“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.”
So begins the Declaration of Independence. It is the introduction to and the underlying motivation for our founding fathers’ complaint against the tyranny of King George, III. We Americans comfort ourselves with the dreamy idea that we are better off now than in 1776. We fought the revolutionary war. We took care of business. But that was then. This is now. Today we care about downloading Lady Gaga, driving a hybrid car and finding a good fusion restaurant. Whether we go to the big game or do our gaming at home, party hardy or just watch TV, how we enjoy our weekends seems to be the most important thing on our minds. There’s just something about the past that bores us. History is irrelevant.
But when the economy tanked, and increasing numbers of people could no longer afford the luxury of pleasure-seeking, Americans began waking up. While they were caught up in their own life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their government has been busily taking advantage of their trust and naivete. Our freedoms are eroding, our security is threatened and the tax burden is increasing on workers, while greater entitlements are being given to those who do not work. Michael Savage’s Trickle Up Poverty exposes the acts of deceit and tyranny I refer to. Read it, and you will understand what I mean.
In addition to understanding our present political/economic situation is not sustainable, Americans must realize the solution to our problems cannot come from business-as-usual politicians. The Democrat/Republican establishment has demonstrated they no longer represent the will of the majority. Sure, they say things you want to hear, so you will vote for them, but all they are really doing is trying to get re-elected. Once they are safely in office, they return to their own agenda of Big Power.
Republicans and Democrats want to stay in power like a dictatorial oligarchy. They work well together, like lawyers arguing a case. In public view they act like enemies in total opposition. Afterwards they meet for drinks and a fancy dinner to discuss a vacation to Majorca they now can finance — with our tax dollars. No, these two dinosaurs won’t solve the problem. They are the problem. They are the ‘two evils’ from “the lesser of two evils”. Don’t you think it’s time to choose outside that box?
Americans are going to have to “dissolve the political bands which have connected them” and find new leaders in new political parties with a new vision. Political parties aren’t laid out as central to our form of government. They should reflect the values of the electorate, thus enabling constitutional government to thrive. When political parties become self-aggrandizing and abandon the principles of the people, it’s time for the people to separate themselves from those parties. If we want to move ahead, we need to leave the Big Two behind.
The time has come to establish a new party of “equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them”. I find this a fascinating turn of phrase. Our founding fathers were steeped in the philosophy of Natural Law. It was that mindset that produced our constitution. Natural Law maintains an absolute connection between morality and the law because the underlying principles of both originate from God. The modern legal opinion, as typified by Richard Posner, is relativistic, and maintains that the law should be fluid, changing along with popular morals. The idea that human laws should reflect standards given to us by God is totally unacceptable. (See Reply To Judge Richard A. Posner on The Inseparability of Law and Morality by Ellis Washington.)
Yet it remains that our founding documents were conceived with Natural Law in mind. And the Supreme Court’s reliance on Natural Law as precedent continued into the twentieth century. But for the past hundred years Natural Law has been steadily attacked and on the decline. The net effect is to take God out of the equation. That not only enables law makers to pass same-sex marriage laws but it reduces the phrase “laws of nature and of nature’s God” to nothing but flowery, out-of-fashion language.
I choose to believe that words mean something — that the definitions of words aren’t relative. They mean what they mean.
“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary …”
If that time isn’t now, I don’t know when it ever will be.