And fewer yet understand that the principles of freedom and liberty found in their Constitution were inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence who, many believe, was divinely inspired while writing that document.
While most Americans, especially progressives, are fully aware of the “equality clause” Jefferson inserted in that document, a clause many believe that progressives have used to their advantage, there is another clause, the “escape or restorative clause,” that few Americans, especially conservatives are aware of.
But that may be changing. Six fed-up Coloradoans implemented this clause, perhaps without knowing it, in mid-September when they initiated their recall of two Democratic senators who strongly backed excessive gun control legislation in Colorado. Both senators were recalled and now are crying foul.
Paragraph two of the Declaration is made up of several clauses. The first is the “equality clause;” the second clause explains how citizens “unalienable” rights are secured, from governments that derive their powers from the consent of the people; the third clause reminds the people that whenever their form of government becomes destructive or overbearing, “it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness;” the fourth clause cautions the people against changing its government for “light and transit causes” and explains that most people are willing to “suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed;” but clause five firmly tells the people that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably 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 to provide new guards for their future security.”
Of course Jefferson had in mind King George III when he wrote this document, but I believe that divine helper who inspired Jefferson was looking forward to our day as we watch the “fundamental changes” occurring in America that many now see leading to “absolute Despotism.”
Those six in Colorado who initiated the recall of two state senators are among the first to follow Jefferson’s advice. But they won’t be the last. They recalled their senators and have provided for other fed-up citizens a blueprint to follow when their local, state or federal government gets out of control, as many feel is happening throughout America today as America watches Obama implement his promise to ‘fundamentally change’ America. Even some in Cherokee County have discussed a recall movement.
This recall of two state senators in Colorado may prove to be a wakeup call to those who simple wring their hands and say woe is me, and wait for another freedom to fall. As an optimist I believe that the Constitution of the United States has staying power and, evidenced by the Colorado recall, when even a few wakeup, obstacles, like two very progressive senators are removed from office, and new “guards” instituted for the “future safety” of the people.
Others waking up include tea party and 9/12ers who are actively involved in fighting to restore the principles of freedoms first introduced by Jefferson in his document and safeguarded by the Constitution, but now under attack by the progressive movement that seek, not to enhance mankind’s freedoms but to lead mankind back onto the government plantation where everyone is “equally” subjected to governmental regulations.
While modern history books fail to teach that it was the few who had created America’s freedoms, assisted, as the Founding Fathers tell us, by divine assistance, men who were astute Bible students and strongly believed they were literally “called of God” to restore the freedoms and liberties the Lord had given to Moses for Israel on Mt. Sinai but freedoms squandered by the succeeding generations just as is happening here in America.
A verse in Judges (2:10-11) fits well America today. It reads “… and there arose another generation after (the Founders) them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works (foundational documents) which he (they) had done for Israel (America). And the children of Israel (America) did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:”
Not good for America.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.