When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to say, “Enough already!”, those people need to explain some things, even though those things really should be obvious by now.
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all people are created equal. Black, white, brown, pink, yellow, blue, whatever. Gay, straight, male, female, gender-bending, other. Rich and poor, sick and healthy. Cubs fans, Sox fans. All means all.
That all of these noisy, opinionated folks are endowed by Whoever Invented This Glorious World with certain unalienable Rights.
That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That because Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness depend on the well-being of our bodies and minds, we have been granted another unalienable right: decent Health Care for all.
All means the sick, the old, the poor, the unemployed and even politicians who’d rather give humongous tax breaks to the rich than decent health care to the needy.
We also hold it to be self-evident that health care for the average person is more important than another Yacht or Summer Home for the wealthy.
In our declaration of independence, we’d like to add that our unalienable rights should include freedom from pop-up ads, robocalls and other people’s Facebook rants. But that would be a digression.
So back to today’s more important rights. We believe, as our Founding Fathers put it:
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, and that these governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. That when any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it.
OK, Senators, we’re not ready to abolish the whole government. Yet. We still believe in democracy, no matter how sorely tested our faith has been. It helped that on Tuesday, your esteemed body postponed its vote on the Republican health care bill until after July 4, which is another way of saying There’s Still Hope.
But Senator McConnell? Please explain how holding secret meetings on the health care bill relates to consent of the governed.
And have you read the recent poll that shows a majority of Americans — a slim majority, but the number’s been growing — like the existing health care plan, while just 30 percent support your party’s plan to replace it?
Do you know that a big majority of Americans think Medicaid — which you’d like to gut — is working well for Americans who don’t have much money?
Do you know that nearly three-quarters of all children with special health care needs live in low- or middle-income families? That those kids are apt to be particularly hard-hit if Medicaid takes a big hit?
And did you read the Congressional Budget Office report that says that 22 million fewer Americans would wind up insured under your plan, that Insurance would be stingier and deductibles would go up?
Sure you did. So did your buddies, which is why you had to postpone that vote.
But back to our declaration. We believe:
That Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.
(Which means we the people won’t hold a revolution because we don’t like somebody’s hair.)
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism it is the people’s right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Those Founding Fathers. What a vocabulary!
In case you’re wondering, Senator McConnell, “usurpation” means to take something by power or force, to take it wrongly. Taking away affordable health care for millions of Americans while giving tax cuts to billionaires would be taking something wrongly.
So a word to the successors to our Founding Fathers.
If you take something wrongly, it would be our right, our duty, to throw you out.
And in this great country, even in the rocky times, we continue to hold this truth to be self-evident:
When enough people protest, when the facts are known, good will triumph.
Happy Independence Day, Senators.
— Mary Schmich