In 1776, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman were selected to put the American desire for independence and the reasoning for the pursuit in writing. The resulting Declaration of Independence became the written word of the American Revolution. It was a statement to the world about the rights of man to self-determination, about human equality, and about the power of the people. The document we celebrate every July 4th is at the core of what it means to be American, and what the American republic represents. The American Revolution stands in stark contrast to the movement afoot today, the liberal socialist counterrevolution aiming to undo the entire American system. From a Declaration of Independence, we are now threatened with the empowerment of those who would prescribe to a Declaration of Dependence.
The counterrevolution seeks to reverse the independence and liberty of the American people, making the citizenry dependent on the government for all their major needs… healthcare, education, housing, transportation, energy, etc. Government dependence means government power. Leftists worship big government; government is their god. This cradle to grave welfare state is the polar opposite of the intentions of the founding fathers and the constitutional framework of government they established. Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence states, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” In the United States, we, the people, are the true power behind the government. The declaration also asserts that the people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” and that the role of the government is to secure these rights. The counterrevolution pursues the establishment of a new state in which the people derive their liberties from the consent of the government, and the role of the people is to conform to the will of those who govern them.
While the Declaration of Independence, and the ensuing Constitution, promoted self-determination, individual liberty, limited government, and self-reliance, the Declaration of Dependence would stand as a statement of government superiority. What could be more revealing about the true intent of this leftist movement than the words of President Joe Biden in his address to a joint session of Congress and the American people? He said, “…It’s time to remember that we, the people are the government.” Really? He then seemed to pivot to the real meaning of we, the people, but only after that brief moment of truth escaped his lips. That is the doctrine of the radical left, and the central tenant of the Declaration of Dependence – the government holds the power and the people are dependent on the government for their rights, their well-being, and basically, for their existence.
Dennis Prager says, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.” The founders believed in the individual, and feared government. They purposely designed a constitutional framework that made the citizen superior to the government and the government subservient to the people. As Lincoln said, they gave us “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” The liberal socialists aim for a people of, by, and for the government. If it is true that the citizen shrinks as the government grows, we are in danger of the citizen disappearing altogether.
We see the drive for government dependence in the establishment of welfare programs that keep people mired in poverty and despair, getting just enough to survive and being brainwashed to believe that they need the government to get by. It can be seen in the push for socialized medicine, where private insurance plans will be eliminated, personal choice will disappear, and bureaucrats will make medical decisions for the people while the government will decide who gets what services. The leftists now want to make childcare, higher education, and healthcare free (someone has to pay for it) to make the American people depend on the government for every aspect of their lives. The bigger the government grows, the more it does. The more it does, the more control it gains. The more control it gains, the less freedom and liberty the people have. Sounds like Prager is right.
The government and its citizens exist in an inverse relationship – greater government power, less individual control; greater government jurisdiction, less individual liberty; greater government dependence, less individual empowerment. The founders’ Declaration of Independence empowered the American people at the expense of government authority; the liberal socialist Declaration of Dependence empowers government at the expense of individual liberty. President Gerald Ford once warned us, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”