Reflections on the 4th
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” The document declared the Thirteen Colonies were independent of the “Kingdom of Great Britain”. The thirteen Colonies may have declared they were each independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain; but they did not as yet consider themselves a single, unified nation.
The Declaration, in declaring the independence of the thirteen colonies, changed a Civil War between the Thirteen Colonies and the Kingdom of Great Britain to a War for Independence. That in turn allowed those colonies to seek or accept aide from other governments, especially enemies of Great Britain! The The Declaration of Independence was based primarily on Republicanism . Countless nations throughout the world have used it as a format in declaring their own independence as nations from dictators and such!
Republicanism is incompatible with a powerful monarchy. The reason for this supposition is that republicanism is based on citizen participation, civic virtue, and opposition to corruption. In order for republicanism to work you must have these virtues of the citizens. Before America was established as a nation, many of the thinkers who helped mold the societies of the day felt that republicanism could only work on a small local scale.
The United States, as a single unified nation became official several years after July 4, 1776. The thirteen colonies changed their status to states and then united as the United States. The United States is a Federal Constitutional Republic which means it is a union of partially self-governed states that are united by a central government.
This prevents the majority of its population from riding herd on the minority. This also prevents a single individual or group from infringing on the rights of the individual. It also maintains that certain rights of the states cannot be usurped by the federal government. Likewise, the federal government [federation] has certain functions and/or rights not allowed the states.
During the American Revolution, 25,324 men died fighting for our freedom and Independence! The War of 1812 cost 2,260 American Soldier’s lives. The Mexican War cost 13,283 American Soldier’s lives. In the Civil War, the Union lost 498,332 soldier’s lives and the Confederacy lost 364,821 soldier’s lives.In the Spanish-American War, 2,446 American soldiers died. During World War I, 116,516 American soldier were killed. During World War II, 405,339 American Soldiers gave up their lives. In the Korean war, 54,246 American soldiers died. During the Vietnam War 56,244 American soldiers died. The Panama Invasion cost 23 American soldier’s loves. In the Gulf War, 1991, 148 soldiers died.
On the average, not including the present conflict, an “average” of 7,000 “+” American soldiers have given their lives each year since 1776 to keep our nation free! Yesterday was July 4, 2007. The day we celebrate our Independence. We celebrated that day with parades, musical tributes, hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, etc., fireworks, and other celebratory activities.
In some places, our present and past veterans, living and dead, were honored. However, there are 365 days in the year. Our veterans don’t just serve and defend our nation on a holiday. They serve 24/7 day in and day out, year after year. They serve willingly most of the time. though there ave been many drafted. Even those served!Many died performing that service.
At this time, our troops are serving again in a war against an enemy that wants to destroy our nation and way of life along with the rest of the world. For over twenty years this enemy has waged war on our great country. Since the day after 9/11, those people inside America who would love to throw away our Constitution and destroy our way of life began forming plans and means of preventing our fighting back.
Today, in Congress, members who support this cause continue to try thwart the Administration’s effort to provide what our troops need to defend us. Others in their ranks barrage the rest of our Congressional leaders with emails, letters, and phone calls. Their mantra, “We support the troops but not the war” is as false as their supposed support for our troops. The media continues to report only negative reports about the war.
Amidst declining troop morale due to the negative support from back home, the troops are still giving their all. Presently they are performing Operations in Iraq designed to surround the enemy from all sides, move in on them, and capture or kill the enemy on a nationwide level. The operations are working. Combined with the Iraqi Army, other Coalition Forces, and the ever increasing support of local Iraqi tribes and other civilians, the enemy is being routed and weapons caches are being uncovered.
Every aspect of operations are successful with one exception. Many of the hi-level Al-Qaeda leaders are believed to have escaped. The reason for this is the “meddling” of Congress in the President’s areas of responsibilities. Under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi, the House is doing all it can to force an end to the war. It also has tried to cut funding. Bills for much needed funding is held up at every turn forcing our troops sorely frequently on the support of donations from family and friends and groups supporting troop needs.! Also A.N.S.W.E.R, U.F.P.J., and Code Pink along with many other socialist leaning or socialist groups, Islamic groups, and others.
Many of these groups have formed alliances with each other and enemy groups that support our enemy. One can only wonder why issues of treason aren’t constantly coming up. These groups are directly and indirectly aiding and abetting the enemy. They are hiding behind the Constitution and most specifically the First Amendment. Personally when I read the Constitution, I see nothing there that says a nation is required to uphold “treason as free speech!”
The media and Congress are also treating every accidental death of an innocent civilian or accidental destruction of civilian property as a crime deliberately performed. Our troops even have to account for every discharged shell when they get back to their base camp. In order to comply with the excessive constrictors of Congress and to lower collateral damage to innocents, the American and Coalition forces and their Iraqi Army counterparts encouraged the local citizenry to leave the potential fighting zone for their safety. Al-Qaeda uses men, women, and children as shields.
It slaughters whole villages to intimidate civilians and uses their homes and towns as cover or booby. They use the lack of Congressional support as propaganda. They also heavily rely on the American media. Still, our troops are turning the tide.
If you read Michael Yon’s reports from the front, you know he pulls no punches. He tells the “good, the bad, the ugly, in the war.His reports strongly suggest that our troops and General Petraeus “can” win the war. He writes about just the failures of the passed, but, the successes of the present. The tide is turning. Even the acts of desperation in the form of increased and more wise scale atrocities indicate that truth.
As you reflect back on yesterday, read our “Declaration of Independence” below and ask yourself how we could ever have evolved into the nation dictated by the principles of that document without our troops? Ask yourself, also, if those principles now looked at as a guiding force of freedom all over the world is not worth defending and protecting at any cost? If your answer is yes, as mine is, then thank a soldier! If your answer is yes, then support the war! After all, isn’t this what the war is rally all about despite the mis-information of the critics! Maybe a better question might be, why aren’t those people willing to defend what more and more the whole world at large has begun to embrace since its inception?
It is now time for people to start being vocal about their support of the war. Write letters, send emails, or call your representatives and local media. Let them all know how you feel. Let your officials know their continued lack of support will be reflected by you in election results. Let your voice be heard too. Ring it out all over the land and drown out the voices of those who would destroy are our founding principles or deny those same rights for others!
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. 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. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. 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.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — 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.