Friday, January 9, 2009

If Jefferson were Here

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 & 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 inherent and inalienable rights; that among these rights are life, liberty & 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, & to institute new government, laying it's foundation on such principles, & organising it's powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness. Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & 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 & usurpations pursuing invariable the same object, envinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, & to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; & such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present government is a history of repeated injuries & usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over the States. To prove this let facts be submitted to a candid world:

They have created an Imperial Presidency, allowing the Executive more powers then a King

They have waged aggressive unconstitutional war on foreign nations under false pretenses.

They have systematically kidnapped, tortured, and killed innocent people in our names

They have transported people to far off lands for pretend offences

They have suspended our most fundamental laws, including, but not limited to, habeas corpus,right to trial by jury, & right to question your accuser or form a defense 

They have confiscated our property for the benefit of the elite

They have colluded with bankers and money manipulators to deprive us of our wealth through the deception of inflation

They have formed free speech zones in an attempt to distance dissent

They have created vast bureaucracies in violation of our Constitution

They have created ex-post facto laws for the benefit of a few and at the expense of all

They have pursued a course of global empire, expanding government and contracting liberties

They have brought standing armies to our shores to police the people in violation of the law

They have refused the people the right to sound money as mandated by the Constitution

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 Government, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

We, therefore, the People of the united States of America, 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 this Country, solemnly publish and declare, That these united States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Current Federal Government, and that all political connection between them and the Ferderal Government,  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.