Friday, July 20, 2007

Toward a democratic tyrant

We already have one Declaration of Independence. Doesn't seem like we need another. Maybe just a daily re-reading of the one that worked so well in 1776.

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.

Amazingly straightforward and brimming with common sense. How then have we gotten here? An executive branch exerting authority that doesn't exist in the Constitution, and notable statesmen worrying about tyranny. Perhaps we should not be surprised that someone who grew up the fortunate son of a Senator and a President would have such disdain for the rule of law that he thinks it only applies to other people.

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.

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