This week Americans will gather around the grill,
attend parades and watch fireworks displays, all in the celebration of the signing
of our Declaration of Independence. At the same time, we will have thousands
of bureaucrats, troops and agents stationed in countries across the globe being
paid by American tax dollars.
On the anniversary of our declaring our own independence from the British,
it is certainly appropriate that we reflect on the nature and spirit of independent
nationhood. While our founding fathers were individual men in a historically
unique situation, they posited that the principles upon which they rested our
national independence were timeless.
If we truly honor the men who brought about Independence Day, we would do well
to spend at least as much time reflecting on the Declaration of Independence,
and the principles upon which it is based, as we spend time at the cookouts,
parades, and fireworks displays. With the trend toward globalism that has been
with us for the past century, we should be specifically thoughtful about how
our celebration of independence can be made consistent with the policies that
have been advocated by the American government – as well as many of the nation's
elite – or what we used to call the Eastern Establishment.
I believe there is no way to square our nation's traditions and reverence for
independence with the globalist policies these elites are currently pursuing.
The American concept of independent nationhood inscribed in our Declaration
cannot be maintained if we are going to pursue a policy that undermines the
independence of other nations. National independence is an idea, and the erosion
of the independence of other nations only serves to erode that idea.
At the same time, if we allow the erosion of that idea, by ignoring it in certain
instances, we will be contributing to its erosion in all times and nations,
even our own. In this way our nation's independence is linked with the independence
of all nations. The sooner we realize this truth, and enact a foreign policy
that is consistent with it, the sooner we will be able to recapture the spirit
In addition, as our founding fathers understood, the idea of national independence
is inseparable from that of constitutional republicanism. Only the safeguards
and limitations that are enshrined in a constitutionally-limited republic can
prohibit a nation from lurching toward empire. Recognizing these same protections
is also the very best way to eliminate the need for civil wars and the violence
of civil strife.
Moreover, this constitutional republicanism is essential to protecting the
individual rights and self-determination that is at the heart of our Declaration.
As we celebrate the 231ist anniversary of our nation's birth, I hope every person
who reads or hears this will take the time to go back and read the Declaration
of Independence. Only by recapturing the spirit of independence can we ensure
our government never resembles the one from which the American States declared