How Christmas Eve 1776 changed the world forever

How Christmas Eve 1776 changed the world forever

How Christmas Eve 1776 changed the world forever

George Washington knelt in prayer at McKonkey’s Ferry, asking the Lord for the right words to inspire his troops to keep going, before he crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack on the British.

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We must remember, mankind allows that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community, are equally entitled to the protections of civil government.” – George Washington

The greatest Christmas gift the world received was the night of our savior’s birth. And its greatest gift to world freedom came on Christmas Eve, 1776, on the banks of the Delaware River – America.

The birthing of America was not easy. Only a third of the colonists supported a Revolution. It pitted neighbors against neighbors. These patriots were not only rebelling against the British. They were fighting other colonists who were loyal to British King George, parliament and the English church.

Often overlooked are the “fence sitters” who were content living free from monarchical dominance. They enjoyed colonial religious and economic freedoms, and tolerated the British as a necessary evil. The patriots needed to earn the support from these neutralists in order to win the Revolution.

The patriots humiliated the Loyalists in public and subjected them to violence, intimidation, ridicule and harassment. They vandalized their property and burned down their businesses. Even families were divided. Ben Franklin’s son William, governor of New Jersey, was loyal to the king.

“He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or judge all he sees.” – Ben Franklin

Colonists who did not join the patriots united with the British as obedient subjects. Others thought they could profit from selling arms and war supplies to the British without true allegiance to anyone.

Patriots had been building support for the Revolution since the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. In severe debt, the British enacted the 1765 abusive Stamp and the 1767 Townshend Acts. Following the patriots 1773 Tea Party in Boston Harbor, they passed The Coercive Acts in 1774. And that was the final insult the patriots needed to win the war of propaganda against the British!

Gifted orators like Patrick Henry and Enlightenment thinkers John Locke and Thomas Paine kept the momentum for revolution growing with colonial statesmen, politicians and with uneasy patriots.

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, so that my children may have peace.” – Thomas Paine

No man in the colonies was more persuasive with the commoners and the peasants in promoting the Revolutionary War than Enlightenment thinker and gifted English writer Thomas Paine. He had led reform movements in Europe and Paine inspired farmers, workers and commoners to revolt.

Paine went from towns, hamlets and villages distributing copies of his 90-page booklet, “Common Sense.” Paine preached the rewards and the substantiality of independence to patriots who never dreamed it was an option.

“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” – Thomas Paine

On April 18, 1775, the British marched from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts, to seize stockpiled colonial weapons. Paul Revere rode through the streets of Boston rallying the patriots: “The British are coming, the British are coming!” The next day, when the patriots and the Redcoats clashed at Lexington and Concord, it was “the shot heard round the world.” This signified the beginning of the Revolution and, most importantly, it marked the birthing of America as the guardian of global liberty.

When the minutemen fired the first shots of the Revolution, the Redcoats were well prepared. They had superior weapons, ammo, uniforms and abundant food and medical supplies. They were ready to defend their turf. They were prepared to fight a marathon battle to stop the colonial insurrection.

On the other hand, the colonies had a volunteer army with no central government and little money. They sent troops to the Continental Army, but kept many behind to protect themselves. Many of the colonies were more concerned for self-survival, while the British were determined to win the war.

Late in 1776, the Revolutionary War looked like it was a lost cause. The patriots lacked uniforms, food, ammunition and weapons and some were even shoeless. There was tremendous suffering from cold and starvation. A series of defeats had depleted morale, and many had already deserted.

In the bitter cold on Christmas Eve 1776, dogged by pelting sleet and snow, George Washington knelt in prayer at McKonkey’s Ferry asking the Lord for the right words to inspire his troops to keep going. They needed to cross the Delaware River for a surprise attack on the British.

Historian James Cheetham wrote, “As Washington mounted his horse that night he pulled a draft of Thomas Paine’s ‘American Crisis’ from his saddle bag. As he began reading it, he knew that it was the answer to his prayers. When he returned to camp he ordered it read to his troops immediately.”

“The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives a thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” – Thomas Paine

The next morning, Christmas Day 1776, Washington’s army crossed the icy Delaware and won two crucial battles. He defeated the British at Trenton and a week later he executed a daring night raid to capture Princeton on January 3. This gave control of New Jersey to America and turned around the morale and unified the colonial army. Washington’s insightful reading of “The American Crisis” on Christmas Eve 1776 turned a humbling defeat into a glorious victory for the American patriots!

Shortly after the war John Adams remarked: “Without the pen of Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain.” Washington’s men basked in its victory at Trenton since they had defeated a much mightier foe. Moreover, they realized Washington was a true leader and he could unite the colonies into a strong nation. Washington’s faith in the Lord and his respect for the scholarly works of our Enlightenment thinkers like Thomas Paine, John Locke and others would help him articulate the Philadelphia Convention and write the world’s longest lasting constitution.

The Lord guided Washington to victory on Christmas in 1776 at a time America needed a miracle to become a nation. He showed our founders how to form a more perfect union of states in 1787. He has continued to bless this nation in so many ways since 1776. Let us pray He will help us unite this divided nation so we can always defend our liberty. Merry Christmas.

“It is written in the Bible that the Great Author of the Universe has provided man the authority for self government. It is His providence we shall respect to guide this nation.” – George Washington

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Netflix’s ‘America: The Motion Picture’ Is As Out-Of-Touch As King George III

Imagine a multiverse where fantastic fictionalizations of all American historical figures exist simultaneously. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are childhood friends. Benedict Arnold is a werewolf. Sam Adams is a beer-swilling fraternity president ready to found an army of bros.

Thomas Edison is a Chinese woman who veers closer to Tony Stark than the inventor of the lightbulb. Geronimo is there for some reason. Paul Revere is like Tarzan, but with horses instead of apes. John Henry is a small-business owner being crushed by taxes. Independence is on the menu.

In a nutshell, that would give you “America: The Motion Picture.” But don’t start getting excited, because as delightfully entertaining as it sounds, it’s terrible. It’s horrible. It’s one hour and 38 minutes of your life that you will never get back.

This is despite the pedigrees of some of those involved. It’s also possibly a result of the pedigree of one of the people involved. Writer David Callaham did also give us “Wonder Woman 1984,” after all. He also helped write “Doom” and “The Expendables,” so maybe the extent to which “America: The Motion Picture” fails is unsurprising.

But it was directed by Matt Thompson of “Archer.” It’s got Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn, Judy Greer, Will Forte, Killer Mike. Did I mention Benedict Arnold is a werewolf and the film’s conflict begins when Arnold rips out Abraham Lincoln’s throat at Ford Theater?

At best, the movie offers a few mild chuckles. More often, it offers eyerolls. It’s not just the constant over-the-top swearing. The f-bombs quickly go from gratuitous to perfunctory, as though every character has a quota. There are no straight men to provide balance. Every moment is turned up to 11 and one can tell the actors and filmmakers were laughing at their own jokes the entire time, like Jimmy Fallon on “Saturday Night Live” so many years ago, while everyone else wonders what’s so funny.

No one involved is committed to it. It also seems that no one involved was at any point telling them to settle down. Maybe if they’d had an on-set Newhart imploring them to “Stop it!” while also displaying deadpan comedic instinct and timing, they’d have salvaged the film. It’s highly unlikely, though.

The timing and kindergartener-telling-a-fart-joke flaws are not what dooms “America: The Motion Picture.” It’s the fact that no one involved seems to actually understand those they are trying to lampoon. 2017 seems a long time ago, but it was also a time when some writers set out across America to try to get the actual pulse of flag-waving, patriotic Americans. Callaham was obviously not one of those writers.

Edison’s character is constantly imploring those around her to listen to The Science. Adams’s brotastic beer-chugging persona is one-dimensional. Revere’s refrains of “You’re my human friends” and “I wasn’t raised by horses” don’t work the first time, much less every time he speaks. Channing Tatum’s Washington is largely forgettable except for his Wolverine-like arm-mounted chainsaws. Why they didn’t opt for a chainsaw bayonet is a mystery as the modus operandi for the movie seems to be “a little too on the nose.”

Insofar as the plot is concerned, I’ll skip it, not so much as to avoid spoilers but because you don’t need to waste any time reading about it. Suffice it to say there is a plot and the climax involves a giant fight scene.

First, though, Washington has to go to Y’all-Mart (HAHAHA!) to buy a bunch of AR-15s. There is a waiting period that lasts a few seconds. Then, he performs Lynrd Skynrd’s “Free Bird,” a bunch of new bros show up, battle ensues, and the good guys win when Martha Washington baseball-pitches a silver bullet to John Henry, who blasts it into Benedict Arnold’s head.

After that, all the extremely diverse citizens of a new country devolve into fighting and shooting one another with the AR-15s. There’s a joke about whether or not the Declaration of Independence included a right to healthcare. Maybe there’s another joke or two that were muffled by the sounds of my eyes rolling. All I know is that around that point, the movie mercifully ended.

None of these problems are really why it’s such a stupendously terrible movie, though. Instead, it’s that Callaham and Thompson wanted to laugh at “real” Americans rather than laughing with them. The end result is that no one is laughing, though maybe that’s the point.

In his farewell address, George Washington (the actual one) hoped he might serve “to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” While he wasn’t peering into the multiverse and offering a warning to the makers of this flaming dumpster fire of a movie, he might as well have been.

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San Francisco Committee Changed School Names Based on Wikipedia and Wild Accusations

San Francisco Committee Changed School Names Based on Wikipedia and Wild Accusations

The San Francisco Board of Education voted to rename 44 of the city’s schools, claiming that prominent figures from American history, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Paul Revere, were tied to racist incidents. The committee based their decisions on Wikipedia and other wildly inaccurate information to source its claims.

Committee chairman Jeremiah Jeffries, along with his fellow committee members, used Wikipedia to support their claims that prominent U.S. historical figures had ties to racist incidents, and therefore warranted the renaming of scores of San Francisco schools, according to a report by Mission Local.

A Google Doc showcasing the committee’s notes attempting to justify their reasons for voting to rename the schools revealed some of the bizarre details behind their decision-making process.

The committee, for example, voted to rename Lowell High School — named after American poet James Russell Lowell according to Mission Local — despite the fact that Lowell was an abolitionist, because committee member noted that according to Wikipedia, “he did not want black people to vote.”

“Lowell was an abolitionist, but his opinions wavered concerning African-Americans,” states the note regarding Lowell High School. “He advocated suffrage for blacks, yet he noted that their ability to vote could be troublesome.”

According to a scholarly biography of the high school’s namesake, however, Lowell “unequivocally advocated giving the ballot to the recently freed slaves,” notes Mission Local. Other commenters claim the school might not have been named after the poet at all, but rather after the town of Lowell, Massachusetts. The committee changed its name regardless.

Another note justifying the renaming of K-8 school honoring Paul Revere cited an article on the History Channel website, which stated that Revere was court-martialed for alleged cowardice and insubordination following the disastrous “Penobscot Expedition” against the British in 1779.

Committee members decided that Revere’s military activities were somehow tied to “the conquest of the Penobscot Indians.”

“Paul Revere served as commander of land artillery in the disastrous Penobscot Expedition of 1779, this is directly connected to the colonization of the Penobscot,” the note reads.

Mission Local reported that “this is a telephone game-like invention of fact, and never happened.”

A third note, filled with typos, explains why Dianne Feinstein Elementary School should be renamed.

The note claimed that the senator from California is “responsible for the eviction of a whole Pilipino neighboorhood[sic], and the police brutaility[sic], allowed police dogs to atack[sic] filipino[sic] veteran elders.”

“She repeatly[sic] protected and flew the confederate flag in front of sf city hall,” the note continued. “Even though this flag was hung before her when a Black activist, Richard Bradley took it down, she called for his prosecution, and put the confederate flag back up instead of leaving it down.”

“Dianne Feinstein was also agian[sic] same sex partnership and advocated agianst[sic] same sex partnership/marriage,” the note added. “Feinstein’s veto of domestic partnership law is recorded.” As Alex Griswold notes, on Twitter, the events in question happened before Feinstein became mayor.

A lengthy note about Abraham Lincoln calls out the former U.S. president for executing 38 Native Americans, among other things.

“Abraham Lincoln is not seen as much of a hero at all among many American Indian Nations and Native peoples of the United States, as the majority of his policies proved to be detrimental to them,” the note reads.

The note continues:

For instance, the Homestead Act and the Pacific Railway Act of 1862 helped precipitate the construction of the transcontinental railroad, which led to the significant loss of land and natural resources, as well as the loss of lifestyle and culture, for many Indigneous[sic] peoples. In addition, rampant corruption in the Indian Office, the precursor of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, continued unabated throughout Lincoln’s term and well beyond. In many cases, government-appointed Indian agents outright stole resources that were supposed to go to the tribes. In other cases, the Lincoln administration simply continued to implement discriminatory and damaging policies, like placing Indians on reservations. Beginning in 1863, the Lincoln administration oversaw the removal of the Dine’ Nation (Navajo) and the Mescalero Apaches from the New Mexico Territory, forcing the Dine’ to march the “Long Walk” of 450 miles to Bosque Redondo—a brutal journey.

“Eventually, more than 2,000 died before a treaty was signed,” the note added. “Also responsible for the Dakota 38+2, largest mass hanging in US history.”

Another note about George Washington simply read, “Slaveowner, colonizer.”

In another example, businessman James Lick was also deemed “racist” after committee members appeared to misread an article, resulting in them alleging that Lick had funded a statue showing a Native American individual lying at the feet of white men.

“Nobody appears to have closely read that article, however, which clearly notes that Lick underwrote the sculpture ‘posthumously,’ via his estate. He died 18 years prior to its completion,” reported Mission Local.

Historians are now blasting the committee for its decision-making process, which Mission Local describes as “an insular process, beset by ignorance and incompetence.”

“The decision not to include historians in the process seems misguided — and assumes a political agenda that is not necessarily fair,” University of Richmond professor Nicole Maurantonio told Mission Local.

“To ignore historians suggests that the actors involved are intent on privileging a version of the past that might fit a particular set of interests that might or might not align with history,” the professor added.

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangelo, and on Instagram.

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San Francisco School Board Removes 44 Names from Schools: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson

San Francisco School Board Removes 44 Names from Schools: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson

Schools in San Francisco, California, will be stripped of names honoring famous American leaders deemed unworthy because of a connection to slavery or other unsavory ties, including Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

John Muir, Francis Scott Key, and Catholic Priest Junipero Serra are also on the list.

In all, 44 school will be renamed, even as critics of the decision cite the committee tasked with picking the schools did not receive enough input from historians and a lack knowledge about the current school names.

“In one instance, the committee didn’t know whether Roosevelt Middle School was named after Theodore or Franklin Delano,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

And despite concerns that the city has more important issues to address, including the coronavirus pandemic, rampant drug overdoses, and an ongoing homelessness epidemic, the city’s school board believes it can handle multiple issues, including erasing history from the halls of education.

The Chronicle reported on the controversial move, which also includes stripping the school named after sitting Sen. Dianne Feinstein because as Mayor she replaced a Confederate flag that was vandalized at City Hall:

The months-long debate garnered national attention, with former President Donald Trump tweeting about it, stoking an ongoing culture war that has intensified in recent months.

Many San Francisco parents — as well as Mayor London Breed — argued the effort was ill-timed given the pandemic and the impact on children, especially students of color, and the fact that students are not even in the schools subject to renaming. Some criticized the board Tuesday for focusing on symbolism rather than the urgent reality facing struggling students, who are approaching a year in distance learning, with many struggling academically, socially and emotionally.

And the renaming is likely to be costly. It’s unclear how much the district will spend on new signage, repainted sports fields or gym floors, athletic, band or other uniforms, and other administrative costs. But based on other districts across the country, it could cost San Francisco at least $1 million to rename the 44 school sites and potentially significantly more. The district faces a significant budget deficit, which could reach $75 million next school year. The board’s Tuesday night agenda did not include items related to the academic or health impact on students or about reopening schools to the youngest or most vulnerable students.

Some of the school names have been opposed long before this cancel culture effort, including James Denman Middle School because Denman wanted to deny Chinese students a public education, and Adolph Sutro Elementary, named after a man who discriminated against blacks.

The board also unanimously voted to issue a formal apology to Native American families for “land theft and the pain and trauma caused by racist imagery, textbooks and mascots, while allocating $200,000 to the district’s American Indian Education program.”

The board will also require the school district to remove all Thanksgiving stereotypes such as headdresses, and to remove “misinformation” from textbooks, including that Pocahontas was a “willing and curious prisoner.”

The San Francisco school board voted to change the following school names:

Balboa High School, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Abraham Lincoln High School, U.S. president

Mission High School, Mission Dolores

George Washington High School, first U.S. president

Lowell High School, poet/critic James R. Lowell

James Denman Middle School, founder of first S.F. school

Everett Middle School, Edward Everett, American statesman

Herbert Hoover Middle School, U.S. president

James Lick Middle School, land baron

Presidio Middle School, S.F. military post

Roosevelt Middle School, Theodore or F.D., both U.S. presidents

Lawton K-8, U.S. Army officer Henry Ware Lawton

Claire Lilienthal (two sites), S.F. school board member

Paul Revere K-8, American Revolution patriot

Alamo Elementary, a poplar tree or the site of Texas Revolution battle

Alvarado Elementary, Pedro de Alvarado, conquistador

Bryant Elementary, author Edwin Bryant

Clarendon Elementary Second Community and Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, English politician

El Dorado Elementary, mythical City of Gold

Dianne Feinstein Elementary, U.S. senator and former S.F. mayor

Garfield Elementary, James Garfield, U.S. president

Grattan Elementary, William Henry Grattan, Irish author

Jefferson Elementary, Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president

Francis Scott Key Elementary, composer of “Star Spangled Banner”

Frank McCoppin Elementary, S.F. mayor

McKinley Elementary, William McKinley, U.S. president

Marshall Elementary, James Wilson Marshall, sawmill worker at Sutter’s Mill

Monroe Elementary, James Monroe, U.S. president

John Muir Elementary, naturalist

Jose Ortega Elementary, Spanish colonizer

Sanchez Elementary, Jose Bernardo Sanchez, Spanish missionary

Junipero Serra Elementary, Spanish priest

Sheridan Elementary, Gen. Philip Sheridan

Sherman Elementary, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

Commodore Sloat Elementary, John Sloat, Navy officer

Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, author

Sutro Elementary, Adolph Sutro, S.F. mayor

Ulloa Elementary, Don Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general

Daniel Webster Elementary, U.S. statesman

Noriega Early Education School, unclear

Presidio EES, S.F. military post

Stockton EES, Robert F. Stockton, Navy commodore

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General George Washington and the Christmas Day River Crossing

General George Washington and the Christmas Day River Crossing

George Washington Battle Trenton Delaware river crossing

On Christmas Day, patriots not only celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we also celebrate one of the greatest military victories in American history. On December 25th, 1776, General George Washington crossed the frozen Delaware River with 5,400 troops to ambush a force of Hessian mercenaries celebrating Christmas at their winter fort in Trenton, New Jersey. The American victory at the battle of Trenton was a massive boost to moral and General Washington’s legacy as a great leader would live on throughout history.

General George Washington crosses the Delaware River

George Washington was the embodiment of the American spirit. Our founding fathers risked everything they had to take on the world’s greatest military superpower and create their own free and independent country. Many of the founders were younger than 40-years-old, and several of them were still teenagers in 1776. The bravery of these great men is truly inspiring.

On Christmas Day of 1776, Washington’s army split into three groups and crossed the icy Delaware River in the middle of the night. The 2,400 troops accompanied by Washington made it across the river and reached New Jersey just before dawn. The other men, comprised of more than 3,000 troops transporting crucial artillery and supplies, failed to reach the meeting point on time.

Washington knew his plan was risky and he was already three hours behind schedule. There was no time to wait. Washington ordered his men to form two columns and split up, marching towards Trenton on two separate paths. They reached the Hessian’s camp by 8 a.m. and caught the Germans by surprise. Washington expected the Hessians to be groggy and perhaps hung over from the previous night of Christmas festivities. Plus the Hessians underestimated the Americans, who recently lost several battles to the British in New York.

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The greatest battles of the Revolutionary War

Little did Washington know, there was a spy amongst his ranks that leaked word to the British about the planned attack. Although the Hessians were not aware of the exact time and date, the spy warned the British and the Hessians that the Americans were plotting to attack them north of the river. The Hessians laughed it off, dismissing the Americans and even welcoming the fight. “Let them come,” Colonel Johann Rall was quoted as saying. “Why defenses? We will go at them with the bayonet.”

Sure enough, the Hessians got their opportunity. By 9:30 a.m. on December 26, the entire town of Trenton was surrounded by Washington’s troops. The 1,400 Hessian soldiers were caught by surprise. Many tried to escape. Some scrambled for their rifles to fight.

Only three Americans were killed in the battle and six were wounded. Twenty-two Hessians were killed and ninety-eight were wounded. The Americans captured more than one thousand prisoners and seized their muskets, powder, and artillery.

The battle was not a huge strategic victory, but the moral boost came at a perfect time for Washington’s starved and exhausted army. Word of the American victory in Trenton inspired more men to join the ranks of the Continental Army in the following months.

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After the battle, General Washington and his men had to make a second crossing that was even more treacherous than the first. In the aftermath of the battle, the Hessian supplies were plundered by the Americans. Despite General Washington’s explicit orders for its destruction, casks of captured rum were opened. Some of the celebrating American troops got drunk, which then contributed to a large number of troops that had to be pulled from the icy waters on the return crossing.

Washington also had to transport more than one thousand Hessians across the river while keeping them under guard as prisoners. Not an easy task. One American acting as a guard on one of the crossings observed that the Hessians, who were standing in knee-deep ice water, were “so cold that their underjaws quivered like an aspen leaf.”

Washington’s army crossed the Delaware in shallow Durham boats, which were strongly built vessels about 40-60 feet in length used to transport cargo down the rivers. The stout Durhams were able to survive the ice choked Delaware overloaded with men and supplies. Heavy artillery pieces and horses were transported on large, flat-bottomed ferries.

As if the crossing wasn’t treacherous enough, a storm blew in on Christmas Day just as Washington’s men were reaching the launching point on the Delaware River. What started as a drizzling rain, turned into a downpour of freezing rain and sleet. One of the soldiers later wrote, “It blew a perfect hurricane.” Temperatures for the crossing ranged from 29-33 degrees with heavy winds.

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On to Trenton – Victory or Death

General Washington and his men had all the odds stacked against them. Coming off the heals of some devastating losses against the British in New York, the Americans were tired, hungry and underdressed for the winter climate. They were also behind schedule for the surprise Christmas attack. Boarding their ships in the dead of night during a nor’easter, General Washington considered canceling the mission all together.

Finally across the river, Washington’s plan called for a ten mile march to the outskirts of Trenton on roads that were now slick with ice and snow. Washington feared his tired and freezing troops would arrive at Trenton late in the morning, in broad day light, exhausted and muddy, then immediately get massacred by the waiting Hessians.

Weighing his options, Washington was seen sitting on a crate alone, staring into a fire in deep thought. Washington later wrote, when remembering this fateful moment, “As I was certain there was no making a retreat without being discovered and harassed on repassing the river, I determined to push on at all Events.”

General Washington pushed on. He chose the challenge or counter-sign “Victory or Death” for his troops who crossed the river. It took the American Army roughly four hours to march from the river crossing site to the outskirts of Trenton.

Also amongst Washington’s troops that day was 18-year-old James Monroe, who was wounded at the battle of Trenton. James Monroe went on to become the 5th president of the United States.

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Merry Christmas to all American patriots

When our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to each other and to the world. Five of the fifty-six were captured by the British and tortured. Twelve lost their homes through looting, confiscation or arson. Seventeen lost their fortunes. Two lost sons in battle while another had two sons that were captured. Nine lost their lives.

The sacrifice that was made by these fifty-six men and countless others to both establish and maintain our liberty has given us the privilege of living in freedom since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. During this holiday season, let’s take a moment to reflect on the brave men who founded our great country. Also remember that the fight for freedom continues. The day might come where we too need to stand and fight for the cause of liberty.

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This Virginia University Offers Course On ‘How To Overthrow The State’ And Write Your Own Manifesto

Want a formal education that includes an in-depth analysis and application of Marxist principles? Look no further than the prestigious Washington and Lee University.

Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia is offering a course titled “How to Overthrow the State?” according to Breitbart News.

A course description on the university website describes the “Writing Seminar” as a way to “place each student at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society.”

“How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses? How do you plan on improving the lives of the people? How will you deal with the past?” the course description asks.

Class material will primarily focus on Marxist and revolutionary figures such as Franz Fanon, Che Guevara, and Mahatma Gandhi to “explore examples of revolutionary thought and action from across the Global South.”

Students in the class are expected to “engage these texts by participating in a variety of writing exercises, such as producing a Manifesto, drafting a white paper that critically analyzes a particular issue, and writing a persuasive essay on rewriting history and confronting memory.”

The class is taught by an assistant professor of history at the university.

Washington and Lee University has recently welcomed other woke controversies on campus. In July, university faculty voted to remove the name of Robert E. Lee from the name of the university. One professor, however, wanted to take it a step further and proposed that the university also consider removing George Washington’s name as well.

“It is worth exploring why the faculty has decided to make a collective statement on Lee and why the faculty has not included a demand to drop Washington in their petition,” said associate professor of law Brandon Hasbrouck. “It is no longer acceptable, profitable or convenient to be associated with Lee but it is for Washington.”

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Democrat Mayor’s Committee Proposes Removing Or Shaming Washington DC Memorials

The Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and other notable buildings, statues, schools, and memorials named after historical figures in Washington DC are at risk of being “removed, renamed, or contextualized” as newly recommended by a working group created by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions (DCFACES) committee claimed the historical namesakes of these city “assets” have promoted or participated in “slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities and violation of the DC Human Right Act” and should be considered for removal by the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission, on which the mayor sits.

Among the namesakes the commission targeted for removal were Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Francis Scott Key, William Henry Harrison, and George Washington.

The 1,300 “assets” the commission reviewed and recommended for alterations include public schools, libraries, community centers, parks, government buildings, streets, roads, and bridges. Although the federal government controls most DC “landmarks and memorials,” the commission also included these in its recommendations for removal or revision.

The report they produced on Monday analyzes the historical namesakes in “living, learning and leisure environments, public spaces, and  landmarks/commemorative works” and determines their recommended fate based on the eight DC values, “accessibility, diversity, equity, livability, opportunity, prosperity, resilience, safety.”

“We believe strongly that all District of Columbia owned public spaces, facilities and commemorative works should only honor those individuals who exemplified those values such as equity, opportunity and diversity that DC residents hold dear,” the committee’s chairs wrote in the report.

“Across the country, communities are reflecting upon the systemic racism which has been engrained in our culture through policies and expressions impacting African Americans and other groups subject to discrimination. This week we delivered recommendations to assure our assets in contemporary DC reflect concurrent DC values.” DCFACES Co-Chair and Senior Advisor Beverly Perry added.

Bowser announced the report in a tweet on Tuesday claiming that she “looks forward to reviewing and advancing their recommendations” to “ensure the namesake’s legacy is consistent with #DCValues.”

Bowser first commissioned the group in late May after the death of George Floyd. Her stated goal was for the committee to evaluate a “comprehensive list of D.C. government-owned buildings that might merit renaming.”

After an almost three-month evaluation process, the committee determined that 153 of the assets were found to have “disqualifying histories” and should be reconsidered. In their recommendation, the group “urged the city to identify a diverse cast of candidates to honor in the city with statues, noting that 70% of the statues and memorials in the nation’s capital are named after white men.”

“Priority should be placed on ensuring future assets, especially and including those recommended for renaming by this Working Group, include more women, people of color and LGBTQ Washingtonians,” the report read.

Despite the wariness surrounding the certain facilities and monuments named after George Washington, there was no mention of renaming, removing, or contextualizing the District of Columbia.

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DC Mayor: ‘Remove, Relocate, Contextualize’ Monuments and Memorials

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called for the removal, relocation, or contextualization of a number of entities across the city, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Columbus Fountain, and a Benjamin Franklin statue.

The Mayor led a group, dubbed the DCFACES Working Group, to review different memorials and schools in the district for renaming and removal. The group was tasked to create a report of their findings in July and this information was released today.

“Since July 15, we have worked with eight working group members and more than twenty staff members to engage residents, examine policy and conduct research in making the recommendations contained herein,” states the report.

“Our decision-making prism focused on key disqualifying histories, including participation in slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities and violation of the DC Human Right Act,” the report adds.

The report goes into lengthy detail about the process and conclusions. Schools and libraries should be renamed, monuments and memorials should be moved or removed, and bridges and highways will get a long look at their names.

Nine public buildings including the Potomac Job Corps Center and the Thomas Jefferson Hall are listed for recommended renaming.

Twelve playgrounds and fields, 7 government buildings, and 8 memorials are listed for renaming or contextualization.

One Twitter user noted the strange order and pointed out the very city is named after George Washington—will Mayor Bowser propose renaming D.C. too?

The full recommendations and report by the Mayor’s administration can be read here.

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