Saturday, July 3, 2010

Independence Day & Our Founding Fathers

As we celebrate July 4th, Independence Day, it is important to recognize that this day is not just about sales at the mall, or even backyard barbeques with friends and family; but instead it is one of the most significant days in world history. The American Revolution that preceded our Declaration of Independence began this wonderful and fragile experiment in freedom unlike anything that had every occurred before, or since in human history. The fact that we have endured as a nation for 234 years, in spite of wars, corrupt elected representatives, financial and social upheaval and calamity, is truly remarkable.

And while this nation is the result of the work of many great men and women, three stand out, without which the United States as we know it today would not exist. George Washington, who was our first Commander and Chief and President, Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and was our third President and James Madison, who wrote the US Constitution and was our fourth President all left their indelible mark our our nation.

General George Washington led the Continental Army through many dark days to defeat the British and end tyranny in our country. Though that was a feat that lasted 8 long years in and of itself, Washington's real greatness is that when Americans wanted to make him King of our nation after he achieved victory, he declined knowing that replacing one despot with another would have been no victory at all. Washington was a man of few words. He preferred to listen rather than to speak and in doing so he became the model for Presidents to follow. Washington also established the precedent of two terms which stood until Socialist Franklin Roosevelt ran for four terms in office. Ultimately, because of Roosevelt's over reach, a Constitutional amendment was enacted in 1950 guaranteeing a two term President. We now need to go the rest of the way to enact Term Limits for Congress.

Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the old Democrat Party not the one we have today, in writing the Declaration of Independence spoke of God given inalienable rights. Jefferson set forth our grievances, which justified the Revolutionary War as the means to ending tyranny. All who signed the Declaration of Independence were well aware that if the Revolution had failed, they were signing their death warrants. As President, Jefferson more than doubled the size of our nation in the Louisiana Purchase, along the road to our Manifest Destiny, to stretch from sea to shining sea. Jefferson also understood the threat of unlimited government that we see today and warned against it arguing that from time to time WE THE PEOPLE would have to take back the powers that WE granted to our elected representatives to preserve our freedoms. This is what we face today under Socialist President Obama who is a clear and present danger to our nation and our liberties.

James Madison was a little man, only about 5'4" tall yet his intellect displayed in the US Constitution, the longest lasting governing document of its kind in the world today, was truly brilliant. As our fourth President, Madison also fought the second Revolutionary War in the War of 1812 to finally defeat the British once and for all and establish the United States as a world power.

Our Founding Fathers believed in free market capitalism, limited government, low taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, a strong national defense, the right to bear arms and states rights. They knew that government that governs least governs best. They feared a strong central government and did as much as possible to limit federal authority. They added Amendments to the Constitution to guarantee freedom of speech, religion and the press as fundamental to a free society. At no time did they deny the existence of God, or his grace on our nation. No where in the US Constitution is there any mention of "Separation of Church and State." The doctrine came much later as a result of court interpretation not the intentions of the Founding Fathers who were all devout Christians of one denomination or another.

The Constitution is brilliant in its simplicity; but history now shows us that the job is not finished. Our Founding Fathers could never have imagined the avarice and corruption we see today in Washington. Nor could they have imagined that politicians of all parties would bankrupt our nation to buy votes to stay in office. Our Founding Fathers laid the foundation for our nation; but now we must finish the job by amending the Constitution requiring a balanced budget, term limits to help end corruption and a more specific definition of American citizenship.

President Obama and the Socialist who control Congress will never support these changes because it would limit their power and prevent their Socialist Schemes that are bankrupting our nation. As a result, we must elect Conservatives in 2010 and 2012 who support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, term limits, real health care reform and energy independence, a strong national defense including securing our border and fighting Terrorism, the right to bear arms, the sanctity of life and family values.

Most important, we must elect Conservatives who support the Constitution, as written by our Founding Fathers, not as contrived by Socialists Obama, Reid, Pelosi, former Presidents, Congresses, or the Courts. We must take back our country in 2010 and 2012 and finish the work of our Founding Fathers. We can do it. We will do it to preserve our freedoms and for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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