Happy Independence Day to all Posse readers. Hope you and your loved ones can find a way to celebrate this wonderful American holiday.
Developments during the past few days in Egypt underscore what we who love liberty have on our side: That powerful, God-given, innate desire for freedom and independence. It is a fervor that shall never cease.
Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt in 2012, but his fealty to the Muslim Brotherhood, combined with incompetence on the economic front, doomed his presidency. He was pushed aside by the Egyptian military on Wednesday, and is under house arrest.
Morsi had replaced 30-year dictator Hosni Mubarak who, although he ruled with an iron fist and presided over his share of corruption, at least implemented some economic reforms and maintained a secular government. Christians in Egypt were protected reasonably well by the late Anwar Sadat and Mubarak, but have increasingly come under attack since Morsi assumed power.
The majority of Egyptians do not want to live under strict Islamic rules; nor will they accept economic misery as the price they must pay to live under Islamic law. They have made that quite clear since last weekend.
What happened this week in Egypt is but a more dramatic and extreme embodiment of what is happening in our own country. No, millions of Americans won't march on Washington and demand that President Obama step aside. Nor would our military push him aside. This kind of chaos is not a part of our democratic tradition.
But the yearning for liberty, and deep resentment of ham-handed big government foisting its mandates upon us, have shaped the political debate since 2009.
The Tea Party organizations were born as a result of the massive Obamacare legislation and the corrupt way in which it was enacted. The House of Representatives swung dramatically in the Republicans' favor in 2010, and all indications are it will remain in GOP hands during next year's election.
Public pressure and outrage about Obamacare's myriad broken promises have forced the administration to grant thousands of waivers delaying its implementation. Just this week, the administration announced employers that do not provide health insurance for their employees will be spared penalties until 2015. Obviously, the pressure is taking its toll, and if this were truly the wonderful law its proponents claim it is, there would be no waivers, delayed implementation and skyrocketing costs.
Americans are also rightfully outraged about abuses by the Internal Revenue Service (targeting and harassing conservative groups) and National Security Agency (aggregating mass quantities of electronic communications from tens of millions of innocent Americans).
The IRS and NSA are among many federal agencies that have the power to infringe upon our liberty and inflict unjust oppression and governmental abuse. They join Obamacare as factors that have helped wake up millions of otherwise apathetic Americans to the dangers of bloated government run amok.
On Independence Day 2013, our Founding Fathers would be dismayed if they could see how out of control the federal government has become as its unchecked growth and sinister tentacles spread out endlessly. But on the same token, they would admire the righteous indignation of millions of Americans who recognize how precious liberty is, how hard-won it has been, and how difficult it is to get it back once it's been stolen by elitist leaders.
On Independence Day 2013, let's resolve not to let the root word of independence ("depend") become an entrenched reality in our nation. We're well on the road to serfdom, and the hour is late. But not too late.