2007/07/05

Independence Day - Time To Reload?

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Warning: If you're looking for a fun "fluff piece" on the 4th of July - this ain't it.
This might be more what you want: 4th of July

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

"We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident..."


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...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. ..

I hope people in the USA will have a nice holiday. I also hope they reflect on what it means beyond the barbecue, beer, and fireworks.

There are a number of websites where you can read the entire Declaration of Independence. I also recommend keeping a pocket sized copy of it and the Constitution. As you read it, try to keep straight which potentate named George they were referring to when it was written.

Remember the four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty? They are to be used in this order:

Soap
Ballot
Jury
Ammo

However,

With 90% of the major news media in the US owned by 6 corporations, and public protests put in "free speech zones" behind barbed wire fences, and protesters infiltrated and spied upon by federal, state, and local governments, it is not easy to use the Soap Box. The internet is, so far, still available and being put to some good use.

With easily hacked electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail, voter black list scams, and intimidation of voters, the ballot box has already been shown to be of questionable value any more, but still holds out some hope.

Juries still exist, but the judicial branch at the higher levels which hear appeals is increasingly being loaded with partial judges who show no inclination to uphold the Constitution. The spineless, corporate owned Congress refuses to do their duty an impeach and remove officers at any level who have blatantly and repeatedly violated their oaths of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and committed numerous treasons, high crimes, and misdemeanors.

The ammo box may have been an option in 1776, but is certainly NOT today.

There are many things which still could be done, but won't. People are too comfortable to make the necessary sacrifices (I'm speaking of time and energy, not bloodshed).

In 1776, Thomas Paine's pro-independence pamphlet "Common Sense" sold as many as 600,000 copies to a population of 3,000,000 (one for every five people), which would be equivalent to 60,000,000 copies sold in present day America.

Sorry, I'm not that optimistic.


8 comments:

Swinebread said...

Me neither

ladybug said...

We just finished our 4th of July neighborhood blowout (with a early visit by the cops unfortunately-1st time ever)

Thanks for focusing on the TRUE meaning of this celebration - I hope more folks will take it as seriously as we do...

some disgruntled conservative said...

What's with all this anti-American bullshiat? What are you, some kind of dirty hippie drug user or something? You against our boys in Iraq? That makes you a towelhead lover, and that's the same as being a traitor! You don't fool me with all that constitution double talk! Does Osama Bin Laden send you a birthday card? You don't need free speech unless you got something to hide! You make me sick, you taliban loving woman hater! Why, I oughta...what's that, Vern?

Oops, sorry. I guess I'm supposed to hate Bush now. Never mind. Keep up the good work. Happy 4th of July to you, and God bless you, fellow patriot!

Don Snabulus said...

Sone disgruntled conservative sounds like a Moody alter ego to me.

Anyhoo, good post and good points. I thought about that a lot yesterday and hope that by plugging away at the corporate cancer, that it can be exposed and exorcised at some point.

Opposition does not require optimism, so we continue to resist anyway.

Pandabonium said...

I really work for the intelligence community smoking out dissenters. Like the one I'm going to post a picture of sending secret code cleverly disguised as seagull sounds made with a clarinet.

Speaking of 4th of July activities, what are a redneck's famous last words?

"Hey y'all, watch this!"

Snabby said, "Opposition does not require optimism"

I agree, only conviction to principle is required.

Don Snabulus said...

I work for the dissent community smoking out intelligence agents. Thanks for the info.

Oops. I gave myself away, didn't I.

;)

Pandabonium said...

Scooter was about to out me anyway.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I like the four boxes - every enlightening.
w.