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Not to long ago in history American states decided to separate from the largest government in the world. With unity in this simply idea of liberty the Continental Congress declared these United States independent from British rule. With that three percent of the nation took up what arms they had in a seemingly suicidal attempt to gain independence. Their trust was not in the odds or in what wealth they might gain, but God. As Benjamin Franklin once suggested to be on our Great Seal and Thomas Jefferson later incorporated onto his personal seals, “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”
While in High School I wrote and thought much about this phrase both Biblically and historically while debating the school’s teachings that rebellion is never justified. There is so much we can learn from not only what the founders of this country did but their ideology (and I’m not just talking about the founding fathers, but every American that helped us fight the Revolutionary War). Americans were always freedom fighters. Federalists were simply constitutionalists, believing in a regulated federal government unifying a multitude of states that could also operate with their own authority. Anti-federalists were even more extreme than this and thought the states deserved more independent power through the structure of a confederation. George Mason did not support the Constitution because he believed the Constitution should have incorporated a declaration of rights, and that the powers of the president, federal judiciary and the Senate were too powerful. Thomas Jefferson sided with anti-federalists when it came to a federal banking system. Our roots were never in “liberal vs conservative”, both the federalist and anti-federalist beliefs of the 1800s would both be considered “right-wing extremism” to modern day liberals. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican federalist who believed that the people had the right to overthrow those who wished to pervert the Constitution, Jefferson Davis was a Democratic anti-federalist who believed the states could govern themselves. This is why hundreds of thousands of Americans killed each other during the civil war, they both believed they were rebelling against tyranny. Americans fight fearlessly wherever they go because their trust is in God and they are loyal to their pledge to defend liberty.
Philosophically and Biblically rebellion to tyrants is still quite interesting. The United States is a rarity where the ultimate authority is not granted to the government, it’s granted to the people. This changed many ideas because this time the government was not placed at the top, it was treated as a necessary evil. Very early on in our nation the Constitution ensured the rights of the people over the will of the government (9th Amendment). In the United States of America it is the people who make the country and the government is a servant to the people. Why would this work? Well it works because of the American’s morals. As we just overviewed a people so fearless as to go to war against the biggest government in the world in order to establish their own government that upholds liberty and justice for all, that people surely can be trusted with the responsibilities of freedom. What do I mean by responsibilities of freedom? Well when there’s freedom the general public has to have the virtues as to do what is right instead of what is profitable (which is why I so often use the fraise “for liberty and the values that sustain it”). I recently saw a YouTube video of a small business that left a box on the counter and trusted people not to steal from the box of cash and also to pay the correct amount without having a cashier to monitor everything. Now imagine that, a culture where you can leave a box of cash out without fear of someone stealing from it. There’s that, or you can baby a culture with laws and regulations yet still have to worry about people doing bad things. Sadly the later is where America in recent years has been heading.
Our government is no longer doing its job, to protect the rights of the people, but instead is focused on growing more and more of its power. We once viewed war as a last resort and avoided entering WW1 and WW2 for several years. Now we enter nearly every military conflict that arises and pay to rebuild the countries we cripple. This is all excused as the government tells us it just needs more warfare funding to take care of us. On the other side once the Great Depression started the government had to tax the people and do the charity work for them. After the depression however the government continued growing their welfare programs, eliminating the people’s incentive to donate to actual charities and the poor from finding lasting employment to become independent from these programs. This is all excused as the government tells us it needs to spend more on welfare to take care of us. My question is at what point was it the government’s job to be “big brother”. It’s suppose to protect our rights, it’s not suppose to police the world so that we are what they tell us is “safe”. Who’s dying in wars? It most certainly isn’t the politicians who send us to war. Who’s paying for welfare funding? It most certainly isn’t the politicians who simply dip into their own foundations for money. Instead of letting the people think for themselves, defend themselves and help eachother, the government tells us the only way to do that is to let them spend our lives and money for us. Throughout the years the government has grown to spend trillions on conflicts and issues that can be avoided and/or handled by the people if we weren’t so heavily taxed. We aloud the government to do these things, but they continue to grow their authority past the intended purpose. Instead of federalists and anti-federalists we now have people in favor of this continued government explanation, and people who still put liberty above it. America is now more culturally divided than ever. Those who wish to expand government have taken control of the obviously favoring government and use it to silence the opposing culture in schools, media and education. These people are no longer exclusive to one major political party or the other, they both only seek power to dictate their policies over another group of people against all law and regulation.
So today I am calling for rebellion. It’s not time to physically overthrow the government, but I fear that day may come on the path we’re headed. This is a culture rebellion. Over the past couple of weeks people have gotten more and more terrified by our supposedly leading presidential choices. Although I believe many accusation by the media are false, the fact that they’re telling us that before even being in the presidential position that our candidates have used their powers to circumvent the law in a multitude of ways is something to be concerned about. If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton win this years election either way the limits the people placed on the government will be overstepped. So what is our course of action if one of these lunatics gain power? As a free nation we cannot survive while the government continues to raise up a generation of authoritarians, and we will inevitably fall into tyranny by giving up our rights in favor of corrupt politicians. So no matter who wins the election, it’s up to the people to culturally rebel and continue raising up a nation of trustworthy, freedom-loving people. I’m calling every American who still believes that rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God to pledge to refuse to comply with any unconstitutional laws and be prepared like the minutemen of the past. Speak your mind publicly, boycott organizations who profit off insulting our way of life, sue in defense of your right to freely exorcise your religion as those who sued to deny you that right, campaign in your community including throughout the church which was once the heart of the community. Through the actions of a few influential people in Hollywood big-government cronies are trying to drive the culture away from “rebellion against tyranny” and instead into rebelling against whatever they define as a cultural norm. Since the heart of liberty is in the culture the battle is not over presidency, it’s over how we influence our culture. While our enemies burn the symbol of freedom and actively protest, we do nothing and allow them to pass laws limiting our ability to protest and even raise our own children. Right now is our last chance to stand just as strongly as the totalitarian agenda, only in opposition to it. If at any point the government pushes back against us don’t compromise like our foolish representatives in Washington have done for decades. With every compromise we simply lose more and more liberty as they repeatedly cross the line until we’re cornered. We have the right to pray anywhere, bear arms to defend ourselves anywhere, be free from military dictation at anytime and be secure against unreasonable searches ANYWHERE and at any point in time before a warrant is issued. Attempts of depriving these right will only result in Americans calling on the Unorganized Militia to repel such tyrannical overreaches of powers. It’s time authoritarians see why they shouldn’t have been pushing good people around for decades.
Our motto was never In God We Trust because the government says so, the government has fallen to the devil. With rapists and murders and traitors in power why do we continue to place our trust in these candidates? Our trust should be in God, and we are one nation under God not because our government tells us what the nation is, but because the people make the nation what it is. In God is our trust.
Godspeed and Semper Fidelis