I must begin this post by first thanking those of you who attended our special meeting last Friday. More than 400 attended Grassroots America’s Call to Action to hear Rafael Cruz – pastor, patriot, and father of US Senate candidate Ted Cruz – and the candidate himself speak about the state of our nation and why this US Senate race is so important. It is no easy endeavor to put on such a successful event. Thanks to all of our great volunteers, to those who invited others, and to all in attendance! What a Grassroots Team!
In honor of Independence Week, a deep, heartfelt thank you to every veteran and every family of a military veteran for your selfless sacrifice for serving your country. Thank you to every law enforcement officer who leaves home each day not knowing if he or she will encounter a life-threatening event. Thank you to each firefighter and all first responders who also face incredible potential harm in order to protect lives and property. Thank you to the families of these men and women — without your sacrifice and support, they could not serve. May we not take any of these courageous people for granted.
At this pivotal moment in history, it is time we all pondered this question – what am I personally willing to sacrifice to take a stand for truth and Liberty?
Are YOU willing to take a stand? Are we really anything like our Founders? Prayerfully ponder these questions:
Are you willing to stand, knowing that you will be shunned or criticized by a friend, a family member, a professional colleague, an elected official, or even a pastor? Business owner, are you willing to take a stand, knowing that it might hurt your business? Are you willing to take a stand, knowing someone may write a critical letter to the editor or a nasty Facebook, Twitter, or media website post about you? Are you willing to take a stand, knowing you and your family won’t be invited to a social affair? Are you willing to take a stand, knowing to do so will cost you your job? Are you willing to sacrifice playing golf, bridge, poker, your favorite television program, evenings at home, hunting, fishing, shopping, a pristine clean and perfectly decorated home, or even a few hours of sleep to help save our country from tyranny? Are you willing to take a stand and make a modest monetary donation to a worthy candidate or organization fighting in the trenches for Liberty so that you don’t have to be out front taking the “bullets”? Are you willing to really sacrifice and make a sizable contribution to that candidate or organization, knowing that you will have to give up a vacation or the purchase of a luxury item? Those who have fought to gain and keep Freedom gave up much more than this. History is repeating. What are YOU willing to give?
As you spend time with your family and friends in celebration of Independence Day, please take a few minutes to read the following July 4th speech of President Ronald Reagan. It speaks of the tremendous sacrifice those 56 delegates in Philadelphia made so long ago to declare us free from the tyranny of King George and the British Empire. They signed the Declaration of Independence knowing they were sacrificing all for the great cause of Liberty.
What July Fourth Means to Me by Ronald Reagan
When he was president, Ronald Reagan wrote the following piece for Independence Day in 1981. Aide Michael Deaver later wrote: “This 4th of July message is the President’s own words and written initially in his own hand.”
For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.
I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.
No later than the third of July – sometimes earlier – Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.
I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker” – giant meaning it was about 4 inches long. But enough of nostalgia.
Somewhere in our growing up, we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.
There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s axe,” and the issue remained in doubt.
The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”
He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.
Well, that is the legend. But we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor.
What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.
John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year, he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.
Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston and Middleton. Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.
But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world. In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.
It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history. Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.
We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.
Happy Fourth of July. Ronald Reagan President of the United States
Let Freedom Ring!
JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People
Chair – Advisory Committee to the TEA Party Caucus of the TX Legislature
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Soli Deo Gloria