A Colorful Revolution

Signer William Whipple from New Hampshire provides an opportunity to present an element of the Revolution that is rarely mentioned today: the role of people of color—of non-white Americans—in securing America’s independence.

After signing the Declaration, Whipple entered military service as a captain, later becoming a general over his state’s militia. When he initially set out for Washington’s army, he took his slave Prince. Along the way, he turned to Prince and told him that if they were called into battle, he hoped Prince would "behave like a man of courage and fight bravely for his country." Prince replied, "Sir, I have no inducement to fight; but if I had my liberty, I would endeavor to defend it to the last drop of my blood." When Whipple heard this statement, an epiphany occurred; how true were those words! He turned to Prince and freed him on the spot.

This action by Whipple represents something common in the years leading up to the Revolution. As explained by Founder John Jay (a president of the Continental Congress):

Prior to the great Revolution, the great majority… of our people had been so long accustomed to the practice and convenience of having slaves that very few among them even doubted the propriety and rectitude of it.

For many white Americans, slavery was so much a part of the culture that it never crossed their minds to question it; but the Revolution brought a change. As Jay acknowledged:

That men should pray and fight for their own freedom and yet keep others in slavery is certainly acting a very inconsistent as well as unjust and perhaps impious part.

Consequently, many Founders who owned slaves before the Revolution freed them; and numerous became involved in anti-slavery activities, leading abolition societies, or passing anti-slavery laws. Their states even began abolishing slavery, including Connecticut (1777), Massachusetts (1780), Pennsylvania (1780), Rhode Island (1784), Vermont (1786), New Hampshire (1792), New York (1799), New Jersey (1804).

Prince Whipple did fight for America’s liberty and was an excellent soldier. He accompanied General Washington in the legendary Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware (Prince is believed to be the man on the oar in the front of Washington’s boat in the famous 1851 painting of the Crossing of the Delaware). Then after participating with Washington in the Battle of Trenton, Prince also fought in the battles of Saratoga in 1777 and Rhode Island in 1778. Prince directly attended General Washington and the general staff throughout the Revolution, serving as a soldier and aide at the highest levels.

Prince was representative of thousands of black patriots who fought for American independence. Others included:

Wentworth Cheswell — elected to office in New Hampshire in 1768, he made a Paul Revere-like ride to rouse patriots


Salem Poor — a soldier in the battles of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Monmouth, he endured the devastating winter at Valley Forge


Peter Salem — a decorated hero at the Battle of Bunker Hill


Prince Estabrook — a black Minuteman wounded at Lexington


James Armistead — America’s first double spy

These are just a few examples of the thousands who fought side-by-side with their white friends during the Revolution to achieve independence


for all Americans.

But the patriots in the American Revolution were not just black and white, they also included Hispanics such as Juan Miralles, Bernardo de Galvez, and Francisco Saavedra; and many Irish fought alongside the Americans, including General Richard Montgomery and Commodore John Barry. There were also Frenchmen such as General LAFAYETTE and Admiral DeGrasse; Poles such as Count Pulaski and General THADDEUS KOSCIUSZKO; Germans such as Generals De Kalb and Von Steuben; and others. Additionally, many Eastern Indian tribes joined the cause, including the Stockbridge, Passamaquoddy, St. John’s, Penobscot, Oneidas, and Tuscarora tribes.

The American patriots were not just men of all colors and nationalities, they numbered women as well, including:

Mercy Otis Warren — America’s first female historian, called "The Conscience of the Revolution"

"Captain" Margaret Corbin — when her husband was wounded, she took over his cannon and fired with deadly accuracy; she was seriously wounded and was granted a lifetime military disability by the Continental Congress

Deborah Sampson — posing as a man, she entered and served in the Continental Army

Abigail Adams — she was the source of accurate military intelligence for her husband, John, and the Continental Congress

Sybil Ludington — she made an all- night Paul Revere-like ride of 40 miles through New York, calling patriots to arms against a British attack

Mary Ludwig Hays — when her husband was shot, she took his place in the artillery corps and was awarded a military pension by the Pennsylvania legislature.

Furthermore, the patriots were not just Christians but also Jews, including notables such as:

Haym Salomon — who helped secure the financing for George Washington to continue the Revolution

Isaac Moses — a blockade runner carrying supplies to American troops

Major Benjamin Nones — a leader in the battles of Savannah and Camden

Mordecai Sheftall — a patriot leader in Georgia

Francis Salvador — the first Jewish patriot to die in the Revolution

Colonels David and Isaac Franks — military as well as synagogue leaders




In short, the Revolution was fought by American men and women— black, white, and brown; Christian and Jewish Americans; English, Polish, Irish, French, and German Americans—but Americans all; and every one of them committed to securing liberty, self-government, and unalienable rights.


Reviewing the diversity of the patriots who fought beside each other in the American Revolution, one is reminded of the wholesome definition of “American” taught to immigrants in previous generations. As a 1941 immigration text explained:

What is an American? An American is a man who is greater in his soul than in his class, creed, political party, or the section in which he lives. To be an American, a man must have an American soul and believe in the spiritual realities upon which America rests and out of which America was born. America was created to unite mankind by those passions which lift and not by the passions which separate and debase… The man who seeks to divide men from men, group from group, interest from interest in this great Union is striking at its very heart.

It is time to re-embrace this definition and reject the post-structuralism, de-constructionism, and identity politics that seek to divide Americans rather than unite us. We must not allow epluribus unum (out of many, one) to become e unum pluribus (out of one, many). As George Washington admonished:

The name of ‘American,’ which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation [title] derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits... With such powerful and obvious motives to union affecting all parts of our country… there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands.


 




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The House approved a new aid package for Ukraine of nearly $40 billion, which will increase the total U.S. funding for Ukraine's war efforts to a whopping $58 BILLION since March, if the package passes in the Senate. Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before Congress that the Biden administration is considering diverting resources away from an already-struggling VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to deal with the border crisis.

"I am not making this up -- this will [make] your head explode," Glenn Beck said in the radio program Thursday. "They are going to divert costs; the Biden administration is taking money from the VA. Now already, our veterans get seconds, and we are [considering] diverting VA funding, and doctors, and nurses, away from our vets and to the migrants at the border, so we can take money that we don't have, $58 billion, and send it to Ukraine. What the hell is wrong with us?"

"Now, some Republican lawmakers are attempting to fight this," he added. "But, most people haven't even heard of this. This is how the atrocities at the border go unchecked. Biden sweeps it all under a rug. The mainstream media covers it up. And, meanwhile, people suffer and die. And in this case, it's not only the people on the border, but it is also our veterans in VA hospitals."

Glenn went on to detail the unreported deadly consequences of Biden’s border policies which have led to enough fentanyl to kill millions of Americans pouring across the border and terrorists having found easy paths into our country.

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Corruption, greed, and death. This is what the Left’s border policy is REALLY about, not the humanitarian effort they claim it is.

On tonight's episode of "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposes the groups benefitting from the border chaos under the Biden administration. A leftist money supply flows to NGOs on the border that are now taking the roles that the government should be filling with immigration and helping immigrants to flood into the U.S. Glenn asks: Why is the U.N. funding the flow of migrants to our border and subverting Congress? Why are former Biden staffers working for “non-profits” that are now getting exclusive, HIGHLY irregular multimillion-dollar border contracts? Worse than that, the consequences of Biden’s border policy have now turned deadly. National Guard members at the border are dying, fentanyl from China pours across the border, and terrorists have found an easy path to enter our country.

Finally, Glenn asks Texas Rep. Chip Roy if it’s time to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas for his negligence that is costing American lives.

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I can no longer relate to the modern pro-choice woman. I don’t want to shout my abortion. I want to pretend it never happened. Up until the SCOTUS leak, I had done a pretty good job of burying my 20-year secret. But the Roe v. Wade information earthquake triggered an eruption. I can no longer pretend to be ambivalent or leave it to blue-check pro-lifers to speak for me. My days of repeating the “safe, legal, and rare” mantra like a good, GenX libertarian feminist are over.

Some pro-abortion activists call their life-ending procedure “self-care,” like they just booked a hot stone massage or a facial at a spa. This is a polite euphemism many women tell themselves – not because we are cold-blooded killers, but because it’s how we survive. We HAVE to lie in order to justify what is actually taking place. Denial is a protective coating, a barrier from the truth. Remember, any woman born after Roe v. Wade has been programmed to believe that abortion is a natural-born right. “It’s legal; therefore it must not be evil. This is a medical procedure. Women do it every day.” Planned Parenthood has a nice way of describing abortion on its website: “A doctor uses a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.” “Gently take the tissue out.” Benign euphemisms that wrap our hearts and minds in a suffocating cocoon. Benign euphemisms to keep us in line.

I was raised in the Bible Belt and to believe that sex before marriage was the gravest of sins. You’d be better off robbing a store by pistol than to be caught fornicating with a boy. And yet I did fornicate with a boy. No boy I’d ever be proud to bring around to my parents. I never gave him the option to talk me out of it. I just demanded he pay half for the procedure and never speak of it again. I told myself it would be easier to survive the hidden shame of the abortion than wear the shame of my sin on my belly for the next nine months.

...the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job.

I took the so-called “easy” way out at six weeks along and swallowed a pill I got from some abortionist who gave me the creeps. He was no medical saint like the one portrayed in “The Cider House Rules,” nobly saving women from coat-hanger abortions. The doctor in my story made a quick buck at the expense of terrified “good girls.” Years later I would learn he kept aborted fetuses in buckets and was under investigation for shady medical practices. I couldn’t leave his clinic fast enough, but at least I wouldn’t have to miss work or skip my college classes. I could finish my degree and still make my parents proud. How convenient. But the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job. Now I had to see a real obstetrician, get an ultrasound, and deal with the aftermath.

This doctor’s office was nicer. It had bright lights and pink walls. Although my doctor was professional, I still felt the quiet judgment in her voice. I refused to look at the image of my tortured fetus on the screen. I knew what it would mean if I did – my feminist career ambitions would lose the battle to my soul if I looked at that baby. The doctor told me the fetus was still viable but likely mentally damaged. The “kinder” thing to do would be to finish the job at an in-clinic abortion. End the fetus’ suffering and end my own self-torture. I woke up from anesthesia to learn the abortion was complete. It’s over so quickly, but the internal conflict hangs. And hangs.

You find weird ways to cope. Not long after, I discovered an abandoned robin’s egg, still perfectly intact. I wrapped it in a sock and carried it with me for over a decade. If I couldn’t do right by my own child, maybe I could keep this unhatched egg safe. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that the bird egg was dead, and I got therapy. He was a good New York psychologist. Secular, liberal, tolerant. He helped me to forgive myself, but I always knew who I really needed to ask for forgiveness …

It’s easy for a young woman with all those stockpiled eggs in her ovaries to be pro-choice. She can toss away the miracle of life like a rotten banana or a bruised apple because it is easily replaced. It wasn’t until I was forced to confront the mortality of my own fertility that I felt the full force of my regret.

But I do not write this letter to achieve redemption or to be the new face of the pro-life movement. You will not see me pleading with women outside an abortion clinic. You will not see me protesting with a cutesy, homemade sign at the March for Life. You will not see me sparring on Twitter, confronting baby-killers with cold, hard facts. For now, you will not even know my name. I suppose this is not very brave, but my story is not complete and God’s work in me is in an active state. Mine is a modest mission: Maybe if I’m honest about my own wounds, I can help other women like me to heal. Maybe I can love the terrified, knocked-up woman in the Bible Belt who believes the best worst lies our society has ever told, better than any conservative talk show host ever could.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound. It’s naive to think we will fix this mess for the unborn overnight and deprogram men and women plugged into 50 years of slick, well-packaged lies. Slavery was legal in the U.S. for over 200 years before we fought a war to end it. And it was another 100 years before we ended state-sanctioned racism.

When it comes to the issue of defending innocent life, I know it’s hard to be patient. This is a clear battle of good vs. evil for many on the right, but you need allies like me – the former “safe, legal, and rare” pro-choicers who are afraid to come out of the shadows. Afraid to become a political prop in the culture wars, but willing to do the quiet missionary work in our back yards.

I hope for the day future progressives look back in horror at today’s progressives fighting to keep abortion on demand. I hope for the day the New York Times publishes the pro-life version of the 1619 Project. Maybe they’ll call it the “1973 Project,” “whose mission is to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of abortion and the contribution of the pro-life movement at the very center of our national narrative.”

Until that day, I want to help these women to be braver than me. To see beyond their impossible tomorrow. If I had allowed someone the chance to help me be brave, I might not have had the same successful career, but I would have a 20-year-old son or daughter in whom to invest this unexplained overflow in my heart.

Dear EV drivers: Think you're safe from soaring gas prices? Think again.

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Diesel fuel prices have surged to record levels, adding to already record-high inflation in the U.S. But most Americans don't drive cars that run on diesel, and many have turned to electric vehicles (EVs) to avoid the ever-increasing pain at the pump. So, how would diesel supply shortages — and the resulting sky-high prices — affect you or your budget?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck explained why every American should be concerned about the rising cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is the fuel that powers the economy," Glenn began. "How does that work? Well, let's start over in China. You want something from China, you have to put it onto a big boat, a slow boat from China, and that's powered by diesel.

"Then, it gets to our docks," he continued. "You know all of those big cranes and everything else that take that crap off of the ship and then put it on the ground? Run by diesel. And then the forklifts that come and pick it up and then bring it over to the train, those run on diesel. And then the train, those engines, they run on diesel. And then the trucks that get it halfway across the country from the train where they're picked up again by the forklifts, run by diesel. Then they're put into another truck, also run by diesel."

"I sure hope all the people bragging about their electric cars as gas prices skyrocket have a backup plan for their food too. Because as diesel prices go crazy, so does the price of EVERYTHING," Glenn posted on Twitter.

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