The American Aristocracy
The American Revolution was fought in order to allow the American colonies the right to determine their own future.
The Declaration of Independence detailed a litany of grievances against the King of England.
In reading the list of grievances in the Declaration, I could not help but notice how many of those grievances apply to our government today.
When I hear the American press and many within the liberal community assert their fondness for the "American Royalty" and their absolute adulation for certain families within our society, I often wonder if the ideals of the American Revolution have not been fully resolved.
It appears that America is divided between those who would like the right of self determination and those who would like to be the recipients of the largess of the "benevolent dictator" king.
Plato argued for a philosopher king. While not a philosopher king obviously, the British Empire is based upon the monarchy established by the royal family and the birthright provided by such a system.
In seeing the great divide in our nation today and recognizing that many of those grievances against the King of England apply against our current government, it appears as if many Americans prefer the tyranny of a dictator to the freedoms to embrace the challenges of life for the betterment of our families.
The monarchists of our today's society would be the equivalent of those citizens of the American colonies who supported the British. They currently are in power in Washington.
Those of us that support the right of self-determination and the rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or colonists, are currently out of office.
While this might be perceived strictly as an analogy, the issues go far beyond just being an analogy.
The irony is that President Obama rails against the same system that he is in fact creating. His disgust for Winston Churchill and the British form of government because of his ties to Kenya would make it appear that he would support those of us who favor self-determination.
Just as one should expect President Obama to support the tea party agenda with his father's background, the same would seem to be true of the press. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. The press seems more at ease with a monarchy style government of a dictatorial nature than they do in a free enterprise system.
The irony for the press is that they bask under the cloak of the very freedoms given them by the founding fathers yet seem to rail against the same system which created them.
The intelligentsia at the universities seems to favor a nepotism type system as well. It benefits them. It is not realistic to expect that they would try to end the very system that feeds them.
Even the Democratic Party seems to favor maintaining a class separate and distinct from the "people".
The Kennedys are often described as American royalty and the wealth created by Joseph Kennedy and passed on to his heirs is lauded by the press who at the same time seem to condemn those who wish to end the estate tax.
The logical conclusion is that those currently "ruling" America do not want any competition! They want to return to a "dictator" style government ruled by the "ruling" class.
The press, the University system, liberals, and others supporting a "benevolent" dictatorship seem to believe that you are incapable of making your own decisions. That is truly why they believe they are in a better position to decide for you. They know best!
In the mindset of the monarchists of America today, you should just sit back and let them take care of you as long as you promise not to attempt to join them.
If only those that were poor would understand, that "monarchists" feel sorry for you because you are not capable of taking care of yourself. They know better than you and you need to allow them to care for you since you are not capable of doing it yourself. All you have to do is surrender your freedoms.
At the surrender in Yorktown, the American Revolution ended. Or did it?
It is now more important than ever that we believe in the right of self-determination, exercise our rights and our freedoms and demand that we be heard. If we fail, the grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence will seem insignificant compared to the grievances that we will have when we lose our freedoms.
In reality, the ideals of the American Revolution have not ended. The ideals are vibrant, viable, and personal and they shall live on forever in the hearts of those desiring to be free. Free people must always live in freedom. We can never allow that to be taken for granted.
It is time to vote! To get active! And to demand to be heard!
Col. Frank Ryan, CPA, USMCR (Ret) and served in Iraq and briefly in Afghanistan and specializes in corporate restructuring and lectures on ethics for the state CPA societies. He has served on numerous boards of publicly traded and non-profit organizations. He can be reached at FRYAN1951@aol.com and twitter at @fryan1951.