“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
A very happy 4th of July to one and all.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1776 when Americans became Americans upon declaring their Independence from British rule. I’m sure everybody knows that. If you are an American you will no doubt have studied the Declaration Of Independence at school.
This document provided a sound foundation upon which to build a new and a great nation. And a great nation is what America became, the richest and most powerful in the world, attracting people from all other countries because of the freedoms it upheld and the opportunities it provided for personal advancement, financial and otherwise.
For a while, at least.
What has happened over the past few decades has regrettably left the original Declaration and the aspirations of those who drafted it, in tatters. Successive power hungry, short-sighted and greedy politicians, with no integrity whatsoever, have been allowed to ride rough-shod over the principles set out in this great historic document. Today its words have come to mean little or nothing to those who are in positions of power and influence.
For example, all men are far from equal when it comes to how they are treated by government. Those who are rich and those who have crooked politicians in their pockets are treated a lot differently than the ordinary people.
Our unalienable Rights, among them Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are being steadily curtailed in the hallowed name of security but actually because the government continues to appease, and fears to upset, the minorities from whence the security threat comes.
Such a list could turn into a long one, however those examples will suffice for the moment.
But the Declaration also says that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, which means YOU!
And although it is seldom referred to or even noticed nowadays, there is a further paragraph that states:
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.
Sadly we are getting uncomfortably closer and closer to that stage.
But happy Independence Day anyhow!
2 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July – My, How Things Have Changed!”
Interestingly, columnist George Will uses a different angle (at least regarding political gridlock). He says stalemate/gridlock is the Constitutional intent of one ideology running over the other. Nonetheless, I appreciate your constitutional note. Happy 4th!
Trouble is, apart from rhetoric at election times and the odd ill thought out Obamacare policy (you haven’t got the bill for that yet), when they take power there’s not a lot of difference between them.
Best wishes for Independence Day, and thanks for the comment.