Whatever happened to independence?

By John "Birdman" Bryant


From: Doug Fiedor <fiedor19@eos.net> Fiedor Report on the News A Weekly View from the Foothills of Appalachia June 24, 2001 #233 by: Doug Fiedor dfiedor@home.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INDEPENDENCE? This is the time of year when all good Americans should read the Declaration of Independence. Most people won't. But, a few good Americans will. It is worth reviewing why the Colonists declared their independence from England and went to war. They wanted freedom from the constraints of an over-intrusive central government -- much as many of us do again today. In fact, one clause of the Declaration of Independence is almost haunting when read in context today: "He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." Would that we had it so good today! Today's federal government perpetrates the constraints of not four or five unconstitutional federal agencies on the people of the United States but the never ending regulatory excesses of one-hundred and thirteen independent federal agencies. Consequently, there are so many laws, rules and regulations controlling the lives of the American people that no person, in or out of government, knows even half of them. The "Father of our Constitution," James Madison warned us that(1): "It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?" The point is, when the volume of law enacted by government far exceeds the ability of the governed to comprehend, there is, in effect, no law. The unexpected consequence, then, is what we see today: selective tyranny. The Declaration of Independence also decries: "He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them." This closely sums up the relationship between the so called "sovereign" States and the federal government today. State governments are directly under the beck and call of all sorts of minor bureaucrats in the various federal agencies and departments. States' Rights were essentially abolished when FDR instituted socialism in the United States Another of the complaints the Colonists had with the Crown is again one of our most ominous problems today. The Declaration of Independence states: "He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation." Today, it's the United Nations interfering in our laws through both treaties and out and out demands for change. UNESCO constantly interferes with our private and public property through the U.S. and UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program and Heritage Sites. The World Bank, International Monitory Fund, Kayoto Protocol, NAFTA and dozens of other such "agreements" all work to redistribute our wealth overseas and adversely impact on our personal liberty. The Founding Fathers reacted to a few spurious import and export taxes. Today, Americans are registered with the federal government at birth so government agents may track, and tax as appropriate, every activity in life. We must pay taxes if we give our children money. There is an income tax fine on marriage. All of our personal income is taxed throughout life, then the government takes half of the after-tax money we have saved when we die. Yet, few of us complain. Federal taxes, laws, rules, and regulations considerably increase the cost of all intra and inter state products. And, the federal government even interferes in the personal and business affairs of those of us who never even leave our State or deal with businesses in another State. Today's federal government is comprised of over 1.8 million bureaucrats and another shadow government of over 5.5 million in the federal contracted corps. Most in this army of 7.3 million government workers (one for every 20 American taxpayers) exert control over some part of our personal freedom. So, yes, we should all read and understand the Declaration of Independence. Because, two-hundred and twenty-five years ago our country's Founding Fathers went to war for much less than we Americans grumble about regularly today. We definitely need a resurgence of liberty.


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