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Preamble to a brand new series on the Daily Paul celebrating our 50 states.

United-States-Constitution

Well, to begin I thought I would do something constructive for a change. It's not like I have a lot of time to kill but when I kill time, I want to take something away from it.

With all the nonsense in the world today we are easily consumed by events of the day, opinions on what to do next and checking on that canary in the coal mine for vitals.

I want to step outside of all that for a while and do some reading and research on those 50 segments within this great nation that make us so unique. I want to celebrate our 50 states. Starting with Alabama and ending with Wyoming.

So very soon you will see my first post Titled "The Heart of Dixie". It will be a write up on what I have learned about, researched in the historical record, found interesting, obscure facts and much more regarding the great state of Alabama.

I want to encourage everyone to join these discussions on these state posts so we might all expand and compound our knowledge. We have quite a brain trust here and most of us take great pride in their home state.

So be on the look out for these posts and I hope you find them well worth your time.

But first, here is something I found interesting surrounding all the states. I found it on www.sweetliberty.org and its sure to stir up a debate. Debate is good and it provides us with alternative points of view that help each of us form our opinions. Here is what I found:

I did not realize that all 50 states referred to God in their "Preamble". Wow! Take it for what its worth.

ALL 50 States acknowledge God in their "State Constitutions" :

Alabama 1901, Preamble: We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish The following Constitution.

Alaska 1956, Preamble: We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.

Arizona 1911, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution..

Arkansas 1874, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...

California 1879, Preamble: We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom.

Colorado 1876, Preamble: We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe.

Connecticut 1818, Preamble: The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897, Preamble: Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.

Florida 1885, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty . establish this Constitution.

Georgia 1777, Preamble: We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

Hawaii 1959, Preamble: We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance ... establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.

Illinois 1870, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851, Preamble: We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to chose our form of government.

Iowa 1857, Preamble: We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings .. establish this Constitution

Kansas 1859, Preamble: We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges ... establish this Constitution.

Kentucky 1891, Preamble: We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy, and invoking the continuance of these blessings, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

Louisiana 1921, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.

Maine 1820, Preamble: We the People of Maine . acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity. and imploring His aid and direction.

Maryland 1776, Preamble: We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty.

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble: We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe ... in the course of His Providence, an opportunity .and devoutly imploring His direction.

Michigan 1908, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings

Mississippi 1890, Preamble: We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845, Preamble: We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, establish this Constitution.

Montana 1889, Preamble: We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty. establish this Constitution

Nebraska 1875, Preamble: We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .. establish this Constitution.

Nevada 1864, Preamble: We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V: Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844, Preamble: We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble: We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty.

New York 1846, Preamble: We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.

North Carolina 1868, Preamble: We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those.

North Dakota 1889, Preamble: We, the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain.

Ohio 1852, Preamble: We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble: Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty ... establish this.

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2: All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences.

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble: We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance.

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble: We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble: We, the people of he State of South Carolina. grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution

South Dakota 1889, Preamble: We, the people of South Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for our civil! and religious liberties ... establish this

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III: That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience.

Texas 1845, Preamble: We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.

Utah 1896, Preamble: Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777, Preamble: Whereas all government ought to . enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man.

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI: .. Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator . can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889, Preamble: We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.

West Virginia 1872, Preamble: Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble: We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility ...

Wyoming 1890, Preamble: We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties .. establish this Constitution.

More to come...
DEX

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Heart of Dixie

Just posted it...

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

here

http://www.dailypaul.com/304831/the-heart-of-dixie

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

50 States, 50 Sandwiches :)

http://www.zagat.com/b/50-states-50-sandwiches?utm_source=ta...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Looking forward to it, Dex. Thanks!

"I want to encourage everyone to join these discussions on these state posts so we might all expand and compound our knowledge. We have quite a brain trust here and most of us take great pride in their home state."

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Good idea...

Looking forward to see everything you come up with. And now every time I see the handle Dexterszyd, I will probably accidentally associate that name with a somewhat paraphrased quote:"I don't always kill time, but when I do, I want to take something away from it. Liberty, stay thirsty my friends!"

Good luck with it Dex!

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Me Likey!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Cool idea!

Can't wait to learn with you Dex!

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Bump and thank you Dex

I look forward to the series.

Praise be to God, or whatever name any of us choose to use to represent that which cannot be named.

As the first line of the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching instructs,

The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

And continues

Unnamed is the beginning of heaven and earth.
With a name, the mother of all creation.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
Debbie's picture

Thanks Michael - these are awesome quotes from the Tao Te

Ching.

Debbie

I submit this thread as proof.

That democracy is illegal in this country.
until people understand that what separates a democracy from a republic. is the "Rule of law"
they will never be able to understand the intent of our own Constitution. (Rule of law)
ours applies to the government. China's does not. (PRC)

as near as I can tell, our founders employed the Democratic process, as opposed to Democracy...
as but one check and balance on the accumulation of power.

Debbie's picture

Interesting comment HVACTech.

They did employ the Democratic process, so it was a bit of Democracy used to elect the representatives of the Republic, eh?

Debbie

methinks the idea was to protect the people...

from both the Government and themselves.

this rings true to me and is why I am here.

So is there going to be a new forum for History

or just a new 'tag'? Or just extensions to this thread?

I'll start with a new post

And see how it goes....

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Woof!

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Debbie's picture

That is very fascinating. I'm so proud of all our States. It's

very important to know our real history; without it we're lost. Thanks so much for this great post - I look forward to seeing it grow!!

Debbie

Yes.

I intend to vote up every post you make in the series.

VERY cool idea, once again, I wish the DP had a History section.
Almost every thing that matters is history.

By the way, since you brought up obscure facts about Alabama, the Runoff election for CD 1 in Alabama is on November 5th.
Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November.....

Thank You Stonewall

I hope I can keep it interesting

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

DP History Section - Great idea

When I last posted something, as I was looking over the choices of how to classify it, I did think that maybe it was time to update the categories.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

50 States - Great idea, dexterszyd

And I'd say that that little fun fact you informed us of makes for an auspicious beginning. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

at least a little black powder

for the pilot light..

thanks

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Very nice:

I look forward to it all.
I would love to be able to make time for something like this.
Thanks.

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I love my country
I am appalled by my government

I dont have much either

but life is short so we must always make time for that kind of stuff...Looking forward to discovering new stuff!

more coming...

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

awesome!!

thanks

kind people rock