Over the three-centuries long transformation of this Continent from a wilderness to a civilized nation placed first upon the Earth, it has been the duty of We the Periphery to set about the activity of transformation. It was we who cleared the undergrowth, constructed the settlements, repelled the savages, and instituted the laws of a Free and Godly people. It is these laws, the birthright of our fathers, which were so dearly cherished and bled for over these three centuries.
Closer we draw.
And here we have our new Declaration of Independence. Well done.
“America’s battle is yet to FIGHT; and we, SORROWFUL though NOTHING DOUBTING, will wish her STRENGTH for it. New spiritual PYTHONS, plenty of them, enormous MEGATHERIONS, as ugly as ever were born out of mud, loom HUGE and HIDEOUS out of the TWILIGHT FUTURE on AMERICA; and she will have her own AGONY, and her own VICTORY, but on other terms than she is YET quite AWARE OF.”
A most eloquent piece, Godspeed.
Well said, sir. And what will be the redress of these grievances? The US Constitution makes provision but …..
Well Said For A Coastal Elite
Interesting how you describe yourself as being the Periphery. It sounds like the designation is both geographic and cultural. I understand it in the modern context and it is accurate, although an unpleasant reality. Not too long ago the Periphery was the center. It's displacement to the periphery, and the placement of the freak show on the fringe into the center, was eloquently described in Bob Dylan's song The Times They Are A-Changin'. The song is filled with warnings and threats, all of which have come true.
The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast
The slow one now will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fading
And the first one now will later be last
For the times, they are a-changin'
Editing advice: money should be ‘monies’.
Suggestion: not all of us inhabit the, as you say, ‘rural’ areas perhaps it’d be more accurate to use ‘country’ to refer to the entirety of the land