28 March 2008

Sound at all familiar?


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 to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that 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 abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present (CONGRESS) 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.
…(Congress) has made Judges dependent on (their) Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
(Congress) has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
…For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.
…For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
…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 (Congress), whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people…

7 comments:

James A. Bowders said...

I know these words…

It saddens me to see so much of what is good, be flushed down the toilet with the waste of humanity.

Amazingly enough the ACLU hasn’t done anything about it, I wonder it they should bring litigation against themselves for not doing anything about it?

Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty against the ACLU, mostly I don’t remember giving them permission to speak or act on my behalf.

I figure if with my last posting, I should have the Secret Service and local Law Enforcement offices after me so I thought I would stack the deck and get attacked by all the arms of the octopus.

I’m not an anarchist; I simply said “The King had no cloths!”

But what do I know?

Sandra Miller Linhart said...

It's no longer the American Civil Liberties Union, my friend... it is merely the Civil Liberties Union... not mine, not yours - but everyone else whom they deem to not have enough of your cookie (the American dream)...
Sorry, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles...

Sandra Miller Linhart said...

I especially like the line:

"mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I wonder how the fore-fathers knew when crafting their words that the system they were trying to create would ultimately become as corrupt as the system of government they denied. Because 'man in power' is basically corrupt and they all give into Greed, especially when they hold all the power over our heads and tell us it's what we want, what we asked for and if we didn't, it's what we NEED - we're just too stupid to know what is and what is not good for us.

Hold on, I have to catch the short bus...

Sandra Miller Linhart said...

I am curious, tho. Do they still teach the Declaration of Independance in school anymore?

Anonymous said...

Yeahbut, it's considerably shorter now. I think it goes something like this...

"You can't tell me what to do, my teacher says so. Stop trying to make me (Insert responsibility here), or I'm gonna call the police!"

See? Isn't that easier to read AND say?!

Anonymous said...

easier to understand in Spanish, too, I'm sure.

James A. Bowders said...

You know in most clubs you have to be a member before you can reap the rewards and benefits of the club.Where did we go wrong?

But what do I know?

pass the popcorn, please!