Saturday, July 04, 2009

Declaration of Independence

America grew out of legitimate concerns. Our Founding Fathers would be appalled by America's interventionist policies around the globe and the loss of critical rights. The Declaration of Independence states:

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.

As a graduate of Thomas Jefferson's University, I note similar quotes by this Founding Father:

"The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations are removed." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Religion, 1776. Papers 1:548

"As revolutionary instruments (when nothing but revolution will cure the evils of the State) [secret societies] are necessary and indispensable, and the right to use them is inalienable by the people." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1803. FE 8:256

There are many abuses and usurpations, ranging from a corporate bought Congress and White House, to an unchecked Unitary Executive, to a mostly unused Judiciary. The Founders' checks and balances morphed into cashed checks and higher account balances.

Once aware, one is free to choose a response. I celebrate the ideal of America this July 4th, which includes freedom of thought and speech. I add compassion and love for my fellow man, for all of humanity. Peace to all this Independence Day.

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