Posts Tagged 'Abuse of power'

A new Declaration of Independence

In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers enumerated 27 abuses by King George III against the people of the colonies. It is interesting how many of those very same transgressions can be laid at the feet of the current administration in the White House and of the Republican Party in general. The text in italics is directly from the transcript of Declaration of Independence at the web site of the National Archives.

 

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

In fairness, Trump has not yet vetoed wholesome and necessary laws, but only because the Republican Congress has not enacted any.

 

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.

Republican-led grid lock is widespread in those state legislatures not under GOP control.

 

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

The GOP has been adamant that undocumented immigrants be denied any representation in local governments.

 

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

Keeping Congress in Washington during the heat and humidity of August can only be described as cruel.

 

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

Although this is not directly applicable to the current situation, the failure of the Trump administration to fill hundreds of key government positions clearly is an abuse.

 

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.

Trump’s animus toward immigrants is well known.

 

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

Neil Gorsuch.

 

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

Neil Gorsuch.

 

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

Commission on Electoral Integrity, aka the Kobach Commission.

 

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

American police today dress and act like an occupying military force.

 

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

Secretary of Defense General James N. Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security General John F. Kelly, White House Chief of Staff General H. R. McMaster.

 

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

Police routinely get away with murdering civilians, mostly in Republican-led states.

 

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

Trump opposes NAFTA, TPP, and international trade in general except, of course, when it benefits him or his family.

 

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

The perfect description of a Trump rally.

 

Maybe it is time for the citizens of these United States to declare our independence of Republican abuse of our rights and institutions for these are surely “times that try men’s souls.”