July 4th - A Celebration Or A Memorial Service

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

Amid all the barbecues and fireworks today in the Land of the Free, it may be worth a short pause to remember the words of Thomas Jefferson some 237-years ago:

“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.”

 

“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.”

Powerful stuff.

In one of the most eloquent treatises in history, Jefferson lays out that human beings are born free. And that we create governments in order to stay free.

Further, whenever governments become destructive to this effort, human beings have a right to dissolve the government and create a new one.

Jefferson then lays out an entire laundry list of grievances against the British King that have compelled the colonists to throw off the chains of tyranny and form a new government. This “long train of abuses” includes:

  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments

As the modern, dysfunctional version of the US government has become little better than the court of King George III, one might make the exact same arguments today.

  • They have employed a multitude of offices, from the National Security Agency to the US Postal Service, to illegally spy on their citizens.
  • They have used the power and intimidation of tax authorities to bully political opposition groups.
  • They have authorized the military detention and drone assassination of their own citizens.
  • They have indebted future generations who will not be born for decades, and squandered the nations wealth on fraud, waste, and foreign military folly.
  • They have destroyed the primary function of the free market by awarding supreme monetary authority to a tiny banking elite.
  • They have passed tomes of new laws and regulations which criminalize everything from collecting rainwater to childhood lemonade stands.

I’m sure you would have a several more to add to this list. And I’d be curious to hear from you about it.

By Jefferson’s own standard, it seems rather clear that the government – most governments – have become destructive against their higher purpose: to safeguard the people’s liberty.

Today shouldn’t be a celebration... it should be a memorial service. Or at least a time to reflect heavily – when will enough finally be enough? When will it be time to act?

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All Out Of Bubblegum's picture

When freedom rings, the NSA is listening.

nope-1004's picture

 

 

Fuck you, Obama, Holder, Bush(s), Clinton(s), Rubin, Bernanke, Geithner, Yellen, Summers.............

We have no freedom.

 

TeamDepends's picture

Well looky here:  World's first Physical Gold, Silver Exchange starts in Singapore @ scraperegister.com.  The SPGMX features "peer to peer bullion trading capabilities".

HobbyFarmer's picture

Hobby Farmer standing by in the midwest.  I expect a brother to my right and another liberty loving one to my left when the day arrives.

Happy Independence Day.

Divided States of America's picture

As we keep watching TV for news on global events, there will be less mention of other countries. Soon there will be no news on countries like Cyprus (deposit haircuts), Portugal (more bailouts), Egypt (military coup), Japan (nuclear fallout),  Turkey (riots), Brazil (more riots) etc, it will just be news on our beloved country and most likely about new Google wearable computers, Apple I-watch, new reality shows, blah blah...One day, all NEWS will be irrelevant in this world because it has reached a perception that whatever happens to your neighbour will not effect you. We Americans deserve what is coming to us because we are so ignorant.

kaiserhoff's picture

My barbeque got rained out, along with almost everything else in Florida.  Maybe that's a sign.

Lot's of crap has gone on with ZH in the last couple of months, but I still check in.  Why?

Maybe it's our best form of Radio Free America.

ZerOhead's picture

Let's see now... the following reads like a list of Cheney/Obama'a accomplishments...

 

  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.   

CHECK (NSA, DHS, FBI, CIA, DEA, defence & security contractors etc. etc. etc.)

  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice

CHECK (Jr. Dick Holder refuses to prosecute Wall Street much less even investigate corruption etc. etc. etc.)

  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny

CHECK (Now called private 'security' contractors...)

  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments

And CHECK

Spanky's picture

+1

Agreed.

My point is that we need be doing something Constitutional and democratic about it. Peacefully in the voting booth, revoking our consent to be governed by these corrupt bastards (and the elite's twin parties). No Candidates, No Consent.

Would write more, but bbq is on and Grandma's ready to eat. ;>)

Winston Churchill's picture

Perhaps you will be able to compare notes on your strategy's

effectiveness in the FEMA camp such actions will find you in.

Someone in the UK wished me happy fourth today.

I told him the founders are spinning in their graves because the

country they risked life and fortune to create has become a corrupt,

kleptcratic ,fascist , duopoly , police state.

He was a little stunned(he thought I was American I think),but

he totally agreed.

Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

Spanky's picture

-1

Great fear-based appeal however.

Perhaps you will be able to compare notes on your strategy's effectiveness in the FEMA camp such actions will find you in. -- Winston Churchill

Really? Voting will get us put in FEMA camps now? 

The Founders are spinning in their graves because you don't understand the power in your vote and their Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

But, seeing how you're a Tory and all... your confusion is understandable.

What I expect, if American voters ever realize their true democratic power, is that we'll be comparing notes in D.C. at a Constitutional Convention.

duo's picture

When NSA metadata indicates that you voted for the wrong party/candidate, you will be denied boarding on that airplane, you will not get that by-pass surgery you need, you will be audited.

When that sits in the back of the undecided voter's mind, guess who they will vote for.

The Republicans had a chance to be a change agent until they screwed Ron Paul and his supporters at the 2012 convention.  Now we have to wait until the kids born since 9/11 get old enough to vote, and they form a third party (the "we've been screwed" party).

Spanky's picture

So you vote to give up without a fight. Good to know.

ZerOhead's picture

Nope not give up but merely accept things (and human nature) as they are at this moment

When they crash this sucker there will be change... for better (hopefully) or worse there will be massive change.

Spanky's picture

Same thing, if you don't prepare an alternative narrative and choice, for use when "this sucker" crashes. Otherwise you simply ensure the elite-only version...

If you want change, we have to invent it. Unity is what we need. What do you propose?

ZerOhead's picture

There is an extremely fool-proof, legal and most importantly non-violent and completely democratic way to re-instate a Government Of The People, For The People and By the People as the Constitution originally (not really) intended utilizing the existing Democrat vs. Republican (false choice) structure but the timing will be critical.

You are absolutely correct in assuming that the cure to the illness must be ready when (preferably before) the curtain comes down on this shitshow or else they will merely create a massive diversion (usually war) and hit reset.. or alternatively attempt to expand the existing parasitic ponzi to the rest of the planet.

It's still a little early actually but if you are interested...

Spanky's picture

 

 

Tell me more...

 

Replying here...

It could be done, but only if you have a hammer. And if you have a hammer, you don't need their process to pass our bill. Depending on how big our hammer, that is...

And that's the trick, isn't it. 

I argued at Occupy to join forces with independent Tea Party and contest the '12 election. Rebuffed by both. (The disruption operations were interesting.) One part of the argument was that since no one would actually know the numbers we might poll, with the possibility of at least swinging the election to one twin party or the other, an advantageous negotiating position might be created...

And your idea might fit. Pass or else...

What I propose is merely process. Constitutional process. And this particular Constitutional process terrifies the elite. It introduces the element, the possibility, of mobocracy. Chaos, in their minds. Democracy by definition. If that fear is their manichean devil, and an advantageous opportunity presents itself, use it against them.

With the uncertainty of numbers behind us, and the greater their uncertainty the greater our advantage, they might cave... But we would have to be very careful that we did not sell our souls too cheap.

There is no magic bullet. We must employ many ideas, financial, economic and political, to get where we need to go. But first we must create an overarching political goal -- a goal anyone can sign onto for any reason... any reason at all. And couple our goal to a basic, straightforward strategy which will employ good, local, decentralized ideas to maximum effect, as well as create a narrative for coordinated nationwide efforts.

Money out of politics? The Separation of Wealth and State?

It goes far deeper than mere money... but it's a good start. A very good start.

ZerOhead's picture

I will explain the mechanics to you at length but first it all primarily hinges on the ability of a Bill to be written that would effectively eliminate (or at least severely reduce) the ability of special interests to buy whatever it wants in the sphere of policy and law. (Or whatever you think would be most capable of restoring control of the government to the people)

That of course is based on the primary assumption that it is the desire of our elected officials to remain elected officials... and that it is the costs involved both financial and organizational that forces to them to sell the best interests of the nation out to these special interests. (It goes well beyond that for many members... especially those in the Senate...)

Don't worry about it being agreeable to the Representatives and Senators... it just has to be effective.

That is the only major hurdle. That and it being able to withstand a possible challenge to the Supremes.

Do you think this can this be done?

(Use your last above post to reply Spanky... just edit it alright...)

 

ZerOhead's picture

Don't post on me please Spanky... I don't want any permanent 'crumbs' lying around that could assist anyone trying to prevent the implementation when I'm done understand?

There IS a magic bullet. Any Bill you can write that would be seen by the public to address the problems at hand can be turned into Law with this process.

Have you noticed that even considering their often diametrically opposed viewpoints on substance there is a great deal of agreement between the Occupy crowd and the Tea Party? They both know that the process has been corrupted and in that they are natural allies... the enemy of my enemy is my friend after all...

There is also growing awareness of the population in general that Wall Street (most notably amongst others) runs the show... and there is also already widespread agreement and an uncomfortable current of angst that the nation is heading in a very wrong direction. The fuel is already there...what is needed is the right spark of an idea just as the compression stroke reaches the top of the cylinder...

Even many Members of Congress themselves are distressed at the necessity spending most of their days fundraising and often supporting legislation that they may not even believe in just to raise enogh money to be able to run for office again.

If the majority opinion here at ZH is correct then a continual deterioration in economic conditions is likely to intensify as time progresses... which will at some point cause the situational awareness of the population to rise sufficiently to be able to achieve widespread support for any good idea (read Bill) that could help to restore the Government to "We The People".

So you want a big fucking hammer?

I'll give you your big fucking hammer.

The question still remains unanswered... namely... if we took away the legislation writing keys from the kids and kept the Bill(s) out of Committees (where a couple of asswipes like Barney Frank would happily gut it for their paymasters)...

Can a Bill be written that would at a minimum get things heading in the right direction?

Their process controlled by us... Our Bill

Yes or No.

 

While you wait for my response please familiarize yourself once again with Grover Norquist... blood pledge... hmmmm... powerful stuff...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/17/slash-and-burn-with-grover-norquist/

 

 

Spanky's picture

Let's pick this up in another thread...

DaddyO's picture

Simon is full of Sh*t!

He says this from someplace other than the USA!

"Today shouldn’t be a celebration... it should be a memorial service. Or at least a time to reflect heavily – when will enough finally be enough? When will it be time to act?"

If enough is enough, then come back to the USA and do something about like the rest of us!!!

You're nothing but a yellow coward who thinks expatriating is the answer to the current onslaught against Liberty.

DaddyO

SimMaker's picture

And WTF are YOU doing about it Daddyo?..........sitting in your bunker waiting for it all to fall apart?

DaddyO's picture

If you've read even some of my posts, you'll know I am not sitting in a bunker in East Lower Slumbovia waiting for a collapse.

Close your brokerage accounts and invest locally in your market in things that are tangible.

Only render to Caesar what is the absoltue minimum that you are legally obligated to pay.

Make sure you are able to weather any unforseen calamity without utilizing any .gov services.

Educate your children in the real ways of the world, not the current sham we know as the edumacation system.

Live life to the fullest extent possible in spite of the PTB and their endless quest to implement their statist regime.

These are just a few of the things you can do to disconnect from the current financial system and government.

Each individual can make changes based on his situation and circumstance.

Oh and by the way SimMaker, you can go F*ck yourself, you pompass ass!

DaddyO

Shell Game's picture

Hear, hear!  These are exactly the non-violent acts of civil disobedience we all must do.  

I for one am with you, DaddyO. My place is here, in the USSofA, to live or die trying to regain a Constitutional USofA.  The blood of tyrants and patriots are required to refresh the Tree of Liberty.

My blood is here tyrants, come and fucking take it....

old naughty's picture

R.I.P

just like T.J. is...

oh, he's spinning, still?

McMolotov's picture

Sorry to be the one to inform you, but if 1% of the population were to vote, 51% of that would still be called a "mandate" by Washington and the state media. We already have abysmal voter turnout, and while I myself don't vote because I believe it legitimizes our enslavement, even more abysmal voter turnout will solve nothing.

As far as doing something "Constitutional" about it, Lysander Spooner once made an excellent point: The Constitution "has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it." It's comforting to cling to the document as though it were sacred — to believe it can somehow save us. But it has, unfortunately, proven incapable of stopping our slide into tyranny.

History has demonstrated time and again that this will have to be solved by watering the tree of liberty.

duo's picture

when the Constitution was signed, wasn't voting limited to land-owning men who could read?  Expanding the vote to anyone over 18 that can breathe (and quite a few dead people in IL an FL) opens the door to tyranny, as free shit can only be taken from those that produce, by force.

Spanky's picture

My, my... aren't we the little elitist.

Spanky's picture

-1

 

Apparently you do not understand the Declaration of Independence nor Constitution. And by not voting you ensure your enslavement.

The twin parties are the scam, not voting. Nothing in the Constitution mandates political parties, much less the elite's twin parties. Stop voting for them. But vote. And if there are no suitable candidates, vote to explicitly revoke your consent to be governed by the bastards.

For someone with the handle McMolotov, I don't see much fire...

And perhaps, if only 1% (say ~10-20M) voted for candidates and TPTB declared a "winner", do you really think the 99% (~130-180M) whom voted to revoke their consent are not going to enforce their will? (And I would love to have those numbers.)

Would such a government be seen as legitimate? Would it's orders automatically be followed?

Perhaps we'll have to water the tree of liberty. But let's not neglect strategy and commonsense in a rush to shed our brothers' blood. Cut their legitimacy out from under them first, and perhaps they'll simply fall. If not, we march...

McMolotov's picture

Were you asleep during the last election? Those of us who believe the government is too large and intrusive are outnumbered conclusively by those on the Left and Right who worship the welfare and warfare state. To make matters worse, it will only become more dire due to demographics and the growing dependence of so many upon the government. Each year will see an increase in the numbers of people devoted to a powerful central authority. It is akin to George III sending crown loyalists to the thirteen colonies and winning new support among the colonists. We have passed the tipping point when voting could still make a difference.

Moreover, this government enjoys incredible amounts of power over all of us, power that George III could have only dreamed about in his wildest fantasies. This power will not willingly be given up. We are taxed more, harassed more, coerced more, monitored more, and flat-out threatened more than the founders of this country ever were.

Yet here we sit like docile sheep, and some misguided souls still believe this can be solved by passively pulling a lever in a voting booth. Those who cling to such foolishness are either young, and their idealism can be excused, or they are old enough to know better. Have things improved or gotten worse during your lifetime? Why do you think we will now set out on the path of liberty when there has been a steady, relentless march in one direction — toward tyranny — as long as we have been on this earth?

This is not a message of surrender. On the contrary, this is more of a battle cry. The Declaration of Independence did not call on the people to meekly play along in a rigged game that had been forced upon them; it called on the people to overturn the existing order. Things must change, otherwise the children born twenty years from now will grow up never tasting even the smallest bit of freedom. That is precisely how serious it has become, and no amount of political fiddling will ever prevent this country from burning.

Spanky's picture

+1

Because... we agree.

This is not a message of surrender. On the contrary, this is more of a battle cry. The Declaration of Independence did not call on the people to meekly play along in a rigged game that had been forced upon them; it called on the people to overturn the existing order. Things must change, otherwise the children born twenty years from now will grow up never tasting even the smallest bit of freedom. -- McMolotov

 

-1

Because... you do not understand Constitutional governance. Try it.

Yet here we sit like docile sheep, and some misguided souls still believe this can be solved by passively pulling a lever in a voting booth. -- McMolotov

You seem in a rush to water the tree. I prefer we martyr no one needlessly. You are sadly mistaken about passivity... rather it is you who sit and wait. Wars are not won defensively. One must ever seek the offensive advantage, turn an opponent's weakness into our strength, and act. Politically, economically, financially... on every front.

Let's water as a last resort.

Vic Odd's picture

"My point is that we need be doing something Constitutional and democratic about it. "

Our founders did not set up a Democracy. They set up a Republic.

Democrats tend to want to "Do something about it" whenever a problem arises. I believe most problems arise when control freaks impose thier will on others.

I would rather we UNDO everything antithetical to our founding documents that our corrupt 'representatives' (snark) have passed since the days of Woodrow Wilson. In other words, restore the rule of law.

You cant vote "democratically" to restore what is "inalienable". According to the Declaration of Independence it is our creator who endowed us with inalienable rights, not our Government.

 

RESTORE THE REPUBLIC

Spanky's picture

+1

Agreed, but you put the cart before the horse.

We are not voting about our Constitutional rights -- we are voting to vacate our government's constitutional offices. We are voting, under the Constitution, to revoke our consent to be governed by (i.e.: fill constitutional offices with) crony politicians in a rigged political system.

That is our democratic oversight in our republican system. I understand how the system works and that we need to restore the republic. But the only way to restore the republic is to do so democratically (i.e.: one citizen, one vote).

Simply ask people to answer the following question in the voting booth: Do you agree with what the US government is doing? If not, don't vote for the bastards; vote to revoke your consent to be governed by them.

 

Vic Odd's picture

I totally agree, but getting government to put that option on a voting card would be impossible. The only meaningful way to withdraw consent is to boycott taxes and withdraw all currency from the banks.

If we rely on industrial agriculture and grocers we are very vulnerable. There is a good reason our great grandparents had big gardens, orchards, chickens and pigs around. If we must use their currency (FRNs) to buy food they have got us by the balls. The Fed controls us more than any politician or head of any alphabet agengy, because they have a monopoly on what is mandated as legal tender.

The old timer farmer in overalls, sipping whiskey on the porch with his shotgun may be wiser than we knew....

If we rely on the infrastructure for survival, we are aleady slaves

The only way to be sovereign is to have the ingenuity and creativity to opt out and survive off the grid.

See Agenda 21

Spanky's picture

+1

But...

[G]etting government to put that option on a voting card would be impossible. -- Vic Odd

We're not asking them... we're telling them.

Vic Odd's picture

Okay Spanky. you tell 'em. You tell 'em good.

Spanky's picture

Vic, we agree on everything else...

All I'm asking you to consider is a simple question:

Do you consent to what the US government is doing?

And vote your conscience.

Himins's picture

Not sure why your comment got junked. Nothing in your post appeared to be in disharmony with the general outline of this story. Maybe I'm dense, or perhaps many folks believe that voting in general is the wrong approach. I would agree with them if that's the case. I vote with my dollar. I will boycott just about anything in my line of site...why feed the bear.

Race Car Driver's picture

> As we keep watching TV ...

 

I junked you for that.

King_Julian's picture

I'm your Huckleberry in the mid-Atlantic east. Full up round.

Abitdodgie's picture

Hey! How’s it going? I’m all right.

My job is so shitty I wish I could overthrow my boss. It’s like this oppressive regime where only true believers in his management techniques will stay around. I work marathon-length hours and he’s made all these changes that have made it the worst architecture firm to work at in Manhattan. Like he moved the office to the Financial District and fired my assistant. She was the only one who knew where the blueprints were! I need access to those blueprints to complete my job! F my life, right? And he keeps trying to start all these new initiatives to boost revenue, but seriously we just need to stick to what we do best. There’s only one true profit center. I seriously feel ready to go on strike at any second.

I just read this article about how these free radical particles can cause the downfall of good health and accelerate aging. These could actually cause death to millions of Americans. If these particles are flying around undetected everywhere, does that mean we’re all radicalized?

Have you seen the second season of Breaking Bad? I just finished it. I couldn’t believe that episode where they poison the guy with ricin! That was the bomb! I won’t say any more because I don’t want to reveal the earth-shattering events to come.

Oh! So I’ve been planning a big trip for the summer. I’m thinking of visiting all of the most famous suspension bridges in the United States. So probably like the Golden Gate Bridge, The Brooklyn Bridge, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. I’m gonna bring my younger brother and I know he’ll want to go to bars, so I’m thinking of getting him a fake drivers license, but I hope that doesn’t blow up in my face.

Okay, I gotta run! I’m late for flight school. I missed the last class where we learn how to land, so I really can’t miss another one. Talk to you later!

thestarl's picture

Seems to be the way with big companies kiss up kick down style management where only the cocksuckers prosper.

kaiserhoff's picture

Excellent John, Many Thanks.

I see someone junked you.  I guess Holder's sorry ass didn't like it;)

JohnG's picture

 

 

I wear my junks as badges of honor for getting under someone's thin skin.

At least if I junk someone I'll indicate why in a reply.  Rarely junk anyway; everyone has an opinion....

Seems like there's some pissed off little prick on ZH that comes around junking almost every comment.