The Heritage Foundation is urging the American people to introduce a new tradition this Independence Day, the oral reading of the Declaration of Independence. It sounds a bit corny, but I have reconsidered after reading it again.
Ordinarily we only get excerpts like “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…” and “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights….”, etc.
But I applaud Heritage because I never before endured the list of ‘injuries and usurpations’ which in my earlier life seemed only pertinent to the conditions of that day and time, seemingly irrelevant in today’s age.
Boy was I wrong.
And boy does King George seem to be an underachiever when compared to our current Tyrant.
The following is that ‘airing of grievances’, with the text of the Declaration in black italics. My comments are in red.
…The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
Obama has forbidden Governors and States frpm implementing Immigration Laws, Marriage Laws, Voter ID Laws, as passed by the people, and has prevented States from implementing oil drilling or pipeline construction.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
Obamacare strips Americans of their access to high quality, affordable health care, and imposes upon the citizenry faceless bureaucrats making life and death decisions on, not their behalf, but on the behalf of the government. There will be no means to appeal effectively. The citizen has been stripped of his representation and will live in a tyranny where the government will then impose lifestyle choices of its choosing, including the imposition of end of life decisions.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
Is this the description of the process of how Obamacare came to be? 2600 pages crafted in behind closed doors with no regard for the people under which they must live? Problem is, nowadays, since Obama lost control of the House of Representatives, there is not even a pretense of representative government, with an imperial president Obama issuing decree after fiat after mandate.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
Dissolved isn’t the word today. Obama has totally ignored, bypassed and disrespected the Constitution. That Congress has protested feebly at times has not been comforting in the least, even though there are some notable exceptions and I recognize the fact that only a complete rehaul of the seating chart in November will come close to curing the problem.
And ‘invasions on the rights of the people’ vastly understates the case today.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
What can I say? Although the president is not yet King and does not have legislative appointment power, he still exposes us to all dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. Can you say ‘Occupy Movement’? The situations in Mexico, Iran, Egypt, Libya, and the crumbling of Europe combined with the rising defiance of Russia and China does not provide much comfort with a president without the courage to confront these regimes or one who actually embraces such new found foreign bravado.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
OK. America is no longer a vast frontier needing to be populated so we’ll skip this one.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
Again, the king doesn’t control the Judiciary on paper, but in practice, he HAS obstructed the Administration of Justice. How about those Philly Black Panthers with billy clubs intimidating voters at the polling place that Attorney General Holder, under direct order from his liege, refuses to prosectute? Or the Defense of Marriage Act? Or, again, Immigration Laws? In fact, Obama SUES States that wish to enforce immigration laws, voter ID laws, etc. that he finds distasteful to his progressive values. Actually ‘progressive’ and ‘values’ are juxtaposed, aren’t they?
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
Judges dependent on his Will Alone? Sonja Sotomayor. Elena Kagan. And we can branch out from just Obama appointees to ALL liberal presidential appointees to the bench at all levels, from this administration back as the Carter administration. They are not beholden to simply Obama’s Will, but the Will of the leftist/anarchist/progressive movement. They are fellow foot soldiers.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
Don’t get me started. EPA, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Education, Dept. of the Treasury and the IRS who also have added enforcement responsibilites from Obamacare. The list is endless. And they are definitely eating out our substance. And these swarms of Officers are multiplying at the behest of the Emperor.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
This one is perhaps outdated and I’m not thinking our local National Guard units are a praetorian guard for this president. Obama wanted to form an army early on, but I don’t think that worked out. At best he can muster roving bands of thugs, technicals, just like all tyrannical dictators can in third world countries. But if that band were to mobilize this rag tag army against Americans the fight wouldn’t even be close.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
See above. The American Military is as much a victim and a captive of this president as anyone.
More so. I feel badly for our fine troops having to serve under this president who uses them for campaign props all the while defunding them and sending them into hopeless and senseless combat theaters.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
Think United Nations mandates like Agenda 21, Law of the Seas Treaty, Small Arms Treaty.
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
Bad economic and foreign policy cuts trade and there has never been a president that has done more damage to our trading relationships as this president. He has weakened us on the world stage both militarily and economically. He has cut off American drilling while subsidizing Brazilian and Mexican drilling. He turns a blind eye to the SinoCuban drilling in the same Gulf he forced us to vacate. He bows before foreign leaders and mocks concepts like American exceptionalism. He travels abroad and criticizes us and tells foreign leaders that America has sometimes acted arrogantly. He doesn’t believe that our form of government has produced an exceptional nation and feels that the Greeks are just as exceptional.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
Where to begin? Although the current income tax rates continue to remain, they are constantly held hostage by the statists who simply don’t have the courage to impose the tax rates they desire. Confiscatory. Stifling. Punitive. Another term of Obama and the pretense will be gone and the punishment and redistribution will grow exponentially.
And then there are the impending Obamacare taxes that we have not yet seen.
Combine that with the use of regulation to tax, fine, impede and destroy and we’re witnessing a regime that is more hideous, is crueler and just as vile as King George’s. And King George didn’t have a couple for 787s whisking him off to date night in NYC or Martha’s Vineyard. Or lavish vacations in Spain, or…..wherever. If King George’s opulent lifestyle was legendary, Obama’s tax payer funded lifestyle is epically hideous.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
Drone strikes on American citizens anyone? Obama supposedly picks the targets as if in a video game. Not saying that many victims aren’t deserving, but the jerk who campaigned on closing Guantanamo because of trumped up and false charges of torture seems quite content to strip off his shirt, reveal his manly chest, and drive the snuff machines around the globe. Just ask him. It’s all him and he’s all macho. The Seals had to restrain him from dropping in on the bin Laden raid.
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
I think the only ones who need to worry about being sent overseas for trial these days are Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. And although, in his heart of hearts, Obama would love to do that, but there are some lines even HE won’t cross. This may be the only line he won’t cross.
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
Again, this isn’t applicable today in my mind.
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
Bingo!!! He promised his foam flecked adorers that he would fundamentally transform America and he’s been sadly effective.
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
Not quite. We’ve already covered this.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
Obama has abdicated his responsibilties to protect us against all enemies foreign and he is the domestic enemy, actively waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He has dispatched the EPA to regulate us out of our waterways and prevent the harvest from them, prevented us from enjoying access to our Coasts, has overseen the mismanagement of our forest land resulting in the burning of our towns and definitely, definitely destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
Although Obama is not actively transporting large Armies, he certainly is arming them in Egypt and Libya, and arming them in Mexico. Obama is looking the other direction on border security. And the people of Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico are experiencing cruelty as a result of his policies. The whole country is. He may not have red coats out there, but we certainly have dead bodies and increasing poverty and increasing anxiety as a result of the world Obama has built for us. And although Obama may not have an Army actively attacking Israel, he sure is setting the stage for the armies he finances with our dollars to do the bidding for him.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
Not sure that this applies yet. I did say ‘yet’.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
Two thoughts. Open borders with drug cartels are spreading havoc across the land which do not distinguish between ages, sexes and conditions. And then there is the well documented domestic insurrection of the Occupy Movement, an group so extremely anti-capitalist, anarchist and dangerous there was only one conclusion President Obama could reach….enthusiastically embrace them!!
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Much of this is extremely relevant today and is more relevant than it was just 3 years ago. We have a national government defiantly working against the will of the people, actively looking to destroy America and its foundational pillars and thumbing its nose at the States, Congress and the Courts if they don’t comply with this president’s will.
If this list caused a revolution in 1776 what is the threshold today? I am by no means suggesting that an armed revolution is necessary today. This will be in 134 days at the ballot box. Americans are a special breed and don’t take perpetual and aggregious abuse of the type that has been perpetrated against us without repercussions.
One last quote from the Declaration that is often not stated.
…they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form
The Heritage Foundation did something special with this campaign. I didn’t recognize it at first, but I certainly do now.
Read the Declaration on Independence Day and recognize the worth it provides some 236 years later.
And marvel at the Founder prescience.