Declaration of Independence Day

by bauer on July 4, 2019


Just as Charles Krauthammer did, I like reading the Declaration of Independence every Fourth of July. I usually just hit the ambles, pre and post, to get a little reminder of the beginning (plus it’s always printed in that commie rag, the New York Times). For some reason, this year I decided to read of the original “injuries and usurpations” committed by the King of Great Britain that kicked this whole thing off.

In the Declaration (exquisite punctuation by the way), there are a number of “Facts” that start off with “- He” and refer to the aforementioned Prince while itemizing various injuries and/or usurpations. One of my favorites is:

He has dissolved Representative Hours repeatedly for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. (The Founding Fathers hadn’t seen the USWNT yet).

I counted a total of 18 He’s (and 9 Fors - He 13 is a bit involved). About halfway through I got confused as I wasn’t sure whether the Founding Fathers were talking about King George III (the first King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the poster child for bipolar disorder) or Donald Trump. My rough count is that 11 of the 18 accusations (61.1111%) apply to both the 45th President of the United States and the Third of the House of Hanover (56th Monarch if you nclude Aethelred the Unready). Here they are.

Facts to be submitted to a candid world:

  • He has refused to Assent to Laws
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will
  • He has affected to render the Military … superior to the Civil
  • He has combined with others For
    • Cutting off our Trade
    • Imposing Taxes on us
  • He has
    • Plundered our seas
    • Ravaged our Coasts
    • Burnt our Towns

OK, the last one is a stretch to get to ignoring Climate Change but couldn’t resist. The absolute best one though is:

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States … obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of foreigners … refusing to … encourage migrations hither.

I find it hysterical that the Founders were furious with the King for his keeping migrants out of the country. Sure, I’ve taken some liberties with my interpretation but it’s Independence Day and I declare.

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