We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all human beings are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creation 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.
After three years of new business and job creation in one of the only dependable areas of recovery in the entire economy NOT driven by government dollars-
...even though people are dying in botched drug raids:
Using the courts to streamline competition and remove choice for their constituents:
Claiming the goal of smaller government while interfering in your personal life to a degree undreamed of by good old tyrants like King George (and didn't we fight a revolution against him?)...
...but saying little or nothing about the polygamy that their family helped make into a religion:
Declaring an intent to continue an unjust, destructive, expensive war against their constituents, in order to sustain the viability of their business partners and campaign contributors' enterprise; to force patients, the elderly and soldiers into consumption of narcotic and experimental drugs proven to have greater potential side affects and harm than any herb falsely defined by this government as being a drug.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Citizens; 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... Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
It has forbidden the Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till Federal government Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, has utterly neglected to attend to them.
It has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
It has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
It has dissolved Representative Houses or Seats of Justice repeatedly, for opposing invasions on the rights of the people.
It has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
It has endeavoured to obstruct the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others regarding their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
It has obstructed the true Administration of Justice by refusing Federal Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
It has made Judges dependent on its Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
It has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
On March 13, 2009 United States Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement that the United States had abandoned the Bush administration term "enemy combatant". The statement said, ""As we work toward developing a new policy to govern detainees, it is essential that we operate in a manner that strengthens our national security, is consistent with our values, and is governed by law."
Am I the only one who believes they got those three priorities in the wrong order? Now that the same rules and definitions apply equally to all United States citizens who chose to dissent or non-violently protest? And we are "developing a new policy", no doubt requiring legions of regulatory bureaucrats and a study group or three, to re-invent the wheel; shoving through the fading line called personal privacy and basic Rights to spend more and more of our taxes denying us our freedoms.
It has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
Google "Blackwater", or check out http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/12/9393006-former-blackwater-security-firm-changes-name-again?lite.
It has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
It has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting law abiding citizens of this and other nations beyond the judgement of their peers to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
It has abdicated Government here, by declaring us outside federal Protection and waging War against us.
It has plundered our savings, ravaged our businesses, invaded our homes, and destroyed the lives of our people.
It is at this time allowing private corporations to create large Armies of Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the government of a civilized nation.
It has constrained our fellow Citizens to bear Arms against their Countrymen, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by government Hands.
It has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our lands, the merciless Internal Revenue Department and the Drug Enforcement Agencies 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 leader or government, 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 foreign governments and multinational corporations. We have warned them from time to time of attempts to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us and to purchase the rights and resources of our land from beneath our feet. We have reminded religious leaders, soldiers, policemen and the Justice Department 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 Representative peoples 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 Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united peoples are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent citizens of the world, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the federal Government, and that all political connection between them and the State, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent citizens, 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.