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.What should be the penalty when a person in power betrays the principles our forefathers fought, bled and died for? When the spirit of the American Revolution, (now debased by such corporate whores as Chevrolet, in pursuit of a justly shrinking market share) has been thoroughly raped and destroyed by the people who were ostensibly entrusted with its care, what remains to done? The Bolsheviks would have taken them to the wall. The French would have introduced them to Mssr. Guillotine. The Chinese would have sent them to the farms or soccer stadium.
And Americans? Well, Americans would, and do, re-elect them. Time and again. So-called Freedom Loving Conservatives, Leftist-Liberal Democrats and "libertarians" (a designation which is becoming useless as it is co-opted by people who are anything BUT libertarian) all act in concert to betray the principles of our own Revolution.
The day which we set aside to "honour" the signing of our Declaration of Independence is nothing more than a day off for the vast majority of wage earners. There are a few picnics, some sparkly fireworks and adoration of the military and government via parades, but there is nothing that celebrates the Spirit of our Revolution. Ask around, if you don't believe me. Ask some people what the Revolution was about. Ask them what the 4th of July was set aside for. Ask them about the Spirit of their Revolution, that Spirit that once fired the souls of people and made them reach for their muskets. Ask them if they would be willing to do as our American Revolutionaries once did. Ask them if they believe today's rulers are as bad as the other King George.
Ask them if they think the Spirit of our Revolution has been betrayed and what should be done. I can well imagine the stares you'll get. Perhaps, if you do this in public...say, on the 4th of July, ....they may even wander off and report you to some Homeland Security sort of person. How supportive of the Revolution is that! Of course I expect that vast majority of people to give you American Idol, government school or NASCAR inspired answers, or they'll likely regurgitate something they heard from a radio idol on their way to the gym or work.
I cannot help but wish that more people had the willingness and propensity to enforce the Spirit of our Revolution. It's certain that no politician or politician wannabe will ever do so. The Revolution my forefathers fought for has long ago faded from the memory of people who are more than willing to allow the depredations of bad governance, (as if we needed someone to run our lives) to continue unabated. Even those who call themselves libertarians are more than willing to see things continue as they are and pay lip service to concepts such as "limited government", "fiscal conservatism", "decreased taxation" and so on. When is partial slavery OK? How much rape is acceptable? What percentage of Freedom is an acceptable level? What amount of privacy is allowable?
The Spirit of our Revolution has faded from the scene and likely will never be seen again. And that is something I must admire the Marxists for. They once kept the flames of their Revolution close while we, "The Land of the Free" tossed ours by the wayside in our rush to be controlled by others. We should all look to the Marxists and take some inspiration from them in this instance. Viva la Revolucion!
"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms... The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." -Thomas Jefferson, 1787.Technorati Tags:
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