William G. Burmer
It appears as each new day passes we are forced to endure more and more lies and distortions from our elected officials at all levels of government. I would say government service; but I purposely omitted the term because it has become all too obvious that they are where they are to serve themselves and not the people who elected them. I remain hopeful that some will be more forceful and (using the adjective) forthright in their efforts as time moves forward. I have taken the liberty to borrow sentences and phrases in the following paragraphs which have come from others much more gifted in speech than I. The words are not mine, I however endorse them and wish they were; for all of my efforts I could do no better.
Next to life itself I am thankful for the gift of free agency, indeed a free gift from God for which each of us should be grateful. It is the source from which Liberty is spoken, and from which conscience became an integral part of human nature; freedom not only to think, but to speak and act, I might add, intelligently, using common sense, not, non-sense.
I have made it no secret that my faith teaches me that the Constitution is not only the true and only Law of the land, but that, in addition, the Lord affixed his personal approval of its very existence.
Preceding this great document was the Declaration of Independence which, in truth contains our rights as free men and woman in America. Scarcely one year after the “shot heard round the world” was sounded, during the speeches prior to its adoption and transmission to King George III, our great patriot John Adams said this:
“Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I have my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence. But there’s a Divinity which shapes our ends . . . Why, then, should we defer the Declaration? . . . You and I, indeed, may rue it. We may not live to the time when this Declaration shall be made good. We May die; die Colonists, die slaves, die, it may be, ignominiously and on the scaffold.
Be it so. Be it so.
It may be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life; the victim shall be ready. . . But while I do live, let me have a country, or at least the hope of a country, and that a free country.
But whatever may be our fate, be assured . . . that this Declaration will stand. It may cost treasure, and it may cost blood; but it will stand and it will richly compensate for both.
Through the thick gloom of the present, I see the brightness of the future as the sun in heaven. We shall make this a glorious, an immortal day. When we are in our graves, our children will honor it. They will celebrate it with thanksgiving, with festivity, with bonfires, and illuminations. On its annual return they will shed tears, copious, gushing tears, not of subjection and slavery, not of agony and distress, but of exultation, of gratitude and of joy.
Sir, before God, I believe the hour is come. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, Independence now, and Independence forever. [The Works of Daniel Webster, 4th ed., 1:133–:36]”
Thus it was in those colonial days that men such as Adams came, who were to stand firm against any form of dictatorship. Their faith flourished in the bright sunlight of free agency, and their ability to govern themselves. Thus the seed of freedom began to grow. These may have been the horse and buggy days of which our modern leaders besmirch and deride but the idea of freedom has never at any time in history taken a back seat to time or place.
Yes, I love this nation. To me it is not just another nation, not just a member of the family of nations. It is a great and glorious nation with a divine mission, brought into being under the inspiration of heaven. I make no apologies for this fact. Our founders, and the freedoms, and principles they sacrificed for were inspired of God; for they turned to the scriptures, and to religion, in order to have their great experiment make sense to them.
In these challenging days, when there are so many influences which would divert us, there is a need to rededicate ourselves to the lofty principles and practices of our Founding Fathers.
We have allowed our courts, through their anti-prayer, anti-God decisions, to outlaw in the schools the positive belief of the truths contained in the Declaration of Independence, and the very foundation of our nation.
What are needed today is the same faith and fearless attitudes that our founders displayed. To be steady as we teach our children and grandchildren that freedom is not free. It take diligence but more, it takes a knowledge of the truth; we must dedicate ourselves to preserving and teaching the truth about our great Nation , we must shout it from the housetops and in every breath, and in every action we take.. We must stand firm with an unwavering faith in God. , we must not be distracted by the liberal children on the Marxist left.