By: Brent Parrish
Well, it’s the 4th of July, i.e., “Independence Day”; and it got to me to thinking about the whole notion of “independence” and what it means to this American.
The people who boarded leaky ships on a dangerous passage across an unforgiving ocean in hope of a better life in the New World did not embark on their dangerous voyage expecting to find free healthcare, social security, food stamps and subsidized housing upon their arrival. They simply wanted to escape tyranny and pursue their own lives as the saw fit—come what may. They preferred to try and eek out an existence in an unknown land, rather than continue to tolerate and live under the oppressive rule of monarchs and tyrants. To them, it was better to sacrifice their blood, sweat and tears in the pursuit of freedom, than to toil under “quiet servitude” to an all-powerful State.
There was no government to speak of when the pilgrims first arrived in the New Land. But, if you listen to people like Barack Obama, et al., you might be left with the impression that before the earth was ever formed, there was government. “You didn’t build that,” sayeth dear leader.
I truly believe if the liberals of today were to write their own “declaration,” they would call it the Declaration of Codependence.
Here’s how WebMD describes a codependent relationship:
The first step in getting things back on track is to understand the meaning of a codependent relationship. Experts say it’s a pattern of behavior in which you find yourself dependent on approval from someone else for your self-worth and identity.
One key sign is when your sense of purpose in life wraps around making extreme sacrifices to satisfy your partner’s needs.
“Codependent relationships signify a degree of unhealthy clinginess, where one person doesn’t have self-sufficiency or autonomy,” says Scott Wetzler, PhD, psychology division chief at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “One or both parties depend on their loved ones for fulfillment.”
For some, the need to “belong” is so strong that they are willing to sacrifice their own independence and self-worth at the altar of “belongingness.” There are those who are all too eager to allow other people to define their own self-worth for them. There are too many, if you ask me, who are more than willing to give away all their power, becoming utterly dependent on others to provide for their every spiritual, emotional and physical need—as opposed to pursuing their own life, liberty and happiness.
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
It’s interesting, to me, how modern psychology tells us “codependence” is mentally unhealthy. Well, I would wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. Yet there are those in power who constantly clamor for what they call “inter-dependence.” This does not surprise me in the least. The so-called ruling elites are quite adept at exploiting human weakness for their own devious purposes (i.e. more power).
As a matter of fact, in 1976, there appeared the Declaration of Interdependence.
Here’s the first paragraph from the preamble of the Declaration of Interdependence:
When in the course of history the threat of extinction confronts mankind, it is necessary for the people of the United States to declare their interdependence with the people of all nations and to embrace those principles and build those institutions which will enable mankind to survive and civilization to flourish.
So, it looks like the today’s radicals have already written their own Declaration of Codependence. Such notables as Henry Kissinger have often talked about the need for fostering the notion of more “interdependence.” The concept of interdependence is quite popular with globalists, internationalists and the radical left these days.
In an article extolling the virtues of interdependence, Leandro Herrero writes (emphasis added):
Independence is dead. Write your declaration of Inter-dependence
Inter-dependence allows you to define your space (social, managerial, commercial, purpose). It is by understanding inter-dependence, not independence, that one can create one’s own identity. What you are, the space you occupy, what distinguishes you, is no longer something you can do in isolation, pretending to be independent. Independence works in exclusion mode. Inter-dependence works in inclusion mode. Inclusion is not agreement. It means making the most of the shared views of the world, and also being very clear about the differences, the different views of the world. It’s not one or the other; it’s both, what unites us and what separates us.
The interdependence meme forwarded by people like Mr. Herrero, et. al.—who claim individual liberty and independence are somehow selfish, exclusive and greedy—is utter nonsense. There is nothing more selfish and greedy than a State apparatus that wishes to rob the individual of their liberty and independence for its own devices. There is nothing more exclusive than a oligarchy of ruling elites who tell individuals (i.e. “the masses”) that they must depend on them for their every spiritual, emotional and physical need. It’s just regurgitated Communism under the lovable label of “global governance” and “interdependence.”
There’s an old Latin saying that states, “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.” I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
—Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:13)
The Declaration of Independence
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).
And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.