Skip to comments.Liberty Lovers Mourn This Independence Day, but Hope Remains
Posted on 07/04/2012 11:18:14 AM PDT by JohnKinAK
As Americans celebrate Independence Day this Fourth of July with barbeques and fireworks, more than a few patriots and lovers of liberty are instead mourning the steady loss of freedom; the erosion of unalienable rights that seem to be trampled upon more and more after each election. But despite the current climate perfectly illustrated by the never-ending series of Homeland Security reports characterizing the beliefs of Americas Founding Fathers as potentially terroristic optimism about the future of freedom and American independence is growing as well.
On July 4, 1776, the Founding Fathers officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, written mostly by a passionate lover of liberty named Thomas Jefferson. In the document, those original American patriots outlined a series of bold and timeless statements that still reverberate around the world to this day: the idea that the Laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle all people to take charge of their own futures including, if necessary, by invoking the right and duty to "alter or abolish" any form of government that becomes a threat to individual rights.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, explains the Declaration, outlining a series of principles that led oppressed colonists to take up arms against the greatest super power in the world values that have formed the foundation of Americas unique constitutional republic since its founding. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
But this Independence Day, amid national celebrations, analysts and concerned citizens are warning that those timeless truths are increasingly under threat in America and not from King George III or his royal successors.
Individual liberty, secured by limited government: that is its essence. Too often today, however, government is not serving liberty but is at war with it, telling us that it knows best, that it will decide for us, observed Roger Pilon, director of the libertarian Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies. As we celebrate our independence today, let's keep in mind that we're celebrating our independence from overweening government -- British or American.
Others worry that the current federal government is actually at odds with the concept of independence itself. Today, powerful elites in Washington, D.C. are bent on recasting America in a way that would make July 4th more accurately called Dependence Day, opined American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) chief Susan Carleson. Many Americans are being tempted by the siren song of reliance upon government but thankfully, we are seeing many more bent on resisting this dangerous idea and reversing it.
Even more alarming, perhaps, are recent developments within the U.S. governments so-called security apparatus. A federal study on terrorism released this year and publicly exposed earlier this week by the alternative media, for example, identified extreme right-wing terror suspects as individuals who are suspicious of centralized federal authority or reverent of individual liberty. Other potential terrorists include people who believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty, or those who believe their way of life is under attack and are preparing with survivalism. Pro-lifers and Americans who are fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation) were also included.
If those traits sound suspiciously like the beliefs held by the Founding Fathers and outlined in the Declaration of Independence, that is because the brave Americans who stood up to the British Crown more than two centuries ago would have fit the federal governments wild characterizations almost perfectly. In fact, some of the very same grievances against the King listed in the Declaration are again being imposed on Americans the main difference is that now, the abuses and violations are mostly coming from Washington, D.C., in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Consider some examples listed in the Declaration of Independence of the crimes committed by the King against the colonists, contrasted with the federal governments lawless behavior today:
HE has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. Then reflect on the Obama administrations lawsuits against state governments think Arizona, for example, which was sued for seeking to control illegal immigration; or the recent federal attack on Florida for its attempt to purge non-eligible voters from the rolls.
HE has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers, to harass our people, and eat out their substance. Then consider the fact that the federal government and its alphabet soup of rogue and unconstitutional bureaucracies has already grown far beyond anything the tyrannical English King could have imagined in his wildest dreams: EPA, ATF, FDA, DEA, NSA, CIA, FCC, DHS, TSA, SEC, FHA, and countless more. And it is only getting worse, with the cost of perpetual bureaucratic and regulatory expansion trillions every year far exceeding any amount the British Crown could have even conceived of extracting from the colonists.
HE has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power. Then ponder the Obama administrations recent war on Libya without even obtaining congressional approval, let alone a constitutionally required declaration of war. The current Secretary of Defense, meanwhile, reiterated this year his wild belief that NATO and the UN could legitimately order American troops into battle, and that Congress the peoples elected representatives entrusted by the Constitution with war powers might be informed of the decision later on.
HE has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation. Aside from foreigners ordering U.S. armed forces into unconstitutional wars, remember that despite never being ratified by the U.S. Senate, the executive branch of the federal government has been for over two decades now quietly working to impose the UNs Agenda 21 on the American people. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
FOR depriving us in many cases of the benefits of trial by jury. Consider that since the George W. Bush administration, the federal government purports to be able to indefinitely detain without trial even American citizens. President Obama has taken it a step further, claiming authority to murder U.S. citizens including children, such as a 16-year-old American boy purposely blown to bits by a U.S. missile in Yemen without even formally charging them with a crime or allowing judicial proceedings, let alone a trial by jury.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, the Declaration of Independence states. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. Indeed. And today, it is only getting worse.
But even as the political class in Washington, D.C., and so many state capitals across America callously disregard the eternal principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, there appears to be a renewed sense of public optimism. The Supreme Courts wildly inappropriate ruling on ObamaCare, for example, has recently stirred up an even greater wave of activism and defiance against federal usurpations. From state governors to citizen activists, resistance is building.
We understand that a lot is happening in our beloved America, and that she is in distress, but we must concentrate on the fix for what ails her. The cause of this malady is Marxism, political correctness and progressivism and all the evil that comes with it, noted Save America Foundation President Fred Brownbill in a piece celebrating American independence. The cure is the Constitution, probably the most incredible document ever written by the hand of man. We may not be the land of the free right now, but we are still the land of the brave and from that bravery, freedom will once more return.
Other activist leaders, while also recognizing the dire straits American liberty currently finds itself in, were hopeful about the future as well. Although our country is currently experiencing economic uncertainty, among other problems, the underpinnings of the American spirit remain. On the whole we are still a people who believe that inalienable rights are God-given, not a matter of government grace, and that hard work, self-reliance, and determination can bring about the realization of dreams, regardless of the obstacles our government places in our way, explained Edward White, senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
We are truly a unique nation, born with reliance upon Gods protection and upon sound values, he concluded. Consequently, we should be optimistic about our future no matter the hurdles we are now facing.
Indeed, as the perpetual unconstitutional expansion of federal power becomes increasingly obvious and destructive, Americans from across the political spectrum are taking action to stop it. And with elections coming soon and a new wave of liberty-minded activists and candidates getting involved to save the Constitution, there is certainly cause for optimism. Cautious optimism, perhaps. But without a doubt, the future could still be very bright at least if enough Americans stand up for the principles so masterfully laid out in Americas Declaration of Independence some 236 years ago. For now, after enjoying the fireworks, a good place to start might be reading the document itself.
“optimism about the future of freedom and American independence is growing as well.” I believe that this is truer than most people want admit......at least on the left.
I saw this on fr several years ago.....
hope we have just 1% of their valor
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners: men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall and straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of the declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t. So take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never free! I hope you show your support by sharing this with as many people as you can. It’s time we get the word out that Patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
Add me to the list of folks who find this “Independence Day” rather... unsettling weird. Hard to really even remotely acknowledge the holiday in the former sense, as after last week, it’s like a lid was closed, and America and its heritage of freedom and liberty are now things of the past. Very surreal.
EPA, ATF, FDA, DEA, NSA, CIA, FCC, DHS, TSA, SEC, FHA.......I don’t know which was first but that’s when the people should have spoken up.
And I’ll venture to say that before too long some bloggers will be charged with terroristic behavior, eventually moving to talk radio. A lot of people will be made examples. And when it happens and the people do nothing, it will have worked.
Chief Justice John roberts in league with the radical socialists in America has ended liberty in our once great republic. Sadly nothing can put the lid back on the jar, never in the history of our republic has a bill of this magnitude been repealed.
Republican leaders who say they will are not being honest, what will work is state nullifacation, or violent revolution followed by hanging of the socialist traitors in our country.
It’s entirely possible that, some day, as historians write the sad account of world communism, the names of Obama and Roberts will go right up there with the names Marx, Engels, Trotsky, Mao, Ho, Che, and Lenin.
I did experience one heartening thing today.
For the first time in the Independence Day parade there was a large contingent of Knights of Columbus and other Catholics with big “Support Religious Freedom” signs.
It may be small and irrelevant, but it made me feel good.
Today via online I read the Declaration of Independence, America’s birth certificate. At least the USA has a birth certificate.
Last night there was a candlelight vigil for freedom at one of the local parishes, to close out the “fortnight for freedom”.
I am afraid that the latter is going to happen.
The Catholic leadership play with socialist snakes and then wonder why they get bitten.