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 and Women, 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. — 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 form of 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.
The Government has refused its Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
The Government has forbidden its Governors and Legislatures to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, and even then to rule those Laws as illegal and notwithstanding. In direct breech and conflict with the will of the registered populace of that district and State.
The Government 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.
The Government has endeavoured to overrun the population of these States with illegal aliens; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to enforce current laws to encourage their migrations legally, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
The Government has made Judges dependent on their Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. Whereby they completely rule arbitrarily, and against the will of the people. In effect, minimizing or destroying the Legislative process in those States. In direct conflict with the registered populace of those States.
The Government has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
The Government has 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 entreating us in foreign treaties that are absolutely in violation, in contradiction and against our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of American Laws, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once a false example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these States.
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
The Government has abdicated normal Government rule here, by declaring us out of its Protection and waging class warfare against us.
The Government has plundered our treasuries, ravaged our laws, and destroyed the lives of our people.
The Government is at this time transporting large Armies of American Soldiers 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 Head of a civilized 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 injury. The Government whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
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 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 [current elected] Federal Government, and that all political connection between them and the independent States of America, 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 [under the Constitution of the United States and those of the many States]. — 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.
This being my blog posting based upon the Original Declaration of Independence, I hereby affix my own signature as a free man upon the soil of the United States of America. Boyd P. Williams Jr.