Happy Independence Day 2015 from the Kitsap Patriots Tea Party!!!
In the summer of 1776, our Founders officially adopted our Declaration of Independence, one of the great charters of liberty as explained to us by KrisAnne Hall this April, separating from Great Britain. We encourage you to take a moment to read the Declaration of Independence with your family & friends. Explain the uniqueness and meaning of the principles it outlines. Without these foundational principles, proper interpretation of American law and the U.S. Constitution becomes skewed toward the centralized tyranny from which our Founders parted. Abraham Lincoln referred to the Declaration as an “apple of gold“, the heart of our republic:
The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word, “fitly spoken” which has proved an “apple of gold” to us. The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal, or destroy the apple; but to adorn, and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple — not the apple for the picture.
President Calvin Coolidge, in his 1926 speech, made the point that the Declaration presents principles that are the maximum expressions of individual freedom. No charter man can create will be superior to our Declaration of Independence. We are exceptional!!!
If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. [Emphasis Added]
If you answered “(D) All of the Above” in the photo above, you are correct!
Protecting these sacred principles is our American duty to God and country. Will you stand with the Kitsap Patriots Tea Party in saving this country? Pondering founding history at Independence Hall in 1861, Abraham Lincoln exclaimed:
I have often inquired of myself, what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the motherland; but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Now, my friends, can this country be saved upon that basis? If it can, I will consider myself one of the happiest men in the world, if I can help to save it. … I have said nothing but what I am willing to live by and, if it be the pleasure of Almighty God, die by.
We close by once again citing Coolidge. He stresses the importance of not only our institutional structure, but our moral character.
No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.
Now go have some fun … John Adams says so!!!
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.