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  • Writer's picturePeter Serefine

A New Declaration

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

The United States declared itself independent from the British crown two hundred forty-seven years ago. The Declaration of Independence, signed in Philadelphia in 1776, not only established the United States as an independent country but also served as the primary inspiration of Liberty focused revolutions around the world for nearly two and a half centuries.

The language of the United States Declaration of Independence established something new. It clearly and unequivocally states that the rights of mankind come from God and that governments are created by mankind to protect our rights. This simple concept is the bedrock of American exceptionalism. But, of course, this idea was not entirely original to the American founding fathers. Instead, it was a combination of thoughts from earlier philosophers like John Locke, Adam Smith, and others. Still, these ideas had never been used as the foundation upon which to construct a government.

The Declaration of Independence established eternal principles to which the new American governments were to adhere. Calvin Coolidge summarized these principles well in 1926.

"If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions."

The Declaration of Independence also identified the citizens, we the people, as the sovereigns and established that citizens have the right to alter or abolish any form of government that is not protecting our rights and liberties.

Eleven years later, in 1787, the US Constitution was written. Again, a document unlike anything ever seen by mankind. The US Constitution clearly outlined the powers granted to the National government and, just as clearly, restricted those powers.

The right of the people to alter their government has been affirmed repeatedly. One notable example was in June 1788 when Madison introduced what would become known as the Bill of Rights to Congress.

"…people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government, whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purposes of its institution."

The federal government of the United States has either forgotten these ideals and principles or has chosen to ignore them for many decades. As instructed by the US Declaration of Independence, "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel" the alterations.

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that men 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."

The history of the present federal government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the citizens of these United States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

  • Washington, DC, has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good; laws holding citizens' overwhelming support for decades, such as term limits and balanced budgets.

  • The federal government has obstructed the Administration of Justice by using administrative agencies to target those with differing views.

  • The general government of the United States has erected a multitude of New Offices and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

  • For using those offices to unconstitutionally delegate law-making authority outside of the legislative branch to unelected bureaucrats

  • For keeping among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies comprised of supposed law enforcement to the multitude of federal agencies.

  • For imposing unjust and unequal Taxes on us, our incomes, our properties, our estates, our goods and services, our utilities, and our energies without our consent

  • For wastefully spending the spoils of our labor and the inheritance of generations of our posterity

  • For allowing executive policy to have the power and appearance of law without a vote of the elected Congress

  • For manipulating society and her people through a convoluted system of regulations, taxation, credits, grants, and loans.

  • For unconstitutionally growing to become the largest employer, land-owner, lender, mortgage holder, and debtor the earth has ever seen.

  • For destroying the value of our currency and manipulating the economy to benefit a privileged few.

  • For eroding the power and sovereignty of the several States and the citizens thereof by extortion and bribes with public funds

  • For wasting American blood and treasure on foreign soil without congressional acts of war

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 ruler of a free people.

We, therefore, the undersigned citizens and residents of the United States of America, 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 this nation, solemnly publish and declare, That we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the unconstitutional executive agencies, and that all said agencies are and ought to be totally dissolved; and that 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.

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