The Declaration, Re-envisionedSubmitted by Lofabred on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 11:32
It occurred to me that perhaps Obama and other would-be republican candidates think that they are indeed defending the principles that this nation was founded on, but just aren't able to grasp the meaning of unalienable rights such as Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – and what it looks like to be deprived of them. To make it clearer and easier for them to understand, I've made an adaptation of the Declaration of Independence to try to help them see how our government has gotten so far off base. I am trying to draw ties between the complaints listed in the Declaration (those objections to the throne where their unalienable rights have been violated) with a modern-day equivalent complaint.
So here it is; the original complaints are listed first, followed by my re-envisioning in bold. I left several of the original complaints out that I felt were irrelevant or that I didn't understand (I'm no scholar). Please spread, expand on, and use it freely.
The history of the present President of the United States of America is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
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.
Bureaucracy and corruption of our government, with a legislature that passes laws and regulations that are thousands of pages long, prevent us from having a say in the legislative process. We are fatigued and incapable of having any say in the current system, and thus are subject to it without our voices being heard.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
So many agencies and bureaucracies have been created for all manner of things; agencies capable of taking our property or prosecuting and imprisoning us. They make regulations and barriers that prevent or stop us from using our private property and labor as we see fit.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
Our military has been actively used without consent of the people - no declaration of war has been issued by our congress, and so operates independent of our civil powers.
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:
We have been unlawfully subject to the rule of others in trade organizations and the United Nations. No foreign body should have authority over a sovereign nation.
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
Our own citizens have been assassinated without trial and due process of law, and this is sanctioned and permissible by the government - who protect themselves over the citizenry.
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
Trade embargos and restrictions are put on businesses, limiting the benefits of trade with other nations.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
A central bank out of control creates and lends money without control, effectively taxing us through inflation.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
Many are detained and held captive without charges for an indefinite period of time. The government has proclaimed that they may do so with ambiguous terms of being a threat to the nation.
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring 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
We go into foreign nations and engage in nation building that tells people how they should govern themselves under the guise of 'spreading our goodness.' It is a thin veil for expanding our territory where we ought not to be.
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
The federal government enforces its laws over those established within our states, destroying the form of government chosen by those in the state.
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
The president has grossly overused and abused the executive order to establish law without the consent of the people.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored 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.
Our foreign involvement in the Middle East has enticed hatred of our nation, which leads to attacks on our people as the result of government action overseas, compromising our security.
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.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by further oppression. 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.