Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor


For those of you who don’t know me I work for a government contractor and work in an office with two other engineers. When I started with current employer and was assigned my desk the first thing I did was post a sign over my desk that says “Have you read our Declaration of Independence and Constitution? Free for the taking, one per person.” I then put a stack of Constitution/Declarations in the bin above my desk. There are only seven people in our office but five of them immediately took one. As a firearms and personal protection instructor, I give a copy of the Constitution/Declaration to each student. It is this document that enables me to hold these classes.

A friend and patriot sent a link to a piece by Paul Harvey from 1965. It takes about 10 minutes to watch and I urge you to watch it. It is a powerful discussion about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.


After watching the video I got to thinking about the pledge they took: “…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” How many of our current group of leaders loves our country enough to make that pledge? For that matter, how many Americans would be willing to take that pledge?

We are facing what I believe is a constitutional crisis.

  • Representative Pelosi said that they had to pass the Obamacare bill to know what is in it. It passed without anyone knowing to what we were obligated.
  • After the Newtown tragedy the anti-constitutionalists are trying to completely undo the Second Amendment.
  • A state representative in Missouri has proposed firearm confiscation. This sounds nuts but just the idea that someone thinks they can get this through is devastating.
  • In Colorado the anti-constitutionalists are trying to whittle away our right to keep and bear arms. They are trying to restrict magazine size, as well as restrictions on concealed carry.

The strategy is clear. The anti-constitutionalists know they cannot take away our rights all at once. Instead they whittle them away. A little bit here and a little bit there with the citizens thinking all the while that a little bit here and a little bit there is OK. It is all in the name of safety and helping our fellow man. I think Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” That is what our legislators are trying to sell us.

I sent out a note this afternoon encouraging a number of my friends to write our Colorado State legislators to urge them to vote against those little bits of rights degradations. The result was that one former Colorado State Representative replied and asked that I take her off my email distribution. Another friend said that it will do no good and that the anti-constitutionalists have made up their minds. That is probably true but it is incumbent on Americans to make the effort and go on record to tell the anti-constitutionalists where we stand.

I believe that it is time for Americans to stand up and be counted.

As always, I welcome your comments and discussion.

3 thoughts on “Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor

  1. I took the “Oath” when I went into the military and for each renlistment also when I became a deputy sheriff. That oath in part states I will defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. I have retired from both. My oath expires when I do. I do pledge my life and all I have to defend the Constitution and the Republic.

  2. Well said, Dan. As for me, few things annoy me as much as people who say the 2nd Amendment shouldn’t apply to anything more powerful than a musket. The poorly thought-out idea being that’s what was available when the amendment was written. These same people write that on a pocket sized computer with a touchscreen that uses radio waves to connect to an internet system using satellites, microwave towers and undersea cables — under the protection of a 1st Amendment that didn’t know anything fancier than movable type.

  3. Thanks for sharing the video link. Paul Harvey was such a great voice for our nation to hear. We are indeed living in trying times, as promised.

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