What The Founding Fathers Hated Most

Gadsden Flags — borrowed from cable access TV shows?

The “tea partiers” love to invoke them some Founding Fathers (and wear tricorner hats and fly the Gadsden Flag, formerly the favorite crank flag on public access community cable television for someone extolling lost liberties and Ayn Rand selfishness notions). Aside from an almost complete lack of understanding of the Boston Tea Party (after whom they self-congratulatory-wise style themselves), it’s fascinating that they have NO IDEA what the Founding Fathers hated the MOST about King George III.

You wanna know WHAT the Founding Fathers hated MORE than ANY OTHER THING THAT TYRANT GEORGE DID? What they considered his Number One transgression against the American colonists?

Well, here ’tis. This was the complaint that they led with in the Declaration of Independence, the NUMBER ONE reason why we were revolting against England. (Tea taxes are never directly mentioned, BTW.)

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. 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.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

You know, that’s some pretty strong stuff. And just to make the point clear, what immediately follows in our justification for revolution are only variations and specific versions of the SAME complaint (in case you didn’t get it clearly):

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.

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.

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.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

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 mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within….

Now, WAAAAAAAAY down there on the list, “taxes” are only mentioned once in the entire document, and this is the simple statement that the “tea partiers” completely misunderstand:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

You will note that “without our Consent” is invariably missing from Tea Party literature and sound bites. Convenient, that.

Hmmm. So let’s look at the thing that the Founding Fathers considered the NUMBER ONE reason to revolt:

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Now, Google this: “republican senators blocking bills.”

This is what I got. Sound familiar? Now here are the first two pages of that search, with the extraneous stuff cut out. Try it yourself. These are the headlines:

  • GOP senators plan to block tax increase By The Associated Press
  • Republican Senators Block Finance Reform Bill – NYTimes.com
  • Apr 26, 2010 … Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster as Republicans united in opposition to the bill to tighten regulation of …
  • Outrage: Republican Senators Block Important Bill on Homeless Veterans
  • Talks continue as GOP senators block advance of financial overhaul bill.
  • Republicans delay action on bank controls …
  • GOP senators block debate on finance bill – Los Angeles Times
  • Bill to lift ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military gay ban is blocked …
  • Sep 21, 2010 … Susan Collins of Maine, the only Republican to support repealing the
  • Sanders Supports, Republicans Block Campaign Finance …
  • Jul 27, 2010 … Sanders said he was “extremely disappointed” that another Republican filibuster blocked the Senate from taking up the bill. …
  • GOP senators block measure on small businesses – Washington Times
  • GOP senators block wind bill | CapeCodOnline.com
  • Republican Senators Block Bill to Pay for AMT Relief
  • Senate Republicans block bill supporting small businesses – The …
  • Jul 29, 2010 … SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK BILL SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES. … The bad news is, Republican senators are acting like spoiled children, …
  • After GOP Block, Brown, Casey Introduce Bill to Reinstate COBRA Premium Assistance. June 30, 2010. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following Republican blockage of the
  • Republican senators show signs of relenting on Wall Street reform …
  • Apr 28, 2010 … Republican senators sent signals Wednesday that they may relent in blocking a Wall Street reform bill from moving forward.
  • GOP Senators Oppose Financial Bill, But Don’t Vow to Block It …
  • Apr 16, 2010 … Republican senators sign a letter stating they are they are “united in our opposition” to the financial regulation overhaul but
  • Republicans block Senate energy bill yet again
  • GOP Senator Tom Coburn using secret hold to block bill on veterans benefits.
  • Senators block bill to let Medicare negotiate drug prices …
  • Senate Republicans followed through on their threat today to block debate on a financial regulatory reform bill authored by Sen. ….. This works to the advantage of the filibustering Senators, so the burden rests on their opponents to …

GOP House leaders: not Senators, but adamant obstructionists nonetheless

OK? That’s just the first two pages of headlines, taken at random. I haven’t bothered putting in something like “GOP Senators block nominees,” which I leave to you for something to do if you’re bored with jigsaw puzzles and crosswords. But when you Google it, remember the Founding Fathers complaint, “He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected...

So, what do you suppose the “Founding Fathers” would think of the “Just Say No” tactics of the GOP?

Of course: it’s just what King George III did.

Gather your armies.


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About Hart Williams

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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