John F. DiLeo, who writes regularly for the Illinois Review, sending an instructive message for America’s birthday.

“Sadly, we are currently living through the paramount form of elected despotism that our founders so presciently sought to forestall.  At some point during the progressive era of the early 1900′s, elected officials began to deviate from the constitution in a dramatic fashion.  At present, we find all of our founding principles under assault.  Many prominent political leaders in both parties seek to destroy our free markets, infringe upon our personal liberties, and abrogate our social values. Unfortunately, they have accrued a high level of success.  Moreover, they have prosecuted this revolution without firing a shot.  Instead, they have used the soft edge of the sword of elected despotism.” David Horowitz, writing at Red State blog a year ago.