Dear mater was fond of reminding us children that we were [via her mother’s side] (in)direct descendants of the Blessed Union of Duncan II and Ethelreda, she of Northumberland. 1 Hence my third youngest brother’s moniker: Thomas Duncan.

So we say, You go, Scotland!

And for you naysayers:

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.

Thomas Jefferson said that and he is as correct now as when he first put quill to parchment.

In fact, one might well mull over these words between now and our own November elections.

Seriously – it’s time to throw ALL the bums out and start afresh.


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  1. Of course we’re also French via my father’s father, Irish via my father’s mother and Cherokee via my mother’s father…mutts, in other words. Like most Americans.

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