New Guards

Well, it’s the 2nd of July (the real birthday of The Declaration of Independence).

Whether we ever get there or not, it’s time to steel ourselves to the possibility and the committment that is radically put forth in the Declaration:

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.

We didn’t start down this road. But now we’ve reached a crossroads. Either we return to a rule of law, or else we abolish this government and provide new Guards. There is no longer a middle path.

Thanks George III.



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Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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4 Responses to New Guards

  1. Ginny Cotts says:

    “return to a rule of law”

    Has a really nice ring to it.

    Happy Third of July Hart! The day between independence days?

  2. It does have a nice ring to it. It’s amazing what was in the Declaration of Independence. People should read it more often.

  3. Thanks, Female Persons!

    I think that this would be “Printer’s Day” — surely a day to thank Benjamin Franklin, considering that in Philadelphia, being his baliwick, certainly Franklin’s recommendation would have carried a lot of weight with who printed up the Continental Congress’ various documents.

    (To this day, these are lucrative contracts, much prized by local printers.)

    This was the day that the Declaration, having been approved on July 2 (which John Adams thought would be the “Fourth”) was printed. The Declaration was publicly released and publicly read on the Fourth (thus the “In congress, July 4, 1776”).

    And yes, the Declaration is a masterpiece of writing, as everyone’s recognized since Jefferson first finished it (although the Continental Congress made 86 changes).

    Isn’t it ODD that Bush would choose July 2 to flout the law? Particularly bad timing on his part.

  4. Don’t forget that July 4th is the second annual posting for peace hosted by