Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Florida to Alaska and from Maine to Hawaii, this country called America is unique among all countries that have ever survived on this Earth. Its mountains and valleys, its plains and swamps, its rivers and lakes, its deserts and canyons, provide unrivaled grandeur. But more than that, its freedom and liberty have produced a culture of people steeped in prosperity, goodness and generosity, the likes of which have never before been seen in civilization's rise out of the jungles and swamps of 40,000 years ago.
Long-dead cultures of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean toyed with freedom but could not hold on to it. The Greeks, Egyptians, Romans and Ottomans rose and then fell into chaos as human avarice, greed and arrogance replaced, or never acknowledged, human rights, dignity and individual liberty.
But 230 years ago, some ordinary men, with vision and the wisdom of age and experience in a time of turmoil and confusion, gathered together on the distant shores of a new land and laid down a 'blue print' for free men and women with common purpose and resolve to live out their lives and govern their individual and collective affairs by adhering to that 'blue print'.
It is my firm belief that the group of individuals with the vision to start a government with its major precept being to identify, define, protect and defend the rights of individuals, may have been more than just a random happening. In my opinion, this formation of our unique government ranks at the top of all major positive human happenings that have appeared on this Earth since the dawn of human civilization. This country was designed and created by its forefathers to set up an environment in which an individual man or woman, left alone by his or her government, could struggle and prosper or struggle and fail, based upon his or her own individual abilities. This country of individuals was created by people of vision, by people who were willing and free to take risks, by people who were willing to toil, by people who were willing to fend for themselves and take care of their own, by proud people and proud families. What a concept!!
The basic and supreme premise behind this freedom was that individuals were to hold the rights, not the Government, and that all political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just power from the consent of the governed. The framers, in creating the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution had in their minds a method by which all peoples could save, protect and defend the rights of the individual. They called these individual rights inalienable, as endowed by their creator. All of these rights were bestowed upon and applied directly "to" the individual, not "from" the government. It was the government's responsibility, liability and obligation to defend and protect these individual rights by each officer swearing on oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
love America. I love its unique geography, sea to the mountains, to the
shining sea again. I love its small towns and rolling farm lands that
are inhabited by gracious, productive and generous people. I love its
magnificent mountains and the vast grass plains. I love its rivers and
picturesque shorelines, where land meets ocean. I love its varying and
diverse cultures. I love how generous we are as a nation. But mostly what
I love are the guiding principles under which it was formed. I have a
deep and abiding respect and awe for our Founding Fathers that crafted
our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence under extreme circumstances.
I love that these guiding principles are what stand in the way of and
shield us from socialism, communism, Marxism, a dictatorship, or a reigning
and achievement by individuals fuel the engine that keeps the wheels of
our free economy turning. Individuals running their own businesses create
sixty percent of all jobs in the United States. What a country we live
in. What a tribute to its resilient peoples. We are still a people of
guts, courage, intellect, enterprise and compassion. We are individuals
in a sea of individuals and there is no strength on Earth that can match
ours, in spite of our perceived troubles.
If you love America as we do, won't you please help those of us that are defending her.
Note: I wish I was as optimistic as Ron. I hope he's right and that the
real America can be saved.]
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Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
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