Does the Fourth of July still matter? Do we, as Americans, know what the Fourth of July stands for and what it means? Does the America of the Fourth of July still exist?
I don’t ask these questions to sound provocative; I’m serious. Have most Americans forgotten or even understand what America is and what the Fourth of July means? I believe most Americans don’t know.
America is not unique in seeking independence from a tyrannical government. What is unique, is what was birthed from our fight for independence.
America arose from the idea, “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.”
Let us not be blinded by our ideals and thus shroud ourselves from our past. We have our own history of oppression and tyranny, and we have fought to correct those injustices and continue to do so. We understand this, but what most Americans don’t understand is when the Declaration of Independence says: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Simply put, we are a People with a government and not a Government with a people. Sovereignty reigns with the People, and we relinquish some of those just powers to the government, with our consent, in order to protect and secure those Rights.
The government doesn’t give us our Rights. We have Freedom of Speech regardless of the Bill of Rights.
So, what does this mean?
It means that we decide what the government can and cannot do, not the other way around.
Do you realize that the federal government is primarily limited to eighteen enumerated powers in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution, and almost everything the federal government does today is unconstitutional?
Do you know that our fiat currency and the Federal Reserve are entirely unconstitutional?
Did you know that ObamaCare and the federal government, forcing you to buy healthcare, is unconstitutional? Forcing you to buy a product is more egregious than King George III’s no taxation without representation policies.
If King George III had our US Supreme Court, he could legally tax you for not buying tea.
We have either forgotten or have never been taught these principles because of our unconstitutional Department of Education, which no longer requires the teaching of the US Constitution or civics. Additionally, our law schools teach precedent of past judicial decisions, instead of faithfully teaching the US Constitution.
America is fundamentally different from the America of 1776. Some believe conservatives mourn any change, but that is not so. We fought to end slavery, gave women and minorities the right to vote and provided equal protection under the law.
You see, these changes were virtuous because they sought to fulfill the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and fulfill the noble intent and purpose of what America should be. We should rightfully celebrate these changes.
Even though we have made great progress in some areas, we must realize that we are not the America that our forefathers envisioned.
We have allowed the government to become overbearing and tyrannical in controlling almost every aspect of our lives. The seeds of independence and the tree of liberty must be planted again.
Those of us that believe in principles that bind us together: freedom, independence, self-government, and self-determination must unite and restore our government to its constitutionally defined role. Let us seek to fulfill the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the Fourth of July and once again, become a People with a government and no longer a Government with a people.