“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.“
–The Declaration of Independence, (paragraph 2)
It goes on to say that men are “…more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable…” than to abolish the government that they themselves have set up and are accustomed to.
BUT it says when “a long train of abuses and usurpations” is leading to absolute despotism “… it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security.”
They say history repeats itself. Just as the Declaration of Independence was written in response to the King of Great Britain attempting to bring tyranny to the colonies and states of a new America, it acknowledges the “repeated injuries and usurpations” that constrained “… them to alter their former systems of government” and the Constitution was written to prevent that very thing from ever happening.
But it is happening, again, much of the time from within our own government. “Abuses and usurpations” seem to be have become the standard operating procedure for many government agencies (IRS, FBI, BLM, NSA, etc.), and free people are suffering for it, and I dare say, are getting tired of it. Elected officials are too often self-promoting and self-indulging, ignoring the needs and wishes of their constituents, and abandoning their pledge to support America and the Constitution. That’s a small step away from Socialism, and Socialism is Tyranny.
Our Congress is full of clones of “the King of Great Britain” in their working and attitude of accomplishing their own agenda, either collectively or individually. The Declaration said the King “refused to assent” to laws which were the “most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
Among other things, the King “…obstructed the administration of justice… made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices… erected a multitude of new [government] offices…” And of course the constant levy of taxes on just about everything.
Any of that sound familiar?
As bad as our government seems to be, anyone with any reason and common sense does not want to overthrow the government, but rather reform it back to the government it should be—for the people, by the people. Unfortunately, elected officials, voted into office by the people, may or may not be in touch with their voters after taking office.
We should always take the opportunity to speak up for America and rebut the bad actors who are the nay-sayers and the whiners and the snowflakes who don’t understand the blessing of true Freedom even while they benefit from it.
And for those I now call the Silent Majority of Conservatives and Christians who just shake their heads and say “it’s a sign of the times” without speaking out, remember your silence when you lose your Freedom.
Then it will be to late.