The Story of the Star Spangled Banner

Written by Daniel J. Goevert

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From a distance, Key anxiously witnessedrepparttar battle asrepparttar 145900 evening wore on. As long asrepparttar 145901 roar of cannons filledrepparttar 145902 air, he knew Fort McHenry had not surrendered. Occasionally,repparttar 145903 red glare of deadly rockets illuminatedrepparttar 145904 night, giving visual assurancerepparttar 145905 Stars and Stripes were still flying. A few hours after midnight,repparttar 145906 shelling suddenly stopped, followed by an eerie, uncertain silence. Key nervously pacedrepparttar 145907 ship deck, agonizing over who had wonrepparttar 145908 battle. Visions of defeat dampened his spirit. If Fort McHenry had fallen, would this spell doom forrepparttar 145909 United States? Did this meanrepparttar 145910 end ofrepparttar 145911 republic’s grand experiment in ordered liberty?

Peering intorepparttar 145912 darkness for what seemed like an eternity, Key searched in vain for a sign to relieve his anxiety. Finally,repparttar 145913 first glimmer of dawn’s early light revealed a joyous sight…repparttar 145914 great Star-Spangled Banner gently blowing inrepparttar 145915 breeze… proof that Fort McHenry remained secure in American hands!

Moved byrepparttar 145916 dramatic outcome, Key quickly composed a few lines of poetry onrepparttar 145917 back of an old letter. Later, in his Baltimore hotel room, he added several more stanzas underrepparttar 145918 title “Defence of Fort M’Henry”. Within a week,repparttar 145919 poem appeared in print, and soon, newspapers from Georgia to New Hampshire were running withrepparttar 145920 verses. Eventually,repparttar 145921 poem was accompanied by music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The song enjoyed patriotic popularity for many years, but it wasn’t until March 3, 1931, that Key’s inspiration was officially adopted asrepparttar 145922 national anthem ofrepparttar 145923 United States.

Author Daniel J. Goevert is the webmaster of US Coin Values Advisor (, a site that explores the intersection of American history with the evolution of the US coinage system, beginning with colonial times. Illustrated.

Our Judicially Created Banana Republic

Written by J.J. Jackson

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But perhaps that is not enough for some of you that are out to remove religion from public life. So President George Washington went further by saying:

“Of allrepparttar dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claimrepparttar 145856 tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness - these firmest props ofrepparttar 145857 duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally withrepparttar 145858 pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.” (George Washington's Farewell Address)

But he was not finished even there telling those of you that believe religion has no place in America whatrepparttar 145859 truth really is. Oh no. He continued:

“Let it simply be asked, Where isrepparttar 145860 security for property, for reputation, for life, ifrepparttar 145861 sense of religious obligation desertrepparttar 145862 oaths which arerepparttar 145863 instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulgerepparttar 145864 supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded torepparttar 145865 influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shakerepparttar 145866 foundation ofrepparttar 145867 fabric? Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions forrepparttar 145868 general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion asrepparttar 145869 structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” (George Washington's Farewell Address)

And just for good measure in case you did not understand that he also added:

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct, and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period a great nation to give to mankindrepparttar 145870 magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that inrepparttar 145871 course of time and thingsrepparttar 145872 fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be that Providence has not connectedrepparttar 145873 permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature.“ (George Washington's Farewell Address)

If your eyes are burning take a break. I know that this far too much to bear if you may be one ofrepparttar 145874 many of Americans that have been indoctrinated byrepparttar 145875 enemies of this nation not as defined by myself, but as defined by President Washington himself.

Our Supreme Court of today needs to do a little more historical referencing before they make baseless decisions with roots solely in other unfounded court decisions of onlyrepparttar 145876 last century. Perhaps they need to think twice before they consider authoring a decision with no historical reference torepparttar 145877 time of our founders who talked of our “Creator“, “Supreme Judge ofrepparttar 145878 World“, and “divine Providence“ in our very Declaration of Independence and even “our Lord“ inrepparttar 145879 very Constitution these despots have now found a prohibition of God in. Maybe before they talk about how religion cannot be seen within our courthouse walls they should listen torepparttar 145880 words of President Washington and maybe they should pull their heads out of their robes.

The prohibition onrepparttar 145881 “establishment” of religion does not mean to wipe religion fromrepparttar 145882 foundation of our country. It means exactly what it says which is to preventrepparttar 145883 creation of, and required worship at, a national church “or else” as James Madison said duringrepparttar 145884 debates onrepparttar 145885 addition of this amendment and as is well documented inrepparttar 145886 Annals of Congress.

Recognizingrepparttar 145887 foundation of our laws is not an “establishment” of religion. And if you don’t believe me, ask George Washington, our first President,repparttar 145888 man that turned down being King and someone that was actually alive whenrepparttar 145889 Constitution was written. You might learn something and certainly will be far wiser than Justices Breyer, Souter, Ginsburg and Stevens could ever hope to be.

Until these four are impeached this country will never resemble that which our founding fathers intended and that which it was ordained by Providence to be.

J.J. Jackson is the Senior Editor of American Conservative Politics (, owner and chief designer of The Right Things ( and internet political columnist.

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