Somewhere around one hundred years ago, the progressive movement was born, and began to aggregate power unto itself, slowly, ratcheting up their agenda on us like the heat under a frog in a pot of cold water.
Today, many of the items listed in the Declaration hold true for our current batch of
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. (DHS and NSA anybody?)
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. (DHS, IRS, SWAT, etc.)
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power. (A non-military branch with funding and training equal to the military...which still answers to civilian control)
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 quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: (No need for that now--that's what the NSA's PRISM program is for)
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: (Still haven't seen SWAT prosecuted for the murders of innocent victims)
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: (the Affordable Care Act was rejected by 67% of American voters. Had it come to a vote of the people, it never would have passed. And yes, according to the Supreme Court, it was a tax.)
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury: (Snowden. Need I say more?)
The water's nearly boiling, folks. And there's nowhere left to go.
I miss my country.