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Happy Birthday to US

By Greg L | 3 July 2011 | Patriotism | 5 Comments

Guest Post by Sanford D. Horn

“The Declaration of Independence [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826); Founding Father; credited author of said document and third American president.

A housekeeping note – I dislike the expression “happy fourth of July.” Happy Independence Day is the correct expression or happy birthday America is acceptable. We the people are celebrating our independence from the tyrannical shackles of King George III and that of England. Every country has a fourth of July, but not every country has independence.

The long road toward independence did not end on July 4, 1776 – that was merely the date we the people declared enough was enough from England. Enough taxation without representation, enough quartering British soldiers at colonist’s expense, enough passing of laws unilaterally without regard to their effect on the people, enough denying the people local representation who would understand the needs and problems the colonists faced, enough deprivation of trial by jury to the people, enough denying the people the right to trade freely with other international partners, and enough of the general and overall usurpation of rights and freedoms, at a whim, given to free people.

Sadly, only 235 years since that declaration, this country finds itself once again at a crossroads fighting against a government that refuses to listen to the people. We the people have a government more strongly supporting eminent domain than ever before, thinking it knows what is best for the people. We the people have a government hell bent on stealing our freedoms one by one by denying us the right to make our own decisions regarding health care.

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” – Thomas Jefferson. Imagine what he would think of the monstrosity called the federal government in 2011 instead of 1811. The bigger the government, the more far-reaching into our pockets and the firmer the grip it has on our rights and freedoms.

Both major political parties are complicit in allowing our borders to remain porous and unchecked. Both parties have taxed and spent this country into ever deepening debt and deficits that virtually all its members are complicit in not just stealing from the American people, but from future generations. More than 80 percent of the acts committed by the Congress – those elected members of the federal government we sent to represent us – are actually unconstitutional.

While on the subject of what is or is not constitutional, message to Barack Obama: spreading the wealth around: unconstitutional. “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” – Founding Father James Madison (1751-1836); credited author of the United States Constitution and fourth American president.

“Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” – Thomas Jefferson; The Declaration of Independence. Those who seek our support and votes are also answerable to us as well. They must be held accountable every day – they work for us – not the other way around.

Heed this message: don’t let the other guy worry about our country – take personal responsibility – learn about candidates and vote on Election Day – every year – not just in presidential elections. The ignorant can be enslaved, the learned can prevent tyranny.

Tyranny can also be prevented by the preparation and strength of our defenses. We have our freedoms because of the determination of a military willing to sacrifice their most precious and ultimate gifts – their lives – then, as well as today. From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and all wars and conflicts in between, it is the military – the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and reservists that preserve our rights and freedoms and enable us to live in peace in the United States.

“To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” – Founding Father George Washington (1732-1799); Revolutionary War general and first American president.

“Independence forever.” – The last public words of John Adams (1735-1826); Founding Father who, for some time, stood alone in pushing for Independence from England before it became popular and second American president. The nation mourned the loss of Adams and his friend and rival Jefferson simultaneously as the two giants died on July 4, 1826.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN. The 10 year City resident still keeps a finger on the pulse of Alexandria.



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5 Comments

  1. Patty said on 4 Jul 2011 at 9:01 am:
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    Mr. Horn,

    I will have to agree to disagree with you about dates and Happy 4th of July. Until multi-nationalism took a grip on this country, everyone knew what Happy 4th of July meant. It is one of those dates that is attached to our country, the USA. My parents would celebrate “4th of July” and their parents and their parents.

    Dates meant something. They should mean something to kids who learn history in school. Unfortunately multi-culturalism/nationalism is more important than learning about the birth of this nation, the founding fathers and their Christian beliefs that molded the form of our government.

    Yes dates are important. September 11, 2001 is another date.

    December 7, 1941 is also important date that had direct impact on my family. My dad fought in WWII. He and his army buddy would call each other on that date every year until they passed. They knew it was important to protect the freedoms that we have and that our form of government should continue and not be threatened by tyranny. They sacrificed as our military does today.

    You sir are correct in saying that our battle is now within our borders. We now have to battle those within who are systematically tearing our country apart piece by piece. I also believe there is a spiritual battle that is behind this. Our country was founded on Christian principles and belief in God. Many people have turned their backs on God, many our indifferent and many have forsaken the Bible and made up their own God. We are now seeing the fruits of that today. I believe we are living in times similar to Israel during the times of the judges. I’m going to borrow from a verse in Judges 21:25 There was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes…..There was no God in the USA; everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

    I truly pray that hearts would turn back to God.

    May God forgive us and have mercy on us.

  2. Sanford D. Horn said on 4 Jul 2011 at 5:58 pm:
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    Patty,

    I read with interest your remarks above.

    First may G-d Bless the memory of your father and his comrades in arms for their dedicated service to a great and grateful nation. You are keeping their memory alive. My grandfather also played a role in WWII as he worked on the Manhattan Project.

    As for the use of dates, versus names of holidays, I emphasize Happy Independence Day instaed of Happy 4th of July, because far too few people remember what the 4th of July actually represents.

    I agree with you that the dates are important - as you mentioned 9/11 and 12/7 but in the grand scheme of things our American school children are not learning American history. They are, as you mentioned, being taught hyphenated, politically-correct non-history masquerading as history to satisfy groups who clearly have not adopted the United States as their home nation.

    During the 1880s-1920s wave of immigration, when people came from Poland, Russia, Italy, Greece, et al, they took pride in learning English, getting jobs and becoming a part of the American fabric.

    Today, it is just the opposite - new immigrants demand signs/ballots/documents in their native language, get offended when we don’t speak their language, make demands of the government that are unreasonable and make no effort to become part of the Americcan fabric. They take offense at the Pledge, the Anthem and the American flag and we make accommodations that are, quite frankly, unAmerican.

    Agreed, Patty, may G-d have mercy on us.

  3. Sanford D. Horn said on 4 Jul 2011 at 6:11 pm:
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    Patty,

    One additional remark on your comment - this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and a belief in G-d.

  4. Harry said on 4 Jul 2011 at 6:58 pm:
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    Mr Horn and Patty: An excellent discussion. It warms my heart that this type of conversation is even taking place. Today, more than any time in my memory, people are making the effort to learn constitutional principles; to understand the founding; to consider how our rights are derived; to discuss and debate the importance of limited government.

    Perhaps the most important aspect to the posts above, and to our founding for that matter, is the source of our freedom. It is not just that Christian principles guided our founders in creating the Republic, but also that they understood God was essential to the founding. It is from God that men derive rights inherent in their humanity. With a foundation of natural rights granted by God - not by man - the Republic was constructed with absolute strength, for no invention, technology, or even time itself can take away this fundamental truth.

    Happy Independence Day. :-) God bless the United States of America.

  5. Robert L. Duecaster said on 5 Jul 2011 at 12:23 pm:
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    And death to all tyrants, whether their tyranny be by their actions or, in the case of our federal government regarding enforcement of immigration laws, their inaction.

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