Restore America? Remember the Founders, return to principles

July 5, 2015

A long way from that day in 1776

39 years ago this past week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 56 colonists varying in age from 26 (Edward Rutledge) to 70 (Benjamin Franklin) affirmed their support for a document that would mean their death if caught by the King’s forces.

Not yet even 35 years of age, the author of that document, Thomas Jefferson would pen some of the most immortal words in human history:

“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 idea that government power rest not in the government itself but with the people “granting” said government went against every “established” academic thought of the day.

It was bold, it was brash, it was purely American.

I have no doubt that on some things, (the abolishment of slavery, equality for women, the incomprehensible improvement to human life America has contributed to the world) those signers would be proud and pleased.

I also have no doubt that the breadth and scope of today’s federal government and its reaches into every aspect of American life would be just as abhorrent to the Founders in our time as King George’s edicts were to them in theirs.

And while these men were by no means saints, the ease with which the executive branch today disrespects the truth to gain power would have them absolutely livid.

“If you like your plan you can keep your plan” is perfectly acceptable because it moves us closer to nationalized health-care and the power and control such brings over each and every life.

Same with the myth of “97 percent of scientists agree on climate change”. As long as the lie is believed by just enough of the masses it edges the government one step closer to total control over energy production and use. Never mind the millions upon millions of poor who are harmed the most, the dogma must be followed.

Promising prosperity by stealing trillions from our children? A stroke of genius. The votes will come today, the power will flow today, and those who perpetrated the crime will never have to pay but even a dime in restitution.

There are over two dozen specific grievances against the King in the original Declaration of Independence. Anyone doubt that those men in Philadelphia would need no more than a single morning to prepare a list at least that long against the usurping of liberty and encroachment upon freedom being perpetrated on the American people today?

That the America they founded has become so untethered to the tenants of limited government, the rule of law, and an acceptance across society that it’s fundamental rights come from their Creator and not their government, would either leave those signers speechless or have them drafting a new Declaration against the Kings and Queens of D.C. (I’ll take “new Declaration” for $500, Alex)

Jefferson’s masterpiece ends with: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

If America is to fix the problems we have made for ourselves, we don’t need more government, we don’t need more benefits.

We only need more citizens mutually pledging to restore America to her founding principles than we have ideologues hell bent on tearing her down.

It was done once, don’t tell me it can’t be done again.

Is, “that was a one and done in a time long ago” the legacy we leave for our children?

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the July 5, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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