Thoughts from Independence Day

ThisFirst Congress past weekend was the annual celebration of our country’s independence. An old friend from years past posted a copy of the Declaration of Independence on Facebook. I read it again.  My thoughts were turned to what the authors of that document would think of what this country has become.

We are undergoing a deterioration of our government and beginning to suffer as a people from some of the very things that our forefathers rebelled against 239 years ago.  Two centuries and some years ago the founders of this nation were God fearing people as evidenced by the text of the Declaration of Independence.

“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.”  

A large percentage of our population no longer believe in the Creator God, which is a sad testimony to the effectiveness of Christian witnesses over the centuries, especially the last few decades. Certainly there are still many who believe in God but those many have failed to bring the Word of God to so many others.

“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.”

Over the last few decades our government has taken it upon itself to micro-govern the population, taking state rights away and forcing laws and regulations on the people governed that are destructive to the well being of the people.  The federal government has become a ‘nanny’ state and from what I see it’s doing a very poor job.  Many laws and regulations place such inhibiting demands on businesses that growth is stymied and jobs that could be created, were it not for these laws, cannot exist.  Laws inhibiting the people from being able to defend themselves are instituted. Our right to bear arms is slowing being eroded and ultimately will leave us an undefended population. The good people will not be able to obtain firearms and the criminals will always get their hands on them. I can’t even discuss the new healthcare law that is still being interpreted by, of all agencies, the IRS. Is it the role of the government to require all people to have insurance and provide it at the expense of taxpayers for those who don’t? No one really knew what all was in that law when it was passed, the lawmakers just passed it and hoped for the ??? Who knows what they were really hoping for, certainly not the best.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The people of this nation may not be ready to start a new revolution but the time will come when they have suffered as much as they can bear and revolution will come.  I have no idea what will be the new government, I suppose it will come after my life is over. Maybe in the time of my grandchildren’s prime as adults. But eventually it will come. Great nations have seldom lasted more than a couple hundred years. Sometimes it takes a few generations for them to completely fall but eventually they do. I do hope that when this time comes for our nation that those who are governed establish a form that will indeed allow them the freedom to pursue happiness. In the mean time, I will live my life according to my belief in the Creator and pursue happiness in my personal life with little concern for the affairs of the government under which I live. My goal is to worship God and have one good day, judgement day, the only one that counts.

Following is the full text of the Declaration of Independence.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

“IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, –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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government…”

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About grandmapeachy

I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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