The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence (DI) talks about the “Political Bands which have connected them with another”. What “Bands” were they talking about? It was more than just political.
They were bound by the common sense of being Englishmen and having the rights of Englishmen. People who did not pay attention in history class are not aware that the Bill of Rights in the Constitution are a reworking of the English Declaration of Rights of 1689. Being an Englishman was not just a matter of speaking English. It was a body of beliefs that incorporated the principle that certain freedoms were in the category of God given rights, not political payoffs. They were being denied that which was understood to apply to all Englishmen.
They were bound by religion. They did not agree on everything by any means. They had serious differences in theology. They had disagreements on how the church should be governed. They had different worship styles. In those differences the English had been slowly working toward the idea that you could go to different churches and worship the same God. This bond never totally went away until the 20th century when Great Britain and the Church of England began to drift into heresy. At the time of the DI the Anglican church was the official state church is several of the colonies.
They were bound by blood. Many of them still had family living in the British Isles and the dominant culture could trace its genealogy back.
These are strong bonds. We have had similar bands holding us together as a country. The question we need to be facing is, “Are they enough?” Even more to the point, “Do they still exist?” I think a majority of Americans still think they have the rights spelled out in the first ten Amendments to the Constitution. Unfortunately the ruling class disagrees with that. The bonds of religion are being dissolved from both the inside and the outside. On the inside we have the churches being suborned by people calling themselves Christians while denying everything the Bible teaches. On the outside we have direct attacks on the church and its ability to follow its calling. As for the bonds of family, our Proregressive* leaders are working overtime to destroy the American family.
So it is time to think about our bands. I would hope that we can renew them and pull together once again. If we can’t then it may be time to consider other options.
*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc. Another word for swamp dwellers)
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