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My family just finished our vacation to Williamsburg, VA, the inspiring one-time capital of the largest, wealthiest, most populated colony at the time of the Revolutionary War. We listened to re-enactors reciting the Declaration of Independence and reacting to its pronouncement. While taking it all in, I found myself asking the question – what would we write today? What would be our “declaration” be? How different would the tone be from what rang through the warm November air around me?

I wondered, as I walked along some of the same hallowed grounds a few of our Founding Fathers did, if in their spirit we should announce our own bold pronouncement of hope and change for the future, and try to paint the compelling vision of the America that our election preference has indicated. It sure sounds like we need something that would speak clearly to the direction many in the country are wanting to go.

So I put down my own tri-cornered hat and started to write. This is what came to mind…

“When in the course of presidential elections it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve their bonds of political allegiance which have connected and guided them to many years of prosperity and peace, then it is deserving as one of The Deity-Who-Cannot-Be-Named-In-Public-School-Classroom’s creatures that a decent respect of such an opinion be made to explain why this change in governing philosophies from freedom and prosperity over to cradle-to-grave bondage and sheltering wishes to be made.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created entitled; that they are endowed by their political messiah with certain unalienable rights, among those the right to life, liberty, and the acquisition of universal health care, housing, retirement, education, childcare, vacation, and sick leave.

That to secure these rights, governments are commissioned by these very men and women to extract by whatever means necessary the resources for these rights, and to pledge their consent in the form of elected officials who will apply due diligence to the maximum degree. That whenever any form of government tries to limit or curtail said rights and entitlements, it is the right of the people to whine and complain until said rights are not only returned, but new additional entitlements are thus granted.

Prudence will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; however, accordingly all experience hath shown us that typical citizens are more disposed to avoid suffering at all costs at the first sign of prickly situations, while demanding and extorting more insulation and fortification from the travails in life to which they might barely become accustomed as creatures living in a wealthy nation in the middle of a fallen world.

But when a long train of perceived abuses and slight irritations that faintly discomfort us in the name of securing freedoms and liberty keep us from our demands, it is our right – no, it is our duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guardians to absolutely guarantee our relaxed safekeeping so we can all be taxed and happy again.”

Since this is in effect what we just accomplished with our recent election, I hope it sums up well the national sentiment towards our future prospects of peace, liberty, and prosperity.

Up next: The Constitution, soon to be called “We the Whiners”

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