July 4th, 2013: Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, on this day in the year 1776. Looking at what America has become, however, one is reminded of lines from Shakespeare’s Macbeth; as the Scottish king watches the approach of his enemies, he reflects, despairingly upon life. The conclusion he reaches now also applies to Independence Day; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
The Declaration of Independence is, arguably, one of the most important political documents in the history of civilization; certainly, the most important in the history of the United States. It is more important than the Constitution, since – without it – there would have been no Constitution. In addition, it lays out the God-given rights of the American people, which were later enshrined in the Bill of Rights; the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
These rights are not bestowed by any government and, therefore, no government has the authority to deny them. They are the natural rights of every person. The Declaration of Independence makes this clear:
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.
Successive administrations, going back many years, have chipped away at these rights; arguably, none more so than the present one. The administrations of many Presidents – both Democrat and Republican – have abused their authority in various ways. The list of their combined transgressions includes: Entering into illegal wars; insulting foreign heads of state; violating the sovereignty of foreign nations; spending tax revenues on programs and projects that were never approved by the American people; denying or infringing upon constitutional rights; lying to Congress and lying to the nation; providing aid and comfort to terrorists and to the enemies of the country; using federal agencies as political weapons; and notably, Worcester v. Georgia (1832), refusing to enforce a Supreme Court ruling.
Other crimes could, no doubt, be added to this list. A chilling truth becomes apparent, however; whilst previous administrations could be found guilty of committing one or more of these crimes, our current administration, has committed all of them. The values, freedoms and dreams that are honored in the celebration of Independence Day are disappearing, and until Americans regain them, the story behind this day is merely a tale told by an idiot.
The Declaration of Independence was, in essence, a legal justification for the revolt against British rule. Having listed Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness as unalienable rights, the document goes on to say:
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.
Within the Declaration are listed the grievances that spurred that revolt. Such a document could easily be drawn up today, directed, not against some foreign ruler, but against the United States government. Most of the listed grievances were, of course, unique to the behavior, policies and attitude of King George III and the British parliament. A few of these items, however, seem eerily appropriate. The administration now in power could, justifiably, be called to answer the following accusations – items in parentheses added:
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. (Voter ID laws; Same-sex marriage laws, which are a states’ rights issue and not for the federal government to decide; immigration laws)
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has combined with others (the United Nations) 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 without Consent: (Health insurance mandate, since the administration has argued that it is a tax)
For depriving citizens, in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For those Americans – a growing number – who pay attention to the issues of the day, the fight is not between Democrat and Republican; Liberal and Conservative. Democrats are not running the United States and Liberals – if we think in terms of the classical definition – are certainly not running the United States; The country is currently being ruled over by Progressives, who believe, as all Socialists do, that the State is – and should be – the final arbiter in all things and that the people are subjects of that State; breeders, workers, consumers and loyal supporters.
For Independence Day to, once again, become a celebration of the American ideal – freedom, self-sufficiency, achievement and prosperity – the Progressive agenda will have to be rolled back, defeated and discarded. Until then, this day is as Macbeth viewed all of life, before he joined his last battle; a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
The idiot, to which this article’s title refers, is every American who is willing to sit silently by, whilst the federal government continues to work against the interests of the very people it is supposed to represent.
An Op/Ed by Graham J Noble