Tuesday, July 04, 2006
In Northampton County, Independence Day Means Some Men Are More Equal Than Others
It's that time of year. Independence Day. A day away from the daily grind. A day to work on our tans at the beach, and a night to blow ourselves up with illegal fireworks purchased at the Pennsy/Jersey border. I hear a few going off as I write this piece, and it won't be long before I hear sirens. Not many of us consider the importance of these simple words - "All men are created equal."
Our pols will attend the usual local functions, eating hot dogs, pretending to be patriots, and counting votes. In Nazareth, they'll be rededicating a civil war canon. I hope they don't blow themselves up. They won't give too much thought to these simple words - "All men are created equal."
In 1776, Northampton County's Liberty Bell pealed from the cupola of Northampton County's courthouse. Its iron tongue declared "All men are created equal." Today, this national treasure is both forgotten and unsecured in a lonely hall, while construction workers build wind sensitive fountains for the judges. The Northampton County Declaration of Independence, signed by hundreds of county residents several years ago to commemorate this nation's birthday, lays on its side in another hallway behind discarded courthouse furniture. Meanwhile, our judges sit on their new thrones, which include a $15,000 table that had to be cut in half just to get it in the new Taj Mahal.
All men are created equal? In Northampton County, the Declaration's author must be Orwell and not Jefferson, and the words should read - "All men are created equal, but some are more equal than others."