Judge Calls Clinton Emails One Of ‘Gravest Modern Offenses To Government Transparency,’ Orders Further Fact-Finding

By James Barrett

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On Thursday, a federal judge ordered further investigation into officials’ handling of Hillary Clinton’s private email server during her four-year tenure as secretary of state. Her use of an unapproved, unsecured private email server, he said in the blistering ruling, is “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

The ruling revolves around a Freedom of Information Act suit brought by a conservative government watchdog. Judicial Watch, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Thursday, should be given access to documents and be permitted to acquire additional testimony about Clinton’s use of a private server and officials’ failure to be transparent about information searches related to it.

Judge Lamberth’s opinion, published by Politico, begins by quoting former President Barack Obama, who, on his first full day in office, waxed eloquent about the importance of transparency in government and declared his administration’s commitment to FOIA: “In our democracy, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency, is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open government. … All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open government. The presumption of disclosure should be applied to all decisions involving FOIA.”

“But in this case, faced with one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency, his State and Justice Departments fell far short,” Lamberth wrote. “So far short that the Court questions, even now, whether they are acting in good faith. Did Hillary Clinton use her private email as Secretary of State to thwart this lofty goal? Was the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014 an effort to avoid searching–and disclosing the existence of–Clinton’s missing emails? And has State ever adequately searched for records in this case?”

When Judicial Watch filed its FOIA suit in July 2014 over the State Department’s false talking points on the Benghazi attack, the judge notes, officials knew that Clinton’s private emails were missing from its records. “State played this card close to its chest,” he wrote. “At best, State’s attempts to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA and hoodwink this court.”

Politico notes that Lamberth, a Ronald Reagan-appointee and a judge who “sparred” at times with the Clinton administration, is critical not only of the past administration but of the Trump administration for failing to adequately follow through on this crucial case.

“To preserve the Department’s integrity, and to reassure the American people their government remains committed to transparency and the rule of law, this suspicion cannot be allowed to fester,” he said. To this end, he ordered that both sides discuss a discovery process and report back to him in 10 days to nail down a plan for further fact-finding.

At the heart of the issue is the suspicion that State and Justice Department officials were attempting to protect Clinton and the administration by deliberately resisting FOIA searches in her private server, thus attempting to conceal damning information, like Clinton’s admission to Chelsea that she knew the Benghazi attack was a terrorist operation while the administration publicly described it as spontaneous riot in response to a YouTube video offensive to Muslims.

“The historic court ruling raises concerns about the Hillary Clinton email scandal and government corruption that millions of Americans share,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement. “Judicial Watch looks forward to conducting careful discovery into the Clinton email issue and we hope the Justice Department and State Department recognize Judge Lamberth’s criticism and help, rather than obstruct, this court-ordered discovery.”

Read Lamberth’s full ruling here.

President Trump’s voter fraud panel asks again for data from California — and again the answer is no

By John Myers 

Then-President-elect Donald Trump greets Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Nov. 20 (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

For the second time in less than a month, California’s chief elections officer has refused to hand over data to President Trump’s voter fraud commission, arguing on Wednesday that the inquiry is still part of an “illegitimate” exercise.

“I still have the same concerns,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “I can’t in good conscience risk the privacy of voters in California with this commission.”

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which met for the first time last week, originally asked for the information from California and other states on June 29. A federal court refused last week to block the commission’s request, though as many as 21 states have insisted they won’t hand over details on voter names, addresses and political party affiliations.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which met for the first time last week, originally asked for the information from California and other states on June 29. A federal court refused last week to block the commission’s request, though as many as 21 states have insisted they won’t hand over details on voter names, addresses and political party affiliations.

Read the full article: Los Angeles Times

North Carolina elections board chairman resigns, says he doesn’t want his partisan views to hurt election fraud investigation

North Carolina elections board chairman resigns, says he doesn’t want his partisan views to hurt election fraud investigation

By Amy Gardner December 1

TAR HEEL, N.C. — The Democratic chairman of the state elections board in North Carolina resigned Saturday, saying he did not want his partisan views to undermine a widening investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race.

Andy Penry, chairman of the nine-member State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, said in a statement to the board obtained by The Washington Post that he was stepping away to allow the investigation to continue “free of attempts at distraction and obstruction so that the truth can be revealed.”

Penry has fielded criticism from North Carolina Republican officials, who have pointed to his Twitter posts — which include a number of tweets highly critical of President Trump — as evidence that the board’s investigation is partisan and baseless.

“The investigation of criminal conduct and absentee voting fraud in the 2018 Republican primary and 2018 general election in congressional District 9 is a matter of vital importance to our democracy,” Penry wrote in the statement. “I will not allow myself to be used as an instrument of distraction in this investigation.”

Penry’s decision came after the nine-member elections board — which includes four Democrats, four Republicans and one unaffiliated voter — agreed unanimously Tuesday to delay certification of the results in the 9th District election amid allegations of an effort to fill in or discard the absentee ballots of Democratic voters.

Republican Mark Harris, who beat incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger in the primary, leads Democrat Dan McCready in the race by only 905 votes, according to unofficial returns.

On Friday, the state board voted 7 to 2 to continue investigating the fraud allegations, leaving open the possibility that a new election could be called. The Associated Press announced it was revoking its projection that Harris won the seat in southeastern North Carolina.

[N.C. election officials plan hearing over fraud concerns in U.S. House race, raising possibility of new election]

The inquiry further roiled a state already divided over issues of voting rights, voter suppression and fraud.

In a statement Friday, Harris accused the election board of a lack of transparency and called for the results to be immediately certified.

“Make no mistake, I support any efforts to investigate allegations of irregularities and/or voter fraud, as long as it is fair and focuses on all political parties,” Harris said. “But to date, there is absolutely no public evidence that there are enough ballots in question to affect the outcome of this race. Accordingly, the Board should act immediately to certify the race while continuing to conduct their investigation. Anything else is a disservice to the people of the Ninth District.”

Read the Full Article in The Washington Post

EXCLUSIVE: Absentee ballot envelopes in North Carolina fit into “a pattern of fraud”


The Congressional race in North Carolina’s 9th district, where Republican Mark Harris is leading Democrat Dan McCready by just 905 votes, has drawn national attention because of highly unusual patterns in mail-in absentee ballots. 

In Bladen County, for example, only 19% of mail-in absentee ballots were requested by Republicans, but Harris won 61% of the mail-in absentee ballot vote. In every other county, including Republican strongholds like Union County, McCready won the mail-in absentee vote.

So what happened?

The envelopes of the absentee ballots are a rich source of information because they re

Migrants Invade Mexico; Inching Closer To The Border, Liberal Media Continues It’s Outrage & an Interview With Diego Zuluaga

Hey, BillOReilly.com Premium Members welcome to the No Spin News. Wednesday, November 21st, 2018. Take your country back. So this is our last show. For the Thanksgiving break and I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I’ll get to that in a little while.

On Friday we have a special. A No Spin News special on the media. I know I overdo it but if you care about the corruption in the media you want to watch it on on Friday. Tomorrow I’ll check in somewhat if something happens. We have posted my interview with Barack Obama last one I did Super Bowl interview. OK. To show you how you can be tough interviewing a president but not disrespectful. That entire interview is now posted on BillOReilly.com. Anybody can watch it so if your friends aren’t paying Premium Members they want to see it they can just alert them that’s there. You might check it out let me know what you think. I took a lot of heat from the left on that interview. It’s really amusing now to see a guy like Acosta, who’s a far left guy and the left have no problem with him. You know the hypocrisy is just astounding.

Alright, the latest on a border, 10,000 migrants. Now I said to you that I didn’t think that. These people were going to get to our border in this number and they have and there’s two things in play.

The Mexican authorities are allowing it. Now they got trouble in Tijuana because their own people are rebelling but the Mexican government the Nieto he allowed it.

Why. I can only suspect and that there are there is millions and millions of dollars funding these migrants because they got on buses and trucks and cars in Mexico City and they drove. Now, there’s 10,000 of them. All right most of them in Tijuana. But about 3,000 in Mexicali which is also on the border in the Southern California district. OK.

So this information comes from the Department of Homeland Security and we have troops and we’re not going to let them in. I don’t think because as I have been reporting the goal here is to crash the U.S. immigration system entirely. Now I’m going to put up the graphic we put up yesterday because we have a little bit more information. The founders of this. This is coming out of Washington D.C. the National Immigration Forum overseeing the funding for the migrant movement. They work through two organizations in Chicago, Centro Sin Fronteras, La Familia Latina Unida. Anyway, there’s two Chicago operations that are the conduit so the money going to Pueblo Sans Fronteras there on the ground.

That last organization is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

OK, so there’s the pipeline. George Soros absolutely involved. He gave 4.4 million dollars to the National Immigration Forum through the Open Society Foundation which is his crew, that was in 2009 to 2014 and I’m sure he’s given more money since then. All told Soros Open Society Foundation donated a 827 million dollars to far left people eight hundred twenty-seven million.

It’s staggering. And I think it’s going to be more than that when they total it all up. That’s what we have now. So, he, Soros you know you remember a couple weeks ago if you criticize him you’re anti-Semitic. All right well I just wrote a book called “Killing the SS” and if you call me anti-Semitic then you know you’ve got a defamation lawsuit on your hands and I get back out of my book. So anyway Soros and his crew I know are involved with this. It is just too coincidental. So there you have it. That’s what’s going on. It’s a well-organized crew based in Washington D.C. designed to crash the U.S. immigration law by ripping up the asylum programs and the mainstream media has ignored the story almost entirely because they sympathize with the open borders agenda.

The reportage has been horrible, awful. I don’t even bother anymore. Now on Monday Federal Judge John Tigar, part of the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco halted an order by President Trump that said you cannot apply for asylum in the USA unless you go to a port of entry.

Tigar said no 1964 law says you can if you’re a foreign national anywhere in the USA. Apply for asylum. And that’s true. That’s right. I mean the Ninth Circuit is a corrupt circuit. We all know that. But this ruling by Tigar is upholding what the law is and it’s just it is and the U.S.A. signed a U.N. treaty in 1951 saying the same thing. It’s still in effect. So anyway President Trump doesn’t like this at all this ruling and he said this go.

SOT- President Trump: Every case gets filed in the Ninth Circuit because they know that’s not law. That’s what this country stands for. Every case that gets filed in the Ninth Circuit we get beaten and then we end up having to go to the Supreme Court like the travel ban that we won the Ninth Circuit. We’re going to have to look at that.

Bill O’Reilly: So right after that Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court criticized President Trump saying we need an independent judiciary. OK. I want an independent judiciary but certainly, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is not independent.

It’s a political body. Now there are very fine judges and I know some of them on that court and there is disgusted as I am and as President Trump is now a way to get around this is to cite national security. Donald Trump is not going to win on the law. The law is on the side of the left wingers on the Ninth Circuit. The law says what it says you want to change it and it should be changed is obsolete. Change it. Congress has to do that.

But if Donald Trump wants to say 10,000 migrants massed on our border is a national security problem which is absolutely is. Then that’s how you get around the stated law. You say I’m suspending, I’d suspend all asylum applications if I were president for six months. Every one of them from anywhere in the world.

Because you can’t have an organized cabal trying to crash your law and just let it go.

So national security, Trump will win on that and as he went on the nations that he didn’t want to accept visas from he won, as we predicted he would. He’ll win on national security. You got the president’s got to be able to protect the country. It’s 10000 people down there right it’s already been like 500 arrests in Mexico for crimes committed by the migrants allegedly. Man, this is not. This is not what the press has portrayed it. You know a lot mostly men down there young men trying to get in here. All right.

So the smear du jour, the smear of the day against Donald Trump was that he somehow wanted to prosecute James Comey and Hillary Clinton the New York Times of course. Of course, he wanted to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey. Is this a big story? Oh, he should be impeached because he wanted to do that. Well, President can’t do it. OK. Prosecutors do it, Justice Department has done it based on evidence can’t just arrest somebody you evidence so he can say down from me and say I’d like to see you investigate call me and Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton further it’s not any big deal. He’s been saying that forever. But the New York Times headline this is the smear du jour. Yesterday it was Ivanka Trump.

All right. Every day I’ll give you the smeared as you’re on now tomorrow’s Thanksgiving nobody will even care about this because shogi Jamal shogi murdered by Saudi Arabia.

President Trump’s not going to take any action against that country making a mistake. I think it’s the same thing as Putin. Trump doesn’t want to blow up the Saudi relationship he didn’t want to blow up the Russian relationship and he knows Americans don’t care about Jamal Khashoggi and they don’t they don’t.

Nobody’s walking around except CNN and MSNBC going. Jamal shock nobody now. I told you this Saudi Arabia is a bad country guy rules it bad guy but they help the United States. What I would have done would be very clearly say I believe theU.S. intel when it implicates the Saudi government in this murder.

The president believes the U.S. into I’m going to warn Saudi Arabia that if there is another murder or human rights violation at that level I’m going to sanction you.

That’s tougher I understand why Trump doesn’t want to dismantle our best ally beside Israel in the Middle East a bulwark against Iran. I understand. And the greater good is served by having Saudi Arabia in our orbit. I feel very bad for Jamal Khashoggi and his family. He was murdered because the kingdom didn’t like him. So I think the president should be tougher on these things and take some of that ammunition away from his critics.

President Trump’s lawyers have said he has answered the questions from Robert Mueller in writing.

Apparently, the special prosecutor has those questions and answers. It’s going to be really interesting when that final report comes out.

All right. Thanksgiving is my informal take on Thanksgiving in the year 2000 80 America is still the greatest country on earth.

We have a very different president who has a very different approach to governing that has created a whole lot of hatred and a lot of controversies. That’s our democracy. That’s our republic. All right. People were fed up with standard politicians they elected Donald Trump. I think he’s doing the best he can do. Press Aide some Democrats Hatum far left hates him.

So we are all out of hatred.

Does it mean the country’s best means certain elements in the country are bad but not the country per se. The reason America is the greatest country on earth is because of opportunity. 10000 people in my caravan. Why are they there? They want opportunity.

There’s no opportunity in their country so they think here they know there’s opportunity. For 350 million people there is an opportunity to get a better life.

Saw I came from Levittown. I came from a very working-class home even though both my parents went to college. We had a working-class mentality and had a lot of money. OK. If you want to know about me a bold fresh piece of humanity is the book to pick up in my neighborhood. Most of my friends became cops or firefighters or teachers or physicians assistants some lawyers. But it was a standard issue working class. I broke out miracle bit with my personality miracle. OK. And I have achieved success now after that success was achieved. I was brutally attacked and I’ve absorbed the attacks is it the country’s fault. I was brutally attacked. Now country gave me an opportunity. I seized the opportunity. I have a nice car. I have two nice houses. I can send my kids to the best schools I can get the best doctors I have light years more than any of my ancestors ever had because of America. Because of this country. So I’m thankful that I am an American. I’ve been 85 countries. There’s not another place on earth that I would go if I had to move if I was deported. I go to Ireland or maybe Australia. OK but I don’t want to go anywhere. I like it here. I don’t believe in white supremacy. I don’t believe in white privilege. I think it’s a bunch of garbage put out by people who want to create a victim mentality for votes. I for twenty years plus if Fox News tried to maintain an objectivity toward liberal America that is gone because of the far left which attacked me and which I believe in doing grave damage. To the USA not liberals. Lots of liberal friends far left people I despise them and what they stand for. I despise what Bernie Sanders stands for Not him. He’s all right doddering guy what he stands for. I despise I don’t want the government seizing my property. All right right now theU.S. governments like this. It’s like this. They’re not the country that we elect them but we can replace them. Judges look like they’re getting better thanks. Donald Trump I don’t want judges making decisions based on their personal ideology. I’m sorry Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I don’t want it to Sotomayor. All right. I want you to look at the intent of the founding fathers. And then rule in that way get two new judges both of whom I believe will do that. That’s a big matter how much you may not like Donald Trump style those two judges going forward. The last line of defense against a secular socialist America which is what the far left wants on free to practice my religion. I’m free to bloviate to you I’m free to go out and have a good time as long as I obey the law.

I’m free. I wouldn’t be free in Venezuela or Cuba or China.

Or many of the European nations because I wouldn’t have the resources to do what I want because they take assets away.

The tradeoff is you get healthcare you get education they’ll bury you when you die but you’re taking your money away. I don’t want that. I want to earn my money honestly which I do spend it the way I want give it away. And which we absolutely have given millions and millions of dollars away. And that brings me to the last point on Thanksgiving. It’s not so much about me or you. It’s about what we can do to help our fellow.

What can we do to help.

So I drawn up a list as I always do around this time of year of donations are going to make to charities that I know are honest that I know help people you know independence when we’ve we’ve raised 30 million dollars for that because I know they’re honest I know they’re getting attract chairs for the severely wounded people. You’ve seen them on my program you know. All right. I give money to Haitian health foundation. Why would I do that. Because those people are so desperate. Those Haitians it’s such a corrupt country. This is an American run charity that guys go over there and fix the teeth of little kids teeth are falling out. And adults I know that the way that those guys are going to use that money fix for the kids I give money to a Tijuana charity based in San Diego because they help kids who live in garbage dumps. And I know the people there and I know what they do. So I do what I can do. All right. And I’m thinking about it and thinking about it how can I help. All right I’m a fierce warrior around. OK. In order to protect my family I had to pull back on some things and I don’t regret it. All right down the road there might be a reckoning. In this case it’s not about me attacking it’s about me helping because that’s what Thanksgiving should be all about. So the Indians in Massachusetts they helped the Puritans who came over who needed help badly. Namadgi coming over from England in Massachusetts. And there’s nothing there but trees. And swaps and the Indians help me out. I didn’t realize weren’t really well treated after the fact but they helped them out. And everybody gave thanks you know that they at least were alive and they could start a new life which they did. So Ana sinks giving what I like to do is to have a nice meal and fun. Avoid any political discussions with people who you may disagree with. That doesn’t go anywhere. You’re not going to convince anybody. If you want to throw a fact or two out that’s OK but then you smile and laugh. All right have a good time. Relax take four days off. Take a deep breath walk around a little bit to have some fun but always think how can I help.

What can I do in every town in every county? Do people who really need help and you can do it.

You can help them. That’s my message for Thanksgiving.

All right. I’m going I’m going I tell you about a very worthy organization that you might want to check out and then I’m going to come back with some out role as everybody knows AARP is well known you may even be a member.

The mail, Raymond, Message Board: I believe President Trump can close our border for national security at any time and no judge can stop him.

Bill O’Reilly: You’re right Raymond. And you wrote this before my analysis. Good for you.

David, Message Board: Please clarify the San Francisco judge said Trump cannot deny anyone seeking asylum. But I thought the criteria actually granting asylum depended on the persecution of some sort.

Bill O’Reilly: Yes but you have to petition first and then your case is heard in three years. If the migrants get in, it would be five years. That’s what the far left wants to crash the system. So none. No asylum cases could really be heard. In the meantime you’re in the wind you’re in the U.S. but yes you first apply, then you have to persuade.

Edward, Connecticut: In regards to the funding of the caravan are there any laws broken?

Bill O’Reilly: Not as we can see because it’s all taking place in Honduras Central America and Mexico. And you know the charities that are supporting the migrants are legitimate charities. So I don’t see any lawbreaking but certainly, it’s nefarious. They’re keeping it a secret as they can end up going on TV going Yeah we’re funding this.

Jorge, Mexico: I’m reading a series of articles about the rise of China printed by The New York Times and how it’s surpassing the USA what’s your take?

Bill O’Reilly: Jorge, I don’t read the New York Times. I do not believe what they put forth. China a billion and a half people. We have 350 million. They outnumber us almost five to one. Big economic engine. But the communists are impeding it. Big trouble in a lot of the provinces of China. I think we are more powerful militarily than the Chinese. Our technology is better. We have more resources than they do and they don’t have the hearts and minds of the folks. So I do not believe the Chinese are surpassing the USA but I’m sure the New York Times would like you to believe it, Jorge.

Donna, New York: There have been many anti-Semitic incidents in Brooklyn College and other schools that are part of the New York state system. Complaints fell on deaf ears of the administration. So I’d like to correct your statement Bill concerning that professor from Rutgers. Not being called out for his remarks.

Bill O’Reilly: OK. If you know Donna of any anti-Semitic posting uttering anything like that by a professor paid by the state of New York forwarded to me, please. So anti-Semitism should not ever be tolerated. Nor should antiblack sentiment or anti-Muslim or anti-white sentiment. Nothing like that. No demonizing of ethnic groups. Or religious groups but send it to me, if you’ve got it.

Lisa, Texas: Mr. Bill, I enjoy your program because it gets right to the truth. Cuts down on time I have to spend to be informed. Would you clarify the Prison Reform Bill?

Bill O’Reilly: Lisa, I’ll do that in another broadcast but I will just tell you that there is a movement to give people lighter sentences who don’t commit actual violence like punching you or shooting you or stabbing you. So that’s what we have in our federal prisons and state prisons. Very strong sentences against drug dealers who were not convicted of doing that. They only convicted of selling heroin and fentanyl, and crack cocaine which of course can kill you easily and is much much worse than getting stabbed in the arm. This is misguided. This whole prison reform thing but I’ll get into it in a bigger way down the road.

Connie, Colorado: BillOReilly.com is not a small news organization as you said you said. You are a radio free Europe for us. You are all patriots in our eyes. God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving.

Bill O’Reilly: Well, thank you very much. That’s so nice Connie. I appreciate that. Right back to you.

Bruce, Delray Beach, Florida: Nice town, Bruce. I go down there every winter. Depressing to finish one of your books, Bill. I finished “Killing the SS.” Now anything I start reading is boring. Please write faster.

Bill O’Reilly: “Killing the SS” number one book on Sunday in the New York Times. I don’t even read that I have somebody cut it out for me.

Audio, “Killing the SS” number one “Killing Patton” paperback, not number one should be that’s out, OK.

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The Americans Who Risked Everything

Limbaugh Letter ^ | circa Dec 2000 | Rush H. Limbaugh Jr.

RUSH INTRODUCTION: My father, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it was published in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America’s Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words, which you will see evidenced here:

“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor”

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren’t nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that “the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them.” All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president’s desk, was a panoply — consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it “in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!”

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. “Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York.”

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase “by a self-assumed power.” “Climb” was replaced by “must read,” then “must” was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called “their depredations.” “Inherent and inalienable rights” came out “certain unalienable rights,” and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change.

A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.

Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: “I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American.” But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

There were no trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on many other problems before adjourning for the day.

Much To Lose

What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you, the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?

I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere.

Ben Franklin was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were in their 20s. Of the 56 almost half – 24 – were judges and lawyers. Eleven were merchants, nine were landowners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were doctors, ministers, and politicians.

With only a few exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had economic security as few men had in the 18th Century.

Each had more to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500 pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letters so that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward. Ben Franklin wryly noted: “Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately.”

Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: “With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone.”

These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor.

They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled.

It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia. Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be U.S. Senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers. (It was he, Francis Hopkinson not Betsy Ross who designed the United States flag.)

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks: “Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law.

“The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repost.

“If we are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American Legislatures of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens.”

Though the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration.

William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers’ faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, “but in no face was he able to discern real fear.” Stephan Hopkins, Ellery’s colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: “My hand trembles, but my heart does not.”

“Most Glorious Service”

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

· Francis Lewis, New York delegate saw his home plundered — and his estates in what is now Harlem — completely destroyed by British Soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse.

· William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin.

· Philips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause.

· Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family.

· John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family.

· Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country.

· Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a Tory sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton’s parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause. He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the Revolution. His family was forced to live off charity.

· Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington’s appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry.

· George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.

· Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes.

· John Martin, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: “Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country.”

· William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground.

· Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage, he and his young bride were drowned at sea.

· Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida, where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large landholdings and estates.

· Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson’s palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, “Why do you spare my home?” They replied, “Sir, out of respect to you.” Nelson cried, “Give me the cannon!” and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson’s sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson’s property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50.

Lives, Fortunes, Honor

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.

And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark.

He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons’ lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man’s heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: “No.”

The 56 signers of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. “And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

My friends, I know you have a copy of the Declaration of Independence somewhere around the house – in an old history book (newer ones may well omit it), an encyclopedia, or one of those artificially aged “parchments” we all got in school years ago. I suggest that each of you take the time this month to read through the text of the Declaration, one of the most noble and beautiful political documents in human history.

There is no more profound sentence than 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…”

These are far more than mere poetic words. The underlying ideas that infuse every sentence of this treatise have sustained this nation for more than two centuries. They were forged in the crucible of great sacrifice. They are living words that spring from and satisfy the deepest cries for liberty in the human spirit.

“Sacred honor” isn’t a phrase we use much these days, but every American life is touched by the bounty of this, the Founders’ legacy. It is freedom, tested by blood, and watered with tears.

– Rush Limbaugh III

Read the full speech here

Former CIA Whistle-blower Kevin Shipp Exposes the Shadow Government & Deep State

Kevin Shipp was a decorated CIA officer who refused to look the other way in regard to government criminality and cover-up.

In the following video, Mr. Shipp presents a shocking and compelling presentation on numerous, horrific and ongoing government crimes. The total persecution of anyone who dares to tell the truth about rampant government tyranny is also fully exposed. The paradigm we have all known has been built on deception and the dark agendas of the global power structure. The courage Kevin Shipp has shown by doing his best to expose government criminality and tyranny serves as a stellar example to us all.

We desperately need other individuals in government agencies and the US military to follow Kevin’s lead. All of us are essential in the battle to help wake the masses to the truth so that the whistleblowers have the support they need to come forward. If we have any chance of stopping the completely out of control criminal cabal that currently runs our country and much of the world, we must all make our voices heard, we must all join the fight for the greater good.
Dane Wigington