Freedom / History / ideation / Meaning / Politics

Meandering Monday about Independence Day

Today, the United States celebrates our Declaration of Independence (centered around that document) from Great Britain. This day isn’t just about the decision of one nation to declare itself free of another – it’s about the freedom of the INDIVIDUAL to be INDEPENDENT of the government.

Our Constitution (which our troops and federal office-holders – yes, EVEN the President – are sworn to defend, uphold, and protect) is a document designed to define our form of government, but it’s main purpose is to restrict that government from impinging on the God-given rights of the people. This was created by a people who believed that if a government becomes destructive of (the rights of the people), it is the right of those people to alter or abolish it. The Constitution is not a limit on the people.

Of course, just like the Bible, any sufficiently general document can be twisted around to mean whatever a less than intellectually honest person wants.

I heard last week of a federal judge who thinks there’s no point in paying attention to the Constitution (he is not alone in this – how else could he hold his position?) – after all, it was written over 200 years ago, and things have changed. Yes, the times and technology have changed, but the principles have not. We still have the same God-given rights, and there are still would-be tyrants in the world. No matter how long we wait for the human race to evolve, there will always be those who think they know how to spend your money better than you, use your property better than you, and insist on making you live the way they think you should.

Strangely, many of these masterminds wind up in government. You’d think people who are so smart could read their operating instructions.

The founders made this a NATION OF LAWS, but they knew that ultimately, a government is made up of people, and people are NOT angels. This is why we have a system of checks and balances, to keep any one part of the government – and any one man – from overstepping his bounds. Unfortunately, that system counts on a moral society to create the leaders to police it, so we now have three branches that to varying degrees have lost sight of their responsibility and honor in favor of their own self-interest. It is up to WE THE PEOPLE to remind them what this country is about.

As you celebrate with fireworks and hot dogs and apple pie and all the rest of the fun, remember – the rights to these, AND SO MUCH MORE, are YOURS – not the government’s. Keep yours. Take the time today to REDECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE.

Just saying…

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TheRedBarrensCoverThis week’s personal Smashwords coupon is for “The Red Barrens”:

“You have been found by this court to be a vagrant in violation of Proteus ordinance 2071-043, and will be remanded to civil authorities for placement.” This pronouncement following her husband’s death from Agent Purple exposure puts Mabel Jeffers on the colony’s Edge, where she’s forced to play her part in terraforming a resistant planet with that same Agent Purple. But there are things that are worse than death – things that could drive her over The Edge and into The Barrens.

This one started simply with the double entendre of the title and grew from there. Use coupon code BE25C to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until July 2nd. Here’s the link:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474160?ref=NoTimeToThink

“The Red Barrens” is also available in the collection – And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.

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I’m participating in Smashwords’ site-wide Summer/Winter Sale promotion – for the month of July, all of my collections are 50%-off with a coupon (those coupons are listed on the individual page for each book – it’s SSW50 in case you have trouble finding it.) The coupon applies to my seven OUT OF MY MIND collections, plus my Herc Tom Collection Cats of War I and the Detective Jimmy Delaney collection Broken Down. With the coupon, each is reduced to $2.50.

All of the collections can be found on my Smashwords author page at: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink

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