Independence Day: Remembering The Cause

Fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress risked their name and honor in declaring their colonies’ independence from the English Crown on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia. The document became known as the Declaration of Independence. Digital version of this famous painting is retrieved from

Clay Olsen | July 4th, 2013

“Objects of the most Stupendous Magnitude, Measures in which the Lives and Liberties of Millions, born and unborn are most essentially interested and now before Us. We are in the very midst of a Revolution, the most [complete], unexpected, and remarkable of any in the History of Nations.”

– John Adams

By the late 18th century, the British colonies in North America were becoming frustrated with Great Britain’s growing control and incessant taxes. The epicenter of these feelings was undoubtedly in the colony of Massachusetts, in a town called Boston. Tensions were high due to events like the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the implementation of the Coercive Act. Out of the furnace of Boston came John Adams. The firsthand experience of the imperialism of Great Britain had given him a clear view of what all thirteen colonies were likely to face if they did not comply. Adams believed that the continuous addition of taxes was a plot by the British to enslave the colonists. He would become a major role throughout the revolution, including a key member of the Continental Congress. The first meeting of the Continental Congress occurred after the Coercive Act was brought to the colonies. It was here that grievances and petitions to King George III began. War with Britain was generally accepted to be a last resort if it was even a consideration on the table. However, about eight months later in April of 1775, the first shot was fired and war was on the horizon.

As Great Britain rallied her fleets at home, petitions were continually sent from the colonies to the crown. The British government felt that the colonists needed to be taught a lesson through power and force in order for there to be peace again. So as the British were building up an army to hastily crush the rebellion, the Continental Congress met again to discuss the reality of declaring independence. The choices were quite simple at this point: bend the knee to the British and ask for forgiveness or fight for independence. It was not a question as to which path was easier, but as to which path was right.

A committee was formed of five men (Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Livingston, and Sherman) to draft a declaration of independence that would lay out the case for why the colonists were rebelling. The document was not a grievance that there were not enough regulations on the colonies. It was not a complaint that the rich colonists got to keep too much of their money. And it was not an objection that the British government did not have enough control over their lives. Instead, this was a document claiming that a government thousands of miles away, with no relationship to the governed, was unsuitable to a people with God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The document was a cry against big government and taxation without representation. And it was a call for the transfer of powers from the state to the individual. The document was debated and edited. It was finally agreed upon on July 4th 1776 and sent out to the world as the Declaration of Independence.

The American Revolution was a revolution that called upon ordinary men in order to succeed. Thomas Paine, a simple tailor, wrote the very famous pamphlet known as Common Sense. Paine was not a wealthy man; he was not involved in politics or law, but he had the ability to explain revolutionary ideas in plain English. People came to love the pamphlet that he wrote in which he claimed, “an island cannot rule a continent.” Three months after its publication, 150,000 copies of Common Sense were circulating the colonies. Support for what was now being called “The Cause” was on the rise.

Inexperience seemed to be the one thing the Continental Army was well supplied with. Colonial soldiers were mostly militia while the British force consisted of a professional army and navy as well as mercenaries. The average British solider was 28 years old with seven years of experience while the average colonial solider was 20 years old with six months of experience (if any at all). The British attack force closing in on the colonies was larger than the population of Philadelphia, the most populace colonial city at the time. Try to imagine the army of colonists, made up of men ages 15 and up, marching towards New York to face one of the most powerful militaries at the time and a navy that was unmatched by any other. Perhaps the biggest advantage that the Continental Army had over the redcoats was their spirit. The British soldiers and mercenaries fought for a paycheck. Colonists fought for Liberty, for themselves and also for generations to come, for you and for me.

The hunger for independence would soon be satisfied because of the brave Americans that gave their lives for “The Cause;” because they believed that a people should not be bullied by their government, especially one in which they had no representation in. On Independence Day we remember this sacrifice, but may we never forget the responsibility that a representative government has given every citizen: to voice their beliefs and keep the government accountable so that our nation does not become a continent ruled by an island of bureaucrats. Our country was founded on trust in the individual, the governed, rather than the government. In a time of need, the cry of Liberty called not only upon men of great power, but also on those from humble walks of life. Thomas Paine, a tailor, was able to influence a nation.  May we as Americans never accept the proposition that we are merely numbers in a pool of statistics. We each have the power to positively affect our nation in many different ways. Our country was founded by brave individuals who were willing to give up their lives for the freedom of their family and of their fellow countrymen. Our armed forces today show us that we continue to be a nation of courageous individuals. We are a land of the free because of the brave men and women that volunteer to protect our nation. May we never forget our history and may God continue to bless the United States of America.


Midnight Tweets from #HB2: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Blue Shirts Rally at the Capitol

Pro-life advocates organize and gather inside the Texas Capitol to support HB2 sponsored by Rep. Laubenberg (R-Parker) Photo Courtesy of Texas Alliance for Life

Danny Zeng | July 3rd, 2013

OK, I admit. The first one is biased…BUT that picture shared by Governor Perry is priceless. The other ones are great pro-life arguments made by everyday folks on Twitter. Overall, the overwhelming amount of tweets under #Stand4Life, including many posted by first-time Twitter users (discernible by an egg picture), was very encouraging. Around midnight, the House State Affairs Committee voted 8-3 in favor of HB 2 out of the committee. The bill will now go to the full House for consideration. Pro-lifers prevailed in face of rampant vulgarity and “hail satan” chants!

The Good

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The Bad

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The most recent Texas Tribune poll states otherwise: 62% of respondents (including 61% of women) show at least some support for abortion restrictions. National Journal released a poll that shows 48% of Americans favor a bill that bans abortion after 20 weeks, a four-point lead over the opponents. The same polls shows that a majority (51%) of young people aged 18-29  favor such a ban (and 41% oppose). In addition, 50% of women are in favor of such ban as opposed to 44% against. This again goes to show that people who descend upon the Capitol do not represent Texans and the American people.

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To them, it’s a joke.

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When they speak of “human rights”…well you can read it again from Kirsten Powers’ column from yesterday

Human-rights movements have traditionally existed to help the voiceless and those without agency gain progressively more rights. Yet in the case of abortion, the voiceless have progressively lost rights at the hands of people who claim to be human-rights crusaders. Abortion-rights leaders have turned the world upside down. They want us to believe that a grown woman is voiceless, that she has less agency than the infant in her womb who relies on her for life. A woman has so little agency, we are told, that she is incapable of getting an abortion before the fifth month of her pregnancy. To suggest she should do so is a “war on women.” It’s an insult to women dressed up as “women’s rights.” (The Daily Beast July 2, 2013)

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Thanks but no thanks. I don’t think we’ll take advice from a self-avowed “progressive Democrat.” But apparently some young women would stand for “hail satan?”

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Please explain the moral distinction between “pro-abortion” and “pro-choice”

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“The unborn” who is indisputably on a path to BE born and is at the most vulnerable stage of his/her life…Yes, I’d say we care more about “the unborn” versus a fully-grown adult.

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Dream big. I like it.

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The whole structure of the federal constitution is to outline, limit, and separate power into three branches of government and establish a system of checks and balances to protect the kind of “inalienable rights” proposed by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, “that among these are Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness” umm in that order where Life takes precedence (perhaps common sense?) over liberty and pursuit of happiness. I’m curious to see the right to abortion in the Constitution.

The Ugly

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Not worthy of comments.