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#Portrait of an American

March 15, 2015

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From time to time, we all have searched, for pictures to see what something or someone looks like. It is said:

 

“A Picture is worth a 1,000 words”

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a picture of a 1,000 words

 

“The expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” appears in a 1911 newspaper article, quoting newspaper editor, Arthur Brisbane, discussing journalism and publicity.”

“In a 1913 newspaper advertisement, a similar phrase, “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words”, appears, for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio.”

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“An early use of the exact phrase appears in an 1918 newspaper advertisement, for the San Antonio Light, which says:”

 

“One of the Nation’s Greatest Editors Says:

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The San Antonio Light’s Pictorial Magazine of the War
Exemplifies the truth of the above statement—judging from the warm reception it has received at the hands of the Sunday Light readers.”

Source for the above quotes and image is, Wikipedia. The key words: ‘A Picture is worth a 1,000 words’

 

OK, I think we have the picture now. 🙂

But what does a – ‘Portrait of an American’ look like?

I ‘Googled,’ ‘Yahoo-ed’ and ‘Bing-ed,’ with these words – ‘Portrait of an American’ and chose ‘images.’ I invite you to do the same, right now and return to this post and continue reading to follow. I’ll wait. 🙂

If you did perform a search, from the three main search engines that most people use, there were some surprises, at least for me. The first bunch of images from Google was, the same album cover, for Marilyn Manson. That’s NOT quite, what I was expecting to find. 🙂

Yahoo and Bing, both returned similar results and were each a little different than Google, but still, NOT what I was looking for.

Well, what does an American look like?

We know that the word “American” can mean the Americas and include any place or anyone in North America, Mexico, Central America and South America. But we here in the USA, think of the word “American” as US, WE the People of, the United States. We are like the independence-glue, for not just the Americas, but the entire world!

We know that the one thing that has made us prosperous and has enabled our independent greatness is, our unalienable rights are written into the government of, by, and for the people. We know that everyone in the world has these same rights, but in the United States, they are written!

We know that our legal system does NOT recognize, The Declaration of Independence or the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, in ANY court of law. But the Preamble to the Constitution is, the independence-glue, for all our rights, fought for in the American Revolution (Declaration of Independence) and all our rights and freedoms in, The Bill of Rights and The Constitution of the United States of America.

We know that this country is made up of, many people, from many races, skin color, cultures and beliefs, skills, abilities, talents and potential.

We know that this country started with the basic principles found in, our Declaration of Independence in 1776. We know that “ALL are created equal,” and that “we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We know that we won this beautiful and precious independence by the pledging of our fore-family’s Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor.

We know, we formed a government and powered it to preserve and protect our individual rights and freedoms.

We know that this nation and all that we have, individually and collectively was, and still is, based on unity, unity of purpose. And we know our great motto from Latin is:

 

‘E pluribus unum,’

“one out of many.”

 

We have seen and heard of and many believe in, a very different ‘Portrait of an American.’ Many believe that our government must provide every individual with their every need met and almost every conceivable or imaginable happiness. There are many in government that believe it is their right and responsibility, to provide these for all. Our elected servants have come out from among US, WE the People. If this is what our servants believe, what do we believe? WE are ALL in need of, a greater understanding of the true – ‘Portrait of an American!’

The Declaration of Independence listed three of our unalienable rights and one is, the right to, “the Pursuit of Happiness.” In our Bill of Rights, part of Our Constitution, two rights are listed, just like The Declaration of Independence – “Life” and “Liberty.” But one word in the Bill of Rights replaces “the Pursuit of Happiness.” It is the single or individual word, “property.” Property is, the result of, the pursuit of happiness! Property is, the result of having Life and the Liberty, to pursue happiness. This happiness or property is, based on one’s own individual efforts, talents, skills and abilities. But these would NOT be possible, without Life and Liberty!

So, if we each are responsible to pursue our own happiness and to acquire our own property, what then is, a ‘Portrait of an American?’ What does just one of, We the People look like?

To return to a picture being worth a 1,000 words, I will share the following video, to answer and show this picture.

Most television programs are filmed in a ratio of about 30 frames, for one second of video. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, the following 3:58 (three minutes and fifty eight seconds) edited video clip would be about:

3:58 = 238 seconds X 30 frames per second = 7,140 frames or single pictures.

7,140 pictures X each picture being worth a 1,000 words = 7,140,000 words.

If a book had about 400 pages, which is approximately 100,000 words, 7,140,000 words would be about 71, four hundred page books.

The following short video, speaks volumes to me! It contains thousands of images and are equal to millions of words to me! It is a gorgeous, “Portrait of an American!’

 

Lisa Nichols – ‘Portrait of an American’

 

In the video above, there are two things that Lisa Nichols did NOT do, in telling her story:

  1. She did not blame anyone, that she was “broke and broken”
  2. She did not expect the government or anyone to provide, for her needs or her happiness

There are four things that has made her success Possible:

  1. She had Life, because it is a right in this country
  2. She had the right of Liberty, in this country
  3. She had the right to Pursue Happiness
  4. She pursued happiness until, she acquired the “Property” of all that makes her happy

 

I found it very interesting that she had two teachers growing up that perhaps with good intentions, tried to keep her from getting hurt. Believing Lisa had little or no ability, maybe they only wanted to protect her from trying to rise beyond her ability, only to fall so low? But her English teacher told her she was the “weakest writer she had ever met in her entire life.” Her speech teacher told her, “I recommend you never speak in public…” Lisa did not blame education. In the full length video (link provided below), she explains that she attended the same conference. “42 times” because, she did not understand what they were talking about. But she kept attending until, she did understand and then she raised the money, to start her own business. Lisa Nichols, has since her “broke and broken” days, gone on to write, several best selling books and she is one of the most sought-after, motivational speakers, in the United States today. And she is a true –

 

#Portrait of an American

 

 

The above video is an almost a 4 minute edited clip from, the original. It you would like to watch the full segment (about 15 minutes) see:

Link to full segment –

https://youtu.be/aWc75TDhVOY

If you would like to know more about Lisa Nichols, her bio appears on her website –

motivatingthemasses.com

Link to her bio –

http://motivatingthemasses.com/aboutus/lisa_nichols_bio.asp#bio

 

 

1 of WE the People,

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Apple of Gold in a Picture of Silver

July 6, 2013

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“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

The Bible, Proverbs 25:11

The Bill of Rights

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Copy of original Bill of Rights

Copy of original Bill of Rights