Happy Independence Day 2015! Virginia declared Independence before the United States did. Virginia adopted a written Constitution before the United States. Virginia was first. Virginia will be first - again.
Many Virginians are less than enthusiastic this year. The Supreme Court of the United States redefined marriage and grievously attacked the Constitution. The President continues to rule with the impunity and arrogance of a tyrant. The Republican-controlled Congress blusters, then cowers and does nothing. The Attorney General of Virginia violates his oath of office within one week of saying it, hand on Bible, and the Republican-controlled General Assembly does nothing. Yet, The People remain. Virginia lives.
Virginia, and its Good People, will win.
Remember this 4th of July that Virginia declared Independence before the United States did – on June 12th, 1776. Virginia became a sovereign state created with a written Constitution – first in the world – on June 29th, 1776!
Virginia led. Virginia will lead again.
Key passages from our first Constitution, our Virginia Declaration of Rights, show us what must restore to our Commonwealth.
“A DECLARATION OF RIGHTS made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in full and free convention which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government.” See – the Good People. We’re the Good People and we are their posterity.
“Section 1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” America followed Virginia and the words of Virginians. Virginians have rights for property – we aren’t socialists.
“Section 2. That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants and at all times amenable to them.” All officials – including judges - get their power from us. They don’t rule us – unless we let them.
‘Section 3. .. when any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community has an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.” Majority rules. Majority can reform, alter or abolish the current government. It’s our Right to reform, alter or abolish the current government.
“Section 14. That the people have a right to uniform government; and, therefore, that no government separate from or independent of the government of Virginia ought to be erected or established within the limits thereof.” Is the Federal government separate or independent of Virginia? No foreign government authority or Muslim no-go zones in Virginia.
“Section 15. That no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” Virginia is governed by moral-ethical principles.
“Section 16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practise Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.” God is recognized by all Virginia – including the government. We have a duty to give Christian forbearance. Christian is the adjective, not a noun. Virginia isn’t sectarian – Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox. Because the tolerance is “Christian”, Jews and non-believers have safe haven in Virginia.
Cheer up, Virginia.
We will restore our Constitution to where the words have meaning in the everyday affairs of Government and the Good People of Virginia.
Virginia was first – to declare Independence and establish government under a written Constitution. Virginia First – in the future.