Sunday, July 4, 2010
Declaration of Independence...Not Just Pretty Words
Everyone is created equal (equal rights, though, don't mean equal stuff), and everyone has basic rights given to them by God. Some of these are the right to live, the right to be free, and the right to be able to purse things that make us happy. Government's role is to protect these rights. But we all know power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Anakin George, you've long crossed over into the absolute power dark side. So when a government--any form of government--abuses its power, then the people should...well, as our mommas use to say, "We brought you into this world, we can take you out of it."
1. You refused to follow the rule of law that provides for the public good, and then you have the audacity--yes, we said audacity--to forbid our governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance.
3. You call the legislative bodies in session and keep them together for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with your measures. Man cannot live on bread and water alone. And the Capitol building can only house so many Sleep Number beds.
4. You've obstructed the laws for legal naturalization of foreigners and refused to pass other laws to encourage their legal migration. We're still waiting on the northern and southern fences.
5. You've made judges dependent on your will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. Hey, we've read John Grisham. We know all about judicial manipulation.
6. You've erected a multitude of new offices, and sent swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. If we had time, we'd chase a Happy Meal toy rabbit. Give us our toys because in five years, we can sell them for a quarter at a yard sale.
7. You've joined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and--unacknowledged by our laws--supported their superficial acts of legislation. We've all had English teachers grill us about what UN stands for: "not, opposite of" and "reverse action, deprive of, release from." Meh. Enough said.
8. You've cut off our trade with all parts of the world. Have you seen how much international shipping is on Amazon? Time to cut out the middle man.
9. You've imposed taxes on us without our consent. This steams us more than what Leno did to Conan.
10. You've plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
Just writing all that has us exhausted.
With that said, our lawyers advised we spell this out clearly as to lessen any misinterpretation.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, and with authority granted to us by of the good people of this country, solemnly publish and declare that we are free and independent states. We are absolved from all allegiance to you, and that as Free and Independent States, we have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which Independent States may of right do.
And we're so dedicated to this Declaration of our God-given right to be Independent that--with firm reliance on God's protection--we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Let Freedom Ring!
John Hancock, et al.
The United States is the only country with a known birthday. ~James G. Blaine
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck
And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. ~Lee Greenwood
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