Grievances against King George III sound familiar

To the editor:

In 1998 Republicans gleefully impeached Bill Clinton for conduct, which while hardly honorable, presented no threat to the rule of law, to the integrity of the democratic election process, to the freedom of the press, or to the Constitutionally defined separation of powers. His conduct invited no toxic foreign actors into the Oval Office and promoted no domestic cast of supporting characters who were devoted to self-interest above national interest.

Today’s Republicans, however, either enthusiastically support the current perversion of the Great American Experiment or lie supine before the Trumpist assault.

The last politician on the American political scene to claim for himself such powers and privileges as we are now witnessing and to express such contempt for the American political process and the majority of its citizens was King George III. Among other “abuses and usurpations” as the Declaration of Independence calls them, are listed in that same document the following grievances:

“He has obstructed the Administration of justice by refusing his Assent to establish Judiciary Powers.”

“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 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 migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of land.”

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us.”

He has “cut off our Trade with all parts of the world.”

He has employed tactics “for the sole purpose of fatiguing us into compliance.”

The redress of these and other grievances is that to which the real-life flesh and blood founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors.

The language of the Declaration of Independence may seem quaint to the modern ear, and conditions, of course, are today much different. The aspirations and methods of kings and king wannabes, however, remain distressingly similar over the centuries.

It’s time to get independent of the Trumpists, all of them.

—Ann Tangeman

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