“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…” ~ Declaration of Independence
We declared our Independence from a ruler who dictated without our consent. Yet today we are literally drowning in rules and regulations and laws that are so numerous and so convoluted that the average citizen cannot know them all or even understand most of them. How can We The People consent to such governance that is so incomprehensible?
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” ~ James Madison
“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.”~ Declaration of Independence
I cannot remember a day in the last 30 years when I have not heard some complaint about this nation in one form or another. The government does too much, it doesn’t do enough, war, peace, taxes, politics, corruption and the list goes on and on. The irony is that most of the issues that people complain about were never meant to be in the first place. The Federal government was given several “enumerated powers” that were it’s responsibility, make war, sign treaties and deliver the mail basically. Anything outside of those enumerated powers fell upon the states to govern or were the responsibility of We The People to address individually or through self-regulating societal means. Yet we have suffered the abuses that have come with the growth of government far beyond it’s intended role in our lives and as it has grown our independence has atrophied and dependence has flourished. I consider myself a prudent man and I have no desire to cast off the yoke and form a new government, just yet. In their wisdom, our founders gave We The People the power and the tools to right the wrongs that have crept into our body politic.
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” ~ James Madison
“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.” ~ George Washington
“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” ~ Samuel Adams
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.” ~ Patrick Henry
So, on this Independence Day let us ALL please reconnect with the spirit that won that Independence. Educate yourself on how this nation is SUPPOSED to work, educate others and then take a good hard look at what we have become. Cold Dead Hands is a grassroots effort to revive and restore the power of the people to self-regulate and self-govern in America again. We focus on the right to bear arms only because that is the only balance of power we have against a bloated and corrupt government. As long as we maintain that balance, then we have the opportunity and the tools that our Framers put in place to right the wrongs that have accumulated and grown over the years. Let us work towards the goal of 365 Independence Days a year.
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” ~ Declaration of Independence
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.