Thursday, June 29, 2006

Return To The King...Or The Queen

To: Her Most Gracious Majesty, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

Your Majesty, Greetings

I write to you this day to offer you our complete and total conditional surrender as a former colony in Rebellion. It is with a grave heart and wounded spirit that I herewith offer to you renewed dominion over the American Colonies and fealty as a liegeman in vassalage. Ours was a foolhardy venture, as has become abundantly clear in recent years and one which should not be repeated at any time in the future. Liberties such as were envisioned by the Rebels now known to some Americans as "The Founders" are entirely too heady and burdensome a thing for the common man to bear.

While the chimera of a nation based upon the egalitarian principles promulgated by the original American Rebels was a laudable exercise in the abstract, it is glaringly obvious even to the ill educated denizens of our Government Schools that the Grand Experiment must now be pronounced a failure. Having suffered such a failure the obvious, logical and rational conclusion to this Enterprise is a return to that form of Governance which we so unjustly threw off 230 years ago.

And so, I adjure Your Majesty to once again assume the Reins of Power over this, Her former Colony and grant relief to your most Humble Subjects in their time of desolation and need.

I do hesitantly add that Ours is a Conditional Surrender, and as such we humbly importune Her Majesty to take under consideration our Terms in return for our readmission as a Member of the Commonwealth Realm.

Term the First: That the system of Government of the Commonwealth Realm be at once returned to that of a true Monarchy; and that all forms of Representative and Republican Governance be repudiated and deemed Outlaw. As we in the America's have seen this form of Government is in particular entirely too vulnerable to the predations of the Lowest and Most Base of Persons who cannot be trusted to insure the Welfare of their Constituents.

It is in the best interests of those who would Submit themselves to the oversight of others to have as their Overseer one person rather than a multitude. With Her Majesty and her Successors in Power and at the Helm of the Ship of State, Her subjects shall always know with Whom the ultimate responsibility for all Good or Ill lays, unlike the Representative System. No longer shall The People be left in the Dark to wonder, or be forced to listen to the Prevarications of Base Men and Women as they attempt to ascertain the truth of Events.

Term The Second: We, your most humble servants would request that levels of Taxation be maintained at current levels and possibly lowered. As the Rates of Taxation in Great Britain are currently on a level that many in the America's are already familiar with and there more services Granted for Monies Seized, it is likely that Americans will rapidly find their place within Her Majesty's System of State Health and Welfare. Truly, a large number of Americans have clamored for just such a system for decades and now they shall be granted their most fervent wish granted.

Term The Third: As many Americans are already conversant with the Laws regarding Firearms and Her Majesties Subjects it is suggested that Prudence and Patience be the Guiding Principle in implementing Current Law in this regard. As evidence clearly shows the People of the Colonies are now, more than ever willing to disarm and submit themselves to Civil Rule and Requirements of Permission where Firearms are concerned. Licensing is already common in many locales, as are restrictions on types of weapons, storage, sales and ownership. We beg Her Majesty to take an accommodating posture as regards this matter.

Term The Fourth: An Establishment of an American Aristocracy will be a Most Welcome addition to Americans and will be met with open arms and accolades from an adoring public. The fascination with the Aristocracy of Her Majesty's Court and family has never been far from the eyes and ears of Americans who hunger for news of their betters. More than ample proof of this attitude abounds in the Press, on Television, in Books and the Cinema. Your Most Grateful Subjects hunger for a renewed and legitimate Aristocracy, rather than the counterfeit Aristocracy of the Nouveau Riche, Politically Connected, Vainglorious Thespians and Self-Serving Intellectuals which represent the current artificial American Aristocracy. We long for the Crown appointed Peerage which will lend legitimacy and stability to our now Fragmented Nation.

Term The Fifth and Final: We Beseech Her Majesty to take an eye for the future of the Realm and establish a new line of Succession for the Throne. Your American subjects will need a firm hand in the years to come and will require a Ruler with firm resolve, stern demeanor and Resolute Character. The current Heir to the Throne possesses none of the qualities which of necessity shall be required to Rule the New and Greater Realm. Once our return to the Commonwealth has been successfully accomplished the greatest Military Power upon the planet will once again reside in the hands of the Crown and the Leader of that Power must command the respect of that most puissant and overwhelming force. The current Heir to the throne is entirely too reminiscent of those who currently Rule your most pitiable subjects. The People of the Americas have made it abundantly clear that they are desirous of a Strong, Iron Willed and Determined Master to Rule over them, Guide them and Mete out Justice, Freedoms and Liberty as They see fit.

The Great American Experiment closes not as it opened, Your Majesty. No shot is heard around world, no grand insurrection or Declarations of Independence stand here as things begin the inevitable winding down. Only the Resolute slide into Tyranny, Dictatorship and Plutocracy remain to us. Freedom and Liberty as once envisioned by the Rebels of 1776 are naught but a memory to all but a handful of reversionist Libertarians who will pose little danger to a Strong and Renewed Crown.

The UK which many profess to Fear is little different than the Nation they now inhabit. Identification Papers are papers, regardless of issuer. Surveillance is neither more, nor less intrusive or onerous whether it is an Instrument of the Crown or of a Centralised "Representative" Federal Government. Seeing little difference in the two we are left with but one true choice, to once again place ourselves at the Command of the Crown, as Loyal and Faithful Subjects. With a return to the Proper Role of the Monarchy and a seating of Responsibility for all Events once more Vested in the Throne the people of America will be content to rest, once more under the watchful gaze of our Once and Future Ruler.

We place ourselves, once more at Your Tender Mercy and await your Return.

I Remain, Your Faithful Future Subject.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

First Harvest

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

Or so the saying goes. The same is quite true in my homesteads garden, as well. We had a fairly productive weekend this go around where the yard and garden are concerned. I finally took one of my plastic barrels and made a rotating compost bin, (similar to this one). It still needs a few parts and some tweaking, but it will do till I get the handful of parts it needs to be complete. Sometimes you go with what you have and make it better as you go along.

I harvested all of my French Radishes, pulled a bunch of weeds, harvested all of the Spinach (it's soaking in the sink right now), weeded some more, planted some okra, planted some more pickling cucumbers, picked Black Currants, sprayed and tended my tomatoes and peas, did some more weeding, checked my gooseberries and red currants and discovered that I had not been as vigilant as I should have been. It seems some politicians invaders had decided to go to town on my grapes. So, as any vigilant person would be wont to do under similar circumstances, I got out the Sevin and sprayed down the grapes. I also did the apple and peach trees, as well as my Rose of Sharon, purple leaf plum hedges and a few other plants. Take that vermin!

I always enjoy tending to the gardening. It's a process that allows me to think about things and how they relate to everything else. The Harvesting of the Spinach was a good time today. My oldest decided to help me, (OK, so 15 minutes and 6 plants isn't really helpful, but it's the attempt that counts where a six year old is concerned) and we went at it with a will, pulling plants and picking leaves. Stalks and unacceptable detritus went in one bucket (and then into the composter) and edible leaves went in another. One thing to remember when harvesting, (and something I try to teach the kiddo's) is to make sure you get the weeds, too. It saves time and helps keep the vermin at bay. Now the bed lays empty, a few stray leaves here and there, victims of the harvest who will nourish the soil on the next go around. The weeds and unusable parts now reside within the new compost barrel, slowly giving up their bodies to nourish a future generation.

The smell wafting from the sun heated barrel is reassuring, natural and reminiscent of visits to family farms as a child. It's comforting to know that nothing will go to waste in my garden. By maintaining a vigilant mind and attitude I can keep it under control and productive. A single season will provide us with many crops and there's always room to try something new. I'm already thinking ahead to the next few plantings, the next harvest, fall crops and even next year and all the time I have to watch out for all the things that are trying stop me. Vermin, weeds, weather, disease, animals and even bad seeds all require me to be on my guard.

Maybe everyone should keep a garden, as almost everyone other than denizens of the inner city used to, (and even some of them tended rooftop, back lot and window gardens). Gardens, like children are a responsibility and need tending if they are to produce a good result. Countries are the same. Somewhere along the line, people stopped being vigilant and the American garden became overrun with weeds, slugs and other vermin. Too many things served and still serve to distract us from our necessary vigilance. We, like the Romans and so many others who have come before us have succumbed to our own bread and circuses mentality and scorned our duty to our children, families and future. Gardens must be tended, plowed under or remade in a new and more functional form. There are no other options. And vigilance must be maintained.

I am often reminded of Thomas Jefferson's insistence that he was a first and foremost a farmer, a tiller of the soil and a gardener. I look at the result of the seeds Mr. Jefferson sowed and wonder what he would think of America's garden and those who now tend it.

"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands." (Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, B.8.426)

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