It is, indeed, fitting that on this day, July 4, 2008, we look at where we stand according to what our nation's framers saw at the time of they composed the Declaration of Independence. That composition brought together the feelings of those citizens into a single a document.
Many of the things that forced the writing of that piece might be the same for us today. For example they write: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed....”
Today, a vast majority of our citizens want a hearing on impeachable offenses that may, or may not, have been committed by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, yet their wishes go unheard or ignored by those elected officials whose duty it is to at least listen to those who put them in office. It is not sufficient to pass it off by suggesting such a hearing could affect the outcome of an upcoming election, or would take too long in the process, thus detracting from the 'important' matters that need to be addressed only to then spend hours hearing such things as steroid use in major league baseball, a matter that shouldn't involve our elected officials one iota, but should be taken up by major league baseball itself.
Maybe we could get major league baseball to hear the declarations for impeachment of Bush and Cheney. Or maybe, even more logical, not re-elect those elected officials who ignore their constituents, but march to their own agenda.
Remember, you do not put them in office to make them wealthier, but to represent you on matters that will make life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness reality.
Their document goes on to state that government should not be changed for transient matters. Our Constitution has been shredded on the basis of the trumped up “War on Terror” or the fact that we should be quivering in our shoes because people living in caves are going to attack us.
Does this mean we should not be vigilent? Of course not. Actually, we have been under attack for the past seven years, but the attack is not being conducted from outside our borders, but from within, from those among us.
It is not bin Laden who has stripped our Constitution, taking away our freedoms, our privacy from our own government. It is not Suddam Hussein who has forced our economy to modern day lows, on the brink of bankruptcy. It is not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who decimated our working middle class and weakened our nation's sovereignty through such agreements as the Secuirty and Prosperity Partnership. This “War OF Terror” is being crafted not by outsiders, but from those within our government and the fear is there is more to come as none of the others we have placed our faith in are doing anything to stop it.
The framers of the Declaration of Independence go on to state: “The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] 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.” (NOTE: Not all of the framers' concerns are listed here, just those that apply to our plight.)
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.” (Our King George has an unprecedented number of signing statements which preclude him from having to follow whatever that law pertains to.)
“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.” (CAFTA was passed by the slimmest of votes, and that in the wee hours of the morning, well outside of the law.)
“He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.” (The Bush cabal has destroyed our three branches of government and the balance of powers they were meant to protect. Having done this he has created dictatorial powers and has stepped all over the rights of the people in many ways, including having proper representation.)
“He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.” (Gore 2000, Kerry 2004, Clelland, McKinney, Wellstone, Daschle, and soon to be Obama.)
“He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.” (His cabal has fired judges for not abiding by the wishes of the cabal. He has reduced the Judiciary to a level where it is a laughing stock.)
“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.” (See above)
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” (Homeland Security, Negroponte's group to establish a database on all citizens, the Security and Prosperity Partnership, to name a few.)