Continuing the Freedom Matters series, we will look at the charges laid against England by the colonist, and find, in some instances, that these charges could be laid against our current federal government. For part 1, click here.
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.
The current debate over the southern US border seems to come to mind here. While the Constitution charges the federal government with the protection of the US border, the federal government has proven lax and ineffective in its charge. The state of Arizona has taken responsibility the protection of its own southern border. The current administration has taken the state to court, claiming that it is the role of the federal government not the state to handle the protection of international borders. But what is the state to do when the federal government refuses to act on what the federal government is Constitutionally required to act on?
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.
The US House of Representatives has passed numerous laws, and several budget plans, that the Senate has refused to even look at. While the US has gone 3 + years without a budget, the House has passed several, and the Senate refuses to even consider one of them. The refusal to pass good and necessary laws, like federal budgets, has been a large contributing factor to our current debt crisis.
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.
In this case, it is the GOP leadership that refuses to cause the election of others by the will of the people. The results of many of the GOP state primaries and caucuses have been arrived at illegally. Missouri, Maine, Georgia, North Dakota are just 4 examples. Virginia’s refusal to allow Santorum and Gingrich to be on the ballot for its primary completely delegitimizes Romney’s standing as the presumptive nominee. If Romney is really the nominee, fine, let him win honestly. The process should go on, unhindered by the petty whims of a few power brokers that are afraid of who the people may elect as a legitimate nominee.
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.
Can anyone say “czars and doubling the IRS staff”?
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:
Obamacare comes to mind as the biggest subjection to laws foreign to our Constitution.
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:
Again, Obamacare is relevant here. You can find a comprehensive list of new taxes imposed by the legislation here. It is lengthy, but worth the read.
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.
Occupy Wall Street is easily classified as a “domestic insurrection”, and the current administration has clearly excited it.
In the next post, we will look at the last 3 paragraphs.