linesandI love to shoot. Punching supersonic holes in paper is one of my favorite things to do. I learned the basics at a young age, refined and developed my skill from there. Taught the same to my kids. Bad habits or traits can easily creep into anyone’s shooting game and cause problems. I’ve always known that going back to the basics is the best place to start when correcting a shooting problem. It also helps in life’s daily onslaught of rationed problems and it was essential in my previous life as a firefighter. Back to the basics. How about the government? This ‘back to the basics’ approach lead me to revisit the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence. I have in fact just reread the Declaration of Independence. I have some questions and some general observations I would like to share. I hope this makes you think. It has kept me awake.

To most, the Declaration of Independence exists as a basis for our Liberty and Independence from Britain and the rest of the world. “I read it once” or “I did a report in 8th grade…” is appropriate but insufficient. I am 50 this year and I just revisited this document again. Being the inquisitive type, I went to one of my bookshelves and retrieved a 2008 AP United States Government and Politics Study guide. Hoping to give my self some direction concerning the information that was stirring in my mind and giving me headaches…not a word about the Declaration of Independence. This was my sons study guide. I was stunned. I still am and I have some questions. I also regret letting this slip by.

“When duty whispers low, ‘Thou must.’”

“The youth replies, ‘I can’”

George F. Hoar

doi–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

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–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to 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

–Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

As I mentioned earlier, most are familiar with the Declaration of Independence as a prelude to war with Britain; a tyranny escaped and Freedom found through Constitutional Convention, spilled blood, lost limbs and lives destroyed. Do not misunderstand; while our Forefathers wrote the Constitution in their own “blood,” Our Declaration was constructed as a mutual pledge to each other on their conditions of Life, Fortune and their Sacred Honor. The Declaration of Independence outlines “…repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these states.” The Declaration of Independence IS the line in the sand traced by our Liberty. A path has been cut across this line. I cannot unsee this, I cannot ignore this. I didn’t want to see this and I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that we as a nation could get to this point.

Keeping in mind that human judgment is an imperfect instrument for the discovery of truth; my intellect has become blurred and distorted beyond recognition.  The mental process of unraveling these contrarieties is mind-numbing to me. I am dumbfounded that collectively we have lost sight of our history and purpose.

“It is then the duty of a good citizen to live for the Republic; and he must be ready to give life, and health, his wealth and comfort, his home, his wife and his child, for his country.”

Author UNKNOWN to me

The path to the American Revolution has been retraced right under our noses. In fact we paid for it. Through the creeping bastardization of our legal system, education system, and work force, we have been relegated back beyond square one.

The way I perceive it, we have contextually surpassed most, if not all of the reasons the Declaration of Independence was written to begin with.

In the immortal words of our Founding Fathers, “To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.” Each one of these grievances has become a ‘Rabbit Hole’ of unimaginable depth. In no way will this be an all-inclusive, objective overview of every parallel I can see, as it would take many volumes. My intent will be to knock off the shiny surface with definitions and my thoughts on current events…go as deep as you wish, there are many applicable events from which to choose. This agenda and planned destruction of our nation will be in history books someday. My hope is that the severity of our overall situation is recognized so this can be rectified.

Stand by for Part 2 (my efforts putting Part 1 together were extremely hampered.)

Thank You Scott for an excellent article. We look forward to Part 2. To submit your own thoughts to DCC please email me at [email protected] -Dean Garrison

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