Thoughts About Independence Day

I used to take the annual celebration of the 4th of July for granted. It never occurred to me that the United States of America might one day be lost. Our people have lost their Judeo-Christian foundation, thus opening the door to an extreme makeover that would leave us under the domination of a philosophy that would destroy our American and Christian heritage. Over the last several years, the horrifying changes that have taken place in the land of the free have moved us ever closer to a land dominated by evil.

So on this Independence Day, I think it is important to remember where we came from…

Excerpt of the Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620

“In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honour of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”

Excerpt of The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
(Unanimously approved by the thirteen United States of America which consisted of New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts-Bay, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey.)

“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.

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. 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 of 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 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. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present Kind of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.”

These serve to remind us that we as a people have come out of bondage into the precious tenets of liberty. These people had experienced bondage, and chose another way. They chose to unite as a republic.

What is a republic?
It is characterized by a government of the people, rather than a monarch or hereditary head of state. The people have the supreme rule over the land exercised by their vote and through their elected representatives.

Excerpt of the Constitution of the United States

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Our independence came at great cost. People were willing to stand for this just cause and to ensure its perpetuation to this time. Will our generation be the one to allow our liberty to slip away? This is a question each generation must decide.

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