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The Way It’s Done…….

By Patrick Van Roy On July 4th, 2019

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 BartlettWilliam WhippleMatthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John HancockSamuel AdamsJohn AdamsRobert Treat PaineElbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen HopkinsWilliam Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger ShermanSamuel HuntingtonWilliam WilliamsOliver Wolcott

New York:
William FloydPhilip LivingstonFrancis LewisLewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard StocktonJohn WitherspoonFrancis HopkinsonJohn HartAbraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert MorrisBenjamin RushBenjamin FranklinJohn MortonGeorge ClymerJames SmithGeorge TaylorJames WilsonGeorge Ross

Delaware:
Caesar RodneyGeorge ReadThomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton

North Carolina:
William HooperJoseph HewesJohn Penn

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

Georgia:
Button GwinnettLyman HallGeorge Walton

35 Responses to “The Way It’s Done…….”

  1. What? There’s no mention of a backstop, or concern for Northern Irish cabbage growers.. And they just declare independence without running it by legal first. Man, we’re going to get sued big-time! lol

  2. that’s great Charles

  3. “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.”

    An excellent argument stated magnificently.

  4. To our cousins across the pond, happy independence day.

    Unlike Remainers I shall reframe from asking for a rematch 😉

  5. That’s cruel of you Mark. Leaving the Americans isolated and alone. Surely they deserve a second chance to rejoin the Empire, or as Pete Moore calls it, “ The greatest gift Britain gave the world “ 😉

  6. //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//

    And we further hold that the Creator in his Grandeur declared “Well actually, not ALL men are created equal”. for verily the Negro is disallowed from this divine Rule by cause of the color of his skin and was created as slave to the master race.

    And we likewise hold that these same certain unalienable Rights are in fact alienable to any such persons and nations as we deem in our smug knowledge of the Creator’s will,
    such as the native peoples of this land, who shall remain less than equal and not avail of those otherwise unalienable Rights.

    This is all a load of high-sounding tosh. There is – as the “founding fathers” proved by their slave owning antics even while they were doing their moral grandstanding – no such thing as unalienable or Creator-given or any other form of a-priori rights. “Rights” are held, given, taken, fought for and secured only within a social framework, and societies and their leaders will always decide who and what gets to have these rights and screw all the fine talk.

  7. You have a God given unalienable right to life except in all those cases where the government choose to alienate that right.

  8. Great 8.27 Noel.

  9. Happy “Getting rid of the Brits” day

  10. hey Noel you just keep living in Germany where real equality has always existed… (where’s the gas pipe) while you had to leave your native country to make a living…..

  11. Patrick, I doubt if I’ll stay living here as long as you’ll be living in your trailer.
    Another difference is that, unilke you, I didn’t go to Germany for financial or any economic/job reasons, despite what those voices in your head tell you.

  12. Patrick, I doubt if I’ll stay living here as long as you’ll be living in your trailer.

    Relocation Noel?

  13. Paul, I’m currently in a nice green and warm place on the Med looking at house prices.

  14. Wow

  15. Nice! Which part of the Med?

  16. but you didn’t stay in your country did you Noel… and you’re not looking at houses in the ROI or NI…. that my friend says it all.

    And yes I live in a trailer. I live within my means and because of that hopefully this time next year me and the mrs will be moving to the Poconos still in America still in Pennsylvania.

  17. “but you didn’t stay in your country did you Noel… and you’re not looking at houses in the ROI or NI…. that my friend says it all.”

    We can all guarantee that a number of your ancestors decided to do the same. What does that say about them? Whatever qualities you are projecting onto Noel you are also projecting onto your own family.

  18. That my friend says it all.

    What does it say Pat? I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make with this.

  19. What does that say about them?

    They were smart and knew when to get out and where to go…. and unlike this lot we remember and honor our bloodlines, but had the brains and balls to join and dedicate our lives to the greatest nation the world has ever known.

    🙂

  20. “They were smart”

    What happened to the genetics along the way?

    “but had the brains and balls to join and dedicate our lives to the greatest nation the world has ever known.”

    Didn’t know your ancestors went to Scandinavia.

  21. What does it say Pat?

    It says Noel doesn’t feel Ireland is worth him living in.

  22. Scandinavia…. lmao

  23. It says Noel doesn’t feel Ireland is worth him living in

    I don’t think it says that at all.

  24. “Scandinavia…. lmao”

    Indeed. Certainly better than America, in virtually every measurable way.

    As the Newsroom (shit show, good opening gambit) put it:

    Will: It’s NOT the greatest country in the world, professor. That’s my answer.

    Moderator: …You’re saying?

    Will: Yes.

    Moderator: …Let’s talk about-

    Will: Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it any time he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes; it costs airtime, column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?

    Sharon: Hey-!

    Will: [without letting her finish, he directs his attention to Lewis] And with a straight face, you’re gonna tell students that America’s so star-spangled awesome, that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. [laughs] So 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.

    Moderator: All right –

    Will: And yeah, you, sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know, and one of them is, there’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined. 25 of whom are allies.

  25. and how many people are willing to die just to try to get there?

    We have bodies floating in the river at our border of people that would literally die to live here, does Scandinavia?

  26. “We have bodies floating in the river at our border of people that would literally die to live here, does Scandinavia?”

    Scandinavia wouldn’t let them die.

    Also the principle reason that they are going to the United States is because it is the closest wealthy democratic nation. If you reverse the United States and Canada on the map all those people would be going to Canada.

    So the floor is yours Patrick. Why is America the “greatest nation the world has ever known?

  27. ROFLMAO…..

    Last year the US took in more immigrants than every other nation in the world combined….

    Why don’t you ask them why…..

  28. How many of them came from countries right beside the United States?

  29. We only have 2 countries next to us Mexico and Canada…. so not many.

  30. You have two who border you. What proportion of them aren’t from the Americas?

  31. And per capita, just to compare, there are more immigrants in Canada.

  32. The country holding the highest number of refugees proportionally is Lebanon, with over one fifth of its population arriving as refugees. Again, it’s the border thing.

  33. Refugees from Warzones aren’t immigrants Noel

  34. Happy Heil to the Chief day. 🙂

  35. lol