230 Years Old, and Still True Today

Squeezed July 4, 2006

I woke up this morning to NPR listening to Morning Edition’s annual reading of the Declaration of Independence.

When I hear it now, I can’t help but think that certain passages ring true to some extent these days under the current leadership we’re under, and that some (but, thankfully, not all) of these passages would hold true if instead of the “present King of Great Britain”, it were the present President of the United States and/or his political party in Congress.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good…

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 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…

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury…

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences…

Listen to it, read it…and work to ensure that no one should ever have to declare independence from us. Eternal vigilance is truly the price of freedom.

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