Saturday, July 04, 2009

Independence Day, 2009

I was out tonight with my family, watching the fireworks and listening to the Lubbock Youth Symphony, and I was reminded why this country exists.

Below you will find the Declaration of Independence from 1776. I would so much love for us to get back to what they wanted us to have. We have forgotten about the founders, who took independence by force and risked losing their lives to do it.

I hope that after reading this, you feel as I do, and thank God that we live in a free country and enjoy the fruits of our labors.

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 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.

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 benefit 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 British 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.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Have I become so jaded that I can only see the wrong?

The other day, after reading my blog, my wife turned to me and asked, "How come all you can do is complain? Why can't you find anything good in what's going on?" To be honest, I had to sit back and think about it. Have I become so jaded that I can only see what's wrong with the first black president is doing?

After some soul searching, I realized that maybe I am jaded, and I might have a reason to be, but that's only because I feel like I'm Paul Revere, and the current administration are the Red Coats marching on Bunker Hill.

To be perfectly honest, I am to the point that I hold all politicians in equal contempt, and want nothing more to do, than smack them in the back of the head, like Gibbs does on NCIS. I want to get their attention and whisper, "Hey, read the constitution. It's not your job to control private businesses, or take care of the non-contributers, or even manage the economy. Your only job is to defend our country, create laws, and then let us enjoy our lives, our liberty, and our pursuits of happiness."

If I could, I'd quietly point out that this is the United States, not midevial Europe, and that Senators and REpresentatives are not members of the aristocracy. After all, that is what our founding fathers fought to free us from. But now, 233 years later, our public servants consider themselves the rulers, and are even talking about leaving their senate and house seats to their children, all the while, trying to take away our abilities to live independant lives and our god given rights to speak out against tyranny.

Franken wins Senate Seat: What's next?

After spending 8 months in court, and spending millions of dollars, Al Franken has finally won his bid for a place in the US Senate. But, what do we have to look forward to?

An unnamed senator was heard to say, "We have 60 democrats now, let's just push our agenda through the senate and ignore what the republicans have to say."

To be totally honest, the democrats only actually have 58 votes on any day, since Senator Byrd and Senator Kennedy only show up for major votes.

In my opinion, if the democrats try to push legislation through without giving the republicans any say so, then they are leaving 50% of the american people without a say so, and there could be dire consequences for this country.

I am of the feeling that politics has become more of a "We're going to do it our way," instead of "Let's work together."

So now that the democrats have their 60 votes, are they going to raise taxes on the businesses that make our country so strong? Or will they take a vital healthcare industry and make it no better than a second world system?

Are the liberals so enamoured of collectivism that they have forgotten what our founding fathers fought to bring into being? Namely, a country where a person who works hard, can make money and leave his children more than what he had.

Personally, I'd rather have a 50% balance in the house and senate, just so that they have to work together.