A Time for Rebellion!

Written by Mark Cole

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Duringrepparttar Revolutionary War which followed,repparttar 138791 burden of financingrepparttar 138792 war and supplyingrepparttar 138793 troops with necessities fell largely on Hancock. He did not fail to deliver. As if that were not enough, in 1780, with a few years remaining inrepparttar 138794 war, Hancock was elected asrepparttar 138795 first governor of Massachusetts - a post he held until his death in 1793.

With victory andrepparttar 138796 Treaty of Paris, you might think that things would slow down for Hancock, but that was hardlyrepparttar 138797 case. He was called upon time and again. He represented Massachusetts underrepparttar 138798 Articles of Confederation and wasrepparttar 138799 seventh President ofrepparttar 138800 United States in Congress. Withrepparttar 138801 demise ofrepparttar 138802 Articles, as governor of Massachusetts, he became a major voice for ratification ofrepparttar 138803 U.S. Constitution. Inrepparttar 138804 new United States, he pushed forrepparttar 138805 creation of a powerful navy - a move which proved to be critical torepparttar 138806 new nation's survival inrepparttar 138807 War of 1812.

For most of his life, John Hancock expended an enormous amount of energy forrepparttar 138808 cause of liberty and for American independence. While no one can challenge Washington forrepparttar 138809 title of "Father of our Country", Hancock would be a strong contender forrepparttar 138810 title of "Grandfather of our Country".

What doesrepparttar 138811 life of John Hancock mean for us today? So long as there are people who want to take awayrepparttar 138812 freedoms of other people, we should not forget John Hancock.

His response – his disobedience torepparttar 138813 governmental forces which oppressed him and other colonists – is not universally applicable. Asrepparttar 138814 Declaration argues, governments should not be overthrown or disobeyed for trivial reasons. But sometimes governments should, indeed, must be disobeyed.

Take, for example,repparttar 138815 story of a handful of Texas families inrepparttar 138816 late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. For various and diverse reasons, they had exercised their liberty to teach their children at home rather than inrepparttar 138817 public schools or in a private academy.

They were on solid legal ground to do so. As anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Texas history knew,repparttar 138818 Texas compulsory attendance law enacted in 1916 did not preclude education at home. More than a few Texans were doing just that whenrepparttar 138819 law was passed. After all, there were not that many private or public schools inrepparttar 138820 state at that time, certainly not enough to accommodate all Texas children. It was simply understood that many Texas children were taught at home before, during and afterrepparttar 138821 passage ofrepparttar 138822 compulsory attendance law. It never occurred to anyone that compulsory attendance outlawed learning at home.

That is, until 1981 when a bright staff attorney forrepparttar 138823 Texas Education Agency suddenly announced that homeschooling was not one ofrepparttar 138824 exceptions to compulsory attendance. Shortly after that, an assistant general counsel – not to be outdone in zeal to curtail freedom -- announced even more bluntly: “The compulsory student attendance laws ofrepparttar 138825 State of Texas do not permit students to be taught at home.”

Never mind history andrepparttar 138826 traditional freedoms which Texans had always enjoyed. “There is a new sheriff in town,” wasrepparttar 138827 flavor ofrepparttar 138828 Texas Education Agency’s argument.

Sound familiar? “The history ofrepparttar 138829 present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct objectrepparttar 138830 establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

Afterrepparttar 138831 announcement of this novel interpretation of a six decade-old statute,repparttar 138832 State of Texas actually began prosecuting disobedient, noncompliant parents – those stubborn parents who refused to bow their knee torepparttar 138833 dictates ofrepparttar 138834 State. In all, some 150 prosecutions were initiated, and about 80 of them were actually tried. And some were convicted. By 1984, teaching your own children at home in Texas had become a criminal offense!

Enterrepparttar 138835 plaintiffs in Leeper v. Texas Education Association. Some of them had already been criminally prosecuted for their refusal to obeyrepparttar 138836 State; some of them had been threatened with prosecution. Some of them had been financially harmed by Texas’ criminalization of homeschooling. But they all had this in common: like John Hancock, they did not regard recent pronouncements from a crazed King, er, State agency demonstrating willful ignorance of history as beingrepparttar 138837 final word onrepparttar 138838 matter. They were not willing to let their freedom,repparttar 138839 freedom of others andrepparttar 138840 freedom ofrepparttar 138841 next generation to be squandered simply because they couldn’t stomach a bit of a fight. Rather, they geared up forrepparttar 138842 battle. Though they had few resources, in their hearts they knew they were right andrepparttar 138843 “red coats” were wrong.

The case took about a decade to end. Butrepparttar 138844 final shot was fired byrepparttar 138845 Texas Supreme Court in 1995 when it unanimously announced that from that point on (just as before)repparttar 138846 Texas compulsory attendance law could no longer be used to make criminals out of parents who teach their children at home. The conflict was obviously not bloody, unlikerepparttar 138847 American Revolution. Butrepparttar 138848 stakes were high.

If they had acquiesced, that freedom would have been lost. What isrepparttar 138849 next freedom we would lose?

If we value freedom, then from time to time, we need John Hancocks. We need people to continue to import goods or educate their children or refuse to move torepparttar 138850 back ofrepparttar 138851 bus– even ifrepparttar 138852 State tells them otherwise.

Only through occasional active disobedience and confrontation will our historic freedoms be protected. Let’s hope that wheneverrepparttar 138853 next big deprivation of freedom occurs, there are some John Hancocks among us who will be willing to disobey and fight.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariablyrepparttar 138854 same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -- Such has beenrepparttar 138855 patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is nowrepparttar 138856 necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Rebellion is also personal and when a tyrannical force is oppressing your life – when you are weighted down by anxiety, fear, bordeom, lack of confidence, meaning and vision, it is time to strike back, and strike back violently. Make a list of your shortcomings – your enemies – and systematically eliminate them from your life.

Mark Cole is an attorney, husband and homeschool father in Texas. To learn more about men like John Hancock and to see how they can inspire you, visit his website at http://www.conversationsfromthepast.com.

What Dreams May Come

Written by Judith Pennington

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Your answers will relate torepparttar fulfillment of your gifts and talents–dreams unmet, hopes unrealized, joys denied, possibilities unexplored or perhaps a simple need for relaxation and time spent with loved ones. First we fill our cups with beauty, music and pleasure in ourselves and our abilities, then we share our fullness with others.

Some of us might seek to fulfill our longings through other people, my soul pointed out, but this often leads to heartbreak. Instead of seeking completion outside of self, we are better served by going within torepparttar 138722 Source of all supply, where we travel “constellations of know-ledge and experience lightingrepparttar 138723 cosmos beyond time and space.” Complete in ourselves, we move into oneness withrepparttar 138724 Divine, which cures our fears and failings. We become all that we can and are meant to be.

This is what dreams are made of. Nothing is beyond our grasp, my still, small voice tells me, unless it is detrimental to our soul growth.

It is easy to awaken what is dormant within us. Just lie in bed inrepparttar 138725 morning, listen torepparttar 138726 birds, and ask what your life can be in that moment, that day. Then live your prayer of life and watch what dreams may come.

May we live each moment as if it were our last, knowing there is no last moment in Creation, onlyrepparttar 138727 One moment.

This is what Tracy Chapman tells us in her song, “Heaven’s Here on Earth”:

“If we have faith in humankind, respect for what is earthly and an unfaltering belief in peace and understanding/Then heaven’s here on earth.”

She sings it into being for us, that we might dorepparttar 138728 same for ourselves: “We are born insiderepparttar 138729 gates/Withrepparttar 138730 power to create life and to take it away/The world is our temple,repparttar 138731 world is our church/Heaven’s here on earth.”

Judith Pennington is a writer, singer and coast-to-coast teacher of meditation and the evolution of human consciousness. The author of a groundbreaking book, "The Voice of the Soul," she publishes a free e-newsletter and subscription e-zine through her website, www.eaglelife.com.

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