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Travis Rowley: Democrats, July 4th Isn’t For You

Saturday, July 06, 2013


It was only several weeks ago when I offered up a column that explored Democratic mastery in confusing simple concepts–focusing on the true definitions of “marriage” and “insurance” in order to illustrate the point.

The 4th of July provides yet another example, and perhaps represents the Left’s most egregious perversion of all–that of the American idea and purpose.

While Democrats have learned to attain the reigns of American power by manipulating the notions of “fairness,” “equality,” “civil rights,” and “compassion,” a simple reading of the Declaration of Independence–the founding document that bares the date “July 4” and articulates the philosophy behind individual liberty–highlights an embarrassing chasm between the Revolution and the Left.

For the purposes of this column, I’ll only brush by the heavy-handed atheism that now influences and characterizes the Democratic Party–a radical secularism that is wholly at odds with “rights” and “Laws of Nature” bestowed upon men by the “Creator” mentioned within the Declaration.

There is simply no right to justice or liberty without God.

Beyond that, I suppose “independence” is the most glaring concept being mocked by the Left’s current push for an ever-expanding central government–a tyrannical apparatus that could only make King George III blush.

Speaking to the British Parliament, King George once expressed his contempt for the colonists’ attempt to govern themselves: “They have seized the public revenue, and assumed to themselves legislative, executive, and judicial powers.”

Having escaped from such foreign rule, proven the capabilities of free men, and drafted a Constitution that would prevent such clumsy government in the future, the modern Democrat can be found loudly and proudly pronouncing his faith and belief in Washington’s authority to not only force every American citizen to purchase health insurance, but even force them to pay for other people’s failures, food, and birth control.

This is hardly consistent with the Founders’ insistence on government that would be decidedly limited and local–a discipline generated by the grievances listed within the Declaration itself, the “long train of abuses and usurpations” committed by George III.

It was the arbitrary power of state bureaucracy that most frustrated the colonists, the King’s offenses to the “right of Representation” and “Representative Houses.” According to the Framers, the King had “erected a multitude of New Offices” and “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.” He had “[established]…an Arbitrary government, and enlarg[ed] its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing…absolute rule.” The Declaration criticized the King for “taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.”

The reader will find that the Left rejects The 4th simply because The 4th rejects the Left.
It was simply understood by the Framers that distant capitals make it much more difficult to fulfill the hope of John Adams–“a government of laws and not of men.”


Only the Democrats’ relativism and lawyering are capable of rescuing them from such an obvious reality: Conservatives are more American than liberals.

Recently, Nancy Pelosi somehow found freedom hidden within government force, government dependence, and government growth: “[Next week] marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. [Obamacare] captures the spirit of our founders, the spirit they wrote in the Declaration of Independence. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Affordable Care Act offers just that.”

Back here in reality, liberals’ obsession with material equality makes them walking contradictions to the American ideal. Liberty simply spawns the inequity that they believe justifies tyranny.

So, what else would one expect leftists to do other than confuse the American purpose – a mission aimed at achieving “social justice” rather than perfecting individual freedom?

While Democrats insist on their patriotism, modern liberalism now commands a sense of American shame–a politics of victimhood that justifies all the socialism.

A Brown University anti-war activist once informed the public, “[America] was founded on racism, genocide, and theft”–hardly a rare sentiment heard from a left-wing activist.

In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Barack Obama called the forced redistribution of wealth “neighborliness.” “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” Obama stated emphatically in 2010 to justify confiscatory taxation. And in 2012 Obama added, “If you have a factory, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

For Democrats, it’s freedom–up to a point.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) further elaborated on the tribute everyone owes to Washington: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody! You built a factory out there–Good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for…Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that, and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

The Left’s justification for limiting individual prosperity has an eerie similarity to the haughty paternalism of George III as he dealt with his aggravated subjects living across the Atlantic Ocean. According to the King, the colonists had little to complain about. After all, “To be a subject of Great Britain, with all its consequences, is to be the freest member of any civil society in the known world.”

For King George, it was freedom–up to a point.

And I suppose his detractors could have been considered “Tea Party extremists.” But they would come to be called “Americans.”

If today’s Democrats are to be considered “American,” then it is only due to what America has unfortunately become, rather than what it was intended to be.


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