On 4 July, we as a nation celebrate our Declaration of Independence. We did not win independence on that date, we simply told the British Empire that we were no longer interested in being part of them. The Declaration was specifically addressed to King George II and listed reasonable grievances.
We had established local governments which were quite capable of maintaining law and order on their own. The flow of necessary goods through England had become a hardship that the colonies were no longer willing to endure. And being taxed by a body that did not allow representation was reason enough to lodge a violent protest.
There is little point in arguing the fairness of the taxes. Many of the colonies were larger than the island nation that governed them from abroad. They wanted to make their own decisions. They had grown from infant settlements to petulant teenagers.
It would be a long hard fight to break the ties. The first attempt at forming a government would fail. The second attempt would form a government that would influence the world. The new nation would falter from time to time, but would always pick itself up, dust itself off and set things right.
I’m hoping that trend of seeking justice and equality will continue.
It is time to remind the bible-thumpers that the First Amendment means that they are not in charge, that no religion is in charge. I’m hoping that their obsession with what one does in the privacy of ones bedroom ends; it is none of their business.
It is time to remind the gun nuts that the Second Amendment applies only to members of the state militia, not every blessed citizen with the urge to kill something. I have no problem with hunting, but no self-respecting hunter would carry an automatic weapon out into the field or forest. I believe in licensing and registration as proof of education in gun safety and training. Rifle ranges and the NRA could make a fair amount of cash from this kind of responsible legislation.
Modern communication technology has made Amendment Twelve irrelevant. It should be repealed.
And, lastly, a reminder of what a citizen of the United States is as defined by Amendment Fourteen:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.