WE HAVE JUST CELEBRATED PATRIOT’S DAY AND AROUND THE CORNER IS 4th OF JULY
In President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address he stated: “Our Fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation.” Ours is a country born out of the hearts and minds of a people with a burning desire to be free. This nation was created by these men and women who left the bondage of rulers, battled the oceans, wilderness, Indians and hardships to bring forth this new Nation. They invented this Nation.
Who brought forth and invented France, Germany or England? They seem to have always been there, evolving in history. We in this country are so fortunate to have the opportunity of knowing the history of our Country and how it all began and Why. We know the names, places, conditions and how Freedom was born out of a people who fought and settled in a new country.
Then gathered and brought forth written documents stating their position, beliefs, hopes and intention. The Declaration of Independence, a forerunner to the Constitution, is the greatest document man has ever devised. A Constitional Convention was held, where the people set up their own government, for their Liberty and Happiness. A preamble to the Constitution, summed up its purpose.
George Washington was elected as first president, and took the oath of office on the balcony of the old city hall in New York. The Secretary of the Senate took the Bible, raised it up and Washington stooped and kissed the Bible after taking the oath of office
His first speech as President, his Inaugural Address, not only inaugurated himself but a new Nation. Two points in his speech are worth remembering. He appealed to “that Almighty Being who rules the Universe, that, His benediction may consecrate to the Liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a government instituted by themselves for their essential purposes.”
The second point in his speech said, “The preservation of the sacred fire of Liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered, perhaps as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiments, intrusted to the hands of the American People.”
Philosophically, his words are as true today as the day he spoke them, but in reality this nation has strayed far away from the original intent of his words and the meaning of this new form of government. In a nutshell the original meaning was all about individual Freedom and private property ownership.
The intrusion by a centralized power has so greatly reduced those two things, our way of life today is hardly recognizable as a way of life emanating from the original intention of the founding fathers.
The contractual agreements emanating from the minds, work, speeches, and documents of those who created this new government have been broken and violated.
From thirteen Colonies and thirteen States, came the United States. The States Rights were set forth in the Constitution. Last year during the long Presidential campaign, rattling hundreds of speeches, not once did I hear one mention States Rights. Nor have I heard it rarely mentioned since. It’s now all about a powerful centralized government in Washington.
Current events and recent history indicates, the powers designated to the people in the Constitution and to the States have been so diminished and overshadowed by the powers that be in Washington, we are in the stages of a forerunner to a totalitarian state.
In my next article I will discuss further, the validity of contractual agreements specifically, plus the Constitutional amendment on “involuntary servitude.”
LET FREEDOM RING