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.
“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.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.”
Calling together the English congress in weird and far off places doesn’t seem that bad today but remember, this was the 1700s. You had 4 modes of transportation, feet, horse, carriage or boat. And if the King has you hopping all over the country you’ll be more likely to agree just so you can rest. And if you do show some spine, he’ll fire you and liquidate the legislature. The equivalent of when you lose a game of checkers you kick over the board.
“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.”
After he kicked over the checkerboard he wouldn’t let anyone else play either. And a organized group fights stronger than a lone man, so if a village was invaded, the King didn’t care. The subjects were pawns for his amusement. How does this apply today?
Well the President doesn’t make Congress travel all over to meet, and he can’t liquidate it. But this President and past ones have kicked over the checkerboard and done whatever he wants. How? Executive Orders. The same thing that “gave” the EPA the power to regulate CO2 when Cap & Trade failed. Or entering Libya and staying beyond the War Powers limits.
But it’s not just the President to blame, because we don’t have warring political branches so much as warring ideologies and parties. And when the Congressional majority and the President is from the same party, that Congress will continually abdicate more authority to that President. An example, Iraq. War was never declared, so it’s an illegal war, but Congress kept funding it. And then complain when another party’s President does the same. Not to mention the regulatory power of all the government agencies who make regulations with the full power of the law that Congress doesn’t vote on.
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.