Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 238 Years America! And a Short Lesson How we got the Constitution

Signing of the Declaration of Independence by Trumbell

This is the time of year, I re-read AJ Langutth's Patriot's.  It is a great re-telling of whole American Revolution. Here is the best quote of all.  If you don't feel proud today of this, maybe this poll was right....

"When members of the Continental Congress came to Jefferson's stirring conclusion, a majority thought it should include one last appeal to the power even greater then George III....They did not meddle with Jefferson's last oath, more solemn than anything they might devise:

"And for support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortune and our sacred honor'

"On July 4, 1776, independence was declared in language worthy of it."

And after the Magna Carta, and the Mayflower Compact, here is the next document (sequentially) the world needs to follow:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States


In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Now, why the lesson on the American Polity?

In modern politics, some of the mainstream complaints of the Right mirror the words of the Declaration.  Sorry, but true.  

Time for a history and Government lesson.  Sit back and enjoy!

Electoral College

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Checks and Balances


Signing the Articles of Confederation
We won our freedom against the Mother Country.  As the war was going on, the Second Continental Congress drafted the Articles of Confederation.  At it's heart was a weak Executive, weak trade and currency zones between the States and useless Congress.

Here is the Articles.  

Call forth Shay's rebellion and 14 year's later, even the founders had to go back to the drawing board.

Signing of the US Constitution
A more detailed lesson another day.

Enjoy the fireworks and water!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

July 2014 Tip Jar and (Cyber) Goth Muse

'Tis the top of the month, so before we go into serious Political debate and delights, I must ask for help to keep this Blog going.  

If you can, please hit the Tip Jar.  As always, I am trying to reach $300 this month.
If the link does not work, please go here ---->   

If you know my background, you've already figured out I love being a Goth (and Politico). I grew up relishing the prospects of a Cyberpunk world (Where is the off-world colonies and Replicants?)  Meet the (Cyber) Gothy Muse who brings that world to the people:

Say Hello to Shannon Chromegirl. 

An LA woman who models and create her own clubs. I have seen her around, we have (not) yet met on a personal level.  Everyone who knows her says she is smart and sweet. (The Goth Muses I have met, usually are)

Let me introduce you to the Girl of the Future (with underquotes from Neuromancer describing Molly Millions):

Steppin' Razor

Near the Jarre de The

"Crack it," She laughed. "Earn your keep for a change,"

"Welcome to the Rue Jules Verne," 

"We were in LA....
Next day, I was playing Ghost with you in Night City,"

"'Love you, Cat Mother',"
 whispered the Panther Modern's link man,"
SC at the SDCC

"No games....I'll hurt you real bad," 

"You're Street Samurai...."

"Patient like a spider. Zen spider."

Here is her website, FB page and Twitter feed.

And thanks for reading the Valley -- please hit the Tip jar.

And if you're still geeking to Neuromancer, I give you this:

The sky above the port was the color of television,
tuned to a dead channel -- First words of Neuromancer
Night City was like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism, designed by a bored researcher who kept one thumb permanently on the fast-forward button. Stop hustling and you sank without a trace, but move a little too swiftly and you'd break the fragile surface tension of the black market; either way, you were gone, with nothing left of you but some vague memory in the mind of a fixture like Ratz, though heart or lungs or kidneys might survive in the service of some stranger with New Yen for the clinic tanks.


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