Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth



Jeff Jacoby:
Words to transform the world
America was the first nation self-consciously founded as the embodiment of an idea — the “self-evident” truth that “all men are created equal” and endowed by God with an “unalienable” right to life and liberty. In a world that had always connected nationhood and citizenship to blood, soil, and ethnicity, the democratic republic born in 1776 presented a prospect that was revolutionary in the profoundest sense imaginable — and Americans from the outset were certain that their model of self-government was destined to radiate outward, shaping the course of human events.

To Tocqueville, this was more than mere patriotic braggadocio. He could see that the world was ultimately going to be transformed by the enlightened doctrines of democratic liberty and individualism. But in America — remarkably — this great transformation had already “been effected with ease and simplicity.”
Keeping it is not turning out to be easy and simple. This is becoming a big struggle-- the struggle between people who believe in limited constitutional government and people who believe in unlimited government with little constitutional check-- as little as a "living" constitution allows, which is none, really.

For the first time in my life I am worried about the survival of our constitutional democratic government. We are governed by a crime syndicate that infests not only the White House and many seats in Congress, but reaches into countless crevices in our alphabet federal agencies. This syndicate collects massive data on each of us each day, and lies to us about it, openly and without consequence. It has shown no reluctance whatsoever to use unlawful and unconstitutional means to hold power and to corrupt democracy, when it suits their ends. It is maintained in power by what is essentially a state-run mainstream media and an immense labyrinth of crony capitalism for the collaborating rich and Obamaphones for the collaborating poor.

We are increasingly ruled by the elites and by people who are useful to the elites. The corrupt 2012 presidential election, in which at least one powerful arm of the federal government systematically attacked and supressed a large portion of the electorate, is a stark example.

Angelo Codevilla still has the best analysis of what is happening to us-- the struggle between the ruling class and the country class.

But America remains a very beautiful thing. These are still the best words (outside of the Bible) ever written:
“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.”
Our unalienable rights are from God, and are prior to government. Government cannot legitimately take away what it did not bestow.

 Just as relevant to our crisis today are Jefferson's words that follow:
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...
We're getting closer to that.

Today let's celebrate our Declaration. But we must celebrate it for what it is. We must not forget, notwithstanding the eloquent prose, that it is a Declaration of war.

2 comments:

  1. A very happy 4th of July to you all from this old Red Coat. I wish you all the best on your National Day. Despite our ancient differences, I wish you all well and hope we may continue our long lasting friendship/partnership in freedom for the centuries to come. I also wish you a speedy return to the more pure form of constitutional republic that has been a demonstration of just how well that form of governance can work to the whole world.
    May it be a fun, safe, and meaningful one to you and your families.
    God bless you all and your United States of America.
    Happy 4th of July, folks!

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  2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyJuly 4, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    We hear a lot about laws and freedom these days. Let's do some comparisons...

    The Code of Hammurabi is often cited as the first codified law, "written in stone". Here's how it begins:

    Anu and Bel called by name me, Hammurabi, the exalted prince, who feared God, to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil-doers; so that the strong should not harm the weak; so that I should rule over the black-headed people like Shamash, and enlighten the land, to further the well-being of mankind.

    A few centuries later, another great document was written. King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta, often called a "sacred text", which begins with this:

    John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou, [has] granted as underwritten...

    And just a few centuries later, in a difficult process of political evolution, guided by the Judeo-Christian West, a new species emerged: The Constitution of the United States of America...

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility...

    The difference between the last and the first two, in terms of the source of rule, was nothing short of politically cataclysmic. A transition from the prerogative of a powerful man to the Rule of the People. And only Rule of the People can guarantee true freedom.

    But what is freedom? It is this.

    Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites... men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
    --- Edmund Burke

    Happy Fourth! Live free! And, in the words of John Paul the Great,

    Be not afraid.

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