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America's New Minutemen And What Every American Can Do

Heidi Cappadona | April 27 2005

When I heard of ordinary men and women in America rising up on their own accord to take a stand for our country it warmed my heart and brought hope where a bombardment of daily bureaucracy has left emptiness. These new Minutemen have begun to take the same kind of stand for righteousness that over 200 years ago began a great nation unique in the history of the world and like our forefathers before us, they are also facing slick opposition armed with insults, trickery and guile.

Throughout time, mankind has been oppressed by kings and governments plundering them for their own pursuit of happiness while leaving the common folks with just enough to sustain their lives. With the invention of the printing press, more and more common people became aware of God’s teaching that all men are created equal and kings must rule justly. These folks were severely oppressed and deeply marred by tyranny and welcomed this revelation. This spirit of liberty eventually formed our Constitutional Republic and was heartfelt expressed in our Declaration of Independence.

Mankind has always had to struggle for personal liberty and things are no different today. “When we see the body of a community plundered for the sake of indulging individuals in pride, luxury, idleness and debauchery,..when we see thousands rewarded with pensions, for having either devised or attempted to execute some scheme for plundering a nation, and establishing despotism, we cannot be in doubt whether some horrid attack is not made on liberty.” Nathaniel Niles wrote that in 1774 but it sounds as if it could have been written today. In 1774 individuals came together for the common good and changed history. America is proof that individuals each doing their part can make a difference…a big difference. In fact, united individuals have proven to be a bulwark against every assault of lawless power, whether foreign or domestic. We must remember that liberty is not merely persons thinking themselves free.

Individuals each doing their small part for the good of the whole are a very powerful force and one every oppressor fears. These folks are the little drops of water spoken of in 1774 by Nathaniel Niles when he said, “If any should say, it is in vain for them as individuals to be vigilant, zealous and firm in pursuing any measures for the security of our rights, unless all would unite: I would reply, Ages are composed of seconds, the earth of sands, and the sea of drops, too small to be seen by the naked eye. The smallest particles have their influence. Such is our state, that each individual has a proportion of influence on some neighbor at least; he, on another, and so on; as in a river, the following drop urges that which is before, and every one through the whole length of the stream has the like influence…We are not at liberty to lie dormant until we can at once influence the whole. We must begin with the weight we have…[M]ighty floods have their rise in single drops from the rocks, which, uniting creep along till they meet with another…These unite, proceed, enlarge, until the mountains tremble at their sound.” Niles’ writing was his small contribution to liberty and how powerful it was.

We must also come to understand that our liberty is a blessing from God. It is not an absolute right of our own, because if it were, we could support it, guard it, or neglect it at our will. It is a loan from God and one we must care for with great attention. Our liberty is a blessing too great to be compared to any other earthly good, yet we are all too ready to assume that once we have appointed our legislators and given them charge of our liberty, we need not have any further concern. Americans must remember that the design of appointing a few folks to government is not to free the rest from responsibility but to assist the whole of the people in the discharge of their duty, which is the watchful preservation of liberty.

Several thousand years of history can prove that those who have been made guardians of liberty have in almost every instance endeavored to make themselves masters of it. Such is the nature of mankind. Communities must continually keep an impartial and watchful eye on their government. America’s new Minutemen are making Americans feel safe again, not just in the job they are doing but in the very fact they are there and willing to do something about it. We must all do our little part to preserve our liberty and make a difference together…like little drops of water.