The Declaration of Independence

July 3, 2019

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The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

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 harrass 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 benefits 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 Brittish 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.

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46 Responses to “The Declaration of Independence”

  1. fayettenamhoe Says:

    shelter, skelter, the blues have arrived

  2. gordo Says:

    On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    H.L.Mencken

  3. fayettenamhoe Says:

    and to all a good ride

  4. fayettenamhoe Says:

    amerika is bound to elect a nazi racist sooner or later that will bring about the end of democracy and freedom, not that amerika has ever lived up to the constitution any way, hello police state and terror on the street and goodbye all non-whites and womens rites, the hate machine will run overtime and the prisons will burst, oh and say goodbye to legal and medical pot, just like nazi germany did, the evil scourge will be the new norm and jesus will be roasted on their grills, you lose you fools, because you are losers in the heart —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-truthdig comment————-12/15/17—————–well, well, well, obummer was a nieve duts, but lest we forget those who come be for him, da’ bush and his criminal gang of war mongers and before that the clinton scam machine of “i feel your pain”, daddy bush and reagonomics and meddlinig in foriegn affairs, these chumps only kept the ball rolling for the bankers, billionaires, corporate trolls and the war machine, obumma was just doing his part the same as this turd traitor called trump does now, ms. clinton would not have been much better, face it all these folks have been a by-product of that banker scam called ww2, and that lie of amerikan exceptionalism, the masse’s are pacified beyond recovery and will allways be easy to manipulate, and all of this investigation into this baffoon trump will only scratch the surface of this gigantic con because the truth would bring down the whole structure of the farce so many eagerly embrace, not to mention that the powers that be can turn the faucet off at any time they choose to make the sheeple suffer again, they are trapped and some of them have built their cage out of golden bars

  5. fayettenamhoe Says:

    i will eat your dust, digest it and smoke you up, keep yourn woman
    away from my biting eye’s, her ass will be violated

  6. fayettenamhoe Says:

    eat me

    amerika is bound to elect a nazi racist sooner or later that will bring about the end of democracy and freedom, not that amerika has ever lived up to the constitution any way, hello police state and terror on the street and goodbye all non-whites and womens rites, the hate machine will run overtime and the prisons will burst, oh and say goodbye to legal and medical pot, just like nazi germany did, the evil scourge will be the new norm and jesus will be roasted on their grills, you lose you fools, because you are losers in the heart —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-truthdig comment————-12/15/17—————–well, well, well, obummer was a nieve duts, but lest we forget those who come be for him, da’ bush and his criminal gang of war mongers and before that the clinton scam machine of “i feel your pain”, daddy bush and reagonomics and meddlinig in foriegn affairs, these chumps only kept the ball rolling for the bankers, billionaires, corporate trolls and the war machine, obumma was just doing his part the same as this turd traitor called trump does now, ms. clinton would not have been much better, face it all these folks have been a by-product of that banker scam called ww2, and that lie of amerikan exceptionalism, the masse’s are pacified beyond recovery and will allways be easy to manipulate, and all of this investigation into this baffoon trump will only scratch the surface of this gigantic con because the truth would bring down the whole structure of the farce so many eagerly embrace, not to mention that the powers that be can turn the faucet off at any time they choose to make the sheeple suffer again, they are trapped and some of them have built their cage out of golden bars

  7. fayettenamhoe Says:

    its not like i can digest this world, bu, bub, bugh, but, you a’int seen nuthin yet, and if you love your freedom, tie that muther down, hell on wheels may not save old grannies’s panties

    amerika is bound to elect a nazi racist sooner or later that will bring about the end of democracy and freedom, not that amerika has ever lived up to the constitution any way, hello police state and terror on the street and goodbye all non-whites and womens rites, the hate machine will run overtime and the prisons will burst, oh and say goodbye to legal and medical pot, just like nazi germany did, the evil scourge will be the new norm and jesus will be roasted on their grills, you lose you fools, because you are losers in the heart —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-truthdig comment————-12/15/17—————–well, well, well, obummer was a nieve duts, but lest we forget those who come be for him, da’ bush and his criminal gang of war mongers and before that the clinton scam machine of “i feel your pain”, daddy bush and reagonomics and meddlinig in foriegn affairs, these chumps only kept the ball rolling for the bankers, billionaires, corporate trolls and the war machine, obumma was just doing his part the same as this turd traitor called trump does now, ms. clinton would not have been much better, face it all these folks have been a by-product of that banker scam called ww2, and that lie of amerikan exceptionalism, the masse’s are pacified beyond recovery and will allways be easy to manipulate, and all of this investigation into this baffoon trump will only scratch the surface of this gigantic con because the truth would bring down the whole structure of the farce so many eagerly embrace, not to mention that the powers that be can turn the faucet off at any time they choose to make the sheeple suffer again, they are trapped and some of them have built their cage out of golden bars

  8. Paladin Says:

    @ Penguin;

    I agree to what you propose.

    Long May You ride,

    Paladin

  9. Shovel Says:

    Mark Twain is a diversion. Look at how real 1%ers or outlaws in the Wild West survived bad government. They got involved in politics. They supported one side or the other with campaign donations, getting the vote out, and physically backing up their politicians. They were what then were called gunfighters. But, their involvement in the community was not corruption–not The Godfather. It was the American Way. Maybe, if some of the clubs in California did more than dress up like Santa Claus and hand out toys to kids, the A.T.F. couldn’t run them off the road. To cite just a few examples from American history:

    1) Elfego Baca (February 10, 1865 – August 27, 1945) was a gunman, lawman, lawyer, and politician in the later years of the American wild west.

    2) James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as “Wild Bill” Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his work across the frontier as a drover, wagon master, soldier, spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor.

    Hickok was born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois at a time when lawlessness and vigilante activity were occurring because of the influence of the “Banditti of the Prairie”. Hickok was drawn to this ruffian lifestyle and headed west at age 18 as a fugitive from justice, working as a stagecoach driver and later as a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Over the course of his life, he was involved in several notable shoot-outs.

    3) John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American Old West outlaw, gunfighter, and…folk icon…Hardin got into trouble with the law from an early age. He killed his first man at age 14; he claimed it was in self-defense.

    Pursued by lawmen for most of his life, he was sentenced in 1877 at age 23 to 24 years in prison for murder. When he was sentenced, Hardin claimed to have killed 42 men…While in prison, Hardin studied law…Hardin was released from prison on February 17, 1894, having served seventeen years of his twenty-five-year sentence. Later that year, on March 16, Hardin was pardoned, and, on July 21, he passed the state’s bar examination, obtaining his license to practice law.

    4) John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist. A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp, Holliday is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He developed a reputation as having killed more than a dozen men in various altercations…

    While in Texas, he saved Wyatt Earp’s life…In Tombstone, local members of the outlaw Cochise County Cowboys repeatedly threatened him and spread rumors that he had robbed a stage. On October 26, 1881, Holliday was deputized by Tombstone city marshal Virgil Earp. The lawmen attempted to disarm five members of the Cowboys near the O.K. Corral on the west side of town, which resulted in the 30-second shootout.

    Following the Tombstone shootout, Virgil Earp was maimed by hidden assailants while Morgan Earp was murdered. Unable to obtain justice in the courts, Wyatt Earp took matters into his own hands. As the recently appointed deputy U.S. marshal, Earp formally deputized Holliday, among others. As a federal posse, they pursued the outlaw Cowboys they believed were responsible. They found Frank Stilwell lying in wait as Virgil boarded a train for California and killed him. The local sheriff issued a warrant for the arrest of five members of the federal posse, including Holliday. The federal posse killed three other Cowboys during late March and early April 1882, before they rode to the New Mexico Territory. Wyatt Earp learned of an extradition request for Holliday and arranged for Colorado Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin to deny Holliday’s extradition.

    Do today’s 1%ers want to continue riding around as Santa’s Little Helpers or take control of their own destiny?

  10. Gandalf Says:

    FTW used to mean something (and included your ugly wife and dog) FTW Regulars, go ride your bike.

  11. Penguin Says:

    @ Paladin, I suppose we ought to agree on something…so I propose that we agree that Twain might well agree that violence is an increasing possibility…(I myself see that as obvious, so he would quite probably too). He might not be happy about it though…who would be? Not only the blood and ruin, the starved women and raped children…. Just because a thing that can happen has become inevitable is not a reason for joy. The young Twain, happy? Maybe. The old Twain? I seriously doubt it… We’re speaking of a state of emotion in a dead man…

    There exists an unfinished metaphysics describing the nature of Conflict. History and logic and that science makes it quite plain that the primary effect of violence, no matter how foolish or brilliant, no matter how necessary, is always less than the subsequent effects. This evident fact makes obvious the general inadvisability of violence as a method for achievement of constructive goals. The essence of violence is unpredictable outcome. The Philosophy for predicting outcomes seems to be analogous to the mathematics for multibody problems. Anyway, it happens…and we shall have to make the best of what comes.

    Here a quote from Hamlet’s “Mousetrap” >

    “Our wills and fates do so contrary run
    That our devices still are overthrown
    Our thoughts are ours; their ends: none of our own”

    (violence has unknowable outcome)

    I want to raise the question of semantics here, naming a violent time “revolution” gives it an acceptable character. “Mutiny” might also suggest a character…as does “insurrection”.

    So does makeup on a whore…or paint on the tank cover bondo.

    The raw facts and secret actions – Lincoln’s murder prevented the “repatriation” of the Negros from the US to Africa, JFK’s hit, the Russian Fleet in New York and Frisco…and the Israeli job on 911…the list is long and deep… of foreign agencies in the US throughout our history have been the determining factors in our history. A violent period, whatever it is called, isn’t going to change that. Obviously most of this history is generally unknown, as it works better on the ignorant. And most of the history is financial and conspiratorial…Machiavellian, seasoned with the arson or murder/suicide/etc.

    Do not form the idea that I take sides…not much further than the County line. Like my pals, we are old and more or less past believing.

    Revolution requires the suspension of disbelief….

    A general systemic failure in CONUS obviously would be attended by massive privation, starvation, much violence, and foreign influences becoming dominant….a factionalization ending in the dissolution into several political realms according to geography, each with foreign tutelage (or occupation). Happy Twain? I doubt it. Perhaps a sarcastic chuckle…

  12. Paladin Says:

    @ Penguin;

    My statement about Twain possibly being happy about a coming revolution in this country is based on the fact that he marketed himself as a socialist and revolutionary. Twain said the following about himself:

    “I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute.”

    In Twain’s support of revolutionary violence (this country’s Revolutionary and Civil War), Twain writes:

    “My privilege to write these sanguinary sentences in soft security was bought for me by rivers of blood poured upon many fields, in many lands, but I possess not one single little paltry right or privilege that came to me as a result of persuasion, agitation for reform, or any kindred method of procedure.”

    Regarding a foreign power (Russia / China) stepping into the middle of an armed conflict within the borders of the United States: I offer the following analyzation, which in my opinion, based on my prior knowledge of asymmetric (Guerrilla) warfare leads me to believe it to be the most accurate I’ve seen so far.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJh7Ye1Qvc8&fbclid=IwAR2Mra6Cphg3jy6rYmi-hJN0sww_9V9F6Eug1d0_Bj7rVfnH78whHu6SEks

    Paladin

  13. Penguin Says:

    It is, based on the life-time of Twain’s writing, difficult to accept the unsupported claim that> “Twain would be happy to know that in this country a revolution is coming. How bloody it will get is anybody’s guess. When that time comes we can fight to either save or destroy this Republic or as Twain did, run away. Because this is the United States, you get to choose. Choose wisely.”

    Frankly, Twain would be appalled at the claim that a bloody revolution was coming to the US. He might agree that some terrible violence was in the offing, but it’s delusional to imagine he’d be happy about it. I am sure the idea that he’d be happy would be immediately repudiated by the living man.

    The idea that the “country” will remain whole is also unsupported. A period of violence, a “revolution”…is liable in invite Chinese, European, and Russian support for the several proxy forces…and result in the dismemberment of the unitary federal state…which is something that Imperial Russia (for her own goals) prevented in the US “Northern War of Aggression (aka “civil war”)

    People in Alaska may wish to study Ruski…they’re planning a railroad tunnel under Bering Strait…and rail links all the way through, down the coasts and central US…to Argentina…

  14. Paladin Says:

    I was always a Steve Allen fan. That aside: Twain was a capitalist in the ornamentation of a populist. Throughout his life, Twain was able to amass a fortune by way of the very monetary system he railed against. Twain championed the poor from the balcony of his wealth. Twain thought of himself as a revolutionary, yet deserted when fighting for the South during the Civil War. It is easy to disparage patriotism when you have no convictions.

    To the best of my knowledge, Twain never experienced what life is like when living in a socialist / communist country, and like so many others have done and do, Twain chose to champion socialism from the safety of the capitalistic United States. It’s ironic that those pushing for socialism in the United States don’t actually want to live in a socialist country. Venezuela comes to mind. As Friedrich Hayek has said: “There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.” Obviously: the foregoing did not occur to Twain, or the fact that in a free society, people aren’t equal.

    Twain would be happy to know that in this country a revolution is coming. How bloody it will get is anybody’s guess. When that time comes we can fight to either save or destroy this Republic or as Twain did, run away. Because this is the United States, you get to choose. Choose wisely.

    Paladin

  15. david Says:

    Rebel, i was wrong. You are right. Thanks

  16. Penguin Says:

    @Paladin>

    https://archive.org/details/completeworksofm22twai/page/n6

    The contextual basis for the Mark Twain quote.

    Twain is one of the few with whom I would wish to engage over a few beers…after the wayback machine retrieved him and we gave the fella time to get oriented… Who recalls now Steve Allen’s TV show?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKRxZSOqAYw

    I would point out that “patriotism” is by definition and character a belief system, a mythic delusion which becomes true only through faith, which is to say willingness to suspend disbelief. It is necessary for political control, some say.

    We tell ourselves fairy-tales, as if to children. The elite trans-national uberwealthy do not share such stories…but they use them to manipulate others…

    some commentary on Twain> https://socialistworker.org/2010/04/21/the-twain-they-didnt-teach

    and a Harper’s essay> “Mr. Twain Offers a Lesson on Patriotism” https://harpers.org/blog/2008/07/mr-twain-offers-a-lesson-on-patriotism/

    The Declaration above may be considered an example from a past operation…which is perhaps why Alberto G spoke of the Constitution as “quaint”, irrelevant.

    Consider> “In The Conquest of the Philippines, Twain describes the massacre of 600 Moros (a Philippine tribe), who were armed only with knifes and clubs and fortified in an extinct volcano crater, by American troops standing at the rim and shooting down on them. The president called this a “brilliant feat of arms.” This is what Twain had to say:

    The enemy numbered 600–including women and children–and we abolished them utterly, leaving not even a baby alive to cry for its dead mother. This is incomparably the greatest victory that was ever achieved by the Christian soldiers of the United States. ”

    And compare to this> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQzp5qzh0O4

  17. Paladin Says:

    @ Penguin;

    Without being available to ask him, I believe Mark Twain was referring to blind patriotism when using the word ‘customarily’ in his statement regarding patriotism.

    Without patriotic beliefs, our country might now be referred to as the United States of England instead of the United States of America. Patriotism had enabled Americans to overcome the Great Depression and defeat the Axis powers in WWII.

    Blind patriotism, which is fear based patriotism is what I believe Mark Twain was referring to in his statement and the United States has certainly been and is still guilty of that, with some of the following examples being: The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, the Palmer raids of 1919, the internment of Americans from Japanese decent after the attack on Pearl harbor, the McCarthy era inquisitions of the 1950s and most recently, this Country’s Patriot Act.

    Paladin

  18. Mad Midget Says:

    @ Vince P

    In reply to your question, all of us vets, that’s who. And you’re welcome.

  19. commonsense Says:

    To Rebel….I am impressed with your post. It shows how much of a knowledgeable guy you are. Thats probably why your website has been around for so long. Most people when they think of bikers see redneck simpletons. Thanks for proving them wrong. Looking forward to your book.

  20. Stevo Says:

    At least you guys got yourself free of the British Royal Family, we’re still stuck with the parasites.

    Stevo

  21. SB Apollo Says:

    Good stuff, Penguin and Rebel.

    One of the most fascinating periods in American history was the War of 1812, which if I recall correctly, wasn’t ever mentioned in any of my history classes during Grade School. Around the same time, Napoleon sold the Louisiana Territory to our nation.

    It wasn’t until about 20 years ago that I began reading books about that period (and Andrew Jackson’s presidency, wow!).

    I still think all we ever got from the British was our own flag. They were always calling the shots. I also have no doubt that the British, egged on by Zionists, tricked us into WW1.

  22. Penguin Says:

    @ Rebel…I like the Jefferson idea you relate to bikes, and tend to agree with that and generally with your sketch of the real history.

    It may be interesting to consider that the Brits have curated a vast intelop under the rubric of “Atlanticism” since about 1815 or so, with the failure of direct force to achieve or re-establish control over US affairs.

    Said control continues in several ways. The curated zionist 5th column is a major point in the array of methods.

    @ Paladin
    Consider> “The soul and substance of what customarily ranks as patriotism is moral cowardice – and always has been.”
    ~ Mark Twain, Notebook, 1904.

  23. Rebel Says:

    Dear David,

    I believe you are mistaken.

    The Treaty of Amity and Commerce was with France and was signed in Paris in 1778. A secret provision included Spain, which had gold and silver mines in the New World. And, the English thought there was gold in Florida.

    The Treaty of Paris in 1783 ended the Revolutionary War. That treaty pissed off the French, who were approaching their own revolution, and left a lot of loose ends. One provision was that everybody would pay off their debts. But the individual states refused to pay off debts to the British.

    Jay’s Treaty in 1795 got the British out of what would soon be called Astoria and what is now Oregon and Washington, even though Lewis and Clark wouldn’t go west for years. It abrogated, for all practical purposes, debts to England. Mostly it led, for reasons I won’t even try to talk about here now, to the reduction of what America is all about to two ideologies. One was Alexander Hamilton’s and the other was Thomas Jefferson’s. Jefferson was more inclined to expansion, the population of the frontier and the glorification of the yeoman. Hamilton wanted to keep everybody east of the Appalachians and encourage immigration to provide the cheapest possible labor for manufacturing in the east.

    For a long time it looked like Jefferson’s idea of America won. Now he is the “Monster of Monticello” and Hamilton’s ideas dominate what we have become. (Hamilton even has own hit play!) Although the ideas of a third 18th Century philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, who came up with the idea that people could be perfected by keeping them under constant surveillance, increasingly color Hamiltonianism..

    All I know about English debts is that Americans told the English bankers to go fuck themselves.

    My personal idea, as most longtime readers know, is that the motorcycle outlaw world is an artifact of Jeffersonianism. Consequesntly my fondness for the term “motorcycle outlaw frontier.”

    Thank you for commenting,

    Rebel

  24. david Says:

    After the political bands were broken connecting the English colonies from the Mother country of England(the mother-fucking country), the congress of the new nation failed to break the economic-business bands. The U.S. signed the Treaty Of Amity and Peace with England, after the war, agreeing to give England one-quarter of ALL gold mined in the country.

    The inhabitants of the new nation probably questioned everything about THAT treaty.

    The banking business-men corporations had orgasms after reading the Constitution of 1787 giving English bankers the Revolutionary War loan guarantees they couldn’t get otherwise. Maybe the inhabitants got upset about that.

    With economic independence comes real freedom, slaves will tell you so. Political independence is secondary, with English business people and early members of congress being clear examples of early-on, financial fucking. The political whores
    of congress today, are much worse than the early ones. They now operate a police-state, where ANY opposition to their fucking you without lube ain’t tolerated.

  25. Paladin Says:

    @ Penguin;

    At the end of the day, oaths are nothing more than spoken words, as are the printed words that make up this country’s Constitution and its Bill of Rights. It is for the individual speaking or reading those words to decide their true value. Many have given their lives based on the value they have placed on those spoken or printed words.

    People complain about their perceived lack of freedom here in the United States. Living somewhere else for a while might change that perception. With all its faults, I’d rather live in the United States than in any other country.

    Long May You Ride,

    Paladin

  26. 78Airhead Says:

    Significan bone to pick:

    In Revolutionary days, the people that were coming to the new world to score free stuff were in the employ of European kings. Today? Not so much.

  27. No one important Says:

    “”That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it” The Founding Fathers had the foresight to see something happening, like we see today. Politicians who want their own citizens to pay for housing, food , schooling and health care for people who are citizens of another country then break into ours. Sad times!

  28. Vince P Says:

    “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” I wonder how many Americans, yes Americans, no hyphen involved, would be willing to lay down their lives for their freedom. And then they came for me, and there was no one left to object…

  29. Phuquehed Says:

    The most beautiful, truthful, words for freedom this world has ever known and probably will ever know again. This should be something that kids in school should have to read and do a report on at least once every year until they graduate high school, starting with the fifth grade.

    Now if we could only find teachers who aren’t commie fuck-stains to teach them!!

  30. Penguin Says:

    I took the Oath long years ago, and have tried to keep it…but I have eyes and ears and Thoughts.

    In fact the oath is different for different folks…officers take one, enlisted another…civil employees somewhere in between…so it’s not one oath, and it has changed over the years, and may be expected to change in the future…so in some sense it does have an “expiration date”. Paladin would presumably know this, since he is well informed about the numerous abuses, like any cop.

    More significant is that the Constitution changes all the time.

    Yet more troubling is the fact that the executive branches of the several “sovereigns” that rule in the US (every State and the Feds) pay attention to whatever the Constitution is supposed to mean (according to politicized courts) by either ignoring this basic law or the statutes supporting it, or by considering that it is “quaint” (as Bush 43’s brilliant lawyer called it with contempt)

    With the so-called “Patriot Act”…well, one has only to look…

    So let’s put it this way>

    Suppose you took a solemn oath to defend your wife (you probably did).

    And suppose she died.

    The oath you took expired with her death.

    Is this an unpleasant set of reasoning? Sure. Valid? Probably.

    R.I.P. USC

    Happy 4th, y’all

  31. Penguin Says:

    Shays’ Rebellion adds nuance to the understanding of those days…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFUAvxHdFNo

    The amendments were added because otherwise the States would not ratify the second constitution… Yup, the constitution is not the constitution, sorta…

    After they added them amendments, they began taking them away…

    Which may explain how come there are rebels yet…

  32. Paladin Says:

    The oath that some of us took has no expiration date.

    Paladin

  33. Hangaround Says:

    What Austin says, 100%. The 2A was not penned to protect your hunting rights it was designed specifically for this.

  34. Commonsense Says:

    I still feel we live in the greatest country in the world. A lot of immigrants come here for free shit (our governments fault) but many come here because they know it’s still the land of opportunity. As the late great comedian Sam Kinison said “if you can’t make it here you can’t make it anywhere” I suggest a good read. “The Freedom Answer Book” By Judge Andrew Napolitano. Sub titled “How the Government Is Taking Away Your Constitutional Freedoms” He lays it out in plain English. To the best country in the world. If you don’t like it we won’t keep you here feel free to leave.

  35. TX_Biker Says:

    @Austin, I see what you are saying but I would compare this more to the Fall of Rome. Unless we follow the above document and the constitution, Turn away from the lefts degradation of our moral stance as Americans, we will go the way of Rome.

  36. Shovel Says:

    FUCK THE POLICE:

    “He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.”

    FUCK THE POLICE:

    “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:'”

    FUCK THE POLICE:

    “For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

    [Driving While Black, Driving While Brown, Red, Yellow, White – Walking While Black, Walking While Brown, Red, Yellow, White – Breathing While Black, Breathing While Brown, Red, Yellow, White]”

    FUCK THE POLICE

  37. CatfishOCNY Says:

    Thanks Rebel! Desdicado is right, this needs to be read by more people more often. Happy Independence Day!

  38. david Says:

    So many great things can be accomplished, when grilling bratwurst is not the main concern of the day.

  39. Oregon Moose Says:

    An amazing and beautifully written document, perfectly illustrating the many reasons the colonies had for rebelling against British rule. I often wonder what the men who wrote that document would think of our current government.

  40. Sieg Says:

    TOSIAR

    Again

  41. Austin Says:

    ” 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.”

    Feels like the time is upon us yet again. Now if everyone would look up from their cell phones….

  42. Desdicado Says:

    Thanks Rebel. More people in this country need to read this once in awhile. Happy 4th.

  43. panamaa Says:

    Thank you for posting this, as you do every 4th….

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