The Declaration of Independence: in plain speech and for our own time

 

The Declaration of Independence: in plain speech and for our own time

You’ll find this Declaration of Independence to be modeled almost exactly upon the original, only in plain speech. And despite being modeled upon the original, you’ll find that the original facts, ideas, and grievances almost all fit directly to our own time with startling accuracy. What of the original conclusions, then? You decide.

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Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2015

Sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do: get rid of the current government you’re under, and form a new one. It’s our natural and God-given right to do so. When we exercise it, however, we should at least have the common courtesy to tell everyone else why. So here goes:

It doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to figure out 1) that God created all men equal and with some rights that can’t be taken away by anyone. These include the rights to live, to be free, and to do what they want with their own lives; 2) That to protect these rights, we form governments that have the consent of the people that have to live under them; and 3) That whenever any government quits protecting these rights, the people have further the right to get rid of that government and form a new one that will protect their rights and their happiness.

Now, it’s not smart just to go changing governments for every little thing, especially when the one you already have has been around for so long. People usually put up with as much nonsense as we can before we go through the trouble of uprooting everything and starting over. But when the government keeps obviously abusing and taking away our rights, and following an obvious agenda that looks like it will lead to a dictatorship, we not only have the right, but the duty, to get rid of that government and form one that will actually secure our rights into the future.

We have suffered like this long enough. It is now necessary to change our government. The establishment has done nothing but repeatedly violate our rights and take away our freedoms, and it’s obviously on its way to a tyranny over the states and people. Just consider some of the things we have had to put up with under this government:

  • It won’t pass laws that we need or want, or threatens to veto them when we do.
  • When the states do sign laws we need and want, the federal Courts, or Congress, strike them down. Sometimes the Court ties them up and suspends them, and sometimes when we do want to Supreme Court to rule, if refuses to hear the case.
  • It confiscates large tracts of land under Federal jurisdiction and then rules them with unelected Federal bureaucracies, trampling and ignoring local laws, governments, and our right to be represented in the process.
  • It plays games with schedules and holds secret, closed-door meetings so that our representatives are either out of town, or locked out of important decisions and votes.
  •  When it appears that someone will actually stand up to the tyranny, that person is locked out, intimidated, or marginalized in the media in order to ignore or silence all opposition.
  • It leaves the people and the states vulnerable to tyranny and even to mobs because their representatives are ridiculed and left powerless.
  • It has obstructed justice by refusing to make his judges and officials play by the same rules as everyone else.
  • It only appoints judges that agree with it and which it can control.
  • It grows the size and power of government with all kinds of new unelected bureaucrats, and sends out armed agents to harass people with all kinds of rules and regulations, and to collect taxes, fines, and fees until we have nothing left.
  • It maintains a standing army among us during peacetime without any declaration of war from Congress.
  • It has militarized both federal and local police and has made them unaccountable to local people and a threat to local freedoms.
  • It has evencombined the President’s powers with those of Congress to override the Constitution and our state and local laws:
    • For maintaining huge military bases among us and forcing us to pay for them
    • For shielding government agents—including police, SWAT, courts, and federal agents—from punishment for offenses and even murders they should commit on the people
    • For interfering with our trade and markets throughout the world
    • For imposing all kinds of taxes, fines, and fees on us without our consent
    • For denying the right to trial by jury in many cases
    • For hauling us off to distant prisons on false charges
    • For abolishing common law and establishing arbitrary government throughout the courts
    • For overriding state Constitutions, striking down our most important laws, and manipulating our state and local governments
    • For replacing the role of state and local legislatures with federal laws and bureaucrats
  • It ignores the people when they need government, and leaves us at the mercy of its armed agents and bureaucrats
  • It takes everything it wants, and destroys anything that stands in its way, including people
  • It even lets foreign soldiers train on our soil for war against us, and would not hesitate to employ them in its destruction of our liberties, and it is already preparing for cruelties more fitting the ages of barbarism than of anything you could call civilization
  • It employs our own troops against us. Our own sons and daughters are prepared and conditioned to be our executioners, and to give their lives in doing so if necessary.
  • It has instigated riots among us, and has created class warfare that leads to violence against man, woman, and child alike, as well as the destruction of property

We have endured these oppressions for decades, and all along the way have tried patiently to use the system itself in order to fix the problems, but things have only gotten worse. It’s time we acknowledge that any government that acts this way is not fit to be the government of a free people.

It’s not for lack of trying that we arrive at this decision. We have repeatedly complained about the legislature and its failures. We have told the story of our founding fathers and our rights over and over. We have begged the officials to find justice and love in their hearts, and we have pleaded with them as brothers to stop these invasions which can only either end in tyranny or force us to act. They apparently don’t care about justice or brotherhood. And since this can only mean they prefer injustice and tyranny, we’ll have to accept the fact that they are our enemies, even if they would otherwise be our friends.

In light of all this, we can only appeal to the true Supreme Judge of the world to set things right. As representatives of a new system, we declare that we have the right to be free and independent states, and that we are so as a matter of fact. We absolve ourselves totally of all ties to the former government that has become a tyranny; it is now to us like it never even existed. As a new free government, we have the same rights as any other government: declare war, make peace, make alliances, open for commerce, and do anything any other state or nation can rightly, under God, do. And for this newly declared independence and liberty, we solely trust God Himself for our protection, and we pledge to support each other with our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

 
 

REBLOGGED from American Vision

What is Liberty?

I hope you enjoy this letter on Liberty as written by Dr. Harold Sala:

It’s called "the Liberty Bell" and its home is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Since the latter third of the 18th century, it’s been an American symbol of freedom. On the bell is an inscription from the Old Testament book of Leviticus that reads, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10). Visitors to this historic site notice that the old bell is cracked. Its said to have been rendered unringable by too vigorous a tolling on Washington’s Birthday in 1846.

What did Moses mean when, centuries ago, he said that liberty was to be proclaimed throughout the land? Was this a political statement suggesting that every nation be a democracy? Not at all. In its context, the statement was personal. People were to celebrate the goodness of God during the 50th year when people were liberated from the bondage of debt.

So what does this teach us? Simply put: that freedom under God is a personal matter regardless of the nature of the government under which you live. Whether you live in a democracy or a socialist government, God wants to set you free from the bondage of your old, sinful nature. God’s forgiveness cancels the debt that was against us, one that was paid by the sacrifice of Him who died on a cross outside Jerusalem.

Today’s e-message is not intended to be a "hurray for America", but a hurray for a great and loving God who can set you free spiritually, and let His liberty reign in your heart. Jesus put it so forcibly: "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36).

When you believe the promises of Scripture that reach across ages and cultures, you honor God. He will bless you personally giving you spiritual forgiveness, freedom, and joy!