"This practice of constitutional revision (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves." ~ Antonin ScaliaOn this day, we'll fly our flags high, wear our patriotic colors, grill up some great tasting food, and prepare to watch a fireworks display tonight, all in celebration of our country's original independence fought for and won in a Revolutionary War that gained our individual liberties and national freedom from a despotic king a continent away.
Now however, we find ourselves and our country being taken full circle, history repeating itself, and not in a positive light, but chipped away from within. Today we awaken to a manipulated electorate continuously reinstalling career politicians beholden more to money handlers, special interests and their own power than to the will of their constituency. Our so-called representatives have handed over their legislative powers to the will of a centralized executive. The will of the states have been overruled and undermined by any number of federally-appointed departments, in addition to the installation of federally-appointed judges by the executive. And what the new monarch doesn't decide for the People, the increasingly powerful oligarchs of the judiciary constitute under the executive's will, which is to say by feeling or political wind, not under a Constitution.
Our system of government, which has decayed into a corruptible illusion of democracy, has strayed so far from the real Constitutional Republic that was established a mere eleven years after our Declaration of Independence. The checks and balances of a better system have been all but erased for unyielding, centralized power of the few, lording over the People, because 'they know better,' or so they believe.
Now more than ever, WE MUST take a hard look at our original Declaration and understand its intrinsic necessity to the establishment and true security of our liberties...
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.Note the plain-spoken english within two paragraphs, not thousands of pages of confusion! But I digress...here's the part that I'd paraphrase for today's America:
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.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former System of Government. The history of the present Executive of these United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.And now I'll turn to Levin's assistance from his list of grievances articulated in February's CPAC speech:
So let me, today, submit to a candid world the short list of repeated injuries and usurpations committed by THIS PRESIDENT, the would-be king, Barack Obama:Returning to the language of our Declaration:
1. “You have violated the Separation of Powers.”
2.”You have seized unto yourself Legislative Power granted unto the Congress alone.”
3. “You have unilaterally appropriated monies to fund your radical agenda.”
4. “You have contravened Congress’ authority over Immigration and Naturalization.”
5. “You repeatedly defy the Senate’s confirmation power over your appointments.”
6. “You have poisoned the independence of the Judiciary by appointing scores of radical activists to lifetime judicial appointments.”
7. “You have repeatedly evaded the Senate’s role in the adoption of treaties.”
8. “You’ve shown nothing but contempt for the Bill of Rights.”
9. “You’ve shown nothing but contempt for private property rights and free market Capitalism.”
10. “You have nationalized to destroy the greatest Healthcare System on the face of the Earth.”
11. “You have recklessly destroyed the fiscal well-being of this nation with wild spending schemes, driving up the Federal operating debt to $18.5 Trillion and unfunded liabilities to over $100 Trillion.”
12. “You have directed Federal Departments, like the EPA, to unleash thousands of regulations...“
13. “You have driven the median-income of Americans down...“
14. “You have used the Office of the President to balkanize the American People along lines of race, gender, age and income...“
15. “You have showed contempt for our military...“
16. “You have failed to take necessary steps to confront Islamic Naziism...”
17. “You have undermined our friend Israel to the detriment of our security.”
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.Unfortunate for We the People today, this message was declared by true 'Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States,' not by the statists and quislings who now hold the same offices, and who could sparsely utter these words: 'And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.'
Also unfortunate for us, we now have five of nine oligarchs determining constitutionality of law based on anything and everything, BUT the Constitution's ORIGINAL INTENT or plain TEXT and MEANING OF WORDS! Of course, all you'll find searching for such media discussions are criticisms against the more originalist justices, referring to them as 'oligarchs' anytime the Left doesn't get their way. When in truth, regardless of which way a decision lands, it is oligarchical when a mere five imperfect individuals hand down subjective interpretations of law which dictate over millions of Americans, rendering the People of the States (i.e., Ninth and Tenth Amendments, hello?) null and void! But back to our Declaration...
As we celebrate independence, let us seriously reflect on that revered document and the current system of government that seeks to reverse its declaration. If we are no longer represented on high, nor allowed the freedom to govern ourselves (i.e., the states), then it's time to do something about that. We owe this, not only to ourselves, but to the generations of Americans to come. Once again, Levin is leading the way in this regard, and we should proudly and willfully join him.
This is our declaration, our recourse.