Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day

On July 4 in 1776, a few rogue British Colonies in North America declared their independence from England, forming the United States of America. Please, please don't call it the "4th of July Holiday," because the holiday is "Independence Day", celebrating the fact that pioneering and gutsy forefathers had enough of England's King George III and his "long train of abuses and usurpations," including:

  • Keeping standing armies in the colonies without consent of the colonial legislature
  • Obstructing the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers
  • Obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither
  • Affecting to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power
These are just a few of the gripes listed in the Declaration of Independence against King George.

While we will be out in force celebrating the birth of this nation, we think its important to take a look back at how we got here.


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