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Vine & Fig Tree: "The American Dream"

What is "The American Dream?" Is it to make payments on a house for 30 years and have half your income taken by the government?

What motivated the Founding Fathers? What caused them to risk so much?

Few people today have heard the phrase "Vine & Fig Tree," but it sums up the American Dream as it was dreamed 200 years ago. It is 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."

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. 

This page is a growing collection of references to a by-gone ideal.

The Puritans and Micah's Holy Mountain
From Democracy in America.
England's 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
George Washington's Vine & Fig Tree Longings.
A collection of references.
Slavery vs.Vine & Fig Tree
James Madison's hopes
A 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.)
Anti-Federalist No. 85 (off site)
Concluding Remarks- Evils Under Confederation Exaggerated;
Constitution Must Be Drastically Revised Before Adoption
Shall Liberty or Empire be Sought- - Patrick Henry (off site)
From a speech made on June 5, 1788, in the Virginia Convention,
called to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
The Polish De Tocqueville
Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz findsVine & Fig Tree in his American travels.
The Scotch De Tocqueville
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 Marx.
Abraham Lincoln's Overthrow of America's Vine & Fig Tree Vision
Lincoln was an archist (Mark 10:42-45).
Lyndon Baines Johnson?
At least his speechwriter knew about Micah's vision.
Jimmy Carter: The Truth is Out There
Can a Democrat be a Christian?
Ronald Reagan Hijacks Micah
Can a Republican be a Christian?
Micah vs. The United Nations
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.

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