This campaign is not about capturing an office. This campaign is about
recapturing a dream.
- What is "The American Dream?"
- • Is it to work two jobs so that more than
half of everything you earn can be taken by the government and
given to special interests and causes you don't agree with?
- • Is it to build a home and fill it with memories only to have it
seized by politicians whose campaign contributors want to build
a strip mall on your property?
- • Is it a 6% 30-year mortgage with a fixed rate?
("Wow! A fixed rate!")
No. None of these are the original American dream. They would all be
considered a nightmare.
What motivated the Founding Fathers? What caused them to risk
so much -- their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor?
Answer: the idea of every American owning his own "vine
and fig tree," free and clear, and dwelling in safety and
peace, without being molested by princes or politicians, lawyers or tax
Under My Own Vine and Fig Tree, 1798
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Oil on canvas
Virginia Historical Society
Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art
America's Founding Fathers Knew This Dream
George Washington's Diaries are available
online at the Library of Congress. They are introduced with these
No theme appears more frequently in the writings of Washington than
his love for his land. The diaries are a monument to that concern. In
his letters he referred often, as an expression of this devotion and its
resulting contentment, to an Old Testament passage. After the
Revolution, when he had returned to Mount Vernon, he wrote the Marquis
de Lafayette on Feb. 1, 1784: "At length my Dear Marquis I am
become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the
shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig-tree." This phrase occurs at
least 11 times in Washington's letters. "And Judah and Israel dwelt
safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree" (2 Kings
It is also a phrase
from the prophet Micah, the idea of everyone owning property and
enjoying the fruits of their labor without fear of theft or political
oppression, of sitting peacefully under your "Vine
& Fig Tree."
- Many other
American Founders wrote of this ideal. The phrase occurs a
number of times in Scripture. These references are visual
reminders of the Hebrew word for salvation,
- • peace,
- • wholeness,
- • health,
- • welfare, and
- • private property free from pirates and princes.
- When you read the word "salvation" in the Bible, you
should be thinking about dwelling safely under your Vine
& Fig Tree.
Few Americans today have heard the phrase "Vine
& Fig Tree," but it sums up the American Dream as
it was dreamed 200 years ago. A few highly-educated scholars and
historians might recognize the phrase, but you would draw a blank from the
"man on the street." A few people living in New York might have
a glimmer of recognition. The prophecy from Isaiah, Micah's contemporary,
is memorialized in a
United Nations garden. Needless to say, our idea of "Vine
& Fig Tree" did
not come from the U.N.
Nor did any Americans in the past get the "Vine
& Fig Tree" idea from the United Nations. And the
interesting thing is, many Americans once had the "Vine
& Fig Tree" idea. The Bible was better
understood by most Americans 200 years ago than it is today.
"Vine & Fig Tree"
is a worldview.
Explore the "Vine & Fig Tree"
worldview in more detail here.
Both the Republicans and Democrats have completely forgotten the
original American Dream, and neither party has any idea how to achieve it.
Obama and Romney spent over a BILLION dollars on their 2012 campaign.
America moved not one iota closer to the original American Dream.
Better than a donation to any political candidate is a tax-deductible
donation to a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization called "Vine
& Fig Tree"
Or mail your check to "Vine
& Fig Tree"
P.O. Box 179
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This non-profit educational organization has over 3,000 webpages on the
Internet, and doesn't waste a single penny of donations on political
candidates or campaigns.
The American Dream: An Impossible Dream?
You might think that this dream -- owning your own property free and
clear, no mortgage, no IRS liens, no property taxes, and no fear of
invaders or conquerors -- is a "pipe dream." You might think
it's an impossible dream. But nearly every human being who settled in
America soon realized this dream, or had every realistic hope that in a
few years this dream would be lived by children or grandchildren. Two
hundred years ago, nearly all Americans lived this dream. It can be
attained again, but only if we stop believing the false promises of
politicians and stop believing that this dream is possible simply by
voting for Washington D.C. to hand it to us on a silver platter.
This page is a growing collection of references to a by-gone
- The Puritans
and Micah's Holy Mountain
- From Tocqueville's Democracy in America.
Conquest of Canada
- From George Bancroft's History of the United States
- The Bramble
vs. the Fig Tree
- Thomas Paine's critique of the king in Common Sense
Washington's Vine & Fig Tree
- A collection of references.
vs.Vine & Fig Tree
- James Madison's hopes
Slave is Baptized (off site)
- Musings of the baptizer from Annals of the Poor. Containing The
Dairyman's Daughter, (with considerable additions) The Negro Servant,
and The young Cottager. By the Reverend Legh Richmond, A.M.
Rector of Turvey, Bedforshire; and Chaplain of His Royal Highness the
Duke of Kent and Strathern, 1815 (See page 154.)
No. 85 (off site)
- Concluding Remarks- Evils Under Confederation Exaggerated;
Constitution Must Be Drastically Revised Before Adoption
Liberty or Empire be Sought- - Patrick Henry (off site)
- From a speech made on June 5, 1788, in the Virginia
called to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
Patrick Henry opposed the new Constitution:
- Consider our situation, sir; go to the
poor man and ask him what he does. He will inform you that he enjoys
the fruits of his labor, under his own fig tree, with
his wife and children around him, in peace and security. Go to every
other member of society; you will find the same tranquil ease and
content; you will find no alarms or disturbances. Why, then, tell us
of danger, to terrify us into an adoption of this new form of
government? And yet who knows the dangers that this new system may
produce? They are out of sight of the common people; they can not
foresee latent consequences. I dread the operation of it on the
middling and lower classes of people; it is for them I fear the
adoption of this system.
- Patrick Henry was right.
- Tench Coxe,
Dealer in Arms
- He believed the only way to achieve the "Vine
& Fig Tree" ideal was "Arm yourselves. To
arms, to arms, and you may then sit down contented, each man under his
own vine and his own fig-tree and have no one to make him
afraid." But Micah and Isaiah both agreed: we must beat our
swords into plowshares. "The light of Christianity ... ought
to be . . . imparted to the whole race of mankind," as
Madison put it.
- The Polish
- Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz finds Vine &
Fig Tree in his American travels.
- The Scotch
- Finds plenty of land, little aristocracy, and every man under his
Vine & Fig Tree.
- The French
Opposition to Communist Dictatorship
- With all his talk about Vine & Fig
Tree, French writer Pierre Joseph Proudhon alienates
Lincoln's Overthrow of America's Vine &
Fig Tree Vision
- Lincoln was an archist
- Lyndon Baines
- At least his speechwriter knew about Micah's vision.
Carter: The Truth is Out There
- Can a Democrat be a Christian?
Reagan Hijacks Micah
- Can a Republican be a Christian?
- Micah vs. The
- George Bush (41) speaks of "Vine
& Fig Tree" more than Reagan and Carter
Remarkably, references to Micah's vision seem to be on the increase.
The references to "Vine & Fig
Tree" and "Swords into
Plowshares" in the 20th century vastly exceed the
number of references in the 19th, even though the 20th was incomparably
more violent and warlike. It has become almost trendy for politicians to
speak of "Swords into Plowshares."
Many of these references are to Isaiah's parallel prophecy, so they are
not catalogued here.
This is the key to restoring the American Dream of everyone dwelling
safely under his own Vine & Fig Tree.
We must beat the swords of Washington D.C. into plowshares. This includes:
- The "War on Terror" - over a
trillion dollars a year
- The "War on Drugs" - over a
- The "War on Poverty" - trillions
spent have brought perpetual, inter-generational poverty and
Washington D.C. destroys life. It saps America of morality, optimism,
and the willingness to work for the American Dream.
The American Dream of Vine & Fig Tree
will come only when we beat all these government
swords into entrepreneurial plowshares.
"Vine & Fig Tree"
is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization. More
info here. The name comes from the Old Testament Prophet Micah.
Seven Themes in Micah's Vine
& Fig Tree Prophecy
Prophecy (Micah 4:1-7)
||And it will come about in the
[For the LORD of hosts has spoken.]
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills
- vs. "Free Will"
- Chose birth?
- • Nobody used "free will" to come into existence
- • Real issue: The nature of the Creator | Person or Mud
- "Free Will" = imago dei | Image of God
• planning for future
- Protection is an act of love
- Prayer = anti-deism
even for God."
No. Vine & Fig Tree
||And the peoples will stream to
And many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,
of the Gentiles
religion is superior to the
One has caught our attention: jihadism
blow-up vs. convert
|Peace is possible
Peace is inevitable
||That He may teach us about His
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
|• The God who gave you life
deserves your respect
Word this God speaks deserves your attention/obedience
• Bible is not just for "private"
religion, "down in your heart"
• Also for public policy
for every area
|When Americans learned the Bible
in public schools,
America most prosperous, admired nation on earth
Now U.S. exports weapons/pornography
of Nature and of Nature's God.
||[And each of them will sit under
Vine and under his fig
Family = "undemocratic"
|When families are functional, the
State is unnecessary;
Archism is suppressed
||Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.
shalt not kill
shalt not steal
- Pacifism = "criminals will take over"
- Really? More people will die under pacifism
than under archism?
More money will be confiscated
under pacifism than under archists?
- OT = violence, slavery
- Jesus = irrelevant utopian hippie; not
"practical" or "realistic."
||And each of them will sit
Vine and under his Fig
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.
|Agrarianism vs. technology
|Garden of Eden / City of God
Wilderness vs. Garden
weights and Measures."
||Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, saith the LORD,
will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
|works of mercy vs. focus on
"winners," celebrities, power-brokers
||"Iron Sharpens Iron"
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