Happy Day of Liberty to all readers of The Price of Liberty.
Since the days of the Liberty Round Table (aka the Knights of Non-Aggression, KNA or LRT), back in the early 1990s, many of us have chosen to celebrate Independence Day on the 2nd of July. As even the National Archives’ website states, it was actually on the 2nd of July in 1776 that Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence.
(We will continue with the commentary of Roman warning signs tomorrow.) But we are pausing to honor Independence Day.
Tamarac, Florida is celebrating Independence on the 2nd this year. Although it may be a one-time shift, it is still welcome. But for us, today is a good day to reflect on what the Price of Liberty has been, is, and will be. Good for them, whatever their reason.
So welcome to the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence! And to New Year’s Day of Anno Libertatus 246. As I look back about 45 years to when I joined L Neil Smith in using this date system (from his novel The Probability Broach), it is a crying shame that the Fifty States enjoyed much more liberty back in 1976 (and even 1876 and 1776) than we do today in 2021.
(It is incredibly sad that the National Archives use this year’s anniversary of the event for their racism task force to denounce the agency’s own Rotunda — which houses the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights – as an example of “structural racism.” The report, according to Fox News, attacked the Founding Fathers as “wealthy White men in the nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and other People of Color], women, and other communities.”)
Our ancestors, political, physical, and spiritual, were HUMAN – prone to mistakes, to missing the mark, to sinning against God and one another. JUST AS WE ARE TODAY. But to the SJWs, the enemies of liberty, ANY fault is a reason (excuse) to jettison anything which those men and women were involved in. Including fundamentals of human life: liberty, freedom, responsibility. (Even math!)
But let us move away from sickening examinations of today’s world. Honor the day, and the sacrifices (even those of misguided men and women) who decided on, and fought for, and protected, gained, and or restored individual liberty! These united States of America are the only nations ever created on planet Earth with the ideal and goal of liberty and justice for all. Not based on ancestry or condition or class, but because we were human.
Mistakes? A plenty. Failure? All too often. But still, hope and a far better life, even for those discriminated against and demeaned, than the vast majority of humans had for more than 5,000 years of recorded history before that day in Philadelphia.
Remind yourself, and each other, and even strangers, of this great achievement. And work together to restore that liberty. Person by person, community by community, county by county, and State by State. Never give up, never surrender a modicum of liberty, of freedom with responsibility and opportunity. And real justice.
Leviticus 25:10 – “proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.”
John 8:32 – “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” (Samuel Adams)