John Trumbull, one of America’s greatest painters, painted the masterpiece above. Trumbull understood the significance of the moment captured forever on this canvas, and today this masterpiece hangs in the Rotunda of Congress as a symbol of America’s devotion to civilian control over the military.
The Great Works of American Conservatism series highlights the writings, speeches, and art that have had the most influence on American Conservatism from its inception through the present. John Trumbull’s General George Washington Resigning His Commission is certainly one of these Great Works of American Conservatism.
In a future post, I will discuss the significance of General Washington’s resignation and the speech he gave that day, but for now let’s admire the painting for its own worth. Trumbull captures the solemnity of General Washington’s resignation of his military commission to the Continental Congress sitting in Annapolis, Maryland on December 23, 1783. The revolutionary war was won, America gained its independence from Great Britain after nine devastating years of war, and General Washington was the most powerful man in America.
George Washington could have chosen a much different path. He could have been the King of the United States of America; the people probably would have been happy to coronate him immediately. But instead, Washington had a vision of a republican America. A vision where free men and women had the power to elect their own representatives. Trumbull’s painting memorializes the day that America proved to the world that a military hero could relinquish power in the name of liberty.
What’s Next for Conservatives by Senator Mike Lee writing at Redstate
Ted Cruz – The Thinking Man’s Tea Partier by Kyle Peterson at The American Spectator
Monsanto’s Crony Capitalism by Hunter Lewis at the Lugwig von Mises Institute
It looks like Acorn and the DNC’s army of community organizers are doing it again. James O’Keefe has uncovered corruption and fraud with Obamacare’s Navigator Program designed to help people sign up for Obamacare.
1. Ken Cuccinelli could have won – It is a shame that Ken Cuccinelli lost the Virginia governor’s race. If he had the support of the Establishment Republican Party, he would have won.
2. The Tea Party is the life of the Republican Party – All of the energy within the Republican Party is from the Tea Party.
3. Establishment Republican Party lost the race – The Establishment Republican Party is scared to be conservative. The ran away from Cuccinelli because he was viewed as too pro-life and too conservative. If the Establishment Republican Party loses its conservatism, the GOP will die.
4. Reince Priebus must go – Reince Priebus did nothing to help Ken Cuccinelli win this race. After the 2012 election debacle, we should have fired Reince.
5. Virginia is still a purple state – Many in the GOP braintrust thought Virginia moved to a solid blue state after the 2012 election. WRONG! WE CAN STILL WIN VIRGINIA!
Here is a poem from by Philip Freneau about the Battle of Eutaw Springs.
To the Memory of Brave Americans
Under General Greene, in South Carolina, who fell in the action of September 8, 1781
At Eutaw Springs the valiant died;
Their limbs with dust are covered o’er –
Weep on, ye springs, your tearful tide;
How many heroes are no more!
If in this wreck or ruin, they
Can yet be thought to claim a tear,
O smite your gentle breast, and say
The friends of freedom slumber here!
Thou, who shalt trace this bloody plain,
If goodness rules thy generous breast,
Sigh for the wasted rural reign;
Sign for the shepherds, sunk to rest!
Stranger, their humble graves adorn;
You too may fall, and ask a tear;
‘Tis not the beauty of the morn
That proves the evening shall be clear.
They saw their injured country’s woe;
The flaming town, the wasted field;
Then rushed to meet the insulting foe;
They took the spear — but left the shield.
Led by thy conquering genius, Greene,
The Britons they compelled to fly;
None distant viewed the fatal plain,
None grieved, in such a cause to die –
But, like the Parthian, famed of old,
Who, flying, still their arrows threw,
These routed Britons, full as bold,
Retreated, and retreating slew.
Now rest in peace, our patriot band,
Though far from nature’s limits thrown,
We trust they find a happier land,
A brighter sunshine of their own.
This is why some Americans believe we must fight for smaller government NOW. Since 1980, government debt has increased increased from than 1700%. And, in the last 12 years government debt has tripled.
If you want to understand why Tea Partiers are fighting so hard, it because we believe that America is at a tipping point. If we don’t stop the spending, the U.S. will go bankrupt.
Too many Americans don’t appreciate the pain that will be felt by our fellow citizens if America goes bankrupt. If we can’t continue to borrow funds,
- Senior citizens will not have access to Medicare funds at today’s levels
- Poor people will lose Medicaid funds at today’s levels
- The most destitute of us will no longer be able to receive welfare payments at today’s levels
These consequences will be real. Millions of Americans will needlessly suffer.
That is why reducing our debt needs to become a bipartisan issue. That is why Tea Partiers are fighting so strenuously.
Here is a list of conservative newspapers from around the country. If you know of a conservative newspaper that is not on the list, please tell me about it in the comments below! I would love to add it to this list.
Democrat-Gazette (unfortunately the site has a pay wall)
District of Columbia
Last week I wrote an article about how there needs to be a new agreement between all americans regarding welfare – From Great Society To Great Safety Net. The purpose of this new agreement is to rebuild trust in our society over welfare. I believe that providing a temporary safety net for all people who come on hard times is a conservative principle. Too many families lose their homes, have trouble paying for necessities and all too often face marital trouble when faced with a spouse losing his or her job. But we need to trust our society to not take advantage of the safety net.
The video below highlights one area that needs to be cleaned up. Millions of americans are abusing the Disability Fund. I believe that there is only one group of people that deserve long term help and that is people who suffer from a disability that prevents them from getting a job. But if people who aren’t disabled apply for disability benefits, they are stealing from society.
In the video below, 60 Minutes interviews Senator Tom Coburn about the rampant fraud taking place with respect to Disability Payments.