A few days ago I removed from my desk a copy of the Declaration of Independence and read it again with current events in mind. Here are my thoughts as a Virginian:
The seriousness of what our Founding Fathers were doing is evident in the first paragraph. They spoke of dissolving political bands and gave the reasons for what they were doing. They believed a Creator had given all men rights (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness) and that Governments existed to secure those rights and that Governments are not able to separate us from those rights. They believed that when Government becomes destructive of these ends it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it…. Yes, this phrase is in the DOI. Admittedly, they also warned that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. I think we all agree with this concept. I would also add, however, that long established policies like 2nd Amendment should not be changed for light and transient reasons. The Founding Fathers noted that people tend to suffer evils for a long time before they will abolish the forms they are accustomed to. I think we have seen that restraint by law-abiding patriotic Americans, but I am not sure for how much longer.
They noted that when a long train of abuses and usurpations…designed to reduce them under absolute Despotism had occurred that it was the people’s right and duty to throw off such Government. Interesting. They then called out the King of England by name and proceeded to give facts that proved their case.
Here are some of the complaints they made against the King that seem to parallel our situation.
He has…sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
This sounds like the threats of sending in the State Police and National Guard.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
This sounds like our Governor trying to override our local sheriffs (who have clearly stood with people) with the State Police and National Guard.
For imposing taxes on us without our consent.
We won’t even go here for now.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.
Think about the Red Flag Laws….
For…abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.
Think about the coming infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
Our Governor is ramming through unconstitutional laws and then threatening to come and get us. We’re just not quite there yet.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
This originally applied to people taken captive on the high seas, but the idea is that a tyrannical Government will send citizens to harm (and be harmed by) their fellow citizens. Again, the parallel is the Governor’s administration threatening to send the State Police and National Guard to enforce hasty new laws over the wishes of Sheriffs. This is not going to have a good outcome.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
Note the Peaceful Protest on January 20th. Note the response the next day of total indifference and continued pursuance of tyrannical gun laws, etc.
Like our forefathers we appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world to help us avoid any coming conflicts, but that conflict appears more and more likely. This week I found it helpful to read again the Declaration of Independence, which is such a part of our national history, and I hope it has encouraged you. We will go forward, like those before us, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, [and] we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
DVM is a retired veterinarian who lives in central VA. He teaches college classes in anatomy, physiology, and ethics. His hobbies include wooden boat-building, disaster preparedness, amateur radio, and networking with like-minded patriots. He also holds an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a Believer since 1992.