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July 4th 2018: Independence Day!

July 4, 2018

Statue of Liberty on the background of flag usa, sunrise and fireworks

I reread the fourth chapter in Thomas Sowell’s book, “The Quest for Cosmic Justice”, every 4th of July. It is a must read. The fourth chapter is titled “The Quiet Repeal of the American Revolution”. I wish what he states about the difference between the American Revolution and all other revolutions was understood by all Americans. Here are some excerpts from this chapter.

“The war for American independence was not simply a landmark event in the history of the United States. It was a landmark in the history of the world – and especially a landmark in the history of the evolution of free and democratic societies. It’s international significance was symbolized by France’s donation of the Statue of Liberty to the Unites States on the one hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and by the creation of a facsimile of this state in China, more than a century after that, by protesters vainly seeking to create a free and democratic government in that country”

“The American revolution was in some ways the most far-reaching of all the great revolutions in history. Other revolutions may have had more sweeping rhetoric, or greater extremes of violence and terror, or more categorical claims of change. They may even have had more radical changes of personnel, as in the change from czarist to Communist rulers in Moscow, while replacing one form of autocratic despotism with another and more bloody from.”

“The French Revolution of the succeeding decade used similar rhetoric, and was supported by such prominent figures in the American Revolution as Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, but nevertheless the French Revolution was grounded on entirely different assumptions and of course took a different path all to characteristic of later revolutions that began with lofty ideals and ended with new and more ruthless despotism.”

  “The American Revolution, however, went further in rejecting a basic conception of man and society that goes back thousands of years, and which is still with us today…people with the most diverse philosophic persuasions have proceeded as if what was needed was to replace false doctrines with true doctrines and false leaders with true leaders – the heathens with the faithful, capitalists with socialists, royalty with republicans, and so on. But, unlike the French revolution and the Bolshevik revolution, for example, the American revolution and its resulting constitution established was not simply a particular system but a process of changing systems, practices, and leaders, together with a method of constraining whoever or whatever was ascendant at any given time…. it gave to the common man a voice, a veto, elbow room, and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of his “betters”….. it was seen by others in the world at large as a landmark in the general struggle for human freedom. That is why it must be opposed by those with more ambitious visions (even if they do not consciously feel any animosity against constitutional freedoms) because, on issue after issue, those freedoms stand between the morally self-anointed and the realization of dreams which have overwhelming importance to them. Some of these dreams revolve around the quest for cosmic justice, in which constitutional constraints may be seen as technicalities to be finessed. Other dreams may be about personal ambitions that can be fulfilled only in a very different kind of society from that established by the Constitution… Ego and ideals are of course not mutually exclusive but may readily exist in the same individual, who may even mistake the former from the latter.”

America is an idea. It was based on the pretense that the individual was sovereign. Our founders knew that Government power had to be restrained or else it would be used arbitrarily by politicians and bureaucrats who were in position to wield it. Our Government was established to protect the individual and his property from aggression by other individuals. Those ‘other individuals’ mainly included individuals who were in positions to wield Government power against other individuals. The “idea” of America was: the individual is sovereign over State power.

It is amazing how Americans, especially the elite establishment in and out of government, don’t understand this “idea of America”. People from other countries seem to see the truth about America more clearly.

Here is a video of Bono talking about America being an ‘idea’.

 

OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, OUR SACRED HONOR!

Paul Harvey. From last years 4th of July Post.

 

LETS CELEBRATE AMERICA

 

JIMI HENDRIX: NATIONAL ANTHEM AT WOODSTOCK.

In my opinion there has never been a more moving rendition of the national anthem (Number two is Whitney Houston’s version at the Super Bowl). His guitar making the sounds of ‘the rockets red glare’ and ‘the bombs bursting in air’, and his playing a short version of “Taps” near the end are moving to say the least! This version always makes me tear up with pride and joy about the “Idea” of America.

 

RAY CHARLES:  AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.

This version gets me every time.

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA

God bless the ‘Idea’ that America represents.

 

 

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Our Lives! Our Fortunes! Our Sacred Honor!

July 4, 2017

What does the 4th of July mean to us? Paul Harvey tells us what it meant to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

 

America the Beautiful by Ray Charles

This gets me every time.

 

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July 4th: What Does Independence Day Mean?

July 4, 2016

 

On July 4th 1776 the Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s final draft of The Declaration of Independence. The war for American independence was already under way. The “Shot Heard Round The World” had been fired at Lexington on April 18 1775. In May of 1775 the Continental Congress appointed George Washington commander and chief of the continental army. We know the result of the American Revolution. Does the Declaration of Independence have any relevance to todays world.

The Declaration of Independence is as important today as it was when it was written. The first sentence reminds me of what is going on in today’s world.

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.”

The British exiting the EU and States taking our Federal Government to court for usurpations of power are examples of political bands being dissolved. We are seeing centralized governments extending their boundaries of power farther than they should. We know this because individuals everywhere are pushing back against these expansions. The British have been warning the EU for years about its expansion of power. Finally the British voted to “dissolve the political bands which connected them with another” without having to fire a shot. But this political shot was heard round the world.

We individuals and States have the same problems with our Federal Government. It has flooded the banks of its power and the cascading water of regulations is destroying individual liberty. The Constitution doesn’t seem to be a threat to the politicians and bureaucrats who sit in the seats of power, while the Supreme Court goes along with almost every expansion of Federal power.

Let’s look at the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and see if it is talking about our problems with out Federal Government?

“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 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 to 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”

Government is established to secure individual rights. Our constitution protects our individual rights against the power of individuals in Government. Our constitution was supposed to limit Governmental power so it wouldn’t harm the life, liberty and property of individuals. The Government is subordinate to the individual. Whenever Governments are destroying individual rights it is “the right of the people to alter or abolish it“. That’s very clear language, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s continue with the second paragraph.

“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 fight 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 the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The History of the present King of Great-Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.”

People will put up with a lot before they will take action against usurpations by individual politicians and bureaucrats in Government. People always weigh the costs of taking action against costs of not taking action. We are reaching the point in America where more and more individuals are deciding the cost of pushing back against Governmental power is less than the cost of continuing down the big government road.

The Declaration says “Governments…..derive their power from the consent of the governed”. Our first choice is to fight in the political arena. This is what Great Britain did vs. the EU. The cost of a political fight is low compared to the cost of having to physically fight for freedom. The last sentence of the Declaration of Independence states:

“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.

When these men signed the Declaration of Independence they became traitors to the crown and were subject to execution. By the wars end almost all of these men had lost their property, several had died penniless, many lost their families. That’s a high cost to pay for freedom.

These men set the foundation so we have the ability to reestablish individual freedom without having to pay the kind of price they paid. We have to first relearn our founding principles and than claim them. Remember our Government “derives its power from the consent of the governed“. Our job is to teach the people why individual liberty is better than Government central planning. Until enough people understand this concept we won’t be able to exercise our “right, our duty to throw off despotic government“.

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July 4th – Our Choice: Liberty or Tyranny!

July 3, 2015

 THE SPIRIT OF 1776….. ALIVE? OR DEAD?

On July 4th 1776 congress adopted the Declaration of thirteen United States of America for their Independence from the tyranny of The King. When you read the Declaration of Independence you can’t help but think that Jefferson was writing about today. Every new command decreed by our political and bureaucratic betters is an assault on individual decision making. Our sphere of individual liberty is shrinking by the day. Is the spirit of 1776 just a flickering flame about to be blown our, or will it spark a revival of liberty? With each passing day we are taken farther away from the history of 1776. History is a record of past events. We have failed to keep the history of our founding fresh in our minds. Before we look at some of the words in the declaration, lets look back at what it was like in Colonial America.

EVOLVED FREEDOM IN COLONIAL AMERICA

Colonial America developed relatively freely for a couple hundred years before 1776. A culture evolved here over these two hundred years which was different from the culture in England. In a book titled “A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, they write about a few trends that led to the spontaneously evolved freedom that existed at the time of the Revolution.

“First, the sheer distance between the rulers and the governed – between the King and the colonies – made possible an extraordinary amount of independence among the Americans”…..”Second, while the colonists gained a measure of independence through distance, they also gained political confidence and status through the acquisition of land. For immigrants who came from a nation where the scarcity of land marked those who owned it as gentlemen and placed them among the political elites. The abundance of soil….make them the equals of the owners of manorial estates in England. It steadily but subtly became every citizen’s job to ensure the protection of property rights for all citizens, undercutting from the outset the widespread and entrenched class system that characterized England. Third, the precedent of rebellion against a government that did not carry out the most basic mandates – protecting life, property, and a certain degree of religious freedom (at least from the Church of England) was established and supported by large numbers, if not the wast majority, of colonists. Fourth, a measure of religious toleration developed.” (1)

“By 1774 American colonists already had attained a standard of living that far surpassed that found in most of the civilized parts of the modern world.” (2)

The economic system in place in the world at this time was mercantilism (read here), which was a system where the state gave special subsidy and monopoly privileges to businesses, individuals, and groups the state favored. It encouraged exports and discouraged imports, and the enforcement of these regulations created a bureaucracy that built state power.

Patriot’s History talks about mercantilism, “Mercantilist doctrine demanded that the individual subordinate his economic activity to the interest of the State….it didn’t help the English that mercantilism was based on a conceptual framework that saw wealth as fixed and limited, meaning that for the Government to get more wealth, individuals had to receive less of the fruit of their labor…….Having the State pick winners and losers in the fields of enterprise proved disastrous……Americans came to despise regulations that threatened the further development of America’s thriving merchant trade…..Traders at the top favored regulations because they allowed them to freeze out aspiring competitors, but producers and consumers disliked the laws and they were swiftly becoming the majority.” (3)  Does any of this sound familiar? (Crony Capitalism)

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

The tyranny of Government is what man has been fighting since before recorded history, and it is what we fight today. The freedom of the individual is rare in history, while the tyranny of government over the individual is the historical norm. Here are a couple of excerpts from the declaration, ask yourself if these words are applicable today.

“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.”

Our rights are above the Government, they don’t come from Government. Governments are instituted by men in order to secure each individuals rights. Governments get their just power from the consent of the individuals. When a Government becomes destructive in securing the rights of individuals, the people have a right to change or abolish it.

“Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient Causes……Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Individuals will suffer evils for a long time before they will pay the heavy price of  changing or abolishing Government. The evil has to become intolerable before men will make a change. Remember intolerable is in the eye of the beholder. We are not there yet, but we are getting closer with each new regulation, tax, intervention, along with each new case of political corruption.

Jefferson then lists the abuses by the King. There are too many to list here, read the Declaration and see if any of the abuses apply today.

“In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms…..A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the  Ruler of a free People.” 

When a rulers acts are the definition of tyranny, he is no longer fit to be the ruler of a free people.

“…and by the authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free ad Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown…….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.

The founders absolved their allegiance to the crown, and instead pledge to each other their lives, their fortunes, and our sacred honor.

TYRANNY OR RIGHTS

Why do I see tyranny where others see government giving rights. Health care is only one example. I see Government telling me what I can and can’t do with by healthcare decisions as tyrannical and a violation of my right to property and contract. Others see Obama care mandates on their health care as somehow gaining rights. We obviously have different visions on how the world works. Compromise between the two visions only creates a chaotic middle ground, and this is where we are right now. Which direction we go from here will determine if we, at some point, will be faced with a similar decision our founders faced in 1776. At that point we will have to “rely on divine Providence, and mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”, if we are to remain free men.

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Footnotes.

1) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 25-26

2) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 25

3) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 49-50

Independence Day Follow Up

July 5, 2013

I saw these cartoons at Monty Pelerin’s World, at economicnoise.com. They make you laugh on the one hand, and soberly contemplate where we are on the other.

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THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION

This article titled The Next American Revolution by Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com, is a view into the future from his crow’s nest. CHS always makes you think. Here are a few excerpts from the article.

“The next American Revolution will not be an event, it will be a process. We naturally turn to the past for templates of the future, but history has a way of remaining remarkably unpredictable.” (more…)