On July Fourth, the gentleman senator from Wray, Greg Brophy, took to his Twitter to make a wager. He bet that we at “the Colo Ind” had not read the Declaration of Independence. But we have, sir, for work and for pleasure; for history and for politics; for poetry and for prose. We have also this week, upon learning of the wager, chosen a favorite passage or two for further reflection.
Of the “Facts submitted to a candid world” by drafter Thomas Jefferson, who sought to enumerate the abuses and usurpations of Decider King George III, we offer these two for consideration in light of our nation’s present failed immigration laws and the privatized military efforts undertaken to disastrous effect by the previous Administration:
1. “[The King] has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither…”
2. “He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.”
We love the unbowed Declaration of Independence. It’s one of our favorite of the nation’s Founding documents.
In any case, we stand with the Senator in cheering on the American Tour de France cyclists. We admire the Senator’s hard work on the land he farms. We enjoy his Twittering. And we have read the Declaration of Independence, sir!