A friend recently gave me a book.  Books need to be held in elevated regard and not whisked adrift.  Contained within the book’s pages were the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution.  I’ve read all three before and have always viewed them as noteworthy to revisit.  I take away something new each time I indulge myself in those documents of creative wonder.

To be the ruler over our own existence is what the founding fathers wanted to instill in us.  A rule of authoritarian proclamation over millions to simply enrich those thirsting for power by throwing many into the peasantry fold is lowly and despicable, yet that’s how the actions of many politicians are rightly defined.

FDR’s new deal was possibly like something preached before, packaged a little different, but it’s led us to where we are.  The founding fathers never intended for the government to be dictatorial as it’s descended.  Their intent was to bring organization and purpose to a people oppressed.  Yet, many Americans feel burdened by that iron hand government has become.

Michelle Obama recently told a crowd, “Barack will never allow you to go back to what you knew before.”  That’s quite a claim the first lady made.  I’ll let you speculate on her aim.

Be it record consumption of food stamps, unemployment benefits, welfare, or the like, nearly half of America’s citizens are dependent on some sort of government assistance.  Many a politician in Washington, DC hold fast to the pinnacle a dependence on the government by the masses will equate to getting votes.  It’s nothing more than twisted logic I deem repulsive.

Some have a hatred for the Constitution and view it as outdated.  Stand forth and be a pupil in the principles of liberty.  Dine your mind upon our founding documents, for if we’re not aware of where we’ve been we can’t possibly know where we’ll go.

The following excerpts were taken from the Declaration of Independence.  They eerily parallel that which plagues America and shouldn’t escape our reason nor wane in light of plausibility.

“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.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

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 combined with others to subject us to a Judiciary foreign to our constitution.

He has imposed taxes on us without our consent.  He has altered fundamentally the forms of our government.

Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive to 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.”

Hear ye, hear ye, there hath cometh a time in our existence such as this that history shall repeat itself.  Eons may pass, but man’s desire for the pursuit of happiness and liberty will never fade.

The majority of the world is oppressed by those absorbed in self-gratification and a lust for power.  Anger resides in the land, for hearts long to be free.  It’s time once more to declare our independence and purge those from our ranks who lust for that which is foreign to our Creed.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.

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