There is something about a certain slant of light, that casts images in a different context from how one usually sees them.

It occurred to me as I read Tommywonk’s Declaration of Independence in very familiar territory, that ominous parallels existed between then and now…..   Perhaps by not straining my eyes deciphering 18th Century handwriting i was assisted in the revelation, but in any regards, I decided to post how Bush/Cheney would have been eternally represented had Jefferson fast forward through time into today.

Keep in mind, just three years earlier, 1773, had their been an election, King George would have still had a plurality of support as well.

He has refused his Assent to Laws

No contest there.  If he doesn’t like the law, he ignores it.  Add one to the   + column.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance

No, this is a negative.  Although in Minner’s case some would argue that he should have…

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people

Another negative.  I can see no way of even stretching this to apply.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant

Three negatives in a row.  As for distant, when was the last time he entered the Capitol building?  As for uncomfortable, it would be appropriate to convene both Legislatures in the Capitol toilets.  After all, if shit stinks…..

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly

Not looking good for the revolutionaries.  In fact, his presence is the cause an unprecedented number of sessions since during Congressional breaks, every 36 hours someone gavels in and out a session….

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected

Relies on the previous one.  A negative.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners

Whereas his party plays primarily the obstructionist’s role on this issue, he tends to differ from them on this issue.  Again another negative…..

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice

One word.  Gonzales.  Ok, no contest.  One for the   + column.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone

The “jury” is still out.  There are arguments that several may be…   Logic and objectivity would certainly point that way.  But until evidence turn up..  Negative.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices,

A positive.  Just the embassy in Baghdad qualifies him for this one…..

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

Iraq; and pure fact that Congress never did declare a war.  So by Constitutional law, this is a positive.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution

Let’s see, eminent domain and Kelo.  Um, unlimited wiretapping with no court oversight.  Torture and sexual abuse of  Guantanamo detainees.  Not what I swore to uphold and defend…..  a positive.

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us

If you can count Blackwater.  another positive.

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders

How about preventing any trial at all?   Another positive.  Revolutionaries are gaining ground…..

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world

If you count how Phil Gramm (McCain’s financial adviser) singlehandedly created the collapse of Bear Sterns, which led to the collapse of our dollar, and then take into account that the subsequent fall of the dollar has cut back on the large amounts we, as a nation had previously bought globally; the argument can be made that this policy and its repercussions……essentially cut off our Trade.  A split decision…..leaning….positive.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

By imposing the tax of “cutting taxes”, Bush has given every American man, women, and unborn child, a debt of $30,000 dollars that must be someday be repaid.  Before Bush policies went into effect, our nation had a yearly surplus.  I didn’t consent to $30,000, did you?  Again this goes into the   + column.

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury

I believe there are over 400 cases of this being processed nationwide.  A positive.

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

Way too easy.  Positive.

For abolishing the free System of English Laws

Habeas Corpus and the Magna Carta.  That’s two.  Another positive.

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws

See the above……another positive….  Revolutionaries, dig out those uniforms.

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever

Isn’t that what the anthrax scare did?  (lol)  But that is not enough to push this into positive territory,  Another negative.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us

Possible, but it solely depends upon one’s interpretation of the meaning of “war”.  Taking the literal interpretation, that would be a no….  One for the negative column.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people

Even though there are 6 months and fourteen days left where this could happen, currently, it stands as a “no”.  One for the negative column.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny

Even though most of Blackwater”s troops hail from the South, were one a northern Yankee, perhaps these mey seem like they are foreign……  But because of that adjective,  even with other similarities,   this would have to go as a “no“.    So close…..

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country

No, again, but he has pissed some off so much that they have volunteered……

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us

Just his inauguration was one of the most contentious in history……  But we are not yet on the scale of Kent State or Chicago 68.  This will have to go in the negative column.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms

We have done so repeatedly but head-in-the-butt Republicans within the Senate have shut them down each time…..   Universally Americans expressed their disapproval by voting in a Democratic Congress, and voting out Republicans in every special election since….   this is one for the    + column, even though the topic doesn’t regard the President.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren.

Back to the easy ones:  “no”  This is one for the negative column.

But if one continues with the paragraph, after seperating the line blaming the Brit’s….

We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our 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 mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Sounds like the normal Republican rant against Big Government, doesn’t it?  So if you add to it the voice of Democrats, and those of Libertarians, one could say this adequately represents the voice of bloggers beseeching their Government, ie consisting of both Houses, and the executive branch,  I think it would not be a stretch to say that this….” IS WHAT THE BLOGGERS ARE TALKING ABOUT…..”  ( I should add, regardless of party.)

Thereby end the grievances.  The original document ends with a rousing conclusion and several infamous signatures…..

So what is the score card?

I give the revolutionaries willing to fight for the United States of America  as envisioned by one Thomas Jefferson  just 232 years ago, a rousing volley of 15 hits…..   Round of applause for the Jeffersonians…

Thank you. Thank you very much….

And to the royalists, those who feel comfortable being stroked by the hands of King George…, I count the number in the negative column to be……drum roll please…………………………………….

Those in the negative column……and unbeatable…..fourteen.

By laws of this country under its current leadership, the negatives have a plurality.  They win.

There is not enough evidence against the Bush/Cheney regime to start a revolution…..

Sorry revolutionaries, but their may still be grounds for impeachment    At least it appears so under the charter of the Declaration of Independence.

Kind of scary, just how close the two are, huh?