It’s Time for a second Declaration of Independence! I am a big time old movie fan and, although I don’t watch a lot of TV (I shun the mainstream “entertainment industry”), I do frequently watch Turner Classic Movies. One movie that I recently DVRed was a film from 1972? Called “1776.” It’s a musical and it’s about the Second Continental Congress and the experience of the individual members of Congress who served at that time in that role. It ‘s a great movie and has a lot of laugh out loud moments! And, knowing a bit about that time in history, I can faithfully say that, whoever researched the roles for this film, I hope they got an award or something for their great casting. The individuals who play the Congress really do justice to their characters. This movie is pretty darn historically accurate, informative, comical at times and at other times very moving.
Okay, that’s the preface of what I want to get to. While watching this movie, it occurred to me: Is it time for a second Declaration of Independence? Those of us who are being pushed to the wall need a statement to gather around. We need a Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” We need to declare ourselves independent of the bullying communists who are dead set on ruining everything that was good about this country.
They have destroyed learning. They have bloated government and it is interfering with everything we do. We are now starting to be forced into doing things that free people should not suffer or endure. There is a second part to this: I have been teaching the gambit of college students for closing in on 30 years now. For awhile now I’ve noticed an exponential increase of concern among my younger students. They are seeing their future and they don’t like what they see. Who can blame them? Who among us wants more freedom from authority than young people!
We must get to the young people, we must reach them. I teach college students and I am doing my best to tell them the truth, but ominous signs are occurring in academia. It is imperative to get to our youth and help them to understand what is actually going on – it’s their future after all. Get to as many as you can: They are hungry for a solution to an intrusive and corrupt government.
Perhaps we can rally around a second Declaration of Independence. The similarities between an old comical musical from 1972 and what is happening right now, are both threatening and uncomfortably similar, but the inspiration for a bold statement to be made against the bullying of tyranny might once again be a rallying point.
Re-read the Declaration of Independence – It’s a short read, really, and you might be surprised at how many of those grievances listed in that document in 1776 resonate today. Then, get any young person in your circles and let them read it — they might be shocked in to recognizing and realizing that those same grievances listed in that document are happening now.
We already sent our “demand letters” to our government as much as we can. Perhaps it is time to go to the next level, and declare independence from the obsessive control of Mother Government.