Today is a day for picnics, barbecues and fireworks. It is also the 236th anniversary of adoption in Philadelphia of the Declaration of Independence. Its famous preamble still rings true as it forms the foundation of American freedom.
There is not a freer country than America. Not even Britain or the countries of the European economic zone. Of course, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights really make the difference.
But today we honor the first outline of freedom in the Declaration of Independence.
Its second paragraph is worth reviewing.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
We count this as the fundamental statement of American life — our allegiance to the belief ”that all men are created equal.” Because of the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 this right was written into law. And now even in the South it is believed. Some Southern states helped to elect a black man as president of this country. For this all Americans feel a sense of pride.
It was certainly with hope that this country elected Barack Obama president.
It is also with hope now that he not be reelected. In a country of equals he has sought to divide us. In a country of equals he has attacked business, whether banks, oil companies, coal companies, utilities or any million dollar business that isn’t Warren Buffet. In a country of equals he has spent our tax money on crony capitalism, rewarding unions and his campaign bundlers and giving out money to solar companies and electric car battery makers that couldn’t exist without government funds. And a lot of these have gone bankrupt with government funds.
He has used the EPA and executive orders to do what Congress would not allow. Among the rules are seven that will cost this country’s economy more than $1 billion each, with the EPA accounting for $104.5 billion worth of economic damage, according to a White House response to a letter from the speaker of the house.
He has made seven appointments without the consent of Congress, claiming for himself the right to interpret when Congress is or is not in session. To avoid Senate confirmation he has appointed 31 “czars” as of this year to oversee areas that are already covered by cabinet secretaries.
The czar list includes AIDS, auto recovery, border, California water, cars, Central Region (Middle East), domestic violence, drugs, economy, energy and environment, faith-based, Great Lakes, green jobs, Guantanamo closure, health, information, international climate, intelligence, pay, regulatory, science, stimulus accountability, Sudan, TARP, terrorism, technology, urban affairs, weapons, WMD policy, and Mideast Peace.
Many of these czars would be considered radicals by most people. Some lack competence in their field. There is even a U.S. communist holding one of the czarist positions. Quite a few of these seem like jobs with little to do. The political mindset of these czars is to erode our liberty and pursuit of happiness.
It is our hope that this year the White House will get scrubbed with czar-be-gone.
Return our liberty and pursuit of happiness and the unemployment rate will come down. “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Not from the consent of the government and its czars.