July 04, 2006

230 And Counting

We had no intention to synch the first post in this blog with any special date. This just happened. However, we intend to take advantage of it to make clear what our political philosophy is. Oh, do not judge our English too harshly – it is not our mother tongue :-).

Signing of The Declaration of Independence 230 years ago was not a capricious act. Founding Fathers were not trying to spite British Monarch, nor were they looking for an easy solution to their problems. They lived in safety and prospered much more then people of the British Isles. Yet, safety and prosperity was not what it was about. They were taking this step as a last resort – for the sake of the principles they deemed more important then their existing allegiances, their lives and their fortunes. Founding Fathers were acting in a way that should make no sense to the people who nowadays call themselves “liberal” and who would gladly trade all their liberties for a guaranteed prescription plan.

Making a drastic step like that required an explanation.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
To explain they needed to start with the basic principles and beliefs that defined what government is, and what makes a government legitimate. They did it in a most clear way.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
This set of axioms is an antithesis to the liberal point of view that is built on quite opposite assumptions – that our rights exist not due to some higher power endowing us – but only because other people agreed to respect them. That those rights are very alienable – as they have to be if they are derived from the consent of whoever is in charge of the Government. That those rights are secondary and subservient to The Greater Goal – which is... which is whatever the Party says it is. That the task of a Government is to reach that Goal. That if any man’s rights conflict with that – the Government has a “compelling interest” in revoking those rights and liberties.

All the differences, all the disagreements between the left and the right, or between the Republicans and the Democrats, or between... whomever – all the political arguments in the end boil down to one single question – is the Government our employee, our bodyguard whose only legitimate job is to protect our rights; or is it our master who should regulate us and shape us into some “great society”. This is why the Declaration of Independence is so important – it is the answer of the people who founded this country. You may disagree with the philosophy of the Founding Fathers, but then you can not honestly claim that your views are American, for their philosophy was the only excuse and justification for the very act of creation of this country. This is the philosophy that they tried later to implement in the constitutions of the States and the Constitution of the Union.

Neither can there be any compromise. One can not find a compromise between being a citizen and being a subject. You can not find a balance between being limited only by the need to respect the rights of other people and being limited by their opinion. Many a times we have heard from our liberal opponents that “freedom is when you can do everything that is allowed”. No, it is not. When you can do only the things that are allowed – it is not freedom. It is freedom’s opposite. It is exactly what the people of the British colonies in America had before 1776. It is what they found impossible to live with, however safe and profitable it was.

And so it began. And a long war followed. The war with no plan and no exit strategy. The war that saw deaths of the great many Americans, mass desertions, reluctant recruits, big losses and few victories, tactical mistakes at every point, poorly equipped and barely trained army under the command of one of the most incompetent generals in American history, whose only war plan was “to stay the course”. Sounds familiar? Well, it should be. That war was exactly like the Iraq War looks to most liberals now – except that than all of it was 100% true. Ah, and the other difference – anti-war people never called themselves “American patriots” than, but “Crown loyalists”. And they definitely did not celebrate the 4th of July. It was a time when people were honest, see.

So, happy birthday, America. We are glad to be here.


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