You might say that July Fourth is the day that America was conceived and that its birth awaited the ratification of the Constitution after a long gestation. But that's not how we celebrate it, so:
Happy Birthday, America!As every generation has, we face Ben Franklin's famous challenge:
A Republic, if you can keep it.Lately, we haven't been doing so well on that score. Though the Judiciary remains occasionally independent, the Congress even in Democratic hands has failed utterly to perform its duties as first framed among equal branches.
On this Independence Day, we should remember the words of Thomas Jefferson about who holds the true just power:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.Duhbya has altered the old Constitutional order beyond recognition. Congress has disgracefully failed to stand in his way. We the people have for the most part acquiesced.
If it is to be done at all, the people must alter our form of government back or institute a new form.