More than 200 hundred years ago, a brave group of citizens of a nation, yet to exist, declared their independence from tyranny. This day, many people are quoting that declaration:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable 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 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."
But that was not all of what was said. What came after was a list of charges against the King that demonstrated why the colonies wanted their independence. But when we examine that list today, how many of those things has our own government repeated, against us?
"He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only."
How is that any different from how the Federal Government has usurped the power of the states? Between the DEA refusing to recognizing the rights of states to legalize medical marijuana, or even something a simple as allowing the states to pass a drinking age law of their own choosing, the Federal Government has refused the rights of states to pass laws of their choosing. Either the Federal Government has simply refused to recognize the rights of the states, or it has blackmailed the states into passing laws under threat of withholding the taxpayer's own money.
"He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures."
While legislative bodies aren't kept far from public records, the Federal Government has kept the public records far from the people. While we supposedly have a "Freedom of Information Act", the government makes the cost and paperwork required to get information so high, that it serves the same purpose to "fatigue us" into not asking for that information any more. In some cases, even when the people request the information correctly, the government still refuses to give it to those who every right to see it.
"He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands."
Could there be any more apt description for our current mess of immigration laws which makes it nearly impossible for people to legally immigrate into this nation?
"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance."
Does anyone actually know how many agencies are contained within the Federal government? And anytime we decide that there is a problem with the Federal Government, the only solution they seem to accept is the creation of yet another agency to manage it.
"He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power."
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation... For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent... For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury."
While the battle cry of the Revolution was often, "No Taxation Without Representation", all levels of our government have sought to create boards which may create taxes, where the members of those boards are not directly answerable to the people. And between our government's lack of respect for the 4th amendment, and it's "creative use" of civil asset forfeiture law, our trial by jury rights seem to disappear more and more as every year passes.
This is not about Republicans vs. Democrats, for both parties have shared equally in the dissolution of our freedom. This is about the powers of the government vs. the powers of the governed. Surely, there are many abuses which the King of England thrust upon us, which our Government has yet to repeat. But despite that, every Administration that passes seem to thrust more abuses on us, or makes worse the abuses of their predecessors.
Remember the immortal words of our Founding Fathers on this day, as so many seek to grant even more power to our government.
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my employer's view in anyway.