“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams
On this day of the anniversary of our independence, I wanted to take a moment to pause and think about what today means.
That the true power of a nation resides with its citizens. Freedom from the tyranny and oppression of big and overly zealous government was on the minds of our founding fathers. It wasn’t just to get away from King George and the “repeated injuries and usurpations…(and) the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States…” but it was a statement on all tyrannical and “big” government oppressions.
These are things you can’t find in the trash heap of any school or college library. Instead, you will find some intentionally obfuscatory new definition of what occurred on that hot summer day in 1776 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
The Declaration of Independence says, among other things, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”. No more patriotic words could have ever been uttered.
Every time any government expands their powers and creates a larger gap between government and the governed, the meaning of Independence day becomes a little more lost. Yet, we continue to allow our government to oppress us with the perversion of the Constitution, creation of class envy, elimination of an entire class of people and laws that are so restrictive on our very basic freedoms that the founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.
So on this Independence Day, I hope you will follow me in reflecting on what it is all about. Sit back with your friends and family and enjoy the fireworks displays, parades and festivities. And if only for one brief moment, let it carry you back to the time when our nation was born. And don’t forget to salute and honor those who have fought so hard for the very principles set forth 232 years ago.
May God bless you, your family and those who choose to put on a uniform and fight for freedom. And GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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