The text of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence lists abuses by King George that led the 13 colonies to sever relations with the motherland. Compare the actions of King George to the abuses committed by Donald Trump. The similarities are striking:

Interspersed with the italicized text of the Declaration below, let’s take a look at those similarities. They are not necessarily precise and 1776 English is challenging, but fascinating.

Jefferson: 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:

The King has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Trump has consistently ignored and violated the spirit of laws of the land and the Constitution and resorted to lies and falsehoods to support his policies. He has promoted bans against Muslims, and a ban affecting transgender people serving in the military. At other times Trump has been accused of constitutional violations, including his controversial travel ban affecting travelers from five majority-Muslim countries. The ban was said to have violated the Constitution’s “most basic guarantee of religious freedom,” the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in declaring the ban unconstitutional.

The King has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

Trump has vetoed important legislation and agreements, castigated, threatened and insulted political opponents, staff and longtime allies. His refusal to even consider the severity of global warming and act upon it could eventually cause irreparable damage. He has formulated relations with dictators from Saudi Arabia, Russia and Egypt despite the opposition of White House staff, Congress and the American people.

The King has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

Trump has threatened Cabinet ministers and staff, fired those that opposed him, failed to fill required positions, demanded loyalty oaths, and avoided discourse with the other branches of government.

The King has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

Trump has resisted transparency in public hearings as required, lied consistently regarding executive process and offered false facts to support his intentions. He has declared the media an enemy of the people, fired a secretary of state who would not support outlandish positions, and forced out of the White House highly decorated military leaders and corporate leaders who refused to support his petulance.

The King has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

Trump has refused to hand over documents in violation of judicial precedent. He has nominated unqualified people for Cabinet positions, and selected for cabinet positions people who had been lobbyists for the department and publicly rejected the goal of the departments they promised to faithfully observe. Trump has refused to release his taxes in violation of 1924 legislation permitting Congress to review a president’s tax returns for six years and has vowed to ignore subpoenas from Congress.

The King has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

Trump appears determined to refuse entry to anyone into the United States from countries, races and ethnic origins he abhors. He has threatened to close the Southern border, which would require congressional approval, and confiscate privately owned land along that border. President Trump announced his plans to sign a flawed compromise bill in order to prevent a government shutdown, and when the plan failed, declared a national emergency.

The president’s intent to circumvent the will of Congress — and the will of the majority of Americans — was an abuse of executive power that will surely be challenged in the courts. For the president to claim potentially limitless power to utilize the military to build a border wall raises significant concerns regarding the abuse of basic human rights of border communities — and racial and religious minorities.

We have rid ourselves of one king. It is perhaps time to repeat the process.

Jack Topchik is a retired editor whose passions include Shakespeare, the Frederick Keys and films in which people talk in complete sentences. He writes from Frederick. Email him at jaytop45@gmail.com.

(51) comments

phydeaux994

You were right rikkkitikkkitufffy, if this hysterical reaction to another of Mr. Topchicks insightful columns it’s going to be a fun 18 months. Some of these comments are classics, especially jsk’s shrill denouncements! Your challenging Moon Otter to a duel was pretty good too! And Samantha is fantastic at yanking your chain. Too bad CD missed this one. 🤯🐲😂

phydeaux994


phydeaux994 Apr 28, 2019 12:59pm
The silence from the BTT(BullyTagTeam) on these White Supremacist domestic terrorist attacks is deafening. Attacks on Jews in their Synagogues, mass murder of Blacks in their Churches, burning of Black Churches, by teenagers in some cases. Not a word from our RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) who are quick to throw a Black or Hispanic or Muslim in prison for life for a misdemeanor. CD, user, rb, Johndoe1, BunnyLou, CNR, and various other Trump Sheeple, where is your condemnation of these violent Haters?

gary4books

No need to defend Jack on this one. He has written enough to level the opposition who did not mention one fact to discredit him. Just opinions.

jsklinelga

gary4books
You have got to be kidding. There is nothing to discredit. There is nothing of credence . Almost everything said is biased, opinionated accusations that are repeated so often you seem to take them for fact.

Often one radio host plays a (news?) soundbite. Almost the exact same phrase is used on multiple broadcasts of major media outlets such as CNN or MSNBC plus on local stations throughout the country. It is funny to listen to the same phrase repeated over and over and over until finally you realize it is not funny.;

gary4books

Some actions are "deal breakers" and when Mr. Trump tried to discredit the people I had worked with and the immigrants that I know, I decided to find another candidate to favor. When I worked at the Casualty Care Research Center, Mr. Biden favored our training of medics to survive in a tactical environment because it was medical care and not "more hardware." And that was our point. He is smart. I will favor him, but my mind is still open.

rikkitikkitavvi

God does not choose perfect men. He chooses men perfect for the job. Trump 2020.

DickD

Job cleaning toilets in prison! [lol]

threecents

DD[thumbup][thumbup]

cleanrunoff

Good to know. Trump doesn't need my vote because God has already planned for him to win in 2020. What an excellent expression of faith in the Lord.

jsklinelga

Mr. Topchik,
Quite possibly you thought the column was very creative and covered almost all of the "hot button" innuendos or accusations of your ilk. But seriously.......

You are a smart man. Aged. What about local issues? What about new and inventive thoughts to aid the local community. Have you ever wondered why we spend over half our County Budget and a large percentage of our State tax contribution for education? Yes education is important but what about health care. Dental access? optometrists? It is easy to yell and scream about something of which you have far less control. Use your intellect locally. Then we can really lash out at your column.

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rikkitikkitavvi

Obama- "I'm really good at killing people."

Moon otter

To you who support a tyrant in the White House you should be a shame of yourselves. Not long ago Frederick County had one such as a Young as commissioner. In the short time in office his cronies created havoc in Frederick County. Now translate to a larger scale. This person in the White House which almost a third of the time he is playing golf is not a president of the US. He will be removed in 2020 not by impeachment but by votes of those who realized they made a big mistake. So quit supporting this person otherwise maybe just maybe we should tar and feather you just like the colonists did to the Tories who supported King Geoge.

rikkitikkitavvi

Sounds like a threat to me otter. Come get some! Anytime. Anyplace.

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jsklinelga

Samanthapowers
Your comment is a perfect example of why many old time Democrats have left the party. Besides being immature, crude and meaningless your remark is imbecilic. It is understandable why you are one (of the few ) who have supported Mr. Topchik;s column.

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veritas

Classy lassie.

Moon otter

An otter will take down any alligator anytime. Google it for the video.

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gabrielshorn2013

SMH, sigh...way to keep the discourse adult and respectful Sam.

threecents

Anyone else see this?? Rikki threatens Moon with physical violence, yet people are angry with Sam for making a joke to lighten the mood. Sam[thumbup][thumbup]

threecents

Rikki, No, I don't think there was a tar and feather reference. There was a reference to you attacking Moon with your used Depends. Don't you remember that??[ohmy]

Samanthapowers

oh yeah, when sicki tells me to die? where is your intolerance of that? again, clowns.

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Moon otter

Especially when he (the orange head) can't write nor spell in his twits. Surprise if he nor you know what the Constitution actually reads nor know what it actually means.

rikkitikkitavvi

Otter, Who read it to you?

threecents

Good comparison between Trump and Blaine - both big, fat narcissists who paid for prostitutes. However, the big difference is that Blaine was actually a thinking person who worked his way up and even took classes while president of the BoCC. Trump is that rare person who makes Blaine look good by comparison

DickD

Yup, when you get to the bottom of a barrel of rotten apples it's hard to tell which is worse. Both Trump and Blaine have one thing in common. Both are Republicans.

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DickD

Yeah, like Obamacare. [lol]

yogib

Hard to believe that some people in Frederick still think that We have a decent President. Well written Jack.

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Lev928

FCPS-Principal ... I'm pretty sure that your career light is fading. But you already know that.

Lev928

What a biased, fake journalist.

The "abuses" by PRESIDENT Trump? You mean by upholding the United States Constitution and law?

You, sir, need to understand that you are totally unfit for the news media profession and/or re-locate to another country for personal reasons.

threecents

Lev, What is your damage? You are responding to a column in the Opinion section. Get a grip.[cool]

gabrielshorn2013

My. Topchick has apparently confused his column assignment with his Frederick Community College creative writing assessment that he has to turn in to his teacher tomorrow.
I wonder what his teacher will think about his paper, using whole sentences referring to Shakespeare that he hands in. [wink]

Samanthapowers

that letter must have hit a nerve with the dumpo crowd. settle down, snow flakes.

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Samanthapowers

oh, a real tough little boy. come get some, sub human hatchling. any time.

Dwasserba

I have called him "king" for some time. I think most Americans just aren't familiar with what the word can mean.

BunnyLou

What a factually inaccurate piece of garbage.

jsklinelga

BunnyLou
Sadly...You nailed it. What is far worse is this man was a journalist. This (whatever you would call this column) sadly reflects why modern journalism is now on par with daytime soap operas.

DickD

Yup, Bunny, you are right, Trump is terrible.

tonyc51

[yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn]

veritas

Wow! What a revelatory column. Jack Topchik doesn’t much care for Donald Trump. Who knew?

david_gaithersburg

So many lies in this piece paid for by a Stalinist left wing group. Muslim ban? What? I recall a pause on the issuing of visas while better vetting was put in place for a handful of countries with serious problems. I do not recall a global ban on Muslims, and people from problem nations should not get a pass if they happen to have a Muslim majority.

Ban on trans gendered people? I would call it a ban on people with a serious well documented mental health issue known as Gender Dysphoria. Does the writer also believe we should enlist people who believe they are a giraffe? Mary Queen of Scott's, FDR?

The biggest problem with those on the left who embrace childlike fascism is that they know so many things that aren't true. We cannot have an honest national conversation if one side is unwilling to accept truth, facts, and common sense.

Dwasserba

Scots. One t, no apostrophe. He was an editor at the New York Times, and you are....

threecents

Courts ruled it was meant as a Muslim ban.

veritas

Ah yes... the courts.

threecents

Ah, the courts with their laws and facts. Some still don't know Trump has brought us past all that. Be the narrative.

rikkitikkitavvi

Find your safe space Jack. You have several more years of TDS to deal with. Enjoy the ride.

DickD

May 2019 to January 20 2021 is less than two years.

des21

Jack- Chris Kinsler reminds contributors that the FNP has many- many national , syndicated writers who regularly write on national and international issues and that local contributors (that would be you and I just for clarity) should write on local or personal (sort of) issues.

Do you think that , for some reason, that does not apply to you? Why not? Same stuff from Jack, different Sunday. Sigh.

jsklinelga

fes21
Most likely he would better serve writing about local issues. This column borders on the absurd. I chuckled when someone accused a fellow commentor of Trump Torette syndrome. Not an exacting analogy but a fair share of writers, like Jack, have a rabid, mind altering fixation with Trump that seems to distort any pretense of rational thought. If you will, a "black hole" of objectivity and reality.

marinick1

[thumbup]

rikkitikkitavvi

I noticed that too. Only about half the words are his anymore. The rest are someone else's. Time to retire Jack?

threecents

Des, Why do you care? The FNP does not have to publish it if they don't want to. Jack happens to have a big following and real credentials, so it is reasonable to give him more latitude than certain other columnists. It is not as if the FNP does not publish national opinion pieces from Democratic and Republican viewpoints.

DickD

Where have you been, Dave? We missed you. I will never understand how a well educated man can support Trump though
Don't you consider yourself better?

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