Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Happy 4th of July

I have been trying to keep up with the news of homeschooling and schools and education but it is just too depressing and time consuming to post about all the stories I read and want to comment on. I am instead going to move to a weekly essay style to keep my sanity intact.

This 4th of July was special. Our church had a really good traditional patriotic celebration, the choir sang and there were some really good speakers, we even had our Congressman Bob Sheafor there who gave a rousing rendition of Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech


There is a special place in my heart for the inspired documents of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

When I read about these men and what they did it is absolutely amazing. Something very special happened at the founding of our country, God's hand can be seen in the words of the those documents.

"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."

These words have been forgotten by too many citizens. All people everywhere have these rights, they exist within us by default. We might lend these rights to others in a hope for a better life but usually that does not happen, if the history of the world is any guide.

The next words in the Declaration are scary.

"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

These are the most powerful words ever written in connection to government and strike fear into the hearts of all those who have the will to power.

Look at the Soviet Union, in 1989 the people decided that things weren't working and within months the government dissolved, the Berlin wall didn't just fall; it evaporated.

I was there just months before it went away and it looked as though it would stand another 50 years or more and then it was gone. The people, the People, said, "No, I won't!" and it all came tumbling down. No army in the world is powerful enough to stop that.

All that is needed for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.

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