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. 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. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to 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.
In the latter part of the 18th century, a group of citizens “declared” themselves. They continued a long history of the search for true freedom for all people. They wrote words, that in my opinion, represent the most outstanding statement on what is required to have a free society. They fought and died for these ideals. They founded a land on these ideals. When asked what had been the outcome of their work, Ben Franklin famously said “..a republic, if you can keep it.” To me it is these words that are America. This is the heart of the American Dream, the soul of “We the people.” No one can understand the Government they left to us without feeling the words are true. This came first, the Constitution was a codification of these ideals, a formulation of the American conscience. If you do not have the heart of America, you will not understand the conscience and morality of America.
As it turns out, Ben was right. “If you can keep it.” The idea of liberty was attacked from the outset by forces that desired only to enslave the citizens, and follow the Pirate’s Creed: “take all ye can, and give none back.” Now, two centuries later, the dream they had, and the plan they created to allow that dream to flourish are in tatters. Vigilance was required, if we wanted our republic, and we slumbered. It did not happen in a day, it has been happening all along, with wins and losses on both sides. In my youth I realized we had drifted far from the ideals of the founders, that even then, something was very very wrong. I spent my whole life search for an answer, trying to understand where and how we had gone wrong. What I learned was that we did not listen, ever.
From the start, we were warned of the wolves at our door, and all along the way patriots have stood to speak warnings, and even face down the evils that lurks nearby, ready to devour us. We did not listen. Jefferson (who actually penned the words of our declaration) warned of the dangers of an Elitist Tyrant or Oligarchy using our freedoms not as tools for liberty but as weapons for our destruction. He was followed by another and another. In every generation, patriots have stood tall and proclaimed the evil lurking in the shadows.
The Devil’s Pitchfork, the weapon that will destroy any hope ever of a free society, and enslave all men to the whims of a few. The tree prongs of its trident are Militarism, Corporatism, and Financiers. I say “financiers”, as I do not know a better word to describe those who make their living off usury. Those who fought to create this dream, and founded a nation based on the hope of a free society, knew the dangers. America was never intended to have a standing army. In the middle of the 18th Century, Corporations were widely considered bad things, powerful tools that could easily become deadly weapons and they needed strict controls to be useful. Interestingly enough, the father of Capitalism is considered a fellow named Adam Smith , who penned “The Wealth of Nations” Smith was not entirely interested in the idea of Corporations (and certainly saw them as a detriment to a free market). Given the horrific failures of Corporations in Europe at the time of his writing, he was certain they were a failed concept, and doomed to extinction. For Financiers, the history of America up until the 1860’s shows a constant ongoing war between the Government and the Financiers. Each time they managed to acquire some control over the economics of the America, they nearly destroyed it with their avarice and sociopath attitudes about the equality of all citizens.
The 20th Century was their reign. I am sure they believed that had won. And now, as I look around, I suddenly have hope. Each time in history, they have been thrown down by a citizenry that is, to be quite frank, sick of their shit. At one point their humiliation was so complete they had to abandon the name of their Political Party, it was so held in disdain by the general public. And now, right before us, it is happening again. While the corruption and maleficence of any elections make them little better than a bad Monty Python skit, this time I note with some interest the rise of not one but TWO wildly popular candidates, both who seem doomed at the hands of the establishment. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. The corruption of the system is more apparent in this cycle than ever before (I watch Ron Paul robbed of not one but two nominations). While it is not uncommon for a candidate to get a certain amount of popular support on the fringes of politic thought, I can never remember a time when there were TWO of them at once, and both were actually the people’s choice. What I find completely remarkable is not the differences between them, but their similarities. Both are saying one thing. The Elite have taken too much, we the people must find a way to control, or eliminate, them to ensure a free society. It is the approach they take to that end that varies, but both have the same intent, and speak loudly of the Soul of America right now. While the Coronation of Queen Hilary still seems the inevitable choice of the Elite, and most likely outcome of the election, this time it bears the danger of a rebellious citizenry, tired to death of a overtly corrupt Government whoring itself out to a privileged elite, and anxious to do something about it. Once again I hear the words of John Kennedy: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”