Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A New Declaration, Part III

Reading the Declaration of Independence, I am struck by the parallels between George III and George W. This is the third and final comparison:


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 and 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.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Blanton: While engaging our troops in a war he knew to be unwarranted by the supposed evidence he presented to the American people George W. Bush has reduced the money spend on security here at home. He has left our ports unguarded and open to sneak attacks by terrorists. He has endeavored to sell the operation of some of our most important ports to known friends of our deepest enemy, Osama bin Laden. He has reduced support for local law enforcement instituted by his predecessor.

In all these he justifies every action by claiming "national security," even though the nation is less secure because of these actions.

He has divided the nation into the most bitter factions we have been divided into since the Vietnam war.

Such a leader is unfit to lead a free people.


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