When’s the last time you picked up a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and considered those 18th-century colonial grievances in the context of today? Indeed, a fair case can be made that many of the offenses committed by King George III are being visited once again upon the American people through the actions (or lack of same) of their own government. And, in the words of the Declaration itself, “when a train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a sign to reduce them under absolute despotism…it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government.”
The Declaration lists a history of the king’s interactions with the colonies over the years. It is an interesting exercise to replace the word “king” with the words, “the entrenched power base in
The bottom line? When representative government is not held accountable, it ceases to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We are a nation in gridlock, a virtual logjam of creative problem-solving. It’s been allowed by a passive citizenry, enabled by a legislature obsessed with obtaining and retaining power that body has no intention of using for the public good, and fueled by a legal system driven, not by a desire for justice, but instead by an insatiable hunger for personal gain. The resulting muck and mire have slowed
So far in this ’08 campaign, the Big Parties—and their friends in the Big Media—have been able to keep us talking about the gamesmanship of politics, instead of what’s truly at stake for our nation, and its future. And as we battle over delegate counts, pout about fairness, and point fingers of blame, the entire process gets just a little more absurd; sadly, we move not an inch closer to solving the immense problems before us. Perhaps when we once again have the courage and fortitude, we will—like our Founding Fathers before us—seek to abolish the tyranny that offends our freedom. Even if we discover that the despot in question is one of our own making.