laws is not to secure reform. It is necessary to take these problems directly to the individual. There will be a proper use of our material prosperity when the individual feels a divine responsibility. There will be a broadening scholarship when the individual feels that science, literature, and history are the revelation of divine truths. There will be obedience to law when the individual feels the government represents a divine authority.

It is these beliefs, these religious convictions, that represent the strength of America, the strength of all civilized society…It is righteousness alone which exalteth a nation…

 

Old Books, Old Wine, and Old Friends

Old Wine Old Books MemeI Love People and Old Books!

The following is the preface of an old book I have on Ancient History. It was written in the late 1800’s.  Enjoy!

To-day superficiality and sensation reign supreme, and the classics of literature are barely studied. The classics are largely relegated to the shelves of public libraries…The art of printing has revolutionized the world. The printing-press has proved far more potent than any other civilizing influence. Learning is no longer confined to the few. The literature of civilization is free to all. The danger lies in reading everything we come across. Indiscriminate reading is seldom beneficial.

While the printing press has proved a potent power for good, it has also been used for ignominious purposes. In many quarters the first consideration in accepting an author’s manuscript to-day is not whether it be a book that is worthy of publication, but whether it be a book that is sufficiently sensational to make it sell. There exists, however, a large and growing class of readers who are not satisfied with these superficial books of the hour. They crave for something more substantial than the sensational reading-matter offered them in “up-to-date” novels, decadent newspapers, and catch-penny magazines. The times are ripe for a revival of the fittest. On the intellectual horizon of the twentieth century breaks the dawn of a literary renaissance. The workers of the world long for “more light.” They desire to have the gates of knowledge thrown wide open, recognizing instinctively that “knowledge is power,” and that those who toil will ever be governed by those who think.

In the early days of printing, the books to which the people had access were few and far between. To-day the world is flooded with books, good, bad, and indifferent. The question is no longer how can I obtain a printed book, but how am I to know what printed book to read? This is a most important question for those whose leisure for reading is limited…

The books…under the head of classics…books of acknowledged greatness…Read them! There is nothing except human love from which you can derive greater happiness than the love of reading. Books prove companions in sorrow and solitude. They assuage the pangs of physical pain. They enable you to commune with all the master minds of by-gone ages. The light of intellect flashes across the printed page. The recorded thoughts of literature live on forever. Books are the “legacies of genius.” We are all heirs to the magic realm of fancy, the republic of letters, the glorious domain of immortal thought. The pyramids of Nubia and Egypt, the palaces and sculptured slabs of Nineveh, the cyclopean walls of Italy and Greece, the temples of India – none have escaped the ravages of Time. The beautiful statues of antiquity – the Venus of Melos, the sculptures of the Parthenon – will sooner or later vanish from the face of the earth. But the poetry of Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare, the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, the wisdom of Solomon and Socrates, the eloquence of Demosthenes and Cicero will last as long as earth itself. The material creations of art crumble to dust. Soul-stirring thoughts, the creations of intellect, alone survive.

“To be without books,” exclaimed Ruskin, “is the abyss of penury; don’t endure it.” Books that we own after awhile become actual companions. “He that loveth a book,” says Isaac Barrow, “will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion or effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself as in a weathers, so in all fortune.”

The trend of the times is toward mental culture. The Intellectual pleasures and luxuries of life are made accessible to every home where the love of reading prevails. The publishers have provided a feast with the “Immortals.” The flow of soul comes from the authors of all ages. Let the toast be what Alfonso, King of Aragon was wont to say were the four best things of life: “Old wood burn! Old wine to drink! Old friends to converse with! Old books to read!”  Sic itur ad astra.

 

An Incredible American Christmas Story!

 
Washington Resigns His CommissionGeorge Washington’s Merry Christmas – By Daniel W. Sheridan (Twitter: @DanielWSheridan)
 
The gallery where the House of Congress was sitting, in Annapolis, was full to overflowing on December 23, 1783, on the occasion of General George Washington’s resignation as Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army.
 
George Washington on that day was doing something unusual in human history – refusing power! He wanted to make it abundantly clear that he had no intention of setting up a military government with himself as the head. The hero of the Revolutionary war, in noble, yet choking emotion, briefly addressed Congress saying,
 
“The great events on which my resignation depended having at length taken place, I have now the honor…to claim the indulgence of retiring from the service of my country…I here offer my commission, and take leave of all the employments of public life.”
 
The General refused payment for his services; he only asked that the new Republic, when convenient, would reimburse him for his expenses. The General had spent over $60,000.00 out of his own pocket paying and feeding his brothers in arms. Imagine how much money that was in those days.
 
The President of the Congress gave a suitable reply. Two days later Washington, through hard riding, made it home to celebrate Christmas with his family. The Cincinnatus of the West was “resting amid the rural scenes of his Mr. Vernon home” on the Potomac.