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The Declaration of Independence. The Want, Will, and Hopes of the People

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. 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.

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

He 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.

He 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.

He 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.

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

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured 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.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

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.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

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MEMORIAL DAY 2018

THIS YEAR MEMORIAL DAY COINCIDES WITH THE BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL.

AS WE PAUSE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR ALL THE MEN WHO DIED PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES ABROAD LET’S TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES PROTECTING THE BORDERS OF OUR BEAUTIFUL HOMELAND.

https://www.cbp.gov/about/in-memoriam/memoriam-those-who-died-line-duty

https://www.cbp.gov/about/in-memoriam/memoriam-those-who-died-line-duty

https://www.cbp.gov/about/in-memoriam/memoriam-those-who-died-line-duty

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SECURE BORDER INTEL AFTER ACTION REPORT 4/11/18

This just in from SBI.  Keep up the good work!  Wish I could’ve been there with y’all.

C1

A recent check of hidden cameras in the Tucson, AZ Sector revealed that smuggling traffic is on the rise.  Obvious loads of marijuana appear less frequent and groups wearing camouflage and carrying smaller packs have taken their place.  A condensed video clip is linked below.

This area is 10 miles north of the international boundary and has no fence or patrol road south of it.  Agents must drive close to two hours from their duty station to get to this zone.  It is not secure.
 
Thank you to https://americanbordermag.com/ for recovering imagery this quarter.  Please visit the site for the latest in Border Security related news.
 

Campo Border Update 4/5-7 2018

I don’t do updates like this much anymore.  Yes, I still make it down to the old AO pretty regularly. But it’s just that there’s really not much to report, that coupled with a bit of laziness I suppose.  But with the border in the news again on a daily if not hourly basis I fought through my sloth and hit the keyboard.

K9-3 and I got the the border by the souther start of the PCT around noon Thursday 4/5/18.  We decided to roll west and the first Agent we encountered informed us that there had just been at least two spotters on 241 immediately prior to our arrival.  We kept an eye out on the top of that storied hilltop as we rolled past familiar incursion points of old that had changed little since my first foray to the frontier back in 2005.

The place we call the “tank trap”. No wall.  Not even landing mat fence.  An easy walk across from Mexico.

And just west of that, right below the hill with border monument 241, only three strands of barbed wire stand between the currently not so United States of America and Mexico.

I rolled past the 241 and on west past numerous easy points of entry still in need of fortification.

 


That van is in Mexico and the location is obviously often used for easy invasion.

We rolled all the way to Tecate then turned around and headed back.  It was getting late in the day and starting to get cool.  The Bortac helicopter made a couple of passes, one directly over me while I was in Bell Valley.  I proceed east to an old POE.  A spot fondly referred to as “The Oaks” where I spent my night first night in Campo in 2006. (My first border watch was in Tierra Del Sol in 2005)

There in The Oaks, with night fast approaching and there air becoming cool and crisp I stopped to walk K9-3 and to put on some long underwear for night watch.  I also checked my email and read a nostalgic post from an old border watcher which was forwarded to me from yet another border watch veteran.  I replied that I was in the oaks, there had been spotters earlier on the 241 and that Bortac had been in the area.  I ended the email with “Wish you were here”.  Apparently they took it to heart for my words, though somewhat exaggerated, were forwarded to others and now I understand a group of these “Border Cowboys” will soon descend on the area en masse to reinforce another group of long time border watchers already scheduled to serve in the area.

K9-3 and I spent the rest of our uneventful night watch parked at the “couch trail” staring at the tank trap and beyond to the 241

The next morning, after a little shut eye at a generous and welcoming local’s place.  We put in at Red Shank, Tierra del Sol.  An Agent on duty welcomed us and said that in addition to regular incursions from the Mexican Village which sits between Red Shank to the west and Rattlesnake to the east, the agents were getting slammed in the Boundary Peak area.  I regret that we did not make it that far east on this trip.  We rolled west instead, past where Agent Rosas had been murdered and on through Smith and La Gloria canyons.  Agents indicated regular crossings lately around Shockey Truck Trail and also through the bottom of Smith.  We pressed on west.

We sat alone at the top of Patriot Point and glassed both east and west spotting no activity except for white tail deer in Mexico and snakes on the roads.

After enjoying the solitude and beautiful weather at the point we pressed on west.  As we rounded 241 and faced down the border road we surprised four would be illegal aliens waiting for a BP truck to pass so they could hop the fence.

Needless to say they were not happy when the Unomobile rounded the bend.  The old landing mat fence kept them completely obscured from the Agent in the truck who had know idea they were there until he rolled up to my vantage point and I showed him.  We need a better and more tactical barrier!!!

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The four men turned back south, their illegal entry undoubtedly only postponed,  but we had fun messing’ with them.  The Agents are doing a helluva job but they are short handed.  Extra eyes and ears are needed on the border.  Increased awareness is needed by the general public as well.  I encourage anyone reading this block to show the pictures of the spotty and pourous souther frontier to as many others as possible.  I have found that the majority of Americans have absolutely no idea just how insecure the border is.  Show them the photos or better yet take them down in person. Maybe we’ll see y’all there.

Until then

Semper Vigilans,

C1

We’ll be back…….

WALLS WORK

Thanks to Beast for sending me this video

NEW FLAG AND NEW TREE

Several trips ago I noted sadly that there was no flag flying at Patriot Point and that the tree planted at the end of Forrest Gate in memory of Agent Rosas had died.

I went back on the next trip and raised a new flag

New Patriot Point Flag

Then, a week or two later, I got news from Patriotic American and Veteran Border Operator “36” that he had planted a new tree.  This time a eucalyptus.

New Roasa Tree

Meanwhile the border is still porous and there are less and less agents to patrol.

Your extra eyes and ears are need on the southern frontier. Stop by and see for yourself. And don’t forget to empty a canteen on the new tree.  Thanks to 36 and to all the patrolling patriots past, present and future.

God Bless Y’all and God Bless America

Semper Vigilants,

C1

Changes Are Comin’…..Other Things Seem To Never Change

It pains me to have to write this post.  In fact it has pained me for some time as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t posted an update in so long.  Sometimes it’s that I feel there is not really anything anything interesting to post.  But most of the time it is just that I am so busy and time is so precious that I feel it a wasteful to sit down here and write.  For the last three years or so I managed a website separate from this one, a Drudge-like news page dedicated solely to border, immigration and homeland security issues.  I was very time consuming and it’s purpose was to maybe help others to be informed without them have to peruse the countless websites I was going to on a daily basis anyway.  While I allowed a few advertisements I did not have the site up to make a profit.  Indeed it costed me a great deal of money and more importantly time.  In a matter of days the C1 Border News site will be taken down and what little traffic it receives will be redirected back to this one.  I will keep this site, the original Charlie Uno blog, up for the foreseeable future.  I will continue to post links to what I feel are pertinent articles from time to time and on rare occasions make a border update as well. A “Do It Yourself” post and link is provided on the right of this page for those of you who might have the time and inclination to hit some of the sites I used to go to to keep the border news site up to date.  These were not the only sites I visited but I also gleaned info from mainstream news as well as conservative radio and liberal stations.  It began to detract from my border missions and overall preparedness.  I will continue to stay informed but the bulk of any any info you might want, as well as the ability to discern what is truth and what is propaganda or “fake news,” is up to you. I wish you well and good luck and thank all of you who visited the C1 Border News site and have continued to visit this original blog all these many years.

I continue to patrol the porous southern frontier.  Sometimes solo.  Sometimes with my brother Beast.  Sometimes with K9 #3.

To a man all the Border Patrol Agents we encounter are glad to see us and welcome seasoned border operators as extra eyes and ears for them…….well, with one “bold” exception:

We patrol during the day and are still amazed by the holes in homeland security that remain much the same as they did when I first began my border watch in 2005

Sometimes we patrol at night

Sometimes we get there a little too early

https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/09/08/jr-child-us-mexico-border/

Sometimes its a little too late

 

Sometimes you just have to say WTF???

While the news site will go away we will not.  Undaunted we will continue to patrol.  Join us on the border if you want to see for yourself how insecure the homeland remains.

While the bureaucrats delay and distract we will continue to observe and report.

The news site will go away

But I’ll be back.

Semper Vigilans,

C1

How Does it Feel To Have Your Vote Nullified?

The rest of the nation argues about DACA and “Dreamers” and the wall but now it doesn’t matter. California has sabotaged the electorate while the rest of the country is distracted.

New California Law Will Automatically Register Illegal Aliens to Vote

California DMV Begins Offering Federally Approved Real ID Drivers Licenses

ROSA MEMORIAL TREE IS DEAD AND THERE IS NO FLAG FLYING AT PATRIOT POINT

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