Declaration of Independence (revised)

What happened to liberty?

If you read the Declaration of Independence, and study the grievances against the crown in 1776, you will realize that much of the oppression expelled by the Revolutionary War has returned to this continent as a democratically elected tyranny, which thrives only because of a distorted sense of reality that has sadly become common among us. American freedom is extinct; it has been replaced by a corporate tyranny not unlike the old British aristocracy. Why then, did we fight the British? There was a time when the answer to that question was obvious, but all the liberty that was gained has been lost, and though few realize the political circumstances of their misery, they can objectively observe that there is scarcely a difference between the society we expelled and the society we have become.
Read from beginning to end, the history of this nation is a tragedy. Between excessive regulation and corporate greed, the American dream has been effectively squashed over the last century, usually by unintended consequences of seemingly benevolent legislation. The dying entrepreneur is only one of the symptoms of beauracracy gone wild. No corporation should gain a competitive advantage by getting in bed with government, but this all too casual encounter has occurred countless times, and has transmitted many social diseases. The new corporate tyranny, led by the America’s most powerful corporate chiefs, lobbyists, think tanks, big media, Congress, and even the royal Executive himself, is as much a scourge on the people of this continent as the King and his lords were in the years leading to the Revolutionary War.
Amidst the peccadilloes of empire politics, with the government controlling so many things that there are too many issues to address, I would like to simplify the message of the people, who have shown their discord with government through numerous opinion polls, but have yet to put forth a common declaration against it. With this in mind, I humbly submit to the corporatists of the United States, on behalf of the people, and in the spirit of an inchoate but undeniable second revolution, a Declaration of Independence. The fact that I needed only to change a few phrases for the original Declaration of 1776 to apply perfectly to the current state of affairs, is proof that our government needs fundamental alterations.
The Declaration of Independence of the Fifty States
In INTERNET, March 4, 2008

The unanimous Declaration of the fifty united States of America,

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 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 shown, 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 States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the President of the United States, along with his government, 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.

He has instituted Signing Statements as equal to Law, giving himself the dangerous power to enact and alter laws against the people, without the approval of Congress.

He has forbidden his People to attain weaponry essential for defense against his force.

He has reprimanded Congress repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has worked for a long time, after such reprimands, to cause others who oppose basic liberties to be elected.

He has dissolved the reputations of principled people he calls “unpatriotic,” for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by suspending the right to petition for the great writ of habeas corpus.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and survey them without warrant.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power:

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws:

For waging war without authority of declaration:

For cutting off our Trade with certain parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For imposing Taxes on us in such a way that gives the government ownership of our labor:

For depriving us, in certain cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing Constitutional Law in our nation, establishing therein an Arbitrary government.

For taking away our Essential Liberty, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For betraying the consent of the governed, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has incited undeserved hatred against us, and has unwittingly endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our nation, the merciless terrorist extremists, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

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

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our imperialist brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too 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 Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these States, 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 Corporatist Government, and that all political connection between them and the federal 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.

The signers of the Declaration represent states as follows:

New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Ronald Paul

Delaware
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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2 Responses

  1. This is rediculously stupid!

  2. Billy-goat, you spelled “ridiculously” incorrectly, but thanks for reaffirming that you are not very smart. I pray your kids got the lady’s genes.

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