An Independence Day Message From President Garfield

Before being elected President, while serving in Congress, James Garfield stated at the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1876:

James A Garfield 250p“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature … If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

I’m sure that quote will garner its fair share of “amens,” especially among the political right. However, I expect most of those “amens” will be predicated on the supposition that it’s “the other guy” who has tolerated ignorance, recklessness and corruption in Congress by his vote for, and support of, “the other party.” You might want to hold up on passing judgment just yet, and look at some numbers first. Continue reading “An Independence Day Message From President Garfield”

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.

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