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On This Day - July 4th, 2011

Flying the Flag

On this day, we celebrate the birth of our Nation. This author, while trying to explain the unrest in the Middle East,also manages to explain the plight we find ourselves in here within the boundaries of the United States. We are giving up our dignity and our freedom and our right to be free men and women by the day in infinitesimal increments.


Dignity Is at Heart of Our Declaration of Independence

What is behind the past year’s Arab street protests? Extremism? A cry for democracy? Something else? Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft recently cautioned against interpreting these Middle East protests as an “upsurge of an innate instinct for democracy.” While speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago, he suggested that the Arab Spring is an urge for “dignity” rather than “democracy as we know it.” The outcome will not be apparent for a long time.

Fortunately this Independence Day weekend, our nation’s history is clear. What started out as colonial cries for dignity led to the radical Declaration of Independence that we celebrate today. Dignity was the heart and soul of it all.

When Thomas Jefferson began writing the Declaration of Independence in June 1776, he knew his fellow colonists had done their best to reconcile their differences with their British king. From signing peaceful petitions against the notorious Stamp Act in 1765 to violently throwing 300 chests of tea into Boston harbor in 1773, they had tried every antidote they could prescribe. Yet, the more these British subjects demanded dignity, the more invasive, tyrannical and sickly their monarchy became.

Over time the colonists lost their right to assemble in legislatures, receive jury trials and trade in commerce. The crown imposed “taxes on us without our consent” and worst of all, took away “our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws.”

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