We American's take time out every July 4th to commemorate the signing of a legendary reality check that declared our independence from a tyrannical monarchy. From Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, the Boston Tea Party, and George Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware, these are the events that have forged the American spirit.
July 4th is not just a day for Americans, because being an American is not merely a little check box on an application, it is truly a universal state of mind, of man's God given rights to freedom and liberty. In America, you're free to climb to the top of the ladder, or free to be stupid and fail. D'Oh!
- P.K. Crowley
July 4th is the day we remember that this nation is founded on the bedrock called inalienable individual liberty. It's the day we remember America's core tenet: each individual is born with inalienable rights that no government, no group, no other individual has the right to infringe. It's the day we pause to honor the inalienable individual liberty that sets America apart from all other nations:
"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 ."
July 4th is the day we stop to pay homage to that classically American creation - the rugged individual - by saluting the courage and wisdom of 56 classically-American individuals who, in 1776, wrote a timeless document called "The Declaration of Independence". This legendary Declaration is an exceptional document whose soaring prose still inspires us. On this day, we honor these 56 rugged American individuals for drawing the proverbial line in the sand and telling King George: "Listen up and listen good, Sporty. You're no better than we are and we're done letting you push us around. If you don't knock that crap off, right damn now, we're gonna kick royal punk butt."
It's popular to lionize and/or denigrate those legendary individuals whom we call 'the Founding Fathers'. They deserve to be honored for what they accomplished. However, they were merely mortal men with the same combination of virtues and vices that are the hallmark of being human. They weren't perfection personified, but they managed to rise above themselves to create something that has, so far, stood the test of time.
I'm willing to be so bold as to call these Founding Fathers "PIGsters" because they were, like you and I, fed up with a bloated Nanny State that swung wildly between ignoring the colonies and trying to suffocate their liberty with brute force. They were tired of a Nanny State that perpetrated such assaults on their liberty as the Townsend Acts and the Intolerable Acts which were enacted without their participation and used to bend the American colonists to the Nanny State's will. They were tired of being subjected to, subjugated by, that distant Nanny State's monopoly on the use of force. They were fed up with the Nanny State's relentless assault on their liberty. Eventually, these Founding Father PIGsters decided to do something about an utterly unacceptable situation.
After a false start under the Articles of Confederation  which did little more than spread chaos, these exceptional men created something that came thisclose to perfection: the United States of America. They created a nation of, by and for those rugged individuals who had sought out the opportunity that the new world offered. They built the kind of nation that gave these rugged, utterly American, individuals the opportunity to see how far their own talents, intellect and energy could take them without the Nanny State breathing down their neck.
These visionary nation builders crafted a constitution  that elevated inalienable individual liberty to its rightful place - beyond the suffocated grasp of the Nanny State. Deliberately, explicitly, they wrote a constitution that strictly limited to power of the Nanny State to intrude upon the inalienable individual liberty of those rugged, sovereign individuals known as Americans. They build a new nation wherein the national government was a small isolated island surrounded by an ocean of inalienable individual liberty. They forged a new kind of government that knew its place and didn't interfere with a sovereign individual's life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
PIG is more than a little smug about the fact that in their time, those 56 courageous Americans were the ultimate politically incorrect dudes. That's gotta get a rousing "Amen" from the American congregation. Did we call the Founding Fathers politically incorrect? You better damn believe it. For example:
Limited Government: Swimming against the authoritarian tide, the Founding Fathers promoted, and ultimately established a government that was, in essence, the agent of a sovereign people. The sole function of this limited government: maximize the inalienable liberty of the individuals it served.
Individual Liberty: These exceptional individuals set individual liberty above, beyond, the reach of the government. They defied conventional wisdom and prevailing political philosophy by stating that our liberty is not a gift from government but is, in fact, each individual's birthright.
Respect for Authority: When it came to royalty, they were politically incorrect with a vengeance. They defied a king. They defied his tax collectors. They defied the most powerful military force on earth. This is mind-boggling political incorrectness.
What makes their achievement remarkable is that they were mere mortals. They were flawed individuals who, working together, managed to promulgate a government based on a lofty, untested idea: inalienable individual liberty. Unable to implement this ideal in their own lives, they nevertheless dared to build a new form of government based on this politically incorrect concept.
These Founding Fathers - PIGsters all - gave Americans all the necessary tools to create a new kind of nation, one where the government knew its rightful place. It wasn't perfect but it was close enough and it should have worked.
What the hell went so wrong that we got trapped in this shadow of its founding glory America? How did we stray so far from that founding vision to a Great American Nanny State that has turned the tables on sovereign individuals? In this 18th year of the 21st century, that small island of government surrounded by an ocean of inalienable individual liberty has been transformed. Today that small, constantly shrinking, island is what remains of our inalienable individual liberty and the ocean that surrounds it is a ravenous Nanny State that wants to swallow the last shred of our freedom.
The America that allowed rugged, hard-working individuals to achieve their dream and enjoy the fruits of their labor, is gone. In its place we have a Nanny State that punishes those hard-working achievers by stealing the fruits of their labors and giving it away to the clamoring army of parasites. Hard work and self reliance are in disrepute and in their place "NEED" reigns supreme.
Instead of getting out of the way and letting each sovereign individual carve out his piece of the American dream, we have a Nanny State that pays farmers not to grow crops and intrudes on the marketplace with 'price supports'. We have a Nanny State that micro-manages a business owner's ability to hire, fire, set working conditions for and determine the proper pay for his, her, hisher or its employees.
The Founding Fathers' America, where our government knew its place, is a distant memory. Today, the Elected Tormentors give themselves more power with each passing day and do their utmost to enslave America's besieged rugged individuals.
We've strayed so far from that Founding Father's America that even VRWC clowns who give lip service to inalienable individual liberty get it wrong. They begin from the false premise that the U.S. Constitution explicitly defines our liberty. When it comes to inalienable liberty their question is back-asswards. They ask "Where in the constitution does it give an individual the right to ____?". The proper question - the liberty-minded question - is "Where does the constitution give the Nanny State the power to intrude on that inalienable liberty?"
The nation that our Founding Fathers created has, in short, become remarkably similar to the Nanny State that provoked our Founding Fathers in the first place. The Great American Nanny State is as willing to trample our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as King George and his minions. The Great American Nanny State is as eager to bend us to its will as the Brits were 'back in the day'. Intolerable Acts? Let me name a few: Affirmative Action, Americans With Disabilities Act, Campaign Finance Reform, Socialist Security, the FCC, Department of Education, FDA, EPA, eminent domain, Hate Crime Laws, Smoking Bans, the Death Tax, social engineering through Draconian tax policies, Obamacare, plus the Border Jumping Scumbag coddling bills of 1965 and 1986. That's just a few of the intolerable acts that would have our Founding Fathers updating the Declaration of Independence.
Our Founding Fathers created the first nation in which a sovereign individual's inalienable rights reign supreme. It's time for each and every sovereign American individual to rededicate himself to this uniquely American principle.
It's time to return to inalienable individual liberty and it's corollary individual accountability.
It's time for each and every sovereign American individual to demand that our Elected Tormentors get back to basics.
It's time for each and every sovereign American individual to demand the restoration of America's founding principles.
This week, we honor those Founding Fathers for their willingness to defy the most powerful nation in the world and give its reigning monarch the finger. We need to seize this opportunity and take a moment to ponder how far America has strayed from the path of sovereign individualism and inalienable individual liberty. We need to take stock of ourselves and start looking for a road back to the Founding Fathers' vision of America. We've lost something essential to our liberty and I, for one, want it back.
At this very moment, our men and women in uniform are risking, sacrificing, their lives to defend our liberty. The least we can do is make damn sure that the liberty they are defending is worthy of their efforts, their courage, and their sacrifice. It's time for us to mount an equally courageous, equally determined, fight to restore our nation's liberty here on the home front.
In the 242 years that followed this singular moment in human history, the nation they conceived at such great personal cost has lost its way. Our Founding Fathers and their timeless principles are politically incorrect again. If the Founding Fathers were alive today, they would be horrified by what their successors have done with the liberty they risked everything to create. They would be outraged by a Nanny State that steals an achiever's rightful property and gives it to parasites . They would be outraged that the elected tormentors don't even give lip service to the inalienable individual liberty that was established at such a high price. They would be outraged that the nation they built upon the bedrock of inalienable individual liberty has devolved into a neo-socialist blight. They would stand as one and reject this 21st century America with its class warfare, privileged minorities, and parasite coddling.
The Founding Fathers are, regrettably, long gone and they're never coming back. But, we can borrow a page from their playbook and seize the moment in the same politically incorrect spirit. We can demand an end to group think, parasite coddling and class warfare. We can demand that our elected tormentors get back to the basics as established by our Founding Fathers. If all else fails, we can find a 21st century Thomas Jefferson and get him started on that 21st century Declaration of Independence. There is nothing wrong with the Founding Fathers' original concept; it's the long term execution that got us where we are.
If at first, you don't succeed...