On the dining room wall of my apartment is a cross-stitched picture of two ladies drinking tea. I don’t know where it came from; it was there when I moved in. It says the following:
May all loving friends
Be happy and free
In drinking a cup
Of harmless tea.
Every morning as I eat breakfast I stare at that picture and wonder “What does that even mean???”
We all know that tea is not harmless. Tea is a symbol of rebellion–our rebellion against the British. In fact, today is the 243rd anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Our Founding Fathers considered tea so dangerous that they destroyed a shipment worth an estimated $700,000 (in today’s dollars). Actually, it was the tea tax and the tyranny it represented that was dangerous. The protest against the tea lit a spark and less than three years later, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.
So is this phrase a Tory code? Perhaps they had a secret club–the opposite of the Sons of Liberty–and this is what they had to say in order to gain admittance.
Now I really want to watch Johnny Tremain.
What theories do you have?
If you voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election earlier this month, it’s ok to be sad. Sadness is a natural response when your team loses and something you really want to happen doesn’t.
While I am thrilled that Mrs. Clinton was not elected, I remember how I felt when Barack Obama won (twice) and I understand what you are going through.
What I don’t understand is the protests.
One of the great things about the United States is that every four years we choose who will be our leader. Then, no matter whose side won, we peacefully transfer authority to that person. I don’t think y’all fully appreciate how amazing that is. Do you realize how many people live in countries where the elections (if they have them) are just shams? Do you know how many civil wars start because the “wrong” side gained power?
But in America, we still respect the Constitution our Founding Fathers created. We still respect the rule of law in our nation. We still respect the office of the president.
We do not act like whiney brats. We do not force others to coddle our emotions.
Like it or not, Donald Trump is our president-elect and barring some unforeseen event, he will take office in January. He will be neither as good as his supporters hope, nor as bad as his detractors fear.
Finally, if you want to play with play dough, please do. I am a big fan of play dough and keep a canister in my nightstand. Yeah, it’s fun to make stuff with, but it is also a great stress reliever. Conservative or liberal, young or old, happy or sad, don’t let anyone shame you over play dough.
“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself. … To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.”
“The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and openmindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?
“Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they’re sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive”
“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”
“I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.”
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” ~ The Constitution of the United States
I know how Jeff Smith and Ben Gates feel.
When I went to the National Archives last week, I had one goal: to see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I wasn’t prepared for the experience. Gazing at the signatures of James Madison, Roger Sherman, George Washington and the other Founding Fathers that I had read about all my life. Realizing what they did. I seriously started “fangirling” inside–inside because you can’t start screaming and going crazy with a guard standing right there. I never want that feeling of awe to go away.