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Monday, July 4, 2011

Freedom- Remembering Who We Are

No Limits | The Freedom Coach
Freedom-Remembering Who We are
Written by Steven Griggs |

Today, being the fourth of July, I happened to notice a full copy of the Declaration of Independence printed on the back of the newspaper I was reading…. so I read it. I’ve read it before in school, but this time it really resonated with me. 

235 years ago the signers of the Declaration of Independence risked everything, their lives and fortunes, to sign this document. They laid it all on the line. They weren’t perfect men, many supported slavery and even owned slaves. Woman had no rights. But they took a stand against a far superior super power, a veritable war machine, called Great Britain. And against all the odds they won.

Two centuries and 35 years later I believe we are again coming to a turning point in our history. Once more the people are beginning to push back against the government, a government that in many ways has grown to have surprising similarities to that of King George III.

Our Founders were all businessmen. Our country has always prospered because of our small businesses.  But today, as any business man in American knows, to be in business in America is very challenging. There is no real support or encouragement from any level of our government to start or grow a business.

From the federal, state, county, and city level, the business owner is considered a bit of a nuisance. Someone who is either breaking, evading or at the minimum, in non compliance with one or more of the endless ordinances, codes, rules and regulations that are enforced by government employees whose sole function is to regulate, punish and collect.

Freedom in America is not so free. Yes, in comparison, America is still the best, but there are some benefits to living in a truly corrupt society, at least you know who to pay to get the results you seek. 

In America we still pay but it only goes to support more bureaucracy and more regulation. In essence we are supporting our own enslavers.

In rising up against King George, the founding fathers listed a series of grievances against the King, two of which were:

"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat outt heir substance"

"For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent"  

I am not advocating revolution, at least not in the historical sense, but I am saying it is time we pushed back on our government and reminded them of the following words our founders wrote in the Declaration of Independence:

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes….. but when a long train of abuses and usurpations……  evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Let’s remember who we are and where we came from….. Happy 4th of July.