About 229 years ago, a people who were sick and tired of living under a faraway king’s laws, taxes and fruity-looking powdered wigs, sacrificed their lives, and in many cases, fortunes, and staged a daring fight for independence.
The fight for independence goes on, and now mostly against threats from within our own borders. This struggle needs to continue so that the Revolutionary War, and all it was fought for, doesn’t end up being just another failed experiment in history. America, Americans and the cause of freedom deserve better than to end up as an Edsel-style example in some social-studies class. Ensuring that this doesn’t happen will take time, patience, a huge plunger and a double-flush of the gigantic inside-the-beltway toilet.
Court decisions of late, such as the “eminent domain” case where private property rights were ruled non-existent so long as the community can take in more money if there’s a strip mall where your house is, are reminders that the battle for independence wasn’t over in 1776… it was only the beginning.
Taxation, one of the reasons there was a revolution in the first place, is another thing to watch. In his book, “Democracy in America,” written in the 1830s, French traveler and writer Alexis de Tocqueville said, most likely in a highly pompous tone, that democracy “can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury.”
Oh, how we’ve discovered it.
How much longer we stick around depends upon our willingness to stage another revolution. Fortunately, I think we’re still at the point where this “revolution” can be staged at the voting booth… except for southern Florida, who may someday intend to start a revolution and only end up accidentally voting for Buchanan.
We also could use a new revolution against teachers who fill the heads of kids with mindless leftist fecal remnants disguised as “progressive thinking,” leaving any student blind enough to believe them with the only career option of being a college professor. This travesty foists tons of “widget anthropology” majors upon the nation yearly to do nothing but whine about the poor job market, discover that it’s tough to get a date when you’re 34 years old and still live in your parents’ basement, and help fulfill de Tocqueville’s prophecy as to what would cause the extinction of democracy (or, more accurately, our “constitutional republic”).
Take in the parades and fireworks today, thank those who help keep us free, and ponder those who would take that away and realize that the revolution is never over. It also can’t hurt to read the Declaration of Independence, either.