To Those Who Persist In Their Treason

One of the few programs I truly awaited eagerly was the HBO series, John Adams. I absolutely LOVED it!. It was showing again today on HBO. One of my favorite spots was actually on You Tube. The Continental Congress had sent over a letter of grievances to King George III and the following snippet is the reading of King George’s response to the Continental Congress. On in the background right now is the movie, ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ – 1989. (An interesting note: John Adams & Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, some hours apart, and the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.)

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience heth shown, 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.

Robert Scheer, who is editor-in-chief at Truthdig, wrote a column today entitled ‘The U.S. Is Drowning in Pretend Patriotism.‘ Much of what Scheer references in his column is related to the invasion of Iraq and the lies that accompanied it. The blustery redneck, flag-waving, yellow ribbon plastered on personal vehicles where “only in an America dumbed down by constant propaganda about our innate moral superiority will anyone any longer believe that we didn’t invade Iraq for the oil …… recognize that you have shamed the legacy of our first president. George Washington, who distinguished the promise of the new world from the corruptions of the old by shunning imperial conquest.”

And somehow, it became unpatriotic – treasonous to speak out, to speak up, to speak against the lies and fear promotion and mongering, to challenge the status quo.

To my fellow citizens to be, we believe in free speech in the United States of America” as the protester is dragged out calling Bush a war criminal.
President Bush was at Monticello (VA) speaking to a group of folks who were becoming new citizens. Bush invoking Jefferson. That’s fucking laughable. It’s pretty obvious Bush has no clue about Jefferson. I’d lay down real money on Jefferson viewing Bush with great disdain.
In George Washington’s Farewell Address – 1796 …. as referenced previously by Mr. Scheer in his article …. where Washington advises caution to, among other things, “avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.” Not forgetting of course, that Washington was commander of the Revolutionary forces (Continental Army), and a two-term president of the nation. Jefferson served as Washington’s Secretary of State during Washington’s first term as president.
Further:
To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable. No alliance, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute; they must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions which all alliances in all times have experienced. Sensible of this momentous truth, you have improved upon your first essay, by the adoption of a constitution of government better calculated than your former for an intimate union, and for the efficacious management of your common concerns. This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all…..
Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.

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  1. Find the Cost of Freedom was the ‘B side’ of “Ohio” by CSNY

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