What is a Child?

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According to Webster: “child,” A person between birth and puberty.

In the State of South Dakota where I reside today, there’s an extremely popular slogan; “Remember, put Children First.”

When I was a child, growing up in 1940’s, I remember the protocol as being; “respect your elders,” and “speak when you’re spoken to.”

Accordingly today, ..as a lifelong conservative, ..although it’s extremely unpopular with half the population of the country, I believe in self-reliance and personal responsibility.

I didn’t have a cell phone or a computer, those were items only found in comic books such as Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, and although I was a fan, since television was still several years down the road, ..after dinner, my brothers and myself were occupied with household chores assigned by our parents.

Of course during the 1960s and 1970s, and/or, during the Vietnam War era when American society morphed from being satisfied with a lifestyle and a dwelling that provided a family with warmth and security into a world where comfortable was no longer enough, America’s decline really took wings.

Mothers went to work, ..and, ..sadly, ..America journey downhill into the bowels of socialism where we find ourselves this morning, marched as a legion without quarter to deny reason and common sense, ..into a degenerate Nation approaching bankruptcy and, ..an apocalypse under the thumb of an arrogant, ..confused child. A child that currently occupies the “people’s” residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, ..a child that signs his name to create laws as if  he were a God.

A residence, ..that history bears out, ..has been occupied by truly exceptional men.

A brief synopsis from biography.com…

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(Young George Washington)

George Washington was born on February 22 (February 11, according to the Old Style calendar), 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington was an American general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775–83) and, subsequently, the first president of the United States (1789–97). He died on December 14, 1799 in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Early Life and Family…

George Washington could trace his family’s presence in North America to his great-grandfather, John Washington, who migrated from England to Virginia. The family held some distinction in England and was granted land by Henry VIII. Much of the family’s wealth was lost during the Puritan revolution and in 1657 George’s grandfather, Lawrence Washington, migrated to Virginia. Little information is available about the family in North America until George’s father, Augustine, who was born in 1694.

Augustine Washington was an ambitious man who acquired land and slaves, built mills, and grew tobacco. For a time, he had an interest in opening iron mines. He married his first wife, Jane Butler and they had three children. Jane died in 1729 and Augustine married Mary Ball in 1731. George was the eldest of Augustine and Mary’s six children, all of which survived into adulthood. The family lived on Pope’s Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia. They were moderately prosperous members of Virginia’s “middling class.” Augustine moved the family up the Potomac River to another Washington family home, Little Hunting Creek Plantation, (later renamed Mount Vernon) in 1735 and then moved again in 1738 to Ferry Farm on the Rappahannock River, opposite Fredericksburg, Virginia, where George Washington spent much of this youth.

Little is known about George Washington’s childhood, which fostered many of the fables later biographers manufactured to fill in the gap. Among these are the stories that Washington threw a silver dollar across the Potomac and after chopping down his father’s prize cherry tree, he openly confessed to the crime. It is known that from age seven to fifteen, George was home schooled and studied with the local church sexton and later a schoolmaster in practical math, geography, Latin and the English classics. But much of the knowledge he would use the rest of his life was through his acquaintance with backwoodsmen and the plantation foreman. By his early teens, he had mastered growing tobacco, stock raising and surveying.

George Washington’s father died when he was 11 and he became the ward of his half-brother, Lawrence, who gave him a good upbringing. Lawrence had inherited the family’s Little Hunting Creek Plantation and married Anne Fairfax, the daughter of Colonel William Fairfax, patriarch of the well to do Fairfax family. Under her tutorage, George was schooled in the finer aspects of colonial culture.

In 1748, when he was 16, George traveled with a surveying party plotting land in Virginia’s western territory. The following year, aided by Lord Fairfax, Washington received an appointment as official surveyor of Culpeper County. 

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(Young Andrew Jackson)

Jackson was born on March 15, 1767. His parents were Scots-Irish colonists Andrew and Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, Presbyterians who had emigrated from Ireland two years earlier. Jackson’s father was born in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, in current-day Northern Ireland, around 1738. Jackson’s parents lived in the village of Boneybefore, also in County Antrim. Their former house is preserved as the Andrew Jackson Centre and is open to the public. A rumor of Jackson having “colored blood”, meaning having “Negro” ancestry, was unproven. He referred to a charge that his “Mother … [was] held to public scorn as a prostitute who intermarried with a Negro, and [that his] … eldest brother [was] sold as a slave in Carolina.

When they emigrated to America in 1765, Jackson’s parents probably landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They would have traveled overland down through the Appalachian Mountains to the Scots-Irish community in the Waxhaws region, straddling the border between North and South Carolina. They brought two children from Ireland, Hugh (born 1763) and Robert (born 1764).

Jackson’s father died in an accident in February 1767, at the age of 29, three weeks before his son Andrew was born in the Waxhaws area. His exact birth site is unclear because he was born about the time his mother was making a difficult trip home from burying Jackson’s father. The area was so remote that the border between North and South Carolina had not officially been surveyed.

In 1824, Jackson wrote a letter saying that he was born at an uncle’s plantation in Lancaster County, South Carolina. But he may have claimed to be a South Carolinian because the state was considering nullification of the Tariff of 1824, which Jackson opposed. In the mid-1850s, second-hand evidence indicated that he may have been born at a different uncle’s home in North Carolina.

Jackson received a sporadic education in the local “old-field” school. In 1781, he worked for a time in a saddle-maker’s shop. Later, he taught school and studied law in Salisbury, North Carolina. In 1787, he was admitted to the bar, and moved to Jonesborough, in what was then the Western District of North Carolina. This area later became the Southwest Territory (1790), the precursor to the state of Tennessee.

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(Young Abraham Lincoln) 

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, the second child of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Lincoln (née Hanks), in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County, Kentucky (now LaRue County). Lincoln’s paternal grandfather and namesake, Abraham, had moved his family from Virginia to Kentucky, where he was ambushed and killed in an Indian raid in 1786, with his children, including Lincoln’s father Thomas, looking on. Thomas was left to make his own way on the frontier. Lincoln’s mother, Nancy, was the daughter of Lucy Hanks, and was born in what is now Mineral County, West Virginia, then part of Virginia. Lucy moved with Nancy to Kentucky. Nancy Hanks married Thomas, who became a respected citizen. He bought and sold several farms, including Knob Creek Farm. The family attended a Separate Baptists church, which had restrictive moral standards and opposed alcohol, dancing, and slavery. Thomas enjoyed considerable status in Kentucky—where he sat on juries, appraised estates, served on country slave patrols, and guarded prisoners. By the time his son Abraham was born, Thomas owned two 600-acre (240 ha) farms, several town lots, livestock, and horses. He was among the richest men in the county. However, in 1816, Thomas lost all of his land in court cases because of faulty property titles.

The family moved north across the Ohio River to free (i.e., non-slave) territory and made a new start in what was then Perry County but is now Spencer County, Indiana. Lincoln later noted that this move was “partly on account of slavery” but mainly due to land title difficulties. In Indiana, when Lincoln was nine, his mother Nancy died of milk sickness in 1818. After the death of Lincoln’s mother, his older sister, Sarah, took charge of caring for him until their father remarried in 1819; Sarah later died in her 20s while giving birth to a stillborn son.

Thomas Lincoln’s new wife was the widow Sarah Bush Johnston, the mother of three children. Lincoln became very close to his stepmother, and referred to her as “Mother”.

As a pre-teen, he did not like the hard labor associated with frontier life. Some in his family, and in the neighborhood, for a time considered him to be lazy. As he grew into his teens, he willingly took responsibility for all chores expected of him as one of the boys in the household and became an adept axeman in his work building rail fences. He attained a reputation for brawn and audacity after a very competitive wrestling match to which he was challenged by the renowned leader of a group of ruffians, “the Clary’s Grove boys”. Lincoln also agreed with the customary obligation of a son to give his father all earnings from work done outside the home until age 21. In later years, Lincoln occasionally loaned his father money. Lincoln became increasingly distant from his father, in part because of his father’s lack of education. While young Lincoln’s formal education consisted approximately of a year’s worth of classes from several itinerant teachers, he was mostly self-educated and was an avid reader and often sought access to any new books in the village. He read and reread the King James Bible, Aesop’s Fables, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and Franklin’s Autobiography.

In 1830, fearing a milk sickness outbreak along the Ohio River, the Lincoln family moved west, where they settled on public land in Macon County, Illinois, another free, non-slave state. In 1831, Thomas relocated the family to a new homestead in Coles County, Illinois. It was then that, as an ambitious 22-year-old, Lincoln decided to seek a better life and struck out on his own. Canoeing down the Sangamon River, Lincoln ended up in the village of New Salem in Sangamon County. In the spring of 1831, hired by New Salem businessman Denton Offutt and accompanied by friends, he took goods by flatboat from New Salem to New Orleans via the Sangamon, Illinois, and Mississippi rivers. After arriving in New Orleans—and witnessing slavery firsthand—he walked back home.

In the 1830s and 1840s when pioneers and entrepreneurs departed the security of the East, to explore America from Abilene to deadwood, ..the majority of those that took part in America’s great migration, ..ranged from 12 to 15 years old, both men and women hell bent and determine to acquire a piece of land to make a life for themselves and start a family weren’t concerned with safety nets. They were grown-ups with tools, the most important of which were their axe, their plow and their rifle. 

To quote Pete Seeger, ..with a bit of an alteration; “Where have all the Americans gone?”

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 (Young Barack Obama) 

An individual ..(of dubious credentials and “in my opinion” character) ..who believes that everyone deserves an equal portion of the American pie.

Albeit, ..alluding to his ideology, ..and deeds, ..Obama also believes that he and his ilk shouldn’t be responsible to pick-up the tab.

Locked out of his Future

By his actions, Obama seems quite content with kicking the can down the road for the next generation, ..or even the one after that, ..because in his idealistic (conceptual) view of the world, ..everyone deserve what’s in the window, (right now) the same as the folks that worked for what they have.

According to Webster: “de·serve,” To be worthy of; to merit.

For Mr. Obama’s information, there is no merit in deception, fraud and plundering America’s treasury for his personal agenda.

In nature, there is (no creature) on the planet that legitimately qualifies as deserving, (in the natural order,) everything pays it’s own way, ..one way or another.

Postscript: God’s waiting for you, ..even those of you who deny that he exists.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow


Crusader Rabbit…

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