Comments: Declaration of Independence

I am co-signing this awesome Declaration of Independence with you and Mike!

Posted by Rupa Shah at July 4, 2012 01:34 PM

I link to it every year!

Posted by Cloud at July 4, 2012 01:45 PM

My signature.

Posted by John Hancock at July 4, 2012 03:38 PM

I read it again and am LOL.....
Great one, Mr Schwarz and Mike. Thank you!
OF COURSE, my signature will never be erased by me or anyone else, ever.

Posted by Rupa Shah at July 4, 2012 04:18 PM

Posted by weird people at July 4, 2012 04:37 PM

from pink floyd's the final cut...

"The Fletcher Memorial Home"

take all your overgrown infants away somewhere
and build them a home a little place of their own
the fletcher memorial
home for incurable tyrants and kings

and they can appear to themselves every day
on closed circuit t.v.
to make sure they're still real
it's the only connection they feel

"ladies and gentlemen, please welcome reagan and haig
mr. begin and friend mrs. thatcher and paisley
mr. brezhnev and party
the ghost of mccarthy
the memories of nixon
and now adding colour a group of anonymous latin
american meat packing glitterati"

did they expect us to treat them with any respect

they can polish their medals and sharpen their
smiles, and amuse themselves playing games for a while

boom boom, bang bang, lie down you're dead

safe in the permanent gaze of a cold glass eye
with their favourite toys
they'll be good girls and boys
in the fletcher memorial home for colonial
wasters of life and limb

is everyone in?
are you having a nice time?
now the final solution can be applied

Posted by Garth at July 4, 2012 05:11 PM

Libertarianism, gotta love it.

Posted by Bill Jones at July 4, 2012 07:15 PM

More relevant now than ever before.

Posted by Peg at July 4, 2012 08:39 PM

National Gathering

Posted by Vas at July 4, 2012 08:42 PM

I'm with you guys - well said!

Posted by Dazed and Confused at July 5, 2012 02:00 AM

Thank you for these normal thoughts

Posted by Lynn Hamrick at July 5, 2012 08:18 AM

um, i think it took a war to get the leaders back on the british isle

Posted by frankenduf at July 5, 2012 01:03 PM

You aren't normal people. Normal people don't post reworded versions of the declaration of independence on the Internet and normal people don't take time to read such Internet manifestos.

The saddest thing about this naive pablum is that we've already seen it fail. The liberal, pro-democracy activists in Egypt patted themselves on the back for having a "leaderless revolution", and the end result of that was an election which forced them to choose between the a leader from the Muslim brotherhood and a leader from the old regime.

Normal people don't trust politics, ideology or philosophy. They are too busy dealing with the real world. What normal people trust is other people, and that's why they need leaders. A leader is a person they can trust when politics and ideology and philosophy have failed them. Which is why they trust those leaders even when they know they shouldn't.

Posted by Theo at July 5, 2012 01:51 PM

Oh Theo, such a buzzkill!

Perhaps you don't feel, like everyone else who is normal, that we should 'like' or 'share' or email these sorts of things, or tell everyone we know, because, you know, that would be 'silly'. We can only have 'Very Serious People' being considered 'normal'.

Posted by cheyenne at July 5, 2012 09:47 PM

@ Garth: AGREED!!!

Posted by Mike Meyer at July 6, 2012 01:04 AM

In my recent pilgrimage to Winchester, VA, sacred to the memory of Joe Bageant, I drove by/over the Impregnable Mountain Retreat of our own Leaders. This is Mount Weather, discussed in Bageant's essay "Driving on the Bones of God".

There's a Wikipedia article about it. I hadn't planned to pass by the facility, but it happened that the scenic mountain route we took brought us to the securely fenced area. At first I thought it might be a prison, but recollecting what Bageant had written I realized I was at the very spot.

May the Creative Forces of the Universe have mercy on our souls, if any.

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at July 6, 2012 02:37 AM


Posted by mp at July 7, 2012 02:31 PM