Just thought this was pretty profound myself.. See what you think?
So the underlying importance of the Declaration of Independence was not just to proclaim a separation from Great Britain, though that was certainly a critical part. It was to turn the prevailing form of governance in Europe and the colonies on its head. No more divine rights of kings, no more monarchies, autocracies, oligarchies, plutocracies or despotic tyrants. Ours would be a government that must acquiesce to the will of the people and the people alone.
That then brings up the question that should be asked every Fourth of July: Is our country operating by the consent of the governed as intended, or have the governed been replaced by the elites, the lobbyists, the political parties, the military-industrial complex, the too-big-to-fail banks, the government bureaucracies and the self-indulgent politicians?
Unfortunately, the fact that we the people give Congress an approval rating of 13 percent yet re-elect 95 percent of incumbents makes the answer incoherent.
Here's a link to the full article