Written on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Nathaniel Davidson
“Republicans believe every day is the fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15 [when tax returns are due].”—Ronald Reagan
On July 4, Americans just celebrated Independence Day, when American patriots in 1776 expressed their reasons for finally breaking with the English King. Note that this was not the beginning of the War of Independence—this had already been going for over a year. The rebels had already been victorious at Lexington and Concord, while the British had a Pyrrhic victory at Bunker Hill.
The Declaration was a little like the series Why We Fight, now available from Patriot Depot, explaining why America was now fighting in WW2. Back in 1776, the American grievances were many, but Britain arrogantly ignored them, as the Declaration declared. The Declaration indicated that because of Britain’s attitude, compromise was now impossible.
America was certainly the underdog. Soon after the Declaration, General Washington’s army faced General Howe’s army—twice as large—at the Battle of Long Island, and was badly beaten. But Washington never gave up—he brilliantly escaped with 9,000 troops to Manhattan, not losing a single one, thus saving 90% of the army. And unlike the British evacuation at Dunkirk in WW2, Washington saved the weapons and supplies as well.
Five years later, after furious battles and many reverses, General Washington and the patriots finally prevailed at Yorktown, forcing General Cornwallis to surrender with all 8,000 remaining of his troops. For all practical purposes, this was the end of the war, although peace was not officially declared until 1783. (See also previous Patriot column, Remembering our soldiers.)
Back in London, British King George III asked his American painter, Benjamin West, what Washington would do after winning independence. West replied, “They say he will return to his farm.” The king replied, “If he does that, then he will be the greatest man in the world.” After all, rulers never gave up power unless they were forced to. Yet that’s what Washington did. Later on, of course, Washington became the first president, yet he voluntarily stepped down yet again.
And after that, the second president John Adams was defeated by the third, Thomas Jefferson. Despite a bitter feud they continued for many years, the power was transferred peacefully. And so it has continued, president after president, no matter how vicious the election campaign. This peaceful transfer of power seems so obvious today that few Americans realize how rare this has been in human history.
While ungrateful leftists used this Independence Day to slam their own country, America has become the greatest beacon of freedom in history. One obvious proof is that America attracted millions of immigrants trying to build a better life for themselves and their families. Even now, the very existence of an immigration problem shows that we have something to offer. The main difference is that the immigrants of yesteryear planned to become Americans and work hard, unlike many illegals today whose motto is: “When in Rome, make the Romans do as you do.”
By contrast, many of the liberals’ favorite countries, like Cuba and the late, unlamented East Germany and Soviet Union, had an emigration problem. All imposed draconian measures to stop people leaving, not coming, including the infamous Berlin Wall.
Betraying the Founders
This is what set America apart: it was to be a nation ruled by law, not by men. Yet Washington would be horrified at what has happened to the nation he helped to begin. Let’s look at the Declaration of Independence, and see how the current government is more like King George III’s than that of Washington and the gallant freedom fighters:
Take the famous second sentence:
“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.”
However, this would be declared “unconstitutional” today to be mentioned in most government schools, which have become God-free zones. And King Barack has made a point of repeatedly omitting mention of the Creator, to appease his legion of Secular Left supporters.
Then there is the most famous one:
“For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.”
Yet the tax was only about 2.5%! It was the principle! The founders realized what was later pointed out by Chief Justice John Marshall,“The power to tax is the power to destroy.”
But now Obama and his Democrat minions forced through Obama“We had to pass it to know what was in it”Care. Of course, this can be defended only if it is yet another tax on everyone—except for over a thousand waivers for Dem cronies. Note that although Obama and the Dems lied through their teeth that it wasn’t a tax, Chief Justice John “Benedict” Roberts declared that it was.
Here is a less known grievance:
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”
So what would the Founders think of Obamacare, which does not generate any new doctors, nurses, or hospitals, but does fund 16,000 new tax agents? And what would they think of the EPA tyrants, who brag about “crucifying” oil companies at random to intimidate others?
Oh, sure, the bureaucratic bully has become a sacrificial lamb, resigning from the EPA—not for what he said but for being caught saying it. It’s not surprising that he’s found a welcoming home in the Sierra Club.
And back to a major proof of America’s greatness, the many immigrants who wanted to come here. But now, the greedy government has imposed the highest corporate tax in the world. So for the first time in history, there are a number of American citizens renouncing citizenship to escape the punitive taxes and the class warfare of the Marxist-in-Chief. Also, American companies have trillions of dollars held overseas, helping the economies of other countries, rather than bring it back home and have the government confiscate over a third. If the taxes were not so outrageous, much of this money would return to help our economy—a real stimulus that wouldn’t throw us further into debt unlike Obama’s spendulus.
The above government tyranny, and there is much more, was just what the Founders were trying to protect Americans from. President Reagan summed up the dangers:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
When we think of the bravery and sacrifice of those who brought our freedom, it’s surely not too much to ask that people just vote—and inform themselves beforehand. And a major issue is the gross attack on our freedom in the monstrous ObamaRobertsCare. The only way to be rid of this is voting Obama out of the White House this election, which means voting for the only alternative, Mitt Romney.