I Pledge My Life, My Fortunes, My Sacred Honor

god-bless-americaToday we celebrate Independence Day and enjoy the gift of Liberty made possible by the vision and sacrifice of the brave 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.

The blessing of freedom has been passed on to each generation and sadly with each passing of the baton the principals of Liberty have been rewritten or erased.  We all share in the responsibility of restoring, honoring and defending the blessing of Liberty this great nation America was founded upon.

I thought I would share with you an excerpt from the first speech I gave at a rally on May 30, 2009.  The last six years my journey of understanding what it means to restore and defend our freedom has been filled with joy, heartache, success, failure, sacrifice, doubts, perseverance, and through it all I remain hopeful that the gift of Liberty bestowed upon America 239 years ago will flourish and bless generations to come.


Excerpt from speech given May 30, 2009 at the Amphitheater Lake Loveland Park:

“I would now like to read an excerpt of a speech written by Rush Limbaugh’s father Rush Limbaugh Jr. on the signers of the Declaration of Independence…And finally there is Abraham Clark.

He gave 2 sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk a float in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his son’s lives if he would recant and come out for the King and parliament. The utter despair in this man’s heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: “No”

The 56 signers of the DOI proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. “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”

Written by Rush Limbaugh, Jr.

The story of Abraham Clark touches me no matter how many times I read. Such sacrifice he made so that generations to come would know Freedom and have claim to living in the Greatest Nation on earth America.

Could I make the same sacrifice? I ask each of you to look at your family next to you and ask yourself could I do the same? We all talk about how we are willing to sacrifice for this great country but are we really??

America is great because we have the choice to choose opportunity – to choose liberty. It is also our choice to choose bondage to government, to choose security vs opportunity. For America to thrive we must be willing to accept the responsibility and the risk of having the freedom to make these choices.

Since the Revolutionary War we have seen many changes to our culture, our society and our government. Over time we have become forgetful of the value of the gift the Founding Fathers gave to us all. We take for granted our freedoms. We have become intolerant of pain or sacrifice of any kind. We have come to rely on the government to solve our problems and have forgotten that the price for government help however small, is ALWAYS Freedom.

We have become a nation obsessed with everything being fair, being equal and see nothing wrong with taking from one to give to another – just to keep it fair. We think that doing without means no Starbucks, cable tv or Ipods.

What would the Founding Fathers think of us if they could see what we have become?

We have become so entrenched in pointing fingers and engaging in the “us vs. them” that we can no longer be civil, be united. How can a problem be solved when the people are divided into Democrat vs Republican, Liberal vs Conservative, rich vs poor, black vs white?

For generations we have all participated in the slow dismantling of the Constitution – some naively and some maliciously. The time has come for each of us to accept our responsibility as an American and to put aside our differences so that we may unite as a country and restore the Constitution as the Supreme law of the Land.

The time has come for us to again choose liberty and to defend our right to live free.

So today I stand before you all and confess that I was like most Americans, asleep and unaware of the insidious nature of government. That I naively did not understand the Constitution is what protects us from ourselves. I did not appreciate the wisdom of The Founding Fathers who understood the frailties of human nature.

I declare today I am proud to be a citizen of the Greatest Nation on earth – America.

Today I pledge to all of you, to my country, to Lady Liberty, my life, my fortunes and my sacred honor.

I am asleep no more. I am naïve no more.”

Nancy Rumfelt

 

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