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Our Declaration of Independence

In March, I posted an article entitled The Importance of Principle, which did not seem to inspire a great deal of interest. Calling Americans’ attention to principles has been an awful strategy in the 21st century, because people know instinctively that any discussion of principle will require them to make difficult personal decisions that they already feel are impractical and therefore not worth the effort.

“What good would it do me”, the average Republican American thinks, “to come out against Welfare, Food, Housing, and Education subsidies, when our government will never back away from these programs? Nothing will change and I’ll be called selfish, egocentric, bigoted, and racist”.

I appreciate feeling as though taking principled stands before this government seems impracticable, since it isn’t merely a matter of defeating one party or one party’s establishment, but rather both party’s establishments, their corporate sponsors, and a bulwark of powerful special interests. It just isn’t practical standing up against those odds. What good could it possibly accomplish?

On July 4th, 1776, the founders of our future nation did the most impractical thing of all, announcing their independence from the most powerful Kingdom in the world, with the most well trained army, powerful navy, and capital beyond imagining. This unimaginably impractical declaration paved the way for a civilization the likes of which this world had never seen – A Nation of Free Men.

In a new world, these men declared no limit to a man’s freedom nor to his future, and thereby declared no limit to the greatness of the nation they sought to create. We are beneficiaries of a heritage we could never deserve, charged with the responsibility of preserving the liberty braver men and women laid down their lives for, to pass on to their children and their children’s children. At any point in the life of a man, he can decide that life is too hard, too disappointing, and too much for him to bare; and in these moments of his struggle, it is within his power to take his own life, and to end his suffering. So too, it seems, is it in the hands of a free people, to decide for each other, and for all future generations, that the insecurity and hardships of liberty are more than they can bare, and thus choose to commit the ultimate betrayal of life, liberty, and happiness. Such is the sacrifice of our independence that we see today.  We are, as a collective, which we’ve fought now to become, choosing suicide, for ourselves and for each other, and for the future. The sacrifice of our liberty will become the heritage passed down to our children and our children’s children, unless enough of us stand up as individuals against the collective and once again declare our independence – an independence predicated upon principles learned from the living of life, not just the pondering of it.

And so, on the day before our Independence Day, it would not be unwise, I think, to read or listen to our nations’ once brave Declaration of Independence.

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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