Scorn On The Fourth Of July


Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain—that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.

— Lysander Spooner, No Treason No. VI: The Constitution of No Authority, 1870.

6 thoughts on “Scorn On The Fourth Of July”

  1. “Imagine an iron house without windows, absolutely indestructible, with many people fast asleep inside who will soon die of suffocation. But you know since they will die in their sleep, they will not feel the pain of death. Now if you cry aloud to waken a few of the lighter sleepers, making those unfortunate few suffer the agony of irrevocable death, do you think you are doing them a good turn?” – Lu Xun

  2. Oddly enough I’m not trying to do anyone a good turn here.

    Since you’re so concerned with the pitiful masses, remember that essentially 100% of the populance can and will, using your analogy, go right back to sleep anyhow. I mean, look at the responses to Beck’s rational evangelism. Pure agony awakened:

    How about, instead of harping on one another any more, we all just wish one another a Happy and healthy 4th. It is our day as citizens and residents of this great nation. If all you want to do is piss and moan, why not save it until tomorrow and just enjoy today.

    Happy Independence day to all U.S. Citizens and legal U.S. Residents, it is our day after all.

    Enjoy a cold one or two, have a nice meal, enjoy the fireworks, enjoy all the rights, freedoms and liberties we have. Have a nice evening.

  3. And yet, even so…

    I heard a voice. It called, consoling,
    It said to me: “Come hither, now.
    Abandon your forsaken, sinful land,
    Abandon Russia, leave forever.
    And from your hands I’ll wash the blood,
    I’ll draw the black shame from your heart,
    And with a new name I will cloak
    The wounds of misery and loss.”

    But I, dispassionate and calm,
    Concealed my ears beneath my hands,
    To hinder this unworthy speech
    From soiling my mournful soul.

    Anna Akhmatova, Autumn 1917

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