Happy Fourth of July to all Americans everywhere, but especially to those soldiers and their families who are currently sacrificing for this great nation.
This has been a special 4th of July celebration for me. My love of this country has only grown in the last decade though during that same period my country has fallen into a political abyss. Whether we as a nation of free peoples have the guts, stamina and determination to arise from that abyss, is history yet to be written. We truly live in historical times. The culmination of a hundred years of assault on the ideals and truths of The Declaration of Independence is upon us. Thomas Jefferson stated that the declaration was intended to "speak the American mind." It was meant to clearly state that the people of this country do not consider rights to be given by governments, only taken away by it. It meant that we as a people believe that any form of government that infringed on these rights was tyrannical. It meant that it was our solemn duty to shrug off such government by all means necessary and to re-establish these rights given not by Man but by our Creator.
"We hold these truths to be self evident (obvious), that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (God given) with certain unalienable rights (rights that cannot be separated from us); that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Just words. Just speeches.
The U.S. Constitution went on to add to this document our commitment to preserve the rights of the people to be free in their person and effects and that the role of the government was very limited and that all other rights were deferred to the states and to the people themselves.
And recently 4 Supreme Court justices voted to deny you one of those rights. McDonald vs. Chicago
Justices Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg and Sotomayor do not believe the Bill of Rights are 'fundamental' rights. They do not believe that, the Founders not only gave us the second amendment to protect ourselves, they specifically gave it to us to protect us 'from the government'! The Founders gave us the second amendment to protect us from Justices Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg and Sotomayor and from the politicians who would put such judges on the highest bench in the land. All of these justices are liberals.
John Adams stated that Independence should be celebrated across the land with, among other things, 'rifle shot and illuminations'. Four justices on the Supreme Court would deny you from that celebration. Make no mistake, these justices, however well-intentioned are Tyrants!
Therefore, we must celebrate this holiday with reverence and reflection, but most importantly with the knowledge that there is only one political faction that steals your rights under the Declaration and the Constitution. That faction is called many things; progressives, liberals, socialist, Marxist etc. But more often than not, the one thing they are all called; Democrats.
by: Keith D. Rodebush