Responsible To Remember

OldFlagby Pat Tarzwell   7/7/14
Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago a group of men gathered in Philadelphia on a hot summer afternoon while their fellow countrymen were engaged up north in what they thought was a Civil War. This Civil War started when the British came to take away their guns, by the way, not as we have all been taught: taxation without representation. In fact, taxation was mentioned only once in the 27 grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence soon to be written. This Civil War was to reclaim their rights as Englishmen. This Civil War would change the course of history for all mankind, not because we were that important, but because they came up with a new concept:

This group formed a structure with God above all things, declaring that our rights come from Him, and only He could take them away (unalienable). The people were next, all equal at birth, allowed to pursue that which would bring them happiness as long as it did not hurt someone else. The states and local governments were next in line of importance. And lastly the Federal government, which really was an afterthought. These latter two were to be controlled by the former.

We have turned that upside down. Now we put the Federal Government on top, the States are next, and then the people…and if you keep him to yourself, God might be tolerated by the government.

In today’s narcissistic world the ideas so eloquently stated by Thomas Jefferson are so foreign to the vast majority of Americans that this sentence might as well be written in Latin:

“all experience hath shown 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.”

We get comfortable and lazy accepting things as they are, because that is all we have known. We must remember that we are responsible to maintain this government, that we are the ones that are supposed to keep government in check, that when it needs pruning, that will have to come from us. That government is meant to serve the people by protecting their God-given rights. And that freedom will not stay with those who do not work for it. These are the meanings of Jefferson’s words.

With Independence Day just around the corner, let’s remember, as we honor the men that gave their all to give us this country we love so much, that the founders of this country put their faith and trust in God’s divine providence and pledged to one another their Lives, their Fortunes and their Sacred Honor, while signing their death warrants. We have a debt to those men, to pass on what they did and live our lives knowing what our responsibilities to this nation are going forward.

Have a memorable Independence Day.


Pat Tarzwell was born conservative, runs a successful hi-tech business, and lives a red-state life in a deep blue one. • (1790 views)

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20 Responses to Responsible To Remember

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I have a couple of copies of a booklet from Cato that includes the Declaration as well as the Constitution. I always keep a copy handy when typing here, since frequently something comes up (e.g., the definition of treason, the circumstances and targets of impeachment, or the exact wording of the 2nd Amendment).

    The Declaration doesn’t come as often, though there has been a bit of a flutter today over some totalitarian liberal claiming that one particular period shouldn’t be there, and that without it this would be a ringing declaration in favor of an expansive government. Oddly, the Cato copy doesn’t have that period. No doubt the liberal in question is simply spewing blatant falsehoods, well aware that her fellow liberals judge arguments solely on the basis of whether they agree with the conclusion.

    • David Ray says:

      Well said. It’s only a matter of time until that glorified bimbo (who is teaching that crap to our children) gets face time on a major news network.

      I have doubts that the invaders currently overwhelming TX and AZ then being dispersed through out the rest of this nation (purple states most likely) will ever bother themselves to read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution . . . or ever bother to learn English.

    • Pst4usa says:

      I absolutely agree Timothy. I give out copies every Independence Day and try to explain to the folks that if they are not willing to know about, or even read the documents that formed our country, how will they ever know what rights they have or when their rights are being violated. They are also handy to show and explain to the Libertarians why they should also stand for the unborn if they stand for the Constitution.

  2. Anniel says:

    Pat – A timely reminder of the founders we revere. Timothy is right about keeping copies of these sacred documents near. Let’s pray that not everyone is so comfortable and lazy they have forgotten their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor altogether.

    • David Ray says:

      SuperChick:
      I think you’d get a major-league kick outta Ann Coulter’s chapter on our revolution juxtaposed with that of the French revolution. (In her book “Demonic”)

      • Pst4usa says:

        David, I thought that was a good book, but I enjoy Ann’s humor, so I am not a fair judge.

        • David Ray says:

          Her humor is forged from grounded experience.

          Her eulogies are stirring. Her tolerance for soft-hearted lack-of-understanding is . . . well . . . direct. (Just ask a few gents at NRO.)
          The sting of 9/11 kicked off her first lamentable overture toward another winner – who lost her life at the Pentagon. I believer her name was Barbara Olson.

    • Pst4usa says:

      Not everyone Anniel, but far too many of us are just that lazy. I can’t say that I see much of that at this site though.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    My wife, who was not born an American, is gratified that Independence Day is still enthusiastically celebrated across the nation. She thinks Americans should be proud of the country and what it stands for.

    • Pst4usa says:

      Kung, I think she is right. I for one have always believed that it is legal immigrants that make us a great nation. It is those that want to be Americans and are willing to go through all the legal hoops required to become an American, that are exactly the people we want to be here. As stated earlier, too many of us have become to comfortable to appreciate what we have, and so lazy that we are not willing to do any of the work required just to keep it alive.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Ayn Rand was campaigning for Wendell Willkie in 1940 when someone mocked her for being an immigrant. She answered, “That’s right, I chose to be an American. What did you do, aside from being born?” Sadly, a lot of people born here don’t choose to be (starting with Barack Obama).

        • Pst4usa says:

          That is all I did, Timothy, being born here that is. But unlike B.O. I do love this country and thank God very often for allowing me to be born here.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I heard that story about Rand in 1973 from an Libertarian/Objectivist type who was one of those idiots who thought he was clever by contradicting all social mores. I recall he thought it was nobody’s business to question incest.

          So like Brad, my experience with the La La Land Libertarians has been instructive.

  4. Pst4usa says:

    I left out one of the main points in my e-mail to Brad. This should have been just after the first paragraph. (I guess there is some value in proof reading).
    Government could be formed with debate, and deliberation; on purpose and for a purpose. Man was not sovereign and could not be, but God is.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I can fix that if you want. I’m just not exactly sure what’s missing and in what order to put it. By all means, email me an update if you want.

      • Pst4usa says:

        This was the concept that the first paragraph is talking about. I will try to send one out, but I will be off line mostly for the next few days. IV land, three days in a row.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Good luck in IV land. Hope the numbers are good and the audio books are standing by in the plenty.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            When I was in the hospital in January 2012 (severe pulmonary edema, a symptom of general edema from congestive heart failure — which is why I have to watch my sodium levels now), I brought books to read and puzzles to work. For that matter, when Elizabeth was in the hospital a few years ago due to some sort of imbalance in her blood, I brought books and puzzles over to her. Similar tastes make for good relations.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              I’ve got an uncle who had a stroke about a year ago. It’s left him with a challenge regarding many things. He finds it difficult to read books but he does like to do puzzles. I’ve been doing them for some time as well. They’ve got to be good for the brain.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                A friend of mine had a stroke just under a month after I went to the hospital. He’s recovered pretty well, but not perfectly. For example, after he finally got his driver’s license restored, he had an accident the first time he drove — and I don’t expect he’ll ever feel confident enough of his skills to drive again.

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