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This from a friend who was not born in this country:

The Declaration of Independence states unequivocally:

"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."
When you read the document
(http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/declaration_transcript.html)
that was the birth certificate of this great nation, you can't help but be struck by how the Busheviks would regard it as a radical, perhaps even terrorist call to arms.

The crimes and oppressions detailed in the Declaration of Independence vary in particularity from the King George of 1776 to the King George of 2006, but the essence of the grievances remain the same.
We could list the bill of particulars stating the case for removing King George W. Bush from office, but it would be too long for your morning's breakfast reading.

But it would include:

-- For his open defiance of the laws of the land and his stated intention to create his own laws as he sees fit.
-- For his secrecy in keeping the business of the people of the United States from their perusal.
-- For his malfeasance in protecting the security of the citizens of the United States of America.
-- For his violations of the balance of powers as set forth in the Constitution of the United States of America.
-- For willfully and intentionally misleading the people of this nation into a financially ruinous war that has led to the loss of ten of thousands of lives -- American and foreign.
-- For his use of public dollars to enrich campaign supporters and businesses related to members of his administration.
-- For, without a warrant and illegally, spying on citizens of the United States engaged in legal activity guaranteed as freedoms under the Constitution.
-- For his ongoing attempts to use official government guaranteed rights and benefits, such as pensions, to keep former government employees from revealing the truth about his administration's deception and betrayal of the American public.
-- For his incompetence in allowing the powers of our military to wither under inept and arrogant leadership.
-- For his placing international financial agreements above the security interests of the nation.
-- For his role in manipulating the outcome of elections, in felony violation of the right to vote.

As you can see, were it 1776, we would need to go through several quills and ink wells to list the grievances against our current King George.
So why is there no outrage to remove the usurper from office?

Yesterday, we witnessed thousands upon thousands of immigrants marching peacefully, with American flags in their hands, in Chicago for the right to American freedom and opportunity. Over a million marched nationally to partake of what's left of the American Dream.

Why aren't there 20 million marching nationally to reclaim our Constitution and our democracy from the faux populist tyrant --with poll ratings at less than a third of the country approving of his tyranny and failure?

Immigrants value our freedom and opportunity, but we as citizens appear to take them so lightly. As if an I-Pod or a McDonald's "Happy Meal" are enough to prove that all is well with the Republic.
We should be closing down the nation in the name of democracy -- and in opposition to tyranny.

The Declaration of Independence reminds us:

"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."''

This is about the future security, welfare, and freedom of America. It is about our Constitutional form of government. It is about what differentiated us from the monarchies of Europe, the fascism of Franco, the Communism of the Soviet Union. Are we willing to relegate democracy to the dustbin of history, while an adolescent ruler with a sense of royal entitlement trashes our great governmental heritage?

Proud immigrants showed us the way. Will we have the courage to follow?

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neptunia67
May. 5th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Die for something
This reminds me of a song by the Pretenders, "Revolution"...

"Cats like me and you
Have got laws
That they adhere to
Laws outside the laws
As laid down
By those we don't subscribe to
The world is getting stranger
But we'll never lose heart
We can't just wait for the
Old guard to die
Before we can
Make a new start

Bring on the revolution
(Keep the pressure on)
I wanna die for something
Bring on the revolution
I wanna die for something
Bring on the revolution
I wanna die for something
Bring on the revolution
I don't wanna die for nothing

..."

A revolution is civil war, and we're getting damned closer to one every day.
liveonearth
May. 6th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Die for something
Nice song. Play it for me sometime? The revolution will begin in earnest when our poor people are skinny instead of fat.
neptunia67
May. 6th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Die for something
Unfortunately my copy is messed up. It's off of the CD "Last of the Independents" by the Pretenders. My CD has a scratch in it and two of the songs are trashed.

I comment sort of tongue-in-cheek. I have personally not found anything yet that I care about so much that I'd lay down my life for it by joining a rebel force.

I think the reason 20 million aren't marching is because most people do not see the problem as you or I do. They are living their lives, raising their children, trying to keep on top of their house payments. The broader problems in the country aren't their concern (as they see it) and they don't have the energy to think about it, nor the desire or know-how to act on it. That's the first group I see. The other group I see are those who think we ARE doing the right thing.

Ah, the follies of democracy. To live in a country where everybody is allowed to have an opinion and allowed to do their own thing. No matter how things are, only some of the people will be pleased. The others will find fault with it.
liveonearth
May. 6th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Die for something
What the immigrants seem to believe, and what many of the people who rebelled against King George believed, is that if enough people simply refuse to participate in the corrupt system, it will fail and be replaced by something better. I hope that we will be able to bring about change this way instead of having to fight bloody wars. I don't even have a gun. But I have feet to march and a voice to sing songs of peace. Maybe these things will matter. I can only hope.
drjuluka
May. 18th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
Me too
Waiting for Monday,
waterlogged, tanned, and still,
the sunshine awaits.
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