4th of July - The True Meaning
Tyrrany can come not only from a foreign occupier, and not only from the undemocratic ruler, but also from a tyrannous majority who seek to rule and remake society without any decent respect for the opinions of the minority.
Ultimately, it was not just the King and the Parliament whom the Declarants were severing ties from, but from their fellow Englishmen who did nothing to allay their ill-treatment and happily profited from continuing injustices to the colonists.
The colonists lifted themselves free from a political family that had become tyrannous and unfair to them, and created themselves as Americans.
There is a lesson in the 4th of July for the current state of political affairs in America. Tyranny will not be tolerated long in America, not even the tyrrany of the majority. Of course, nobody is prepared to set up barricades in the streets separating blue and red neighborhoods, gated communities are already doing that.
And there is no systematic disenfranchisement of our citizens, caging lists, felon databases, defective equipment, and long waits at the polls are already doing that.
And we do have representation in Congress, though our representatives are shut out of power to an unprecedented degree by the GOP caucus unless they kow-tow and support the majority's policies meekly.
But no one is trying to remake our society into somethig radically different without the consent of all the people... except proclaiming they will establish the Christian religion or found a theocratic state.
Yes, there is tyranny in today's America. The political majority (which doesn't even represent the demographic majority) is plainly ruling without regard to the opinions of the minority, and seeking to remake our society and government without our assent. But tyrrants always fall. Resistance to them is a cultural tradition for Americans.
Yes many Americans today are on the sidelines,
Victims of the propaganda, Cowered by the Police State.
Know that the tyrrany we now face daily shall also pass.