It's Now or Never
|By Carrie and Stacie Stoelting |
The final sentence in the Declaration of Independence reads, "And for the support
of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives,
our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
America, now it is our turn to do the same: our freedom is at stake.
It only takes a leak to sink a ship. Right now, our freedoms are slowly leaking away. Government is creeping into
our private lives more and more and stripping away our personal freedoms. For example, we are no longer freely able to share
our personal religious beliefs in the public square. It is considered to be "offensive" to pray, reverently speak
the name of Jesus, or refer to the Bible or
It's time for the average American to stand
up and defend freedom! Seriously, it's now or never. Time is not on our side. But, with hard work, determination, and God's
blessing, we will win! America has a rich history of victories. Americans are winners. Let us boldly and confidently fight
for freedom and beautiful America!
With the 2012 presidential election is full force, It is our duty to become
educated, active citizens. Here are 12 effective ways to strengthen patriotism in 2012: 12 Ways In 2012
- Resist the urge to trust the media. Understand for yourself why we became a country. Far too
many Americans have no clue what the Declaration of Independence even says. Take time to read it. It's not a long document
and it is a fascinating read. The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July
4, 1776. In the thralls of the American Revolution, it announced that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as
independent states (no longer a part of the British Empire). Primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence
details grievances against King George III and Great Britain regarding their abuse of power. Click here to read the Declaration of Independence.
- Read and re-read the U.S. Constitution until you can get
a basic grasp on its truths. On September 17, 1787, eleven years after the Declaration of Independence was written,
the Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our Constitution has provided
a stable, practical guide for governing. The underlying principles of the Constitution were gathered by the delegates from
years of careful study of governments and political thinkers, and also from the failed lessons learned from the failed Confederation.
Limited government, separation of powers, and checks and balances are major themes in our Constitution. The Constitutional
framers forged a working balance with these principles that has provided our country with liberty, order, and an enduring
charter. Click here to read the U.S. Constitution.
- Discover, claim, and defend your rights! Many people do not
realize that the Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments of the Constitution. James Madison introduced these amendments
on July 21, 1789 and they were ratified on December 15, 1791. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights made liberty secure.
(i.e. The First Amendment insures five freedoms: religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.) The amendments illustrate
the principle of limited government. For example, Congress cannot establish any church or denomination as a state-sponsored
church. People are free to worship as they choose. Read the Bill of Rights here.
- Be able to answer this: What did the Founding Fathers intend? Acclaimed
by Thomas Jefferson as 'the best commentary on the principles of government which ever was written," the Federalist Papers make a powerful case for power-sharing between state and federal authorities. The Federalist Papers were written by "Publius"
the pseudonym for Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. They were a collection of 85 articles promoting the ratification
of the U.S. Constitution. The Federalist Papers detail the intent of the U.S. Constitution as seen by the Founding Fathers.
Read the Federalist Papers to learn what was thought and believed by the men who help shape our country.
say, can you sing the National Anthem? "The Star-Spangled Banner" is our nation's National Anthem. The
lyrics come from a poem written in 1814 by a 35-year-old lawyer, Francis Scott Key. He was inspired to write it after watching
the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was officially declared as our
National Anthem in1931. Learn earn the lyrics of the National Anthem. As a way to show respect for our country and freedom, always stand and place your right hand over
your heart. Click here to watch Stacie Ruth sing our National Anthem.
- Pledge allegiance to the flag! The Pledge
of Allegiance of the United States is a way for citizens to express their dedication and love for their country and freedom.
Through the years, it has been modified four times. Most recently, the words "under God" were added in 1954. The
introduction of "under God" in the 1950s was done during the Cold War, as a way to differentiate the U.S. from the
concept of communist state atheism. Here is the Pledge of Allegiance: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United
States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for
- Pass the torch of liberty. Take time to teach your children and grandchildren about
the greatness of our God and country. Without you, how will they learn? Your personal touch, time, and attention are effective
in encouraging children to love faith and freedom. No school, group, or TV/computer program can replace the impact that you
personally can have on our next generation. Visit your local library or bookstore to find resources about our country, government,
and history. Have your kids meet our nation's heroes in your community and explain for how they fought for your own freedom.
- Put your guard up about too much government. Be aware of current events. Be aware about what
is happening in the news and in the federal and state legislatures. Do not assume that government programs with nice sounding
names are safe and for the good of the people. (Sometimes the most dangerous bills have great sounding titles.) It's easy
to keep up with current events through the radio, TV, newspapers, and online tools. It's simply up to you to take advantage
of those accessible resources.
- Voting does count! Over 50% of eligible voters do not make
the effort to vote. Don't be part of that group. It's easy yet very important to vote. You do not need to stand in line at
the polls. Instead, vote via an absentee ballot. Contact your auditor's office to request an absentee ballot. In fact, throughout
history there have been many elections when only a hand full of votes made all of the difference.
historical landmarks to make our history 'come to life'.It reinforces the fact that our past is real. For example,
visit your state capitol building, presidential libraries, battle sites, or any other historical landmarks in your area that
interest you. Seeing places were our government works or where history happened makes history and government text books much
more interesting, real, and applicable.
- Lawmakers serve you. Request meetings with your lawmakers.
Many state and federal legislators regularly tour their constituencies and hold town hall meetings. For example, it is widely
know that in Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley tours all 99 counties every year. Make the time and effort to meet with your public
servants to hear what they have to say about current news and legislation. Our leaders need to hear from you.
for our nation. America was founded by God-fearing men and women. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people who
are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Prayer is powerful. Learn more about our prayer group at http://www.prayingpals.org/ .
America must continue to proudly hold the torch of freedom for all to see. May we uphold and hold dear
what is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
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George Read (September 18, 1733 - September 21, 1798) was an American lawyer and politician from
New Castle, Delaware. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Continental Congressman from Delaware, a delegate
to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and a member of the Federalist Party, who served as
U.S. Senator from Delaware and Chief Justice of Delaware.