While July 4th has special meaning for Americans, our Independence Day celebrates the concept of the sovereign individual, a world view and an ideal that extends far beyond our borders.
For centuries, man was ruled by autocrats and despots who owned everything and everyone, controlled all property, and had the authority to dictate the course of events in their realm. Common man eked out his sparse existence with the constant anxiety of an uncertain future. No part of his day to day life was secure or safe from the whims of the monarch who controlled his fate.
The Declaration of Independence, by far the most important of our founding documents, ousted the ruling elite from their positions of power and destroyed the pedestals that supported their thrones. This document declares the sovereignty of the individual, outlines the Natural Law Rights that belong to each of us by dint of our birth, summarizes the grievances against the British Crown, justifies separation from the mother country, and sets out the proper place for government as the servant of the people.
It is generally acknowledged that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence between June 11 and June 28, 1776, after having been appointed by the Second Continental Congress to write a first draft for their consideration. The principle of individual liberty as an ideal was a hot topic on the lips and the minds of many patriots in the colonies, instigated by the writings and speeches of John Locke, Thomas Paine, John Adams, and others who sought freedom from the tyranny of the British parliament and their ruling monarch.
What the colonists proposed to do was in no way unprecedented. The history of mankind is filled with examples in which factions have been forced by circumstances, positive or negative, to break away from their original group and form a new entity with different alliances. Moreover, that new entity is entitled by the laws of nature and by God to seek and be granted a status equal to that of the group from which they separated.
Herein lies the basic philosophy of our Constitution. Citizens voluntarily band together and give limited power to a governmental entity allowing it to perform specific designated actions that are most efficiently carried out with a single voice for the benefit of all. Government does not have inherent power, only that which is voluntarily given to it by free sovereign individuals. Since the “gift of power” is given by self-determination and not by compulsion, that consent may be withdrawn for cause and “re-gifted” to a different entity that will protect and secure the Natural Law Rights of the citizens.
We the people have the right to learn from our mistakes and correct them by improving the conditions under which we live and restructuring the rules by which we are voluntarily governed.
The conclusion of the Declaration of Independence is definitive and clear:
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do . . .
In fully understanding the personal risk, the signers of the Declaration of Independence took a mutual pledge to bind themselves to each other and to the colonists they represent.
Without a pledge, any declaration has neither meaning or teeth. The signers knew that war with Great Britain was now inevitable and they were themselves in great danger. Nevertheless, relying on the “protection of divine Providence,” they signed what was to become one of our most cherished and meaningful founding documents, the Declaration of Independence.
Now, two-hundred-forty-three years after the Declaration of Independence was written, we are facing the most challenging and nation-threatening crisis in our history. I have written and spoken about this many times in the past on Freedom Forum Radio and on my website Dr. Dan’s Freedom Forum. I urge you to visit my website, read articles and listen to my podcast with commentary on this subject, especially my post “The War of Coastal Aggression” and “The Genius and Necessity of the Electoral College”.
We are facing our second Civil War and all the marbles are on the table.
Following is an incredible essay on this subject. There is some dispute about the author, so I will pay attribution to both men. This article represents a combination of the speech given by Daniel Greenfield at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in 2018 and the written words of Jack Minzey, a joint effort completed separately by two authors during the spring of 2018.
Regardless of which words can be attributed to a specific author, the information, meaning, and dire implications of the message cannot be ignored.
Civil War: How do civil wars happen?
Dr. Jack Devere Minzey *
Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge. That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war.
The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here.
What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections. That’s a civil war.
There’s no shooting, at least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.
This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement. You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship.
Your very own dictatorship.
The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to Democrats, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate. The Democrats lost Congress. They lost the White House. So what did they do? They began trying to run the country through Federal judges and bureaucrats. Every time that a Federal judge issues an order saying that the President of the United States can’t scratch his own back without the judge’s say so, that’s the civil war.
Our system of government is based on the constitution, but that’s not the system that runs this country. The Democrat’s system is that any part of government that it runs gets total and unlimited power over the country.
If the Democrats are in the White House, then the president can do anything. And I mean anything. He can have his own amnesty for illegal aliens. He can fine you for not having health insurance. He can use the IRS as his own police force and imprison citizens who speak against him. He can provide guns and money (Fast and Furious) (Iran nuclear deal) to other countries to support his own agenda, and watch while one of America’s Ambassador’s is dragged through the streets and murdered doing nothing to aid our citizens. His power is unlimited. He’s a
But when Republicans get into the White House, suddenly the President can’t do anything. He isn’t even allowed to undo the illegal alien amnesty that his predecessor illegally invented. A Democrat in the White House has ‘discretion’ to completely decide every aspect of immigration policy. A Republican doesn’t even have the ‘discretion’ to reverse him. That’s how the game is played. That’s how our country is run. Sad but true, although the left hasn’t yet won that particular fight.
When a Democrat is in the White House, states aren’t even allowed to enforce immigration law. But when a Republican is in the White House, states can create their own immigration laws. Under Obama, a state wasn’t allowed to go to the bathroom without asking permission. But under Trump, Jerry Brown can go around saying that California is an independent republic and sign treaties with other countries. The Constitution has something to say about that.
Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.
Donald Trump has caused the Shadow Government to come out of hiding.
Professional government is a guild, just like medieval guilds. You can’t serve in if you’re not a member, if you haven’t been indoctrinated into its arcane rituals, and if you aren’t in the club. And Trump isn’t in the club. He brought in with him a bunch of people who also aren’t in the club.
Now we’re seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them.
They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail.
They use the tools of power to bring them down.
That’s not a free country.
It’s not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump winning the election. It’s not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition. It’s not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban from social media the conservative media that supported him. It’s not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn’t supposed to win did.
Have no doubt. We’re in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and a leftist Democrat professional government.
In closing, I, Dr. Dan, will issue my own personal challenge to all of you.
As it was in 1776 with our founders, it is gut-check time for each of us. The battle lines have been drawn, and a deep chasm of disagreement divides our nation. On our side We the People stand – Guardians of the Constitution – with the firm knowledge that the rule of law prescribed by the framers of that document is the only real hope to remain free sovereign citizens of a great nation.
On the other side of the canyon stands our enemy. They are the arrogant elitists of the world, the oligarchs, who believe that only they have the wisdom to rule planet Earth according to their tyrannical socialist world view. They know what is best for all of us, and they are supported by lemmings of their own creation, the “useful idiots” of our era from whom the ability to think and reason logically have been erased by years of brainwashing in government schools and who have been taught that everything they desire will be free in the promised utopia.
How sad that it has come to this. Recognize that this is but another one of those cycles of history in which mankind’s weaknesses cannot be overcome even when the adverse results are proven and known to be inevitable.
And as we stand at the ready, as comrades in arms, awaiting another “shot heard round the world,” each of us must ask himself the one question that defines courage and resolve on the brink of historical decision:
What are you willing to sacrifice for freedom?
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