Liberty !

“When in the Course of human events,” so begins the greatest document ever written.

  Now some will hold up the U.S. Constitution as being more important, and while I hold the Constitution in high regard, it would not have been possible, without the courage it took to declare independence. We most remember that the men who gathered together to draft and ratify that declaration were putting their homes and families and their very lives at risk.

  I believe that the hand of God was guiding them, and had given  Mr. Jefferson a very special gift. It was through this document that they expressed their feeling about being ruled by a King from across an ocean.

  In 1776 the Colonies were on the verge of revolution, they decided that Liberty was worth any risk, even death. They chose to ” dissolve the political bands”, 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”.

  They fought The Revolutionary War to separate the Colonies from the King across the ocean. They fought and defeated the most powerful military force of its time to do so. They had the courage of their convictions and held to the principles written in the Declaration.

  Since that time this great nation has been challenged by many trials.

  In 1812, we once again fought England to a stand still. This time to preserve our sovereignty.

  In 1861, we fought amongst ourselves to preserve the Union.

  We have fought on foreign soil to preserve Liberty for like-minded people. To defeat those who would rob Liberty from the world.

  We as a nation, over history, have been the beacon of Liberty. We have been the “Great American Experiment”. At times it has been doubtful whether we would succeed. But through all of the trials we have pulled together as a nation to move forward.

 There have been many times when we did not agree as a nation on how best to proceed. There will always be dissenting voices, that cry out that we are mislead, that we are on the verge of failure and that the Republic cannot survive.

  The great Depression was such a time. The Vietnam War era was such a time. We are currently in such a time.

  Today in this nation, on the 234th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, we as a nation, may be divided in a way that we have not been since the Civil War. I am not saying that we are on the verge of armed conflict, but the people of this nation have wildly differing views on how the country should move forward.

  Unlike the times when we have come together as a nation to stave off enemies from without, we are now facing enemies from within. There goals are to fundamentally change the very fabric of our Republic. They are attempting to alter our economic system of capitalism by subverting our individual rights of choice. They are using class warfare to pit one sociological class against another, they constantly cry racism in order to create hatred between those who should be working together for the good of all. They attack those of us who believe that we are guided still by God, so that by ridiculing faith, they can discourage others from following. For when we have a faith in a higher power than government, we can recognize the failings of government.

  Historically it has been easy, to draw together the people of this nation, to fight against enemies from without. It has been a badge of courage for our nation to defend Liberty around the world. It is harder to convince the people, that their rightly elected government may actually be motivated to destroy the “Great American Experiment” and to replace it with some form of ruling political class of people who see themselves as the chosen few.

  This nation was founded on the idea that, “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.”

  This nation has survived for these 234 years, because for the most part we have held true to these principles. The question becomes today as it has in the past, can we survive this latest challenge to our Liberty? Can we as a nation see the danger of our current course? Can we throw back the attempts to tear down that which was started on July 4, 1776.

  In Thomas Jefferson’s first  Inaugural Address he put it this way,

 “These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civil instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

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3 Responses to “Liberty !”

  1. Bill Says:

    Frank,one of the things we can perhaps correlate between what you said on the various trials that we as a nation have faced over the years is not only the attack on founding principles of our great country but also the attacks on Christianity.
    Why is Christianity being attacked? Because it’s a global world and since the USA is,and will remain,the greatest country in the world.
    Let’s look at the assault on the catholic church. Of course the predators and molesters were weeded out,the church did admit culpability on covering up it’s error. I agree the the church did a miscarriage of justice in these cases and in the wake of past actions, horrendous!
    The church, as Christianity,has survived for thousands of years and will continue to do so. So that brings me back to our country’s survival. It will continue to be under attack not only from outside influences but from within as well. The left wingers,the socialists,Marxists and all the lunatics that are trying to bring down this country WILL fail and we will overcome these sinister forces!
    I agree there is a “civil war” not armed conflict,of course, but the one that our current legislators are waging against our very freedoms that they DON’T seem to care about.
    We are now in a “revolution” to remove all of these lawmakers that aren’t listening to the people. This July 4 makes us all, and checking the “pulse” of the people, more aware of what is taking place.
    The Tea Party Movement,who the lawmakers think aren’t for real;The 9-12 Delaware Patriots and numerous grassroots movements that are sprouting up around the country.
    The liberals and leftists think this is all a passing fad, it’s not for real etc. But it isn’t! We will speak in November!
    Our nation is 234 years old today and we will ensure it will remain another 234 years.
    Happy birthday,USA!

  2. frankknotts Says:

    Bill, your point about faith is exactly why I wrote,”For when we have a faith in a higher power than government, we can recognize the failings of government.” Those in power would have us believe they are infallible, some even act as if they think they are god like. But there is only one God, and those who would attack his followers will pay the price upon judgement day.

  3. Bill Says:

    Thanks,Frank for the post. I am voting for Christine O’Donnell for Senate because of her stance on God and family.
    I’m not an overly religious person as I should attend church more regularly than I do but my underlying principles will always remain God first.
    The founding fathers,the genuses that they were, said we are all entitled to freedom by our Creator.
    We all know when judgement day comes are we prepared to answer to God on what we did on this earth to further His commandments?
    That’s up to us. Do I think these people in Washington are evil? I doubt it only that they are misguided and don’t follow teachings meant to keep us on the straight and narrow.
    The breakdown of morality that’s so evident in Hollywood,the attacks on family,high divorce rate shows that we are off course.
    I don’t want to sound pessimistic but it’s a challenge to right wrongs that were done in the past.
    It took us a while to get to this point and it will take some time to get back to the right heading.
    I keep my spirits up on a daily basis because America WILL come back!!
    We will not go silently into the night!!!!!!!!!!!

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