Independence day: Charley James's comment on E Pluribus Unum via @nytimes In many of the outward symbols, we are the same democracy that Jefferson and friends created. But it is much more difficult for the vast majority of Americans to find "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

When 50-million of us go hungry every day, as a people we are barely hanging on to life.

When 330-million of us have all of our phone calls and e-mails collected and stored by the government in the name of "safety," liberty is endangered.

Pursuing happiness is awfully difficult when close to one-fifth of the work force, and a higher percentage of young people, are out of work, out of luck, out of time and out of hope.

This did not happen as a result of an unstable democracy; it happened, partly, because we let it happen. But mostly, it happened because John Roberts, Sam Alito and three other men who have no idea what democracy actually means, handed power and authority to those with money in a relentless series of decisions that saps the very essence of "E Pluribus Unum" from the nation as the Court overturns every bit of progress made since the 1950s.

On July 4, I mourned for my country rather than blowing off fireworks or singing faux patriotic songs. We have betrayed our own revolution.