Words from the founding fathers – 7.01.10
Posted: Friday, July 2, 2010 1:14 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist
With the 4th of July just a few days away, I thought it fitting to take quotes from The Declaration of Independence.
“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.”
It is time for us as voters to dissolve our allegiance to any one party. Each party has parts of it that have been hijacked by radicals and liberals. A 2010 Gallup Poll says that 42 percent of Americans consider themselves to be conservative, 35 percent moderate, and 20 percent liberal. How can 20 percent be dictating to the rest of us what goes on in our government – by people voting for party and not someone who shares their values.
“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.”
These truths that God has given us are “unalienable” – those rights that cannot be surrendered, sold or transferred to someone else. Yet today there are elements of these rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that are being taken, surrendered, even transferred. There are those in our government that hate the capitalist system and all that it affords us in pursuing our own rights and 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 to 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.”
The order has become distorted. The government is supposed to get their powers only by our consent. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t give my consent for TARP, stimulus packages, bailouts, health care, government takeover of companies, plus upcoming Cap & Trade and Financial Reform.
It is up to us to abolish this destructive direction that we are headed down. It’s time to reorganize our powers back to their original intent so as to secure our safety and happiness, and the same for our posterity.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, 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.”
We have been headed down this road for a number of years. It has been slow and has happened little by little. Nikita Khrushchev said, “We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism.”
With the number of those in this administration that have espoused communist, socialist, and Marxist views, no wonder we are on the long black train to abuses and usurpations. It is our “duty to throw off” this mess that we find ourselves in so we can provide for our future security, our children.
As you enjoy your 4th of July, stop and consider the reason you can enjoy all that you have and the hope to improve your life as you see fit. Look in the eyes of your children and grandchildren. What will be their future? Their future is in our hands today.
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