Merken History Beatdown

July 4th would be meaningless without October 19th, when (240 years ago today), the siege of Yorktown concluded in 1781. This was the end of the Revolutionary War, leading ten years later to the Bill of Rights. It is beyond the power of your local free men’s workout group to determine if this was a just war (Canada achieved independence without one), but leadership within this war did keep others from dying. We will reenact thee war, premised on the Bill of Rights that it led to, ten years later in 1791.

Warmorama to Neil Diamond’s “They’re Coming to America” (follow the Q body scan).

Zip line cannon balls while PAX do burpees to commemorate the Battle of the Chesapeake where the English Navy was defeaated by the French, making the siege of Yorktown possible.

THE SIEGE: First person done is Alexander Hamilton who storms Redoubt 10 and we all follow. Numbers are either 49 (age of Washington), 26 (age of Hamilton) or 81 (year of battle)The First Amendment provides several rights protections: to express ideas through speech and the press, to assemble or gather with a group to protest or for other reasons, and to ask the government to fix problems. It also protects the right to religious beliefs and practices. It prevents the government from creating or favoring a religion.  THRUSTERS. The Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms.  CURLS. The Third Amendment prevents government from forcing homeowners to allow soldiers to use their homes. Before the Revolutionary War, laws gave British soldiers the right to take over private homes. FLUTTERKICKS. The Fourth Amendment bars the government from unreasonable search and seizure of an individual or their private property.  BURPEES. The Fifth Amendment provides several protections for people accused of crimes. It states that serious criminal charges must be started by a grand jury.  A person cannot be tried twice for the same offense (double jeopardy) or have property taken away without just compensation. People have the right against self-incrimination and cannot be imprisoned without due process of law (fair procedures and trials.)   AMERICAN HAMMERS. The Sixth Amendment provides additional protections to people accused of crimes, such as the right to a speedy and public trial, trial by an impartial jury in criminal cases, and to be informed of criminal charges. Witnesses must face the accused, and the accused is allowed his or her own witnesses and to be represented by a lawyer.  MERKENSThe Seventh Amendment extends the right to a jury trial in Federal civil cases. MUCHO LEGGOThe Eighth Amendment bars excessive bail and fines and cruel and unusual punishment. HAND RELEASE BURPEESThe Ninth Amendment states that listing specific rights in the Constitution does not mean that people do not have other rights that have not been spelled out.  Skull crushers or BBSU. The Tenth Amendment says that the Federal Government only has those powers delegated in the Constitution. If it isn’t listed, it belongs to the states or to the people. COUPON WORKOUT OF YOUR CHOICE.

Moleskin: “If we forget about this spiritual revolution growing out of the Great Awakening and concentrate only on the nation’s political origins, we have no way to explain one of the most striking features of contemporary America… it is remarkably religious. Jonathan Edwards is a towering figure among the founding fathers of the first American revolution, the spiritual revolution of the awakening. He was the Thomas Jefferson of that revolution, not only its leading philosopher but also a sometimes controversial practical leader. George Whitefield was the George Washington of the awakening, the widely admired general in the field.” -George Marsden. Yes, it’s true that Washington, Jefferson, Edwards and Whitfield owned slaves. We need to sit with that. And we also need to sit with the fact that Jonathan Edwards Junior (Edwards’ son) was an abolitionist. That is where the energy of the Great Awakening was leading.

COT: Prayers for many things articulated by many PAX. Gratitude for a country whose ideals can include more and more people – the “We” keeps getting bigger, but which requires more than the limiting ideals of the Bill of Rights to endure. PAX: @MajorCrunch, @8Traack, @Panhandle, @BoPeep, @Zoro, @Jolly, @Bloomer, @Hotbox, @Tortuga, @T-Bone, @Beaker, @PandaExpress, @Banks, @Shiplap, @BigMac, @Sparrow, @Saga, @DaVinci (Q)