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The State Of Liberty
National Catholic Register ^ | 7/4/2012 | Patrick Archbold

Posted on 07/04/2012 9:49:04 AM PDT by marcbold

Two hundred thirty and six years ago our founding forebears risked their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to secure their liberty and bequeath it to their heirs.

So precious and fragile, they sought to protect it from every enemy and thief, be they foreign or domestic.

Time and again their inheritors were called upon to defend that treasured heirloom from enemies foreign with their labor, their ingenuity, and too often their blood.

To secure it from that most rapacious robber, ourselves, they again called upon their ingenuity and wisdom to devise a system of constitutional domestic government based upon limiting principles and the application of checks and balances.

The Constitution was intended as a shield against tyranny. A shield being preferable to other methods of defense. But no constitution, no matter how wise, can prevent a brutish people from cannibalizing its own liberty forever. By all accounts, ours has done better than most.

Today on the anniversary of our nation's birth one cannot help but reflect upon the state of that treasure.

Recently all three branches of government, forsaking their raison d'être as checks against the other, joined together to remove the last limiting principle intended by that Constitution of wise men.

Tyranny! A small crowd shouted, the rest unaware of the monumental occasion for today seems quite like yesterday.

But tyranny is not a sudden summer storm that darkens the sky and makes manifest its threat. As it has been since the fall, tyranny advances like the dusk in November, little by little and day by day.

But even those who recognize a threat sometimes fail to recognize what is threatened. Shouts of "We must save the Constitution!" can be heard....

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: constitution; holiness; liberty; tyranny

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