Currently most everyone in the world is, rightly so, perceiving their rights are under attack and what freedom they have is threatened. With this political/social climate and the approach of Independence Day I thought it would be a good time to tell the actual story behind how the Liberty Bell became a symbol of freedom and how widely it’s been used in that capacity.
I think many Americans believe the crack in the Liberty Bell was the result of a bell ringer ringing the bell so vigorously when the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776 that it cracked the bell.
This story isn’t true. It also isn’t the reason the bell came to be known as the Liberty Bell. The bell cracked the first time it was rang (was repaired only to crack again later), and it was when the Abolitionist Movement started to use it as a symbol to abolish slavery that it first became known as the Liberty Bell.
The Liberty Bell arrived from England in 1752 and cracked the rest time it was rang. Local foundry men re-cast the bell but it had such a bad sound that it had to be re-cast again. Historic articles on the bell tend to agree that if the Liberty Bell was rung to announce the reading of the Declaration of Independence, it was one of several bells rang for the historic occasion.
In September 1777 the colonists feared British invasion of Philadelphia was inevitable. The bells could easily be melted down by the British and used for ammunition so they hurriedly moved the Liberty Bell along with all other bells to a church in what is now Allentown. It was returned to Philadelphia in June 1778 after the British departure. The last time the bell rang was to celebrate Washington’s birthday in 1846.
How it Became the Liberty Bell
The name Liberty Bell throws back to a biblical inscription engraved on the bell from Leviticus 25 verse 10 reading “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants Thereof.” However during the first 83 years of its existence it was known simply as the Old Statehouse Bell or the Independence Bell. Notably slavery existed in the United States during that same period.
The first time on record it was referred to as the Liberty Bell was in 1835 in a publication called the Anti-Slavery Record. From that moment on it was called the Liberty Bell. Proclaimed as a symbol of liberty for ALL it was the rallying cry of the Abolitionist Movement.
It’s thought that the effort to end slavery began with the Civil War. It actually began when the Constitution of 1787 was drafted even though some of the founding fathers owned slaves. They knew they would not get the support of the slave holding states it they abolished it completely but the Constitution did empower congress to prevent the spread of slavery.
Different efforts to reduce the slave trade occurred but it wasn’t until Jan 1808 when the slave trade was abolished by law. Unfortunately, while that prohibited bringing new slaves into the United States, it didn’t put an end to slavery. Slavery remained an ugly page in the history of our nation until the Civil War.
After the official end of slavery on December 6, 1865, the Liberty Bell became a symbol of other civil rights movements. Among them are the Labor Rights movements, the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans, Women’s Suffrage, LGBT Rights and more. Between 1885 and 1915 the Liberty Bell traveled to a number of patriotic gatherings.
Abraham Lincoln and the Liberty Bell
After his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln’s body was laid inside Independence Hall with the Liberty bell directly overhead. Reports say the line to view Lincoln’s body was three miles long.
The Liberty Bell serves as a reminder that the United States was founded on the premise all men were created equal, but it didn’t practice what it preached for almost a century. It took even longer to achieve anything remotely close to equal rights and justice. This is seen in the widespread Black Lives Matter protests currently occurring.
It’s an unfortunate commentary on man that the effort of one man to enslave other men is as old as the human race. We find forms of slavery in almost every civilization through history.
It’s of particular irony that while the United States has officially outlawed the practice of slavery, it still exists in a different form. Today, slaves are not bought and sold. It more closely resembles the old feudal system where the land owners of old have been replaced by corporate CEOs receiving billions per year in compensation while manipulating markets to ensure their workers earn much less than it costs to live in the society. Slaves are also created by the constant efforts of the wealthy “elite” to erode individual rights for their own gain.
Over the years the formula for erasing our rights has become quite visible. Following each disaster or social problem to hit the landscape, groups will emerge with ready made “solutions” that we as a people would not accept under normal circumstances. These are quickly implemented and generally bypass normal due process. Since this happens 100% of the time, one could be forgiven for believing those presenting the “solutions” may also be the ones that orchestrated the problem.
Recent examples of this include the September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the anthrax attacks that followed a week later. This resulted in the Patriot Act that was rushed through so fast that congressmen objected they didn’t even have time to read it before voting. In a complete violation of our Constitutional rights, the act gave our government unchecked power to rifle though any individual’s financial records, medical histories, book store purchases, travel patterns and medical histories with little to no judicial oversight.
This law was passed in complete violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. It states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Few are aware of it but the economic collapse of 2008 brought the United States under a financial dictatorship of sorts under the Bank of International Settlements. The end result was that we were required to enact certain policies if they were to “allow us” to remain solvent as a nation. Each of these policies served only to worsen our Nation’s economic strength and the standard of living of most Americans.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, legislation and programs are being rushed into place that eliminate almost every remaining vestige of our personal rights. These include the massive “contact tracing” programs where our location and all people we come into contact with will be tracked 24/7. The software to do this is automatically being installed on smart photos when they update themselves without the consent of the user.
There is also a major push for mandatory vaccinations and the requirement we prove our vaccination status with a digital implant left on our bodies at the time the vaccine is administered. If this is successful, we will be required to “show” this proof to participate in normal life activities such as going to the store or traveling. We are being told almost daily in the media that we will never be free of the COVID-19 threat, or able to return to “normal” lives until this is done. In short, we will no longer have any say over what we put in our bodies. This is a complete violation of medical ethics which dictate we have the right to fully informed consent regarding a treatment and the right to refuse it.
According to the American Medical Association code of ethics: “Informed consent to medical treatment is fundamental in both ethics and law. Patients have the right to receive information and ask questions about recommended treatments so that they can make well-considered decisions about care. The process of informed consent occurs when communication between a patient and physician results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.” Regardless of what you believe regarding how serious the coronavirus threat is or is not, there is no denying that the virus and the insane media hype surrounding it are being used to eliminate your right to informed consent and further eradicate your Fourth Amendment rights.
Today, perhaps more than any time in our history, we need to consider the Liberty Bell and all it stands for… to “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants Thereof.” Our liberties have never been under greater attack. On the surface it may seem that it is a matter of this race vs that race, or this political group vs that group and so on. This is merely the old divide and conquer tactic at work to get us all so busy fighting each other we never look up to see the small handful of powerful “elite” and social engineers that are orchestrating and profiting from our strife. The same elite that is working behind the scenes to fully erase our rights and enslave all of mankind.
The price of freedom is constant alertness and constant willingness to fight back. This does not mean (though at times it can) rioting in the streets. It’s a matter of looking beyond the propaganda that inundates us daily and searching until we find the truth behind those things we are being told that just don’t make sense…. and then taking action to make sure we do what we can to set the injustices we find right.
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