Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Dissolve And Abolish

Decorative toilet seatBeing desirous of allaying the dissensions of party strife now existing within our realm, I do hereby dissolve and abolish the Democratic and Republican parties, and also do hereby decree the disfranchisement and imprisonment, for not more than 10, nor less than five, years, to all persons leading to any violation of this our imperial decree.

-- Joshua Abraham Norton (also known as Emperor Norton I) (c. 1819 - 1880), eccentric resident of San Francisco who proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States, "Imperial Decree" dated 12 August 1869, published in The San Francisco Herald 13 August 1869

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