Remedial Practical Civics 100, Lesson 7: Declaration of Independence 4 Dummies
The preamble to to the Constitution says:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
And what did the founders see as the “Blessings of Liberty”?
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
Unanimous. We all agreed to it. None of this “rule by 50.00001%” stuff.
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’re going to explain this once. Pay attention.
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.
All men have equal Rights: Life, Liberty, and the chance to try for Happiness. This not a guarantee of equal outcome, or that you will achieve Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
The only job of Government is to protect the afore-mentioned Rights, and its power comes from the people; therefore, Governments have no authority other than that granted by free consent; see “unamimous” above.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it
When Government fails to protect Rights, or worse violates them, the People have the Right to eliminate it. That is not radical, it is common sense.
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.
When Government screws up, we can and will replace it with something that better.
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,
We will put up with a lot…
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.
…but we won’t put up with it forever.
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. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
And we just hit the boiling point.
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
You fucked up. This is how.
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.
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 politicians have been playing god, and violating our rights.
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.
They make it as difficult as possible to express our views. Have you tried calling a Congresscreepl ately and actually reaching him?
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
You’ve been blocking us when we assert our rights.
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.
You’ve letting invaders in, and letting Pantifa run rampant.
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.
See the mess at the southern border, where immigration law is flouted with the assistance of politicians.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
How many judicial nominations is the Senate still sitting on?
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
The judges are dependent upon the executive branch for pay checks. Who do expect them to favor at trial?
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
EPA, OSHA, FBI, Marshals, TSA, Park Service, Forestry Service, BLM, Corps of Engineers, HUD, HHS, DOEducation, DOEnergy, Homeland Security… The Founders punted the King for less.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
FBI, Marshals, ATF, TSA… not to mention the fully militarized police.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
We’ve had at least 7 major and minor wars without the proper declaration by Congress.
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:
Our courts are citing foreign court precedents and international laws to which we not signatory.
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
Post-Katrina, they forced people to evacuate, then occupied homes.
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
We’ve had enough of “sovereign immunity” for the police.
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
I haven’t “consented” to a tax ever.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
Funny how that still happens. And politicians are upping the ante with no-due process “red flag” laws.
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
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
Imposing unwanted laws.
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
There’s that whole no representation thing yet again.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
Presidential candidates threatening citizens with nuclear weapons and overwhelming military force in elected.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
Have you even experienced the wonders of Corps of Engineers changing waterways?
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.
Not yet, but it has been advocated by globalists.
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.
Check out the repurposing of people in the Green Raw Deal.
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.
Pantifa, Occupy Everything, BLM…
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.
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.
Lots of rational people tried.
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.
You didn’t listen.
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.
We’re done with your shit.