Happy Bill of Rights Day, America! Today marks the 220th anniversary of the ratification of one of the foundational documents of the United States.
Which is why US politicians need to get up off their hypocritical backsides and start defending the rights and freedoms they’re so keen to tell us about, rather than doing everything in their power to erode them. The last few months, with the reaction to the Occupy movement and developments with the National Defense Authorization Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, are exposing US government blindness, to the extent that it’s now being used to justify violence in other countries. This has to end, for the sake of your citizens and for the rest of the world in general. The US was a superpower; now it’s starting to act like a decaying empire, and it can either wallow in its own collapse as partisan fools fiddle and gloat while being funded by callous billionaires in ivory towers, or it can rediscover what made it great in the first place and begin a process of restoration that will honour the words inscribed within that big statute in New York. I’m a fan of America; I hope it chooses the latter.
And I should add that I feel exactly the same way about my own country. It’d be nice if we had a Bill of Rights Day to draw attention to what we’re losing as well.