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When government goes awry, we must act

November 20, 2016

Today, we begin a journey, you and I. Today, we begin to act as our obligations and duty, described in the Declaration of Independence, require and demand.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object 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.” –Declaration of Independence

When things begin to go wrong, when government begins to assume powers not delegated, those of us who can do something must act. We are each bound by a sacred duty to take appropriate action. Many of us are bound by a solemn oath. Nearly all of us are bound by a pledge to the flag of the united States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. We must “provide new Guards for their future security.” Their future security — who’s security are they talking about? Consider these words,

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” — Thomas Paine

These selfless words were penned in a letter titled, “The American Crisis.” He wrote this in December 1776. The timing alone removes all doubt that he was simply being poetic or grandiose. These were not shallow words, clothed in bravado and false patriotism. His country and countrymen were at war. The armies were destitute. They urgently needed supplies that they did not have, they were freezing, they were hungry, they were demoralized and beginning to doubt. These were the most desperate of times. Everything hung in the balance. If his fledgling nation were to fail in this struggle for freedom, Thomas Paine would be marched to the gallows and there hanged for high treason.

Even then, even when the cost was so high, the immortal Paine spat in the eye of the devil and called on him to do his worst. He understood his absolute duty to ensure the future security for his children and his grandchildren. He also was in possession of a selfless and sacrificing spirit that refused to pass to his children, evils that he could eradicate in his lifetime. His determination was to leave to them a better and more free world than the one he knew.

Is my duty less? Is your duty less? Or, are we, like Thomas Paine, duty bound to preserve and expand the blessings of freedom for all who follow after us?

Where to begin? I suppose that this is the question asked by most. And with this question, I am brought back on point. The title of this work is, “A New Beginning, a New Declaration of Independence.” This body of work and every episode that follows will provide pieces that answer this pressing question.

I believe that the logical place to begin is with a basic understanding.

We must correctly identify the greatest danger to life, liberty and happiness. Many would say that this danger is embodied in such as Barack Obama, Saul Alinsky, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and even Donald Trump. Others point to radical Islam with its dreams of world purification through global jihad. Some name Christians, Jews, believers, atheists, blacks, whites, Latinos and even the police as the greatest danger. Let us not forget the globalists, federalist, industrialists, isolationists and even the patriots.

Perhaps the greatest danger is not a person at all. We face floods, tsunamis, pestilence, disease, fire, storms and the ever present global warming. Are these the largest threats we face?

One of these must be the greater threat, right? Maybe not.

I think that we must also identify the greatest hope that which is second only to our lord and master, Jesus Christ.

Would it surprise you to learn that the greatest danger and the greatest hope are one and the same? Look in the mirror.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information.” — Thomas Jefferson

If we are ignorant, we allow all manner of usurpation and tyranny. But, if we are informed about the issues and with regard to our duties to employ a rightful remedy, we prevent every abuse, usurpation, and we stop the Tyrant dead in his tracks. We stop him with a blow from which he cannot recover.

So there it is. I have laid out the “New Beginning.” I will produce columns such as this in the future. I will report on a current issue that has the potential to shrink liberty and destroy freedom beyond all recognition. The online version will be extensively annotated with footnotes, cross referenced to liberty documents from the Bible to the Magna Carta to the Mayflower Compact to the Founding Documents and to the letters and publications of Patriots, ancient and modern. Further, it will be extensively linked to these documents, on my own server, so that you may read for yourself. Additionally, each column will be accompanied by a pod-cast, DallyPost Radio, where you may listen to discussion and ideas pertaining to the column.

Please join me weekly at radio.dallypost.com.

Until then, may God keep and bless you. May he lift you up in faith and joy, and in manly courage when necessary.

Lance Earl is a freelance writer, firearms instructor and animated target manufacturer from Rockland, Power County. LibertyWrit.com is a Lance Earl project designed to defend Constitutional Principles with broad state-wide support. Constitutional workshops are offered by Lance Earl for church, school, political, civic and family groups.