Well, I sorta “missed” the Fourth of July this year. It just doesn’t have the same verve when you are living in a foreign country. Folks here in Germany do New Years better than the Chinese by far, but the Fourth of July just doesn’t seem to be on their radar for some reason. So, we had a bar-b-cue, drank American Beer, and called it good.
I’ve spent today kinda cruising through my blogroll, and reading everybody else’s FOJ posts. The one that really struck home to me was Michelle Malkin’s. She put the text of the Declaration of Independence out there, and encouraged, nay, even demanded that people read it. It made me realize how long it’s been since I actually read it myself. And it got me to thinking.
Can you imagine if someone published this text today?
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the 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 been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government
Look at it. Look at it in light of the DHS report on “right wing extremism” and the almost formally-sanctioned modern view that supporting States rights or a limited and constrained form of government qualifies as subversion bordering on domestic terrorism.
Our Founding Fathers UNDERSTOOD the dangers of a large and corpulent government populated by an entrenched ruling class severely removed from the experience of the common man. A system into which our once noble Experiment has unfortunately devolved in modern times. It is almost as if we have come full circle. And yet, what now is our recourse? Where I to publish a text simliar to the Declaration of Independence, and call it my “manifesto,” I would undoubtedly be placed on numerous watch lists as a fringe extremist!
Our Founding Fathers put into place mechanisms whereby the PEOPLE — you, me, us — could take direct and effective steps to curb the abuses of an entrenched, nepotistic ruling body that had become unaccountable to the electorate. Measures designed to PREVENT the need for violence.
We. Are.Not. Using. Them!
Impeachment. Recall Elections. Notices of Censure. I propose that “term limits” were assumed to be self-evident to the framers of our Constitution. The idea that one man (or woman) would remain as his or her state’s representative for 10, 15, 20 years would have likely seemed not only ridiculous, but dangerously counter-intuitive.
Our Framer’s wanted no kings, no dukes or earls, and no kingdoms or feifdoms. Our modern view seems to have shifted to the point where we see ourselves serving at the mercy of Congress and the President, not them serving at OUR discretion!
We are losing our independence. It is not being taken by force, but rather, lost through inaction, lethargy, and simple ignorant confusion.
If our government has ceased to meet our needs, if our elected representatives have ceased to represent our interests, then WE, The People, need to take the legal, Constitutionally MANDATED actions to correct the situation. We need to rise up from our morose, incontinent stupidity and begin kicking people out of office! Don’t just wait for the next election, can them NOW. Impeach judges who legislate from the bench, and who reinterpret the clear meanings of our Constitution in any other context than that intended by the Framers!
Our country was founded as a loose confederation of independent and in many ways autonomous states, with the Federal government being intended to provide only those things the states themselves could not. Having the Federal Government dictate policy at the state level, to include what may or may not be on a state seal, or what may or may not hang on the wall of the state capitol or Supreme Court, is a VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION.
To whit, the 10th Amendment to the Constitution:
Amendment 10: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The Federal Government has ONLY those powers specifically granted it by the Constitution. EVERYTHING ELSE is meant to be handled at the state level! The EXPECTATION is that people are the best judges of what is for their “general welfare,” not a bushel of overpaid career bureacrats with a vested interest in preserving their own power.
Remember: Our country is not a democracy. Pure democracy is actually antithetical to our system of government! We are a Representative Republic, which is at best a “democracy by proxy.” We trust our representative to defend and stand for our states’ interests in the national Congress, to include preventing undue federal interference in matters of state government. This is quite simply no longer happening in most instances.
So, this Fourth, rather than waxing poetic about a bid for independence 233 years ago, I suggest we would be better served focusing on how our liberties and independence are being threatened today.
As Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787:
Q: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
A: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Benjamin Franklin seems to have known the dangers of the new system, dangers we seem to have forgotten. They had best be remembered, or we will lose that for which so many have paid so dearly.