The Watering Hole, Saturday, July 4th, 2015: “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America”

What we’re celebrating today:
declaration of independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When 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 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.
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 harrass 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 benefits 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 Brittish 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.”

What most Americans are celebrating with today:

SHEAWTCcrop
hot dogs
apple-pie-slicedBaseball + Hot Dogs + Apple Pie = U.S.A.

 

This is our daily Open Thread–celebrate, rant, discuss!

34 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, July 4th, 2015: “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America”

  1. As I read down the list of offenses that “He” was accused of, for some odd reason I found myself thinking of and reflecting back on the Bush/Cheney years. Once I returned to earth, it occurred to me that if old King George was around today, he’d be one of the loudest of the voices (maybe right behind Trump and Christie) emanating from the Clown Car. I guess whomever it was that said “The more things change the more they stay the same” hit the nail smack on the head.

    Overall, the list of grievances reads like it comes straight out of the Republican Party’s 2016 platform. Weird.

  2. Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr said “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” Funny, I always thought it was one of France’s King Louises. That looks funny, isn’t that how one pluralizes Louis?

    According to Wikipedia: “In 1839 Alphonse Karr became editor of Le Figaro, to which he had been a constant contributor; and he also started a monthly journal, Les Guêpes, of a keenly satirical tone, a publication which brought him the reputation of a somewhat bitter wit.”

    I like that, “a somewhat bitter wit” – IOW, a cynic.

    • According to Dictionary.com:

      “Cynic: one of a sect of Greek philosophers, 4th century b.c., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that surrender to any external influence is beneath human dignity.

      Obvious question: does The Zoo @ https://tpzoo.wordpress.com really date back to the 4th century b.c.?? Really?? Wow!🙂

      If NON-virtue means the “surrender to any [each and every] external influence [that] is beneath human dignity,” that pretty much defines today’s Republican Party, doesn’t it? And the Koch money that has essentially purchased the GOP is an ‘external influence’, right? Means the GOP is clearly “beneath human dignity”!! And I knew that!

      I kinda like being a Cynic, actually.😉

    • Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits near Springfield and Eugene, Oregon

      People on the Oregon coast woke to a significant jolt when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Springfield and Eugene.

      Hundreds of people reported on the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the quake, which struck at 8:42 a.m. Saturday.

      USGS Geophysicist Paul Caruso says they’ve been receiving calls from people who felt it. The quake was about nine miles east, northeast of Springfield and 12 miles east of Eugene.

      The quake was about 4 miles deep, which Caruso says is considered shallow. He says people may have seen things fall from their shelves.

  3. So I’ve been watching a Doctor Who marathon on the Disney😄 channel. I’ve seen all kinds of ads for toys, children’s show etc. Then there’s this new children’s three wheel scooter called a Y Fliker. Now say that real fast five times…

  4. How the South Skews America

    Every year the Fourth of July is marked by ringing affirmations of American exceptionalism. We are a special nation, uniquely founded on high ideals like freedom and equality. In practice, however, much of what sets the United States apart from other countries today is actually Southern exceptionalism. The United States would be much less exceptional in general, and in particular more like other English-speaking democracies such as Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were it not for the effects on U.S. politics and culture of the American South

    (snip)

    But even by the standards of the English-speaking world, the U.S. appears as an extreme outlier, in areas ranging from religiosity to violence to anti-government attitudes. As we learned after the slaughter last month in Charleston, S.C., some deluded Southerners still pine for secession from the Union. Yet no doubt there are also more than a few liberal Northerners who would be happy to see them go.

    Minus the South, the rest of the U.S. probably would be more like Canada or Australia or Britain or New Zealand—more secular, more socially liberal, more moderate in the tone of its politics and somewhat more generous in social policy. And it would not be as centralized as France or as social democratic as Sweden.

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    • “We are a special nation, uniquely founded on high ideals like freedom and equality.”

      Not really. Article I, Clause 2, Section 3 of the Constitution reads:

      Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

      Article XIV, section 2:

      Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.

      Apparently America’s “high ideals” of “freedom and equality” weren’t intended to apply to “Indians” and to all the “three fifths of all other Persons” who were not “free Persons” (wonder who they were?? Hmmm).

      We are, indeed, very often an “extreme outlier” in far too many ways. Prejudice was here on day of birth and remains today, 239 years down the road.

    • House how’d you end up on the ‘wrong’ side of the Mason/Dixon Line?
      Were your parents from Alabama?

      • That’s right. Mom grew up in Birmingham, and Dad grew up in Claysville. They met in high school in Hazel Green, which is just a little north of Huntsville. My dad’s family farm in Claysville was bought by the TVA, as the land was flooded by the building of Guntersville Dam. My mom’s family was from the Hazel Green area originally.

  5. Trump now whining about how much money his ‘candidacy’ is costing him…
    Clueless twit. Keep opening your mouth and watch your empire contract to the size of a Tokyo apartment.

    • Perfect! I don’t have to fight traffic (wouldn’t anyway).

      The damn illegal fireworks being set off around my neighborhood have me on edge.
      So much dry grass around, not to mention roofs.
      The cops don’t seem to bother coming to our side of town.

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