As you are painfully aware, life in the United States is changing. Not the hope and change promised in the 2008 election process, but the kind of change where you watch the American economy collapse before your eyes... helpless to do anything about it. The number of banks and financial institutions that have failed recently is dwarfed by the number of people who are worried about, or currently being threatened with, foreclosure on their homes.
As bad as that may be, that is not the foreclosure I am referring to in the title of this article. The rest of the world will soon be foreclosing on the totality of the United States. And while it may be impractical to evict three hundred million people from the middle of the North American continent, it is clear that life as we knew it will never be the same. Hell. We already have millions of people here who are sharing our space, but not sharing the rent, so to speak. Furthermore, as bad as things are today, I can almost guarantee that twelve months from now you'll be wishing things could be as good as they are right now. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would look back on a Bill Clinton presidency with some fondness.
The cause of all the pain and suffering we are and will be experiencing is due to our forfeiture of American values. As a people, we have failed to uphold the ideal and principle that made this country great. Namely - INDEPENDENCE. That's why Monday is important to me. Because it's Independence Day, not because it's the fourth day of July. Not because there will be parades and picnics and frisbees and fireworks. All of those things are symbols of celebration, however we have nothing to celebrate. We have lost our own Liberty because we failed in our responsibility to defend the Liberty of others. This process has been happening since before the War of Northern Aggression. In 1841, Fredrick Douglass, a black leader of the abolitionist movement, was asked to speak at a large Independence Day celebration. Here is a short excerpt from his speech.
I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me by asking me to speak today? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn that it is dangerous to copy the example of nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can today take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people.
We have become the largest welfare/warfare country in the world, spending unconscionable amounts of money on unconstitutional wars and foreign aid. Americans prefer to let the government take responsibility for their retirement, health care, financial stability, national security, and their children's education. Needless to say, the government has failed miserably on each of these projects, but we continue to vote the same corrupt politicians into office over and over again. Not all, but most Americans are unwilling to pay the price of freedom, and some are too afraid to even ask the price. (To find the answer, watch this two minute video, but be prepared for "sticker shock".)
Instead of following the crowd this year, and pretending that we have successfully carried the torch of Liberty handed down to us by the Founding Fathers, join with me in bringing attention to the elephant (and donkey) in the room that everyone is carefully ignoring. Instead of wearing Red, White, and Blue this year, I invite you to wear black. The purpose is to draw attention to our many problems, and give us the motivation we need to talk about them - and perhaps even the courage we need to overcome them. There is a Facebook page that gives slightly more information in you're interested.
You should know that I am changing my signature closing. In the past I have ended newsletters and and eMail messages with:
Lighting the fires of Liberty, one heart at a time!
From now on I will remind you that
When I die, Liberty is no longer my problem.
I wish you and your family a safe and somber holiday.