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This Thursday we will be celebrating Independence Day. Many will refer to it as the 4th of July, but that’s just a date on the calendar. It is a federal holiday, so many people will have the day off from work. There will be barbeques, fireworks (although fewer due to budget problems on the state and local levels and sequestration cuts on the federal level), sales at stores and just people getting together to party. Most only have a glimmer of an idea of exactly what they are celebrating.

On 4 July, 1776, 237 years ago, the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was brought before and approved by the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The document laid out the case for why it was necessary to separate from Britain and become a sovereign nation. It articulates the fundamental ideas behind the American nation; that they held “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”. The preamble of the document goes on to describe the endeavors to abide by British rule although, ultimately, the history of the ruler, King George III “is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations” providing for absolute Tyranny. The Declaration goes on to demonstrate 27 grievances against the British king, from colonists being forced to house British troops in their homes to raising taxation without representation to exciting domestic insurrections amongst colonists. In conclusion, the Declaration of Independence declared King George III a tyrant, unfit to rule free men, therefore the Congress needed to declare the American colonies free and independent States.

Although the Continental Congress had actually voted to declare independence two days previously, on the 2nd of July, and the document was accepted by the Second Continental Congress on the 4th, final approval came from the New York Convention on the 9th of July. The Declaration of Independence was finally signed 2 August, 1776 by 56 delegates, Dr. Benjamin Franklin first among them.Two others chose not to sign the document, one holding out hope for reconciliation with Britain and another thinking the time was too early.

The men who signed the founding document of the American political tradition know they were signing a confession of treason against the British government, at that time, their own government. Despite this, they “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” The signers believed in the divine Providence for their protection. Although fearful for their lives, they were all aware of the importance of what they were doing. Five of them were captured by the British and tortured before they died.

The Declaration and the revolution that followed gave the new American nation the ability to create the United States Constitution. It created a government of the People, by the People and for the People. After America had won its independence and the Founding Fathers set about creating the form of government to be used, someone asked Benjamin Franklin what form of government they had chosen. Franklin replied,” A Republic, if you can keep it.” I fear we are not doing enough to keep the Republic. While looking at the grievances against King George III, I thought there were at least seven of them committed by the current inhabitant of the White House.

This Thursday, Independence Day, I ask that you set aside a few minutes to read the Declaration of Independence. Read it to your children, because they probably don’t learn much about it in the schools. Give thought for what it means, both in history and in your life today. It remains one of the greatest documents in history.



By way of a disclaimer, I didn’t watch the inaugural speech. I heard some excerpts on the few news channels I watched last night. However, I did read the full transcript of the speech. Reading the speech is bad enough, but having to watch Barack Obama’s arrogant mannerisms while delivering it are more than my digestive system can tolerate. That being said, this speech trampled every one of the Bill of Rights, save only for the quartering of soldiers.

In a speech that used the phrase, We, the People, no less than five times, he thumbed his nose at the freedom of speech of the 1st Amendment and the militias of the 2nd Amendment. His actions, paired with those who were misguided enough to vote for the National Defense Authorization Act continue to trample the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Amendments. The 9th Amendment,which has been misused by administrations to remove some “rights” while protecting others, will be further manipulated to extend more abortion rights and gay rights by this administration. As for the 10th Amendment, as long as Obama believes that massive federal government makes all the rules, the states will not take a back seat; they’ll miss the whole car! At best, they’ll just be sued, like Arizona.

This speech advocated for more of what We, the People have had for the last four years, only more aggressively. It calls for green energy, gay marriage, more government handouts and stricter gun control (if not confiscation), while failing to mention the 22 million unemployed, the $16.48 trillion national debt or the declining consumer confidence. It mentions the high cost of health care, which was supposed to go down with Obamacare. It dredges up bridges and infrastructure which the stimulus was supposed to counter.

This speech was nothing more than a compilation of excerpts from every speech that Obama has given over the last five years. It calls for higher taxes from the rich, defined as anyone who gets a check. It calls for the further avoidance of cuts to the entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare, the driving forces behind out debt. It calls for the gutting of the military, at the same time China, Iran and North Africa are preparing for war. The speech calls for more spending, even as we borrow 46 cents for every dollar we spend.

In the real world, you can only borrow as long as creditors have the confidence they will be paid back. China is already hinting at a debt for land deal. That doesn’t seem to me to be anything in our best interests. The only way to avoid this is to stop spending and pass a balanced budget amendment. That’s not the direction this speech takes us.

Various United Nations programs, such as Agenda 21 (yes, it IS real), the Small Arms Treaty and the Laws of the Seas Treaty have been looked at favorably by this administration. In reality, it is nothing but a surrender of this nation’s sovereignty. that must be stopped! That’s not the direction this speech takes us.

Throughout this speech, the president implies the Founding Fathers would agree with his agenda were they alive today. Thomas Jefferson said,” The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it always to be kept alive.” It doesn’t sound much like an agreement to me. I think Jefferson had the right idea.

Summer is almost over and Labor Day is past. By most measures, we are in the middle of election season. Although many of us have been paying attention to politics for quite a while, experts say many people notice politics after Labor Day and with the start of the conventions. Well, the Republican Convention is over and the first night of the Democratic Convention is past. So, We the People need to pay attention!

I read through the Democratic Platform yesterday afternoon with interest. What it contained was mostly predictable. I was dumbfounded by what wasn’t in the platform. For the first time, there was NO mention of the Creator, God. It was there numerous times in 2008, as well as 2004 and every time prior to that. The platform of the Democratic National Committee never mentions God throughout the forty pages. Never, not once.

Now, before I get pounced on, I’m sure there are many people of faith in the Democratic Party! That being said, I have to ask why did the writers of the platform not mention God? Could it have been an over sight? No, I believe it was very intentional. In an interview, Dick Durbin basically called the Creator “a foible”. He never said anything about the omission being a mistake.

The “social” agenda of this administration these last four years leaves no room for the mention of God in the platform.  The Democratic Party offers the first formal support for same-sex marriage, kicking Defense of Marriage Act to the curb. They demand continued tax-payer funding of abortion as well as birth control. Religious liberty, so prominently mentioned in the Republican platform, continues to be ignored in the Democratic one, as the government shows churches how to get around their beliefs to appease them.

The turning of the back of the Democratic Party to God should have those people of faith wondering if there is room the party for them or have the progressive liberals in the party hijacked the party from them. What is next? Could this be a prelude to the complete abandonment of religious freedom?

Also missing from the Democratic platform is any mention of the city of Jerusalem. Again, it has always been there before. It has always been mentioned as the capital of Israel, but no longer. There is no mention of sanctions against Hamas. Obama has made the claim that Israel has no stronger Allie than the United States, but lately, little evidence remains. Obama has recently approved $194 million to the Palestinian Authority and implied that there will be a Palestinian state. Those who stand with Israel should remember the failure of the Obama administration to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

These refusals to acknowledge God should have the religious people concerned. The refusal of the Democratic Party to remain faithful to the ONLY Allie the United States has in the Middle East should have Jewish Americans very alarmed. The question remains how can a Christian or Jewish Democrat vote for a politician who stands on that platform? How could they vote for Obama?