Happy Fourth

Two friends are coming to visit today, and then the husband on Sunday. It will be more action than I've seen in a long time, and am concerned that I'm just not up to it! Nausea seems to be clearing up, right on schedule, which is actually a little weird. One morning you feel like crap, you feel like crap for weeks and weeks, and then *poof* gone. Makes you think you might have imagined it (except for those moments when it creeps up on you from nowhere). And it's a pretty non-Fourth Fourth this year: half of our friends are out on the road working, so no big BBQ, and I'm ill-equipped for hosting anything, so a pretty laid back day indeed. I think I might have to make some Virgin Mary's and pretend that worchestershire sauce and horseradish makes me drunk. PAAAARRRRR-TY!

As to the holiday itself, I will be very happy when our civil rights are returned, we leave Iraq, and our government quits making backroom deals for "our own good" as though we are too stupid to know what's good for us. Genetically modified crops? No, really, not interested. Deals made for the rebuilding of Iraq through Halliburton? Yes, looks extremely suspect to me. Men held months without trial under vague suspicions while being Middle Eastern? Looks positively corrupt to me, who always learned that we have a right to a fair and speedy trial, to council, and to not be tortured.

Our country, founded on some of the most sound governing principles in the world, is watching as those principles are eroding away. Perhaps I'm not proactive when it comes to my government, but I vote, I pay taxes, I speak up when I'm disgruntled, and I am saddened by the criminal neglect with which our current government views these principles. So that's my patriotic blather for the day. I wish that our government felt it was their duty to uphold these laws and guiding principles, but instead they clearly feel the moral imperative to bend them when they don't suit their needs. Merry Fourth.

WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. 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.