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Those are only two of the most prominent occasions which we could dub Dependence Day. We could then celebrate with honesty our new “progressive” culture, a culture which the founders would not recognize as a descendant of their own, a culture which would welcome British occupation if it came with a guarantee of healthcare, housing, tuition, and retirement.

Listening to leftist celebrities recite the Declaration of Independence, you have to wonder whether they or many of our fellow Americans retain any sense of what those words actually mean.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

… unquestionable matters of fact ascertained through rational consideration of reality.

…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.

… the success of which cannot be guaranteed in any event, and which any attempt to guarantee would necessarily violate the former.

–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

… which necessarily limits its power to that which the governed bequeath. Such government may never justly do what an individual could not.

–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Consider just a few examples of the abuses and usurpations cited in the Declaration:

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

SB 1070. Proposition 8. The list of statutes or state constitutional amendments which the federal government has “forbidden” grows every year.