Have you ever noticed that the Constitution bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Declaration of Independence?
Here are the rights mentioned in the Declaration:
right to life
right to liberty
right to pursuit of happiness
right to alter, abolish and overthrow government
The CON stitution doesn’t mention individual rights even once. It mentions the general welfare (lol), as well as the rights of politicians, authors, and inventors.
The first mention of an individual right (free speech) was four years later in 1791 when the first amendment was added.
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Here’s my kind of speech for Independence Day:
The system is not fixable because it is not broken. It has been working for 235 years to give the insiders their royal prerogatives, and to shove the regulations, the laws, and the debt up the asses of everyone else.
For reference, see the Whiskey Rebellion. George Washington was a tyrant, by the way. Probably a worse one than King George. The concept of America was hijacked by America’s own bougie educated elite assholes right from the start.
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For those of you who want to continue to engage in mythmaking and kumbaya around the campfire, here’s some very enjoyable music from one of my favorite movies. If you really want to get into the spirit of Independence Day, that is. (I do in fact mean this. You will get more spiritually out of listening to this soundtrack or listening to this movie than most Independence Day activities.)
*literary devices shamelessly stolen from Sage Hana’s latest post — we are troublesome women indeed.
Oliver Cromwell has been on my mind of late, the evil of taking a revolution of the people and crushing it, bringing more harm than the original system. Do the worst outcomes evolve from revolution subverted? It is,
Ledingham's second law: Revolution is easy, replacement with a better system is the more difficult.
Ledingham's first law: All people and countries act in their own self interest.
Ledingham's third law: Written law is not always enforced law.
Important lessons from my high school history teacher, Roger Ledingham, whose integrity was disguised by deep cynicism, and whose lessons probably saved me from a lot of nonsense.
Sometimes the un-faced truth about our sacred cows stings, we can only hope to change by honestly facing our past ... keep up the great work 🦋
I admire the desire of Americans to take themselves so seriously. But it is also hilarious.