ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Time Again to Declare Our Independence?

Updated on July 8, 2014

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 Given that, it's probably not the time to lay another very important historical document on you, but as congress continues to gridlock, run the House on the Hastert Rule and abuse the filibuster in the Senate, it's become more and more relevant to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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Arthur Bundy profile image

      Arthur Bundy 

      4 years ago from Colorado Springs

      I suggest you listen to President Eisenhower's farewell address to the nation, 1961. He warned of the danger of a Military-Industrial Complex and he has proven to be right. The very point you have made.

      Even today, the discussion about the need to operate from a position of strength is classic World War II Mentality Nonsense.

      We went to war in Vietnam because everybody included Ronald Reagan deemed them a threat to our national security. Citing that appeasement was operating from a position of weakness. Using Neville Chamberlain appeasing the Nazis as the same as appeasing Ho Chi Minh.

      They however, neglected to point out, that in Germany we were dealing with a very capable industrial giant, where as Vietnam was a little third world country who's real complaint was getting the colonels off their back. Not unlike your discussion of the Declaration of Independence. And not to mention the fact, that Ho Chi Minh and company were our allies against the Japanese.

      Once nuclear power was ours, we could not then, nor can we now suggest that we operate from a position of weakness.

      Great article.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)