An Appeal to Heaven

gdhs_2270_190312294I recently read the story of the “An Appeal to Heaven” flag, its history and the important philosophical concept behind it. Most of us don’t even know there was such a flag and even fewer understand its significance. You really cannot correctly understand our nation’s history, or our Declaration of Independence, without understanding the concept behind “An Appeal to Heaven.”

The concept comes from English philosopher, John Locke. In his Second Treatise of Government, Locke explains that once all human avenues for seeking justice (judges, legislatures, executives, etc), or relief from tyranny, have been exhausted, only an appeal to Heaven remains. At that point, men become justified to seek relief by their own actions, appealing to the God of Heaven to sustain their endeavor, as no earthly mediator is left to them.

“…where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment.” (John Locke) Continue reading “An Appeal to Heaven”

This Independence Day, Remember the Declaration

Fourth_of_July_fireworks_375pix highThis Independence Day, I want to encourage my fellow countrymen to celebrate the most American of all holidays by listening to a reading of the Declaration of Independence on this week’s episode of Home Front, hosted by former Missouri State Representative and Constitution Party leader, Cynthia Davis. Even those of us who frequently refer to this great document, or profess to love the liberty that it stands for, are guilty of rarely reading the actual words with which our nation was founded. When I listened to this reading of the Declaration, several things jumped out at me as though I were hearing them for the first time. The reading of the Declaration of Independence and the rehearsing of the principles contained therein, should be at the center of every festivity and gathering across the land on this and every 4th of July.

As you listen to the reading of the Declaration of Independence, or read it for yourself, listen closely and consider how many of the charges laid against King George by the signers of that document could be made against our President today; or his predecessors; or the swarms of bureaucrats that enforce upon us rules, regulations, fines and fees; or the Congress that approves of it all, including the House of Representatives that furnishes the funding that allows it to continue; or the governors and state legislatures that fail to interpose to protect their citizens from federal usurpation, but instead actually engage in most of the same activities within their own states.

This Independence Day, remember the Declaration of Independence and rehearse its principles. Then, forward this to your friends to remind them what the 4th of July is really about, why we celebrate it and what it really means to be an American.

Home Front Independence Day Special

The Declaration of Independence – Honoring the Spirit of the Founders in Today’s Political Environment

Declaration of Independence - CanStock 300x200What thoughts spring to your mind when the Declaration of Independence is mentioned? What concepts do you subconsciously associate with the act of the nation’s founders in signing that document and declaring their independence? If you’re like most of us, including me, you’ve probably had thoughts like “revolution,” “rebellion” or even “declaration of war.”

Terms like “revolution” tend to conjure up images of a bunch of malcontents who just don’t like to be told what to do, so they’re going to rebel and be free to do whatever the heck they want. I’m concerned that this, to a great extent, is the image of the founders that has come to be painted in the minds of many modern Americans. Continue reading “The Declaration of Independence – Honoring the Spirit of the Founders in Today’s Political Environment”