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Longfellow & his tribute to Skanderbeg, who halted Islamic invasion of Albania 
"Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the 18th of April, in 75;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, 'If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light ...

One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm' ...
 

And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night ...


You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled, --
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,


Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load ...

For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere."



These lines are from the poem, Paul Revere's Ride, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born FEBRUARY 27, 1807.



His grandfather had been a Revolutionary War general.

His uncle, after whom he was named, was Henry Wadsworth, a Naval hero killed fighting Muslim Barbary Pirates at the Battle of Tripoli, 1804.


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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
was a Harvard professor and a popular American poet.

He wrote such classics as:



-The Song of Hiawatha
;






-The Courtship of Miles Standish
, which sold 10,000 copies in London in a single day;

-Voices of the Night;

-Christus;

-The Divine Tragedy;

-The Bells of San Blas;

-The Wreck of the Hesperus;

-Village Blacksmith;

-Hyperion;
and


-Evangeline, in which he penned:

"Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs."





The house Longfellow lived in, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, had previously been used as the Headquarters of General George Washington during the British's Siege of Boston, July 1775-April 1776.



Longfellow's poems were noted for imparting cultural and moral values, focusing on life being more than material pursuits.



In 1842, Longfellow expressed his public support for abolishing slavery by publishing a collection, Poems on Slavery, which was reprinted by The New England Anti-Slavery Association.





Longfellow wrote a poem about a famous Albanian leader who fought Islam.

In the 1400s, Eastern European leaders courageously helped stop the Ottoman Muslim invasion of Europe, such as:


-Hungary's John Hunyadi (1406-1456);

-Poland's Władysław III (1424-1444);

-Moldova's Stephen the Great (1433-1504);

-Romania's Vlad III (1428-1477);

-Bulgaria's Prince Fruzhin (c.1393-1444).


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
wrote a poem to commemorate Albania's hero George Castriot (1405-1468), called Skanderbeg by Albanians and Iskander by Turks

Skanderbeg was sent as a hostage to the Ottoman court where he was educated, converted to Islam, and served the Sultan for 20 years.

In 1443, he abandoned Islam and converted to Christianity.

This is a growing trend, as the British journal The New Statesman cites Usama Hasan, a senior researcher at the Quilliam Foundation: "Many converts leave the faith ... some stats say 50 per cent will leave within a few years."

Pew Research Center (Jan. 27, 2011) reported the number of people who become Muslims through conversion seems to be roughly equal to the number of Muslims who leave the faith.



Skanderbeg led a rebellion against his former Muslim master, Sultan Murad II, and thus became a major obstacle to Turkish expansion into Europe.


Skanderbeg, whom the Turks called Iskander, which means treacherous, captured the Albanian city of Croia (Kruje) in 1444 by using a forged letter from Sultan Murad II.


Skanderbeg was noted for his hit-and-run and scorched-earth tactics, as well as punishing Venetian merchants who were selling military supplies to the Ottomans.

Among his many battles, Skanderbeg fought in:
 
-The Battle of Nis, 1443;
-The Battle of Kunovica, 1444;
-Gained control of Zeta;
-Captured castles at Petrela, Preze, Guri i Bardhe, Svetigrad, Modric and others;
-The Battle of Torvioll, 1444;
-Battle in the Mokra Valley, 1445;
-The Battle of Otonete, 1446;
-The Battle near Shkoder, 1448;
-The Battle of Oranik, 1448;
-Seige of Kruje; and
-The Battle of Ohrid in 1464.



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote in his poem about Skanderbeg- Iskander:

... In the darkness of the night
Iskander, the pride and boast
Of that mighty Othman (Ottoman) host,
With his routed Turks, takes flight ...

In the middle of the night,
In a halt of the hurrying flight,
There came a Scribe of the King
Wearing his signet-ring ...

"Now write me a writing, O Scribe ...
A writing sealed with thy ring,
To King Amurath's Pasha
In the city of Croia (Kruje)
That he surrender the same
In the name of my master, the King (Sultan);
For what is writ in his name
Can never be recalled" ...

Of Iskander's scimitar
From its sheath, with jewels bright,
Shot, as he thundered: "Write!"
And the trembling Scribe obeyed ...

... And Iskander answered and said:
"They lie on the bloody sod
By the hoofs of horses trod;
But this was the decree
Of the watchers overhead;
For the war belongeth to God,
And in battle who are we,
Who are we, that shall withstand
The wind of his lifted hand?" ... 

... Then swift as a shooting star
The curved and shining blade
Of Iskander's scimitar
From its sheath, with jewels bright ...

... Then again Iskander cried:
"Now follow whither I ride,
For here thou must not stay ...

... No sound was heard but the sound
Of the hoofs of Iskander's steed,
As forward he sprang with a bound ...

... Then onward he rode and afar,
With scarce three hundred men,
Through river and forest and fen,
O'er the mountains of Argentar ...

... Then his trumpeters in the van
On their silver bugles blew,
And in crowds about him ran
Albanian and Turkoman ...

... Then to the Castle White
He rode in regal state,
And entered in at the gate ...

... In all his arms bedight,
And gave to the Pasha
Who ruled in Croia (Kruje)
The writing of the King,
Sealed with his signet-ring.
And the Pasha bowed his head,
And after a silence said:
"Allah is just and great!
I yield to the will divine,
The city and lands are thine;
Who shall contend with Fate?" ...


... Anon from the castle walls
The crescent banner falls,
And the crowd beholds instead,
Like a portent in the sky,
Iskander's banner fly,
The Black Eagle with double head;
And a shout ascends on high,

For men's souls are tired of the Turks,
And their wicked ways and works,
That have made of Ak-Hissar
A city of the plague;
And the loud, exultant cry
That echoes wide and far
Is: "Long live Scanderbeg!"


The most popular poet of his day, Longfellow was praised by his contemporaries:

-John Greenleaf Whittier,
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
-James Russell Lowell, and
-Ralph Waldo Emerson.


After his wife died in a tragic house fire in 1861, and his son ran off to fight in the Civil War, Longfellow concentrated on the monumental task of translating Dante's The Divine Comedy, published in 1867.

Longfellow died on March 24, 1882, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


In 1884, he became the first non-British writer to be represented by a sculpted bust in London's Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey.




In a deeply reflective poem, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "A Psalm of Life," 1838:

"Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul ...

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,-act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time;

-Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again."


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Why Government Must Be Tamed
by Robert Knight - Feb 5, 2018

Well, it's not breaking news, but it's worth noting as President Trump and Congress spar over spending that the national federal debt exceeds $20,000,000,000,000 - and is rising by the minute.


We're using zeroes here instead of spelling out "trillion" to help get across the enormity of this liability that we are piling onto our children and grandchildren.


Equally sobering is a visit to the USDebtclock.org, which tracks our rising debt at dizzying speed. Introduced on Feb. 20, 1989 by New York real estate magnate Seymour Durst, the U.S. National Debt Clock began by reporting a national debt of "only" $2.7 trillion.

By 1991, it was ticking upward at $13,000 per second. "The amount began accumulating so fast that the last seven digits became totally illegible," Time magazine reported.


The clock, which was mounted on a building near 42nd Street in Manhattan, stopped in 1995 during a government shutdown (see, gridlock is good). That was the same year Mr. Durst died. The clock got going again under his son Douglas, but broke in 1998 when its computers couldn't handle the total of $5.5 trillion.


With new hardware, the clock continued to tick upward until Sept. 7, 2000, when it actually began going backward due to the wonderful fact that the national debt began decreasing.


If you're a Democrat, you're quick to credit the Clinton administration. If you're a Republican, you credit Newt Gingrich and the Republican Congress for slapping a lid on Mr. Clinton's plans to spend us into oblivion. Since deficit spending is catnip to Democrats, the second scenario makes the most sense to me.


Anyway, that blessed period ended with the dot-com crash and the economic fallout from 9/11, and the Durst Organization cranked the clock back up in 2002.


By 2008, they had to revamp it yet again, adding a digit, because the Bush administration had nearly doubled the debt to $10 trillion. Over the next eight years, the Obama administration's annual deficits (with the Republican House's complicity from 2011 on and the full Republican Congress from 2015 on) managed to double it again. As of this week, the national debt is cruising beyond $20.6 trillion.


If we keep doubling this thing, it will eat every last penny earned by anyone within a fairly short period. Ever hear about the grains of wheat on the chessboard, where you double the number on each square? Before you can say "compassionate conservatism," the thing is out of control and into the zillions.


Except for diehard statists who can imagine no reason to limit the size of government, the good news is that there is a growing consensus that the government, especially in Washington, is too big. Too complicated. Too powerful. Too expensive.


The federal goliath has not just stretched its constitutional limits but has busted through them like an Abrams tank through linen.


Frank Zappa, the late rock star with an acerbic wit, once was asked what he thought of the federal government. "I think they're trying to take over the country," he said without an ounce of irony.


Like a giant vacuum cleaner on the Potomac River, Washington has sucked up treasure and authority from the rest of the nation and wants more.


Mr. Trump is busily trimming back federal regulations and agency personnel, but it will take a lot to get us back to where we are a semblance of a constitutional republic with a limited government.


Meanwhile, the National Debt Clock keeps humming away near Times Square for anyone who wants to see why the debt for each individual taxpayer exceeds $170,000 and the total debt per family is upwards of $800,000.


The clock is right next to the entrance of an office of the Internal Revenue Service. "We thought it was a fitting location," Douglas Durst told Time magazine.


As tax season gets into high gear, it's worth visiting the clock. It helps us understand why federal elections are slated as far from April 15 as possible.


* Robert Knight is Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, Senior Fellow for S.T.A.N.D. and a columnist for The Washington Times.

 

Here is the link to the Debt Clock referred to in the article above   -  http://www.usdebtclock.org/
 
Please understand that Founders League does not necessarily share or endorse the views of Mr. Knight. Further, Founders League does not endorse or oppose any political party or candidate for office.

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