“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — 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”
~U.S.A Declaration of Independence
I don’t normally try to get too involved in politics, but did you read the above quote? I hope so. We have too long as a nation complained about the decay of our government while doing nothing to change it! We have too long pointed the finger at those we spotlight as destroyers of America. But we never stop to do something about it ourselves. We don’t just point fingers at outside threats like Al Queda and other terrorist groups, we point fingers at our ineffective leaders. We all know we’ve had a string of them. Democrats and Republicans a like who continuously fall short of their promises and potential to be great leaders because of who they now owe in order to get where they are.
Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats. Congress blames the President. The President blames Congress and past presidents.
Seriously Mr. Obama? You’re still fixing Bush’s mistakes after 5 years in office you’re not working on any of your own mistakes yet? We have a bunch of rich, entitled people who seem to despise those who put them into office running our country, blaming us for their short comings and you know what? THEY’RE RIGHT!
They are right because we do nothing.
“Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.” ~ Monsignor “Boondock Saints”
The best I’ve seen it put was by my friend, Ron. On his Facebook status he writes:
“The problem with the health of our nation’s civil rights lies in the lack of leadership. We have no Roosevelt (pick one), Kennedy (pick one), Dr. King, or even John Locke. I’m dead serious about this. The so-called rights activists are wealthy celebrities with little or no credibility to persuade a majority. Greed is a force of human nature. Greed and jealousy lead regular people to hate fairness. We have no modest person who has greatness thrust upon him/her. No champion. We instead swallow the marketing pitches from politicians who accept millions of dollars in payoffs, all so they can purchase advertising in major media outlets to tell us how grassroots they are.
Meanwhile, we are all losing the social contract of fairness that democracy is built upon. It’s getting wiped out. No unions. Aristocratic tax rates. Charter schools. Reduced unemployment compensation. Reduced Social Security. Increased hatred for the poor. Some states are passing laws to prohibit free speech with police officers. More private housing plans are enforcing dress codes for cutting the grass. Reality TV presents the dredges of society, so we always feel a little better, but really have it worse than the last generation.
Just let the misdirection happen. You won’t notice a thing.”
Now that the rant is done, lets get some facts straight.
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Jay and the rest of the 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not enter into this lightly. They were not merely revolting because Great Britain raised the tea tax again. That was the final straw, not the first. The corruption of the English government went deeper than taxes. These men risked their lives to gain and secure our freedom, and not just in war.
Had they lost the war, each of those men would have been hung or drawn and quartered for their treason, but the risk to their lives was not as worrisome to them as standing by idle and watching their neighbors around them being abused by the government that was suppose to protect them.
The wording of the Declaration of Independence and of the Bill of Rights were carefully thought out and meant to be read as said, not interpreted to fit a political agenda of some aristocrat 200+ years later.
The Declaration of Independence spells out exactly what Government should be and what WE THE PEOPLE should do when the Government isn’t holding up their end of the deal… are we holding up our end?
United States Government was formed based off of the writings of John Locke. John Locke writes about six forms of government, three good , three perverse.
Best to worst they are
That’s right John Locke considered Democracy the most perverse form of government. He felt this way because a democracy puts all the power in the hands of the majority, and when that majority is the rich and those their money can influence, the poor and working class get forgotten…Seems a lot like what is happening in our country today.
Our founding father’s designed our government to be a Constitutional Representative Republic. What does this mean? Struggling to answer that clearly I found at http://www.newswithviews.com/JBWilliams/williams156.htm that explains it quite well.
“Our system of self-governance was carefully crafted as a Constitutional Representative Republic, which is much different than a democracy. A Constitutional Representative Republic bears three important traits not found in a pure democracy.
1. A Republic is a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives elected by the people. From the local precinct delegate, to city, county, state and federal lawmakers, to the Electoral College, to the Presidency, these are all elected representatives of the people.
2. As a Representative Republic, the elected representatives must at all times represent the will of the vast majority of citizens, or it is not a system of self-governance, nor is it a system of representation.
3. The Constitution provides checks and balances, and strict limitations upon the authority of these representatives of the people. They must represent the will of the majority – they are limited to the authority granted them in the Constitution – and they cannot use the will of the majority to infringe upon the rights of any minority.”
I read this and see how far our country has come from it’s start. I see how sickeningly decrepit it has become and wish we could fire EVERYONE in our Federal Government (maybe state governments as well), tell them they can’t run again, and elect everyone new. Then again we might not need to be that drastic yet. Maybe more American’s need to wake up, stop complaining and start working to change things. If enough of us speak up and act (write to our congressmen, protest, stand up for our rights instead of just letting the government strip them away from us), maybe our leaders will wake up and start leading.
If they don’t then maybe we need:
“to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government” (Declaration of Independence).