Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Fourth of July thoughts on patriotism, Part 2

I recently read part of the Declaration of Independence and saw some stunning comparisons between King George III and Dick DeVos's close ally, George W. Bush.

Cheeck out these highlights:

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.


For imposing Taxes* on us without our Consent:


For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:


He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

*'Deficits' may be a better word for it.

When reading the above excerpts, did the NSA spy program, Guantanamo, FEMA, Roberts, and Alito - and Dave Camp's blind support for this administration - come to mind?

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.

Does the US Senate GOP's stonewalling - and the Michigan Legislative GOP's flip-flop - or the minimum wage come to mind? Or what about the GOP’s refusal to offer a plan for Iraq? And don’t get me started on the environment, healthcare, etc.

The declaration ends with some choice words for Bush and his buddy Dick DeVos:

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.

Ouch. To the rest of us, Happy 230th birthday, America!


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