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Protestors have frequently chosen July 4 th as their independence day: Nat Turner planned his slave revolt for July 4, 1881, Henry David Thoreau went to Walden Pond on July 4, , 1885 to protest an unjust and corrupt state. William Lloyd Garrison burned the Constitution of July 4, 1854. Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, his pastoral of rural idealism, on July 4, 1855. John Brown timed his raid, an armed slave revolt of Harper’s Ferry, for July 4, 1858 and 1859.

Oh Say Can You See

What to Americans today does Independence Day represent? It should be a day that reveals to all of us, more than any other days of the year, the massive injustice and cruelty to which Americans and the world are the constant victims. Our celebrations are a sham, our so called liberty, an unholy license, our national greatness a swelling exercise in vainglory. The sounds of our rejoicing are vapid and heartless, our denunciation of terrorists, brass fronted impudence, our shouts of liberty and equality pompous ignorance, our prayers and hymns, our sermons and thanksgivings, with the ubiquitous parades and solemnity, are, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy. It is a thin veil, a mask to cover up the multitude of crimes which has disgraced our nation of savages. There is not a country anywhere on earth more- guilty of the shocking and bloody killing of innocents, like George Floyd, than the United States.

“Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light all the killing we’ve done in the needless wars that we fight?”

It should be a day that reveals to all of us, more than any other days of the year, the massive injustice and cruelty to which Americans and the world are the constant victims.

Our Pentagon-dominated politics are flagrantly inconsistent and immoral. We champion and boast of our love of liberty, our superior civilization and our hypocritical veneration of Christian piety, while the political power of our nation, as embodied by the two parties are solemnly pledged by political graft to support and perpetuate the enslavement of mankind throughout the world.

We profess to believe that, “of one blood God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath commanded all men, everywhere, to love one another,” yet we notoriously hate and glory in your hatred of all men whose skins are not colored like our own. We have declared to the world, that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and yet we hold securely people in bondage around the world, which according to Thomas Jefferson, “is worse than ages of that which our fathers rose in rebellion to oppose.”

The existence of the disparities of the huge inequalities in this country and throughout the world is a sham upon humanity and a base pretense of our Christianity as a lie. It has destroyed our moral standing at home and worldwide. It has corrupted our American politicians. It has destroyed the foundations of our religion, it makes our name a hissing and a bye word to a mocking world.

“What so falsely we hail at the twilight’s last gleaming.” As the Roman public was disintegrating, few of its citizens peacefully acquiesced as they witnessed the loss of their democratic rights. In Shakespeare's famous depiction of the politics of those times, one citizen, Cassius, asks Brutus, “Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed that he has grown so great?” We must consider the propositions that today’s imperialists, poisoned by the hubris of false pride and self-glorifying assumptions have operated under since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war. The fact that the United States caused the Soviet Union’s collapse has like ancient Rome, put America on the path of the unbridled cancer of Covid Malthusianism, militarism and empire.

The most influential framer of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote in 1793, “In no part of the Constitution is more Wisdom to be found than in the clause that confides the question of war and peace to the legislature and not the executive branch…The trust and temptation would be too great for any one man.” Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution declares explicitly, “The Congress shall have the power to declare war.” However, after September 11, 2001, a falsely elected president unilaterally declared that the nation was “at war” perpetually against “terrorism.” The falsely elected president considered any opposition to his policies to be an act of treason, all while the co-opted Congress sat on their hands, during their “week of shame,” from October 3 to 10, 2002.

“Whose broad stripes and bright stars boast imperious wars that aren’t right.”

The hubris of evil arrogance and the twisted patriotic pride of militarism and empire has brought upon us the perverse prevarications of propositions usurping our liberties like, the patriot act, and homeland security, and the Special Access Program, the official name for the black budget. It has brought about the renunciation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 that prevents the military from engaging in police activities without the consent of the Congress or the president. James Madison was so fearful of military dominance that he wrote in The Federalist, No. 41, “a standing army (military) force is a dangerous provision.”

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The falsely elected president also expanded presidential power, at the expense of the Constitution by establishing a little known and totally secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which threatens to bring us an American version of the Star Chamber, Henry VIII personal tribunal for taking action against his opponents and having them whipped, pilloried, or branded, our modern day waterboarding.

There may be one thing that could possibly put a halt to this hideous overreaching of empire. The people and the “people’s agenda” could take over Congress as we are beginning to see, with progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. We must reform Congress along with the corrupted election laws that have made it into a corrupt temple for special interests. We must make it into an honest assembly of democratic representatives, and end the lethal supply of money to the Pentagon and the secret intelligence agencies. We must overcome the long entrenched interests of the armed forces and the military industrial complex.

It may be difficult to imagine how Congress, much like the Roman senate in the final days of the Republic could be resurrected and made free of its endemic corruption. It was Socrates who saw the political system in Athens, Greece, as weak, ignorant, profligate and morally bankrupt. He said that it was impossible for a good person to participate in the charade of justice the government perpetrated. For speaking this truth, for challenging the legitimacy of a corrupt political system, as Julian Assange and others are doing today, Socrates was sentenced to die. He was charged with corrupting the morals of the Athenian youth. “O’er the ramparts we watched as our bombs caused killing and screaming.”

The words of Thomas Jefferson, are very important and prescient as to how long people should tolerate an unresponsive government. His message was, “when the situation becomes intolerable the people need to get active and take back their government.”

Our country’s independence was declared in 1776 by patriots, who had shown the honor of their efforts for independence by thwarting the British oligarch’s attempts to impose unjust taxes; the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Tea Tax of 1773. These patriots were young men. Thomas Jefferson was thirty-two, James Madison was thirty-five, John Hancock was thirty-nine, John Adams was forty-one, and their leader George Washington was only forty-four.

“And the drone’s laser stealth glare, the depleted uranium bombs bursting in air, gave proof to the night that our false flag was still there.”

It is always the young who can give the people their collective judgment and that “new birth of freedom,” were Abraham Lincoln’s words. It is always the young who break through the shams and frauds and raise our expectations levels beyond our eroded complacent horizons. It is always the young who seek the “impractical and impossible” as entrenched excuses by the established interests continue to avoid our realizable caring futures. When three hundred of the richest people on Earth have wealth equal to the bottom three billion on Earth, it is an extreme affluence built on the backs of extreme mass poverty.

“Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the un-free and the home of the depraved.”

Only when we make the reforms necessary to restore our freedom and the dignity of mankind, will our hollow anthem ring true. Only then will we be able to truly raise our voices in unity and with pride, and honor, sing those first words, “Oh say can you see?”


Until then.

T.D. Duff