So Encouraging!

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I celebrate Overthrow-the-Government/Secession Day by reading the Declaration aloud, from start to finish, including the Signers’ names, with whomever I’m spending the holiday. So this morning, when setting off for a hike, I was delighted that a woman at the beginning of the trail asked if I’d like a copy of the Declaration! Even better, she was one of a group of 6 or 8 folks who had gathered to read it aloud! I exclaimed that I always do the same thing, which put smiles as broad as mine on their faces.

We chatted a few moments about the shocking apathy of most Americans toward this astounding paean to liberty, and then I asked, “Are you Ron Paul voters?”

Alas, they said no. But as I thought about it on my walk, I realized that’s even more encouraging. We expect Dr. Paul’s fans to revere the Declaration. But these enthusiasts aren’t part of that R3volution; rather, they’re evidence that more and more Americans are awakening to freedom.

There’s still time to read — or recite from memory — the magnificent Declaration, and I strongly urge you to do so if you haven’t already. Give particular emphasis to “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it…”

3:55 pm on July 4, 2012