Two hundred thirty-eight years ago tomorrow, fifty-six brave men signed a declaration, stating that the constituents they represented would no longer swear allegiance to their tyrannical king. The declaration was unheard of at the time; the British Empire had a firm grip on a huge portion of the world, through colonial rule, trade, and military power. The declaration was sure to lead to war; the kingdom could not lose the American cash cow or show weakness to other colonies. The separatists didn’t stand a chance; they were underdogs that paled in every comparison except for their dedication to the cause. Their cause was just, their motivations were selfless, their resolve was historic.
Many think of the great efforts of these fifty-six powdered-wigged patriots when they enjoy their grilled meats every July 4th. Others recall on the heroic actions of those who fought and/or died during the Revolutionary War and visions of blood-spattered Mel Gibson dance in their heads. Both are valid reasons to eat pie. But as the tide of radical Islam spreads rapidly and our government continues to fail our trust, this year is as good as any to remember “We the People.” Yes the fifty-six delegates made the bold and poetic declaration and should be given much of the credit. However, they were only politicians and their mouths would have not opened had it not been for the Americans that they represented. It was the people’s will that wrote the letter and the people that would bare the consequences of its words. The representatives did an impeccable job, standing up to tyranny. But they were not alone. Behind them was a majority that stood ready to lay down everything to put their money where their delegated mouths spoke. The people declared independence, stood up to the King, and won an unlikely war to keep that independence
We the People can do anything. In this so-called information age, the common person is as uninformed as ever. The injustices of the King and the resulting revolution was spurred through bar conversations and town hall meetings. With all of the information the world has to offer resting at our fingertips, Americans choose to keep up with Kardashians and the like. The People have been sidelined by daily mediocrities and a haze sits in front of our faces.
“all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed”
We the People have grown accustomed to a government that grows more tyrannical every day. We accept overreaches of our government, breaches of the Constitution, and the decaying of our values because they are not gross in comparison to the last overreach, breach, or decay. Progressives love to be called progressives because they wear their strategy on their name tag and no one seems to notice. It is time we pay attention to what is happening.
“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance”
“He has obstructed the Administration of Justice”
“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone”
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”
“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution”
“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
The words of our founding documents and the People they protected are what made this the greatest country on Earth. People stood up and put an end to tyranny and corruption, then created a constitution with strict separation and limitation of powers, enforcing the will of the people and the rule of law. The founding documents are still relevant, the Declaration of Independence maybe more so now than in decades past.
Back then, “He” was the tyrannical king. Today, “He” does not refer solely to the tyrant Obama, because our corrupt federal government will continue its path long after President Obama is gone. The “He” we face today is that bulbous, stinking, out of control federal mass that recreates and mutates into an uglier, more sinister cancer all the time. Wake up. Talk with your family and friends. Get informed. This is the only way to reverse our course in a prudent and peaceful way.