Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Republicans vs King George


So, I happened across the Declaration of Independence today, and of the twenty five reasons our founders gave for dissolve our bonds with Great Britain, modern Republicans are violating at least fourteen of them.

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He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good
Republican hostage taking, such as refusing to raise the debt ceiling, certainly qualifies.


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.
Republicans are refusing to attend to Obamacare out of little more than spite.

 
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.

Republican voter suppression tactics.


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.
Republican filibuster abuse.


He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
Gerrymandering.


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.

Refusing to allow any appointees through for some positions, and filibuster abuse for many more.


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.
Who knew the founders were so pro-immigration?


He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
Filibuster abuse, yet again.


He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
The founders were environmentalists, too, apparently.


For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

AT&T vs Concepcion, and American Express vs Italian Colors killed class action suits. Of course, they were 5-4 votes by SCOTUS. We now have no viable legal remedy for many types of small claims.


For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

Extraordinary rendition and Gitmo


For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments
Assaults on Social Security and Medicare


For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever
Detroit and “emergency management”


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
Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan….

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At least they aren’t making us quarter soldiers or rendering the military superior to civil power yet, and I am pretty sure they will never tax us without our consent, erect a multitude of new offices to harass us with, or inflict the Indian Savages upon us. So congratulations, my Republican friends:  you are not quite as bad as King George, at least by 1776 standards.