Have you read the Declaration of Independence? You really should, so you’ll see where we came from and the fact that we’re going back to the tyranny we fought a war over. This is part 6 of a 10 part series on the Declaration. Let’s begin.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
- The King kept the English Army stationed among the colonists to enforce the king’s will. And they had “get out of jail free” cards, meaning they were above whatever law the colonists made.
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:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
Back then colonists were required to house soldiers, which is why the Third Amendment was written after we won the war.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
And English Judges, who answered to the King, would let the soldiers who did anything to the colonists get away with it. This is one thing I’m not seeing happening again as far as the military is concerned. The politicians get away with a multitude of crimes though.
We defied one tyrant, fought for freedom, and birthed a nation based on the foundational right to live your own life as long as you do no harm to others. We have been moving steadily backwards from the ideals that founded America, and we should be ashamed. The power is in the people, and we abdicated that authority to faceless bureaucrats. We have a choice, Dependent or Independent. Which are you?
Next week, I’ll look at more of the charges against King George and see if we suffer under the same today.