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The American Spirit Rises Again

Washington at valley  forge

Understanding our history, determines our future

The proper understanding of history can change your life.  How we understand history actually effects what we think about the future.

Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, a bible scholar, and son of Presbyterian minister, warned.
“A nation that does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we don not know where we came from, or what we are about.”

Our Constitution

In times past there was a national reverence for our Constitution and Declaration.

The Constitution (outside the bible) is the greatest document ever written for the expression of Freedom of Liberty.

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The Founding Fathers in their wisdom and knowledge created a cultural climate that gave birth to the human spirit. Free enterprise and the individual rights of man was unleashed and expanded more than any other nation in the world.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government-lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
-Patrick Henry

Early Authors

To understand our heritage and history you must go back and read the early books and not rely on the those who would revise and rewrite it from a 20th century view point.

Charles C. Coffin (historical author 1799-1869)  traced mankinds struggle from the early days of tyranny, wrote, “The unseen hand of God shapes destiny, nations rise and fall generations come and go; yet through the ages there has been an advancement of justice, truth, right and liberty…if you fail to recognize this feature you will fail to fully comprehending the meaning of history. “

Charles Coffin was a journalist for the Boston Globe until he covered the Civil War (1867). He was fearless in covering his stories. He is most famous for his books, The Boys of 1776, The Story of Liberty (1879) and the Daughters of the Revolution (1892)

Inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D. C are these immortal words asked by Thomas Jefferson,  “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift of God?”

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Thoughts for Today

Ronald Reagan warned in his farewell address to the American people, “Are we doing a good enough job of teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world?  So we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion, but on what’s important, on why the pilgrims came here…If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are….I am warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result ultimately in an erosion of he American Spirit.

It is not about the “shot heard around the world last Tuesday, it is about the indomitable American Spirit that has the seeds of Freedom and Liberty planted deep in the soils of our hearts and will continue to grow.

The photo above hangs over my mantle in our great room to remind my family of our heritage.

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Written by Missy Caulk, Associate Broker at Keller Williams Ann Arbor. Missy is the author of Ann Arbor Real Estate Talk and Blog Ann Arbor, and is also the Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Member of MLS and Grievance Committee's.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Joe Loomer

    January 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Wonderful reminder Missy, thank you.

    There is a great need in this country to get back to working together to resolve the issues that challenge us as a nation. We’re sick of the win-at-all-cost mentality and the “you lost, get over it” posturing. Both sides of the aisle should take care not to disregard the tea parties and other events happening across the country. We’re pissed, you aren’t fixing it, and we vote….

    Only a mother of a servicemember can truly appreciate the word “sacrifice.” The veteran doesn’t even comprehend the word at the level a mother does. You’re a true patriot, Missy, and I for one am proud to know you.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  2. Missy Caulk

    January 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks Joe, it is a pleasure to know you too, and someday we will meet IRL.

  3. Sam Chapman

    January 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    What a great post. To bad today’s administration and supporting cast can’t figure this out.

  4. Kevin Forrester

    January 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you, Missy!

    You might enjoy this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlMwAZy4QpA

  5. Kevin Forrester

    January 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

  6. Greg Barnhouse

    January 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Missy,

    Thanks for the reminder . . .great topic. We have an artist proof of that Arnold Friberg – Prayer at Valley Forge painting in our foyer at home. We want our boys, and are friends to know how much we value this great nation when they enter our home. We moved here after 7 years living in Southeast Asia and know what we have here. I totally agree with your remarks and how important it is too remember how our forefathers and their “American Spirit” got us to where we are. It is my hope and prayer that we, as a nation do not forget this history, and do all we can to preserve this great nation.

  7. Mike Andrews

    January 25, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Beautifully written and a great message. Thanks for taking the time to give us all an important reminder.

  8. TheRECoach

    January 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Great article Missy, has me energized to talk to my kids about this subject. Nice little step away from everyday AG Blogging topics 🙂

  9. MIssy Caulk

    February 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Kevin, your comment must be in moderation because of the YouTube link. But, I watched the video anyway.

    Great find….very inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing this. Laughed at first comment, George Washington was a diest…yea right.

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