Wednesday, July 04, 2007

"I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense . . ."

posted by The Sailor @ 5:51 PM Permalink

My humble offering for this Fourth of July:
Such has been the patient sufferance of [our country]; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present [king george] 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

- He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people

- He has made [United States Attorneys] dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices [while encouraging them to deny the will of the People]

- 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 depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury

- For taking away our Charters [Kyoto, International Criminal Courts, Anti-Ballistic Missiles]

- 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.

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 Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
We hold these truths to be self evident.

Happy Independence Day. Let the fireworks begin.


(Cross posted at SteveAudio)

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2 Comments:

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Bill Arnett said...

The very best 4th post I have seen anywhere on the web and an amazing piece of work, Sailor. If I wore a hat I would first tip it to you and then throw it wildly into the air and cheer you on.

Beautiful, poignant, and most of all, unfortunately for America, TRUE.

If only modern day Americans could be so wise.

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

Thanks Bill, That means a lot to me.

You have no idea how many photons I crumpled up and tossed in the waste basket the previous couple of days.

And then I went back to the source and the story wrote itself.

 

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