Individuals tend to use Fourth of July celebrations as a means to obtain some rest and relaxation from the stresses of work and life; however, KrisAnne Hall had other ideas on how to spend this unique day.
Hall, a teacher, author, attorney and advocate for the Constitution, spent her Fourth of July holiday at the First Conservative Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. She was one of many speakers present at the Church′s œGod “ N “ Country event that took place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Some of these speakers included Dr. Gene A. Youngblood, the church′s co-founder, who lamented that pastors and religious leaders are unable to express their opinions on issues effectively, and Victoria Baer, an activist and educator, who detailed the dangers present in Agenda 21, a set of procedures by the UN that relate to sustainable development. In addition, William Korach, publisher of the Report Card, was present to read the Declaration of Independence and discuss what occurs in local school boards.
Those present at the event also had the opportunity to listen to a reenactment of Patrick Henry′s œGive me Liberty or Give me Death speech along with great music from the gospel trio œOne Heart.
When it came time for Hall to address the audience, she focused on American liberty and its central presence in the fabric of our society, while also detailing whether America was a democracy or a republic.
To Hall, the nation of America is clearly the latter rather than the former. In stating this, she emphasized why this form of government best fits the American landscape.
œA republic is a government that derives its just powers from the consent of the people, Hall pointed out.
œIt is a government among men, not over men, and it is the only form of government which ensures that the minority has a society-changing voice.
Hall then pointed out that republic governments are not without challenges.
œOur founders said that those who administer it may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trusts, Hall pointed out.
This point crystallized a key theme throughout Hall′s speech, that governments are only effective when individuals are engaged in the political process.
œIt is incumbent of people in a republic for people to be on their toes, in their faces and constantly reminding them of what their jobs are, because as much as they hate it, we are their employers, she said.
If individuals are not vigilant in monitoring the actions of their elected officials, Hall stated before an attentive crowd, it would ultimately result in a form of governance that will fail to represent their best interests.
œYou will see us become a government of politicians, by your state capitals and for Washington, D.C., she pointed out.
Throughout her speech, Hall frequently referenced the words and actions of the founding fathers in stating her points about government. In particular, she praised the influence of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Hall mentioned that Franklin preferred a republic-style government œonly if we could keep it while noting that Jefferson′s influence would garner œas much of a cult following as many of today′s politicians.
Hall added that the founding fathers gave specific instructions on how an ideal government should work, and that these directions are just as relevant now as they were then.
œOur founders built this nation as a republic with a purpose. They gave us specific instructions, which are not only in the form of the Constitution, not only in the form of the Bill of Rights, but in every word that they wrote down, she said passionately.
To Hall, a key danger facing America today lies in the changing of language present in these founding documents from their original intent. The language present in the Constitution and Bill of Rights is fine, Hall pointed out, going on to mention that even though individuals are quick to criticize the founding fathers because their intents were not perfect, that the founders were prescient enough to see the type of government that would evolve from the blueprints that were initially set forth.
She also took issue with recent Supreme Court decisions that placed the whims of the federal government over the desires of the state.
œAccording to the Supreme Court, we can now be taxed not only for things that we buy, but for things that we do not buy as well, she said.
KrisAnne Hall′s speech continued with her extolling the importance of liberty in a free society, and concluded with her inspiring the rapt audience to separate themselves from a government that refuses to recognize effectively the rights of individuals.
œWhen a government becomes destructive, it is our right to alter or abolish it. Today, on July 4, we must declare independence from this tyranny, she said, drawing eager applause from the individuals present.
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