…the more they stay the same. Sorry for the cliche, but it’s apt as we celebrate Independence Day.
Whether you believe it should fall on July 4th, or July 2nd, our 240th Independence Day is a good time to take stock of how the grievances of 1776 sort of resemble our angst in 2016.
We forget that, embedded in the lofty language of the Declaration of Independence, are the intolerable conditions that drove the “elites” of their day to risk life and property to rebel, and incite others to do so. Read it, and you can hear echoes of calls to our radio show, or blog posts, or social media commentary not unlike today:
“He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their Substance”, they say of King George. Sounds like a ever more-greedy and growing federal monolith, no? Or this one: “Giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended legislation” . Executive orders and “czars”?
“For imposing taxes on us without our Consent”?
Don’t get me wrong, you should have a blast on Independence Day. Even Adams and Jefferson, who both passed away on its 50th anniversary in 1826, expressed their hope that we would make noise, listen to music and party it up. We should remember that they wanted us to enjoy the day.
And not forget its reason.