America(*): Happy (Founding) Fathers Day

from ZeroHedge

I got into an early discussion today about America.  I came to the conclusion that today’s America* is an ugly fraud.  We wave the flag adorned with stars and stripes, we reminisce about a glorious history, we point to the constitution, the founding fathers and freedom and then we include ourselves as part of this legacy; as though we have some natural right to call ourselves by the same name.  But is that true?  Do Americans* by way of history simply get to partake in the greatness of our past?  Do we get to say we are somehow part of all the great things done by those who came before us?

Today’s America* has nothing in common with the nostalgic images and grand successes of the nation as it were in her glory days.  In fact, I would argue not only does America* lack any authentic representation of times past but is the antithesis of America.  We have come full circle, back to the very thing our ancestors fought, died and ultimately persevered to escape.  We have become a nation of political thieves and liars, and second class citizens whose majority will has no bearing on how their taxes will be spent or to which wars their children will be sent to die in.   And please let me halt your disgust right there, this is not conjecture but hardened fact, so allow me to explain before lazily calling me a traitor or an assh*le.

Tell me which war of the new millennium do you defend?  Can you even name the nations to which we have sent our sons and daughters to fight and die since 9/11?  Explain to me now in which countries Shiite’s are our friends and in which they are our foes.  I’m certain those who have sent their sons and daughters to fight can do so.  But can you?  And then explain to me how, while only 13% of Americans support military action in Ukraine (take your pick of polls), your constitutionally mandated government of representatives, in direct conflict with their sworn duty to represent the will of the majority, have already sent military personnel, weapons and billions of war dollars to Ukraine in an attempt to provoke a war with Russia?  Can you explain how that happens in America; land of the free, governed by and for the will of the people?  It doesn’t, but it does in America*.  And isn’t this just the point?

Not only does there no longer remain a logistic process for us to impose our will (try writing a letter to your congressman – let me know how that goes) but we no longer feel the obligation to even do so.  We vote in districts that are continuously redrawn to ensure certain outcomes and for candidates with a net worth of $50M or higher (Clinton, Bush and others) or are being backed by financially similar Super PACs e.g.  Rubio, Sanders, Cruz, etc, etc….  And these candidates, one of them necessarily to wear their respective crown, will not uphold the constitution but the requests of those that bought and paid for their success.  And that means they must disregard we the unengaged.  Quite a relationship but one that seems to work.

You see it works because the proverbial majority simply do not make it a high enough priority to perform their moral and civic obligation to enforce the constitutional mandates upon our representatives, that is, to govern our nation.  And why?  Well our lives, for each class level, have been tailored by way of government policy and legislation such that we are not willing to rock the boat.  For the lower socio-economic class, work if you want to but there will be a meal, roof and Iphone for you either way.  And for the profiteer class, if you have enough money or represent a large enough donor base your congressman will in fact answer your call, give you a meeting and pass the bill you self-draft resulting in additional unearned profits.  For those few remaining in middle, well you no longer represent a large enough voting block or donor base to really spend any time on.  That said, all campaign platforms are directed at you and that soothes you just enough that, in addition to you and your spouse working a combined 100 hours a week, you simply don’t have it in you to stand up and fulfill your moral and civic obligations.

And that is America*.  A government wholly disinterested in the will of the people and a will of the people wholly disinterested in governing ‘their’ nation.  And this is the basis for my claim that, suggesting we are the same America that we like to reminisce on is an utter fraud.  Out of respect to those great generations that were willing to, not only perform the obligation of governing their nation, but willing to die to ensure the same obligations were available for the next generation, we should place an asterix  beside the use of the term America(n) when referring to ourselves (I would be inclined to exempt military families by definition) in any literature henceforth.  This would be similar to the position of many that argue known steroid users who make it to the hall of fame must have an asterix beside their name.  If we believe it is important enough to distinguish as a context for the history of baseball is not surely important enough to distinguish as a context for the history of our nation?

And now let me walk you to the water in hopes that you will take a drink.  Please allow me to remind you, by way of presentation, of the declared intention by representatives of early Americans to be a free and self governed nation in reaction to a tyrannical government.  I urge you to count the Facts submitted, in evidence of tyranny, that we again find permeating America*.  As a means of easy extra credit (something Americans* are always willing to fight for) attempt to reconcile our American* complacency with the last line of the great document.



The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But 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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. 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 mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations 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 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:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a 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 benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring 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 into 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, 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 & 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.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions 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.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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Happy (Founding) Fathers Day


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