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01/14/2006 06:19 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Grievances Against King George

I've frequently been dumbfounded, flabbergasted, bewildered, confounded, confused and angered by this current Bush cabal/administration. They seem to have no historical perspective nor awareness of who we truly are as a people and nation. They are disconnected from the ideals, intentions and dreams of our founding fathers and seem intent on remaking the country to conform with their radical beliefs.

I travel internationally (48 countries so far) 6 - 8 months each year and have witnessed first hand the steady erosion of respect, friendliness and support out there since bush (small 'b'), aka 'shrub', and "the dick" took office. In many countries (including former and current allies) we are despised by a majority now. I've recently lost two business contracts in Europe simply, and only, because I'm an American. One of my staff is Canadian and when we meet people and they ask where we are from I let him answer first, and then just shut up...

One day, in the height of frustration with the accumulation of power abuses, self-serving decisions and arrogance, I wondered if maybe it was I who misunderstood who we are, so I reread the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. I forgot that 2/3 of the Declaration of Independence is a list of grievances against King George III, many of which apply today to the current imperial "king (small 'k') George". Take a look (below from the Declaration of Independence)--

...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

Grievances against King George, from the Declaration of Independence:

He has refuted his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good [WIRETAPPING/SPYING ON USA CITIZENS. CIRCUMVENTING TRIAL BY JURY. GUANTANAMO. SCORNING UN AND GENEVA TREATY OBLIGATIONS. TORTURE SCANDLES...].

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 [WALL ALONG THE MEXICO BORDER/].

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers. [SUPREME COURT NOMINATIONS]

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices [SUPREME COURT NOMINATIONS]...

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power [MISLED/LIED COUNTRY INTO IRAQ WAR].

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 cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world [STEEL TARRIFS]:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury [GUANTANAMO. SECRET PRISONS]:

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

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 [IRAQ AND...].

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments [UN OBLIGATIONS AND COOPERATION]:

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 [IRAQ, GUANTANAMO, ABU GRAB, CIA SECRET PRISONS... ]

We have a way to "Declare our Independence". It's called impeachment.