1776 vs. 2012 Part 1

I am going to write a series of comparisons of the time a people decided to form their own government back in 1776 compared to the issues we face today in 2012.  Lest I be accused of trying to start another revolution to overthrow our government, let me be clear, we still have the ability to correct our situation at the ballot box.  But, I do caution, I do fear that will soon be lost.

 

Part 1

 

We all know the Declaration of Independence was drafted, written, and signed to declare the birth of a new nation.  At the time, the colonies operated much like their own country, being so far from the Crown of England, yet, still had to abide by rulings and such from the Crown.  I equate it to a 20 year old living at his parents’ house.  Sure, he is cable of being on his own, but, so long as he lives under their roof, they still maintain some level of  “the final word” on what he can and cannot do.

 

The Declaration was written and outlined for the world to see the specific reasons why the States of America should be, and from that point would be, their own free independent country.  I am going to list all of those listed grievances and compare them to today.  Not all compare of course, but, the astute reader will be amazed how much more we, as a people, have tolerated compared to the people of 1776.

 

Of course, the Declaration starts with the famous words, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary….  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…”  We all know this.  Most all of us had to memorize this at some point of our government indoctrination education.  However, what we SHOULD have memorized are the listed reasons.  We did not memorize those, for doing so would teach us we have already long passed many of those items and realized it is time for another revolution.  Shall we?

 

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

 

We currently have enough, er, too may laws.  Compared to today, we could easily say our government refuses to remove laws.  If there is one thing our government is not shy about, it is passing laws for the “public good.”  The pendulum has certainly swung on this one.

 

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, has utterly neglected to attend to them.

 

In this case, there is no “he” there is “it” and that “it” is the Senate of the United States.  The current House, the same house frequently accused of “doing nothing” has passed dozens of bills which have yet to even be debated in the Senate.  I often say elections have consequences.  As much as I abhor the healthcare law, the simple truth is, the President said he would pass it if elected, the American people voted for him, and a House and Senate of Democrats, many of whom said the same thing.  Right or wrong, the American voters got what they wanted.  However, the same should be true for 2010 when the American people made a historic vote and replaced enough Democrats in the House to give the control to the Republican Party.  As such, THAT election has the same consequence as the one of 2008.  We should be demanding the Senate start voting on the bills passed by the House.  Let the Senators make it known exactly where they stand on those bills so the people can decide in November if we wish to keep 1/3 of those Senators.

 

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

 

I could compare this today with so many different angles, and in the conclusion of this series, I very well may reference this a time or three.  For this segment, I will focus on the first part of it.  Why do we have a Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a whole host of other government regulatory agencies?  In part, to absolve Congress from being held accountable for the laws and regulations put into effect by those agencies.  We, as a people, have been forced to relinquish our right of Representation in the Legislature.  When the EPA issues a regulation, there is no one we, as a people, can vote out of office and replace.  We are near helpless to these unelected government officials.  By most any definition, if these agencies were just a single person, we would label that person a tyrant.  Is living by the demands of a body of people or a single tyrant any different when the rules are the same?

 

Part 2 will be published tomorrow.  Thank you for reading, feel free to leave comments and let the debate ensue.  The only “rules” for posting, obviously, keep it clean, secondly, keep the debate related to the topics of this post.  Do not “fast forward” to other parts of the Declaration, I am going to cover the entire Declaration by the end of the series.

 

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Daniel on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    “Utterly neglecting to attend laws” brings our current president to mind as well. He refuses to enforce laws passed by congress and not repealed.

    Reply

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