When Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman sat down to draft the Declaration of Independence, they began with a “Bill of Particulars” against King George III. They accused the monarch of “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” Now, 236 years later, “We the People” are about to decide whom we should hire as our chief executive and commander in chief. It’s an appropriate time to review the grievances of our Founding Fathers — and examine the offenses committed by our present head of state.
Jefferson and his colleagues determined that the king had “refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.” That’s certainly relevant to the incumbent administration, which repeatedly has rejected all efforts by Congress to pass a budget as required by our Constitution.
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