- A Republic, If You Can Keep It
In medieval times every castle had a Keep. The Keep was where the most valued articles were maintained. Not just the gold, jewels and silver, but the documents and charters that described the character of the kingdom and its history. It was a place highly fortified and protected. It was the last stand when the castle was under attack. Only the most loyal and courageous knights were assigned to protect it. The beautiful painting, "It's Only Keepers--The People" by Robert Schoeller, portrays
Can we again draw a lesson from France?
Can we again draw a lesson from France? Absent a CLEAR, UNAMBIGUOUS understanding of the Law’s just purpose; a yardstick against which people can measure their government's every act, those entrusted with the force of law will naturally advance their own authority. A “ruling class” will replace “civil service” and will eventually assume the right to engineer the economy and society in general. The purpose of government is not a “quantitative” question nor is it a subjective one. Either
The Cyclical Process of Climate Change
Much has been made about the government's recently-released report on climate. As expected, this government-funded presentation of a narrative that all-but demands greater power to central government is being treated as the indisputable last word on the matter of man-caused climate change. As we read the report itself and especially as we view the MSM's fawning coverage of it, it's important to keep several important factors in mind: 1. It's the government's report. 2. Carbon
We Are Social Media
We Are Social Media (Or, Is Social Media Us?) By Brian W. Peterson June 5, 2017 The question is, does social media reflect America or has it shaped America? Perhaps the question lacks an answer, but terse, cutting remarks are the norm these days. It’s hip – allegedly. The anonymity – in some cases – and lack of face-to-face communication – in other cases – emboldens people to exhibit behaviors beyond socially acceptable norms. Rather ironic for “social” media. In some cases, people
Central Kansas Chapter of Founder Keep - Inaugural Meeting
I am very pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Central Kansas Chapter or Founders Keep. On Tuesday April 18th I will have the great honor of being present at the first meeting. Michael Murphy has been a member of FK since May of 2015 and will host this event. Michael and I share the same strong feelings for our constitution and know that education is the key to getting our country back on track. Meeting Location: Applewood Restaurant 1515 S Main St, South Hutchinson, KS
America's First Valentine's Day Letter
On February 14, 1779, the first recorded Valentine's Day letter in America was given by, then, British Lieutenant Colonel John Simcoe to Sarah “Sally” Townsend. Here is the first of three verses..."Fairest Maid, where all Is fair, Beauty’s pride and Nature’s care; To you my heart I must resign, O choose me for your Valentine! Love, Mighty God! Thou knows’t full well, where all thy Mother’s graces dwell, Where they inhabit and combine to fix thy power with spells divine;
THE PRESERVATION OF LIBERTY IS UP TO US!
“The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”~ Abraham Lincoln That quote from Lincoln was a warning for future generations. He was saying how can we expect to keep a government of, by and for the people when the people do not have the knowledge necessary to understand our constitutional foundations? I'm not talking about in depth knowledge of the founders like the turbulent relationship of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, I'm talking
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be.....traitors. by Yvonne Starks
JANUARY 14, 2017. History birthday remembrance....of good going bad.... Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be.....traitors. Hannah Waterman King Arnold had desperately wanted children as lost two infants while married to Captain King and lost an Arnold son prior to the birth of Benedict Arnold V on January 14, 1741. She was a wealthy, very pious, widow; new husband, Bendict IV, was enterprising and ambitious. Life as the eldest son in a prosperous family in an expanding British
A Gathering of Minds – Food For Thought
A Gathering of Minds – Food For Thought by Michael Murphy | Jan 14, 2017 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, opinion, Our Team, Politics, Politics Feature, U.S. Politics, z Home Feature Mid Right Blog Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of gathering in a large room filled with people who share an important love – the Tenth Amendment. The annual 10th Amendment dinner is held during the opening week of Kansas’ legislative session. This fifth year saw more people and sponsors than
Restoring a Constitution We Know – The Preamble
Restoring a Constitution We Know – The Preamble by Oletta Branstiter | Jan 14, 2017 | Conservatism, Contributors, Elections 2016, Oletta Branstiter, opinion, Our Team, Politics, Politics Feature, U.S. Politics, z Home Feature Mid Left Blog On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will make an oath to the American people and the world. He will raise his hand and repeat, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and
A Republic, If You Can Keep It!
A Republic, If You Can Keep It by Bill Boillot. January 14, 2017 The importance of knowing history cannot be overstated. History helps us to understand the present. People have largely neglected the power of history. Understanding history brings the basic knowledge of cause and effect, relationships, and human nature. It clarifies how events are related to each other and the character of the actors. Two things we can take as truth; human nature never changes and history will always
Remember Alexander Hamilton on his Birthday by Yvonne Starks
Remember Alexander Hamilton on his Birthday by Yvonne Starks, January 11th, 2017 January 11. Today is the birthday anniversary of one of my favorites from the American Revolutionary historical times---brilliant and stunning in determination and patriotism, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, birth registered as 1755 (although, because he was illegitimate, date may actually have been 1757) in St. Croix in the Caribbean. With a very sad life beginning, his history is impressive. He made it to the United
Learn the past to Understand the future
By Bill Boillot, 12/20/2016 Would you really like to learn more about the history and vision of the Founding Fathers and the documents they created but didn’t know where to turn? Does knowing how your government is supposed to operate matter? Do you want to be empowered by the knowledge that only history brings? Founders Keep’s mission is to inform and educate the masses about the goals and vision of the founders. The writings of our founders hold so many solutions to today's
The Case For Enumerated Powers
The Case For Enumerated Powers by Michael Murphy | Dec 19, 2016 Our founding fathers were not stupid men, nor did they wake up one day and decide Great Britain was causing problems and decided to revolt. The idea of liberty was not something that one day popped into Thomas Jefferson’s head. No, it began when God created man. In the Garden, we were truly free. Free from rulers and free from sin. God did not rule man- He told man what He wanted, but He let man make his own decisions.
AMERICA'S ELECTION SEASON by Yvonne Starks
AMERICA'S ELECTION SEASON by Yvonne Starks The election was just plain awful. Coarse. Brutal. Mean. Two totally different plans for America with two totally different candidates vying for the American presidential office within two major political parties. An unfair media. Ineligible voting. The population and the delegates in throes of indecision and division. The election of 1800. America had been a free nation since 1776....or....officially since 1783 with the
Washington's Farewell Party with his Officers
On This Day in History, December 4, 1783, Washington bids farewell to approximately 30 of his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York. New York had been held by the British since the beginning of the war and there were many British soldiers still in the outlying areas and on ships in the harbor waiting for the weather to clear so they could sail back to Britain. Washington refused to leave New York until all of the soldiers were gone. On December 1, British Sir Guy Carleton wrote
Little Known Lady Patriot
Lydia Barrington Darragh (1728-1789) Lydia Barrington Darragh was a Philadelphia Quaker who became a Patriot spy during the American Revolution. Her courageous efforts helped prepare General George Washington for an attack by the British in December 1777. Born in 1729 in Dublin, Ireland, Lydia Barrington married family friend William Darragh in 1753. A few years later, the couple moved to America, settling in Philadelphia with its large Quaker community. William Darragh worked as a tutor;
Post-Election Challenge to Founders Keep Members
Now that we have had a week to process everything, I’d just like to share a few thoughts on the election. What a wild night! We came within inches of losing this precious Republic! God has given us a chance to change course and reform this nation back into what He designed it to be! Now that He has given us this gift, he's going to watch and see what we do with it…Not just in the Presidency but in Congress, in state and even local offices! Are we going to stop the slaughter of innocent
Samuel Adams and the Stamp Act.
Samuel Adams and the Stamp Act. On this day on November 1, 1765 the Stamp Act takes Effect. Sugar Act, 1764 and Stamp Act, 1765 The Sugar Act and the Stamp Act imposed by the British government in 1764 and 1765 respectively, was view with a disapproval eye among people who perceived the British as overstepping their power over the colonies. They wanted to tax people without their approval to raise income to pay for the troops stationed in the colonies after the French-Indian War. The
Bigger and Badder Dead White Males
Why do we care about what a bunch of Dead White Males thought, right? Besides, the Constitution is supposed to be a living, breathing document, so it changes. Those old dead guys were wrong, anyway. If you think that this is new, modern thinking, I have news- news that illustrates just how deep our problem really is: this is similar to President Woodrow Wilson’s way of thinking. Someone should write a book about Woodrow Wilson and his disdain for the principles of the American founding.
Esther de Berdt Reed and Her Contribution to Liberty
Esther De Berdt Reed was a civic leader who formed and led the Ladies Association of Philadelphia to provide aid for George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War. She was a female activist in a time when it was frowned upon for women to assert themselves in such situations. Esther was born in London, England on October 22, 1746 and moved to the Philadelphia in 1770 as a new bride to Joseph Reed, a lawyer, who would become a military secretary to
Spiritual Training in Early American Education
Spiritual Training in Early American Education - Part 2 by Sharmen S. Wright Education of youth will always be important. He who educates the children and youth of a society today will shape a society for tomorrow. Thomas Jefferson said; "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Our Founders knew this and set out to make sure we would have a society which was both virtuous and free as liberty is freedom plus
Regulated, Then and Now by Michael Murphy | Oct 15, 2016 |
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined … ” – George Washington, First Annual Address to both Houses of Congress, January 8, 1790 © 2009 Joye~, Flickr | CC-BY Anyone who is more than 30 years old understands the meanings of words change along with society…we see slang words come and go…but normal everyday words change in time. Let’s take the word “regulated.” For those of us who live in today’s regulated world, we well know its meaning…bureaucrats at
Young Heroes of the Royalton Indian Raids, October 16, 1780
By Melissa Quinn, October 16, 2016 On this day in 1780, a 27 year old mother, Hannah Hardy, saved her 7 year old son and 8 other young boys after they were taken captive during a British led Indian raid on her hometown of Royalton, in what is now Vermont. The early morning raid was conducted by approximately 300 Indians and led by British Lt. Richard Houghton. The raiding party decimated the town, attacking homes, burning buildings and fields, and slaughtering cattle, sheep, and pigs.
It's Not Funny Anymore
Raise your hand if you think the “Man on the Street” interviews are funny? Well, wait. We need to start all over. That is sooo like, not politically, ya know, correct. “Person on the Street,” assuming that everyone still self-identifies as human beings. There is a woman in the UK who self-identifies as a cat. You and I recognize that as mental illness, but recognizing mental illness for what it is can get you labeled as “judgmental” these days. Ignorance is never funny, unless it’s from a
The Last Best Hope by Michael Murphy - Oct 13, 2016
I was among the first 18-year-olds to be able to cast a vote in 1972 in the Nixon/McGovern election. The war in Vietnam was, of course, a huge issue, but in that day Presidents still stayed pretty well within the bounds of the Constitution, and Congress had not emasculated itself. I recall when the Watergate scandal hit; the general consensus was that everyone did it. Nixon’s problem was he got caught and then denied it. We were all a little cynical about politicians, even then, but I
Know your Constitution - Are Executive Orders lawful?
Know your Constitution - Are Executive Orders lawful? Article II of the U.S.Constitution lays out the powers and duties of the Executive Branch (the president). Section 1 gives a description of term of office and how he/she is elected, qualifications, terms of removal from office, compensation, and oath. Section 2 elaborates on duties. Please see below. Article II, Section 2 states: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia
Lies, Liberal Lies, and Disrespecting America
Lies, Liberal Lies, and Disrespecting America By Brian W. Peterson, September 19, 2016 The wicked, poisonous flower that is Modern Liberalism is now in full bloom in present-day America. It grows on the tree of Progressivism, found only deep in the forests of Statism. While Statism takes many forms- many of which were seen in the 20th Century- it can only grow strong when the roots of Liberty are shallow, have withered, or have died. In today’s America, Liberty is withering and the
Returning to Faith, Family, and Freedom.
When will enough be enough? After reviewing the news I'm scratching my head trying to understand how we ever got here. Now, I'm probably a little older than a lot of you, but I remember when patriotism was normal. We celebrated every patriot day that came along and your word was your bond. Now, we have athletes using our patriotic symbols to protest, people are opposed to Christian religious expression, and a candidate for the highest office in the land avoiding prosecution by legal
Black Robe Regiment - Johann Peter Muhlenberg
John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg On this day in history, October 1, 1746, John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg is born. Muhlenberg was a Lutheran minister who rose to prominence as a general during the American Revolution and was later elected to serve in the US Congress. Peter Muhlenberg was born into a minister’s family in Trappe, Pennsylvania. As a young man, he and his brothers were sent to Germany to study. Peter was a rambunctious youth and the teachers recommended that he be trained for
Saving the Republic, There is Only One Way and One Person Who Can
Saving the Republic, There is Only One Way and One Person Who Can by Michael Murphy | Sep 29, 2016 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, New Articles, opinion, Our Team, Politics, Religion, z Home Feature Top Blog What is our republic? Not what IS a republic…what is OUR republic? Is it documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Is it that plus our President, Congress, Senate, and SCOTUS? Is it all that plus the various government
Protecting Liberty by James D. Best “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one…” James Madison When studying the political formation of the United Sates, one is struck by the recurrence of the checks and balances theme—in Madison’s convention notes, the Constitution itself, the Federalist Papers, the minutes of the ratification conventions, and even in the Anti-Federalist
Five References to God in the Declaration of Independence
Five References to God in the Declaration of Independence By Dr. Harold Pease, Jul 4, 2011 It always amazes me when otherwise intelligent people are unable to find evidence of God in our governing documents. The Declaration of Independence, the signing of which we commemorate July 4th, alone has five references to God—two in the first paragraph, one in the middle, and two in the last. “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands
Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor
(Michael Murphy wrote this last July 4th as an article on his website Madison CPC. http://www.madisonscpc.com/. It is just such wonderful piece I wanted to share it. It is good to be reminded throughout the year of our heritage and not something we pull out of mothballs once a year.) Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor by Michael Murphy | Jul 4, 2018 It was not one event. It was not even a series of events or edicts that sparked a Revolution. Men and women have longed for freedom as long as
The Enumerated Powers of Government – Part 1
The Enumerated Powers of Government – Part 1 by Michael Murphy | Apr 21, 2016 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, Politics I enjoy researching and writing about current events, interesting, and entertaining things that happen daily. However, as much as I enjoy those topics, I find researching our founders and the constitution not only fascinating but necessary. Education has been so lacking in the past 40+ years that there are many things regarding the Constitution people do not know.
The Enumerated Powers of Government – Part 2
The Enumerated Powers of Government – Part 2 by Michael Murphy | Apr 23, 2016 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, Politics In part 1 of this series, I addressed Article I of the Constitution and compared some instances of what the enumerated powers of the legislature are and how they have been exceeded. Today we take a look at Article II, and how things have changed over the years. Progressives always say the Constitution should be fluid, and able to change with the times. The
The Enumerated Powers of Government – Part 3
The Enumerated Powers of Government – Part 3 by Michael Murphy | Apr 24, 2016 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, Politics In the first two parts of the series I looked at Articles I & II of the constitution’s enumerated powers. If you missed one of these, please check it out here and here. We looked at several instances of violations of the limits of power by both the legislature and the executive branches. This article will address the role of the Supreme Court. Article
The Enumerated Powers of Government – The Conclusion
The Enumerated Powers of Government – The Conclusion by Michael Murphy | Apr 26, 2016 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, Politics The government we have today is not the government outlined in our Constitution; whether we think that is a good thing or a bad thing, does not matter. It is not the government given to us by those who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. Today, we need to ask ourselves several questions: Should we do anything about it? If not, why not? If so,
The Utopian Goal of Equality – Part 2
The Utopian Goal of Equality – Part 2 by Michael Murphy | Mar 30, 2016 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, Politics This is the second part of a look at the goals of communism. To anyone with their eyes open, it is clear there is nothing Utopian about the Marxist theory. In the graphic below titled “20th Century Death from Information is Beautiful,” we can see communism killed 94 million people in the 20th century. This does not include the 28 million killed by fascism in the same
The Utopian Goal of Equality – Part One
The Utopian Goal of Equality – Part One by Michael Murphy Michael Murphy has written a thorough and informative two part series on "The Utopian Goal of Equality" that is a must read. Enjoy Part one. In this first of two articles on the subject we will look at the history of the Communist idea of a Utopia, an equality based society designed to deliver equal results to all. Many of today’s school children are no longer taught the failures of Socialism and Communism, in fact many of
Constitution Day, September 17th
Constitution Day, September 17th by Michael Murphy | Sep 12, 2016 | Conservatism, Michael Murphy, New Articles, opinion, Our Team, Politics Madison’s CPC and the constitution are inseparable, thus the remembrance of this upcoming day is special to each of us. We, of course, take our very name from James Madison, the author of the constitution. CPC, Constitutional Protection Corporation, of course, defines our mission. From our website: Madison’s Constitution Protection Corp.
Happy Birthday, Lafayette!
On This Day in History, a key figure in the American Revolution was born. Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, was born on September 6, 1757, in Chavaniac, France. Inspired by stories of the colonists' struggles against the oppressive control of the British, Lafayette gave his heart to the Patriots and sailed to the newly declared United States in 1777 to join the Continental Army. Happy 259th birthday, Lafayette! Learn more about this fascinating man in the
Right to Keep & Bear Arms- Protection from Tyrants
Right to Keep & Bear Arms- Protection from Tyrants - June 28, 2013 By KrisAnne Hall What many citizens and legislators do not understand is that the federal government has no right to prevent any law-abiding citizen from owning or possessing ANY firearm. The Constitution and its history is unequivocally clear on this! Here is a little 2nd Amendment history lesson so we can defend our Rights from becoming government bestowed privileges. Everything we need to know was explained by
Our Duty To Liberty
September 5, 2016 / youngpatriots4liberty by Savannah Cochran Greetings Young Patriots! I have the privilege of introducing our new topic for the month of September – Our Duty To Liberty. After laying some foundations last month, let’s move on to talking about our duty as “we the people” and some action steps we can take to make sure that, as citizens, we are acting in accordance with our constitution. Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., President of The Heritage Foundation, stated: “We must
Since Men Aren’t Angels
Federalist 10 offers a timely warning about the dangers of factionalism. By Roger Kimball - WSJ Article - Sept. 2, 2016 5:41 p.m. ET On Labor Day, we celebrate both the stupendous achievements of American industry and a well-deserved break from work. But Labor Day comes just a week or so before Constitution Day—Sept. 16 this year—and that holiday should also prompt us, especially in this fraught election season, to reflect on the American system of government. The U.S. Constitution, adopted
1775 - Independence Hurricane hits the American Colonies
Independence Hurricane of 1775 by Melissa Quinn On this day in history, September 2, 1775, the Independence Hurricane hits the American colonies as the American Revolution is beginning. It would be the 8th deadliest Atlantic hurricane of all time and would portend victory in the battle against Great Britain to the patriots. After dumping rain for a week, the hurricane landed in North Carolina and continued up the coast through Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The storm was
1789 Congress founds U.S. Treasury
On this day in 1789, the United States Treasury Department is founded. The institution’s roots can be traced to 1775, when America’s leaders were looking for ways to fund the Revolutionary War. Their solution–issuing cash that doubled as redeemable “bills of credit”–raised enough capital to fuel the revolution. but also led to the country’s first debt. The Continental Congress attempted to reign in the economy, even forming a pre-Constitutional version of the Treasury. Neither this move,
Rights and Technology
When Representative James Madison of Virginia introduced the Bill of Rights in Congress, including the First Amendment, on June 8, 1789, he didn't fathom that in 200-plus years that we would be using seemingly magic boxes to exercise our right to free
Welcome to Founders Keep
Welcome to Founders Keep Website. Founders Keep is a discussion and reading group focused on the founding documents and other readings.The goal is to become informed and to educate ourselves as to the goals and vision of the Founders. This is not a political page, just a page to share and learn our history. However, reading and discussing is not all we do. We have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/founderskeeperspatriots/ which we hope you'll join and we do outreach in
Spiritual Training in Early American Education Pt. 1
by Sharmen Wright We hear a lot about education these days. Among the things we hear, is that public education should have nothing to do with spiritual training, and that God should not be talked about, prayed to, or learned about. The 1962 Supreme Court decision to remove prayer from our public schools has helped to cause a vacuum in the lives of our school children. How will they learn right from wrong? What did the Founders envision to be the role of religious training in public