Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Declaration of Independence Day!

Some call today "Independence Day", while others call it "The Fourth of July". Some "Independence Day" people get mad when other people call today "The Fourth of July", and I agree, somewhat. You call Dec. 25 "Christmas Day", not "The Twenty-Fifth of December" when you think of the Birth of Jesus; you call Oct. 31 "Halloween", not "The Thirty-First of October" when you think of ghosts and goblins; you call Feb. 14 "Valentine's Day", not "The Fourteenth of February" when you think of your sweetheart; you call Jan. 1 "New Year's Day", not "The First of January" when you start off the year. The 25th of Dec., the 31 of Oct., the 14th of Feb., the 1st of Jan., and, yes, the 4th of July is just a day in a year, like the 8th of June, or the 19th of November.

Except for Christmas, I can't think of a more stronger holiday to celebrate what the holiday is known for than Independence Day. Independence Day makes me, as well as you, think of the independence of the individual; how the British (i.e., future American) colonies separated from Great Britain to form the United States of America, a truly free and independent country. It makes me of one king (King George III) transformed to a population of kings and queens, as Michael Badnarik's book teaches. Independence Day indirectly makes me think of the freedom we have (or had).

Then, I started to think: the birth of our country until the end of the 19th century, America was a free country. But during the 20th century, our freedoms have been slipping away from the people. Now, the freedom we have in the beginning of the 19th century, as compared to the freedom we have now is like a Ferrari versus a Yugo. In other words, we have little freedom now versus a century ago.

Also, at the beginning of the 19th century, America was independent--America was sovereign. We went to trade with other countries, but kept to itself when it comes to foreign intervention. Thomas Jefferson said it best: "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." Now, America is dependent on the UN, NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, and the most urgent, the North American Union and the amero, like the European Union and the euro the Europeans have right now. That's why we call it "The Fourth of July"; the government call it "The Fourth" because they don't want you to know the history behind America, and the people are sheep and took intrusions blindly.

I would rather have called the holiday "Declaration of Independence Day". That famous document was the granddaddy of all the following documents. It formed the outline for the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. That document, dated July 4, 1776, called for the separation between the United States and Great Britain. That document gave birth to our country.

If you read the document carefully (and I encourage you to read the founding documents every Declaration of Independence Day), you will notice a particular viewpoint from Jefferson:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or 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, shall dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly and 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. 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 Governments, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

It's a majority of the 2nd paragraph, and that's what is happening to the colonists before and during the American Revolutionary War. It's also what is happening to the people of America today, even though it is disguised as "freedom" and "liberty" (sic). Americans today think that America means "the land of liberty", and "liberty" means "liberty within our government". However, Jefferson views people/government as a boxing match, where one corner is the people, and the opposite corner is the government. As for freedom, Jefferson said, "When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." When a group of 21st century patriots wants to tell the government something it is doing wrong (like guns, taxes, and the Federal Reserve), that government will give a vague answer which doesn't answer the question. Deja vu?

"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."

When a "form of government becomes destructive", it is up to the people to take control. In fact, Jefferson expected a rebellion every twenty years or so in his "Tree of Liberty" speech!

Like the colonists, do you want to start a new form of government?

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