...happened to to tell King John:
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled . nor will we proceed with force against him . except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.
Most of us colonials would -- as a matter of courtesy -- not demand that rulers now resident LondonTown pay more attention to this document. None of our business.
But since we've been shedding blood off and on since 1775 in defense of its principles, (or at least so we claim), we allowed to tell our own rulers that they're getting awfully damned John-like lately and, if necessary, we are capable of doing a little Runnymeading of our own.
Happy Magna Carta Day -- one day late.