The Declaration then and now

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We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

In 1776, the abuse of Americans at the hands of distant tyrants had become too much, even for peaceable, decent people who wanted nothing more than to conduct their business and affairs in peace. They did not want, and could never have justified, the violent overthrow of the whole British Empire. They only wished to detach themselves from a colonial tyrant and parliament ruling from a land far away and utterly uninterested in the consent of those they ruled.

In 2013, there are different tyrants, different tools at their disposal, but the abuses are no different. The desire of some men to control others has never changed throughout human history. Many are the offenses of one man and his henchmen. But do not forget, he acts with the full consent and approval of a major political party, a movement, a media empire, and a bureaucracy, all dedicated for many decades to the subjugation of the American people.

The original text Declaration of Independence is near-sacred, the most remarkable words ever printed that are not in the Bible. I do hope you will indulge me, that I have added annotations and bolding to emphasize a 2013 reading.

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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 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 [reveals] 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 present King of America 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 refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.[simply refused to execute laws he finds inconvenient]
  • He 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.[his DOJ has filed suit against states passing laws that improve the ability of those states to establish order and justice to combat federal chaos]
  • He 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.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.[used executive orders and non-recess “recess appointments” to bypass the elected Congress]
  • He 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.
  • 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 obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.[replaced court jurisdiction with bureaucratic panels]
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.[made open threats to the judiciary when they refuse to accommodate his wishes, and fired Inspectors General who investigate the crimes of his administration]
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.[regulated people to death with an enormous bureaucracy, required endless documentation and compliance demands, and used the IRS to silence political opposition]
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.[the tender loving arms of the Department of Homeland Security, along with Big Brother NSA watching our every move]
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.[illegal war in Libya, and committing troops and military aid to Syria and Egypt against the will of Congress and the people]
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:[the United Nations, the Law of the Sea, the International Criminal Court]
  • For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:[not yet]
  • 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:[oh dear, where would we start….]
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:[giving bureaucracies like the IRS and the EPA the power to seize property, charge crimes, punish, and fine without limit, with no benefit of trial or appeal]
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  • For abolishing the free System of English 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:[encouraging tyranny and Communism in Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador]
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:[again, simply refusing to execute laws he finds inconvenient]
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.[again, filing suit against or suspending state laws, or using bureaucracies and bodies like the NLRB to unilaterally make laws]
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.[waging war against Texas, Arizona, West Virginia, banking, oil, coal, Toyota, Wall Street, high earners, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Global Warming Hoax Deniers, and Republicans]
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.[well and truly wrecked the economy]
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat 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 Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us [incited black people, Hispanics, and anti-freemarket zealots to hatred and violence], and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.[today that would be Muslim jihadists]

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: [through peaceable protests by the Tea Parties, and by electing (seemingly) better representatives] 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.[Amen]

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us [yep]. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here [ditto]. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity [say it], and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations [um hum], which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity [oh yeah]. 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 Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, 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.

About Author

The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete. Pity, because I lived for it.

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