No matter how many things are wrong with this nation, Independence Day is not a time for cynicism and pessimism.
Celebrate America, and celebrate it hard.
Because the 4th of July is NOT about supporting this government or blind patriotism.
Independence Day is about the rebel American spirit that gave a big middle finger to the government oppressors.
Yes, the government will try to take this holiday and make it about them. But true rebels know, this holiday is as anti-government as they come.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The equality of all human beings, regardless of race religion, or NATIONALITY.
The right to dissolve the political ties that bind us in favor of a better unanimous organization of society.
These are these self-evident truths made explicit in the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate today.
The entire point of governments is to protect your life, liberty, and property and
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…
[W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations… reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This means it is the right of any individual to withdraw their consent in a peaceful way. Government has no right to bring you violently back into the fold.
And if you find yourself in a group that is not in unanimous agreement, you have the right to leave that group.
ALL government power stems from the people. If the people delegate our powers to the government, that means the government cannot justly do anything that an individual is not justified in doing.
Can you violently attack your neighbor if he does not pay you? Can you force him into your group without his consent? Then the government can’t do it on your behalf.
At that point, it has become an unjust government, and lacks the consent required to be legitimate.
[I]n 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.
Whatever you want to call it, God-given or natural law, rights exists independent of government.
The fact that someone or a group violates your rights does not render them non-existent. They are a concept, an idea that sets out the best way to interact peacefully in a society.
These natural rights say that you can associate, or dissassociate with whomever you wish.
It is your right to dissolve ties with someone–or a group–who abuses you.
Most people might not realize that when you extrapolite these rights, they include any action that doesn’t hurt someone else.
Life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness covers the right to own the fruits of your labor. To enter into contracts, to sell, to buy, to own property.
To protect yourself against any and all aggression.
And there is a clear line that governments and individuals are wrong when they cross.
Here’s the test: is that action interfering in anyone else’s rights to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness?
No? Then it’s a right.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury…
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our… brethren…
We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice…
We have not been silent about the abuses the US government have piled on top of the American people, and people of other nations.
They, and many of our brtehren have ignored and mocked these injustices.
They got fair warning, and unfortunaly one of these days, we might have to protect our rights the hard way, just like in 1776.