In reading the American Declaration of Independence, a flag popped up in my head. It wasn’t until I read the section saying
“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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”
that a sense of uncomfort instantly popped up in my head. After several moments of thoroughly spinning thoughts around in my mind, I came to a conclusion of the unease— That now, not just the Government, but our own independence has now been compromised, for the gain of money and in the act of greed.
In summary, the people have unchangeable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Governments are created to protect these rights, and if they fail to do so the people have the right to change that Government to their best interests.
What happened to this? I know I am not content with the captivity of marine mammals in America, and I know hundreds—thousands— of others view it the same way. I know I do not agree with puppy mills in America, and again, those thousands view the same as I. I know I do not agree with the euthanizing in shelters, and thousands agree with me. We, the people, have made it abundantly clear through videos, petitions, letters, e-mails, and more that we are not happy with these issues taking place in our Nation.
“…It is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”
Wheres the Obama Change now? Our right to form our government to the peoples best interests has been taken away. The Government will not change— the people in them will (physically)— but the intent and strife for money within the Government will not.
However, the #OccupyWallStreet movement is stepping up, and addressing the government to give us these rights, as is THEIR right in the first amendment to do so.
And now to another raving situation occurring right now, but in another country. In Taiji, Japan, a dolphin drive hunt slaughter is taking place in a small coastal fishing village (Taiji). The world looks down on Japan for this drive hunt, but Japan says it is a cultural tradition that has taken place there for centuries.
There are two things wrong with this ‘cultural tradition’ cover up.
1.) Centuries ago representatives from marine parks around the world did not come to this place, bid on a specimen of choice (bottlenose dolphin) to transfer for a life of captivity. Centuries ago they did this for survival, but now tons of whale and dolphin meat sit in the Taiji Slaughterhouse rotting. A waste.
2.) A country/ town would be proud of century long cultural tradition in today’s world right? you would think, but like most things, this does not apply to Taiji. Taiji is so proud of this cultural tradition that they have rigged tarps to cover the killing area so as to hide this practice from the viewing world! Not only does Japan care about what the world thinks, they actually care what their people think as well, believe it or not. This act..err… attempt at hiding such cruel actions just proves they are not proud of this ‘tradition’.