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An Open Letter to King Biden

Posted by CrustyOldGeezer 4 weeks ago to Government
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    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    hen 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) biden 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 mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    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.
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      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 legislatures.

      He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the 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 a 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 benefit of Trial by Jury:

      For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

      For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring 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 into 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, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

      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.

      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 endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an 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 attentions 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 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.

      let me know if you think Thomas Jefferson missed anything about this 'administration.
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  • Posted by j_IR1776wg 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    The only error Jefferson made was in omitting the ownership of property. The line should have read – “…Life, Liberty, Happiness, and the ownership of property…”. His fellow Virginian, George Mason, had published the Virginia Declaration Of Rights on June 12, 1776 the first article of which is as follows:

    "Article 1
    That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety."

    I wish Jefferson had copied it as a whole and inserted it into his DOI. What the politicians across America are engaged in is the wholesale theft of the property of we the individuals.
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    • Posted by $ blarman 3 weeks, 6 days ago
      As recently discovered in the archives, this was the way Jefferson originally wanted to present it. Given that slavery was still an issue, however, the argument was made that including that line at that time would further entrench the practice and so Jefferson left it out. Most of the Founders believed that with the cessation of importation of slaves and the limited uses for them at the time that the practice would begin to die a natural death starting in 1807. That was prior to the development of short-staple cotton and the cotton gin, which greatly expanded the lands available for cultivating cotton and made it economical to produce in vast quantities. Thus Jefferson's dream of revisiting this important topic was stymied and the subsequent generations never saw the need to bring it up again. Of course, they also tended to side with James Madison that the Constitution set firm bounds outside which the Federal Government wasn't allowed to go - a notion that was steadily eroded by legislation and the Courts so that in today's United States of America, the Federal Government - much to the chagrine of the Founders - now rules as a minor fiefdom.
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    • Posted by $ Commander 3 weeks, 5 days ago
      In all my research I had never come upon this. This so eloquently expresses freedom to act and and the limitations of action, Liberties, when mutually enjoined in "state of society".
      I've lost track of how many times I have expressed that the US Constitution needed an objective philosophical "interpretive", a WHY, instead of a HOW of communal governance, as a preamble. I've arrived at something similar independent of Mason's expression.
      I'm profoundly grateful for your bringing this into my awareness.
      I'm also in the midst of a gut punch of Joy, Sorrow and Yosemity Sam hoppin "F"in Mad!
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      • Posted by j_IR1776wg 3 weeks, 5 days ago
        You are welcome. Mason, as all the founders, relied heavily on John Locke’s Second Treatise Of Government. Locke defined political power thusly:

        “Political power, then, I take to be a right of making laws with penalties of death, and consequently all less penalties, for the regulating and preserving of property, and of employing the force of the community, in the execution of such laws, and in the defence of the common-wealth from foreign injury; and all this only for the public good. (Treatises, II, 1,3)” https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/lo...

        Locke was a primary philosophical father of America and our individual rights. Bastiat was another.
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        • Posted by $ Commander 3 weeks, 4 days ago
          Being un-schooled, as I was so frustrated with the choke and puke of the college system after year one, has not precluded my self "education". Only within the past ten years have I begun a dedicated effort to amassing information regarding the formation of this country's founding. A lot to learn. I read through Domhoff's; The Corporate Rich And The Power Elite In The Twentieth Century in one week this past January. I caught a lot and the integration is still progressing.....2nd and 3rd read should lock in the key points.
          I read The Law for the first time a few months ago as well. Locke, Bastiat, Mason.....clarified so much of what may have been avoided had their respective works become a preamble to our Constitution.

          All of this is working toward authorship. My philosophical background began, almost 45 years past, with Rand and an interpretation of Tao te' Ching (Laotzu). Living in a household of classic Liberal Education and integration of all that information toward a "whole" was frustrating in the contemporary school system. One item that was always, and still is, at the forefront....Values. This was the core of my dad's teaching practice for 37 years. More is "caught" than is taught. After reading The Objectivist Ethics I had clarity of perception and conceptualization of values I had not expected.....and then I began testing this in every conflict I encountered...internal or external. Rand and Laotzu have been the only consistent, testable, metaphysical philosophies I've encountered. Unfortunately most of this material is only seen at a collegiate level. So, I set myself a task....

          I found a few breaks in Rand's work that could use some explanation or a hierarchical evaluation cleared. Then, can I write in a manner in which, that offered, does not need belief, and shown that the circumstances cannot be avoided. Plus, keep it at a middle school comprehension level and simple enough that youngsters around 6 or 7 may begin to learn......and try to keep it under 70 pages.

          I've never taken the easy route....too much adventure in the trials!

          I'll be following up on your recommended reading as well. Keep your mind full and bowels empty.
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  • Posted by $ Commander 4 weeks ago
    The July 4, 2012 issue of the St Paul Pioneer Press contained The Declaration of Independence.
    This has been pinned above my work space since. I reflect on this every week.
    The list of "aggressions" is a ponderous one.

    Ayn Rand offered us the incubus of "solution" when she penned The Objectivist's Ethics and delivered this address in 1961 at UW Madison. And I think, from what I've read, Frederic Bastiat's 1850; The Law, is a fine complimentary authorship....possibly the impetus for the former..?
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    • Posted by 3 weeks, 6 days ago
      ALL of the "Founding Documents" NEED to be on display OPENLY AND PROUDLY every day.

      Every act of every politician or bureaucrat that says or does something questionable should be required to justify their action or words against the FOUNDATION of this Nation.
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  • Posted by 25n56il4 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder, not that I needed it. I've been aghast at what has happened in such a short period of time. But, our day will come! N
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