Saturday, July 03, 2010

Independence Day never meant more ~ By Joseph Farah

Independence Day has always been my favorite non-religious holiday. Though I love watching the fire works show, it is the meaning of the day that is important to me. It always has been, and always will be.

Yesterday morning, I happened to have captured some great video on Fox & Friends. Peter Johnson, Jr. gave a wonderful tribute to Independence Day that I would like to share with you today:

Independence Day: The Real Meaning of the Holiday - Peter Johnson Jr

Happy Independence Day! A great tribute to the holiday many people just call the 4th of July, but it is about America's birthday and Independence.

Video provided by TheREALjohnny2k

On this holiday weekend, please do not forget about our veterans that have fought for our freedom. They are the ones that have for so long both given us freedom, and have fought to protect it, many who gave their lives to do so. And most of all, we must not allow their sacrifice to go to waste. This November 2 will be the day we can change things in Washington D.C., and even in our states and cities. It will truly be up to us if we want to keep our liberty now and in the future. Just sayin'...

So, relax tomorrow. Kick back and grill. Watch a ballgame. Shoot off the fireworks and wave Old Glory.

But, for heaven's sake, don't forget what this holiday is all about. It's about one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.
By Joseph Farah

Posted: July 03, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

Tomorrow Americans will take the day off, watch ballgames, barbecue in the backyard, watch fireworks displays and fly the flag.

But I'm hoping they will do more than that this Independence Day.

Given the state of our nation this July 4, 2010, I recommend everyone sit down with their family and their friends and read the Declaration of Independence. It's a document that is as relevant today as it was when it was written 234 years ago.

You've got to read it like you were reading it for the first time – with a fresh perspective. It might help that Americans are in the embrace of a tyranny very familiar to the founders who wrote and signed this historic document.

Look what they wrote. It is both a list of grievances and a sweeping vision of a life previously unknown anywhere in the world.

What were their grievances?

As I write in my new book, "The Tea Party Manifesto: A Vision for an American Rebirth" – which I chose to launch tomorrow, even though the bookstores are mostly closed, because the symbolism was too powerful to ignore – we can relate well to the founders' complaints:
  • government was failing to perform the limited responsibilities the institution was required to perform;
  • government was exceeding its authority;
  • government was violating individual rights;
  • government was obstructing immigration laws;
  • government was obstructing justice;
  • government was turning the land into a police state;
  • government was superseding the established laws of the land.
Yes, indeed, I can relate.

In fact, as I wrote in a previous book, "Taking America Back," I actually believe the founders, despite their colonist status, lived in a society far freer than the one we know in America today.

In effect, we have allowed ourselves to be colonized once again, this time, not by a foreign power, but by our own domestic central government in Washington.

We may have more modern conveniences. We may have a more comfortable life than the colonists. Food and shelter and the basic necessities of life may be easier to come by than they were in the 18th century. But, can anyone truly suggest that we have more liberty than most of the colonists had? I think it would be very hard to make that case.

Yet, those men and women were willing to sacrifice everything they had – their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor – to make a heroic stand for liberty.

Often, throughout my life, I have wished I could live in a time and place like that. Could this be such a time and place?

I believe America is on the brink of major changes. This country is at a crossroads. And whether we choose the freedom path or the tyranny path will be decided in one of the most historic elections in American history Nov. 2.

But that won't be the end of the fight. That will be just the beginning.

The tea-party movement arose in response to the increase in tyranny Americans are facing. It's a vibrant and broad grass-roots movement. Yet, how long it lasts and how much impact it will have on the future of our nation is still to be determined.


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