"God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.” ~ Daniel Webster
Today we celebrate the Fourth of July, formerly known as "Independence Day." I say, “formerly known as" because July 4 may be a popular celebration but not so much for our "independence."
When the American colonies declared their independence and gained their freedom from one of the largest empires in the world, it was a momentous occasion. Ours was the first nation on the planet in which the individual was considered more important than a government. Furthermore, the government was restricted by a written constitution, so they couldn't make the rules up as they wished.
Today, we aren't as free as we once were or as we should be. More than ever, Wisconsinites love our country but fear our government.
The wisdom of our Founding Fathers was written down. The powers of the national government were designed to be limited and the ratifying states would not have approved the Constitution without a written Bill of Rights. Article Ten says quite clearly that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." What a gift that was! The problem is, we can't depend on politicians to honor it, even though they take an oath of office to do so.
If our state government is merely an administrative zone for Washington, what is the point? The Environmental Protection Agency is after Wisconsin power plants that burn economical coal fuels. (Where is the Office of Energy of our DNR?) This will increase energy costs for Wisconsin industry and other consumers. Wisconsin jobs and industries are threatened by trade policies imposed by Washington.
The Agriculture Department is issuing "guidelines" which may restrict cranberry juice drinks in our schools. Who should be issuing guidelines for our schools?
Under the Constitution, the militia (a.k.a., the National Guard) may only be called into duty by the federal government in three specific situations. Congress may call "forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions." Have you heard of any invasions of our shores lately?
Did you know that more than 350 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers will deploy to the Middle East this summer? Other units of the Wisconsin Guard and Air Guard are or have been recently deployed to such destinations as the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp, Korea, Southwest Asia, and several units to the "Graveyard of Empires," Afghanistan. Recently, some Wisconsin Guard members were sent by Governor Walker to the southern border. (Not the Wisconsin-Illinois border.) None of these missions have anything to do with Wisconsin's "Homeland Security" or fighting for our freedoms.
The American patriots who declared independence believed that sovereignty (authority) belonged to the people, not in a distant capitol. Where are the patriots when we need them?
The desire to live one's own life as we see fit is a basic need in humans. Wisconsin must reassert itself to restore the real America. Then the Fourth of July will again be worth celebrating as Independence Day once again.
Marathon County Libertarians