The introduction to The Declaration of Independence contains the following, and as the discussion here commences, look for similarities between 04 July 1776 and 17 March 2021.
“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.”
“The separate and equal station,” decent respect,” and a “declaration of cause,” these three articles impel separation. The colonists in America had experienced enough of the tyranny and had collectively decided it was time to declare, “Enough is Enough!” Ask yourself, do you feel the government at the city/town, county, state, and federal levels of government are treating you equally, with decent respect, under the “Rule of Law,” or do you have a declaration of cause for just complaint? “Just complaint” is a common theme; we will return to this theme multiple times.
The second sentence of The Declaration of Independence is a long but powerful:
“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 [emphasis mine].–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.”
What truths do you find; first, “ALL men are equal” [emphasis mine]. For those militant feminists, YES; this includes women, and the use of the term “men” was never separating or degrading women. Cultural word choice to include all of Adam and Eve’s Family as “men.”
Second, “endowed with unalienable rights, … to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness” [emphasis mine]. Life involves the ability to make choices, others might not like or appreciate the choices, but I have the right to live my life without anyone else’s opinions stealing my liberty to live as I choose. Happiness is NOT an inalienable right; only the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. Do you understand the difference? We need clarity; inalienable or unalienable refers to that which cannot be given away or taken away. Hence, the government is not supposed to have the right to interfere in your choices for life, liberty, or your ability to pursue that, making your pursuit of happiness successful.
Let us be clear, pursuing happiness is not a journey on a bed of lilies and rainbows; it is a hard slog through difficulty, challenge, failure, and success. The less intrusion of government in your personal journey of happiness improves, not hinders your pursuit of happiness. If the current intrusions of government providing a “just complaint” for your success to pursue happiness? I know my answers to these questions; I am asking for yours!
The third sentence of The Declaration of Independence claims a human truth:
“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.”
Of a truth for certain, humans will live with onerous governments out of the ease of the “Devil you know” instead of changing government to relieve suffering. But, the question remains, where is the line when “Enough is Enough?” The Declaration of Independence reflects the pattern for when “Enough is Enough,” “while “evils are sufferable.” Returning us to the theme of The Declaration of Independence, have we reached the ultimate “just complaint” for evil government intrusion into our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness?
The fourth and fifth sentences of The Declaration of Independence proclaim more details:
“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 Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”
A “just complaint” must include the crimes that form the absolute truth of, and support for, the proclamation of a “just complaint.” Then, duty empowers throwing off the tyrannical chains and providing new guards for “life, liberty, and pursuing happiness” through a new form of government. The current 50-states, plus Puerto-Rico, Guam, and other non-states, have you suffered enough under the absolute despotism of the current non-representative government of the United States?
The subsequent two sentences are directed to the King of Great Britain and catalog his crimes against the colonies. As I review these claims, those quoted from The Declaration of Independence will be italicized, and the current abuses will not be. To compare and contrast the abuses that were intolerable in 1776 and those abuses currently suffered in 2021.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
The US President, Senate, House of Representatives, the Judicial Branch, many governors, and mayors across America refuse to assent to the “Rule of Law” necessary for the public good. They allow those guilty of crimes with money to run roughshod over the law creating a two-tiered justice system.
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.
State’s rights have been continually trampled and the US Constitution abused by the elected representatives in conjunction with the Judicial Branch, specifically the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Including “Eminent Domain,” “theft of elections through refusing time to investigate electoral fraud,” the Western States not owning the land they are founded upon, and hundreds of other oppressive legal decisions where SCOTUS has trampled the just powers of the legislative branch at the whims of cultural approbation.
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.
The US Senate and US House of Representatives have refused to pass a budget, live within a budget, and respect the rights of the governed under a representative government. They are bowing to the highly populated coasts and ignoring the rights of all citizens.
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.
Since the 1940s, the government has changed the legal definition of the term property to include living people, removing the freedom of owning property, and using the bureaucrat to pick winners and losers of government largess, never the bureaucrat’s job in the first place. The government has retaliated, utilizing the force of government to fatigue complainants and frustrate the citizen into compliance.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
The government has warped the representative nature of US Governance until the invasion of privacy is expected, personal identity theft is a common occurrence, and under unconstitutional FISA Courts made no private citizen safe and secure in their property, papers, or business from abuse by government.
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.
Using the threats of force through the National Guard and Federal Police, they refused access to the elected representatives to send just grievances to the government directly. Exposing the American People to the dangers of runaway government without representation.
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.
From the 1940s, the Federal Government has repeatedly obstructed the legal system for naturalization of foreigners into America, carving out whole programs without legislation through bureaucratic fiat ways and means to create and change US Citizenship’s meaning abusing the citizens of America. Under the War Powers Act, illegal immigration was concocted to steal jobs from Americans, intern Americans, and these legal thefts of the rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness remains a stain on the Seal of the Republic of the United States of America.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
The Federal and State Legislative branches are abdicating their roles to make laws and scrutinize government to the judicial branch, which is an abuse of the citizen! The elected representatives feel justified in ignoring the judicial branch if the decision goes against the party in power desires and promises.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
Since the “Great Depression,” the government has invented rights, which inflated government, producing bureaucrats to harass, harm, and destroy America through government bloat, all in the name of producing jobs and improving America. The only jobs delivered are non-productive government jobs, and America has declined as the government has grown, repeating the process multiple times since the 1930s to America’s ever-greater demise!
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
The Government-Military-Industrial pact has never been eradicated. Politicians have created ways and means to keep the money flowing by using our military ineffectively in wars and activities where America has no business interests, no personal interests, and where the government is the winner. The soldier, sailor, airmen, and marine are the victims of government inaction and military suffering’s politicization!
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
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:
What exactly is the United Nations but a money pit with hatred and disgust for the United States where Republican Representation is overshadowed by bureaucratic fiat, with no hope of having US Constitutional Law prevail inside American Territory. The United Nations’ entire reasoning is nefarious and injurious to American Interests at home and abroad, and the injustices caused by the United Nations members must answer to American Jurisprudence!
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:
The political wars on taxes without representation remain egregious and harmful to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness inside America. Unfunded liabilities are a hidden tax on the people and should be unconstitutional, but they remain like a millstone around American Productivity’s neck. Imposing taxes without the consent of the governed is wrong, and the politicians involved need to be held personally responsible for correcting their crimes against the citizenry.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
FISA Courts, the Patriot Act, and other legislation that established unconstitutional offices in government not overseen and controlled by the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. To remove the Constitutional Rights of all people living inside 100-miles of the US Border is inexcusable. No government body should be above the law and outside the representative government’s controls, including and especially, the Federal Reserve, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and FISA Courts.
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:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
Speaking of fundamentally altering the forms of the US Government, debt is doing precisely this, and nobody in the representative government, at any level, wants to address this problem.
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
Sound familiar with the words and actions of the militant arm of the Democratic Party through Executive Orders?
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
Sound familiar where BLM riots and mobs are treated 180-degrees differently from how the Tea Party was treated?
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
Eminent Domain, anyone? Unconstitutional FISA Courts? Unconstitutional government and NGO offices who, according to legislation, are beyond the strictures of the US Constitution? IRS scandal during President Obama’s reign?
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, 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.
According to one political party and their media sycophants, does this sound like the Summer of 2020 and every single police incident not politically correct in the United States?
Tell me, truthfully, doesn’t the American People have a “Just complaint” against the current forms and restrictions of bloated government? Does this quote from The Declaration of Independence sound familiar:
“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.”
What about the following, sounding familiar, from the conservatives, the Tea Party, and others who care about America’s future:
“Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them 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 [emphasis mine].”
American citizens have been trying to obtain our elected officials’ attention, the same in 1776 as in 2021. Since the 1980s, the government has routinely turned a deaf ear to anything that smacks of responsible governance in a Representative Republic, and it is past time for this to change.
The conclusion of The Declaration of Independence states:
“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 [emphasis mine].”
Long ago, I pledged my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor to the United States of America. I had the privilege of taking this pledge eight times. I could not go back on that pledge any more than I could chop off my hands and feet. I vehemently oppose the government in its current life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness theft and beg all who still have a spark of divine freedom to burn ever brighter. The Declaration of Independence is the greatest of our founding documents and supports the US Constitution and the Articles of Confederation concisely and plausibly.
Join me in insisting on a “Liberty FIRST Culture” in America that this great Republic may live and thrive!
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