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Daughters of the American Revolutions

Sep 16, 2013

The Washington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Joan Johnston. Nine members and one guest attended.

In accordance with Constitution Month, Regent Mangold welcomed special guest Peter Weller, who presented an informative and educational program on the first Continental Congress and the events leading up to the ratification by the states of the Constitution.

Regent Mangold and Rosemary Harris have done a window display in the Washington Senior Center that will represent the organization’s efforts to support September as Constitution Month. The Washington County Historical Site Tour has been scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sandy Greiner, Marj Lins and Julie Mangold volunteered to host visitors to the cabin that day. Regent Mangold invited members to accompany her to the district meeting to be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. at the Bettendorf Presbyterian Church.

On Oct. 12, the Alexander Young cabin will be open at 1 p.m. Regent Mangold has contacted local historian Michael Zahs to present a program regarding the cabin and its importance to Washington County. The program is open to the public. A display will be put in the Washington Public Library in October to further inform the public of the history of the chapter and to promote the program on Oct. 12.

Rosemary Harris spoke about the December fundraiser. The Downton Abbey tea will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Washington Public Library and is open to the public. Rosemary told of several program ideas for this fun afternoon.

The next meeting will be Monday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Halcyon House. Rosemary Pacha will present the program on tea. Members may meet at 12:30 p.m. for lunch at the Bistro if they desire.

The Washington chapter of DAR welcomes new members. Anyone interested should contact Julie Mangold at 319-698-2033, or any of the other members.

 

Comments (3)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Sep 22, 2013 12:06

America is exceptional. And it’s exceptional for a reason that neither Putin nor Obama will ever admit. America is unique among all the countries that have ever existed for one simple but profound reason: The United States was founded on the principle that our rights come from God, not from government.

One of the most majestic phrases in the English language is the one Thomas Jefferson included in Declaration of Independence expressing that thought. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
It was our Creator who gave us our rights — rights that are unalienable. That means they cannot be withdrawn or transferred. At least, that’s the theory. I have no doubt that the Founding Fathers would be shocked by how powerful the Federal government has become today. And dismayed at how much it encroaches on our liberties (not to mention our wallets).
By the way, the Declaration of Independence not only opened with an acknowledgement of God, it also ended with the same recognition: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of a divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Yes, this country was founded on the principle that our rights come from God — and that governments exist not to grant them, but to protect them. The Declaration also said: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The men who drafted our Constitution worked very hard to craft a document that would limit what a central government was allowed to do. They wanted to “bind it down” with the chains of a constitution.
But even that wasn’t enough to satisfy the leaders of our new Republic, who were very aware of the lessons of history. They knew that governments, always and everywhere, tried to expand in reach and power. Even before the new Constitution was submitted to the 13 States for ratification, they added a list of Amendments, to make even more specific what the new government was not allowed to do.
The first eight Amendments in what became known as the Bill of Rights enumerate a whole list of things that the new central government cannot do. The 1st Amendment begins: “Congress shall make no law…”
And just to make sure that the people’s rights shall not be infringed, the framers added the 9th and 10th Amendments, basically saying that if they overlooked anything, government can’t do that either. They made it as clear as they could in the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
While government in this country was limited, the ability of our people to prosper was not. America became the freest, the wealthiest and the most powerful nation on Earth. It made us the hope (and the envy) of the world.
That is why the United States is exceptional — or maybe I should say why this country was exceptional. Because there is no question that our central government has become a bloated monstrosity, bearing almost no resemblance to the very limited government our Founding Fathers envisioned.
One of the charges against King George in the Declaration of Independence was: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”
Let’s face it: Those colonists had it easy, compared to all the ways that our present government “eats out” our substance.
I wouldn’t be the first to suggest that it’s time for a new American revolution.
 
–Chip Wood





Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Sep 17, 2013 22:52
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Sep 17, 2013 22:50
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