Have we lost the meaning of July 4th, 1776

The Birth of Freedom

 On the July 4th we will celebrate the birth of this nation when Jefferson’s document of Independence was adopted. Although few of them signed it that day, in the end 56 men committed themselves to ending the tyranny of England on the colonies. They risked their own lives by signing the document, we call them the founders, patriots but had we lost all would have been considered traitors. They risked everything, unlike politicians of today who risk little and gain much from their time in Washington. Would any of them pledge their life or fortune and their sacred honor for freedom. This day isn’t just about fireworks or picnics, it’s about freedom and the brave men who stood up to Tyranny that day in Philadelphia. What would the founders think of our current form of federal government?

A government which has grown beyond the control of the people many believe, one that is placing too much burden on its citizens. One that for safety passes a bill to spy on Americans, a drone program that killed an American without a trial and his sixteen year old son. That it refuses to protect a border that brings in illegal drugs, aliens and anyone’s guess at what else crosses. However if you go to the airport, no matter if your 3 or 103 you can be poked and prodded for security reasons. A government now ordering you to buy a product or be punished, that unelected bureaucrats make up rules in agencies that congress has given away its power to. To a personal income tax system that violates your rights to keep what you earn, to a social security program that dictates you must save and on it goes.

Is this Freedom?

 Would Thomas Jefferson be speaking of a new declaration of independence, he gave us that right in the first one. He, along with the other signers clearly understood about government being the enemy of free people, we see this now on all levels of government. Their power was granted by us and now we have lost it, this two-party system plays games with your freedom everyday. The saddest part is most don’t understand what’s going on, don’t care and get voting advice from talking heads on TV. Ask many to name their Senators or what congressman represents them, many won’t know or get them wrong. We need change, we need a government working for all the people and not the few. Jefferson’s opening paragraph, hopefully it will never come to this.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Have a Happy 4th of July

Blaine A Dunning

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2 Responses to Have we lost the meaning of July 4th, 1776

  1. Good stuff, Blaine, as always. Very timely, too.

    Hope you and yours have a great 4th: we all could use one right now.

    • blained13 says:

      Same to you, We always have an interesting 4th because my sister was born on the 4th and my grandparents are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary.

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