Most people remember "When in the course of Human Events..." and the nice stuff about "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..." Most people then forget that the vast majority of that so influential document was a list of the specific Tyrannies that King George had inflicted on the Colonies. I decided to see how the SCOAMT stacked up.
Note: This list is probably not exhaustive, and you may well have examples that I've missed. This is not exactly "off the top of my head" but I didn't spend much time researching, either. I wanted to see what I could remember on my own.
Sound off in the Comments to add your own examples.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. –While this, directly, has not happened, that is only because we currently have a Democrat controlled Senate. That said, does anyone believe he would not choose to Veto a bill repealing ObamaCare?
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. – This he has done. Arizona’s immigration law, Texas’s new Voter Id law, he has opposed these things and had them stymied, or stopped cold, in Court.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. – Again, this, directly, has not happened- only because it hasn’t come up.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. – His “Recess” appointments are proof of this. By his thinking, Congress is in “Recess” if there is not a quorum present at a given moment. By this way of thinking, Recess appointments could be made during the early hours of the night, while Congress was merely sleeping.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. – This has not happened, again, because the Senate is still Democrat controlled, so Congress cannot “oppos[e] with manly firmness” anything he does. Even there, he believes (as per his “Recess” appointments) that it is the President, and not Congress, who gets to decide if Congress is in session or not.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. – Again, not directly applicable to our time. The closest we have to this is his frequent vacations and “Can’t I just finish my waffle” attitude. If the President is not actually being President, our governmental processes suffer.
He has endeavored 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 lands. – In this he has done exactly the opposite.
He has encouraged, through various means, illegal immigration and the granting of rights- even voting rights, to illegal immigrants. This, specifically, to benefit him and the Democrat party by creating a larger Entitlement Class which will vote for Democrats in perpetuity.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers. – Again, see his opposition to the AZ and TX immigration and voting laws.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. - See his firing of the AG who investigated some of his friends.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. – Czars. Enough said.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature. – This is no longer applicable. We have a standing army.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power. – In this, again, he does the extreme opposite. He is seeking to render our military completely impotent.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation: - UN and other Treaties, allowing (or even considering allowing) US citizens to be tried abroad.
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: - Not applicable to our time, though he has said he wants a “civilian force” as powerful and well trained as the Military.
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states: - Among the first things he did, taking office, was to have the charges against the New Black Panther Party dropped, in relation to voter intimidation, when the Government had already won that case.
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world: - Here, he does something similar, but not the same. His foreign policies are so scattered, that you cannot pinpoint where he’s coming from at all. He aids our enemies, and he restricts our allies.
For imposing taxes on us without our consent: - ObamaCare: it’s a Tax, now it’s Fine, wait, now it’s a Tax again.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury: - Ask BP about this: they were required to start paying “damages” long before they had been convicted of any wrongdoing.
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses: -He has not done this, but he does believe the President can issue a unilateral decision to assassinate a US Citizen.
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies: - He has not done exactly this, but the GM and Chrysler Bankruptcies were in complete contempt of current law. As though the President as power, simply by fiat, to change the law to suit his desires.
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments: - Again, see his treatment of TX and AZ.
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. – See the TX redistricting. Though that problem exists from before Obama’s time, does anyone think a Republican President would have pursued that as vigorously?
From this point forward, they speak of the War England was planning to bring on the Colonies. Obviously we have not reached that point. By the Grace of God we (hopefully) will not. But we must, absolutely must, defeat Barack Obama in November.