Independence Day

America is still a government of the naive, for the naive, and by the naive. He who does not know this, nor relish it, has no inkling of the nature of his country.
Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

241 years ago, our founding fathers met in the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) to declare our independence from England. The 56 men who signed their names to our nation’s charter could have been killed for committing treason.

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 thought is continued:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Our government has repeatedly demonstrated that it is beyond destructive. The party of the majority is repeatedly trying to figure new ways to murder more than 20 million of its citizens through causing a new medical genocide. Despite the expressed direction of the people from whom they derive their powers.

Our president, has repeatedly stated that the constitution which has guided our country for more than 200 years is archaic, because it was designed by the same founding fathers to protect our country from becoming controlled by a dictator.

What did the wise men who drafted the Declairation of Independence say about that?

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Our system of government was created to have a checks and balances for a very specific reason, our founding fathers knew what came from having a monarch rule by their own whims, without having to answer to the citizens.

The mantra of the original tea party was simple; no taxation without representation. The system of checks and balances was created to ensure that our government truly was a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”, so that our country would never have to endure a government that imposed its will over the will of its people.

Joseph Alex Martin is a Copeland Center-certified Mental Health Recovery including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Advanced Level Co-Facilitator. Joseph began utilizing his own WRAP in 2008 following his certification as a Peer Support Specialist. Joseph was a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Pennsylvania for 9 1/2 years, and is now living in New Jersey and working in New York. In his role as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Joseph supports the recovery of his peers in their plans to take action to recover wellness in their lives.