And Now It’s Our Turn

Posted By on May 11, 2010

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Thus began one of the most famous speeches in the history of the United States. It was by far the shortest “speech” in our history, and yet it holds sway as a collection of sayings of paramount importance. “Our fathers” – Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, et al – inaugurated something so totally unique, so completely fresh, so… dare I say it, inspired, that it has yet to be repeated. Many have attempted to emulate it, many have tried to copy it, but none have succeeded. What “our fathers” conceived has been the envy of the world, the focus of their jealousies, and – yes – a beacon to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

“Our fathers” pledged “to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.” (“our” changed to “their” for context purposes) They recognized, as so eloquently stated by Benjamin Franklin, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” They had reached a point, a nexus if you will, in time where they were past “the point of no return.” There was no turning back, no “waffling”, no second chances, and – yes – no reconciliation with the Mother Country, England.

Many of them recognized this much earlier than others. Many strove for years, and months to open the eyes of their fellow citizens to the harsh reality of the situation. Many of their countrymen failed to see, or simply tried to ignore the facts so apparent around them. Stated simply, the Parliament and the King had become tyrants, oppressors and were deaf to the pleas, petitions and cries of their fellow countrymen living in the Colonies. Parliament, Lord North and King Charles had become hardened to the political plight of the colonies, and thus ignored the declared rights of English citizens within the established decrees and declarations of the English government. They had crossed the proverbial “line in the sand” and there was no turning back.

“Our fathers” realized this was something which could not be accomplished by the power of man alone, nor could it be won by the force of arms. They were well aware of the fact they were “taking on” the most powerful nation on the Earth of their time. I cannot think of a comparable contemporary example I can use as a comparison. Dare I use the examples of the former Soviet Republics casting off the chains of oppression of the once mighty Soviet Union? The pictures of the citizens of Albania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland rising against their tyrannical communist dictators and puppet regimes to “breathe free” fall short of an adequate comparison. Yet, “our fathers” pressed on stating, “…for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence…” They were confident that Providence, God if you will, would guide their efforts and bring success to their great endeavor of freedom and the establishment of the rights of mankind in their newly formed nation.

Now it is our turn. Do…

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. (Emphases added)

Do we? No, do I? Do you? Do I/you truly believe that “governments are instituted among men” and that they derive “their powers from the consent of the governed”? If so, THEN what am I, what are WE going to do about it? We are confronted daily with a government which has not learned the lessons of the past; those of the English Parliament and King of the mid- to late 1700’s, failed to heed the cries of the citizens for the defense and upholding of their rights as English citizens, and thus sparked a “civil war” within the British Empire which began the ultimate demise of that great empire. “Our fathers” initially did not seek independence, only to be recognized for what they were – English citizens, with rights and freedoms guaranteed them, and which were being trampled by the Parliament. Today, the Congress, the Executive and the Judiciary are acting similarly. They pass, enact and uphold laws which the citizens overwhelmingly oppose. Why? “Because they know better than us, and have to protect us from ourselves.”

Do they? Their actions are bankrupting our national treasury and leaving an almost insurmountable debt to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They are driving us at breakneck speed towards the bankruptcy now witnessed in Europe, and Greece, Spain and Portugal in specific. But they arrogantly stand before the cameras of the media and declare that it can’t happen here? WHY NOT?

Dare WE hearken to the next sentence of the great Declaration of Independence?

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to 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. (Emphases added)

We must now cast off the bonds of the arrogant, elitist, statist, socialist, deaf politicians currently holding office. We must exercise our right to vote. We must raise our voices in the marketplace, in the squares, in the parks, in our homes and – yes – even in our sanctuaries from the pulpits and bemas, “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.” (from Leviticus 25:10, and cast into the Liberty Bell). We MUST, for as surely as we remain silent we will follow the path of the Weimar Republic (pre-Nazi Germany) and Czarist Russia. Silence will only lead to tyranny, oppression, destruction and oblivion. Do we wish to leave the legacy of post-World War 2 Germany, of post-communist Russia, of the French Revolution? Or, is it our desire to continue the legacy of “our fathers”?

We MUST, each of us, “…mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” We MUST commit ourselves to a faith expressed, thus, “…for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence…” And we MUST act accordingly.

Finally, listen, adhere to and act upon the closing statement of the Gettysburg Address:

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedomand that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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