American Minute with Bill Federer JAN. 18 - 'If we recklessly destroy the Constitution...no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us'
American Minute with Bill Federer
JAN. 18 - 'If we recklessly destroy the Constitution...no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us'- Daniel Webster
of the five greatest Senators in U.S. history, the State of New
Hampshire placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.
career spanned almost four decades, serving as Secretary of State for
Presidents William Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore.
His name was Daniel Webster, born JANUARY 18, 1782.
From a New Hampshire farm, he attended Dartmouth College and became the highest paid attorney of his day.
He fought the slave trade and negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which set the nation's Northeast boundary.
When South Carolina threatened nullification, he stated:
"Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!"
When asked what the most profound thought was that ever passed through his mind, Daniel Webster responded:
"My accountability to God."
the age of 20, Daniel Webster served as the headmaster of Fryeburg
Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, where he delivered a Fourth of July Oration
"If an angel should be winged from Heaven, on an errand
of mercy to our country, the first accents that would glow on his lips
would be, 'Beware! Be cautious! You have everything to lose; nothing to
We live under the only government that ever existed which
was framed by the unrestrained and deliberate consultations of the
Miracles do not cluster. That which has happened but once in six thousand years cannot be expected to happen often.
Such a government, once gone, might leave a void, to be filled, for ages, with revolution and tumult, riot and despotism."
the age of 70, just eight months before his death, Daniel Webster
addressed the New York Historical Society, February 23, 1852:
we, and our posterity, shall be true to the Christian religion, if we
and they shall live always in the fear of God, and shall respect his
commandments, if we, and they, shall maintain just, moral sentiments,
and such conscientious convictions of duty as shall control the heart
and life, we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our
It will have no Decline and Fall. It will go on prospering and to prosper.
if we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority,
violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of
morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution, which holds
us together, no man can tell, how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm
us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
Should that catastrophe happen, let it have no history! Let the horrible narrative never be written!..."
"We may trust, that Heaven will not forsake us, nor permit us to forsake ourselves.
must strengthen ourselves, and gird up our loins with new resolution;
we must counsel each other; and, determined to sustain each other in the
support of the Constitution, prepare to meet manfully... whatever of
difficulty, or of danger...or of sacrifice, the Providence of God may
call upon us to meet.
we of this generation so derelict, have we so little of the blood of
our revolutionary fathers coursing through our veins, that we cannot
preserve, what they achieved?
The world will cry out 'shame' upon
us, if we show ourselves unworthy, to be the descendants of those great
and illustrious men, who fought for their liberty, and secured it to
their posterity, by the Constitution of the United States...
have a great and wise Constitution. We have grown, flourished, and
prospered under it, with a degree of rapidity, unequaled in the history
of the world.
Founded on the basis of equal civil rights, its
provisions secure perfect equality and freedom; those who live under it
are equal, and enjoy the same privileges..."
Daniel Webster added:
The Constitution has enemies, secret and professed...They
have hot heads and cold hearts. They are rash, reckless, and fierce for
change, and with no affection for the existing institutions of their
Other enemies there are, more cool, and with more calculation. These have a deeper and more fixed and dangerous purpose...
There are those in the country, who profess, in their own words, even to hate the Constitution...
of the Constitution must rally and unite...act, with immovable
firmness, like a band of brothers, with moderation and conciliation...
looking only to the great object set before them, the preservation of
the Constitution, bequeathed to them by their ancestors.
must gird up their loins for the work. It is a duty which they owe to
these ancestors, and to the generations which are to succeed them..."
I give my confidence, my countenance, my heart and hand, my entire
co-operation to all good men...who are willing to stand by the
I hardly know...the manner of our political death... We shall die no lingering death...
earthquake would shake the foundations of the globe, pull down the
pillars of heaven, and bury us at once in endless darkness.
Such may be the fate of this country and its institutions. May I never live, to see that day!
May I not survive to hear any apocalyptic angel, crying through the heavens, with such a voice as announced the fall of Babylon,
ἔπεσεν, Αμερικη ἡ μεγάλη, καὶ ἐγένετο κατοικητήριον δαιμονίων, καὶ
φυλακὴ παντὸς πνεύματος ἀκαθάρτου.' (Greek: 'Is fallen, is fallen,
America the Great has become a habitation of demons and a hold for every