Birthday Letter 2011 – Save the Idea

On July 4th, 1776, fifty-six men came together and declared themselves and their people free. Among many of their grievances to the King of Britain were the following:

  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.

I submit to the American people that the selected grievances listed above do well to describe the current state of the United States and that the “he” mentioned in them can and should be replaced by “they” – referring to a history of negligent senators, congressmen and presidents who have willingly or unwillingly given our country over to the interests of multinational corporations, banks, and intercontinental panels such as the United Nations.

I revise upon the aforementioned and add the following grievances:

  • For allowing trade agreements designed with malice and disregard for the welfare of the peoples of other nations to be formed and subsequently allowing the economic, social and cultural downfalls of said countries.
  • For systematically repressing medical and scientific advancements which would provide American citizens a better quality of life and subsequently allowing the deaths of millions of citizens in not only the United States but also the world.
  • For waging unilateral war without the consent of congress as is required by the Constitution.
  • For suspending Habeas Corpus through the implementation of Presidential Directives and Federal legislation which have been malevolently presented to the American people under the guise of protection and security.
  • For Congress and Senate’s willful disregard of the wishes of their constituents while acting as members of Congress or Senate.
  • For dereliction of duty in protecting American citizens from physical harm, home and abroad.
  • For carrying out acts of domestic terrorism as means of consolidating domestic and international authority and using that new authority to wage unilateral, unconstitutional war against non-offending nations.
  • For the unlawful and despicable manipulation of media outlets as a means of quelling dissent among American citizens.
  • For the egregious harassment of American citizens based on their dissenting or critical views.
  • For willingly and knowingly rewarding perpetrators of financial crimes with taxpayer money.
  • For attempting to deny or denying American citizens of their 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 10th amendment rights.
  • For allowing the interests of multinational corporations and banks to supersede the best interests of American citizens and subsequently allowing the economic, social, cultural, and infrastructural collapse of the United States.

This is only a short list of grievances. They can go on and on. It is much easier to consolidate them here as opposed to beat the dead horse. Americans are fed up for several reasons and this list serves them well to expose the Federal government’s negligence in the past century.

All of this goes without mentioning the government’s stalwart unwillingness to negotiate with hostile or conflicting nations – a behavior not only Un-American but uneducated and inhumane. The idea that we should throw a log on the fire simply because the fire is already going is belligerent and outdated. If the United States should ever regain its title of ‘Democracy’ it will be so because of its willingness to communicate with other nations regardless of their current international and geopolitical stances. Too long has the modus operandi of the Federal government been one of intervention, retribution and aggression.

After the bailouts of 2008-09, the government can no longer be treated as “inept” and the American people can no longer sit by and accept the government’s repeated “failures.” There is only a certain amount of failure a nation can allow before its citizens must act to restore the principals set forth in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. In the case of the bailouts and ensuing economic recession/depression, the government has been caught red-handed, giving money to the actual perpetrators of the crimes. Someone must be held accountable for this behavior. Since Congress and Senate acted in defiance of their constituents and bailed-out large banks who were themselves the cause of the crisis, Congress and Senate must hold the blame for the ensuing economic calamity.

Americans must ask themselves if they wish to continue living in fear of what their government will do next, or if they will do their duty as constituents and raise their voices against the inequities and abuses their government is responsible for. Americans must realize that, very soon, there will be no tomorrow. It would be a shame if a country founded on a sound Constitution allowed itself to be fooled into servitude by forgetting the very principals set forth in it.

It is time for Americans to throw off the masks of Democrat and Republican. There is a clear culprit. It has nothing to do with conspiracy theories or undocumented accusations. One need only look at the state of the Union and make their own determinations. For decades, the Executive and Legislative branches of the United States government have stridently proven themselves inept.

This is best closed by repeating a sentiment featured in the DOI’s second paragraph:

But 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.

Like all life in the universe, people are inclined to thrive, not simply survive, or ‘get by.’ As American citizens, it is our duty to right the ship, to correct our wrongs, to see that our nation and world can receive the benefits of our great idea, the Constitution.

If that means firing our leaders and choosing new ones, so be it.