Our Disappearing Freedoms

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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. 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. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

Two-Hundred & thirty-four years ago, the Thirteen Colonies declared their freedom from the tyranny of a government that continued to oppress the freedoms that many found to be onerous.  Such a declaration was treason to the King of England, but after several bloody years, the colonies won their freedom.

In the present time, we are also witnessing another government appearing to trample upon the freedoms of its population, passing laws that the citizenry either knows or will find out soon enough what freedoms or personal livelihood they have given up for the passage of those laws.  What do you think the Founders would say of this government that they gave their word, their bond, their blood to create for the betterment of future generations of Americans?  Nothing good, I would wager…

For instance, the Second Amendment succinctly and plainly states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  The Supreme Court’s ruling on McDonald v. Chicago upholding this right is amazing only in the respect that a local government (i.e., Chicago, among others like Washington DC) infringed upon a basic right of a person to defend themselves with a firearm, and that a lawsuit had to be filed to uphold this right!!  For instance, Article VI of the Constitution states:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Which means that the Bill of Rights, approved by Congress, is the “supreme Law of the Land.”  This includes the Second Amendment, no matter what the spin doctors or politicians say.

Regardless, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that:

  • Bans gun shops within the City of Chicago
  • Prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes with a handgun, even onto their porches or in their garages.
  • Limits the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibits residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time.
  • Requires residents in homes with children to keep handguns in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks and requires residents convicted of a gun offense to register with the police department, much as sex offenders are now required to do.
  • Prohibits people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Requires prospective gun owners to be fingerprinted, take a four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range.
  • Calls for the police department to maintain a registry of every registered handgun owner in the city, with the names and addresses to be made available to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.
  • Those who have handguns, illegal under the previous ban, would have 90 days from the day the ordinance is enacted to register those weapons.

Police are not everywhere, and if they were, what kind of country would we be?  Like the old Soviet Union or present day Communist China where everyone spies on each other?  What ever happened to the concept that each person is responsible for their own actions?

Just be reminded that every law, ordinance, and legislation that government passes infringes upon the freedom of some citizen in some way, shape, or form.  As an example:

Every social program takes money out of someone’s pocket (yours) and gives it to someone else.  It doesn’t mean that that person isn’t deserving, but it means that government has taken on a role that was not intended for it through the Constitution.  My freedom to give to charities of my choice (possibly to help those same people) has now been curtailed because I now have limited resources to give.

How has this happened?  It has happened because of an uninvolved populace in the affairs of government and ignorant career politicians who only care about the power they can amass.  The majority of either group has not read the Constitution with the various Amendments from beginning to end with the goal of understanding these documents, and that contributes to the sad state of our country.

While you are watching the fireworks, eating out, and enjoying the weekend, please take time to reflect upon the greatness and uniqueness of this country.  We are truly blessed to be living in this country.

Have a great 4th!

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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 Our Disappearing Freedoms

  1. Pete says:

    You couldn’t have said it any better! I truly believe that the next few years may very well decide this great nation’s destiny. Will we continue to be suckered in by the promises of Big Government, or will we wake up and begin to rebuild on our founding principles? Thanks for doing your part – happy Independence Day!

  2. Indigo Red says:

    I think first, the Founders would be appalled a ‘Negroe’ is President, they were after all, men of their time. Then they would remind us the phrase reads “keep AND bear arms” equally; they didn’t mean the people could have arms but not use them whenever and wherever necessary. They would remind us that ‘arms’ are weapons of all sorts from guns to knives to clubs to stones. They would also remind us the right to arms is not openended, but comes with great responsibilities to use those arms judiciously.

    I think the Founders would reject the new and improved Chicago gun law, except perhaps for the section that “Prohibits people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” That would be part of the great responsibility.

    Benjamin Franklin, in particular, would be much taken aback by our apparent inability or unwillingness to keep the Republic, but not truely surprised at the losses of freedom because of the history of Democracies and Republics. Thomas Jefferson woould be amazed we have lasted this long with essentially the same Constitution.

    I think, overall, the Founders would be amazed at our progress, the growth and strength of the nation and would probably hold much hope for us to right ourselves from the abuses we have deemed sufferable for so long.

  3. Love that quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson! Although a transcendentalist, he somehow understood the meaning of America’s ideals of freedom.

    What do you think the Founders would say of this government that they gave their word, their bond, their blood to create for the betterment of future generations of Americans?


    They might have been driven to spouting Profanitese. We have drifted that far away from the ideals for which they fought and died.

  4. Tom says:

    Thank you, everyone, for visiting and leaving your comments.

  5. Joe says:

    If I were a Chicagoan, once each day I would pick up my gun, step out on the porch and wave it in the air. Then I would step back inside and mock the “powers that be.”

  6. “It has happened because of an uninvolved populace in the affairs of government and ignorant career politicians who only care about the power they can amass. The majority of either group has not read the Constitution with the various Amendments from beginning to end with the goal of understanding these documents, and that contributes to the sad state of our country.”

    ABSOLUTELY correct!

    POSITIVELY correct!

    People seem to want their Free Cheese MORE than they want their freedoms!

    The founding fathers are shaking their heads in shame. And THEY fought for their freedoms for FEWER TAXES than we are enduring NOW!

    BZ

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