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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SPEECH 1779 CONVENTION FOR FORMING A CONSTITUTION FOR THE US

Thursday, September 01, 2011

speech made by Benjamin Franklin in 1787 during Convention for forming a Constitution for the United States.



"Except the Lord build the house..." In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favour. 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 this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?



I have lived for a long time (eighty-one years); and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of man. 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 the sacred writings, that "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall proceed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel: we shall be divided by our little, partial, local interests; our prospects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a by-word down to future ages.



And what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, or conquest. I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers, imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business; and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.


  
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RAINBOWFALLS 9/3/2011 10:24AM

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JAY75REY 9/1/2011 7:17PM

    The writing and expressions of all the "founding fathers" of the U.S. are so eloquent and beautifully formed. Not all of them thought of themselves as Christians (e.g. Jefferson) but all had deep abiding faith in some form of God. And of course, idealism and a deep commitment to creating the structures for government that could last beyond their time. Despite all the problems, and all the deep divisions, contradictions (e.g. slavery) and conflicts over time, we are still here. The Civil War for instance, came close to destroying the country; somehow we recovered. That is wondrous!

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MONTY68 9/1/2011 6:37PM

    Hi
Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes I think that perhaps our leaders should go back to school and study the history of the founding of our beautiful country. Somewhere, we have lost the ideas that made us so great.
Again, I thank you for sharing this.

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MISS_VIV 9/1/2011 12:30PM

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Dancing

Monday, August 29, 2011

Went with Friends
to their church supper and dance--I danced every dance that I could by myself
We had a fun time--all of us are widows. Everytime I stopped dancing I would tear u p because the songs were the ones that My Husband and I danced to when we were young, I know that he was looking down and was happy that I was smiling.
How silly we ladies were--anything to keep each other smiling!!

I tried to remember--"Dance like no one is watching!"
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MSSASSY21 8/31/2011 3:52PM

  This entry made me smile! Thank you. Life is short and we have to enjoy ourselves while we can. Your husband would be so happy for you. Laugh joyfully, live fully and keep happiness in your heart. Keep on Dancing! emoticon

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MONTY68 8/29/2011 10:44PM

    Hi
I think that it is great that you have others to help and be supportive and keeping each other smiling.
Thank you for sharing

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MISS_VIV 8/29/2011 10:32PM

    You are awesome. emoticon

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Crap

Friday, August 26, 2011

I went to the Widows meeting and ate everything in sight---Well so much for yesterday---TODAY IS WHAT MATTERS!

"DON'T LET YESTERDAY USE UP TOO MUCH OF TODAY"
~~ WILL ROGERS

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MONTY68 8/26/2011 7:04PM

   
Today is the only day there is. You WILL do it, one day at a time.
Thanks for sharing

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LUCKYLADY777 8/26/2011 1:39PM

    Must be something in the weather doing this to us. I did the same thing yesterday, almost ate everything in the house, good thing I don't keep candy or sweets. Today is much better, good luck on your journey. Just keep going forward and eating good-for-you-foods and let life sort out the rest. Take care my friend and Life is Good !! emoticon

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SUZIEQS65 8/26/2011 11:53AM

    Keep moving forward......You can do it!!

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MISS_VIV 8/26/2011 11:21AM

    ummmm huh.....

so ok, it's onward and upward.

One foot in front of the other, keeping the body upright and eyes on the goal.

YOU CAN DO IT.

big hugs


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CHEER UP MY FRIEND !

Thursday, August 25, 2011

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
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MISS_VIV 8/25/2011 3:56PM

    yes, cheer up my friend.
Sorry you have been ill, but it is good knowing that you are doing better.

MUCH LOVE and LIGHT



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DIDMIS 8/25/2011 2:49PM

    Good and cute. So I will cheer up. Thanks. emoticon

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sick but watching Joyce & wanting to feel more positive today!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

youtu.be/zWfSZ9hp2G0
I AM SICK AND AM WATCHING THESE TO MAKE ME FEEL MORE POSITIVE!!

  
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    Hi
Thank you for sharing and I hope this finds you feeling better.

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SWEETLIPS 8/24/2011 11:06PM

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EGRAMMY 8/24/2011 8:44PM

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