You knew it was coming: the Declaration of Independence of 2011, brought to you by Liberty Council. Liberty Counsel wants you to pledge your life to resist the “abusive and lawless regime in the Executive Branch and in the United States Congress.” In other words, they want you to kill Democrats wherever and whenever you find them, because a Democratic-controlled government is an illegitimate government. Especially if black folks are involved.
We previously met Mathew Staver back in January when he was arguing that the separation of church and state is unconstitutional, even though it’s in the Constitution. Given this previous introduction to Liberty Counsel’s “thought process” this latest may not surprise you at all. We have already been assured by nearly every conservative candidate that the Founding Fathers got the Constitution all wrong, and actually intended to found a theocracy. As I said, a Declaration of Independence was a necessary conclusion to this narrative.
The date is already largely unremarked compared to July 4, 1776; nobody is going to remember July 14, 2011. And if you say Liberty Counsel out loud, most people will probably say, “huh?” or “Gesundheit!” Still, that didn’t stop this ultra-conservative clown-show from pretending to do something very meaningful to rally the misfit rabble composed of misogynists and racists and bigots and other assorted miscreants – a rabble more comparable to 1776’s loyalists or Tories than to the Patriots of Lexington and Concord:
We The People, therefore, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world, solemnly declare our full intention, by any lawful means available, to remove from office all those politicians and office holders who have been complicit in…
the trampling of our liberties,
the undermining of our religious freedoms,
the overt and intentional subversion of our Constitution,
overstepping the boundaries of their law-based authority,
the advancement and promotion of a socialist agenda,
the massive expansion of a federal government through agencies and czars whose goal is to “fundamentally transform America!”
We break the bonds between us and them.
We declare, by the Rights afforded us by our Creator, that we are Duty bound to expose and resist all unlawful decrees and policies, such as the extensive list presented above, as have been or may yet be issued by the present abusive and lawless regime in the Executive Branch and in the United States Congress.
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.
This self-masturbatory document by the Liberty Clownshow is rather amusing when you get right down to it. Most of the liberty-trampling was done by a conservative Christian white man from 2001-2008 but this seems unimportant since it’s a black man in office right now. And never mind that polls show the majority of Americans actually support Obama, which means most of us don’t feel unduly trampled upon. In fact, most of the trampling is being done by groups that Liberty Council approves of.
When any government begins to run rough shod over The People, or when government behaves in a way that contradicts the will of THE PEOPLE, or when government actually destroys the civil rights of THE PEOPLE, then THE PEOPLE have an overriding Right and Duty to change their government and make it behave, or, failing that, they have a Right to abolish that abusive government and craft a replacement as they see fit. Simply put: In America, we do not suffer tyrants.
Good thing then that President Obama was duly and legally elected under the laws of the United States. Unlike the Koch Brothers. But let’s not interrupt the bizarre and mindless tirade:
Obviously, the wise and prudent will not run about recklessly demanding government be abolished on a whim or for shallow, temporal reasons. Historically, most people would rather endure government abuse, hoping matters will change, as opposed to engaging the very painful and dangerous work of revolution.
However, when an abusive government refuses to change, refuses to listen to THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, and indeed, when such a government insists on escalating its abuses against THE PEOPLE, demonstrating a clear intention of moving toward central control, even Despotism, then it is not only the Right of THE PEOPLE, but their Duty, to throw off such a government and appoint others devoted to serve as protectors of Liberty, Life, and the pursuit of Happiness.
For decades, and especially since 2006, the American people have suffered patiently under the near-dictatorial rule of government officials and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., officials who have abused their authority, trampling upon the rights and liberties of THE PEOPLE. So grievous have these abuses become, especially in the last two years, THE PEOPLE have concluded the usurpations of the federal government exceed those of the King of Great Britain during the 18th century, abuses and deprivations causing the issuance of the first American Declaration of Independence, thus sparking the American Revolution.
Notice they give 2006 as the critical year in which our liberties were taken. This is not, as you would probably have expected, the year George W. Bush signed into law the Patriot (October 26, 2001). No, 2006 is the year the Democrats gained control of both houses of the Congress as a result of the 2006 midterm elections. In other words, it’s perfectly permissible for a Republican government to steal away our liberties but it’s not permissible for Democrats to be in control of the United States government.
What this Declaration of Independence in fact represents is a declaration of war on the multi-party system of government and a demand for single-party government – in plainer language, a Republican dictatorship such as has been underway in Wisconsin and Michigan since 2010.
Liberty Counsel then lays out a litany of abuses of which the administration is guilty, including:
Promoted on every front the same-sex relationship agenda, again, against the WILL OF THE MAJORITY, advancing same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption, and the arbitrary policy shift to normalize same-sex relationships in the military, an obvious infringement upon military readiness, another weakening of our ability to provide for the common defense, and a violation of the Presidential Oath.
Again, the majority of Americans actually support Marriage Equality and the alleged “infringement upon military readiness” is not actually anything obvious, since nobody but Liberty Counsel and their fellow fundamentalist bigots actually think anything like this. And doing away with DADT does not actually violate the Constitution; nor does not defending DOMA, which even the DOJ says is unconstitutional. So in fact, Obama is defending the Constitution in these regards, which is exactly what he is supposed to be doing. The people we actually need a declaration of independence from are groups like Liberty Counsel with their anti-democratic and anti-constitutional approach to government.