They Should Have Listened to Ben Franklin

TIME for Kids | Benjamin Franklin

Here is something we should have done, but didn’t.

At the Constitutional Convention on June 28, 1787, after some fairly acrimonious debate on a variety of subjects, Benjamin Franklin offered a motion:

“I therefore beg leave to move–that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city [Philadelphia] be requested to officiate in that service” (

The motion failed. The Convention had no funds to pay a clergyman, was the reason given.

I am reminded of Psalm 127: “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

We had a chance to ask the Lord to build the house, right at the beginning; and we didn’t take it. As if they couldn’t have found a clergyman to do it for free.

Now our country is in a crisis of trust, with runaway corruption, cynical power-grabs, high uncertainty as to the future of our republic, and things said and done that would have been unthinkable in Franklin’s time.

Because we relied upon our sinful selves.

May we turn to earnest prayer, and hope that late is better than never.

Trying to Catch Up!

atheist | Atheist Dave

If you follow this blog very closely, you may have been wondering, “Hey, where did Lee go? He posts a hymn and a best-of, and then disappears?”

Well, yeah! I had to confer with my doctor via telephone–they don’t want you in the office unless it’s really necessary; and I don’t want to pick up even a little COVID-19 Chicom Death Virus–and then I have to go into the stores for all our errands because Patty has COPD and can’t breathe if she wears a mask. Next thing you know, it’s 11:30.

It’s going to rain, I want to get a bit of my new book written before it does, I want to add another post or two, and I’ve got an article to write for Chalcedon… Oy, Rodney! How to catch up?

Meanwhile, everywhere you go around here there’s a sign on the door, you can’t go in unless you’ve got a face mask, BY ORDER OF the Police, due to GOVERNOR’S MANDATE… What the devil? “By Order of the Police”? Did we wake up in North Korea? And what are all these blanking “Mandates”?

Whatever happened to laws? You know–publicly debated, publicly voted on by our chosen representatives, signed by our elected executive. Do we just not do “laws” anymore?

I don’t think the word “mandate” is found anywhere in the Constitution.