A Lesson from History for Congress

Once upon a time in a not so distant past, the Founders of this Country issued a Declaration of Independence upon the King of England.  Perhaps our current Congress and President should read the following excerpt and remember the history of this country’s founding.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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 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…

I have heard reports of death threats being made against some of the Congresscritters that voted for Healthcare Reform legislation, and their offices vandalized.  Most likely, that is all that is going to happen.  But perhaps the Congresscritters should remember that in the early days of this country, when people were dissatisfied with their elected officials, more than threats were issued.

Politicians faced a more informed & involved populace, and were held to higher standards than the politicians of today.  Politicians that failed the public trust were sometimes hung from the nearest tree, or tar & feathered and run out of town.

Moreover, the founding of this country was not peaceful, nor was defending of this country’s freedom throughout the years.  The force of arms was needed to defend the Rights of the Citizens of this Country.  But that was against foreign invaders, not against the rot that is present within the governance of the country.

Am I advocating similar treatment for offending politicians?  No, I’m not, we are much more civilized than that (although the proponents of Sharia law wouldn’t have a problem with it, but that’s for a different post).  Let’s just vote the buzzards out & hold them accountable for any malfeasance they may have committed while in office, and vote people into office that will abide by the Constitution.

But if the People fail to take back their government by peaceful means, then the reason for the Founders including the provisions of the Second Amendment into the laws of the United States becomes abundantly clear…


About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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6 Responses to A Lesson from History for Congress

  1. Ken Taylor says:

    Tom, they won’t even read the Constitution much less the Declaration! You are right on the mark about much more activist populace in our early days and they were vocally violent also.

    During the anger over the Jay Treaty, citizens stood outside the door of Washington’s residence in Philadelphia which was located directly on a city street. They hung GW in effigy, shouted vial and violent epitaphs at him and protested with torches throughour the night.

    This ploy by the Demc in drawing attention to this is to once again try to put a negative light on the Tea Party movement and get sypmathy for the vial action they took in passing Obamacare.

    Also if truth be told, these types of ,”threats,’ are much more common to elected officals but with the anger over health care, Dems are trying everything they can to look like victims rather than destroyers.

  2. Joe says:

    “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

    Were it not for the fact that the founders believed this, the present Congresscritters would not exist.

  3. The Griper says:

    the end justifies the means, gentlemen. that is the moral principle they follow.

  4. Debbie says:

    Both sides are getting calls and emails, but ones from the Left are very vile.

  5. Tom says:

    Ken – I see nothing from the Democrats but playing sympathy, victim, and race cards. But like cards, they will be dealt with sooner or later.

    Joe – Unfortunately, they believe that they are entitled to sup at the public trough.

    Griper – They have morals? Not from where I sit! They have an agenda and the will to do anything to achieve the goals of the agenda.

    Debbie – The First Amendment covers the People venting their spleens at their respective Congresscritters, but it would be nice to be civil instead of being uncouth. But I’m waiting for the tax bills to start coming due, and we’ve probably haven’t heard anything yet.

  6. Pete says:

    Well said Tom!
    Like most sane people I don’t advocate violence either, but if and when our government becomes too powerful and too oppressive, and when they decide to make the jump from representatives of the people to rulers of the people – then what? When our votes no longer count due to fraud and because everyone and anyone can vote what choice will we have? I hope it never comes to that; if the majority of Americans wake up before it’s too late – it won’t have to.

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