Wednesday, July 04, 2007

"I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense . . ."

My humble offering for this Fourth of July:
Such has been the patient sufferance of [our country]; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present [king george] 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

- He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people

- He has made [United States Attorneys] dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices [while encouraging them to deny the will of the People]

- He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power

- 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

- For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury

- For taking away our Charters [Kyoto, International Criminal Courts, Anti-Ballistic Missiles]

- 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.

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.
We hold these truths to be self evident.

Happy Independence Day. Let the fireworks begin.

(Cross posted at Vidiotspeak)