The Declaration of Independence
It is reasonable for any nation to commemorate the date most associated with its attainment of political independence. So July 4 celebrations in the USA are readily understood. I write from a non-American perspective however so although I see much to celebrate about America I see little to celebrate about the Declaration of Independence. Australia got its independence just by some old men signing papers so starting a war in which thousands died seems to require heavy justification to me.
And when I look at the Declaration I find that the body of it is a desire for more power for the local American legislatures. And the war got them that. But what good did that do the average American in return for his blood? All they got was some flowery words from their existing grandees, roughly the same people who were in power both before and after the war.
Both in the preamble and the subsequent Constitution some magnificent ideals from Europe's liberal enlightenment were enshrined. The Declarers may even have believed in them. Be that as it may, the ideals served well to sanctify a thoroughly selfish power grab by the existing American elite. Many Americans still believe in those ideals, as well they might, but, functionally, they are just the propaganda of yesteryear.
And ideals and words are a poor defence against government. The constant denials to this day of rights granted under the first and second amendments are evidence of that. The "rights" that Americans have are only what the elite of the day are prepared to allow. See below.
If you like your GPS … tough, you can’t use it
"Remember the frustrating old days of trying to drive while reading, or having a co-passenger read, a map that may or may not have helped you find your destination? Well if some in Congress have their way, those days may be coming back. You see language in the draft Transportation bill that will soon be considered in Congress would give the National Transposition Safety Administration new power to regulate apps like GPS, Google Maps, and Waze. Potential federal regulations including limiting driver’s ability to input information while the car is in motion, or requiring people to certify they are a passenger before being able to use the device making people click a button saying that they are a passenger."
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).