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Hopper: We pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor – Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound

By Andy Hopper, Republican candidate for the 64th congressional district of the Texas House of Representatives

Thomas Paine rightly observed: “Society in any state is a blessing; but government, even in the best state, is only a necessary evil; and in the worst, an intolerable one. For we suffer the same misery that we should expect in a country without government, or are exposed to the same misery by having government.”

This was the case in America in the spring of 1776, when the Second Continental Congress began to collectively grasp the reality that there was no prospect of resolving the many grievances of the American colonists with Great Britain. In fact, in late 1775, King George II issued the “Proclamation of Rebellion,” presumably labeling all the congressional delegates as traitors to the crown.

After months of debate, the idea of ​​a local American government separate from Britain began to take root in the minds of the more reticent delegates. Men like Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson had long advocated this idea. On July 4, 1776, Congress decided to speak aloud the word that had previously only been whispered: independence.

Our American Declaration of Independence was firmly based on principles advocated over the centuries, such as the Declaration of Arbroath written in Scotland in 1320. But Jefferson captured the essence of the relationship between man and government:

“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. To secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. When 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, founded on such principles and organized its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to insure their safety and happiness.”

By signing this document, our founding fathers effectively burned their ships – committing themselves to a long and costly war with the greatest military power on Earth and, if they failed, guaranteeing their own execution for treason against the crown. And yet they stood by it:

“And in support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we pledge to one another our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

Today, 248 years later, we face many of the same concerns. A recent national Marist poll found that 47% of Americans believe civil war is likely in our lifetime. That result should come as no surprise in a country whose federal government has effectively colluded with the cartels for the past three years to carry out an invasion of America and maintain the largest sex and drug trafficking operation in human history. That same government indoctrinated American soldiers that the greatest threat to America is the “extremism” of the political right. For many months, those same authorities have also been systematically deployed against political candidates who stand in the way of the march toward total control.

This happened after the government had spent 20 years monitoring and recording citizens’ communications and using its agencies as a weapon against the state and the population.

And yet, in the midst of all this, there is much room for optimism and hope. Americans have seen all this with their own eyes and fully understand that we are not on the path to securing freedom and tranquility for our descendants. More than at any other time in my life, and probably in that of my parents or grandparents, Americans understand that if freedom is to be regained and preserved, the responsibility rests entirely on the shoulders of this generation.

In 1967, Ronald Reagan stated that freedom “is not something we inherit; it must be constantly fought for and defended by each generation, for it comes to a people only once. And those in the history of the world who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

Complacency and rationalization are the most important allies of an oppressive government and its most powerful weapon against freedom.

And yet the fact that our patriotic countrymen have accepted the grave reality of the problem is more than half the battle. Speaking the truth aloud is sometimes the most difficult thing, but here we are united in this cause of saving our country. I trust that our Lord, the Supreme Arbiter of the destinies of nations, will give us enough wisdom to weather this storm, and I have every hope and even confidence that He will give us enough strength to ensure that the tree of liberty does not die under our watch.

On this Independence Day, we pledge to one another our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to secure the freedom of our posterity.