Long Live My America

(Previous July 4 posts: My Independence Day, Independence Day – A New World is at Hand, Why We Fight, God Save America.

Happy Independence Day.

The phrase uttered every summer, over watermelon and fireworks at family gatherings across this great land, has a different ring this year. We are faced with the very same oppressive tyranny our founding fathers shed blood and treasure to escape.

What, in fact, we are celebrating is not just the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness embodied in the Declaration. Equally as important is the form of government that was established and then enshrined in the Constitution adopted in 1787 as the foundation and source of legal authority for the United States. What was provided to us by the Founders is captured by an exchange (perhaps apocryphal) between a bystander and Benjamin Franklin. At the end of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia a woman awaiting some announcement of the results that had been produced asked Franklin: “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy” to which he responded, “a republic, if you can keep it.”

It is important to note that he did not answer “a democracy or a democratic form of government.” The distinction between the two is important and worth considering, particularly this year. In a “democracy,” majority rules with no protections against absolute and unlimited power. It was “tyranny by majority” that the framers feared could run roughshod over the inalienable rights of the individual envisioned in the Declaration. Jefferson, in particular, feared the excesses to which a mere majority could go. He said, “an elective despotism was not the government we fought for.”

Indeed. America, it’s time to bring out the cannons.

Thank you, sir, can I have another?

So Happy 4th to my fellow patriots everywhere. Remember, only 3 months, 28 days until Election Day.

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4 Comments

  1. July 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    […] World”.Michelle Malkin quotes the Declaration of Independence.Obi’s Sister rolls out the cannons.Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski celebrate American Exceptionalism.Big Peace rolls out.The Anchoress […]

  2. July 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    “We are faced with the very same oppressive tyranny our founding fathers shed blood and treasure to escape.”

    Obi’s sister, thanks for saying in plain language what so many of us are feeling.

    Today, I think, many Americans are celebrating our Independence Day in an atmosphere of interior solemnity. Even as we pass around slices of whipped cream cake decorated with strawberries and blueberries, we are internally preparing ourselves to defend our liberties, knowing that the majority we face is nothing more than a bullying coalition of power-hungry self-proclaimed representatives of various minorities, minorities whose members mostly want nothing more than to be true American.

  3. bobbelvedere said,

    July 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I just watched 1776 and Yankee Doodle Dandy, and now The Boston Pops are on. It’s a Grand Old Flag.

    Happy Independence Day, OS!

  4. mnrobot said,

    July 5, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Great minds think like yours O.S. and I try to imitate them.
    I’ve got some great role models.


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