In reflecting over the Memorial Day Holiday, perhaps one might take the time to consider our first war, our revolution, and ponder the reason not only for that action, but for so many which came after. If freedom and individual liberty is our cause, how does our current government and it’s head compare to that of the late 18th century? The Declaration of Independence will provide guidance.
“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, – 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. ”
In drafting this doctrine of governing philosophy, Thomas Jefferson was speaking of the right for each man and woman to own the fruits of their own labor, to have and to hold their own property and to be secure in that property and their papers; to live their lives unmolested. He states clearly in this document, that the purpose of government is only to defend these rights and to secure the people from foreign enemies. When its government goes beyond these purposes, and begins to use its power to violate the rights of individuals to their property, safety and freedom, it is time for that government to be dissolved and reformed. This dissolution may be in the form of reorganization, or whenever possible by replacement of those in power with those who will not abuse the form of government already in place.
If a man were to point a gun at another man’s head and take from him a third to half of his salary, no matter what the reason, that man would be a criminal guilty of theft. When a government does the same thing for any purpose other than providing for the common defense, for the judiciary and the police, it is no less a crime. When a government puts it yet unborn citizens in debt for any purpose, it is stealing the fruits of their future labor with no consent from them whatever. This is an abomination. It is indentured servitude foisted upon our children. It is selling them into slavery. When it is done solely to insure that those in power can be secure in their future power, and cement themselves into such positions in perpetuity, it is beyond time for those with moral conscience to rise and shout “This will not stand!”
What grievances propelled those early patriots, those lovers of freedom and independence to put their lives at risk to secure their rights not just for themselves alone but for their posterity, for us?
Jefferson went on to list them, and many of those grievances apply as clearly today as they did in 1776.
“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
Our current President has refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. He has refused to enforce our immigration laws. His agents have repeatedly refused to comply with lawful subpoenas. He has refused to seek approval from congress for military actions in Libya and Yemen and he has refused to purge the voter registration roles of ineligible voters.
“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.”
Our current President, through his “Department of Justice” has filed suit against State after State to thwart their legislatures in their attempts to secure their own borders and citizenry, and from insuring their polling places against fraud.
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”
From Car Czars who put vast numbers of automobile dealers out of business, to Fish and Wildlife agents who, without charge or remuneration, confiscate inventory from guitar manufacturers, to EPA regulators who shut down power plants, our President has used his appointed agents to harass, hinder and intimidate all manner of business people and land owners, depriving them of their fortunes, property, and livelihoods.
“He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power. ”
Our current President has refused to seek approval from the people’s elected representatives to send our troops into harm’s way, preferring to seek council from the United Nations – a body unaccountable to the citizens of the United States.
“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: ”
Our President is attempting to subject our Navy and Merchant Marines, as well as our communications infrastructure to the will of the United Nations, forsaking our sovereignty.
“For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:”
By continuing to increase the public debt at a record pace this President is imposing a crushing tax burden on those yet to be born who are without any voice or suffrage whatsoever in the matter.
“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:”
American citizens may now be executed or detained without benefit of trial or charge merely for the suspicion of terrorism. The President is proud of his “Kill List” of assassination targets.
“For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies”
By co-operating with the Mexican Drug Cartels and supplying them with arms this Government led by our President has turned the southwest into a lawless region. By refusing to secure our border he is allowing all manner of criminals and their poisons to freely enter our nation and injure our citizens.
“For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:”
“For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.”
By executive order after executive order and through his regulators, this President has sought to circumvent the will of Congress and of the people. He has shown little or no regard for our constitution and no respect for the limits on his power.
“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
By not securing our borders and by encouraging violent revolt in other nations, our President has made our border regions much less secure and put our nation at risk.
Those early patriots believed that man’s dignity, prosperity, and honor were based in the idea that each person is responsible for themselves. They believed that everyone had the right to the fruits of their own labor and that a great nation could be built on the principal of citizens trading freely and openly with each other, value for value. They put their lives on the line for these beliefs. They fought and died for them. They refused to be indentured servants to the British Crown, and while it is true that many of them wished to continue the British practice of slave owning, many thought it abhorrent, and so constituted their government in such a way as to make the abolition of the practice likely.
They also knew that in order for this new system of governance to work, it would require the honesty and integrity of its citizens and of its elected representatives.
It is then with great sadness that we witness the current administration’s utter lack of devotion to truth telling. We witness speech after speech filled with misleading and outright false information. We watch our news media perpetrating these falsehoods, and we watch our popular culture encourage our youth through advertising and entertainment media, to be dishonest and to view dishonesty and lack of openness and personal integrity as a natural part of life.
Those of us who have moral conviction, those of us who honor truth, those with great respect for the principals of duty, liberty, personal responsibility, private property, ingenuity, reason and logic, those of us who remember what it was like to be proud of this great nation, those of us who are able to admit our faults, learn from our mistakes and move on toward better actions, it is time for us to stand up, to make ourselves heard.
It is time to find among us those rare few who will exercise these principals, and elect them to office. It is time for us to say enough! It is time to rid ourselves of those scoundrels in Washington and in our State Houses who cry “public good” while acting solely upon the good of themselves and their campaign contributors. If we value our nation at all, if we see that the innovation of the last two hundred years, surpassing in that short time the innovation of millennia before, was born of the principals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then the time is now, the hour is short, and this may be our last chance!
Talk to your friends, your neighbors, to anyone who will listen. Now is the time to elect to office persons of reason, of honesty and integrity. Now is the time to eject from office, with extreme prejudice, those who steal from us our hard earned wages, the profits from innovation, risk and great effort, the future wages of our children! Now is the time to say to them, no! You may have no more of our dollars to throw down the waste pipe of even one more “green” project of your cronies. No more of our dollars to throw yourselves lavish parties, and to reward your constituents for their lack of ambition. We will no longer allow you to waste our sweat ensuring our children learn less and less how to think for themselves. We will not continue to allow you to indoctrinate them into whatever sewer of depravity any organized voting block can come up with. No longer will we allow you to teach our youth to be dependent upon government for their existence!
Stand and be counted fellow patriots. Stand at the ballot box, stand at your civic group, stand at your PTA meeting, stand at your union hall. Stand up wherever people are gathered together. Do not fear them, your fear is what they count on. Laugh when they paint you as racist, cheer when they call you heartless. Fear and ridicule are the only weapons they have, for now. So do not fear them!
But if we do not stand, if we do not do it now, the time will come when their weapons will be much more lethal, and those weapons will be turned against us!
cross-posted to Yahoo Voices