Drafted by Circumstance
Welcome to Independence Day 2014, the day we celebrate our independence through revolutionary violence from Great Britain.
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Wow, that’s tough talk, especially since declaration was illegal. In the eyes of the British Government, the Continental Congress was no more legitimate than the New Black Panther Party. In legal circles, our founding father’s were nothing more than common criminals, rabble rousers and yes, terrorists. George Washington, Ho Chi Min or Che Guevara all wore the same uniform, as revolution is a different kind of war. Wars are fought to preserve the established order; revolutions are fought to create a new order.
Tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens, willing to throw their lives away for an idea, a smoky, nebulous proposition of a better world, somewhere in the future. Maybe not even a better world for themselves, but a better world for someone. Stop and ask yourself, just what would it take to make you leave the comfort of your homes and join a general armed insurrection against the most powerful military in the world?
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.
Seems crystal clear, doesn’t it? We have the inalienable right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. That’s government’s job, that’s what we pay them for. Under the North American Free Trade Act, American’s were promised tens of thousands of new jobs, which never arrived. Instead, 5.5 million American jobs have been shipped overseas. It has created massive unemployment, poverty and hardship for millions, rewarding only the bottom feeder and the speculator. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, i.e. sending millions of jobs overseas.
Without a job, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, becomes a cruel joke. A minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a cruel joke. Forcing American workers into direct competition with third world wages constitutes an act of treason. A government sponsored policy, working directly against the average American’s financial ability to enjoy Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. ‘Necessitous men are not free men.’ People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. –Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Our Wal-Mart Greeter-in-Chief has declared immigration reform to be a top priority for his second term. Despite public opinion polls declaring by a wide margin “Jobs” to be the nation’s top priority. How can government be considered legitimate, if it ignores the people and fails to restore the economy? Public opinion polls show public’s approval of Congress wavering between 5% and 8%. What would you think of the headline: “Russian Public Support for Vladimir Putin’s Government Hovers at 8%?”
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.
I wonder sometimes, why the right-wing is so obsessed with Benghazi or a birth certificates and so unconcerned with the 25 million unemployed or under-employed Americans. These are heads of households, many with children. Do they really want to nail Barrack Obama, or do they just want to score points? Scoring points works to obfuscate the Republican’s shared responsibility. Obama puts forth a $787 billion dollar stimulus, giving 35% in tax cuts to corporate America and the remaining $511 billion for 307 million Americans. Germany’s Angela Merkel also proposed a $500 billion stimulus package… for 100 million Germans. There’s really no point in running down to the creek to fetch half a pail of water to put out a house fire.
Human beings don’t just wake up and decide to become revolutionaries. They become revolutionaries when they feel there is no hope or no help; they’re drafted by circumstance into becoming revolutionaries. When a government works against their interests or has no concern for their well-being, a revolution begins. When government stifles legitimate protest, a revolution begins. When the strands of opportunity are pulled from the web of life, there is no other option, but revolution. Not in provocative action, but in a provocative reaction to their situation and to their poverty, the government sponsored form of terrorism.
And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. The great owners ignored the three cries of history. The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression. The money was spent for arms, for gas to protect the great holdings, and spies were sent to catch the murmuring of revolt so that it might be stamped out. The changing economy was ignored, plans for the change ignored; and only means to destroy revolt were considered, while the causes of revolt went on. —John Steinbeck
Starve the People, Feed the Revolution
Cross posted from A Life Ahead