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King George and President George - it's easy to confuse the two on July 4 - Comments (0)
Carole McWilliams - 7/3/2008
Complaints about government leaders are nothing new.
We celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4. The second half of that document is a list of complaints about King George III, so the world would know the reasons for the radical act of declaring independence. They include:
•He has refused his assent to laws…
•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…
•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 (among other things) depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury;
FOR transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offenses;
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…
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.
That’s what I’ve been saying about our current King George. Those parts of the Declaration of Independence are all too applicable in 2008. Two hundred more days…
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