Passages jump out at me and remind me of the troubles we face in the Gulf of Mexico and within the country at large. BigGovCorp could be easily substituted for the King of England throughout the document.
The framers listed the atrocities and enormities of King George under this subheading:
"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. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world."
Then, well down within that list, is found this notation:
"He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. "
You never hear about these passages within the Declaration. No small wonder, really. If we actually understood what they had said we would be all the more outraged. Which is why corporations are so keenly busy softening the heads of our young, obviously.
Here's an item which could easily apply to BP's thug squads, working in cooperation with pretended US Coast Guard, and law enforcement, to squash free speech, deny free access of public lands, and freedom of the press to document the horror.
"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."
Looking at the meat of the Declaration is really like gazing into the present, not the past. Here the framers discuss the current circumstances; our continued sufferance of evils done by our government in the name of large corporations, and the urging of vast sums of PAC money.
"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."
And even I could hear the "but" coming like a train whistle in the distance.
"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."
That's right gang, it is your "duty" to "throw off" such government if not, at the very least, protest against it.
The history of the world shows a mixed success rate for non-violent resistance that has a general positive result trend. In other words, it works more often than not in a modern world.
Face it. We are outgunned, in light of predator drones we have helped create and other weapons of infamy such as LRAD and others, non-violence is the ONLY way to carry this thing out.
In my mind, the aim of our resistance should be to break the power of Big Oil on our failed government. And we must admit it has massively failed us, and continues to.
Rife in the current Obama administration is a lack of resolve against this atrocity, this environmental holocaust currently "ravaging our coasts" and "destroying the lives of our people." An emasculated display of cowardly avoidance.
The gusher still gushes, Obama goes golfing. Biden busies himself on a fact finding tour of Afghanistan while a foreign power continues to annihilate us at home. The continued, dickless lassitude with regard to this on-going gusher, can now only be interpreted as outright cooperation with the great evil done us, and thus, outright tyranny against us; essentially an abrogation of duty so ugly as to rise to the level of treason.
Well kook at it. Not one person in the former Minerals Management Service has been prosecuted for the behavior of selling their positions, at times prostituting themselves, while turning the regulatory functions over to those who would be regulated. No one has ever been charged. A man was appointed and given a white hat to wear; in retrospect an insult, a smiting spit in our eyes by the Obama administration.
What was done? What steps, other than a romper room renaming, were actually taken to clean house on the Minerals Management Service? Not one.
Allegedly none among us is above the law of the land. This is one of our founding principles, that none of us are untouchable princes. But it isn't working out that way, is it.
Dick Cheney continues not to answer for his 100 days of meetings with the heads of Big Oil, among them his recent employer, Halliburton. And the congress continues not to pester him, and our President continues not to give one fuck tick, concerning this silent contempt by the Cheney camp, regarding our need for answers. Our President continues not to summon the testicular gumption to ask or demand Cheney provide those answers, though it is well within his executive powers to do so.
Why? Because it is the season of "light and transient causes" also known as elections, and to do so now, would likely spell havoc and rage amid his detractors. As if any of that particular powder remained dry. As if the voices of Obama's opposition could be more shrill and bitter than they already are.
Indeed, Obama was milked from birth on the path of least resistance. But his political danger now resides in the fact that those of us who ardently supported him for president, myself included, are rapidly learning his true nature, while our president explores his inner weasel. The memory of his current bad performance will be recalled in the voting booth in 2012, if we still have a republic at all.
So, they have failed us. Our duty now is to deny BP the means to operate in this country. It is to prevent them from stopping us from documenting what they have done and what they continue to do.
We should not only be "boycotting BP" we should be openly, loudly shaming others among us who continue to use their services.
We should be refusing to yield to thugs on the beach who attempt to tell us to put our cameras away. We should demand to speak to whoever sent them. We should interrupt BP's corporate officers with shouts and protests whenever they open their mouths to speak because nothing has come from those mouths but lies.
Obama and others who have taken oil money from BP should be shamed into giving that money back. Where they fail to do so, let them be removed from office.
We should shout at congress people to summon Dick Cheney to testify. Where we are ignored let the shouts and protests grow louder.
This one company, BP, should stand in stead for all of them so that they all see that company's misery and learn from its destruction. Let us crucify and destroy this company so that the others fear us.
Let us demand that those officers of that company, who made the bad decisions leading to the destruction of Deepwater Horizon be subjected the perpatrator's walk in chains.
Nothing less will do.