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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Mayflower Compact and Other Founding Documents

Little known, yet one of the most important Documents in History.

Hey folks,

You will be hard pressed to find this in MOST History Books. It is not taught in our Public School Systems anymore. It is Ignored by ANY one on the Left. Our Liberal Leaders do not want you to know about this. Yet, it IS one of the most important Documents in our History.

So what is the problem with it? It's all about GOD. Yup. It is all about the very FOUNDING of our Country, and the FACT that this Country WAS indeed founded on the, and BY the Word of God. It WAS founded in the Judeo Christian Belief System and THIS Document PROVES it. Well, ALL our Founding Documents PROVE it, if some want to accept the TRUTH or not.

So what am I talking about? The Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact is a written agreement composed by a consensus of the new Settlers arriving at New Plymouth in November of 1620. They had traveled across the ocean on the ship Mayflower which was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Mayflower Compact was drawn up with fair and equal laws, for the general good of the settlement and with the will of the majority. The Mayflower’s passengers knew that the New World’s earlier settlers failed due to a lack of government. They hashed out the content and eventually composed the Compact for the sake of their own survival.

All 41 of the adult male members on the Mayflower signed the Compact. Being the first written laws for the new land, the Compact determined authority within the settlement and was the observed as such until 1691. This established that the colony (mostly persecuted Separatists), was to be free of English law. It was devised to set up a government from within themselves and was written by those to be governed.
Here is how it appeared in the Original form.
Spelling and punctuation have not been corrected or modernized.

Mayflower Compact

In ye name of God Amen· We whose names are vnderwriten, the loyall subjects of our dread soueraigne Lord King James by ye grace of God, of great Britaine, franc, & Ireland king, defender of ye faith, &c

Haueing vndertaken, for ye glorie of God, and aduancemente of ye christian ^faith and honour of our king & countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia· doe by these presents solemnly & mutualy in ye presence of God, and one of another, couenant, & combine our selues togeather into a ciuill body politick; for ye our better ordering, & preseruation & fur= therance of ye ends aforesaid; and by vertue hearof, to enacte, constitute, and frame shuch just & equall lawes, ordinances, Acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete & conuenient for ye generall good of ye colonie: vnto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witnes wherof we haue herevnder subscribed our names at Cap= Codd ye ·11· of Nouember, in ye year of ye raigne of our soueraigne Lord king James of England, france, & Ireland ye eighteenth
and of Scotland ye fiftie fourth. Ano: Dom ·1620·
Here is how it would apear today for easier understanding.

"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&.

Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620."
Following this in the Timeline of our Country, is of course, the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, the US Constitution September 17, 1787, and the Bill of Rights September 25, 1789.

As you can see, the Mayflower Compact was all about God and creating a Government in the NAME of God, using Christian Belief System. This was followed by the Declaration of Independence which starts off as follows. "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them." Then of course, this. "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." So it was their belief that it was God given RIGHTS to Live, be Free, and do things in your life that will better you and your families. GOD given Right, by our CREATOR.

Then you of course have the Constitution. In the opening, it talks about the "Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Again God. Blessings and Ordainment.

Then you have the Bill or Rights. First Amendment. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" This is Freedom OF Religion. NOT Freedom FROM Religion. That Congress, AKA the Federal Government, will not ESTABLISH a National Religion such as they had in England.

There are also MANY examples of Statements made by our Founding Fathers that make it CLEAR that they NEVER intended to have God SEPERATE from Government. Just a couple?

Patrick Henry (1736-1799), five-time Governor of Virginia, whose "Give me liberty or give me death" speech has made him immortal, said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly, nor too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third U.S. President, chosen to write the Declaration of Independence, said: "I have little doubt that the whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator, and, I hope, to the pure doctrines of Jesus also." He proclaimed that it was the God of the Bible who founded America in his 1805 inaugural address: "I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in this country."

Alexander Hamilton's last dying words, July 12, 1804 "I have tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty; through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy; pray for me."

George Washington's Farewell Address : “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness - these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the 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."

Did you know that the The US Congress in 1782 said this? "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”

Folks, as we celebrate our Independence this Monday, keep in mine that THIS is what it's all about. With God, FREEDOM. Minus God, Tyranny. We are the Greatest Country on the Planet, not because of our Government, but because of our FREEDOMS. Not just the Hot Dogs and Beer. But FREEDOM! Freedom from Tyranny and Oppression. FREEDOMS that some are seeing slipping away. It IS FREEDOM that we came here for. FREEDOM is still worth fighting for. Never forget.
Peter

Source:
All About History - Mayflower Compact – The Common Anchor
Mayflower History - Mayflower Compact (1620)

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