Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Our Lives, our Fortunes, our sacred Honor

I was going to write something for Independence Day, but I can't do better than this annotated Declaration of Independence, posted a year ago today at the invaluable Sisyphus Shrugged. It has suffered some link rot over the past year, but not enough to obscure the point.

The current government is doing things that are in many ways antithetical to the philosophical underpinnings of the USA. Some of the things they are doing are similar to the "injuries and usurpations" by the British Crown enumerated in the Declaration of Independence.

At the time, the colonists were subjects of the Crown, so when it came down to "the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government", they had no other choice but violent revolution. After their bloody, costly success, they wanted to prevent the same thing from ever becoming necessary in the future. The system they designed, which we honor today, was most notable for placing the power of government in the hands of the people. As always, with power comes responsibility.

Our system is out of balance today, but it is still the best system ever devised, and it is our absolute DUTY to reclaim the ideals and the promise of our nation through the instrumentalities provided to us by the Founders. To do less would be to dishonor their sacrifices, and those of everyone who has put their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor on the line for liberty since.

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