I posted on this date last year to declare the need for a new American Revolution. A lot has happened since then. Must of what has transpired has been to the detriment of our cause and liberties. This year it seems appropriate to call out the tyrants for their crimes, much as our nations Founders did 236 years ago. Using their Declaration as a basis, I have attempted to update it to reflect our current plight. The list of offenses is by no means complete, or as eloquently stated as the list compiled and laid to parchment by Thomas Jefferson but I believe they offer a reasonable overview of the usurpations we face today. As you will see in reading, some of the charges have not changed much from their original form. I humbly submit to you the Declaration of 2012. If you like it and agree, please feel free to pass it on. If you would like to suggest additions, you are welcome to add them to the comments.
IN THE UNITED STATES, July 4, 2012.
The unanimous Declaration of those who yet treasure their Liberty,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve the political contract which they have previously in good faith and conscience established with their governing body, 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 several states and the citizens living therein; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Government of the United States 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.
It has refused to honor its founding charter, the Constitution, the most wholesome and necessary for the existence of unhindered liberty.
It has forbidden the Governors of the several States from enforcing Laws of immediate and pressing importance to the security of their borders and citizens.
It has refused to enforce other Laws for the restitution of trespass committed by foreign persons entering the lands of the several States.
It has conspired to commit murder against lawful citizens without due process of Law.
It has established legislation permitting the unlawful and unlimited immuration of innocent inhabitants of the several States.
It has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of agents and Regulators to harass our people, and undermine the productivity of our industries.
It has obstructed the administration of Justice, by refusing to provide the lawfully elected representatives of the people with information pertaining to the particulars of reckless actions committed by its agents.
It has excited domestic discourse amongst us, and has endeavored to bring about class and racial warfare to distract the public from its true intent and nature.
It has sought to undermine and limit freedom of expression in digital communications.
It has violated the privacy of the citizens of the several States without reasonable cause or lawful warrant.
It has unlawfully given over its powers to regulate currency to private bankers who are without oversight or accountability to the people.
It has violated its own Law and substituted worthless paper in place of lawful currency based of gold and silver.
It has drained the wealth of the people by inflation of the paper currency that it has forced upon them, upholding the position that it is criminal to create or use lawful forms of currency.
It has borrowed excessively from foreign governments unfriendly toward our Republic without any strategy for repayment.
It has failed to uphold the sanctity of private contracts, the most necessary and proper for lawful commerce.
The Office of the Executive has provided false information to justify instigating war in distant lands, without the consent of the people or their lawfully elected representatives.
It has stationed its armies in all corners of the world and in doing so has incurred great expense to the people and lessened their security.
It has entangled itself in alliances with foreign nations and has become unnecessarily involved in their private affairs.
It has given up its sovereignty to the United Nations and to trade groups such as the World Trade Organization.
The Office of the Executive has, over the many years disregarded the Separation of Powers established in the Constitution, grasping power from the other branches which have been impotent in their resistance.
It has unlawfully allocated funds from the public treasury to private business investments.
It has violated the laws of the Market by artificially propping up failed banks and manufacturers.
It has caused economic turmoil and suffering as it continues to spend treasure that it does not possess.
It has utilized force to steal wealth from the most productive individuals and distribute it in the form of handouts to the least productive, rendering them slothful, ignorant, and dependent.
It has interposed itself in the daily lives of the persons of the several States, regulating private activities and placing controls on what the people may do with their own bodies and property.
It has limited the right of the people to protect their persons and property by limiting the type and quality of arms which they may purchase and the conditions under which those arms may be borne.
It has practiced torture as a mean of interrogation against both lawful citizens and foreigners.
It has used fear mongering and propaganda to mislead the public and has sought to indoctrinate our children in its schools.
The Supreme Court has been remiss in its lawful duty to enforce the Constitution and has instead sought ever more tortured and fallacious arguments to expand the power of the government.
It has taken away our Liberty, abolished (by omission) our most valuable Laws, and altered fundamentally the form of our Government as it was originally intended.
It has taken from the several States and the people powers which an honest and forthright government, deriving its just authority from the consent of the governed, should never possess.
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 governance of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our deceived and apathetic brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by the legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our original revolution against Great Britain and our settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our kindred to disavow these usurpations as we do. They however, 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 sovereign people of the several States, in like-minded accord, 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 States, solemnly publish and declare, That we, as sovereign individuals are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the United States government in its present form, and that all political connection between us and the federal government of the United States, ought to be totally dissolved. We here give most firm and ardent notice that we will not tolerate these gross usurpations and will resist these tyrannies relentlessly. We will take back the powers that belong rightly to the people and the several States and we will devote the whole of our energies to the restoration of liberty in all aspects of life for ourselves and our posterity. 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.
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