We’re all familiar with this part of the Declaration of Independence:
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.
But do you know what it says next?
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 of 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. (emphasis mine)
Something to keep in mind come Election Day, you think?
As we Americans celebrate our independence tomorrow – responsibly, of course, with social distancing, face masks, etc. – let’s remind ourselves of our right to institute new government when the present one is a threat to our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which most of us, I think, can agree is very much the case.
Happy Independence Day, y’all. Be safe.
Recommended reading from one of my favorite bloggers, John Pavlovitz.
It’s not pleasant, but I think it needs considerate contemplation.
Congratulations, Republican Senators! You have just rendered the United States Congress totally irrelevant.
Because of your vote to not remove donald trump from office, you have given the President permission to do whatever the hell he wants, and you can’t say or do a damn thing to stop him because, where you’re concerned, he is above the law.
Your revolting obsequiousness might be the very thing that ushers America into a new era of dictatorship.
Say goodbye to the Constitution, everyone.
And, Mitt Romney, you are my hero. It takes guts to stand alone.
This is what happens anytime I try to write about our government. It always becomes so pessimistic and depressing, I can’t stand to write another word.
And the Democrats don’t make me feel any better; they can’t even do a caucus right.
I’ll just keep the rest to myself. You don’t need to hear it.