Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
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A few last fireworks to end the day...

Here is the revisited list of grievances from the Declaration of Independence, with additional highlights as suggested by my friends and readers.

If you can stand to, take it and bold the parts you've seen apply recently.

(yanked from a friendslocked post)

  1. He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

  6. 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. (Multiple requests, on the grounds of large-scale Democratic/Blue State disenfranchisement.)

  7. 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.

  8. He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

  9. He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

  10. He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

  11. He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature. (Blackwater comes to mind.)

  12. He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

  13. 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:

  14. For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

  15. For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
    (Blackwater again.)

  16. For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

  17. For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

  18. For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

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

  20. 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:

  21. For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

  22. For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. (PATRIOT Act, National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive.)

  23. He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

  24. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. (His abysmal environmental record aside, gutting FEMA directly led to the debacle that followed Katrina)

  25. 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. (Blackwater, if you hadn't guessed. Yes, they scare the crap out of me.)

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

Additions and corrections requested. Links to specific examples appreciated. Objections to bolded passages will be met by links to examples.

Disclaimer: This is far from an exhaustive list of George W. Bush's impeachable offenses. Simply because King George III didn't do something first doesn't make it acceptable.

Edit: Keith Olbermann provides his own list of grievances, directly aimed at the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Happy Independence Day, everyone.

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