Declaration of Independence
(All comments in italics are direct quotes from the United States Declaration of Independence penned in 1776)
“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 opening paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence, penned in 1776, is appropriate to 2008. We live in a time when it has become necessary for the people to ‘dissolve the political bands’ with ‘politics as usual.’
“….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.…”
The safety and happiness of Americans have been directly and measurably threatened by a radical right wing. “...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.…”
“…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…” George W. Bush has ignored the Bill of Rights and Laws passed by Congress – When a law reaches his desk he merely changes the intention with a few strokes of his pen.
“…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...” George W. Bush directs his administration to execute only the laws that are convenient to his purpose…
“…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…” George W. Bush attempts to fatigue the Iraqi Government, and any other opposition government, including our own.
“…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.…” The radical right would obstruct the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners – the Declaration is clear on migration and immigration, these ideas should be encouraged, not discouraged.
“…He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers….” George W. Bush ignores judiciary powers by declaring ‘enemy combatants.’ In our anger over 911 we the people have tolerated violations of core principles of this country – but no longer.
“…He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries….”
George W. Bush would flagrantly fire U. S. Attorneys who do not use the laws of the land to do his political bidding.
“…He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance....” George W. Bush has expanded the role of Government with his Department of Homeland Security – and used the excess of power to ‘harass our people.’
“…He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures....”
“…He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.…” George W. Bush ignores the will of the people in the use of our Military Power. Acting with the tyranny of a Monarch, he endangers all Americans.
“…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:…
“…For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:…” George W. Bush has guaranteed trade agreements that favor our trading partners by neglecting NAFTA and other trade agreements.”…For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:…” George W. Bush would have the power to declare anyone an enemy – thus depriving them of any rights of Trial.
“…For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:...”
“…For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province” (Guantanamo)“, establishing therein an Arbitrary government…”
“…He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people...” George W. Bush ignores the impact of Global Warming and when Katrina struck – he ignored the ‘lives of our people.’
“…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....” George W. Bush has hired the mercenary forces of companies such as Blackwater to brutalize other peoples and nations in the name of the United States of America.
“…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 Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people….”
The Declaration of 2008 is not restricted to an individual – George W. Bush. The 2008 Declaration of Independence is directed at all government representatives that abuse the power of their office. These abuses include catering to special interests, ignoring the health and well being of the populace, misappropriation of funds, ignoring efficiency, and ignoring the petition for change…
2008 will be a year of change in America. The people are rejecting the politics of the few, the politics that protect the wealthy, the politics that ignore the health of our children, the politics that ignore the education of our children, the politics that would have us suffer in a legalized form of indentured servitude by offering low wages and protecting predatory lenders.
The people will sign this Declaration at the ballot box.