Independence Day, Part 3
Fast forward those 230 years (and ignore that in today's American society those men would be snidely characterized in a certain way that, among other things, would deprive them of their right to marriage). A reading of that document bears out some stark similarities between George III and the current George.
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 endeavored 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.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
You get the idea.
As we mark another Independence Day, let's also look at some of the rights lost or threatened by an administration elected by the Supreme Court after failing in a bloodless coup by impeachment. Let's also look at what their concept of democracy has meant for the world.
We are at war with Islam, no matter that our own view is that we are at war with Islamic fascists. The hatred dredged up by more than three years of hostilities in Iraq cannot be measured. Whether the "enemy" is al-Qaeda, foreign fighters or Saddam's loyal bitter enders, one thing is clear: the Shiite and Sunni fighters share a common hatred of Americans, one that will put us in harm's way long after the Casey withdrawal plan or the remarkably similar Democratic counterpart.
We are at war at home, where Karl Rove, George's Turd Blossom, has unleashed the hounds of reaction seeking to blame Democrats and liberals for every ill the administration has caused. And the ills are many:
- unimaginable national debt, the result of policies that favor tax cuts for the rich and label efforts at raising a stark minimum wage as a "cynical political ploy";
- a shocking effort to upend or destroy the Bill of Rights by resorting to open-ended imprisonment and torture, spying on our citizens and blaming it all on the media.
- a horrifying descent to the values of our enemies who behead innocents. Instead, we kill or rape innocents in the name of war;
- an nequality on gross display (along with massive bureaucratic incompetence) in the response to Katrina. Remember, this was an administration that won election in 2004 by promising to protect us. I guess the promise was only valid against terrorism;
- a culture war where religious fundamentalists (like those in al Qaeda), posing as "values voters," impose their rigid moral code on the rest of the nation. In the minds of those with "moral values," same-sex marriage was an abomination. Much like interracial and inter-religious marriage before it and not on the same moral high ground as slavery. (Check out which section of the country comprises the heart of the "red states" and compare it to the Old Confederacy.)
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 to abolish it, and to institute 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.
Happy Birthday America.