Hate to say it, but the simple answer to all of this can be summed up as follows:
July 4, 1776...America delcares "Independence Day" and fights a war for its' freedom.
November 6, 2012...duped America, without so much as a slap fight, willingly votes that freedom away, essentially declaring..."Dependence Day".
R.I.P. America, as Tocqueville might say...you have had more than your 200 years.