Friday, September 29, 2006

Wake. Up. Now! 

I couldn't have put it better myself than Chris Floyd at Empire Burlesque. Go read his whole piece, but here's a good quote from it:
We (are) not looking at "our generation's version of the Alien and Sedition Acts" as the (New York Times) puts it; things are much farther gone than that. What we are looking at is the death knell of the constitutional republic of the United States. Bush has long claimed dictatorial powers in secret; if Congress writes these liberty-gutting strictures into law, then the fundamental nature of the American state will be transformed. It will not be, in any sense – not even formally – a free country anymore. All of our rights and liberties will be the "gift" of the President, who can bestow them – or revoke them – as he sees fit.
And I offer this quote from a very dangerous and seditious document:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. [emphasis added]
That bit of radical literature is, of course, The Declaration of Independence. And it's time for a new one, and time for all like-minded States to say "Enough," and declare themselves independent of the Despot in the White House and the Rubber Stamp Monkeys in Congress. Those who wish to stay can call themselves the Red States of America. The rest of us? The Free States of North America.

And does anyone else see the irony in Red being the official Republican color when, for so many years, Republicans decried the "Reds", i.e., Communists? What are they trying to tell us here?

Anyway... in Vermont, they're already talking secession, and I'm sure California would be interested. Hell, right this moment, if California became an independent country, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world, and a population bigger than Canada or Australia, along with at least 193 other countries. And, instead of sending a big chunk of its workers' money to Washington to never be seen again, it could lower overall income taxes for its citizens drastically, raise its own tax rates and be floating in cash -- or abolish all corporate and income taxes in exchange for a higher sales tax and still come out ahead. (The state could double the gas tax, for example, and still charge exactly the same as Californians pay now). Compare that to the present alternative, in which populous California's tax money gets flushed down the drain of states with tiny populations -- and I'm looking at all you fucktard sheepfuckers in Wyoming, thank you very much.

Additionally, California is a very purple state, with pockets of blue. On balance, probably more liberal than the country as a whole, but also much more diverse than anywhere else. Language studies have shown that, if there's a large pocket of people speaking a rather uncommon foreign language in the US, all of them are in California, and most of them are in Los Angeles county. That's a good thing, because it's hard to single out any one group of people as "bad" when so many of them are your friends or neighbors.

And, finally, the biggest incentive for secession -- it sends the clear message to the terrorists that "We are not involved." We do not wish to meddle in the affairs of your country. We do not wish to bomb your women and children and drive more and more of your surviving men into the despair of violent action. We only wish to live our lives in safety and security without having to arrest and strip search and "disappear" anyone with a funny foreign name, without having to give up our liberty; we only wish you to live your lives without fear of American or Israeli missles blowing your homes and bodies to pieces; to live them as you wish, as long as you leave us alone as well.

The last time Habeas Corpus was revoked in this country was during the Civil War, by Abraham Lincoln, a Republican. But he did it legally, as provided by the Constitution, seeing as how the country was in the middle of a Civil War at the time, and that was one of the conditions the Founding Fathers foresaw as a valid reason for dumping the most Holy Writ of our Laws. This time around, W. had to piss on the Constitution (thereby violating his oath of office), and force Congress into bending to his will. And all of the Republican Senators and too many Democratic Senators just rolled over and gave it to him.

Sic Semper Tyrannis.

And make no mistake about it. Today's vote of the Senate just handed W. his Crown and Sceptre. We might as well dissolve Congress and the Supreme Court right now, declare W. as King George III, with Jeb, Prince of Crocs, as heir apparent, and the Princesses Jenna and Barbara the new darlings of the paparazzi. Greetings, Prime Minister Cheney. Hello, Chamberlain Condi.

And remember, you Democrat turncoats who voted Yes -- monarchies have no opposition party. They just have executions.

"...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..."

They just did, and we damn well should.

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