“Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid,” Abraham Lincoln said in 1855. “As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ Soon it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
Though I am no fan of Lincoln, who was nothing short of a despot himself, I do believe his quote is as applicable today as it ever was. Do we not have a “base alloy of hypocrisy” in regards to our land of liberty? We seem to want to uphold our ideals, praise our Founders, and celebrate the 4th of July with picnics and parades. But in this day and age do we really believe it?
If we do, why then do we allow our federal government to run roughshod over the Constitution and the ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence? Why did we just re-elect a man president who clearly does not hold any of these values? Continue reading “The United States of Authoritarianism”