Reasons for Revolt: Striking SimilaritiesSubmitted by CRinMI on Sun, 04/22/2012 - 23:08
I was reading through the Declaration of Independence today and found it interesting how many of the grievances of the Colonists could be echoed in our own time. No doubt many here have made like connections already but for me, an admitted liberty newb, it was a surprising first.
...erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
...affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
...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.
...imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.
...depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury. (on the books anyway)
...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. (in our case, we are the aggressors)
...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. (is this, perhaps, the idea whose time has come?)