****James Belcher is co-author of "You Know Something Is Wrong When....An American Affidavit of Probable Cause"****
My ancestors splashed ashore in 1630 and helped found the City of Boston. They built the Old South Church and served it as parishioners and ministers on and off for two centuries. They attended Harvard and founded Princeton. Their family crest was the model for the Great Seal of the United States. They lived in Braintree, Massachusetts, where they were landowners and lawyers at the same time and in the same place as John Adams. Like him, they were patriots. My direct ancestor, William Belcher, served with the Connecticut volunteers as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Battle of White Plains and other actions throughout New York. I am, as a result, a Son of the Revolution.
As we come up against the 240th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence, I have to wonder what my ancestors would say to me now. I can hear grumbling and see shaking of shadowed heads in tri-corn hats. What is our nation thinking of? How have we gone so far astray?
Yesterday--- I read an article Nancy Battle posted and which Arnie Rosner reposted---- supposedly written by a Judge who, via his own route, discovered the depths of corruption and depravity within the federal and judicial systems. As part of his conclusions, he presented the Founding Fathers as self-interested and greedy men, who, when they penned the famous words, "We, the People" and spoke of "our progeny" means only their own progeny.
Nothing could be farther from the Truth. It is a disservice so vile that I feel compelled to mount my bully pulpit and point out that the word "people" means "militia" in Hebrew, and that is and was and still remains its meaning: "We, the Militia...."