Independence Day

Today, ironically, we celebrate our independence. Two hundred and forty years ago we cast off a totalitarian government for a long chain of abuses. I’d like to show you how far we’ve come.

Independence Day

Declaration of IndependenceBut first, it’s important to understand what Independence Day is, and what it is not. On the Fourth of July, 1776, we did not create the United States of America. We did not create the behemoth that has become the most corrupt and indefensible nation on the planet. The Declaration  did not grant extraordinary authority to an exclusive few while the rest had their liberty, privacy and individuality revoked. It did not preserve the horrors  of  slavery, religious persecution, and war. These things cannot exist without government, and this Declaration effectively dissolved ours.

It’s really telling  that last  week the UK dissolved their membership with the European Union. Forty years ago fewer than the population of Florida within the UK decided they needed a new master, and two thirds of the population chose the federalism of the EU.  After Federalism didn’t work, about the same number of people that voted them in, voted them back out again. For now, at least.

Home again, home again. Back here, back then, in the Americas, where we had thrown off our foreign masters and united for our own defense, things were tough for a few years, yet. The ensuing war lasted seven years and took the lives of as many as 75,000 colonials and up to 100,000 others. But that’s a different story. What we’re talking about here is the Declaration. The moment we chose to throw off the chains of imperialism.

flagBelow you’ll find the text of the Declaration of Independence, with links throughout to current events demonstrating that while we may have had a brief, 240-year hiatus, we’re in the position Franklin knew was the inevitable result of all Republics in known history.

One final note: I’m sick of hearing those who signed the Declaration lumped in with the  “Founders”. They didn’t “found” anything, they dissolved their  bond with a government that bore them nothing but disrespect, malice and ill will.


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. – Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the  public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. – And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.


Big-Media Dinosaurs Face Extinction

by: J. Matt Barber

Even today obstinate, lumbering, big-media dinosaurs inhabit and roam the vast terrain of Paleolithic journalism. Theirs is a rapidly dying breed, having succumbed to stubbornly self-inflicted wounds of poorly camouflaged liberal bias – all this, lending credence within conservative circles to the popular ‘pea-brain’ hypothesis.

Among the future-fossils are nearly all major print publications and broadcast news networks, to include: the New York Times (all the news that’s fit to slant), the LA Times (Arnold Schwarzenegger will grope your Aunt), the Washington Compost, CNN – and forget me not to throw inthe pitifully dwindling regal “big three” – NBC, CBS, and ABC (Sorry, just read Green Eggs and Ham to my three-year-old).

Through the process of journalistic evolution, ancestors of the big media dinosaur slithered to land long ago from the deep primordial sludge of liberal ideology. The following are among the more prominently evolved species:

Dan-Rather-raptor (rãp ´tðr)

noun: of, or relating to leftist class of clever, ancient, cold-blooded reptilian with sharp teeth and little regard for objectivity; carnivore – primary food source: conservative Republican presidents [syn: Document-Daddy-Dan]

Tom-Brokawntosaurus (brôkãwn′t º-sôr′ãs)

noun: large, North American herbivorous dinosaur hailing from the Dakotas, noted for slanted, partisan, slurred speech pattern; lives in denial (not the river) of own liberal bias [syn: Tom-Broke-jaw]

Conservatives have been grumbling for decades about the “liberal mainstream media.” Through both act and omission, the media’s reporting on the events of our day, arbitrarily deemed newsworthy by the New York Times, enters our homes through the prism of a demonstrably leftist worldview.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs

It would seem that most in the press report the news in a manner intended to impress both one another, and other likeminded cultural elites. They clearly strive for the coveted “attaboy” from within their tightly knit fringe fraternity – They’re one big slaphappy family – not a single red-state redneck among them.

With a nepotistic pat on the back here, and a self-aggrandizing Pulitzer there, these dyed-in-the-wool liberals do their thing, perhaps naively buying into the fiction that they truly are “objective.” But, as they report, that dyed wool begins to bleed a pinko shade of blue-state blue, irreparably staining the story, and further damaging their credibility as an un-biased news source. They report – They decide.

With his number-one best selling book Bias, Bernard Goldberg, a CBS insider with nearly 30 years experience as a correspondent, caused a firestorm of controversy (particularly within the mainstream media) when he exposed the liberal man behind the objective mask.

It was the first time a relatively prominent media insider had broken ranks in such a fashion. Goldberg provided the world with a consolidated collection of his own personal experiences, and testimonials from his former colleagues, offering irrefutable evidence of left-wing media bias. Many of those experiences involved Goldberg’s friend and colleague, Dan Rather. For the aforementioned grumbling conservatives, it was nice to be proven right.

Goldberg’s book helped to make permanent within popular lexicon, the term “liberal media bias.” He was branded a traitor, and blacklisted from traditional journalism. The media loves a whistle-blower, so long as they’re not targeted by said whistle.

Just prior to last year’s Presidential election, Bernie was vindicated. Rather-Gate -the forged Bush National Guard documents – you remember the scandal  – CBS ran with an old recycled story that was to prove President Bush had been derelict in duty relative to his Air National Guard service some thirty years agoand, by God, they had the documentary evidence to prove it!

Only problem the story wasn’t true. Rather relied on forged documents that, if vetted by a public school third grader with just below average intelligence, would have been discounted and discarded, thereby killing the story.

Oh, but how they wanted it so! Would, that it could have been true! CBS News and Dan Rather could taste a John Kerry victory.

A few enterprising web-bloggers determined within hours of the dinosaurs’ airing of the doomed story, that the documents were blatant forgeries.

With the benefit of hindsight, no doubt Danny boy would prefer that he’d stuffed the forged documents in his pants (a la Sandy Berger), taken them with him on his morning constitutional to the little-anchor’s-room, and made more appropriate use of the paper upon which the crude fraud was crafted. But, to his retrospective chagrin, such was not the case.

There was an investigation – four lower level CBS News lackey scapegoats were fired and thrown to the rabid conservative wolves – Rather suddenly decided it was time to retire. “Liberal bias” will now and forever be affixed as the centerpiece of his legacy, and the reality of that same bias in the larger media is both verified and permanently secure.

Enter the new media – the Fox News Channel, talk radio, Internet web-bloggers. It’s a beautiful thing to watch the free market at work. Good old fashion capitalism has broken-up the longstanding media monopoly.

“But what about journalistic integrity? What about accountability?” the dinosaurs groan – this from the same media moguls who, for so very long, had their way with the truth in a vacuum entirely devoid of accountability. Finally, people are pointing out that the emperor has no clothes (Chris Matthews, for the love of all things sacred, put some on)!

But, as with every vacuum, something must fill the void. The new media has stepped up to the plate – it’s their turn to take a swing. The Fox News Channel arrived on the scene with a revolutionary new media concept – “fair and balanced” reporting. In contrast to the dinosaurs, Fox presents both sides of an issue – “We report, you decide.” They’ve taken off like gangbusters and lead the pack, having lapped the other cable-news networks several times over.

Not unlike the dinosaurs, talk radio King Rush Limbaugh and his heir-apparent Sean Hannity are biased (from a conservative perspective of course). The difference is that they don’t claim to be anything but. Full disclosure enables their listeners to consider the words they hear, weigh those words against the speakers’s admitted bias – and to then decide for themselves what is, or is not credible – there’s your accountability.

Web-bloggers and other pajama pundits also share accountability. Oh, sure they can publish anything on the Internet – but for every falsehood, there are a hundred fellow web-bloggers eager to point it out. In fact, it’s the web-bloggers of late who have, in large part, been responsible for holding the mainstream media’s feet to the fire. As singer/songwriter Johnny Lang put it … “it’s been a long time coming.”

So, as the big-media Dinosaurs die off one by one – the catastrophic meteor to blame for their impending extinction is their own damning construct – their transparent liberal bias. That bias is now, and will continue to be the fossil fuel driving tomorrow’s new media – a new media whose long awaited arrival, and much needed influence has already begun.

J. Matt Barber

J. Matt Barber is a non-practicing attorney, an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer (Matt “Bam Bam” Barber), and a jazz drummer in Chicago, IL. In addition to his Law Degree, Barber holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University. Matt is a Contributing Editor for The Conservative Voice, and a contributor to a number of other top conservative publications.

Copyright © 2005 by J. Matt Barber