IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
in general Congress assembled.
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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — 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...What does it take?
We have an Administration that publicly asserts that its actions are above the law and that works tirelessly in secret to subvert the laws that others claim apply to them. This shouldn't be news, exactly, to those of us who have been paying attention and giving a shit these past seven years. But this is sickening and unAmerican in the truest sense.
What's sickening to me, however, is that We, the People, now apparently lack either the capability or the willingness, or both, to BE sickened by the arrogant, monarchical beliefs of this Administration.
That's fucking wrong.
This country was founded by men who were so sickened by the arrogance, despotism and contempt of their sovereign that they were willing to risk their "Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor" to be rid of the royal pest. Have we - are we - so much less than they that today that we will suffer this wretched little man, this smirking, sneering, privileged patrician twerp and his bobos to undo in two piddling terms of office what the Founders fought and died to establish, and the hundreds of thousands who fought since have died to preserve?
Do these words have no more import then the scribblings of an idiot on a bathroom wall?
"He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
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 obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
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 affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:"
Jefferson famously said: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure." Our present leaders consider that bullshit will serve.
Why aren't we furious about that?
I hope you have a happy and thunderously good Fourth. I hope you have lots of good food, friends, fireworks...all the trappings of tradition.
But as you do, I hope you take a moment to consider what we're celebrating. Would the original authors of the Declaration of Independence really be celebrating today?