"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
Happy Independence Day, Daddy
[to the tune of "America the Beautiful" in honor of the US "handover" of Iraq--to George's dad's oil buddies!]
Oh beautiful for "sovereignty" Where we pull all the strings Our armies back our chosen spy Just see what freedom brings! America, America Impose its will on thee 'til all concede or else they'll bleed for all eternity
Oh beautiful for interims Where we impose the laws With war crimes pacts and oil contracts Relieved of all their flaws America, America God smite our raghead foe An iron fist to terrorist! And all who dare say no
Oh beautiful revenge on him Who tried to kill your Dad Who sold him those munitions grim And weapons by the scad America, America The Big Lie be your friend With armies' might, pursue your right To Empire without end
Oh beautiful for nations bought Like pearls upon a strand Where liberating army sought Our oil beneath their sand America, America May no one bar thy way Old Glory waves o'er all your knaves On "independence" day!