"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 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. 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. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." [emphasis added]

This Independence Day, every American should read the Declaration of Independence and heed its charge to throw off a government which has become destructive to the rights of all. We are to alter or abolish such a government and replace it with a new one built on a foundation of the principles of unalienable rights; among which are rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Curious, there is no unalienable right to equality of outcome.

Has our government become destructive to the rights of Americans? Has there been a “long train of abuses and usurpations” by our federal government? The short answer to both is, “yes.” Our federal government refuses to control our national borders under the pretext that (select) people from other nations have a “right” to enter America without challenge – even if they have done so illegally. In so doing, it has abdicated it responsibility under Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution to protect us from invasion. Under specious arguments of reasonableness, and without probable cause, our federal government continues to trample the Fourth Amendment rights of individual Americans in the name of “keeping air travel safe,” despite no evidence of effectiveness of this action.

Additionally, our federal government has usurped its constitutional authority, violating the Tenth Amendment through actions such as the imposition of ObamaCare and mercury-laden light bulbs on Americans. Without provocation, our federal government has inserted itself militarily into the internal affairs of another nation while denigrating our allies. Our federal government continues to harvest more power unto itself than what we, the governed, have consented to give.

This Independence Day, One Black American salutes the Declaration of Independence and encourages every American to read it and take seriously its message during the coming election season.

Happy Independence Day!