From The Washington In dependent June 10, 2008, by Mike Lillis:
John Kerry (in a letter not responded to as yet to Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice):
It seems that there was, in our history, only one other entity to which we were obligated: Great Britain, and we cut off ties with them because those links were detrimental to our lives.
Today is the 232nd anniversary of the idea of the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress assigned the job of drafting one up to Jefferson, Franklin and Madison. What a task! But to Jefferson (who wrote most of it) it was a simple job of listing all the reasons why we had to break with Britain and King George.
I read the Declaration last night, and there were particular words that struck home - especially with the current administration. Here:
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. (Like King George of Britain, our current king George has never paid attention to that "consent of the governed" stuff - after all, he was elected by God, not the common rabble!)
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. (Supreme Court Appointees, anyone?)
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury: (Guantanemo?)
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. (Not exactly to us, but certainly for the enrichment of Blackwater)
Yeah, I know this kind of reasoning using old, time-honored testaments is rather trite, but the current administration lacks appreciation of anything new and is highly suspicious of it. You have to bludgeon them with old platitudes and show them how they were intended to be in our self-interest (don't get me off on the first Amendment or I'll be here chained to this computer for several years!).
So, to whom do we (the U.S.) owe money or debts of gratitude/favors (by Senators and Congressman to lobbyists) ? The list is waaay too long, but here are the top four:
China - Blackwater - Merck - Halliburton
Isn't it time we wrote another Declaration of Independence?
Would you sign it?