Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 1807 - Thomas Jefferson Ended Slave Importation in the US

On March 3, 1807, as President of the USA, Thomas Jefferson signed a bill making slave importation illegal in the United States.

Many do not know the following: Chosen for the first time to be a member of a legislature in 1769, 26-year-old Thomas Jefferson submitted a bill in the House of Burgesses for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, but was rejected. In 1770, as a lawyer, Thomas Jefferson defended a slave, saying: "Under the law of nature, all men are born free." In 1776, he strongly condemned slavery in his version of the Declaration of Independence, but the passage was deleted when SC said it would scuttle the Resolution for Independence if it is not removed.

"He (King George III) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation hither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of INFIDEL powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the LIBERTIES of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the LIVES of another."

The full article is here: 26-YO Jefferson's Emancipation of Slaves Bill

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Very Special Day

When my firstborn was a young child, asked whom he loves the most, he would reply fast and with full confidence, "Myself." Informed that I love him more than I love myself, my little one would say, "That is wrong. You should love yourself more."

Then, his brother came. Asked whom he loves the most, he didn't answer at once. When he replied, his voice was full of wonder as he mentioned his brother's name. "I love him the most. I love him more than myself."

 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Wishing for a Visitor from Heaven on Mother's Day

Three main characters in Reason Reigns are named Josephine in honor of my mother. I rushed to finish Reason Reigns so Mother could see the book version, but she passed away on January 17, 2008. She lives in my mind and in Reason Reigns. So do my father (Cissero) and my mother-in-law (Vangel). In three occasions celebrating Mother’s life, I gave the following tribute:

     “Ma, I see you now, thin to the bones, ravaged by time. Yet, I see a strong woman who battled life’s challenges with nonstop hard work and steel determination.
     I see a beautiful life. Unbowed by circumstance. Forging ahead through numerous hard knocks to make a better way for loved ones.
     I see a loving mother, a wonderful grandma. As a grandmother, you were a model of excellence, my beau ideal.

     If I did not make you happy enough as you so overwhelmingly deserved, surely, Roark-1 and Roark-2 did, as everyone of your grandchildren and great grandchildren did.

     For you, his beloved Grandma, privacy-conscious Roark-1 allowed me to speak of how he has always cherished you. You frequently visited and doted on Roark-1. He greatly appreciated your delicious dishes. Once, I cooked igado; Roark-1 commented, “It doesn’t taste like Grandma’s.” You patiently waited on him. You did not want a harsh word, a hard tone directed at him. Without prodding, the ever independent-minded Roark-1 often told you, “I love you, Grandma.” My little boy saw your goodness, and identified what you had for him and for everyone in your family: great love.

     Roark-1 voiced what I did not tell you often enough, “I love you.” But, I and those who cherish you will say it often for a lifetime, and you will hear it in heaven. I love you.
     From here on, whenever I see Roark-1, Roark-2, and any of your grandchildren and great grandchildren: I will see you. I will see your beauty, your love, your goodness.
     Though I had hoped that this day will never come, until we see you again: Thank you; we love you.”

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DARK-AGES Warriors, Anarchists, Traitors, & the Kind of Young Barbara Bush Gave Obama Four More Years


The base of the GOP is THEOCRATIC. Its 2008 VP candidate and its runner-up in the 2012 presidential primary are against Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. So are candidates backed by the Tea Party, like Sharron Angle, who lost to Harry Reid in 2010. The state/government holds a monopoly on legal coercive power, and these theocrats crave to use coercion to impose church-based beliefs.

Two 2012 GOP senatorial candidates personify the horrific irrationality of these DARK-AGES warriors. One claimed that a female’s body can prevent pregnancy in case of rape, and another claimed that rape is the will of his god. Mitt Romney’s opposition to abortion except in cases of rape or incest flouts justice. It is wrong to punish an offspring for the crime of the father.

One’s personal stand on anything is no one’s business. But in the realm of legal coercion, laws should be based only on reality and reason. Being pro-life and pro-choice is not contradictory. The embryo has no brain activity, so it is not yet an actual living human being; hence, it has no rights. An embryo is up to eight weeks. It is not sentient. It does not breathe. The central nervous system is fully formed at nine weeks. The fetus takes its first breath at 10 weeks. At this stage, the unborn is an actual living human being, thus, has rights. It has acquired the right to continue breathing. Prior to this stage, DARK-AGES warriors must be prevented from imposing their monstrous cruelty. Their monstrosity is also evinced in their bigotry towards homosexuals.

By nature, humans are fallible. Even the young have sexual urges. In a pregnancy, nature provides the embryonic stage as the window to change course, such that those who commit mistakes would not suffer for a lifetime, together with the baby they would bear. It is wise for the young, for women, for freedom fighters, to reject DARK-AGES warriors.

Ron Paul and many of his supporters share Barack Obama’s dehumanization of corporations. Their cannibalistic, looter mentality is personified by Occupy Wall Street. Thus, they are averse to a businessman, like Romney.

Some anarchists voted for Gary Johnson, who supports the Sherman Act. Antitrust Laws are akin to the Russian roulette with the government holding the gun to every businessman’s head, or akin to government-mined fields traversed by businessmen. “Free competition must be enforced” is brazenly anti-logic and GOLIATHLY tyrannical. Such voters crave to destroy success, like Romney.

There are anarchists who share the belief of theocrats that love of money is the root of all evil. They say their need of money does not translate to love of money. They do not appreciate what satisfies their need. Having renounced reason, they have no tool to realize that they are advocating for the DARK-AGES. Money is a necessity in a FREE, CIVILIZED society. It is a tool of exchange and a store of value, enabling saving and long-range planning. It is a precondition of a division of labor economy, of specialization. It is the tool of FREE THINKERS, who use only reason and persuasion in dealing with rights respecters. Those who spout, "Money is the root of all evil", or the love of it, are LOOTERS and/or DARK-AGES warriors. Why do churches collect what they consider evil? Some anarchists vilify for-profit businesses. Yet, they drool to occupy them. These voters do not appreciate that only virtue creates wealth, so they see a man of wealth as evil.

Benedict Arnolds, like Chris Christie, do not care about the USA. When Christie put his arm around Barack Obama, he embraced the last four years and the next four.

The young Barbara Bush agrees with Democrats that healthcare is a right. She is glad Obamacare passed. The granddaughter of a previous US president, the daughter of another previous president, does not know that rights are not entitlements to the labors of others, but are ACTIONS that can be exercised without anyone’s permission, limited only by the equal rights of others.

It is not only the lazy or the entitlement class who do not appreciate Romney. Rich people who are for COERCED CHARITY do not, as well, especially those who can be exempt from such coercion because of political connections.

In the GOP primary, Romney defeated DARK-AGES warriors and anarchists. In the general elections, they, together with traitors and the kind of Ms. Bush, gave the socialist four more years.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jeffersonian Party


"The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches… It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good." "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
 
Mission

   a) Find and support Jeffersonians.
   b) Spread Jeffersonian principles.


Platform

1) Non-contradictory principles based on the following:

       • The Declaration of Independence
       • Equal inherent inalienable rights
       • Reality, logic, reason, and science
 
The principles on which we engaged, of which the charter of our independence is the record, were sanctioned by the laws of our being… Man [is] a rational animal, endowed by nature with rights… A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature…” - Thomas Jefferson

"The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens…. Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.” – Thomas Jefferson

2) Government should not use force against rights respecters.

Rights are actions that can be exercised without anyone’s permission, limited only by the equal rights of others.

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." – Thomas Jefferson

3) Respect of the freedom of conscience.

“No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him." – Thomas Jefferson

One's personal stand on anything is no one's business. The Jeffersonian Party fights only those who propose to “commit aggression on the equal rights of another.”

The Jeffersonian Party is pro-life and pro-choice. They are not contradictory. The embryo has no brain activity, so it is not yet an actual living human being; hence, it has no rights. An embryo is up to 8 weeks. The central nervous system [CNS] is fully formed at 9 weeks. The fetus takes its first breath at 10 weeks. At this stage, the unborn is an actual living human being, thus, has rights.


4) Passion for the first principle of association: “the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."

"The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits." – Thomas Jefferson

5) Adherence to Republicanism and good government.

Thomas Jefferson’s Republicanism:

1) That there exists a right independent of force;

2) That a RIGHT to PROPERTY is founded in our natural wants, in the means with which we are endowed to satisfy these wants, and the right to what we acquire by those means without violating the similar rights of other sensible beings;

3) That NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO OBSTRUCT ANOTHER exercising his faculties innocently for the relief of sensibilities made a part of his nature;

4) That justice is the fundamental law of society;

5) That the majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest, breaks up the foundations of society;

6) That action by the citizens in person, in affairs within their reach and competence, and in all others by representatives chosen immediately and removable by themselves.
  
“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

"The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society... This is a world of compensation; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. All honor to Jefferson -- to the man, who in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and sagacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so embalm it there that to-day and in all coming days it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression." – Abraham Lincoln

http://ilynross.blogspot.com/2012/04/principles-of-jefferson-are-definitions.html


I saw this other Jeffersonian Party on the Internet: http://www.jeffersonianparty.com/index.asp

Sunday, October 14, 2012

God’s Existence: from “I believe” to “I know”


I believed, but did not know God exists. Now, I am certain. I dreamed of information that I had no knowledge of, and thus, could not have come from my subconscious. Later, when frightful dread permeated my mind and body, a suffering that could crush a soul, as my husband underwent quadruple bypass surgery on October 8, 2012, the information provided Divine Comfort.

On September 27, 2012, I dreamed that my husband dropped me off at a building, but he did not get off the vehicle. I understood that he was going somewhere. He told me, "Just for two and a half hours." I went inside the building, and then turned my back. There were two sets of stairs, one going down and the other going up. They looked like a V, but I couldn't see the bottom. The flight of stairs going up is brightly lit. To the right of the stairs, floating, was my radiant Mother, followed by my smiling Father. [Both have passed away.] After Mom embraced me, I found myself on the other side of the brightly lit stairs, with my niece nicknamed Faith, telling her, “Grandma and Grandpa are with us.”

Upon waking up, I wondered if my parents were coming for me. Later that day, my husband’s cardiologist prescribed heart catheterization to determine if my husband needed a stent. On October 5, as my husband was wheeled into the Cath Lab, I wondered if the entire procedure would take 2 ½ hours. But not for long, the Doctor came out to tell me that my husband needed bypass surgery, later scheduled for the following Monday, October 8. While waiting for him to be taken to his room, a lady who was also waiting told me that her husband has had bypass surgery six years ago. I asked how long the bypass surgery took. She answered, “Two and a half hours.” Over the weekend, a Doctor from the Heart Surgeon’s Team came to my husband’s room. After she finished asking questions, I asked how long the surgery would take. She said that the anesthesia part would take around 1 ½ hours, and the heart surgery would take 2 ½ hours.

I am very grateful to science and technology, to lifesavers, who use their minds to the fullest, spending tremendous effort in perfecting their genius. Many thanks and kudos! God bless always. 

I am reverently thankful to the Divine Comfort that I held on to during the terrifying hours. While I prayed, the dream where my husband said, "Just for 2 ½ hours", was with me, together with the faith that I will have him back, alive and well, after that. Many thanks, all-good and all-loving God, for embracing my husband, our family, and me, especially through the very difficult 2 ½ hours.

Prior to my certainty that God exists, the following is an example of what I have written, which evinced that, like Thomas Paine, my own mind is my own church, that I have held, like Thomas Jefferson, that my own reason is the only oracle given me by heaven, that I revere the most glorious gift from God: reason, and that the Primacy of Existence in Metaphysics has been my basis for my belief in God:

God is so Benevolent that the Laws of Nature are Absolute

http://ilynross.blogspot.com/2011/03/god-is-so-benevolent-that-laws-of.html

 


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dick Morris MALEVOLENTLY LIES about Jefferson

Morris is a MALEVOLENT LIAR as evinced in this video. Here are proofs that he subhumanly spouts lies:

"The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society... This is a world of compensation; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. All honor to Jefferson -- to the man, who in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecaste, and sagacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so embalm it there that to-day and in all coming days it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression." Abraham Lincoln

http://www.kingsbenchletter.com/library/lincoln-tribute/
 
See more information here: "The principles of Jefferson are the definitions & axioms of free society.” – Abe Lincoln

See this video: Debating Slavery Clause in the Declaration of Independence: Second Continental Congress.

Logically & morally, one cannot be faulted for something outside of one's choice. Slavery was OBTRUDED on the Colonies by King George III. Thomas Jefferson INHERITED slaves. It was AGAINST THE LAW TO FREE THEM.

When he was 26 years old, chosen for the first time to be a member of a legislature, he submitted a bill for the EMANCIPATION of ALL slaves. As a lawyer in 1770, age 27, Jefferson defended a slave, saying: "Under the law of nature, all men are born free."


Facts - Thomas Jefferson's record on slavery:

1769: Chosen for the first time to be a member of a legislature, Thomas Jefferson made one effort in the House of Burgesses for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, but was rejected.

From Jefferson's autobiography: http://www.constitution.org/tj/jeff01.txt -

"In 1769, I became a member of the legislature by the choice of the county in which I live, and so continued until it was closed by the Revolution. I made one effort in that body for the permission of the emancipation of slaves, which was rejected: and indeed, during the regal government, nothing liberal could expect success."

1770: As a lawyer, Thomas Jefferson defended a slave, saying: "Under the law of nature, all men are born free."

"Under the law of nature, all men are born free; everyone comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance." -- Thomas Jefferson: Legal Argument, 1770. FE 1:376

1776: He strongly condemned slavery in his draft of the Declaration of Independence.

"He (King George III) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation hither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of INFIDEL powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the LIBERTIES of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the LIVES of another." http://www.princeton.edu/~tjpapers/declaration/declaration.html

 1778: The legislature passed a bill he proposed to ban further importation of slaves into Virginia.
“Congress Again--and France: This first retirement was brief. In a year his wife died. Jefferson reentered Congress, throwing himself into the work of lawmaking, this time for the national government. Within two years he wrote some of the most meaningful state papers of the Continental Congress. Three reports were especially good: 1. On Government for the Western Territory, the basic document for the growth of the United States, in which Jefferson's effort to abolish slavery failed by one vote.”

http://history-world.org/thomas_jefferson.htm
 
1784: His draft of what became the Northwest Ordinance stipulated that "there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude" in any of the new states admitted to the Union from the Northwest Territory.

1806: President Jefferson requested Congress to ban all slave importation to the US.

1807: As President, Jefferson signed a bill abolishing the slave trade: on March 3, 1807, as President of the USA, Thomas Jefferson signed a bill making slave importation illegal in the United States.


Thomas Jefferson defined Republicanism:

“I believe with you that morality, compassion, generosity are innate elements of the human constitution; that there exists a right independent of force; that a right to property is founded in our natural wants, in the means with which we are endowed to satisfy these wants, and the right to what we acquire by those means without violating the similar rights of other sensible beings; that no one has a right to obstruct another exercising his faculties innocently for the relief of sensibilities made a part of his nature; that justice is the fundamental law of society; that the majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest, breaks up the foundations of society; that action by the citizens in person, in affairs within their reach and competence, and in all others by representatives chosen immediately and removable by themselves, constitutes the essence of a republic…” - Thomas Jefferson

http://www.britannica.com/presidents/article-9116915

  WITHOUT THOMAS JEFFERSON, THERE IS NO BILL OF RIGHTS.

“A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse or rest on inference.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, December 20, 1787

http://www.britannica.com/presidents/article-9116913