For me the marking of Independence with our Declaration is a day to revere not only the Declaration, but the Constitution that followed. The Constitution set forth the republic. Now we see the wisdom of not setting forth a Democracy.
Every representative in the Continental Congress prior to the hot war, those men who we look to for having declared independence and call our Founders, were not single citizens standing in a hall and deciding the direction of the path ahead for themselves. It is important to remember that these men were genuine Representatives (unlike our modern sort), and each had hundreds or thousands of people back in their home districts who supported their moves toward independence.
The People had their backs. Not all people, to be sure. But more than you or I have backing our play. You'd better count on that fact.
We are not living in a Socialist nation. We are not enduring Communism, or Fascism.
Yes, we have Socialists and Communists and Fascists in elected offices, and they all strive to reach their ideological goals. But more importantly, we have many thousands of elected officials from all levels of Government who simply choose to put their own good (re-election and setting up post-office gigs) ahead of the good of their constituents. How do they keep getting elected?
Simple democracy has murdered the republic. One Man, One Vote. Majority rules.
Small 'd' democracy.
That is where we are today. And in that elected mix from coast to coast we have every political flavor of the rainbow in office. Most of them are simple me-first politicians. They are willing to ignore republicanism and embrace democracy (Mob Rule) as a means to being re-elected.
The dangerous side of democracy is best illustrated by Benjamin Franklin: Two wolves and a sheep voting to decide what is for dinner. Look to Egypt: Democracy was installed and the people of Egypt voted into power the Muslim Brotherhood.
Democracy is not fair, though anyone in the larger group will demand it is so.
Today we have citizens voting themselves goodies from the trough, and self-interested politicians obliging in return for a small piece of the action.
Today, America is a functional Democracy. But our legal foundation is that of a republic.
In your Independence Day travels this year consider the task before us: Return the republic by killing Democracy. It seems tough. It is tough. A Democracy is no less able to impose a police-state to protect itself than is any Fascist.
But our predicament could be much worse. The Police State is gelling, but it is not yet in place. And we have only a small step to travel along the political spectrum from democracy to republic. Worse will be trying to return to a republic from a Police State or a genuine shift in Government to genuine Fascism or Communism.
The work before us is hard. It is monumental in scope. It will be brutal upon the body and the Soul. There will be Hard Things between us and the republic.
But it could be worse. Much worse.
We do have the advantage that our ruling elite must still cling to the notion of the Constitution for their legitimacy. That is a powerful advantage for us. We also have the advantage that a very large percentage of the population still considers the Constitution as the bedrock of legitimacy, even if their understanding or definition of the document is corrupted.
Any successful fight for returning to a republic, which will return us to the highest state of Liberty realistically possible, will require the winner to keep the golden hue of the Constitution shining upon them, even if Bad People only want the illusion of Constitutionality.
Remember this weekend as you grind your teeth over ObamaCare and SCOTUS that we are here today because we (collectively, we who desire Liberty, all of us from 1789 to those still alive) failed to put in the effort to maintain the republic.
A republic, if you can keep it...
Every Framer knew, as did the people in the Colonies who ratified the new Constitution, that Federalism would forever be an encroaching Evil. They knew that if the People ever failed to beat the Beast back into its domain, the republic would fail...as it has today.
That is why they wrote in Impeachment and Treason. That is why they wrote in the Tenth. That is why they wrote the Ninth, which gives authorization for 2A as a maintenance procedure.
Keeping a republic is serous, hard work. No Citizen can ever rely on another Citizen to carry his weight in this matter.
You and I are responsible for ensuring that the people who want democracy are not permitted to kill the republic. And in the instance when we realize they have succeeded, it is your responsibility and mine to pick up the tools of Liberty and restore the republic. There are many tools: Impeachment, Treason, Tenth, Ninth, and the ultimate recourse as articulated in our Declaration and written into our Supreme Law of the Land, force of arms.
Yes, Patriots - the right to force of arms is written into our DoI and codified in the Constitution. If you don't see it, write me and I'll help connect the dots.
There is no Liberty in a democracy. There is Freedom only if you are in the majority, and majorities shift. There are only Tyrants.
If you genuinely want Liberty, it is time to pick up the tools of Constitutional maintenance.
I will be on the steps of the Capitol on November 3rd for my personal DoI moment.