Friday, July 4, 2008

232nd 4th of July..what does it mean?

232 years ago the first signature was placed on the Declaration of Independence. Perhaps some of the most famous lines from that document have so much power. One of my favorites is perhaps one that is often over looked, and certainly ignored by the government.

"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. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,"

What powerful words those last few are, the government derives its power from us. Sometimes we forget that we are not controlled by the government, but that we control the government. However, we often give up so many of our freedoms and civil liberties because the government says they need to protect us. The government does not need to protect us, we need to protect our selves. We should not be afraid of the government, the government should be afraid of us, because we have the power to change the government.

"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
, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely
to effect their Safety and Happiness...
But when a long train of abuses and usurpation's, pursuing invariably
the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Look at those few words and think about what is happening in American right now. We are paying an illegal income tax, recently the government passed a law giving immunity to telecom companies which will allow for illegal wiretapping. Many of your Constitutional Rights are violated every single day and yet we continue to allow this government to operate. The Declaration of Independence says it is our right to abolish or alter a government when it becomes destructive (look at the economy and everything this administration has done) and that it is our duty to provide new guards for our future security.

Freedom is not easy to obtain or keep. Many of the people who signed the Declaration were captured, tortured, tried for treason by Britain and murdered. Many of their families were imprisoned or killed, many of them lost everything they had and they knew all of this could and most likely would happen if they signed the Declaration, and yet they signed it anyone valuing freedom more than their lives and their property. Most of these men were wealthy and educated and gave it all up for you and I to be free.

On this 232nd 4th of July, remember these things, go here to read about what happened to the men who signed the Declaration. Go read the full text of the Declaration of Independence. And go and read and know your Constitutional Rights, and know what they mean!

Remember these things the next time you must pay income tax, the next time the government attempts to pass an illegal wiretapping bill, the next time your rights are violated. Know what those rights are and you will see violations almost daily.

Freedom is hard to keep, and in this day, as our rights are being taken away, it is even harder to challenge the government for those rights. The government is strong and will make life hard if you challenge them, but a challenge is what they must have. You give them consent to govern you, they do not give you consent to be governed by them. You may lose it all, but you will gain freedom. I would rather die free than live a slave.

Samuel Adams said it best when he said:

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom; go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands
which feed you.May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity
forget that you were our countrymen."

Remember those words.

Happy 4th of July.

For Liberty,

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