Small Talk About Big Issues

Touching Base with Common Sense

Time For Report Cards

Let’s pretend for a moment that you are a teacher and our government is your student.  Let’s also pretend it is time to send report cards home.  You must evaluate your student and assign a specific grade to his or her progress, or lack thereof.  Your grading scale is the traditional scale: A, B, C, D, and F.  In this case, however, A=Never happens, B=Seldom happens, C=Happens, D=Happens some of the time, and F=Happens all of the time.  The standard criteria by which you must grade your student is the same one used by our Founding Fathers when grading the King of England.  By the way, our Founding Fathers gave the King all F’s. 

Read through the following items listed in the Declaration of Independence and see how your student, our government, measures up against the King of Great Britian.  Place your grade in the blank provided. 

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. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

_____  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.

_____  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.

_____  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 meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

_____  He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration 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.

_____  He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

_____  He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to 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:

_____  For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

_____  For protecting them, by 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:

_____  For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

_____  For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

 

_____  For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring 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 in 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, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

_____  He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete 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 endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is 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.

_____  Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

Now…if you gave our government all F’s, you are not being honest with yourself because there are things on this list that are not happening.  On the other hand, if you gave our government all A’s you are not being honest either. 

If you have been honest in giving these grades, and if our government were our student, then we would be compelled to hold them back a year because they are not progressing as they should.  In fact, they have become playground bullies trying to press their Will on the Will of the People. 

We have to be as honest in dealing with our government as we expect them to be with us.

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November 15, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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