Posted On: Thursday - July 5th 2018 6:45PM MST
In Topics:   History  Liberty/Libertarianism  US Feral Government
I'll continue with a few more posts on our country's founders and Independence to round out the week here. Yesterday, America (supposedly) celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the 13 American colonies from Great Britain on July 4th of 1776. The signers of the document were committing a serious, treasonous act against their government. Putting their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" on the line was not just some hyperbolic silly tweet, as it'd be now. It was a serious business, and we are (well, WERE, for a nice long while) all the better due to the courage of these men.
What did they have to bitch about, BTW? Well, most of it is in the Declaration itself, so here you go:
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.It sounds like a lot, but is basically a complaint about the British government keeping their own rule of the colonies above the colonial and local laws. Look over all of this and tell me we don't have most of that going on today. There were standing armies around. Do we not have a huge standing army? There were taxes that had not been voted in? How many of you voted in Amendment XVI causing us to get taxed on INCOME, something the colonists had never heard of? Were these colonists taxed on their labor at more than 50% on the margin? Ha, not even close. Oh, did the British Gov't get involved in, nay RUN the education of their children? Did the British Gov't pass laws daily that could at any time ruin a small business? Did it regulate every aspect of the operation of the colonists' horse and buggies? There's so much more that I'd fill up the database with current grievances.
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.
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.
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.
He has endeavoured 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.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
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 quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
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.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
Compared to the reign of King George, I think we've got it a lot worse nowadays.
No, compared to America of today under our Beast of a Feral Gov't, the colonists of 1776 really didn't have a whole lot to complain about. Yet they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honors to fight against it all. Why is their not a similar revolution being started today? My guess is that the colonists had lived with an amount of freedom that nobody, not even this writer, can fathom by this late date. They were used to it, and were still left alone most of their days, and I doubt an average American in colonial days saw a British government official in all the days of his life. Additionally, it was a rural society, in which there was plenty of time to think and almost none of the distractions we have with us today.
The big distraction has been TV. Really it's more than a distraction, because, since not long after its inception, it has been a propaganda tool. It is hard to realize how important our waning freedom is when bombarded about bread and circuses, and more importantly, the official narrative, day and night, because apparently those things are impossible to turn off.
Those who would like to fight some of the grievous acts of the Feral Government of today are still not in the position of the Declaration of Independence signers and Continental soldiers and backers either. Lives are NOT on the line yet. Fortunes? I suppose one could say that careers are on the line for those that even verbally fight against our odious system. That does not always translate into "fortune". For those spending everything they earn, living paycheck-to-paycheck meaning they have no fortune, the loss of career is indeed a bad thing. Honor? Seriously? I don't know if that is even considered anymore in the age of tweeting.
One thing to remember on this Independence Day (OK, next year then) is that it took these men a lot of courage to do that deed. It's easy to just think of it as a page in history, and since, the Revolution was won by them, many came out unscathed, as least physically, if not financially. However, can you imagine being there, knowing that your signature would put a mark on you for execution, were this deal not to work out? That'll get one's blood and adrenaline pumping. You have to really picture yourself instigating some dastardly felonious deed against the US Feral Gov't - I mean actually getting started on it, and the huge temptation to just think of the family and go home. It reminds me of the very beginning of the Al Pacino movie Dog Day Afternoon when one of the 3 guys ready to rob a bank in NY City, right outside the bank, decides, no, he'd just rather not. "I can't do it. Good luck guys." The men above were not those kind of men, and that's why I'm writing this as an American.