Independence Day in the United States is a day that is commonly known as the 4th of July. Officially, it is a day to celebrate our declaration of independence from Great Britain in the year 1776. Sadly, for many it is just a day off of work to spend with family and friends, celebrating summer, hot dogs, ice cream and beer.
For the last two years, I have written about this day and to be honest, there is not much that is new that can be added to what I have previously said. Rather than start over, today I bring back an article from July 4, 2012. Everything I said still applies, perhaps ten-fold.
A Preppers Nod to Independence Day and the Revolution of Thought
When it comes to liberty, freedom, and the elimination of tyranny, not much has changed in the twelve months since I wrote that article. If anything, we have seen a continuance of the insidious assault on our rights and on our ability to embrace the tenants of free choice and free speech.
As I go back and read the Declaration of Independence, it strikes me that this statement, this edict of the people, was truly a revolution of thought. It was a declaration of universal rights for all and further, it defined the government as the gate-keeper for insuring that those rights are protected. Yes, the government was defined as the gate-keeper and protector with its rights being granted by the people and for the people.
But now, instead of being gate-keeper and protector, our government, in my opinion, has become the warden and the jailer, intent on keeping our citizens under control, without choice, without guardianship and certainly without representation when it comes to taxes.
As Lincoln said in 1863:
“Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Today as I look back at these words and scratch my head in confusion. How could we have strayed so far from this universal truth?
A Prepper’s View of Independence and the 4th of July
The universal truth of the words that I expressed a year ago has not changed. So rather than fluff up something new, I would like to once again share this prepper’s view of Independence Day and the 4th of July.
For many, the 4th of July has traditionally marked the true beginning of summer, often celebrated with family barbeques, lots of beer, a parade and of course, fireworks. Somewhere along the way – at least for many – the true meaning of the 4th of July has been lost.
Is it any surprise that very few refer to the”4th” – as it is commonly called – as Independence Day? Nope. Not really. But let me begin at the beginning.
The Story Behind Independence Day
Back in the years leading up to 1776, the colonists were feeling the crunch of Great Britain telling them what to do and when, and charging them for the privilege through excessive taxation. People started getting P.O.’d and decided they were sick and tired of the status quo. So, in a nutshell, they decided to tell the King to take a hike. They wanted to become their own independent country, free from the tyranny that had plagued them for years.
The Congress met and appointed a committee to write a formal document that would tell Great Britain that the Americans had decided to govern themselves. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft and the rest is history. Independence was declared on July 2, 1776 and official Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.
Over the years, The Declaration of Independence has become more than just a piece of paper. In addition to being a symbol of our country’s independence, it has become the blueprint to the philosophy of American government. Or has it?
The preamble of the Declaration of Independence says:
“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.”
Independence – Really?
I believe the goals of our found fathers were mostly met. Great Britain went away and the United States of America prospered and grew to become the most powerful country in the world. But somewhere along the line, the goal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness became clouded and mired down by politics, special interests, super egos and the tyranny of taxation without true representation.
Much like the colonists, today the people are being told what to do, how to do it, and charged handsomely for this so-called governance. What happened to “governments deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”? In my opinion, the writing is on the wall and like those colonists of many years ago, the people of today are poised to say, quite simply, no more.
Enter the Prepper Mentality: A Personal Independence Day
Late last year, I made it my personal mission to become independent and to take care of the needs of myself and my little family without being reliant on others. This is being done by creating my own, reasonable rules for living a satisfying and sustainable life in spite of our government. Or, more succinctly, without government help, and without government intervention.
Do I pay taxes? You bet, and probably more than I should have to pay. But at the same time, I strive to isolate myself from government tyranny.
Fanatical and obsessed? I think not. The preparedness lifestyle that I have adopted has been embraced part and parcel with normal, daily life. What does that mean? Some extra food here, some alternate fuel sources there. Learning self-defense and learning to live with less stuff. And perhaps most important, putting a high value on recreation, having fun and sharing a meaningful relationship. These are the basic tenants of my life as a prepper.
In my view, this is not much different than the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness described by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence oh so many years ago.
The Final Word
Today, on the 4th of July, I will celebrate my own Personal Independence Day. How about you? What are your priorities for independence and how will you celebrate?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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From the Bargain Bin: July is good month to take a trial run at survival living by camping out for a night or two in the wilderness. There are a few of things that I am adding to my kit this month, including the following must haves.
Ultimate Survival Signal Mirror: Another item we are adding to our kit is this signal mirror. This particular mirror over 90% as reflective as glass, yet is unbreakable and scratch resistant. Using a signal mirror is another one of those things you should learn to do in advance of an emergency.
6×6″ Mylar Foil Pouches: Okay – I am not adding Mylar bags to my kit per se, but I am stashing some first aid supplies, medicines and condiments in these perfectly sized pouches. They are light weight, airtight when sealed with my hair iron, and will pack easily. Great for snacks as well. 30 for about $11 appears to be a good price.
Midland 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios: I have wanted to upgrade my hand held radios for quite some time. These have a 36 mile range and are waterproof – qualities that I feel are important. Plus, in addition to using the included rechargeable batteries, they can use regular AAs in a pinch.
Although I like to make my own oil candles, I keep of these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles on hand as well. This month they are sale for $3.99 each.
In the gear department, the Venture 6 Tool is on sale for $12.99. This versatile all-in-one tool is compact and converts to a shovel, a saw, a hammer, or a hatchet. It is 35% off this month.
There are a lot more items on sale this month – be sure to take a look.
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