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12-20-2008, 07:47 AM
So, we talk about politics, religion, and a myriad of other topics in here. I've been reflecting much in the last year or so, regarding: what am I actually doing to ensure that I am a productive, informed, and responsible member of society? The reality is, I'm just another consumer, right now. I'm not really involved politically. Sure, I vote, but many of us question the point in voting these days. So, I pose the question to you. There are those, K? Pŕo?ćtiόnŹ and Deg come to mind, that give me the impression that change is not necessary. We've debated just about every which way we can, and I disagree that change is NOT necessary.

I'd like to preface this just a little bit more by taking you back to our country's inception:

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

There are two reasons I love this quote. First, When will we be stronger? If you feel repressed and that 1984 is here, when will you be more able to resist? The other reason is regarding the courage that the 56 men had, believing that if they lost the war, they had signed their execution papers.

Now, let us get further into the spirit:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to 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 effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But 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.

That last line really sums up the feelings and sentiment of a time long passed.

My final point is regarding Masons. We hear rumors that the Masons fomented the French Revolution, as payback for the original Friday the 13th massacre of the Knights Templar. This is one group that I have joined. While, I'm still just a junior officer and quite green, I see the value in being a Mason. I hear my brethren discuss the current state of the state. During the last open house, we played a video all day, regarding the Mason's role in the Revolution. I didn't even know that the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA is a gift from the Scottish Rite to the people of the US. You can debate the validity, history, and morality of Masons all day. I'm still glad to be part of a fraternal organization that, I believe, will defend freedom in perpetuity.

03-27-2009, 07:33 PM
Bump: I may get an infraction for this, but it is pathetic that no one here is taking an active part in addressing the numerous and enormous problems that we see facing this country. Or, you are just too damn scared to say. Either way, grow a set. If we (a younger gen) do not take an active interest in correcting the problems that we see, will any of this get better? C'mon. Someone here must be involved in politics. What are you doing? How are you voting? Party line? Have you ever been involved in a campaign for someone you believe in? Have you ever been involved in legislation? Do you even know the process for ratification of an amendment? Do you have an idea whose time has come? We've heard a lot of talk. What kind of action are we taking?