s skippy the bush kangaroo: if tj had a blog

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

if tj had a blog

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 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 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.

for protecting them, by a mock trial from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these states:

for transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:

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.

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.

happy july 4th! all the above text is from the declaration of independence, written by thomas jefferson. (cross-posted from my blog and an update to the post that fired me up enough to start the darn thing.)
posted by George at 10:51 AM |


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