Vol.14 No.3

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Intelligent, Inspirational & Fun!
America Was Always Great

hopefully the pedulum will swing back

As Cote put it, "And my grandmother

always said 'what goes into the first of life

goes throughout all of life.'"

'There is a Just God Who Presides...'

Today's public schools not only don't teach

out of the Bible, they don't teach how

important Christianity was to the founding

fathers. Or they maybe just suggest

founders like Washington were deists,

believing only in a distant, uninvolved God.

Yet Washington stated after surviving a

battle where his coat was punctured by

numerous bullets and two horses were

shot dead beneath him, "I was saved by the

miraculous care of Providence that saved

me beyond human expectation."

Patrick Henry — the man who shouted

"Give me liberty or give me death" — also

stated, "There is a just God who presides

over the destinies of nations."

As a young man, Patrick Henry was right

in the middle of the First Great Awakening

and the battle for greater religious liberty

in the colonies.

"The war for religious freedom was

happening under his own roof," Cote said,

explaining that Henry's father and uncle

were Anglicans in Virginia's state church.

"However, his mother Sarah was a bit of a

rebel, and she went with this new Great

Awakening dissenter movement."

She would take her son to hear evangelists

preach in this first national revival, the first

event to unite all the colonies. Many of

these preachers were illegal because they

weren't part of the official state church.

"Patrick Henry saw early on this struggle

for religious freedom. When he grew up

and became a lawyer, he had a heart for

Baptist ministers. He would represent

them for free when they were thrown in

prison for preaching the Word of God. And

he would anonymously pay their bail to get

them out."

How One Voice can Change the World

Listening to these fiery preachers during

the First Great Awakening helped form

Henry into the mighty orator eventually

labeled the Voice of the Revolution. His

voice for freedom and stand against the

high taxes of the Stamp Act helped ignite

the Revolution.

"A decade before we even declared

independence, he was the first one to speak

up against tyranny," Cote explained.

She added, "That's when Sam Adams and

the boys in the Sons of Liberty said, 'Look

at these guys in Virginia. We need to be that

bold.' So, isn't it amazing how one voice

speaking up for liberty against tyranny can

change the world?"

Henry and Adams joined many bold leaders

educated for just that moment in time.

Cote said in their younger years, "They

were learning who are the heroes of

history, what they did right, what they did

wrong. What governments worked, what

governments did not. They learned

mankind over time. So as they grew, they

were inspired and encouraged. And they

knew, 'okay this didn't work in the past.

Let's make something new that we can try

that's never been tried before.'"

'They Could Smell a Tyrant Coming

3,000 Miles Away'

But most important of all, Cote explained,

"They understood that liberty was

precious. Because it had been oppressed

over the centuries and they studied it. And

so because they studied what worked in

history, they could smell a tyrant coming

3,000 miles away. And they were ready."

Still, they weren't hotheads. As King

George III oppressed them more and more,

they tried for peaceful solutions.

Cote called it, "A decade working with the

king, saying, 'Hey, let's work this out here.'

And they tried diplomacy, they tried

negotiation, they tried laying their case

before the king and Parliament. They did all

that they could do before they finally had

to take drastic measures."

Cote said of Thomas Jefferson, "He did say

revolution is good every now and then, but

done right. It doesn't mean you go right to

the guns."

He, too, like many of his fellow

revolutionaries had studied the political

and philosophical masters.

Such as, Cote pointed out, "Montesqiueu,

Locke: in fact Jefferson would have read

many of the words that he penned and used

right in our Declaration of Independence."

Study the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Though she certainly admires the founders,

Cote in her books doesn't shy away from

their failures and shortcomings, like Patrick

Henry owning slaves.

"I'm showing his struggle with slavery. Like

where he says, 'It is a lamentable evil. I

cannot justify if. I cannot believe I'm a

Christian, yet I do this. There's no excuse.'"

But the author finds it horrible that schools

are shying away from teaching the great

and good stories of America's first decades

and its founders just because of their dark

side.

Skipping the Founding, Revolution

and Civil War

"To the point where I heard recently," Cote

exclaimed, "some school curriculums are

going to start teaching in 1866. 'Oh, let's

just skip over the whole founding of our

nation. Because it's too painful.' And this is

the danger in that: Santayana said 'those

who don't remember their history are

doomed to repeat it.'"

She argued, "You need to show all the

history: the good, the bad and the ugly. And,

yup, the dark side of it. But don't throw

away the good, because that is what we're

missing here in today's culture."

Along with the National Park Service, Cote

holds Patriot Camps with kids and asked

past students what will happen if children

don't learn their nation's history.

She recounted, "They said 'we'll lose our

future.' And I said 'whose responsibility is

it to keep telling the stories of our history?'

And you know what they said? 'It's ours.'

So, if kids are willing to own it, let's just

teach it to them."

Alpha­Griddle Solution

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