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The Fireworks in Man
by Daniel Newby, July 4, 2006

You have probably observed the growing trend of state and local governments to stop citizens from possessing and using fireworks.  Police in more restrictive states, like Utah, for instance, have gone so far as to cross the Wyoming border (where fireworks are less restricted), spy on those who purchase fireworks there, follow them back over the border, search their vehicles, and fine them.

Despite shows of statute and excessive force, thousands — perhaps millions — of Americans will participate in setting off illegal fireworks today. Institutions such as Utah's KSL radio station, owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormons), appear perplexed at this rebellious phenomenon. Yesterday, their editorial board put forth the following:

"We wonder!

"We wonder who will be victimized or suffer unnecessarily this 4th of July holiday because someone more concerned about a cheap thrill chose to break the law and set off dangerous, illegal fireworks.

"We wonder what fields and forests will burn, whose homes will go up in flames, and most tragically, who will be physically injured, if not permanently maimed by an ill-timed explosion of an illegal firework.

"We wonder why some citizens brazenly flout rules established to protect society and prevent needless personal injury and property damage. We wonder why they make costly annual pilgrimages to nearby towns in neighboring states, and chance being ticketed and fined, to smuggle in a few banned bottle rockets, M-80 salutes and various aerial bombs.

"We wonder why so many gleefully gather in backyards, cul-de-sacs and open fields with their spoils to openly defy what is deemed dangerous and harmful. We wonder what kind of messages parents who do this are sending to their children about the importance of honoring, obeying and sustaining the law of the land.
[My note: This last sentence references the LDS church's official doctrine in their "Twelfth Article of Faith," which states: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."]

"We wonder where the problems will occur this year, for inevitably they will. Will it be your neighborhood? Will it be your home? Will it be one of your family members?

"Yes, we wonder!"
Source: "We Wonder!" Editorial Board, KSL Radio Station, July 3, 2006.

Consider the implications of this editorial. Are we are too stupid to safely and responsibly light fireworks? Too infantile to be accountable for our actions if we irresponsibly harm ourselves, others, or the environment?

Isn't it ironic that our forefathers were encouraged to use voluminous amounts of gunpowder in completely unsafe environments to fight off a foreign power (the British), but we are now too inane to take risks with a firecracker or bottle rocket?

Why will so many individuals "openly defy" statute and religious admonitions today?  Let us answer these and other Tories by examining the nature of man.

At some level, beneath all the propaganda and indoctrination that man has been baptized under since birth, he instinctively, and for good reason, despises the nanny church-state. Regardless of all the man-philosophies and institutional nonsense piled upon him by corrupt institutions, he still yearns to be free.

He may not vocalize it like many of his loud forefathers, but he still finds small avenues to express his resentment for those who rule over him.  He speeds on the freeway, he skips a church meeting, he purposely does not vote for the "better of two evils", and… he "gleefully" joys in the opportunity to "openly defy" statute by lighting illegal fireworks on the "4th of July".  He is proud to willingly "chance being ticketed and fined."

And he might even recollect in the back of his mind that this day used to be known as "Independence Day," or a celebration against tyranny.  Two-hundred and thirty years since its inception, this day begins to symbolically represent a ban against independence and defiance.

Thomas Jefferson, who authored much of the Declaration of Independence, stated:

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere."
Source: Letter to Abigail Adams, February 22, 1787 (see The Founder's Almanac, by Matthew Spalding, The Heritage Foundation, 2002, p. 158)

This spirit that drives man to be so "brazenly irresponsible" is granted to all men by a power that exceeds all mortal powers and opinions, including the words of tyrants penned to paper and smugly enforced by gun-toting tyrants — whose projectiles are also propelled by gunpowder.  As sure as the sun rises, man longs to be free.

This longing was the purpose of Independence Day, which John Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, expressed to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
Source: Printed in Adams Family Correspondence, 2:29-33  See also

This Independence Day, as on all others, you have a choice. You can "be subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law," as religious media outlets like KSL and your Tory forefathers circa 1776 would have you do. You can shy away from your heritage and join the subdued festivities of ingrates who squat on American soil.  You can allow your fireworks and freedom to be planned, staged, and set by legions of professionals.

Or you can also celebrate the right your Creator gave you to be free, and your commitment to resist tyranny. You can light your own fireworks, and keep them lit throughout the year.




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