Independence Now And Forever!
by Chuck Baldwin
As we approach Independence Day, it behooves us to recall the principles of America's founding, especially
in light of the ongoing attempt by today's political and commercial leaders to merge the United States
into a hemispheric government. In fact, the clarion call for independence is just as fundamental, just as
revolutionary as it was 233 years ago.
Regarding the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams said, "[Independence Day] will
be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding
generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of
Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade,
with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the
other, from this time forward forevermore."
Adams went on to say, "You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of
the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these
States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory; I can see that the end is
more than worth all the means, that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction, even though we should
rue it, which I trust in God we shall not."
Indeed, the signers of America's Declaration of Independence endured the sacrifice of both toil and
blood. Pertaining to the lives of the signers, David Limbaugh writes, "Of those 56 who signed the Declaration
of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned,
in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his thirteen
children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and
driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything
Yes, America's Declaration of Independence, which is our nation's birth certificate, was purchased at a
very high price. Rightly did its primary author, Thomas Jefferson, invoke God's name no less than four
times in the Declaration. Without God, our struggle for independence and freedom would surely have
Jefferson, along with the vast majority of America's founders, knew that freedom was, first, the gift of
God, not the accomplishment of men. He further understood that man's law must be subordinate to the
natural laws of God.
Therefore, with an appeal to Heaven for the "rectitude of [their] intentions," America's Founding Fathers
courageously forged a document that would put their own lives at risk, but would also change the course of
The question now is, "How long can we maintain our nation's independence?" The forces of global government
seem to dominate both major parties in Washington, D.C., most corporate boardrooms, and most
In fact, hemispheric or regional government never had more powerful and committed allies than former
Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now President Barack Obama. Mark my
words: if and when America loses its independence, it will have been these Presidents that led the way in
making it happen.
If the United States is going to maintain its independence and freedom much beyond the year 2010, it
will only be because millions of freedom-loving Americans (and the governments of the States in which
they reside) are willing to fight for it.
Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. Daniel Webster gave the eulogy for both
men on August 2 of that year. Included in his remarks on that notable day were these words: "It [the Declaration
of Independence] is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God, it shall be my dying sentiment.
Independence now, and independence forever."
To Webster's words, I say a hearty AMEN! I promise no loyalty to the North American Union, the
United Nations, or any other brand of global government. When the day comes that I am required to submit
to any form of global authority, I will be an outlaw. There is no freedom without independence, and there is
no inde-pendence without eternal vigilance. To my dying breath I will say with Daniel Webster,
"Independence now, and independence forever!"