Category Archives: Historical Documents

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The Truth About Tytler – Loren Collins

This is an enlightening article about a couple of anonymous quotes that apparently make the forwarded e-mail rounds every once in a while. I found it clicking through a Snopes page that I found when I googled a phrase that I heard from one of Rush Limbaugh’s guest hosts recently: “Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy“. [...]

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An excerpt from “To Sail beyond the Sunset”, by Robert A. Heinlein

“The America of my time is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy, in which every adult may vote and in which all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. Once a state extends [...]

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From “Miracles”, Ch. 2 of “God in the Dock” — C.S. Lewis

“Experience by itself proves nothing. If a man doubts whether he is dreaming or waking, no experiment can solve his doubt, since every experiment may be itself part of the dream. Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it.”

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August 13th, 1961: Berlin Wall Erected — Historys Mysteries

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Meditation in a Toolshed — C.S. Lewis

“I was standing today in the dark toolshed. The sun was shining outside and through the crack at the top of the door there came a sunbeam. From where I stood that beam of light, with the specks of dust floating in it, was the most striking thing in the place. Everything else was almost [...]

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Sweet Seventeen — Ari, The Edge of the American West

“On this day in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, providing for the direct election of Senators…”

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May 1, 1964: First Basic Program Runs — Randy Alfred, Wired Magazine

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Feb. 5, 1897: Indiana Pols Forced to Eat Humble Pi — Tony Long, Wired Magazine

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A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign — Edward J. Larson, Published by Free Press

See a review on this book here by Heather Wilhelm on RealClearPolitics

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Luther’s 95 Theses, Introduction

Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, Augustinian, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and duly appointed Lecturer on these subjects in that place. He [...]

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Luther’s 95 Theses, Thesis 1

When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said “Repent”, He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

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Luther’s 95 Theses
in progress…

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Declaration of Independence, graph 1

“IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776: The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America…” 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 [...]

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.1

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.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.2

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such [...]

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.4

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.5

— Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.6

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 2.7

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Declaration of Independence, graph 3

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.