Independence Day is not far away and so perhaps it is a fortuitous time to consider declaring ours.
The event originally celebrated being the political independence of the United States – plural, as it was in those much-forgotten days – from Great Britain. But we now live in the United States – singular – in which a consolidated federal authority has, over time, all-but-eliminated the former independence of those states, who were united, once upon a time, in the rhetorical rather than political sense. As in, united to gain their individual independence from Great Britain.
Jefferson and Adams, for example, routinely referred conversationally to their respective countries – i.e., to the states in which they lived. They would not have comprehended a consolidated United States, singular.
That took another four score and seven years to “correct” . . . by force of arms.
People will debate the inevitability of the foregoing; the flaws – perhaps traps, deliberately set – within the Constitution that replaced the Articles of Confederation, the latter clearly referencing something other than a consolidated singularity. That is for historians to weigh and consider. Perhaps the whole object of the struggle for independence was not for independence – of the individual, from government – but rather just another political tussle between factions for control of the government.
For the average American, after the war for independence from Great Britain, government did not become less oppressive. There was merely a changing of the guard – so to speak – of the oppressors. Standout examples include the sending of a federal army to force into submission rural farmers in Pennsylvania and Kentucky – many of whom had fought in the war for independence from the government of Great Britain – ostensibly over “taxation without representation” – for objecting to being told they “owed” hard currency “taxes” to the newly created federal government, which obviously didn’t “represent” them.
The “insurrection” was of course quelled – and the fact thereby established that individual Americans were not independent. This fact made crystal clear four score and seven years later, when the pretense of the states being countries with any meaningful degree of independence from federal authority was vitiated, utterly – along with the lives of roughly half-a-million individual Americans.
We are now several times four score and seven years later. Perhaps the time has come for us to reclaim our independence – rather than pledge allegiance to the government that stands for anything but.
It is the principle of independence Americans celebrate every Fourth of July. That principle and government – whether by the authority of Great Britain or Washington – are irreconcilable. One cannot be governed and independent. The farmers of Pennsylvania and Kentucky who fought for theirs – or thought that was what they were bleeding and dying for – understood this fact, after the fact.
All these many scores and years later, the time has come for us to understand it. To come to term with the fact that the independence of every one of us is anathema to this thing styled “government,” which has mind-fucked all-too-many of us into venerating the very thing that has systematically undermined and nearly destroyed our independence – while insisting we pay it grateful homage for doing just that every Fourth of July.
Jefferson wrote, poetically, about the truths he declared to be self-evident. That all men were created equal – by which he meant that all men have the same equal right to independence. To be let alone, in other words. Neither owned nor beholden. Free – to pursue happiness, as each individual saw it. How can such happiness be pursued when one is not independent from this thing styled “government”?
When one cannot even celebrate independence from the government of Great Britain by lighting off fireworks that fly or explode in most of the rump states of these United States, singular?
When the government presumes the authority to dictate – without even the pretense of any American being “represented” – that every American will roll up their sleeves and submit to being experimented upon as the price of the “freedom” to be allowed to work?
Americans aren’t even independent in their homes, which are liened in perpetuity to the government, no matter how long ago they became independent of their mortgages. The government having asserted its ownership of what they deludedly permit themselves to imagine, almost as children, to be “their” property.
Americans aren’t even free to decide for themselves whether to wear a seatbelt. Their children have become veal calves owned by the government, which “schools” (and “masks” and injects) them according to its preferences. Parents in America having been reduced to little more than breeding stock.
This will only abate when American decide in favor of independence. Their own independence, psychologically first. Fiercely asserted in their minds, first. And – if need be – defended even more fiercely. But the first step toward independence is recognition of the fact that it cannot exist alongside subordination to the government that is its mortal enemy.
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