- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2015

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson argued Sunday that the U.S. is in desperate need of a new Declaration of Independence that frees it from bigotry, religious extremism and greed.

Writing for The Huffington Post, Mr. Grayson argued that the original Declaration of Independence is outdated and has already laid to rest the tyrannies of King George.

Thus, “[w]e need a new declaration of independence,” Mr. Grayson declared, offering up his own version of the founding document.

“We hereby declare our independence from bigotry, in all its evil forms,” he wrote. “We declare our independence from racism, sexism, homophobia, language discrimination and chauvinism. Everyone has equal rights, no matter where you’re from, what you look like, what language you speak, and whom you love. Everyone deserves respect.”

“We hereby declare our independence from narrow-minded, extremist or violent religious fundamentalism,” he continued. “Religious belief, no matter how sincere, is no license to dictate to others whether to terminate a pregnancy, whether to use contraception, or whom to marry.”

“We hereby declare our independence from the greedy,” he wrote. “Malefactors of great wealth have no right to buy and sell elected officials through the legalized bribery of ‘independent expenditures.’ They have no right to despoil our land and our water, the air we breathe and the food we eat. They have no right to manipulate or gut our laws in order to increase their lucre.”

Mr. Grayson also declared America’s independence from “1984-style surveillance,” worker exploitation and media misinformation.

“Fox News is a lie factory,” he purported. “Special interests used to lie to us about the dangers of smoking; now they lie to us about the dangers of pollution and climate disruption. They claim a right to ‘free speech,’ but we have a right to honest speech. We have to be part of what a Reagan aide once dismissed as the ‘reality-based community.’ “

“We hereby declare our independence from hubris. No, we can’t bring peace through war,” Mr. Grayson continued. “We can care for victims, protect ourselves and help our friends without sticking our nose into every else’s business.”

“And me? I hereby declare my independence from the corrupt system of campaign finance,” he wrote. “I will not carve up the law into little pieces, and sell it to the highest bidder. I will not make ‘friends’ with lobbyists and special interests and the minions of multinational corporations, and then ‘help’ those ‘friends.’ “

“We declare our independence. We are not cattle. We are not sheep. We are human beings,” Mr. Grayson concluded. “Happy birthday, America. Let freedom ring.”

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