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Independence Day: The Celebration of Rights We No Longer Have?

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. -Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

There was once a group of men who saw on the horizon the potential for a new kind of government. One that was ruled by reason, not desire. These men chose to put their very lives and that of their families on the line for a slim chance that the world would one day know freedom. A society ruled by moral choices and compassion for any and all who were oppressed. It was understood that this change came with great responsibility, not only to those who were freed from tyranny, but also to the world that watched, admired and hoped. There were men in that very room, as they signed that declaration of their freedom, that had intentions to steer this new American venture back in the direction of tyrannical control that could in some way benefit them; to rise up on this new-found liberty and contain its growth to only the men of their choosing. Sadly, when taking a critical look at the current state of the US, it appears as if those men were successful in their efforts.

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Today the responsibility that came with such actions has been forgotten. What has grown in its place is an unjustified arrogance that is held from what we were, not who we have become. Over time our choices have become selfish, self-serving, and lacking compassion. The world looks on as we make choice after choice that is best for the few instead of the many. With every choice in that direction, more of the original American ideals are lost. The average American is so inundated with their day-to-day obligations, debt and predictive programming that the subtle shift away from the democracy that we never fully became, was missed, or simply ignored.

The sad reality is that the vast majority of Americans have either forgotten, or never fully understood what exactly it is that we celebrate every year with our wasteful purchasing, environment killing haughty firework displays and the ever-present, and almost forced, overzealous patriotism. So as we celebrate yet another year of American imperialistic war-mongering and forced insurrection under the guise of spreading democracy abroad, as well as increased unconstitutional surveillance, unrivaled police violence, and the continual loss of American’s “unalienable rights” domestically, it becomes increasingly difficult to sift through and find what’s left, if any, of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Independence Day is a celebration of freedom from tyranny; freedom from taxation without representation; freedom to self-govern and choose the life which best suits the individual; in essence, the freedom of choice in all things. It is quite disconcerting to come to the realization that the very ideals of which we are meant to be memorializing with the incredibly propagandized capitalistic celebration (that has become an absolute necessity lest you appear unpatriotic in such trying times), have been usurped by the very entities attempting to divert your attention with distraction, such as this gaudy celebration of rights we no longer posses, or more specially, the 2016 election which has been clearly demonstrated to be a farce, being controlled in every regard.


This is not to suggest that Americans no longer have any rights, if this article’s existence is any indication. However, to suggest that simply because we have the ability to speak out, that all is well, is extremely obtuse; at this very moment, every American’s conversations are being recorded by google; our phone calls are being monitored by an amalgamation of intelligence agencies; our 2nd Amendment rights are being restricted; our 1st Amendment rights are completely controlled and manipulated; our 4th Amendment right is almost nonexistent; and most importantly, Americans are being unjustly taxed, without knowing what it is truly for, otherwise known as taxation without representation. Today the average American is being taxed an average of 31% of their income, and can be as high as 50%. The Founding Fathers revolted against the British government for many reasons, yet the straw that broke the camels back was taxation, and much less than Americans find themselves dealing with today, with just as little information.

It is important to remember that being able to stand in opposition of one’s government, personally as well as politically, is in fact the very foundation on which this country was built, although commonly called out today as un-American. In the current haze of the “Islamic threat” and the growing fear of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist,” the very democratic act of questioning the legitimacy of a war, or even asking for an explanation, is re-framed as lack of support for those fighting abroad. Questioning the extremely invasive and unconstitutional surveillance of Americans, not overseas, but in our very homes, is cast as support for terrorism, or lack of empathy for those affected by any one of the questionable attacks by which they justify such surveillance.

Those who chose to put their lives on the line for this country are heroes, regardless of the lies they have been told by those in power. One can easily have vast support for the men and women dying for unjust causes, while adamantly opposing the unjust causes in which they are there to carry out.

Every American has the right to be proud of who they are and where they came from. Not long ago, the United States was the model from which every other country took their cues. We knew we had become great. We had accomplished something that not only changed the world, but changed how people viewed the world. We acted like an honor bound athlete that had been there before, we didn’t pound our chest and say look at me we’re the best, we just knew it, and let our actions speak the loudest. This nation will find its way back to the moral high ground, but it will take those true Americans that have the courage to speak up. The first step to solving a problem, is admitting you have one. America is not the greatest county in the world anymore … but it can be.

Ryan Cristián
"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see." - John Lennon Driven by a desire for accuracy, chef and independent news stalwart Ryan Cristián has a passion for the Truth. As a recent recipient of the Serena Shim Award For Uncompromising Integrity In Journalism, he understands that Americans want their news to be transparent, devoid of the opulence frothed out by today's corporate media. A cultured and insightful man with a worldly sense, Ryan's unjaded approach offers common sense to the individual racked by the ambiguous news cycle - a vicious and manipulative merry-go-round that keeps trenchant minds at a manageable distance from the truth. Avid writer & editor by day, Truth seeker by night, Ryan's reality defines what it means to be current.

4 Replies to “Independence Day: The Celebration of Rights We No Longer Have?

  1. Unfortunately – (you) Americans NEVER HAD ANY RIGHT – If you steal something and then gives it to someone – Not only is it a crime – (a) -The One is a Thief and (b) -The Other is equally as bad for accepting Stolen Goods – The American Constitution is a rehash of Lakota LAW – (Russel Means -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awPBCHx4I9Y) – If the writers really wanted to give the American people a Constitution – Then they would have based it on MAGNA CARTA – A much more aincent law dealing with the rights of man – It was always a gimmick – doing all things to all men – but in point and in fact doing nothing for anyone – When was the last time that the constitution was successfully challenged in the courts – by the common man – (even the FRAUD Barry Soetoro (aka) Barak H Obama – claimed to be a Constitutional Lawyer) – because he was well aware that he could cook it and bake it and boil it and stew it – and the great American public would be none the wiser – but although he was a total fraud – the American people swallowed it like it was Koolaide,,,so What do you expect – As you like to say – There is one born every minute of every day – If Americans had lead the way towards DEMOCRACY very many in the world would have followed gladly – – However Americans had THE GOOD LIFE – so why rock the boat – NOW – it is now 5-past-midnight and it is much to late for all of us,,,unless ofcourse you still believe in the American Dream / NIGHTMARE.

  2. It was an Illusion from the start – the constitution is actually (for most part) a copy of the native Lakota nation constitution – just like the $ was originally Mexican – The American Constitution was a nightmare from the very beginning – because – they did not write the Original Text – They stole it – so it sounded very good – but it has no meaning – it is merely words – and the poor American suckers – believing all this total nonsense – especially after they put In “God We Trust” on the coinage – With all the self-agrandisement and propaganda Americans really thought “We Have it Made” – But remember that someone said “There is No Free Lunch” You were allowed to Eat Now and Pay Later” – only pity is that the rest of the world is being forced to pay for your LUNCH and DINNER —

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