I've been struggling to find words to describe how I feel about this particular anniversary of US independence. It's difficult to celebrate when dependence - on Big Government and the Nanny State - seems to be the order of the day! I suspect our Founding Fathers would be doing, rather than saying, something about that, just as they did in the late eighteenth century. As others have pointed out (I think accurately):
We're in the middle of a sustained, deliberate attempt to eradicate America as it was intended to be by our Founding Fathers. As Tom Blumer observed, it's 'Cloward-Piven everywhere'. A number of bloggers have spoken today about what that means. Among the better efforts:
- Karl Denninger wishes us a 'Happy Dependence Day'.
- Wirecutter is very sad that 'The Fourth is nothing but a reminder of what a mess our Nation has become'.
- CenTexTim reminds us that 'Now it is time once again to stand up and proclaim our independence from a government that presumes to know better than we what is best for us'.
- Roger L. Simon points out that 'America is at a crossroads — we always seem to be, but this time we really are'.
Some of those sentiments may seem depressing, but they're an accurate description of what we face right now - and what we need to do about it. Independence isn't a political condition, or a social construct - it's a way of life. Do we want to live it, or let it die? It's in our hands.
A correspondent, S. K., sent me the link to this classic Pink Floyd song. David Gilmour performs it here at Gdansk in Poland at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Solidarity, but it resonates to our present condition as well.
Let us all resolve to 'hold fast that which we have', and ensure that those trying to despoil all that this nation was founded to be shall never take it from us.