Sunday, March 15, 2015

Why continue to battle Socialism

From: John Porter
To: Americans everywhere

As you may or may not be aware, I write and email to over 7,000 people all across the United States, and a great many of those people forward it to their email lists. I am asked by many, "what drives you to continue writing when it seems it does no good." Well, I firmly believe it does a lot of good, just not in giant leaps. Why do I believe that? I believe it because history bears out that it has worked before. Besides my undying love for the United States of America, I must give credit to Samuel Adams for my inspiration to never quit doing what I do. Below are 25 words spoken by him which will drive me to continue until all the breath has left my body.

“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather a . . . tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.”– Samuel Adams...Who was Samuel Adams?

Samuel Adams was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution, and was one of the architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped the political culture of the United States. He was a second cousin to President John Adams.

Born in Boston, Adams was brought up in a religious and politically active family. A graduate of Harvard College, he was an unsuccessful businessman and tax collector before concentrating on politics. As an influential official of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Boston Town Meeting in the 1760s, Adams was a part of a movement opposed to the British Parliament's efforts to tax the British American colonies without their consent. His 1768 Massachusetts Circular Letter calling for colonial non-cooperation prompted the occupation of Boston by British soldiers, eventually resulting in the Boston Massacre of 1770. To help coordinate resistance to what he saw as the British government's attempts to violate the British Constitution at the expense of the colonies, in 1772 Adams and his colleagues devised a committee of correspondence system, which linked like-minded Patriots throughout the Thirteen Colonies. Continued resistance to British policy resulted in the 1773 Boston Tea Party and the coming of the American Revolution.

After Parliament passed the Coercive Acts in 1774, Adams attended the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, which was convened to coordinate a colonial response. He helped guide Congress towards issuing the Continental Association in 1774, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and helped draft the Articles of Confederation and the Massachusetts Constitution. Adams returned to Massachusetts after the American Revolution, where he served in the state senate and was eventually elected governor.  Accounts written in the 19th century praised him as someone who had been steering his fellow colonists towards independence long before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
Samuel Adams didn't just say these 25 words, he lived them. I am asking you to help me and let's all live them too.

“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather a . . . tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.”–

Until next time, may God bless and keep you.

John Porter
Harrison, Arkansas


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