Here’s a question for you – which U.S. President was offered to be not just president, but the king of America? The answer? Yep,George Washington. And did you know that George Washington was not only the first President of our United States, he was the first president of any country in the world. Prior to our making him our first President, there had been no country with a president.

And George Washington’s reason for refusing the position as king? He said, “There should be no king in America but King Jesus” –wow!

Now, when King George III of England heard that George Washington flatly refused to be the king of America he was amazed, and at that moment he uttered some very prophetic words; he said that George Washington was truly a great man who would be remembered in history as one of the greatest Americans ever. Little did he know that Washington would be later given the title, “Father of our Nation”.

Speaking of George Washington, what do we know about the monument in Washington D.C. named after him? Of course, it is the Washington Monument. Have you ever asked yourself how they came to settle on its actual design and structure – why was it designed that way? And one mysterious question, why is there a plaque mounted at the very top of the monument that no one can even see, and what does it say?

Well first, the Washington Monument is about 555 feet tall, the tallest structure in all of Washington, DC. According to my research, no building or monument in D.C. is allowed to be taller.

And it’s design? It’s a towering white marble and granite “obelisk”, which is another word for “pillar”. It has four sides, and on the top it looks like a pyramid. When you see it in person it is overwhelmingly impressive.

But why that design for a George Washington monument? First, as the man given the title, “Father of our Nation”, they felt no structures in that city should ever be taller. But why that shape? Because that’s the kind of man George Washington was – he stood up strong and straight and tall as a person just like a pillar. And think about it, pillars are used for strong support to hold up a house or a building – the designer knows that the pillar will do its job – it is dependable! In fact, when you hear someone say that a person is a “pillar of society”, it means that person is a person of such strong character that he can be counted on to stand up and stand strong even under the heaviest weight – a man like George Washington.

But, what about the plaque mounted at the very top of the Washington Monument? Well, it has only two words written on it; they are in Latin “Laus Deo”. Now remember, no structure will ever be taller and there is literally, even today, no way for the human eye to even see this plaque, much less read it, even though well over one million people visit this monument every year, no one will ever see it.

So why is the plaque even there? Simply and powerfully this – it was meant for God to see. He was the one which the designers were thinking about; they knew that God was the true Father of our nation, and that without Him there would be no monument to even build, because there would be no America.

And what about those two simple words “Laus Deo”? In English what do these two words mean? They say, “Praise Be To God”. Wow, makes me think of a Bible scripture, Psalm 127, “Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain”. And get this part, “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen guard in vain”. How true.     What a powerful message for us today. Let us never forget that even though George Washington was an amazing man – let us not forget that no one is more amazing than Almighty God.

About Jerry Stewart

I am a story teller. Since 1998, I have been telling the true stories of our nation and those Americans gone before us.  To say the least, these stories have been well received by Americans, both young and old.  So, here’s where the stories have taken me.  In 1998, I was broadcasting my stories on just one radio station in Washington State.  Today, from Texas 15 years later, these programs are now broadcast through a syndicated radio network to over 400 radio stations all across America, with literally millions of listeners.

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“The Most Famous Tea Party in History”

    We’ve all heard of the Boston Tea Party, but few really know just what happened. The year was 1763 and Great Britain had just ended a war known as the “Seven Years War”, and this war had driven the British government so deep into debt that a series of tax laws were passed to help pay that debt – and these laws made their way to America.

Now, the way the colonists saw it was that they had no say or representation in their national government, and, therefore, Parliament had no right to tax them. This is where the saying came from, “no taxation without representation”.

Well, in 1766, Parliament passed what is called the “Declaratory Act”. This act gave the British government the authority to legislate the laws and rules for the American colonies, and in all cases the government had the final authority.

So, colonist groups began to organize at the grassroots level and they formed patriotic clubs and organizations known as the “Sons of Liberty”. They would use these club meetings to talk through their unfair circumstances and they began to send delegates and representatives to the British leaders to try and convince them that what they were doing was not for the good of the people. But the British government had their own ideas as to what was best for the people, so most of the time they would not even listen.

Starting to sound a little too familiar?

    So as the different Liberty groups in each city began to form and grow, they found themselves linking up with other city groups causing them to become bolder in their speaking out. In the City of Boston there was a famous elm tree where the Sons of Liberty would meet. This tree came to be known as the “Liberty Tree” and it became a rallying point for the growing colonist resistance against the British rule. Soon each city and community began to pick their own liberty tree as a meeting spot as a symbol of their individual liberty. As these liberty groups began to me in large numbers and the attendance began to grow, in their attempt to stop these meetings, the British government ordered that holding any meetings not authorized by the government was against the law. So, the Sons of Liberty members began to meet in secret.

Well, the struggle continued between the colonists and the British government with more and more laws being enacted. What seemed to be the final straw was that in 1773, a new act, the “Tea Act” was passed, placing a heavy tax on all tea transported to the colonies. Shortly after the Tea Act was passed, a number of ships entered Boston Harbor carrying on board hundreds of thousands of pounds of tea. When the local liberty group heard of the ship’s arrival, they sent a message to the ship’s captain not to unload the tea because they would not pay that tax. But the local British authorities would not budge, so there sat the three ships in Boston Harbor.

Now no one knows for sure who really planned that “tea party” or who the real leaders were, but one night somewhere between 30 and 130 Men thinly disguised as Indians boarded the three ships and, over the course of three hours, dumped all the tea into the harbor – this dumping of that tea became known as the “Boston Tea Party”. Interestingly enough, later that Tea Act was actually repealed, but the damage had already been done, and the people had determined that their government would not listen to them – and they began to move for independence.

So, here’s my question for you, “Are the events in our lives which make us wake up and act – are they good or bad?” It was patriot, Edmund Burke, who said, “He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skills; our antagonist is our helper”.

But this one thing we do know – if the British government had not pushed the colonists too far, well, today, we might still be speaking with a British accent.

And one last thought, “What should “We The People” be doing today if we feel we are not being heard?

And are mere protests enough? You tell me.

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