Sunday, January 29, 2017
The Dark and Sinister Declaration of Independence
The following piece was originally published in the Bakersfield Californian on January 24th
By Jerry Todd
“Dark and sinister” is the latest mantra the left is already widely using against Donald Trump and any who oppose their totalitarian schemes.
But Trump’s inaugural speech very much paralleled the Declaration of Independence. His statements about the Congress also fit the wisdom of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson before him:
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow.” — James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788.
We all know and love this part of the Declaration:
“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.”
In his exhortations to “Make America Great Again,” every move the president has made since the election is aimed at fulfilling that beautiful statement of truth.
The Declaration could be called “dark and sinister” for its litany of the abuses our Founders confronted. It is also fact that progressives have long held the Declaration of Independence as legally unfettered from their view of a “living, breathing Constitution.” They commonly vilify the critical “endowment by our Creator.” There’s more to the Declaration’s role as the moral, spiritual and philosophical basis of the Constitution than defining “inalienable rights.”
In the Declaration there is also the “dark and sinister” chronicled 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.”
Taking a small bit of literary license to prove there are no new sins of despots, only new spins. The tiresome, “Hey get with it, it’s the 18th, 19th, 20th and now the 21st Century” as if the human hunger for freedom and natural law change with the whims of the arrogant. The “21st Century, get with it” updates are in italics to clarify the same old damage done by the aggressors in this modern spiritual war.
These direct accusations against the King of England from the Declaration of Independence need no further explanation.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good (energy and monetary policy to destroy our economy and enrich his cronies and our enemies.).
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance (illegal immigration, maintaining the peace), 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 dissolved representative houses repeatedly (bypassing Congress by unconstitutional Executive Orders, overturning initiatives voted overwhelmingly by the people — immigration policy, marriage under natural law between a man and woman), for opposing with “manly” firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
We know today that a Constitutional Republic under God works well. It must be restored or we will suffer the fate of civilizations that came before us.
Today, it is the usurpation of human and Constitutional rights of an established and successful nation. Today, the same offenses must be named and acted on. Ignore the Declaration, pay the price!
Moral issues aside, it costs three to four times as much for federal government to usurp community responsibilities in health, education and welfare, resulting in not only loss of freedom, but gaining a mountain of debt.
Do you think it is time for truth and thrift? Isn’t this what President Trump has been talking about?