"WE, THEREFORE, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
That is standing on principal.
That's right--their very lives were on the line for treason against the Crown if they were captured during the Revolution.
Boehner,McConnell,Rove and the establishment GOP in DC can't even risk their Christmas vacation to save America from another financial boondoggle.Never mind being afraid of the then overwhelming power of the British Empire, instead our guys are afraid of one editorial writer in the Wall Street Journal.
We should be going into 2012 with the strongest political hand since 1989. Instead, with the field and leadership we have, we will lose the 2012 elections--because they have no principles.