The federal government is King George 7/12/17

In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers explained their departure from secession from the British Commonwealth by listing the King’s transgressions against them, among which were:

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

and:

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:

How ironic that our government has become exactly that which the Founders rebelled against in the first place.

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  1. Rare new post up from someone not called Brent Nyitray.

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  2. How ironic that our government has become exactly that which the Founders rebelled against in the first place.

    Seems almost inevitable. There were many amongst the founders who essentially wanted it to become something like a superior England, minus the specificity of the monarchy and the patronage of the English nobility. Hamilton wanted a king-like president, and even Washington took on some of the trappings of kingship (Jefferson thought Adams always looked foolish wearing a ceremonial sword at ceremonies and gatherings).

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Hamilton is getting such hagiographic (and revisionist) praise on broadway presently. He wanted an American king, and a fairly authoritarian style of government, and believed deeply in the modern liberal and politicrat conceit that there are a few superior men in the world, and they should rule the rest. Ultimately, Hamilton won the argument, because his view was most compatible with those who would desire and pursue power.

    The British harassment of the colonies was a fairly predictable thing, and so was independence. It was fortunate that the mid to late 1700s predated aeroplanes and transatlantic communications and video conferencing and so on. And that there was so much land. I think that played a large role in American independence. Although I think we’d probably be independent in the same manner as Canada, now, had we not declared independence back then.

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

    Hard-wired into humanity, and too many people naturally gravitate towards jealousy of the swarming officers and wishing such power or position for themselves, than simply to do without.

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  3. The desire for ever more political offices is why I think the HoR could expand with bi-partisan approval.

    The argument that it is already too big would fail if they simply went back to regular order. Obviously, committees and sub-committees are required to do work, because a committee of the whole is too big whether at 435 or 50 or 650.

    Just trying to find a good thing that could result from the impulse.

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  4. Kevin, Jesus railed against the priesthood. It was a hallmark of his ministry.

    Ironic that the first church established in his name revived the priesthood, no?

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