Today is the Fourth of July. On this day, in the year 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence which declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation.
A new nation whose purpose was to be free from the oppressive and tyrannical governance of Great Britain, and to ensure that through a carefully devised method of new government, authoritative power could not collect in any one place allowing the few to rule over the many.
Many Americans feel that the 4th of July represents rebellion, the revolutionary act of breaking from the old and blazing a trail of new, but I would argue that it goes deeper than that, deep down to the base reality of our experience as human beings. I would argue that it is about the Truth as we universally understand it, and standing up for that Truth against any and all odds.
In arguably one of the most recognizable sentences in American history we get a glimpse of the rare intellects behind the drafting of The Declaration of Independence;
“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.” -The Declaration of Independence
The older and more experienced I become the more I realize that there is a very real and universal Truth that we are all aware of (at least to some degree). It is difficult to identify at first, maybe because we are isolated as we experience alone, our sensory limitations keeping us bound within ourselves. But as we grow and live and learn, and more importantly as we share our experiences with each other, we come to the understanding that even though we are going it alone, at any given moment we can be sure that what we are feeling and thinking has been experienced over and over again by others just like us. It is amazing how alike we all are. No matter what we feel or think it is a safe bet to say you are not alone.
This is the universal truth I am referring to. We are all human beings, and while we may act differently, think differently, feel differently, it is because we are at different places experientially. If we all experienced exactly the same things we would agree most of the time, and this is why within one culture it is seen one way predominantly, and within another it is seen a different way.
America is founded on the truth that we are all human beings, with the same rights to freedom and the pursuit happiness as any one else. We are born with these unalienable rights, our birthright it a free and happy life! Our forefathers where no dummies, and they must have been wise and learned men to lay the groundwork of our Great Nation with Truth.
The most American thing you can do is to stand up for Truth, stand up and denounce the deception and corruption that keeps us divided. This Fourth of July lets go forth with Wisdom of our forefather on our minds; that we are all created equal, and we all have unalienable rights to Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This is a Universal Truth that we as Americans must hold to, because anything less and we will fall prey to the deceptions that lead to corruption, and eventually tyrannical and oppressive governance.
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I love America. The idea that a Nation can uphold certain ideals, put forth to ensure equality and justice for all of its citizens, is admirable. Just listen to the eloquent writing transcribed on the original Constitution of the United States;
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
That is a pretty clear statement as to why we would establish a Constitution. It is written in plain english. “We the People” refers to all citizens, and they desire; the “Blessings of Liberty” to “promote the general welfare” to “insure domestic tranquility” and to “provide for the common defense” so that not only will they live well and free but so will their children.
We know why they formed the Constitution of the United States of America but what about the reasons that led up to it?
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” -The Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776
Very interesting… It’s almost as if they designed our Great Nation to be able to purge itself of any corruption or mishandling through the democratic process of elections; because they knew all to well how greed and corruption could spread if left unchecked and unchallenged. Just listen to what Thomas Jefferson continued to write in The Declaration of Independence;
“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…”
Beautifully written! And when you take a step back and think about the oppressive and tyrannical governance they’d suffered under you can start to understand why our great Nation was designed the way it was. Knowing that corruption will occur, the Architects of our Nation provided a wealth of ways in which we could safely remove those who would continue to corrupt it, essentially we where given a giant reset button.
Starting fresh, without the oppressive nature of corruption weighing heavily on our backs, is what America is about. We need to become aware of the power we have as citizens. It is written that, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” and that is precisely the point I am trying to make. We are the People. We are the wealth behind the economy. We are the ones that through the focus of our willful intent either allow governance to continue or abolish it in favor of newly elected officials.
Our forefathers drafted the blueprint for us to be able to build and maintain a prosperous and free Nation that afforded equal and fair rights for all. There are those who would remove the ability of The People to actively participate in acknowledging, and removing, the ways in which we have betrayed the core principles of this Nation-as drafted in plain English for all to see.
If it is about inequality, it is unAmerican. If it is about profits over people, it is unAmerican. If it about consolidation of power, it is unAmerican. If it is about money providing privilege beyond anything except material possession, it is unAmerican.
In a culture so heavily skewed by the homogenizing effects of Corporatist Ideologies we are losing focus on the individual Citizen. We are forgoing the rights of the whole in favor of the few. Instead of a Nation of individuals we are becoming a Nation of Corporations. The systemic corruption that arises from putting the Corporation first (with the sole purpose of profit) has perverted our principle ideals as Americans. Corporate lobbying is behind the drafting of new legislation more often than any other cause. At an alarming rate we are seeing laws pop up that contradict what we know to be right as individuals… but somehow they are still being promoted… By whom? By Corporations who will see increased revenues. It’s really quite simple when you think about it. The commercials you watch, the News you take in with that cup of morning coffee, those laws that sneak by you while you’re busy living, are all carefully manufactured and presented by Corporations, who by definition desire profits first.
Now having said all that, I am not against Corporations per se. However, I am against Money in politics. The weight of money in the legislative process circumvents the fair and equal parameters set in a democratic election. Instead of working to sway the vote politicians simple sway according to the whim of the lobby, and that is corruption plain and simple. We have the blueprint, all we need to do is look it over carefully and see where we have compromised the integrity of the structure. The most American thing I can think of is a fresh start. A new beginning with the no baggage whatsoever, because we can find all that we need along the way to rebuild.
I love America. I believe we have what it takes to uphold the ideals given us by our forefathers. There are a few out there who are still for ‘We the People’ rather than for the Corporations and the Lobby. As far as I am concerned there is only one candidate who has a proven track record in honest and open discourse about the systemic corruption that arises when greed and profit overshadows freedom and liberty. That is why I am voting for Bernie Sanders this upcoming election. If you don’t know about him please check out the links below.