Similarities to colonial era

From William F. Swindler’s “Magna Carta, Legend & Legacy,” 1965, page 223, [bracketed insertions, mine]:

“In the Declaration (of Independence] at Philadelphia in 1776, the catalog of grievances against the Crown.... George III [the “Mad King George”] was charged with dispensing with and suspending laws [or, dispensing with Florida votes in 2000? or, suspending elections in 2004?], maintaining a standing army ... without legislative consent

[or, embarking on World War on terror without legislative consent?], imposing arbitrary taxation [or, tax cuts for W’s rich pals?], encouraging illegal prosecutions [or,

no prosecutions for “enemy combatants”?], corrupting the jury process [or corrupting “due process” of law?], ... waging war upon his subjects [all peaceful protests from Bush’s inauguration forward seem to be met with taped badges, clubs and mace], taking away our charters [like our Bill of Rights?], abolishing our most valuable laws [like our Constitution?], and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Government [like when “shadow governments” such as the CIA, oil and bubba cronyism infest the upper echelons, checks and balances are dissolved?],” the Declaration held “the Free and Independent States ... Absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown [almost on cue from Orwell’s 1984, the U.S.A. and Britain reunite, so be sure to vote for the Bush/Blair ticket in 2004].”

Don’t tell me that the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are outdated and antiquated! Events today precisely mirror events of 230 years ago. Remember: “Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.” And: “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Ken Bristol

Flagstaff, Ariz.

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