I have an invigorated interest, as of late, in our government, and I am not the only one. I read, recently the Declaration of Independence. Inspiring and moving.
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds 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.
(Enough is enough, we no longer recognize this government’s authority over us. Everyone’s authority is the same and comes from God and the laws of nature, and NOT from any other man)
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
(It is obvious to anyone who thinks clearly that every person has a right to life, liberty and to be able to pursue happiness. Governments should be established by and for the governed to secure these rights. When the government can no longer do that, and is instead destructive toward those rights, it is our duty to alter or abolish that government, and create a better one)
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
(People are much more likely suffer evil and injustice than bring about necessary change. But when the evil is so great and justice so little, we MUST throw off our destructive government and rebuild for the sake of our future)
Thomas Jefferson was a traitor to his country, rebelling against his government and king. The colonies had built up an economy, and a way of life free of government intrusion. When Britain started intruding and raising taxes on the colonies they got fed up. So they fought, and won independence!
The leaders set up a government through the Constitution. It was people that breathed life into our government. We, the people. Are the evils and injustices now too great? Is there still a hope that we can take this monstrosity of waste and corruption that we call the government (which as of right now is just a cabal of politicians, corporations, the Military Industrial Complex, and the Federal Reserve) and turn it back into the government we need to protect our freedoms? Or, will we let our “leaders” keep deluding themselves into thinking they actually grant us these freedoms?
Right now, it seems the evils are still sufferable.