Why Did We Bother?

July 5th.

We declared our independence.

We were aggrieved we were being taxed.

We were outraged blanket law could be imposed upon us without any say in the mater.

We found it unconscionable the laws we duly enacted were simply ignored or arbitrarily overruled.

We bemoaned we couldn’t conduct business in a manner good for our business.

We were outraged our local constabulary was militarized, turning arms against us.

We were shocked to be deprived due process, and taken without our jurisdiction to be tried in secret.

We were dumbfounded that rule could be imposed by establishing governing bureaucracy and regulation by fiat.

We disagreed with judges whose determination of law was based on the desire and ideology of their appointers.

We were enraged those affairs which were our own were now arbitrarily declared the purview of higher authority.

We were ignored each time we asked for redress of our grievances.

Prudence, indeed, dictated that Government should not be cast aside for trivial reasons. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce us under absolute Despotism, it was our right, it was our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for our future security.

Now, on the 5th day of July, 2012, we must ponder.

Why did we bother?


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