On July 2, 1776, Congress passed a resolution “That these united colonies are, and of right to be free and independent states.” On July 4th, they signed the Declaration of Independence, and on July 8th, the bell in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House - The Liberty Bell - rang to assemble the citizens for the first public reading of the Declaration. On July 9th the Declaration was read to Washington’s troops in New York.
These were not battles fought and won on the battlefield; these were actions of resolve, encouragement, and hope.
That week full of events that are of great importance to our nation, but do we really care? Really? It is easy for us to get caught up in just living our lives, taking care of our families and such, to the point we take much for granted. After all, this is the United States, and nothing can change that! Not so fast!
Have you ever considered that the 56 men who signed the Declaration had families and lives too? Have you considered that they did not have the modern technology we have, so farming and running their businesses was much more difficult? The thousands who were directly involved in the politics and the fighting had to leave their homes for extended periods of time with very little direct contact. Women and children had to carry on businesses and farms, in some cases for ever as their husband and father gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world." ~George Washington.
In many ways, these men were just like us. They had things they’d rather be doing. The old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” is certainly based on reality. I am easily discouraged this time of year because I see most people disengaged from reality. I see little difference between those who follow the latest Kardashian sighting and those who argue over whether Melania or Michelle was the better dresser.
Jesus told his disciples if they had faith the size of a grain of mustard seed that they could tell a mountain to move and it would. He gave no quarter to quitters and whiners. That principle is well known to all successful people; you have to have faith in your effort.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” Henry Ford
Please excuse my “French,” but it really irks me to hear people pissing and moaning about this, and that as our republic crumbles around them. Never mind the 60-70% who are simply disengaged and worry only about themselves existed in the days of Madison, Jefferson, and Washington. I’m talking about the same people as Thomas Paine in an essay entitled The Crisis. Please take the time to read it in its entirety, here is the first paragraph:
“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. With an army to enforce her tyranny, Britain has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.”
People believe what they want. One day they talk about all the fake news and how horrible the media is, and the next, they are touting something reported they like and with which they agree. I know even a blind squirrel finds an occasional acorn, but we have no credibility if we sway with the wind and the waves. When we back a man or woman, regardless of what they do or say, we abandon the framework of the Constitution and the foundation that is the Declaration of Independence.
We have become a fickle people, for everything, and for nothing. When Benjamin Franklin responded to the question of what sort of government we had, “A Republic if you can keep it.” He understood well that keeping it would not be easy. I am as guilty as anyone in thinking that simply working hard, being a good citizen and being an educated voter is all it takes. I did that for many years. I suppose 9/11 was my wake up call-- the attack itself, and the growth of government in response as we immediately traded liberty for security.
I believe we will one day have another week that will change the world.
I first learned of the idea of using Article V of the Constitution about five years ago. The thought horrified me-- to expose our constitution to change by progressives was certain death to the republic. A friend had suggested it to me, so caring for both my friend and my nation, I set out to show him he was wrong to be working for this. As I searched, I found people advocating for and against the idea, and they were both quoting founders. I may have been born at night, but it was not last night. Quotes can be taken out of context, so I had to dig deeper. After all, Satan quoted scripture, yet he is the father of lies.
It would take several articles to share everything I learned, but suffice it to say, I learned that Article V is the only legitimate and constitutional way for the states to reign in the federal government. The states created the federal government, so it is their job and responsibility to control the monster they created.
Article V only gives Congress or the states the power to propose amendments to the Constitution. Historically, only Congress had proposed amendments, but founders, such as George Mason understood the danger of keeping the power strictly within Congress. Notes taken by James Madison in the debate over the wording of Article V state:
“Col: MASON thought the plan of amending the Constitution exceptionable & dangerous. As the proposing of amendments is in both the modes to depend, in the first immediately, in the second, ultimately, on Congress, no amendments of the proper kind would ever be obtained by the people, if the Government should become oppressive, as he verily believed would be the case.”
Col Mason was most prescient. Yet, we have hand wringers, fear mongers, and the willfully ignorant casting doubt and spreading lies. They claim to defend the constitution, yet pick a section and say it is too dangerous to follow. Gun haters do the same thing with the Second Amendment. Either the Constitution is valid, or it is not. If we can pick and choose which parts to follow, the entire document is worthless.
Do your homework, read original writings. The whole piece, not cherry picked parts. Then get out of your comfort zone and DO something.
The Convention of States Project is a grassroots movement. We know that George Mason was right-- Congress will never restrain itself, so we must. Courts, Congress, bureaucrats, and agencies all need to be restrained. Once you understand this is the “emergency ripcord” given to us by the framers, go to www.cosaction.com and get involved.
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