yes, really. north has it right over there.
we're in the middle of a pretty low-key party right now in torrentially rainy philadelphia, and at this party we have printed ourselves a copy of the document about which the holiday is celebrated. my idea about the fourth is that, yes, yay, the united states are rad, and we should think about things that we might do in order to better uphold the principles laid out in the declaration of independence. like, for example, impeaching george bush and dick cheney.
things we aspire to:
"all...are created equal...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...governments...derive their just powers from the consent of the governed..."
some of the (more directly applicable) bad things that that other George did, according to Jefferson et al:
"He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries...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: ...For protecting [troops], by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states...For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury...For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses...For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments."
"A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."