IN POPULAR ASSEMBLY, July 4th, 2007
The unanimous Declaration of the People of the 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, which 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 has 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 the People of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the government of these United States of America has become a history of repeated injuries and usurpations by those who have become despots within what was intended as Democracy, all having in direct object the corruption of that Democracy, the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States, and the subjugation of the People. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have refused Assent to Laws proscribed in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers of our nation, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
They have rendered the People powerless to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance by their own governance, unless suspended in their operation until their Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, They have utterly neglected to attend to them.
They have refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of meaningful Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
They have called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from their constituencies, for the sole purpose of fatiguing and corrupting them into compliance with their despotic aims.
They have repressed popular opposition groups repeatedly, for invoking their Constitutional rights in opposing with manly firmness their invasions on the Rights of the People.
They have refused for a long time, after such repression, to allow new uncorrupted representatives to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of providing for the Security of the People, have forsaken the People at large for their own personal aggrandizement; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of violent attacks from without, and convulsions within.
They have endeavored 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 for those seeking Equality and Economic Opportunities.
They have obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing their Compliance with Laws established in the Constitution for the preservation of an unbiased and uncorrupted Federal Judiciary.
They have made Judges dependent on their Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
They have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass people and eat out their substance on a global scale.
They have kept among us, in times of peace, disproportionate Standing Armies that perform their Bidding, including the execution of costly and unjust Foreign Wars, without the Consent of Citizens and without the Approval of Congress as required by the Constitution.
They have affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
They have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For maintaining 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 or those of Foreign Lands:
For manipulating our Trade with all parts of the world to suit their own aims, thereby exploiting the laborers of foreign lands, depriving our own Citizens of Meaningful Employment, and destroying the Economic Fabric of our Nation at the expense of Future Generations:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent and in violation of the principles of apportioned taxation proscribed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, and by allowing the establishment of a privately controlled Central Bank in the form of the Federal Reserve, in defiance of the will of the Founding Fathers, and resulting in the complete and utter plundering of the people's wealth:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting their prisoners over-Seas to be detained and tortured for pretended offences:
For violating the sovereignty of, and laying waste to neighboring and distant nations, establishing therein Arbitrary governments, and enlarging their Boundaries so as to render them at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into entire regions.
For taking away our Constitutional Rights, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Representation and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
They have abdicated Government here, by neglecting their own people, depriving us of Protection and the most basic Social Services, and waging Economic War against us.
They have polluted our seas and rivers, spoiled our coasts, bankrupted our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
They are at this time transporting large Armies of foreign 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 of the civilized nation our Founding Fathers envisioned.
They have economically coerced and constrained our young people to bear Arms against their own Countrymen, to become the executioners of their Fellow Man, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
They have excited violent foreign attacks upon us, and have endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our Nation merciless Terrorists 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 Government, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Government of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our elected representatives who have become participants in these injuries. We have warned them repeatedly of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our founding as a Free Nation, and the sacred Constitutional Principles established by this Nation's Founders. 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 all tyrants, Enemies of their own People.
We, therefore, the Citizens of the United States of America, in Popular 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 States, solemnly publish and declare, That We the People are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent to practice Democratic self-governance, that We are Absolved from all Allegiance to the current government of these United States of America, and that all political connection between us and the current representatives of the State, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and interdependent People, We have full Power to choose if and when to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which People may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Rights both we and our Founding Fathers have recognized and declared as being self-evident, We the People stand United in performance of our patriotic duty to alter our system of Governance in order to preserve those inalienable rights, and we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.