We all know the Preamble…

by Susan Olsen

…but here’s the rest of the story:

‘…whenever any form of government becomes destructive to 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 shown 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.

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 meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration 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 legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to 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 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 benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring 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 in 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, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and 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 endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

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.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.’

 

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  • IWKAGGP

    Love it! And I agree – our current form of govt. sucks. It’s become corrupt. Ruh les by two parties who are both beholden to special interests and corporate lobbyists. We should do away with our two-party system and adopt a parliamentary, multi-party system like the UK and Canada – where a broader spectrum of voices and interests can be heard and we’re not forced into binary choices between two radical options.

    Either that, or outlaw parties altogether and let the chips fall where they may.

    • Chris P. Bacon

      A two party system would be great. What we have now is a one party system, and we aint invited.

      The most effective way to keep people controlled is to keep them divided and demoralized. In a dictatorship everyone knows who to blame. In our system we blame each other, while the people at the top continue to put on a show for their sheep and get to do whatever they want.

      It’s all an illusion. I’ve been told if i don’t stand for something i’ll fall for anything, to which i reply, if i stand for something, i’ve already fallen for it. Our political system is just a big magic show. The magician is using slight of mind tricks. He keeps your focus chaotic and on something else while manipulating you and using you to assist him in meeting his own ends.

      Remember the cartoon where Sam the Sheepdog and Ralph the Wolf would punch in everyday and one would protect the sheep and one would try to eat them? It was just a job for them. They played their roles while the sheep just grazzed. Same thing is going on here. The only difference is half the sheep think the dog is on their side and the other half think the wolf is. Neither is.

      Or not. It is fun going through life bitchin and moaning and in a constant state of fear and aggitation, plus i am sure there is something we can take for that anyway.

      Bah….bah….bah…

      • C. dog e. doG

        Luv the cartoon reference. I gots to remember me that one. Your like the Wise Potatoe Chip owl.
        – C. dog, party of one

        • Chris P. Bacon

          OOO, i forgot about Wise Potato Chips. That’s another thing i miss about New England. Havn’t had them and a fantastic D’angelos #9 pocket in almost 25 years.

          • granitegrok

            #9 – that’s all I ever order at D’Angelos! Still good!

            Drink Moxie?

          • Chris P. Bacon

            Tried once. Thought it was an oil spill er sumfin.

          • C. dog e. doG

            Great name, poor delivery on the promise. I’m gonna have to pony up for one of those #9′s if they are willing to drop the non-sale sales tax.
            – C. dog

          • Chris P. Bacon

            Did you ever get to sample In N Out Burger when you were out west? Yummy!!

          • C. dog e. doG

            I did not! Sounded kinda gross to me, but maybe that’s my problem. I did have jackrabbit fricassee with red whine – I kid you knot – and it tasted great! I also had a wild turkey egg once that looked radioactive when I cracked it into a fry pan, and that tasted even greaterer. I’ll try just about anything except monkey brains and In-N-out burgers.
            – C. dog

          • Chris P. Bacon

            It is a ridiculous name. Thanks for pointing that out. It is from CA CA land. Sweet Jeekers, get your mind out of the gutter will yah. Now i will have that thought to contend with everytime i order a double double (there you go again). Ever look at the moon when its just a sliver and think how it looks like a trimmed toenail? Next time you do you will. There, we are even.

          • C. dog e. doG

            LMAO. Now I’ll have to get the clippers every time I look up at the cold-hearted orb that rules the night, with thoughts of trim removed from my sight.
            – C. dog singin’ the moody blues

          • Chris P. Bacon

            It’s lovely to see you again my friend…

          • IWKAGGP

            Best cheese steak I ever had was from a joint in the belly of the beast – downtown Springfield, MA – not far from Worthington St. Not a place to walk around after dark unless you’re packin’ – but the steak sammy was TO DIE FOR!!!

    • C. dog e. doG

      Alternatively, let people choose for themselves there own path, without intermediaries plowing roads thru other peoples’ cornfields before them. Why, it’s kinda like “live free, or die”.
      – C. dog

  • Tim from Nashua

    Where are the Representatives of the United States today, pledging their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor to the cause of freedom? (Crickets chirp)

    Any mere citizen that threatens The Unjust Powers will have their life, their fortune, their sacred honor, ripped from them.
    The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting and ‘skeet shooting’.

    • Chris P. Bacon

      Good to know, i was thinking of starting a Skeet support group for wounded Skeets.

      CPB- Skeeting along on the thin ice of modern life, dragging behind him the silent reproach, of a million tear stained eyes….

  • C. dog e. doG

    I sense a pattern here.

    • Chris P. Bacon

      Whatever so you meme?

      • C. dog e. doG

        Corral, fence breaks, mend fence, corral … Why, it’s so repetitive even the most uncoordinated among us can tap to its infernal beat.
        – C. dog learned his best moves from The Jerk

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