Yes, it is July 4th, 2012, Independence Day. Across our great nation, people will be celebrating the 4th of July with decorations, picnics, parades and, of course, fireworks. How many will actually spend a few moments pondering how our Founding Fathers conceived of the Declaration of Independence and the great struggle of the American Revolutionary War is uncertain. But if you are a serious Conservative or Libertarian, then you might be a bit down in the dumps after events of the past couple of weeks. Perhaps even to the point of wondering if the Founding Fathers goofed and maybe we would be better off as still part of the British monarchy?
Nothing says the 4th of July more than a good fireworks display! Image Credit: Jon Sullivan / PDPhoto.org.
Much of the bad news of late has been delivered upon us by our federal court system. Rulings at the appellate level have given the EPA more power and authority to meddle in our private lives and industry. The Supreme Court has informed us that while states cannot write laws that mirror federal statutes, neither may they take steps to protect their borders when the federal government fails to do so. They have also told us that as citizens of the United States, Congress may force us to engage in commerce against our will, even though the Commerce Clause says otherwise.
So it has been a rough couple of weeks for those of us who believe in individual freedom and responsibility. The changing nature of our body of politics has been transformed into a battle between the Independents and the Dependents. Between the Makers and the Takers. Whats worse is that the demographics of this transformation appears to be working against the Makers, the Independents.
But we must try to remain optimistic, recalling Thomas Paine who wrote in ″The American Crisis″, ″for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.″ The embers of liberty lie deep in the Soul of Man. While the EPA may try to extinguish the ′coal′, at some point, even the Takers may figure out that too much government equals tyranny.
So take today, July 4th, 2012, our Independence Day and enjoy yourself. Hang up your 4th of July decorations, spread out the picnic blanket, and fire up that BBQ grill. A few minutes recalling the triumph of our Founding Fathers in creating the Declaration of Independence and fighting the American Revolutionary War is optional. More important lies the task ahead. Removing the current tyranny in the White House and in the U.S. Senate by electing new representatives this November. Now that is something worth celebrating with parades and fireworks!