“When In The Course Of Human Events”

Apr 29, 2012 by

The “long train of abuses and usurpations” Jefferson writes about in the Declaration of Independence are not exclusive to the time of the founding. They are common to any period of time when people stray from the path of self-government, and justice which is the end of all good government. The importance of our Revolution is not found in the combat against Great Britain but in the enlightened ideas promoting self-government. We must be aware when tyranny emerges and be forever vigilant in defeating those who seek to destroy self-government. Let us revisit Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence and the “long train of abuses and usurpations” in the light of recent “Human Events”.

“The history of the [national government] 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.”

“[The national government] has refused [their] assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

“[The national government] has forbidden [state governments] to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till [their] assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.”

“[The national government] has endeavored to prevent the [lawful] population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners.”

“[The national government] has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.”

“[The national government] has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

“[The national government] has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving [their] assent to their acts of pretended legislation:”

“For imposing taxes on us without our consent:”

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

“For abolishing the free system of laws in [the states], 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 [states].”

“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.”

“[The national government] is at this time transporting large armies 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.”

A simple replacement of the King for the National Government updates this latest attempt to usurp the power of “We the People”. Do not be lulled into apathy. The hour has become late and urgent action is imperative to restore good government for “ourselves and our posterity”.

1 Comment

  1. That One Guy

    I would like to propose a simple counter-view of the decleration. What was the main complaint against Great Britain that prompted the beloved document to be written in the first place? Was it not taxes without representation? Well, has it not come into place that now we have a system, which was given to us by the founders and endorsed by the writer of that very document, which elects our official who give us these burdens. That does not, then, appear to be a tyranny by government over us, but by us over ourselves. Yet, how can one tyrannize one’s self? Does not one have sovereign authority over one’s self granted by nature. And we give a part of this authority to the government, the ammount determined by us. We still have a voice in the system. We still have the ability to leave if we view the system as tyrannizing us in particular. We choose our tyranny in this way. Thus, rather than looking at all of this from a standpoint that the government is tyrannizing us, how about we look at it from the side of we tyrannize ourselves. From there, we realize that this is a natural occurance, we constantly establish laws in order to ebb the tide of individual action. These laws are not just political, but moral and the laws of sanity. What you are asking is for a sustained change in human action to a degree that is more than human nature can reasonably be expected to bare.

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