Never let liberty be forgotten

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Dear Editor:

July 4th, 1776; the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution wasn’t signed until September 17th. To commemorate both of these significant events, I want us to remember. Remember what the Declaration intended; “...Laws of Nature’s God entitle them...self evident...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Governments’ only job is to protect individual rights. There is a quote that accurately frames governmental tendencies: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

2020 gave both our National and Local governments the opportunity to demonstrate how quickly, like a wildfire, elected and non-elected “servants” become the masters.

Good intentions or bad, contagious illness or conspiracy, freedom ceded is regained with difficulty. These Constitutional liberties were too easily surrendered!

Bill of Right #4--”secure... against unreasonable searches, seizures” And I’m not referring (Directly) to the TSA. Think of the privacy we discarded clambering for “health and safety”.

Bill of Right #5-- “life, liberty, or property without due process of law”

If we cannot use our property (vehicles, bicycles, businesses etc) as we see fit, we no longer have Amendment V protecting us from the insatiable government appetite.

Bill of Right #8-cruel and unusual punishment...excessive fines. People arrested for swimming in the ocean, walking outside, riding on a plane without a mask. Say that out-loud: Someone was arrested for swimming in the ocean alone! Sounds CRUEL, UNUSUAL and EXCESSIVE to me.

Bill of RIght #9-The rights enumerated cannot be construed to be all encompassing. There are other rights held by the individual (you and I) that should also be protected from government overreach. Not enumerated doesn’t mean non-existent.

Bill of Right #1-The most important rights to assemble, worship, and to speak freely (written or spoken form) were completely annihilated by the administrative pen during the past 18 months. This amendment is arguably the most important of ALL the amendments. It is the amendment upon which all others rest, and that is the reason that all the others fell so quickly once we gave up our rights and complied to “Social distancing” “stay at home” and “wearing masks” and the closures of our businesses and churches.

As we reflect upon the tragedy and crimes committed by our elected and unelected “servants” in 2020 and beyond, let us commit to never letting liberty be forgotten and lost!

Here is to a truly Happy Fourth of July where we remember!

Luke Gambee

Glendive