Saturday, March 31, 2012

He Has Forbidden his Governors to Pass Laws of Immediate and Pressing Importance

From the Declaration of Independence, the second "fact" that the then King of Great Britain had a history of "repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States:"
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.
The King would not support the laws passed by the colonies or would delay acknowledging them for years.

Replacing King with the name of any modern U.S. President, we have seen how our federal chief executive and his administration have constantly attempted to thwart the efforts and laws of the states to do what is in their best interest. As Jefferson stated, the laws were "neglected in England for years, neither confirming them by his assent, nor annulling them by his negative."

Modern "laws" involve such subjects and debates as immigration, commerce, housing, transportation, military bases, death penalty, assisted suicide, gay marriage and the medicinal use of marijuana.

America was founded on the principle of a small federal government and stronger state governments. American federalism has been inverted by power hungry financiers and large corporations through their support of specific politicians and related movements.

"Fact two" in the Declaration of Independence as to why many British left Britain is present in American society today.

1 comment:

Charles D said...

The federal government seems only able to agree on a law when that law benefits the "power hungry financiers and large corporations". Any legislation that has the possibility of helping ordinary Americans or conforming to the will of the majority is argued to death but never passed.

It is time to revisit the Declaration and realize that "a long train of abuses and usurpations, ...evinces a design to reduce us under absolute Despotism, and it is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for our future security."