234 years ago, a group of men and women declared their independence from a tyrant. Citing the inability to exercise God given freedoms, taxation without representation, unlawful and unjust practices, and more egregious acts against humanity: our Forefathers set out the create a more perfect Union.
A government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Where fear and tyranny had no home, where all men were created equal and given the same opportunity to make something of themselves. A land where a person was judged on the content of his heart; a brick layer and a business man had the same voice, the same rights, and the same duty under the law.
On July 4th, 1776, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence; and set forth on a course of action that would change the world as we know it.
It is with sadness that I declare the grand experiment of the United States to be a failure in the modern world.
Justice, honor, decency, freedom, equality: These are only words used to gather votes. They mean nothing anymore. We live under a new tyrant. The tyrant of unchecked greed and avarice and selfishness.
We are reduced to nothing more than a number in a formula and judged according to that. We bear the burden of the wicked and their greed. They continue to get richer, while we continue to be laid off. To be left stricken and destitute in the streets.
“Main Street” is an image used to stir hearts and minds but it is not defended from those who would seek to rape it. To pillage it, to subdue it and enslave its people.
Those elected to govern us, to make the right and just decisions, to check the evil of wicked men: Have been seduced by power and abandoned their posts in pursuit of personal gain.
We have been quietly ensnared and enslaved, and forced into a feudal state. The very situation that our ancestors sought to leave.They left everything, their homes, their lives, their countries: to seek a life where a man can make of himself what he will.
That no longer happens. We are promised freedom, and given slavery. Like the child who wants bread, but is given a stone.
We are owned in every way save name, to a select few. Companies whose reckless behavior cost millions their jobs, and thousands of families their homes. Yet they sit next to our leaders, receiving only a stern warning, a slap on the wrist, and billions of our dollars to continue to act as they see fit.
Our shores are polluted. Our air is polluted! The beauty of our land is bulldozed under for the pursuit of profit. Jobs are moved overseas in the pursuit of profit. Whole communities are left with nothing. And the citizens of this nation are trapped under mountains of debt they can never hope to escape from. And the laws which are supposed to protect us, have been twisted, warped, and ignored outright, until they have no teeth, no strength. Or worse, our leaders are legally bribed to strike those laws from the books, to keep us under oppression. When their power is derived from us!
Make no mistake: we are not free. Not in any sense of the word.
This is not justice! When the authors of our current woes, those who engineered this economic disaster are allowed to walk free? Is this the land of the Free? Is this what so many fought and died for?
What course of action will we now take? Will we bow our heads and bend our knees to tyranny? It matters not the form of tyranny, nor its benevolence, a tyrant is a tyrant! Will we sit quietly like sheep? Like children?
Or will we stand against reckless greed, against tyranny, against the evil that seeks to reduce men and women to less than what they are?
Our ancestors fought and died on the fields of revolution. Our forebears fought brother against brother for freedom from slavery. Our great-grandfathers crossed the ocean to stop tyranny from advancing across Europe. Our grandfathers died in foreign lands on both sides of the globe to stop evil. They marched hand in hand with those who peacefully demanded freedom. Our parents demanded peace and justice, and that the wall of fear and oppression be torn down; so that brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers might once again be united.
From Yorktown, to Antietam. From Versailles to Normandy to Iwo Jima. From Birmingham to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Our families fought for what was right.
What will we do now?