The celebration of the Nation's birthday sometimes gets people confused.
This day is much more than another holiday from work. It is a recognition of
who we are as a People. What it is not is a saint's day for a Government.
When the Nation and the Government are spoken in the same breath, most
believe they are interchangeable. How mistaken and easily mislead, the
public can become.
Yes, a revolution was fought to establish a Free Republic, but that was well
over two centuries ago. Articles of Confederation were formed to establish a
working relationship among sovereign States. Later a Constitution was
ratified that placed specific, distinct and enumerated limitations on the
authority to rule of a central government. Functions not named, were left to
the individual States. And finally, Bill of Rights Amendments were added and
approved that codified guarantees for the protection of the citizen from
abuses of that newly created central government.
Up to this point, who would not want to attend the party? Well, the theory
is fine; but the acting out of the play, has caused the show to be canceled.
Why was the American Revolution fought? The reason was not originally
accepted by the public that a new country was the purpose for the conflict.
Many sought to negotiate a settlement with the Crown and remain loyal
Englishmen. Only a small band raised the banner for self determination.
Tories and neutrals were in the majority. Uncertainty prevailed with the
gallows the reward for failure. The motivation to dare all was for an idea,
not a lust for power. Most of the rebellious vanguard were established
leaders and held authority within their circles. But they risked their
sacred honor, more precious than their lives for the sake of LIBERTY.
Out of this caldron of fire, the world witnessed the first attempt to create
a society that could be governed by principles of constitutional law, as
opposed to EQUITY at the discretion of the magistrate. That was the 'shot
heard round the world'. Those first slugs at Concord bridge were the
aftermath. This is the singular significance of the American Revolution. It
was born out of the eruption and the explosion that caused the demise of the
So what went wrong? For those who doubt that it has gone amiss, go off to
your picnic or watch the tube. But for those who know in their heart that
the tyrant that was King George III, was a mild despot, compared to the
federal apparatus in foggy bottom; let us celebrate another anniversary. Our
festivity will not recognize the central government as its legitimate
steward, nor will we invite agents within their employ. Honored guests will
be restricted to those who understand the nature of the American Experience
and are willing to pledge their allegiance to that cause. Their Nation will
profess the principles of universal sovereignty of the individual and will
require strict limitations and comprehensive accountability upon those who
administrate the public trust. Our gathering will bear the resemblance of
our Founding Fathers home, for we are their posterity.
So when your neighbor invites you over to have a cup of English Gray,
remember your ability to smell its aroma and sip its flavor, is built upon
the debris of tea casks from that Boston Harbor soiree. America is unequaled
because its king is the individual citizen. The sheriff serves the former
serf, who is now a freeman. And the crown is worn on the head of every man.
This ideal deserves a true celebration, even if the reality has fallen so
short. Our task is to retore the goal, and institute the means to make it
genuine. If our Nation was created by men of honor, it can be reinstated
with brothers and sisters of similar courage and integrity. Are you one of
this new breed that seeks LIBERTY? Or are you content on bowing to a
dictator of a depraved empire? We all must choose! Who's birthday will you
celebrate . . . Your own as a 'son of liberty', or a master who you continue
to pay homage.
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BREAKING ALL THE RULES - 'View from the Mount
Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis
of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my
wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.