Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

Well first things first. Y'all Americans should read this. I know the bulk of you have never read it unless you hit it on my blog in years passed so Declaration of Independence. You really should read the founding documents from time because your views change as you become older and gain responsibility and life experience. Even you that aren't from here should read it. It would be good to know and there are only 3 kinds of countries in the world, those who's asses we've kicked, those who's asses we've saved and those that are protected merely because of our
presence.

It is very very strange to me that people don't discuss these documents among themselves, with their families and with their children. Those of us that get to live under the blanket of freedom that this simple document started for us should definately know why, who, and how all of that is possible. There is no other country in the world that is a more coveted place to be, as easily evidenced by the 20+ million people here illegally. What other country are folks willing to leave their families and home walk across the desert and then work like hell just for a taste of the freedoms we have?

Today and this whole weekend people have watched fireworks, laid around a pool, or whatever they do and the bulk of them will not and did not discuss the reason for the holiday. Don't allow your kids to get another day older without knowing why we celebrate Independence Day. If the go to government schools it is likely they won't get the real skinny. Make them read the Declaration.

Explain to them that those people who assembled and were for becoming independent were doing so while perfectly understanding that if they did and they lost the war they would be hung. They felt like being totally free to make their own decisions, live their life, worship their God, god, not worship, or believe they came from gorillas if they would like they could. Raise their family as they wanted and pretty much be free. That is what they wanted. They wanted to be able to dream. To be able to be whatever they wanted to be. No matter if they born into money or otherwise.

All the rights afforded you, all the things you have, all the possibilities your life has, is due to the folks willing to die to fight for freedom. Folks to risk death to be free. See the problem with the people in the US today is the relative ease of their lives. We have it so easy. We are so damn apathetic, we act as a people like we don't care when we vote in leaders after they campaign on taking away our freedoms.

I have always wondered what if Thomas Jefferson, or Ben Franklin or G. Washington would say if they came back today. I wonder if they would have been willing to risk their lives and fortunes if they knew would be so complacent that we would vote away our liberties and freedom. I suspect they would vomit. I will leave you with 2 passages from the Declaration and one quote from Franklin.

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

Then the last line........

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.

Are YOU all in. Would you die for freedom or do you vote it away?

When leaving after ratifying the constitution (which you should also read) Ben Franklin was asked by a woman "What kind of government have you given us?" He replied....... " A republic madam, if you can keep it"

Was Ben smart enough to see the future or did he know people would vote their rights away out of pure sorriness, either way, if he was here today he would surely think that he had been right and that we probably weren't strong or smart enough to keep it.

Be safe, hit the links, learn something, teach your kids. Please try to understand and help your kids understand what we have and why it is worth preserving, and at the point trying to get back to what they gave us and away from this over bearing socialist government.

6 comments:

One Cluttered Brain said...

oh yes, it is important to teach our kids about our country's constitution and about soldiers who have died fighting for our freedoms...

Thanks for this great post!
I love the political cartoons and the links are fantastic!!
Happy 4th to you as well!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I love the history of how our country came to be.

Love it.

Thanks for this post!

scorpiorising said...

When I went to my daughter's graduation a few years ago, I was truly shocked to find out how many of the kids in the audience had no idea that they were supposed to stand and put their hands over their hearts for the pledge of allegiance. I mean they honestly did not know! Parent's should be teaching their children but since they're obviously not, respect for our country should be taught in the schools like it used to be!

heelsnstocking said...

Happy 4th July to those divided from us by a common language and some uncommonly strange sports!

heelsnstocking said...

Happy 4th July to those divided from us by a common language and some uncommonly strange sports!

Southern Sage said...

thank y'all for the comments.

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