Rekindling the Spirit of Independence

by Dave Batcheller – July 4, 2015

Today marks the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While many Americans will entertain themselves with cookouts and fireworks, our nation will continues a downward slide that would make our Founding Fathers spin in their graves. Those courageous men who put their lives on the line against British tyranny by signing this document in 1776 would today be completely bewildered that we have drifted so far from the Spirit of Independence that burned in their hearts. In today’s America, they would have to look far and wide to find just a few brave souls who would be willing to take the same stand for liberty.

I myself am keenly aware of the distractions and challenges of rekindling and maintaining this Spirit of Independence. Like millions of Americans, I work and struggle daily just to pay the bills and survive. I look forward to any break or relaxation that I can find. I also recognize the tendencies to become distracted, discouraged, and weary along the way. I have personally experienced all this, and much more.

So how did we so desperately lose our way and forget what America really stands for? How did we sink to these levels of apathy and self-contradiction? And why do we continue to put up with the ever-increasing lawlessness, immorality, government waste and corruption?

Every day we now hear reports of the continual slide away from America’s unique heritage, moral compass, and founding documents. Politicians, judges, and liberal activists relentlessly strip away layer after layer of the rights and personal liberties of American citizens. This they do by either ignoring, redefining, or reinterpreting the plain meaning of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. And of course it is not popular or politically correct to hold on to Christian or Biblical values. The march toward socialism, globalism, and national disaster continues on unimpeded. As a nation, our current economy, trade agreements, immigration and foreign policies, along with our on-going moral compromises, are all unsustainable and life-threatening.

Above all, our governments’ dismemberment and abandonment of the Constitution should awaken anyone who truly understands our American history and values. Their frequent and repetitive violations of the Bill of Rights should also compel us to take serious action! If we don’t do it, who will? It is now plain to see that we have far-surpassed the levels of governmental intrusion, abuse, and control that were experienced during the early days of our republic. Yet today we sit by, lulled to sleep and afraid to do something that might be considered radical or “revolutionary.” It has become painfully obvious to me that we are losing this battle, and unless we implement some new tactics, we will lose the entire war and our independence.

The Declaration of Independence itself was a calculated, determined break with a government that had repeatedly demonstrated complete disregard for their own laws and a willingness to abuse and violate their own citizens. Signing this declaration came with great risk and sacrifice. Today we need this type of a break once again. The fact that it is now our own government is of little consequence—the issues are the same. Any lesser response will only subject us to the inevitable consequences of a national deterioration, with chaos and collapse to follow. Not sure what you can do? Start today by rekindling the Spirit of Independence in your own heart!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

From the Declaration of Independence. Click here to read the entire document.

One Response to Rekindling the Spirit of Independence

  1. My, how I’ve missed your direct, simple, and personal approach to a concern so dear to our hearts…our independence and liberty from oppressive government such as we have been living under for some time now. I am thankful for the renewed Spirit in your own heart and look forward to being edified by more of your print in the future. Charleen

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