July 4, 1776

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

  • 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 harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • 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:

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28 Responses to July 4, 1776

  1. jay352 says:

    Feeling it this morning aren’t you?

  2. palantir says:

    I declare, I am British (mostly Scottish, partly English, partly Welsh), now resident in Canada. For 30 years. So I would like to ask you all, what would have happened if the U.S.A had remained in the Empire, and latterly the Commonwealth?

    • squid2112 says:

      Hitler would have come to power and we would all be speaking German.

      • palantir says:

        Really? You buggers wouldn’t fight ’til after Pearl Harbour

        • darrylb says:

          Do not forget that Great Britain originally wanted to kiss and be friends with Hitler Good thing W,C. had a mind of his own.
          My parents generation–were sometimes called the greatest generation. –and for good reason. In WW11 , many expected to die but did their best regardless. They had each others back. They were unified regardless of political beliefs.
          My generation, Viet Nam suffered a different kind of casualty which has led to a growing chasm epitomized by Ad Hominem attacks in science, the media, politics and elsewhere.

          I visited Halifax New Scotland this summer. Interesting city! Learned so much more of the two historical tragedies to which Halifax was most closely associated.

          So palantir, what was the extent of Canada’s involvement in WW11?

    • There would still have been Andrew Jackson, the continuing spirit of the minutemen, the Alamo, and most of all Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and things would have come out the same after that.

    • Andy Oz says:

      The buggers would win every event in the Commonwealth Games, that’s what would happen! And they’d be playing cricket! Luckily for us Aussies, the US didn’t stay in the Commonwealth.
      I am lodging a notice of demarcation in the Pommie Bashing. That honour resides solely with Australia and America should cease and desist forthwith. While I fully understand your desire to wup the lily white british puddings, you should go pick on Russia or China or someone, and leave the pommie bashing to us ….. Thank you.
      2nd Ashes cricket test starts tomorrow in Adelaide. C’mon Aussie!!!

  3. palantir says:

    I have to say, of your founding fathers, I admire Thomas Jefferson immensely. Had his head screwed on right; would see the present POTUS off in a trice.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Yes, I have to agree about Jefferson. Perfect? No, but so far above the bulk of his fellows that we have not seen his equal since. I have stood at his grave and reflected on how extraordinarily lucky the United States was to have Jefferson there at the beginning. I am afraid that if Jefferson were alive today he would be chased out of Washington by the liars and thieves who currently control the place.

  4. bobmaginnis says:

    About the judges, here is what the Republicans said in 2005:


    from
    http://www.bartcop.com/

  5. Don says:

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times……….

  6. Sleepalot says:

    My replies aren’t appearing.

  7. Robertv says:

    And now, the end is near.

  8. Sleepalot says:

    Testing: Treason, Ted Heath

  9. Sleepalot says:

    In England, we had the Statute of Praemunire established in 1393.

  10. Sleepalot says:

    It had the effect of declaring the king’s court to be the highest court that an englishman could be summoned to appear before, and it’s purpose was to protect us from the Pope.

  11. Sleepalot says:

    It was repealed by the Conservatives (Edward Heath) in 1967 as part of the establishment of the EU(SSR) – essentially an act of treason.

  12. Sleepalot says:

    In England, we had the Statute of Praemunire established in 1393. It had the effect of declaring the king’s court to be the highest court that an englishman could be summoned to appear before, and it’s purpose was to protect us from the Pope.
    It was repealed by the Conservatives (Edward Heath) in 1967 as part of the establishment of the EU(SSR) – essentially an act of treason.

    • Sleepalot says:

      Got there in the end. Sorry about messing up the thread, Steve, but I think it’s sufficiently important to be said.

  13. omanuel says:

    You now raise the right alarm. This country gave away everything our forefathers gave us, and so did most other countries worldwide.

    FEAR prevented humans from accepting reality when Copernicus reported it in 1543. After arresting Galileo for pointing out that fact, they finally relented and society reaped the benefits of the scientific revolution.

    Four hundred years after Copernicus, FEAR prevented humans from accepting the reality exposed by atomic bombs in 1945 and realizing Aston’s 1922 promise of “power beyond the dreams of scientific fiction.”

    The scientific revolution that Copernicus started in 1543 quietly ended in 1945.

    • omanuel says:

      See the last paragraph of Aston’s 1922 Nobel Lecture:

      Click to access aston-lecture.pdf

      “Should the research worker of the future discover some means of releasing this energy in a form which could be employed, the human race will have at its command powers beyond the dreams of scientific fiction; but

      the remote possibility must always be considered that the energy once liberated will be completely uncontrollable and by its intense violence detonate all neighbouring substances.

      In this event the whole of the hydrogen on the earth might be transformed at once and the success of the experiment published at large to the universe as a new star.”

      This FEAR caused humans to react irrationally in 1945, as they had in 1543.

    • darrylb says:

      Well, at least The Catholic Church reinstated Galileo several hundred years after his death.
      The model presented by Ptolemy lasted much longer than a millennium. One can see a parallel in the ritualistic adherence to the Ptolemy and Climate Change models.
      I have been thinking, Omanuel, that the current CAGW episode may have some positive outcomes. one of which being that when the errors become so obvious that they cannot be ignored, there may be some momentum toward being honest and straightforward in a scientific approach to things.

      For what it is worth, I fully believe that some day we will, by necessity, begin to utilize to a much larger extent the energy stored in the nucleus of the atom. (not my lifetime or that of my children)

      My main background is physics and therefore my first look at anything is from a quantitative perspective. The world has changed so much so rapidly and the enabler of that change is readily available energy. For the most part, we are using solar energy which has been stored over a long, long time. Regardless of our short sighted perspectives, it is a finite source. Renewable energy is, for the most part, the use of current solar energy; which includes wind and hydroelectric. Geo-Thermal is an exception.
      Regardless of how efficient we may get, and no matter how great the perspectives of idealists are; from a quantitative standpoint I do not believe there is any viable alternative to nuclear energy.
      I believe, Omanuel, you have written of fusion, as in the source of energy, really, of the universe.
      Do you have any ideas, (I do not) of how material undergoing fusion at the necessary temperatures could be contained in any system?

  14. Martin Hertzberg says:

    It’s a pretty puny Bill of Particulars compared to Jefferson’s in the Declaration of Independence. King George became king as a “divine right”.. Obama was freely elected by the vote of the people:
    a vote which right wing reactionaries are doing their best to suppress.

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