Do we remember?

Today is July 4th, a time when most people get a paid day off, trips to the lake are planned, and grills are fired up for delicious bbq's.  Everyone waves a flag and we usually go watch fireworks.  This day is more than that.  Most of us know that, and most of the people I call friends recognize that what we celebrate on the 4th of July was an impossibility and was unfathomable at the time.  That the upstart state representatives, that had formed the loose Continental Congress, would have the gall to declare that the people here on this continent had the right   to "dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them...".

Wave the Flag of our Nation, but know why it is important and teach your children why we respect the Flag and all it represents.  Let them know what it represents.  Let us honor those who have served or are serving in our military, as they are the first line of defense against foreign invaders.  They risk their lives ensuring the freedoms we have remain intact, and they do it at great peril to themselves.  My brother's death in the field of battle was part of the price that ensuring our freedoms has cost.  This Nation, from the beginning has paid a steep price for that freedom and that price unfortunately, is not done being paid.  Thank a Veteran, and then do your part.  We cannot let our freedoms be traded away or simply taken for the "greater good".  Hitler disarmed the German citizenry "for their own good", right before he started rounding up Jews and political or otherwise outspoken opponents to his Nazi party.

In Jefferson's list of grievances, part of what was put in the final document is as follows, and should make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.  And yet we do nothing.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspendedin their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend them.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF FATIGUING THEM INTO COMPIANCE WITH HIS MEASURES.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat our substance.

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.

For imposing taxes upon us without our consent.

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valued Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.

For suspending our Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

We the People have let down our forefathers and all that they have died for if we continue to let our freedoms become eroded away, a little piece at a time, until we are but pawns once again, complaining of the chains that hold us down.

On this the 4th of July, let us remember why we celebrate.  Let us take the time to read the Declaration of Independence together.  Discuss as families, friends and acquaintances, the importance of this document and the rest of the fonding documents, then, now, and in our children's future.  We have come a long way towards living up to the promise of the declaration.  We need to turn back the federal leviathan and shrink its bite.  This will take courageous men and women stepping up and doing their part, and then relinquishing the intoxicating power that has corrupted what seems to be at least a majority of our elected officials.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence - "mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred honor."

Will you sign with the original signers?

Print and sign, and then print copies for your friends and family.
I, as one of We, the People of the
United States, affirm that I have read
]or will read our U.S. Constitution and
Pledge to maintain and promote its
standard of liberty for myself and for
my posterity, and do hereby attest to
that by my signature


George Washington               

George Washington, Witness

The links to the Declaration and the Constitution of the United States are on the left of this post.


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