In the Declaration of Independence, which admirably (and with political expediency) caters both to the notion of a god and to nature (and this was before any solid theories of evolution!), there’s a declaration of “inalienable rights”, followed by a list of grievances against King George.
To my way of thinking, out of the 18 grievances against that George, our George already meets 7 of them:
- He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. (Privacy laws)
- 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. (Passing off ‘undocumented’ people as illegal)
- He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. (“Activist Judges”)
- He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. (Homeland Security)
- He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. (Only Congress can declare war)
- 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. (Patriot Act)
- He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. (No Child NOT Left Behind, No Equality for Gay men & Lesbians)
Did you also know, Americans, that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence both allow for total self-abolishment?
I know! Nothing is sacred, right?