The Declaration of Independence: Its Significance, Round 2 Before May Day
This morning Carl Hermann cross-posted at washingtonsblog.com a piece called ‘This Second American Revolution Simply Affirms US Laws, Ideals’. He put up the video below with actors reading the Declaration of Independence as a great reminder of how far afield our government has deviated from serving justice, the Rule of Law, and the power imbued by ‘the consent of the governed.’
As tomorrow is May Day, and may start the growth of increasing participation in the democracy movement, I thought it would be good to hear the words penned so long ago as the colonies told The Crown to get out of the way, asserted their natural and legal rights, and provided the reasons that spiked their dedication to ruling themselves as independent states.
There are some heavy ironies at play, including Graham Green getting sidelined until time to read the ‘Man; keep those murdering savages away from us’ bit. I found it was better listening the second time without watching; some of those actors were poor choices, imo, but it was the best one I found on youtube. ;o)
Hermann has more, but these few items were worth clipping. I always love his vision that one day we will arrest and try those who have committed crimes that are essentially crimes against humanity, both domestically and globally. He often imagines not only trials, but also Truth and Reconciliation processes.
“As Occupy and related lawful actions approach the endgame of the criminal 1%’s surrenders and/or arrests, it’s important for Americans to understand three things:
- This 2nd American Revolution simply enforces existing and basic American laws to prevent War Crimes, stop economic looting, and uphold ideals and law in US foundational documents of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
- The criminality of the 1% centering in war and money is “emperor has no clothes” obvious with no rational defense possible; the crimes are Orwellian and only possible with cooperation of oligarchic control in political “leadership,” banking/finance to pay the 1%‘s minions, and corporate media to lie and distract the 99%.
- Peace instead of war, obvious economic solutions for money and public credit instead of debt slavery to banksters (including full-employment for infrastructure), and the unleashing of suppressed technology will quickly end poverty, initiate abundant creativity, and transform this beautiful planet to nourish success for 100% of its inhabitants. “
Text of the Declaration of Independence is here. Many of the themes will jump out at you as highly relevant, but this one caught my eyes and ear in these days when we wonder why some Americans are so acquiescent, timid, or in denial about what’s going on today in our nation. Some may be relatively comfortable still, others may simply not have added the various pieces of the puzzle together into a picture they can understand, given lives lived under propaganda, the political distractions of duopoly electoral horse races, and a dearth of nuanced thinking. For my money, I think the bolded sentence also might be germane to the discussions we’ve had here lately among those believing that a non-violent revolution can actually happen here, and those who think it’s utter idiocy.
And…it’s made me wonder how far the revolutionary advocates may be hyper-tuned to the massive suffering of people around the planet we’ve never met, but understand to be our brothers and sisters in humanity. And further along that road, how many of us find common connection with them in the contagious spirit of casting off the yokes of tyranny of those who would so willingly oppress us.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
Let me know what you’re thinking about this document, or May Day general strike activities.
One item I saw this morning concerned the protests at the Golden Gate Bridge. Organizers have worked with the labor unions at the bridge, and have come to a good accord. This links to ‘Occupy the Bridge’.
Carl also put up two quotes applicable to the need to reclaim our democracy:
“Constitutional governments and aristocracies are commonly overthrown owing to some deviation from justice…the rich, if the constitution gives them power, are apt to be insolent and avaricious… In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune.”
~ Aristotle, 350 B.C.E.
“The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.”
~ Abraham Lincoln