Earlier today I happened to pull up the Declaration of Independence in order to point out that that lack of a jury trial was one of the reasons the Colonists gave when they filed for Independence. Imagine my surprise when I easily spotted two more things that seem to be pertinent to this years Presidential Election. Without further ado, here’s a few things Donald Trump and George III have in common:
***Actually, since my process was to copy the list of grievances here delete the ones that weren’t applicable, as I find myself reading these, I’m finding some things that have something to do with other members of our government, so instead of deleting, I’m just going to give you the whole list of grievances and add my commentary to the side.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. Well, Donald Trump has, what 3000 lawsuits attached to his name and companies? Didn’t he say that the Judge presiding over his Trump University case can’t be fair because the Judge has Mexican heritage? It’s not so much that Trump refuses to “Assent to Laws”, but he seems to assent to them under protest. He thinks that the laws are wrong because they disagree with him.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. This sounds like the Governor of North Carolina telling the city of Charlotte that they can’t pass anti-discrimination laws.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. D.C. is in limbo because they’re not a state and therefore have no representation in Congress.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. Well, this charge can be put on Paul Ryan and previous Speakers of the House who have refused to call the House into Special Session for stuff like Zika Funding and the Budget. The Senate leader has not done their duty in holding hearings on a new Supreme Court Justice.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
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. Donald Trump wants to build a wall and start requiring entrance tests for immigrants.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. I think this one involves the Senate again.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. My husband is concerned about this one. He’s afraid Trump will create a Gestapo-like police force. I don’t really see that happening, but Trump seems to like power and the authority that comes with it. The way he can’t let the slightest disagreement go, I wonder what he’d do if he had the power to do more than threaten to revoke a newspaper’s credentials.
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.
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:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:–Trump wants to shake up previously negotiated trade agreements, which will lead to uncertainty at best in the business community and at worst will really hurt industries that trade overseas.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences–well, anyone who agrees with the Guantanamo Bay Prison is guilty of this one. One can argue that the prisoners there aren’t American Citizens and therefore aren’t eligible for our rights, but since the US is founded upon “Certain Inalienable Rights that all Men are Created Equal”, and the US likes to pretend that it’s morality is better than anyone elses in the world, treating anyone like garbage and unworthy of our laws seems hypocritical.
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: See above.
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. Oddly enough, it’s the act of calling foreigners “merciless savages” and striving to keep them out of the US that is “exciting domestic insurrections amongst us”. We live in a modern globalized world, one where just because we have a different color of skin or speak a different language doesn’t mean that we’re not all equal on the inside. To blindly label anyone is WRONG, yet Trump wants us to be against others.