Former TCCC Employee; July 4, 2021
Happy 4th of July y’all!
We all have our different ways of celebrating this holiday and we probably have different ideas of what it means or what it symbolizes to us. The significance of the day is Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the Monarch of Britain, King George III and were now free and independent. Years earlier the colonists left Great Britain seeking freedom because they felt the British had abused their rights. Many unreasonable taxes had been placed to cover the costs of previous and upcoming battles, the people were not allowed to have someone represent them in Parliament, and the continued struggles to establish themselves separately from Britain. The first section of the Declaration of Independence features these famous lines, ” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson wrote this of King George III-“He has waged a cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation hither.”
The reason for this history lesson, you ask? Does any of this sound familiar? Marsha McLane is a present day dictator similar to King George III, imposing unreasonable TCCO taxes, restricting contact with family and friends (that’s a whole different story I’m working on), placing men so far away from civilization in Littlefield (another hemisphere), keeping the men locked up indefinitely to languish away and die, all while violating basic human rights set forth by our forefathers so many, many years ago. The crimes the men committed, and served their time for, never took away their rights. McLane has been the one to take those rights away, so I titled this LET FREEDOM RING for a reason. On this Independence Day 2021, I want everyone to know what it means. It is a statement that the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should be spread across the Earth and allowed to flourish. The greatest speaker of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr included this phrase in his I HAVE A DREAM speech in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Freedom is for everyone, you and I, and the men of Texas Civil Commitment. So to quote a truly great man, I say today on the 4th of July to “Let Freedom Ring”.