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July 4, 2010

Our Founding Fathers Rebelled Against Conservative Ideas

by Ben Hoffman

[We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal]

The Boston Tea Party was a revolt against England’s tax cuts for the British East India Company that gave them an unfair advantage in the American colonies. Recently, the Robert’s court, in their Citizens United decision, declared corporations are persons and can spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. All men are not equal if corporations are declared to be persons.

[that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.]

Life and the pursuit of happiness required health. Conservatives are against assuring affordable health coverage or even mandating insurance companies pay for treatment of the insured. Conservatives also want to force women to have children they don’t want or can’t afford to take care of. Conservatives are also against helping people go to college. The old adage “teach a man to fish” is a progressive ideal, not conservative.

[That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,]

Laws are made by Congress, which is elected by the people. The House represents the will of the people and its members author bills representative of their constituents. (The Senate is another story.) Some of those bills recently authored were the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Conservatives try to claim that these bills are unconstitutional and have showed violent opposition to their passage, but the majority of the population favored reform. Conservatives would rather have an authoritarian right-wing government that one that is representative.

[Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;]

Conservatives impeached our popular Democratic president for lying about getting a BJ. Talk about a light and transient cause! They hate our representative democracy and do everything they can to bring down administrations when a Democrat gets elected. The conservative Supreme Court justices handed the 2000 election to Bush — an act that violated everything our founding fathers fought for.

[But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,]

Conservatives would like nothing more than to have a despotic government, as long as it was right-wing. Many would also accept a plutocracy. They worship the wealthy and favor rules that allows the wealthy to get even more wealthy while destroying the middle class. It’s the middle class that is a threat to their sense of self-worth, not the wealthy, and conservatism is all about emotions.

Our founding fathers were progressives. They sought a better life for all and for a government of the people for the benefit of the people. They wanted our country to be the best it can be.