An unhappy Fourth of July
By Alan Caruba
Normally Americans celebrate the Fourth of July as the happy anniversary of the birth of the nation with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
The men who signed the document had struggled to reach some accommodation with England for many years until the arrogance and continuing taxation of the colonies left them no alternative than to "dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another."
When that effort failed they fought our Revolution over the course of eight years until the king and parliament concluded they could not retain the American colonies. Rarely mentioned in the history books was the large portion of colonists, known as Tories, who did not want to sever the connection. It is worth noting that the Revolution began when British troops moved to seize American arms in Concord, Massachusetts, and were met by militias there and in Lexington.
We celebrate the holiday in 2013 in a nation sharply divided between those who wish to retain and maintain the traditional and political values of America—conservatives—and the liberals who want to adopt the failed socialist systems of Europe and elsewhere. Even the former Soviet Union collapsed under the dead weight of communism. Even China, though politically communist, has adopted the capitalist system.
The transformation of today's America from one whose values are enshrined in the Constitution and, in particular, the Bill of Rights, did not occur overnight. It began largely in the last century as "progressive" ideas were embraced. The educational system was transformed by progressives such as John Dewey. The rise of the union movement transformed the relationship between employer and employees; unions have since fallen on hard times, but still solidly support liberal candidates for office.
For the duration of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, from the end of World War Two in 1945 until its end in 1991, progressives mocked the notion that the U.S. government was filled with Soviet agents-of-influence and spies. Historians have since documented this.
Liberals see the values of the 1950s as "old-fashioned" and "out of date." They welcome the attack on traditional marriage—in place for thousands of years by all faiths—that has resulted in the legalization of same-sex couples in many states. They defend abortion even though it has killed an entire generation of Americans in the womb. These changes did not and do reflect the will of the people, but rather the result of Supreme Court decisions.
A nation built on welcoming immigrants who happily left Europe and other former homelands to seek real opportunity here is now led by politicians unwilling to acknowledge that the 1986 effort at immigration reform failed to secure the southern border, incentivized illegal immigration, and has resulted in an estimated eleven million "undocumented" aliens competing for jobs and benefits that rightfully should belong to native-born and naturalized Americans.
As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July in 2013, many are unaware that Obamacare is the law of the land. It is the nationalization of what was regarded as the finest health care system in the world and it is filled with hidden taxes, fines, the insertion of the government between patients and their physicians, and it will wreak havoc on the nation's economy, increasing unemployment, impacting small businesses and large. Nationalization is socialism!
The protests against Obamacare gave rise to the Tea Party movement and a recent Rasmussen poll found that "26% of Obama supporters view the Tea Party as the nation's top terror threat." A slim majority, 51%, of likely voters, however, still regard radical Muslims to be the biggest threat.
The Founding Fathers wanted limited, small government and the Constitution is designed to create checks and balances so that no one element, the executive, Congress, or the judiciary, can act without the ability of Americans—who grant power to the government through the election of their representatives—to impose decisions with which they disagree. That is, however, what has been happening for decades.
On this Fourth of July we have been witness to the failed policies of the President elected in 2008 and again in 2012. His conduct is more that of a monarch or dictator, indifferent and resentful of the judiciary and of Congress. He is surrounded by appointees who oversee elements of the government that increasingly give evidence of seeing Americans as "the enemy."
On this Fourth of July, scandals abound and remain to be investigated, from "Fast and Furious" a gun-running scheme from within the Department of Justice to the attack on September 11, 2012 on our ambassador to Libya who died in Benghazi along with three other brave Americans.
We are learning that the Internal Revenue Service was corrupted to become an agency targeting conservative organizations in ways that denied them the opportunity to raise financial support. We have learned that the agencies intended to protect us have virtually unlimited capacity to monitor and retain all our electronic communications.
Recently the President gave a speech in which he said that "climate change" was the greatest threat to the nation and announced new policies to limit the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere. This is so utterly absurd that it defies the evidence of an Earth that continues to cool over the period of the last seventeen years. It ignores the fact that CO2 plays no role in climate change and has actually increased during the time the Earth has been cooling. This is little more than a diversion from the very real threats to the Constitution and our freedoms.
We have a Congress now that routinely passes bills exceeding a thousand to two thousand pages, often without reading them. The corruption this implies is a threat to the future of the nation.
The government the Founding Fathers feared is the government we now have.
It is not a happy Fourth of July.
Alan Caruba writes a daily post at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com. An author, business and science writer, he is the founder of The National Anxiety Center. © Alan Caruba, 2013