What we do … will judge our conscience!
By W J Anthony
Less than five months from now the 4th of July will try to remind some of US why that holiday exists. Some call it Independence Day. Many see it as the time to see a sky rocket shoot into the dark of the night to explode with a spectacular blast of bright colors twisting in centrifugal patterns. Do the fireworks remind us that we live in the land where the promise of the Declaration of Independence appeared?
The word ‘appeared’ is appropriate because the vision of the second paragraph of the Declaration truly appeared in words that described the truths of government. It was written as a guide for the people thereafter to understand the purpose of our lives and the claims and duties that we should place on ourselves to live and pursue happiness.
The words of the second paragraph explain that our Creator endowed us like everyone else with certain unalienable rights to live as neighbors while we pursue our talents and labor to enjoy our gift of life with happiness. The second paragraph tells people and US in all countries that a form of government is necessary to secure our unalienable rights and government derives its just powers from the consent of those people that it governs. The word ‘unalienable’ means no person, no government or church can claim an authority to deprive US of the right to establish a form of 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.”
‘Unalienable’ means nobody can claim an authority to stop us from using our Rights.
What are those unalienable rights? The second paragraph of the Declaration tells us that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are among those rights. Are there other rights?
“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.”
The authors named one absolute right that all people have: “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
New Governments should be established by the consent of the people that it will serve, and the people should give that Government the powers that it needs to secure the unalienable rights of the people that it will serve.
This is a very important election year; it is our right to alter or abolish our government if it destructively abuses the powers that we the People have given it.
Most potential voters probably recognize some of the abuses of Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Obama and those of Congress and Supreme Court Judges. President Obama used presidential powers destructively in Libya when he ignored the Constitutional obligation of a President to only engage the nation in war if Congress issues a Declaration of War. Congress did not issue a Declaration of War against Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya.
During the past 13 presidents, only once did Congress issue a Declaration of War.
Every war during the past thirteen presidencies was promoted by the intrigues of the military, financial, industrial complex that stirred the pot of potential conflicts with hidden collaborative agreements that could justify American military intervention.
The Constitutional powers of the President has enabled presidents to dominate and compel the military powers of Government to act in behalf of the profit and power interests of integrated banking and industrial corporations. Powerful private and corporate institutions seek to create the policies and strategies of Government and shape it to serve the survival and prosperity of those institutions, rather than American People.
Congress has been subjugated to serve the interests of corporate lobbies who financed the elections of the members of Congress, who later pass the legislation that is requested by the lobbies. Congressional campaigns are reminiscent of the auction blocks during the era of slavery, when, individual slaves would be purchased by the highest of competing bidders. Nowadays, the purchase of members of Congress is arranged and renewed by the highest or most powerful lobbies during the campaigns of almost every election. If a member of Congress ignores the lobbyists who supported the member by campaign contributions, that member won’t be reelected. However, if the compliant vote of a member of Congress would be important but the member is not for sale, an airplane crash in Minnesota or Alaska or Missouri may retire the member from Congress permanently and a political compensation would not be required. True, too, it may be expected that a member who fails to vote as promised, may eventually encounter an unidentified sad terminal consequence of surgery or illness of some sort.
“Enough, you say already! We know this. We have supported efforts to restore honest, appropriate government. What can I do to change this?”
The recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congress now supports more possibilities for Despotism and tyranny. Under the NDAA law, federal judges cannot stop the President’s violation of the unalienable Rights of a person. Only the autocratic President can release a NDAA captive from indeterminate detainment.
Who controls the behavior of Government? The second paragraph tells us that “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish” any Form of Government that becomes destructive of the unalienable Rights of the People. If the powers of government are not just, then it is evident that the government is not legitimate. And “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
What are the “Guards” for our future security? That is what we now need to identify. We may not be able to decide on all of the Guards that we need, but Congressman Ron Paul has identified and explained several key things that a president and members of Congress need to do, such as stop all our wars and bring our boys home alive now.
Will Ron Paul be elected? President Eisenhower warned us 52 years ago about the military/industrial complex just before he left office. He warned exactly what Ron Paul has been warning. The corporate interests are doing everything they can do to ignore Ron’s ability to be elected. Will the election be rigged with voting machine manipulations of the vote tallies, as was criminally done in the 2000 election in Florida? It may happen. Is there any hope? The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence tells us what our duty is. If we do what we can with the help of God almighty, truth and justice might win. It’s worth doing. It needs all of us – you and me.
This election in November is our time to throw out the members of Congress who refused to impeach Obama for waging the undeclared war on Libya and who financed Obama in launching the invasion and deadly military attack on Libya without a Declaration of War.