What Comes Next?

 

Something for the weekend.  What Comes Next? from the musical Hamilton.  King George III, realizing that he is losing the American Revolution, predicts that the colonies would eventually come crawling back to the British. This was a fairly commonplace prediction, and, in the unrest and hard times that beset the new United States prior to the adoption of the Constitution, perhaps not as silly as it seems in retrospect.

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  1. from Truth & Charity Forum, Nov. 16, 2012:

    England,
    Could You, Would You?

    Dear England: Some years ago we sent a cordial note to your
    monarch – some here called it a DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
    – in an effort to commence a mutually beneficial dialogue between some of us
    over here and you all over there.

    Only for potential negotiating advantage did our forefathers refer to your monarch
    as a “Tyrant” and his form of government as “despotism.” Due to recent developments here in the colonies, we entreat you to consider re-opening this dialogue begun in the
    Spring of 1776 and, after a serious study of the benefits for all of us, that you allow us to again join with you and become part of the realm. Let us in mutual cooperation submit facts to a candid world.

    Our Declaration listed some proposed talking points (in the parlance of that time over two
    centuries ago these topics for discussion were referred to as “usurpations” which then was just another word for “deliberations”). “He” was the esteemed and beloved His Royal Highness George III. We believe some of these topics bear reconsideration today since they perfectly describe our present tyrant in the White House; for example

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

    He has endeavoured
    to prevent the population of these States;

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

    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 imposing Taxes
    on us without our Consent:

    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 excited domestic insurrections
    amongst us.”

    We had no clue that the “swarms” of which
    we complained previously in 1776 could today multiply exponentially into heartless hordes, virtual
    mobs, of intransigent agents and
    officers.

    We apologetically admit that we had no idea
    that someone could subvert words we wrote specifically to prevent tyranny; and
    then could sign treaties which countermanded our Constitution and were contrary
    to the will of the people. By his imperial pen he is at this very moment preparing to sign a UN Treaty to repeal our 2nd Amendment, when he is fully aware that our Constitution explicitly does not permit amendment in this way.

    Our taxes, as compared to those just and reasonable ones under the esteemed and beloved George III, have also increased both exponentially in rate and in the scope of things and activities taxed. We did not realize that what we were setting up could be abused via so-called “penalties” so that a huge percentage – now almost 50% – of all the populace live off the labor and sweat of the remaining people who work. We had no idea that our plans could be embodied in a work force nearly half of
    whose jobs are working for the government to either control every aspect of our
    lives or to collect the taxes which apply to every aspect of our existence from
    birth to death and even thereafter.

    Your revered monarchs have always respected the rights enshrined in the Magna Carta, while our current tyrant invests himself and his government with power to legislate –which we thought we had reserved to a legislative branch of government – while now via imperial decrees – which are called “executive orders” – he himself alone legislates enacting his imperial “laws” which are not based on and are usually contrary to the will of the people.

    And now our country, at his bidding, is
    divided – making what we called “domestic insurrections” in 1776 look like
    picnics – while he purposefully pits one group against another, making
    Americans hate Americans, to increase his power.

    What was written in 1776 applies to our current despot: “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.”

    For some time we have been inclined to suffer, while evils were sufferable,
    rather than to right ourselves by leaving our loved homeland so that we
    are not subject to the new form of aristocracy here in the colonies. Since in this day and age change as occurred in 1776 is unrealistic and politically impossible, we humbly and earnestly ask, no, we beg and beseech you, that you most seriously consider allowing us to rejoin you so that we can again lift our heads high with others who respect human dignity, who value the Creator-endowed inalienable rights of all men and women, and who believe that government is of, by and for the people.

    God bless the Queen; and God bless America.

    Sincerely, the People of the Unites States
    of America

    PS:
    Al rights reserved in the event of a “Queen Camilla”

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