Thursday, July 03, 2008

Where's My Fife and Drum?

Here's an idea for making a dent in the energy crisis: we oughta harness all the energy of the dead presidents who have been spinning in their graves lately. Bet we could power most major cities in America and Canada with all that power.

If I sound a wee bit peeved it's because I am. I'm a patriot. I love the promise of this nation. When we fall short of that promise, especially when we don't even seem to be trying to hit the mark, it breaks my heart.

I've been having chest pains for nearly 8 years.

Today, this 232nd anniversary of America's official birth seems like a good time to celebrate the rebels and radicals who called BS on the powers that were and said "there has got to be a better way". Then they went off and first they wrote The Declaration of Independence which is full of stirring, edgy language:

"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"....

("I know this, says you...geez, you don't think everyone is quoting this ad infinitum today?"

"Hush, says me, I'm getting to the good part...the part people forget...the part that sounds as fresh today as it did back then.")

"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".

The right of revolution? Hello? Let's say a person running for office went on Larry King and let's say that individual declared, "Oh, yes, Larry, I absolutely believe that if government isn't working, the people have every right to make changes and, failing that, to throw out the whole thing and start all over again". What do you think the headlines would read the next day?

And if the Declaration of Independence weren't enough, then they go and write the Constitution. I don't know when you last read it but really, you oughta take a little time and do it soon. It's not that long. But it's a good idea to know what is in it so you can tell when the current administration do yet another thing to try and weaken it.

Maybe it's because I'm a words gal, but I think the Declaration and the Constitution are stirring, incredible documents that laid the foundation for a terribly interesting experiment. And that experiment is facing some major challenges right now, mostly from within. For those of us who are true, patriotic Americans, those of us who really love this country and remember the greatness of which she's capable should remember how much we have in common with Tom and John and George and that firebrand Patrick, et al. Those chappies had some grand ideas and did something about it. Today would be a good day for us to remember that.

And really, that's part of what I like so much about Obama. He isn't just talking about what he would do as President. He's been challenging people for months to reawaken to the fact that we are the government and we can be the change this nation so desperately needs. I like a leader who strives to remind us that "the governed" is us and our consent is required and the power to right things is in our hands.

We are the children of the revolution.

Happy freakin' 4th of July, kids. Mind your sparklers.

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T-Rex "Children of the Revolution"

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9 Comments:

Blogger Mom opined...

Amen!
God bless America.

July 04, 2008 9:14 AM  
Blogger Sling opined...

May every child born grow to hold these truths to be self evident!
Happy 4th o' July Rainey.

July 04, 2008 10:22 AM  
Blogger Buck opined...

Happy 3rd of July from Chicago. We miss you.

As I write this, I have your tin can labeled "Gawd Bles Amureca" on my coffee table.

I threw away the American flag after you left. The can is now filled with eight colorful boxes of incense. It's pretty. . .

July 04, 2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Mom, I don't know what we've done collectively to warrant His blessing but we certainly could use a little grace about now, for sure.

Amen, Sling. And a happy non-burning one to you and yours!

Buck, I miss y'all sooo much, too! Doesn't even feel like the 4th without the watermelon dacqs, fireworks from the roof and the view from the BOT. sigh...

July 04, 2008 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha (Note no W)

Happy Fourth!!!

Was expecting Bruce but T-Rex is doubtlessly more appropriate considering the aforementioned sentiment.

Yes, without doubt the last 25 years have indeed been hard on those who would die to defend The Constitution. As in veterans.

Thanks for the opening laugh. Well done.

Peace

:+}

July 04, 2008 2:09 PM  
Blogger Willym opined...

Lorraine it is postings like this that give me hope.

July 05, 2008 12:49 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Anonyba, and it's getting harder every day.

We need a lot of hope just now, Willym. Hope and action.

July 05, 2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann opined...

Now that's what I like to hear! More folks need to remember what a big freaking deal our Declaration was and what an enormous travesty it is when elected officials try to stomp all over our Constitution.

Bring it on, Sister. And pass the pie.

July 06, 2008 2:41 PM  
Blogger greeny opined...

Beautifully written and I appreciate the fact you took time to write it. You help me feel there is hope among us.
Hope your 4th was great.

July 12, 2008 5:26 AM  

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