Driving home from the Y today, I was listening to Chris Baker, in for Glenn Beck on the radio, saying that he wasn’t in the mood for celebrating Independence Day because to him we are already sliding down the slippery slope to subjugation, tyranny and dependence. I see it, too and it saddens me, so I thought I’d post a collection of things this year that seem significant.
First is a quote from Colonel R. B. Thieme, Jr, in his book, Follow the Colors:
“The American War for Independence, erroneously known as the Revolutionary War, was not a revolution but a fight against tyranny based on the principles of the rights of the individual to protect his life, liberty and property…”
This is from the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
And the following are selected Amendments from the Bill of Rights (emphasis mine):
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Amendments 1, 2, 4, 9 and 10. I think in our day every one of these is being bent and challenged, if not outright broken. But it’s good to be reminded of the freedom our Constitution has guaranteed us for the last 230 years or so.
Given the hooplah about Michael Jackson’s death, the hold of the cult of celebrity has on our culture, particularly our young people, (I noted that a poll on top celebrity in the world named Barak Obama as #1, the first time a US President has ever held that position), given the sorry state of our nation’s public schooling, where not only discipline, self-control and the principle of self-induced misery (or suffering the consequences of one’s own bad decisions) have gone out with logic, reason, and the actual facts of history… was it that good of an idea to lower the vote to 18???
Maybe it wouldn’t matter. I kind of think it wouldn’t. The ailment our great nation suffers is not the result of people being too young, but people being too self-absorbed, too obsessed with their comforts, pleasures, games and personal goals to understand the actual issues or even wish to.