Thursday, July 2, 2020

Our Declaration of Independence

I have just read, once again, the Declaration of Independence, the document announcing an intention to break from the tyranny of an unjust ruler, in order to form a more perfect union.

And as July 4th is upon us, what better moment to reflect upon the words of our founding document, on the principles we hold dear and on the depravities and deprivations which this nation, if it is to continue its existence, can no longer countenance or abide.

We are in the throes of the most destructive presidency the United States has endured in its near 250 years. We have been in the grip of a man who believes not in the inalienable rights which should forever be our very heartbeat. And, as those who wrote the Declaration enumerated the ills of the King which could no longer stand, so we bear witness to the failures of Donald Trump both as a man and as a leader.

The Declaration directs us that when a Government is not guided by our fundamental values, then it is our sworn duty and obligation to end the power wrongly vested. 

It demands of us that when we are subjected to a "long train of abuses and usurpations" we must find "new Guards" for our future security.

And as the grievous wrongs committed by the King were set forth in this declaration, it seems in so many instances as if these words were rather directed at someone who would ascend to what he perceived to be his throne, 240 years after this document was crafted. There are echoes of Mr. Trump in the complaints of the King's refusal to "Assent to Laws", his obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of Foreigners which would encourage migration, his sending swarms of Officers to harass the people, his cutting off trade with all parts of the world, his making Judges dependent on his will alone, his ravaging of our coasts, his destruction of the lives of the people, his exciting domestic insurrection, his declaring us out of his Protection and waging war against us.

And now, as then, we appealed to our leader's "native justice", to the ties of our common kindred to disavow his usurpations. But now, as then, the response has been deafness to the raised voices.
It is a moment of somber reflection for all of us, for contemplation of what the formation of this nation intended. And how we have entrusted our present to a person who has never read our founding document or followed any of its dictates.

And as we did with the King of England, this country must declare its independence from Mr. Trump. For if we do not, then we do not deserve to continue to celebrate this holiday, for it will have lost all its meaning.


Anonymous said...

This should be in all the papers. Brilliant!


Anonymous said...

Before he was the President, he was merely an egotistical sociopath. Trump did not dupe the American public on his own. He had plenty help from the 'Kings men', a cadre of Republicans that have fundamentally changed the structure of government by extolling the "virtues" of presidential power. This was a plan started long ago. The press is giving this band of constitutional thieves far too much cover by focusing on this idiot-in-chief. --RE

Anonymous said...

Righting all of the countless wrongs you articulately and so appropriately call to mind means the “right” recognizing and acknowledging how incredibly “wrong” they have been. We can only hope and pray that just some of them, too will read every word of the Declaration of Independence this July 4th.
.....If only they would read your post as well!


Unknown said...

I thought his calls for military response to protestors rang familiar...
"And when push comes to shove, I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love.
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Da da dat dat da ya da!"
And his lack of response to Covid-19, same song, same tune...
"'Cause when push comes to shove, I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love.
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat—