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INDEPENDENCE DAY 2015: A Time For Resisting Government Overreach

Saturday will mark the 239th anniversary of the original Independence Day. A day to remember the raw courage that signers of the Declaration of Independence had as they defied a king and, at the time, the most powerful country in the world.

All of these men were landed gentry. All of these men had a tremendous amount to lose. Not simple property or coin, but their very lives were to be at risk.

The 13 colonies were property of the King of England.

There is no other way to phrase it. Colonies were developed with the consent of the King, for the King, and at his good pleasure.

The King of England was the one who signed land grants here in the New World. He allowed and gifted some of the original settlers with large tracts of land to build farms and businesses.

The cost of such land? Loyalty to the king and a portion of the profit from such endeavors to be returned to the king’s coffers in the form of taxes.

These rebels, these signers, were essentially thumbing their noses at a monarch. They felt that they were no longer English subjects, but something more. Most importantly, they felt that God, Himself, provided for their basic human rights, not any mortal government.

The Declaration of Independence states that, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing inevitably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and provide new Guards for their future security.”

The American Spirit was carried in the minds of these men like a child, and after long suffering labor pains of withstanding taxation without representation and other forms of tyranny by this same monarch, was finally birthed on July 4th, 1776.

This spirit is what has led the United States to greatness in moral, religious and economic fields for the last 239 years. Americans were never ones to sit around. They were the doers, the pathfinders and leaders of the free world.

In celebrating this Independence Day, the average citizen needs to contemplate this question:

“Would the Founding Fathers be proud today, or would they be appalled at the overreach of the United States government in 2015?”

Is it time to throw off such government and obtain our right of new guards for our future security?

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Candace Hardin

Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.

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