I stopped long enough this week to contemplate the 4th of July holiday for what it commemorates. The greatest heroes of all time came together against a tyrannical British government and formed a unity of sovereign American States. Imagine taking such a stand against your government!
Our Forefathers formed a government that had never been seen on earth before. Yes, it has some Greek characteristics, but not where the people truly ruled themselves from a grass roots level. Elected officials used to do the bidding of their constituents because they lived among them most of the year.
I’m sorry to say we have freely given away much of the liberties for which our Forefathers fought some 231 years ago. We should all resolve to become more proactive in the direction our country is headed. Below are some quotes to help you all remember the men to which we owe what freedom we still have!
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Ben Franklin
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself. Alexander Hamilton
In all our associations; in all our agreements let us never lose sight of this fundamental maxim – that all power was originally lodged in, and consequently is derived from, the people. George Mason
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! Samuel Adams