4th of July: Remembering Our Independence

Two-hundred forty-one years ago, a group of 56 men gathered together in Philadelphia to declare themselves and their countrymen free from the tyranny of the British Empire.

These men, elected representatives from the 13 colonies, made a decision that changed the history of the world and created the first nation founded as a Christian nation.

The Declaration of Independence was a dangerous document, slapping King George in the face. Placing their names on it was signing their own death warrant. Yet those men did so willingly, pledging their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor to the cause.

This wasn’t a light pledge either. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were, by and large, well off. While most weren’t what we’d call part of the one-percent today, they were business owners and men of means, important men in their communities. They had much to lose, if their bid for freedom failed.

The American Revolution

The American revolution isn’t unique in world history. Many other countries have been birthed out of similar rebellions, especially in Latin America.

But it is unique in that it was our rebellion and that it gave birth to the greatest nation on the face of the Earth. The United States of America, once nothing more than a smattering of colonies owned by European countries, has become the beacon of freedom for the whole world.

As a country, America has been unique. We are a country of immigrants, more than any other country in the world. We have declared it from the rooftops and we have accepted the refuse of other countries for over two centuries. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty says:

Throughout our history, we have taken the worlds castaways, and we still do so today. While debate rages about illegal immigration and Syrian refugees, the US takes in a million immigrants per year, each and every year. We take those with a dream in their eye and give them something they were missing where they came from opportunity.

For it is this, the chance of opportunity, which has brought immigrants to our shores ever since the first settlers came from Europe. Whether it is the opportunity of religious freedom, the opportunity for financial gain or simply the opportunity for a fresh start and adventure, America has always offered opportunity to those who came.

This has drawn a certain type of person to our country. Whether they came here from European aristocracy, an African village or to leave the crowding of the Far East, the people who have migrated to the United States, whether legally or illegally, all have the same characteristic. They are people who are willing to take a chance, break out of the norm, think outside the box, defy the societies that they left and look for something better. They all placed their lives on the table, saying “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

Perhaps they didn’t realize that their very lives were the chip they were placing on the gambling table, yet they were. Some, like the Cuban refugees who have crossed the waters on small, leaky, overcrowded boats have been more aware of their potential to lose their lives, yet they have willingly taken the risk, with the dream of freedom and a better life to lead them on. Others didn’t know the risks, yet the same dream led them too, even leading some to their deaths.

But these people, all of them, were fighters. Not in the sense of brawling, but fighting for survival. They will do whatever they have to, in order to make their way in the world.

Unlike the snowflakes with their entitlement mentality, they will take whatever work they can, working as many hours as they have to, without spending their day on their cell phones, as they need to, in order to make it. Many will even become business owners, making the sacrifice and taking the risk necessary to start their own business.

The types of people who migrate to the United States are thinkers, even if they aren’t educated. They look for solutions, finding a way, and making things work. As such, they are inventors, creating something out of what seems like almost nothing and turning that something into a success.

It is this work ethic and inventiveness that has built this country into the world’s financial powerhouse. Others complain about American riches, but they haven’t made the sacrifices and put in the effort to accomplish what we have. In some cases, their countries are filled with the richness of natural resources, yet they haven’t taken advantage of them.

Ask yourself this; why is it that Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan are the richest countries in the world? Is it because we have more natural resources? No. Is it because of some racial superiority? Again, no.

The only thing that has made these parts of the world as rich as they are, is the hard work of their citizens. The only exception to this is the Middle East, where riches have grown out of their natural resources (petroleum). But they are the exception, not the rule.

America was built by the sweat of our ancestors’ brows. Many of them, coming here as immigrants, worked the most menial, back-breaking jobs, in order to survive. But their children had it better than they did, and their grandchildren even better.

By that third generation they were no longer immigrants, but fully assimilated into American culture and society. They were Americans.

This is Who We Are

A nation of hard-working innovators, who have built the world’s greatest economy and are protected by the world’s greatest military. We have reason for pride in our country, as we are the model the rest of the world looks to. The experiment in democracy started by the Founding Fathers in 1776 has been a success, at least to this point.

Yet there are those who would destroy the success, loathing the very fact of who we are. They have turned their back on America and are trying to build a new America, one that is not founded upon the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but upon their own whims, their own desires, and a desire to take from the rich (everyone else) in order to give to the poor (themselves).

These people deem themselves better than anyone else. Not, I must add, because of anything that they’ve accomplished, but simply because of who they are. They have decided that they are better than anyone else, the elite; simply because their ideas are better… they know that, because they constantly remind each other of it.

We have just seen eight years of what the “elite” can do to our country, as Barack Obama tried to recreate the USA into his own image. Through it, he has degraded our country’s credit rating, destroyed businesses with overregulation, weakened our military and made the United States to seem weak before the world’s eyes.

His policies have undermined marriage, our national work ethic and our economy. Had he been able to continue on the road he laid out, he would have destroyed this country.

The Return to Our Greatness

It is time to return to the greatness that our ancestors envisioned for our country. We need to return to our constitutional roots. That means more than just draining the swamp, it means getting rid of much of it. The Founding Fathers clearly intended a limited federal government, as described in the Constitution.

Yet the federal government we have today has become a behemoth of red tape, regulations and overreaching bureaucrats, trying to control people’s lives. Yes, there is a need for some regulation. Yes, people and companies will do bad things if they are not watched. But there comes a time where the watchers in government do more harm than good, and we’ve clearly passed that point.

Last November’s elections were a crossroads. Would we, as a nation, continue down the road to destruction that Obama paved or would we return to our roots and become a great nation again. It seems that the people have spoken, and they have spoken for greatness, not destruction.

Even so, there are countless millions of the elite and their low-information voters who follow them like lemmings. They stand against our country’s greatness; seeking to go the path of socialism and destroying what previous generations have built. They have not slithered away into the shadows, but continue to riot and complain, in a prolonged scream against losing the election.

We, the people of the United States of America, must stand strong if our country is to survive.

There are many powers in the world, some in darkness and others in the light, who are clamoring for our destruction. They want to undo what the Founding Fathers did over two centuries ago. They have their own vision, and it’s not of a strong America. Rather, it’s of America gone and replaced by a one–world socialist government, with them at the helm.

This fight will not end soon. Donald Trump will not be able to eliminate it on his own. For the powers arrayed against our freedom are vast. They can be patient when they need to and they can move when the time is right for their purposes. They will strike, when they feel they can win.

For this reason, the “silent majority” can afford to be silent no longer. We can’t go back into our homes and live a quiet life. We must be ready to defend the republic and defend freedom. History requires it. The Founding Fathers require it. But most importantly, our children and grandchildren require it.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia. 

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Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them. You can send Bill a message at editor [at] survivopedia.com.

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  • My family fought in the War of Regulation, the Revolution, and Civil War, and every war since. I doubt any one of them risked their lives so we can give it all away to an endless stream of parasites who reap the reward without the sacrifice.

  • Good article, Bill. But you made a subconscious typo, I think? You said in your second paragraph that the Framers ‘created the first nation founded as a Christian nation’.

    First, that maybe a little historical mistake, also. There were other nations founded on Christianity throughout history. The foremost, of course, is the Vatican.

    But I think if you want to be correct you meant to say that America was founded as a ‘SECULAR’ nation. Which is based on absolutely NO religion, and No bible. but allows the individual citizen the freedom to practice ANY religion within the constraints of decency and an Egalitarian Constitutional Law Of The Land. Where establishing a theocracy is strictly prohibited.

    Because If this country was really founded and framed as a ‘Christian’ nation. That would be a ‘theocracy’. Which would be no better than the other inevitably deleterious theocracies in other nefarious countries in the world which ARE ruled in complete dictatorship from the agenda based bylaws of a ‘book’ from which the knock-offs like the Quran’ invariably deteriorate to facilitate the worst threat to human liberty ever perpetrated on a civilization aspiring to higher consciousness… Religionism, of ANY Kind!

    Which, of course, is exactly why the visionary Framers made it a SECULAR Libertarian society based on individual free choice in Constitutionally protected liberty and justice for all, well departed from any theocratic rule or influence in governing our human affairs, in which the 1st/A even specifically reinforces this.

    So all freedom lovers should pause a moment on this holiday to take the time to appreciate the amazing insightful intelligence of the Framers and thank God we are Not-and never were- a theocratic nation founded on ANY kind of religion.

    • I think he meant a nation based on judeo-christian principles. Yes, people were free to choose their religion, or no religion at all, but the underlying principles were Biblical.

  • First of all the Vatican is not Christian. No one is called father except the “Father” the creator of heaven, earth, the universe and all that is in it and you.
    First of all, the authors of the Constitution not only mention God, they even mention that Jesus is God. They do this in the ratification clause. This was done “in the Year of Our Lord” 1787.
    The Constitution explains how we exist as a nation—how we are to function. The Constitution is predicated on the Declaration. When skeptics claim the Constitution doesn’t mention God (which it does, in the ratification clause), they ignore that the latter is predicated on the former.
    There were 55 men who assembled in what we now call the Constitutional Convention. Research shows that 50 to 52 of those men were members in good standing of Trinitarian churches. Many of them were even presidents and founders of Bible societies.
    Certainly, Benjamin Franklin was not a Trinitarian, nor a member of such a church. Yet after weeks of wheel-spinning at the convention, on June 28, 1787, Dr. Franklin delivered a speech, asking them how it is that they had forgotten to seek God’s help.
    He said, “In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.”
    He went on to say, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
    He asked that they pray. A variation of his request for prayer was accepted—so on July 4th, they all attended worship together at a local Christian church and prayed together. After they met, much of the acrimony had died down; and they were able to produce the Constitution. And again, Franklin was one of the least religious/orthodox of our nation’s founding fathers.
    Some of today’s skeptics say that that any mention of God in government is “unconstitutional.” That ironically would make the Constitution itself “unconstitutional!” I don’t think so.
    Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library

    • Sorry D, Bill knows exactly what he means. And he and other ‘Christians’ know very well that this American Nation’s government and Constitution was simply NOT Founded on so-called Judeo-Christian principles, the ten Commandments, the Bible, or any other established form of theocratic religious influence. Anyone not ‘knowing’ or understanding that is either too stupid and brainwashed to know any better or knows full well and doesn’t let the truth interfere with their theocratic political agenda and continued brainwashing of their mindless sheeple flock.

      There are a lot of Christians who understand that and are not interested in proliferating their personal religious beliefs within the government venue as a social theocracy overpowering ‘The Law of The Land’. But there are far too many of the ‘other’ kind, which always wind up according to history no better and usually worse than the radical horrific Islamists.

      By the way, just because government laws also say ‘don’t kill, steal, or hurt people unnecessarily, doesn’t mean these are orders from any god. These inherent social rules always were basically well entrenched in the collective consciousness, and attendant behavior dynamics, religion or no religion. all throughout the evolution of humanity in societies, otherwise we wouldn’t have survived so long.

    • So, Brenda, what’s your point, exactly? Do you think that we should just have a government based on the Judeo-Christian bible laws from god? And forget about a Secular (which is not an affront against religion. It simply means NO religious control) Constitution that doesn’t proprietarily favor their own, above anybody else, like a ‘Christian’ or Jewish or Muslim or Hindu theocracy would???

    • Oh, and one more thing, Brenda. Saying the Vatican is not Christian, is like saying Stud Poker is not a card game!

      They freaking INVENTED Christianity, LMAO! And the bible, AND the
      mythological stories in it! Suitably interpolated and redacted at various times in history to support or further their dynastic power elite agenda of mass mind control through ‘Fear Of GAWD!’ Resulting in the multiplicity of knocked-off, in opposition to each other, sectarian denominations of so-called Christianity (over 4000 to date) that you have today.

      • “They freaking INVENTED Christianity, LMAO!”

        To be technical:
        The Vatican was established in 1929 AD. Christianity officially began when Jesus Christ began his ministry around 30 AD – a 1900 year discrepancy on your part.

        Maybe what you meant to suggest is that the Roman Catholics “invented” Christianity? If that be the case:

        To be less technical:
        The Roman Catholic Religion – (which established the Vatican) – had its beginnings with Emperor Constantine in 313 AD, when he made Christianity the “official religion” of the Roman empire – thus establishing the Roman Catholic church. Jesus Christ began his ministry around 30 AD – a 280 year discrepancy on your part. It is interesting to note that up until that point, the Roman empire had been systematically murdering Christians and finally had to give it up because the Christian followers refused to recant or capitulate despite being faced with horrific deaths. Since the empire couldn’t beat them, they “joined” them – forming the counterfeit religion of Roman Catholicism which gave the empire even more control over land and assets than ever before, using the excuse and cover that “god”, and “Jesus” was their governing force. (The same God who said “THOU SHALT NOT KILL, incidentally.)

        But that is assuming that we mark the beginning of Christianity with the ministry of Christ around 30 AD. In truth, the earliest record of Christianity can be found in the Dead Sea Scrolls which date back to around 400 BC. In those scrolls, one can find in both the books of Genesis and Isaiah prophesies of the One to come who would be known as Jesus Christ. Although Jesus was not specifically mentioned by name in either of these two references, it is clear, and He made it a point to make it clear Himself – that those references were of Him. In other words, the entire Bible is the story of “Christianity”. It is the greatest story ever told – a love letter from God – and its all about Jesus Christ – His Son. Who incidentally gave His life up on the cross at the hands of the Romans after having been betrayed by His very own people, the Jewish leaders… So that you and I would not have to fall victim to counterfeit religions such as the Roman Catholic church and others…..

        So given that information, worst case scenario – the discrepancy between when we first have historical proof of “Christianity” (400 BC), and the establishment of the Vatican (1929 AD), is a massive 2300 years! Best case scenario – the discrepancy between the historically documented establishment of the Roman Catholic Church in 313 AD and the first verified documentation of “Christianity” (the coming of Jesus Christ) in 400 BC is around 713 years! But wait, it gets worse… although there remains no physical evidence of any biblical references before 400 BC, most biblical scholars have reasonable grounds to believe the the book of Genesis may have been first written as early as 1400 BC, making your discrepancy a mind boggling 1800 to 3300 years depending on which of the aforementioned assumptions you go with discussed at the beginning of this reply.

        It might be safe to say that the neither the Vatican nor the Roman Catholic Church invented Christianity. It would be more accurate to say that the Roman Catholic religion is an attempt to copy real Christianity while retaining long coveted power, money, land, and control over people – a paradigm which remains in place to this very day. That being said, it would be unfair not to recognize that along the way, many individual Roman Catholics have embraced the reality that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our only means of salvation, despite the hypocrisy and false doctrines of the church as a whole. They have rejected the false teachings of their church concerning praying to dead people who cannot possibly hear them, baptizing babies who cannot possibly make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, confessing sins to a man who has no power to forgive sins, and calling celibate men “father” when we only have 2 fathers – one who gave us their DNA (and hopefully loved and raised us) and One who created the universe and us (and absolutely loves us). So not every Roman Catholic is lost. In the end, faith and salvation has nothing to do with what church you go to or what you call yourself. Salvation is exclusively between you and God and no one else. It’s a private and personal thing – something the Roman Catholic church has ignored since its beginning. Therefore the only thing they as an institution invented was a different way to oppress and control people – a point I think you were trying to make but from a vantage point that I think is quite skewed and misdirected. Your frustration is valid, but I think it is directed at the wrong venue. Seek truth, and you will find it. Jesus is the Truth and the Life.

  • To start with. America belongs to Canada and Mexico not only to USA. Fact: According Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (former assistant Sec. Treas., under Pres. Reagan), that United States is the biggest Terrorist nation in the history of the world. After their existence of 241 years, they have been at war, assasinating heads of state ( Chilly ,Iran etc.), creating wars ( apparently 50 since WW 2) for the last 220 years. Of course, it began with the murder of millions of Natives. Now as for it’s so called freedoms, for your information US has the largest no. of people in jail than any other nation. All in all, there would be more peace in the world if USA didn’t exist. After all instead of manufacturing agricultural products their biggest product is war armements for home and export in the billions. By the way when has the USA ever been attacked or invaded ? So why this massive defense budget , more then 7 other nations combined, including China and Russia, etc.

    • Well I am glad that since you hate the USA so much that you of course no longer live here and have moved to a nice loving country such as Cuba or Venezuela, and if you do still live here be thankful that your allowed to express your opinion as in many parts of the world speaking against your country would not be tolerated.

      • Further to my comment , It was pres. Eisenhower who warned the
        Americans about the danger of the industrial military complex,. You have to know just how much it has grown since. How about the weekly assasination by your drones in other countries, decreed by your president. What other country does that ? There is no democracy in country that has a Patriot Act and an ANNDA ,where your Gov. can lock you up and throw the key. Gord Whitehead a lawyer in group of Americans for justice , came to the conclusion that the USA is a police state. Isn’t it time for you americans to take back your ” gov. of the people, by the people and for the people ” from your present “supposed servents ” These are facts about your country that are not compatible with freedom and justice. It has nothing to do with hating America.

        • My country… my nation… Just curious, what country do you live in? And By the way I absolutely agree with Eisenhower and his observations. We live in a world gone mad, but please Sir, don’t call them “my drones or my military”. I didn’t authorize any one to do these things on my behalf. On a personal level I don’t need or want ANY government to act on my behalf without my consent. As an example, I personally would like to take out the mad man running North Korea with my own bare hands. Humm I guess that makes me an American. Again I ask What country do you live in? Thank-you for your reply.

          • I agree. Not my drones, and not “my” military. Not “my” laws, and not “my” foreign policy. I did not personally write those laws, build that military, or even necessarily vote for those that did. I certainly did not personally build those weapons, and although my tax money was used to build them, that money was taken from me against my will with the threat of imprisonment and even death. I didn’t really have much of a choice. And I did serve in the military, but when I found out the truth about how things were run, I chose to get out and do something else. In fact, more times than not, my vote has actually opposed all of these things. Just because my vote was not the majority does not therefore make all these things “mine”. The only law I would call mine can be found in Gods book where He commands us to love each other and to love Him with all our hearts. I would also call Jesus “mine”, since He died to save me. Everything else just equates to where I have happened to be born and live. I am an American, but I do not “belong” to America. I belong to God, my Father. No one else can lay claim to me. That being said, despite all the things that America and many Americans do that upset me – I still love where I live and consider myself fortunate to have been born here as opposed to other less fortunate and more violent places on the globe. As countries go, America is not all that bad. I love many things about this place, but that does not mean that I agree or endorse everything “my” government does.

          • Well my friend, we seem to agree. God bless you sir.