Great commentary from Bill Blackstone, a reader of Zero Hedge:
I'm writing the Bar tomorrow. I'm beginning to think it may have been a fool's errand. Why study Law if there is no rule of Law? Why take a solemn Oath to defend the Constitution of the United States when it is treated like toilet paper?
Because we can do better, Goddamnit.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all [people] are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Inalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among [people], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these rights, 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."
I'm going from memory here. Shall I continue?
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn [sic] that [human]kind 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."
And here's where I'll paraphrase Jefferson's immortal words, and update them for our times:
Such has been the patient sufferance of the American People, and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former system of Government. The recent history of our 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:
- It has refused to honor the Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
- It has obstructed the administration of Justice, by corrupting and debasing the once-noble offices of Bench and Bar.
- It has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass the People, and eat out their substance.
- It has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
- It has combined with Corporations to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by Law; giving its assent to their acts of pretended legislation, having been written by Corporate Counsel and not the People's elected Representatives.
- It has deprived us in many cases, of the right to a fair trial by Jury.
- It has transported people beyond Seas to be tried and tortured in secret upon mere uncorroborated allegations.
- It is at this time amassing large armies of mercenaries 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 leaders of a civilized nation.
- It has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, turning neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, to distract us from its slow abrogation of our Inalienable Civil Rights.
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 gang of thieves, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the rulers of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by our Leaders to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our ancestors' 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 humankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the People 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 the authority of the good People of these States, solemnly publish and declare, that these United States are, and of right ought to be free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the traitorous buffoons who have infected our Government at all levels, and that all political connection between them and said buffoons, 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.