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meuniermr Donating Member (223 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-12-07 03:23 AM
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My rewrite of the Declaration of Independence for these times..
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 equal station to which the Common Law 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 are created equal, that they are endowed 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 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 has shown that humankind are more willing 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, demonstrates a design to reduce these rights 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 present President 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 the Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Congress to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless his Assent should be obtained; and when so obtained, he has utterly neglected their legitimacy.
He has refused to pass laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of influence in the Legislature, a right immeasurable to them and formidable to tyrants and lobbyists only.
He has called together legislative bodies at times unusual and uncomfortable, and when their Public Records are unavailable, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has endeavored to not prevent the overpopulation of these States and for that purpose obstructing the Laws of Immigration and refusing to return Illegal Aliens to their Native Lands, for the purpose of driving down wages and dividing our Nation.
He has moved to dissolve our sovereignty and merge us with Nations without our boarders, and to compel our Forces to train with foreign troops.
He has made Judges dependent on His politics alone for their appointment.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us in times of peace, Mercenaries without the consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power, and render the Police like and under the Military.
He has combined with others to give his assent to their Acts that have not passed both Houses.
He has protected troops by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders that they should commit on the Inhabitants of Occupied Territories.
For depriving us in upon His Will of the benefit of Trial by Jury, and transporting us beyond Seas to be imprisoned for pretended offences.
For abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries into Iraq and Afghanistan to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and treachery scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the President of a civilized nation.
He has failed to provide domestic relief among us, and has endeavored to bring on chaos in damaged quarters of our Nation.
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 insult. A President, 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 Citizens. We have warned them time after time of attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have appealed to their native Justice and generosity of spirit, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common blood to renounce these usurpations, which inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to Justice and our common descents. We must therefore agree in the necessity of our denunciation and hold them Enemies in War and Peace.
We, therefore, the People of the United States Of America, appealing to the Common Law of the World for the righteousness of our intentions, in the name and by the Authority of the good People of these States solemnly publish and declare that these United States are Free and Independent States, 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 do.
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