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At NoisyRoom, Terresa has a list of all of the czars that Obama has appointed — so far.  You should definitely check that list out.  It is, as is the case with so many Obama initiatives, unnerving.

What’s really fascinating is that Terresa has commenters as wonderful (and informed) as mine.  One of them left this message:

For those of us who survived Civics and U.S. History in elementary and high school, here’s a pertinent and relevant quote for you:

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Extra points to the first person to guess the original source of that line.

Hint: it’s not from any Sci-Fi movie.

I’ll save you the trouble of tracking it down.  Instead, I’ve put the answer below the fold:

It’s from the Declaration of Independence!  As you know, the bulk of that document is concerned with detailing the grievances against George III that justify the colonist’s exercise of their right to abolish a government that imposes burdens without benefits on its citizens:

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.

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.

He 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, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

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 erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

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 quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

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:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring 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 into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

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  • benning

    Of course it’s from our own Declaration of Independence. And a perfect line form it! When do we reform the Minute Men to assemble in our time of danger?

  • Al

    Yes, obviously from the Declaration of Independence.
    There are so many events occurring now that parallel past indicators of danger in history that I am waiting for “Thou have been weighed in the balance, and have been found wanting” to appear on Oval Office wall.


    The Quiet Revolution has begun. No grand announcements. No firing of weapons and certainly NO media coverage.

    Gil Scott-Heron’s poem/song (1970) The Revolution will not be televised, which oddly enough was turned into ‘award winning documentary’ where else but at the Chicago International Film Festival (2003).
    Oh yes, the focus of the film, none other than Hugo Chavez.

    The theme here is the continuous thread that has woven itself into the social fabric.

    Scott-Heron’s words – Shrug
    Chicago Documentary – Shrug
    Chicago Thugs & Politicians – Shrug

    The media may not be covering it, but the writing is on the wall. One needs only to connect the dots. The ‘dot’ begins in Chicago.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Those that read the Declaration of Independence in full around July 4 should have remembered something pertaining to that line by now.