Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Fourth of July

Washington Post
July 4, 2010

The Declaration of Independence begins with soaring pronouncements on equality and human rights, then proceeds to a somewhat less uplifting list of grievances directed against the faraway king of England and expressing a level of outrage that seems a little quaint today, given the horrors that so many of the world's governments have visited upon their people. On this Fourth of July, much of America seems to be in grievance mode again, with the complainants looking back to a golden age of limited government and sovereignty for the various states -- and with our liberties now seen as suddenly in peril from an overweening federal power.