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           The political religion of the United States of America is expressed in
    our nation's founding documents ---- in both the Declaration of
    Independence and the United States Constitution.

           Abraham Lincoln recognized that this political religion expressed
    within our nation's founding documents is the religion of liberty. He
    recognized that in accordance to our nation's founding documents this
    political religion of liberty belongs to all Americans. This is the essence of
    what Abraham Lincoln said and the way he governed the nation as our
    nation's President.


    1838, January 27 - Abraham Lincoln in his address in part at the
                                   Young Men’s Lyceum in Springfield,
                                    Illinois:

         “I know the American People are much attached to their Government; - I
    know they would suffer much for its sake; - I know they would endure
    evils  long and patiently, before they would ever think of exchanging it for
    another. Yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised
    and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property,
    are held by no better tenure than the caprice of a mob, the alienation of
    their affections from the Government is the natural consequence; and to
    that, sooner or later, it must come."

         “Here then, is one point at which danger may be expected.”

         “The question recurs, ”how shall we fortify against it?" The answer is
    simple. Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his
    posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least
    particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by
    others. As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration
    of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every
    American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor;- let every
    man  remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his
    father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children’s liberty. Let
    reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the
    lisping babe, that prattles on her lap - let it be taught in schools, in
    seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books,   
    and in Almanacs; - let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in
    legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it
    become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young,
    the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and
    colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars."

         “While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even,
    very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and
    fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.”


    1787, June 27 - Benjamin Franklin to the delegates at the
                              Constitutional Convention:

         “In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were
    sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection.
    Our prayers, sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered."

         “All of us who were engaged in this struggle must have observed
    frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. To that
    kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on
    the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now
    forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need
    His assistance?”

         “I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live the more convincing
    proofs I see of this truth--that God governs in the affairs of men; and if a
    sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an
    empire can rise without His aid?”

         “We have been assured, sir, in sacred writings, that except the Lord
    build the house they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I
    also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this
    political building no better than the builders of Babel.”



    1788, May 28 - George Washington to the Marquis de
                             Lafayette:

         “The plot thickens fast. A few short weeks will determine the political
    fate of America for the present generation and probably produce no small
    influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages
    to come. Should every thing proceed with harmony and consent   
    according to our actual wishes and expectations; I will confess to you
    sincerely, my dear Marquis; it will be so much beyond any thing we had a
    right to imagine or expect eighteen months ago, that it will demonstrate as
    visibly the finger of Providence, as any possible event in the course of
    human affairs can ever designate it.”



    1796, September 17 - George Washington in his farewell
                                         address:

         “The -- Constitution -- ‘till changed --,’ is sacredly obligatory upon all --
    But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance,
    may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free
    governments are destroyed. --”



    1863, November 19 - Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg
                                       Address:

         “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
    continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
    proposition that all men are created equal.

         “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or
    any nation, so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.

         “. . . It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining
    before us . . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have
    died in vain. . . and that government of the people, by the people, and for
    the people shall not perish from the earth.”



    1961, January 17 - President Eisenhower in his farewell
                                   address:

         “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition
    of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-
    industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced
    power exists and will persist.”

          “We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our
    liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.
    Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing
    of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful
    methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

          “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal
    employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -
    and is gravely to be regarded.”

          “Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we
    should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public
    policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite..”



    1961, January 20 - President Kennedy Inaugural Address:

          “Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President
    Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy,
    fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration
    of  freedom - symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning - signifying
    renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty   
    God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and
    three quarters ago.”

          “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the
    power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.
    And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are
    still at issue around the globe-the belief that the rights of man come not
    from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”

          “We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
    Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that
    the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this
    century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of
    our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing
    of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed,
    and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. . . ”

          “. . . In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
    granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do
    not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it. I do not believe that any   
    of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
    generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
    endeavor will light our country and all who serve it - and the glow from   
    that fire can truly light the world. . . ”



    1961, April 27 - President Kennedy in his “President and
                              the Press” speech:

          “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and
    we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies,
    to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the
    dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far
    outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is
    little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its
    arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the
    survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is
    very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be
    seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of
    official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit. . . .”
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
While God is marching on.

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