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  • Ring Those Bells, America

    Amid the political noise out of Washington, June’s opinion polls picked up a growing public disquiet over ever-greater government spending and intrusion. These expressions of concern reflect the resiliency of the spirit of 1776, which we celebrate on Independence Day.

    The just powers of government, the Declaration of Independence proclaimed on July 4, 1776, flow from the consent of the governed. Government’s purpose, the Founders agreed, is to secure the fundamental rights and sovereignty of the people.

    Heritage constitutional scholar Matthew Spalding writes:

    “The Declaration of Independence announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain. But its greater meaning—then as well as now—is as a statement of the conditions of legitimate political authority and the proper ends of government, and its proclamation of a new ground of political rule in the sovereignty of the people.”

    Spalding notes that Thomas Jefferson, principal author of America’s founding document, intended the Declaration to be “an expression of the American mind.” Fitting, then, that Americans’ essential understanding of the need to limit government continues to be reflected in today’s polls.

    The danger is that President Obama and today’s other powerful adherents of the progressive movement will succeed in clouding that understanding.

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    13 Responses to Ring Those Bells, America

    1. Barb mn says:

      Obama and his brainwashed powerful adherents of the progressive movement have no right to acknowledge this day! As daily routine, he is looking at a Declaration of Dependence to all!

    2. Spiritof76 says:

      We are where we were in 1776 when the Declaration of Indepndence was signed. It was then against the tyranny of the King of England. Now, it is against the president and the Congress. We have a government now that is arrogant, irresponsible and despises freedom for people. We have spending out of control and debts piled on future generations recklessly. We have most of our freedoms usurped and turned into a population dependent on the government. The federal government has completely trashed our Constitution. We do not have any representation. The 4th of July has no contemporary relevance other than a historical significance.

      American people must take an oath this 4th to cast off the chains of slavery being wrapped around us. Give me liberty or death, on this fourth.

      I have flown my flag every year but I am not planning to do it this year. The symbol that it represented, individual freedom is no longer present in the land.

    3. dennis florida says:

      i wander sometimes just how many of the congress understands what the american flag represents. when you think of how many wars old glory has been in, fighting for freedom all around the world, you see that it really does stand for freedom. all the people who have fought and sacraficed their lives trying to preserve it.when you see it waving on a battlefield somewhere, telling the oppressed,we are here. freedom is serious business,and we need to have the right people in washington that understands this.i dont believe this administration does or even cares.while the democrats and republicans are fighting each other, the socialist,s are sneeking behind us tearing down our democracy.it,s time to put away your D or R armbands and come together in unity to defeat this THREAT.that,s what the tea parties are all about. americans finally comming together to unite as one. Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. and he was right.just look where we are right now.

    4. Pingback: » Financial News Update - 07/02/09 NoisyRoom.net: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” Barry Goldwater

    5. cris, CA says:

      I, along with many people in my community on the Cental Coast of California, will be attending a 4th of July Tea Party; we will all confirm our belief in a free, democratic America; home of small government that governs for the people, by the people, under God.

    6. David, FL says:

      OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE STATES:

      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.

      NOW is the time to RE-DECLARE OUR INDEPENDENCE from a government that has no apparent need for the roots upon which and from which this nation has been built and grown.

    7. Keith somewhere in t says:

      Are we learning that elections have consequences? Who is sovereign, the Almighty or the people?

    8. William Seay Clarkes says:

      Yes as we see all the tea parties around the country standing up for what they believe, it's time to stand up to put God back in the USA.Without this country standing for God we will fall for anything.Where is the Church the Christians in this nation, AWAKE CHURCH fight for what you belive in. There should be no separation of Church and State.Christians if you truly believe in your God stand up express your beliefs with a LOUD voice!!!

      M.L. King isn't here now , but we need another leader like him that belived in God and country and all Gods Children would walk hand and hand and fight for what they believe.

    9. Brad L, Phoenix says:

      William Seay, I basically agree with you, but I separate God from the definition of Church. The Church is the vehicle for which people estabilish their relationship with God. How they do that should not be supported or condoned by our government. However, a belief in God as the supreme being who has estabilished the guidelines of morality and right and wrong, is fundamental to foundation of the USA. Our founders believed in God and affirmed that belief throughout the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution. We must always separate the "churches" from government, but we have to reinstate God as central to our existance.

    10. Barb Faulkner-Davis, says:

      I agree with all of you! I attended my local tea party, and I am signed up to go with my husband on September 12th, to the walk on D.C. I encourage all freedom fighters to do what they can to get to this gathering- it may cost you- but what Washington is doing will most definitely cost you MUCH more!!! I have just finished faxing letters to 82 senators, regarding Cap and Trade. I will also call them- it doesn no good to try to email, as they will only accept emails from their state constituents-

      We MUST raise our voices, and do the best we can! At the local parade, later after our tea party, I understand that people were harrassed about not having their banners and signage in Spanish as well as English- now, I guess I will have to sign up to be a member of the parade planning committee, to fight about that! It's just endless- one has to fight about everything these days- it's exhausting!

    11. Taylor Hoynes says:

      Our greatest challenge is to reverse over 70 years of socialism/humanism that has been taught in our colleges and now in all public schools. Socialism and Humanism is a two sided ticket and you can't have one without the other. To be sure we are not to be a Theocracy, but we are a Republic under God. That is why the words "the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them" are in the 1st paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Remember this phrase because it is the foundation of our Republic. It is the legal link to the laws of England and to our Constitution. It is what makes our Republic Under Law work compared to Republics under Natural Law. Natural Law is merely a Democracy or Majority Rule and when evil comes in; Mob Rule.

      English law was based on God's Word.

      REMEMBER:

      “The road to socialism is Democracy”

      Karl Marx

      We are now at a point where we must have a Constitutional Convention to force this administration and the government back to the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

    12. Gilbert York, Oklaho says:

      The only thing that this supposedly historical president has done is lead this once great nation of ours is into ruin.Its sad to see the arrogent politicians turn a blind eye to what the people want.So much for the government of the people by the people. Time to water the tree of liberty and put this once great nation back on track.

    13. Margaret Mueller, CA says:

      "We are now at a point where we must have a Constitutional Convention to force this administration and the government back to the Constitution and the Rule of Law." -Taylor Hoynes

      …sort of like Honduras?

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