Independence Day – Reflections on the Hessians

It was 233 years ago that 56 men put their names to a document, declaring their homeland to be an independent nation, free from the unjust and tyrannical encumbrances that had been put upon them by their ruling overlord, an overlord who had become the principal violator of their rights, who no longer ruled with their consent.

It was with a deep sense of foreboding and dread that the signers of that document took their stand. For they knew that westward bound on tall ships, the Hessians were arriving, foreign mercenaries who possessed no common bond of kinship or language, no common grievance with their king, no common experience in the new world, and thus, no mercy. It was by design that these ruthless killers were being sent to American shores. The king wanted this rebellion stopped, and quickly, and with German efficiency.

And so they declared not just the familiar and well-remembered set of truths which they held to be self-evident, but also a long list of often forgotten grievances against the crown, including this:

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

Which, of course, draws my mind to the analogous situations of two other nations, attempting to maintain and win their freedom. As we speak, Honduras, which has ousted a would-be president-for-life along the lines of a Fidel Castro or a Hugo Chavez, finds itself at the the wrong side of a worldwide bayonet, pointed at its jugular. The Honduran people undoubtedly experience the same sense of dread and foreboding that the early Americans did, knowing that foreign troops may be sent to their soil, troops who have stolen elections in Venezuela, troops who have maintained a life of poverty and subjugation for the people of Cuba for over 50 years, troops who will show no sympathy for the people of Honduras, or the constitution which they have worked so hard to protect.

And of course, my mind is drawn to Iran as well. Iran has no need to feel dread as the foreigners have been on their soil for some time. Without said foreigners their religious revolution would have died some time ago. Persians are not religious fanatics, Persians do not commit acts of terrorism, Persians ran a tolerant society before the Ayatollahs came to power. But the Ayatollahs could never have maintained power over their people without the help of Arab mercenaries, who share no common bond of kinship or language with the Persian people. They therefore have no sympathy for the Persians, whom they ruthlessly subjugate with their wild-eyed Arab psychopathy.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to secure the freedom of the United States. In the coming days, many Iranians and perhaps Hondurans will give their lives, fortunes and honor to secure freedom for their countries. But unlike the United States in the Revolutionary War, they will receive no help from foreign parties; our own President indicating no understanding of the principles in the Declaration, and thus getting every matter of foreign policy precisely wrong. It will be a remarkable turn of events for them to be successful. And yet we should all help and pray for their success, for theirs is the cause of freedom and justice, and their opponents of evil and tyranny.

Godspeed to Iran and Honduras. And may God (or whomever) save the United States of America.

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