Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Declaration of Independence...

Unfortunately, in these days of George W. Bush's reign, The Declaration of Independence has taken a bit of a beating. And even more unfortunately, we know there is something we could do about it:

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.
So what's stopping everyone? Fear. Fear of a despot who's usurped and abused authority at every turn and opportunity. There are even some people (though they seem to be shrinking in numbers daily) who think this usurper is doing a great job.

And let's not forget about the puppet master himself, the illustrious Mr. Cheney, who seems to think his position is above all else, including the law.

Oh, well. Happy Independence (for now) Day!

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