The Declaration of Independence: The List of Charges Begin
Have you read the Declaration of Independence? You really should, so you’ll
see where we came from and the fact that we’re going back to the tyranny we fought a war over. This is a 10 part series on the Declaration. Let’s begin.
These are the reasons they listed as to why we should secede from England.
“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 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.
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.”
The King refused to follow his own laws, he behaved as if he was above them. When his Governors wanted to pass a law, they couldn’t unless it was put on pause until the King got to approve it, which he neglected. And the last one, the old time equivalent of special interests, could have laws passed in favor to them, but at the price of their government representation. Then they were at the mercy of the King.
The King was a lot like the Government today. Politicians cheating on taxes, and getting a slap on the wrist like Charlie Rangel and Tim Geithner. Starting wars without Congressional Approval. I’d give more examples but this is just the beginning of the Charges against King George III and they match up to what’s going on today.
We defied one tyrant, fought for freedom, and birthed a nation based on the foundational right to live your own life as long as you do no harm to others. We have been moving steadily backwards from the ideals that founded America, and we should be ashamed. The power is in the people, and we abdicated that authority to faceless bureaucrats. We have a choice, Dependent or Independent. Which are you?
Next week, I’ll look at more of the charges against King George and see if we suffer under the same today.