Time Again to Declare Our Independence?
Let me state up front, as clearly and concisely as possible -- I do not endorse a revolution, a violent overtaking of government or any means of pitting brother against brother beyond the use of the many tools of democracy We The People have at our disposable before we take such drastic measures. I am not a Libertarian or a Tea Partier and I do not believe that our only solution is violently wrenching our government out of the hands of the tyrants that have taken over.
Today's congress is at odds with much of what the 1776 Declaration of Indepence states. You can like or dislike Obama, but the reality is a president in this country only has 8 years to act. No matter how good or bad, they will be replaced. As we've seen over the past 15 or so years, a congress can blithely endorse a president regardless of how bad his ideas (ie, Iraq War, War-time Tax Cuts) or how good their plans (ie, Immigration reform, addressing college funding)
Our Vote, Our Voice
Our congress is the tyrant we face today. And for someone who does not believe that the federal government has the capacity to limit any state's voice with term limits (nor should they), I realize our best solution to a revival is our vote and our voice -- educated voters with a vision beyond their own nose are our solution. Voters who realize they are not entitled to all that they want, but a fair voice in our House and Senate, an even hand in our executive branch and a fair ruling in our Supreme Court.
Many of us wave the Constitution around -- usually talking about a specific "right" - be it speech, religion, right to be secure, or bear arms. It seems few of us have actually taken the time to understand all of the document. Given that, it's probably not the time to lay another very important historical document on you, but as congress continues to gridlock, run the House on the Hastert Rule and abuse the filibuster in the Senate, it's become more and more relevant to us today than ever before in most our lifetimes.
Our Declaration of Independence
I suggest you read the entire document, but I'm just going to address a few points here for the sake of keeping things relatively short. The Declaration is just as relevant as our Constitution and today, our Congress is behaving very much like our King without benefit of the input of the people once voted into office.
* He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
This nation has been in desperate need of change in our laws -- improving our immigration laws that were designed to handle European immigration, reforming gun laws to be reasonable and functional rather than unreasonable and ridiculous and overhauling a tax code that is now draining the middle class of any semblence of self-respect. He is now our congress -- repeatedly refusing through various blocks to pass laws that are critical to the success of our nation.
* 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
To me this is the equivalent of the filibuster in the Senate. A single person can hang up a vote, no matter how urgent or important the issue to the people. Repeatedly, in historic numbers, the filibuster has been used to hijack hundreds of bills over the past several years. Because we only track cloture votes and the filibusters are now "silent" we have no way to easily track how many actual filibusters there have been.
* 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.
Today, more and more, a branch of the Republican party has moved to be the deciding entity on the people's representation in their party. Regardless of how the people may want their representative to vote, the Republican party has demanded a lockstep vote and if you go against them, the threat to "primary" that representative is immediate. Eric Cantor, despite having a 97% conservative rating was deemed "not conservative enough" and they voted him out on a single issue -- that he was willing to consider even talking to the other side about a single issue in the need for immigration reform. No matter how well he represented his area, a branch of the Republican party was able to drive this single issue fear to fruition in the polling booth.
* 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.
Yes, they even specifically mentioned the refusal to address immigration needs at that time.
* He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
Our military is no longer a means of defending the nation and the people, but a means of taking money from the people's pockets and redistributing it to people linked tightly with government. More and more our military needs are driven by military contractors attempting to sustain some of the only manufacturing left in this country at an astronomical cost to the American people. Billions upon billions of dollars went into the pockets of military contractors over the past years for two wars that were supposed to last 6 months apiece, at least one which we should have never even considered entering. Our needs and demands as a population, to have a military DEFENSE has turned into the government and contractor demand to have a military profitable to them through wars and sustaining an estimated 700 foreign bases around the world, again at astronomical cost to the people.
Declare Our Independence this November
This November, the mid-term elections will be upon us. We are a notoriously lazy nation when it comes to our mid-term elections.
If we're going to declare our independence from the tyrants who have taken our congress hostage, we are going to have to motivate ourselves to vote, to take action -- bring your neighbors to the polls, make sure your friends are registered to vote -- every little bit can make the difference.
Before you say "my vote doesn't count", think for a moment -- the Tea Party didn't just walk into Congress one day and take a seat -- they were voted into those seats. We can change our government with our vote, but not if we don't go out and vote.