As the date gets closer I begin to think more about our independence and what it stood for. The words of Abraham Lincoln ring in my head when he spoke about the founding fathers. "Their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their father's began--so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all of the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land." I am also moved by JFK's 1961 Inauguration speech and the words that mean more today than ever. "And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution." YouTube- JFK Inaugural Address 1 of 2 From the above two paragraphs, in retrospect I can see that "Christian virtues are being extinguished from the land" as Lincoln feared, and JFK's statement of "the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God" is in contrast to current events. It is evident to me that the current administration, and the officials that orchestrate our current gov. are firm believers in giving away the farm, to enslave the citizenry. As the 4th of July, our Independence Day comes closer, I am reminded of the principles that guided our founding fathers. When faced with the "Stamp Tax", "Duty Act", and finally the "Tea Act." They stared the world super power that was the English Empire in the eye and stated "no taxation without representation." While reading "Liberty, Order, And Justice An Introduction To The Constitutional Principles Of American Government" by James McClellan the following paragraph written by the author shows the moral fiber of our predecessors. "The brief hiatus following the partial repeal of the Duty Act was broken in 1773 when Parliament enacted the Tea Act. The purpose of this ill-considered statute was to shore up the crumbling financial structure of England's right to tax the colonies. Neither objective was achieved. American resistance against the plan was immediate and strong, highlighted by the famous Boston Tea Party. Seemingly indifferent to the integrity of the Americans, who were waging a war of first principles and were not not motivated by simply economic considerations, the English mistakenly believed the colonials would acquiesce in the modest import duty under the Act because it permitted them to purchase tea at half the price paid in London." That paragraph says a lot to me. Where have our principles gone America? At the current time while bankrupt, we send millions overseas for funding for murder of the unborn? I do not believe our founding fathers envisioned our country becoming the principle shareholder in private companies. We have strayed far from our Constitution, our God, and the principles of our founding fathers. We dare not today forget, that we are the heirs of that first revolution, and we must fight for the return of the principles of the founding fathers, before another revolution is required to "refresh the tree of liberty" and remove the seed of socialism that is taking root within our fiber. End of rant.