by Frank Williford –
The Declaration of Independence (revisited 2014)
WHEN in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for We the People to restore the political bands which from inception have served these United States of America well, and to return to the 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 this action.
These truths have long been self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness —- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Government, becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the right of We the People to alter and restore it to legitimacy by utilizing the form and function of principles first authorized and proved to most likely effect their safety and happiness.
Prudence, indeed, dictates that Governments long established should not be changed just because those persons entrusted to perform the functions government have been utterly derelict in their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of these United States. Rather, it is the Right and the Duty of We the People to throw off those derelict practitioners and to provide New Guards for our Security and Liberty. The history of recent Administrations demonstrates an increasing wanton willingness to disregard the requirements and constraints of a well-functioning Government as first demonstrated and implemented some two centuries ago. Let an observant citizenry know that the usurpations and caprices, impinging upon legitimate governance, by an Administration and a Congress that has for far too long not been held to account for their actions shall be now rectified and an Administration and a Congress worthy of this Great Nation shall be installed to replace them.
Herein are the facts presented to a candid citizenry:
The Administration has refused its assent to laws, regulations and statues designed to benefit We the People while at the same time thrusting upon us countless rules and regulations of no discernable benefit, having been promulgated by individuals appointed to administrative positions for which they had no prior relevant experience, training or ability.
The Administration has forbidden its paid servants from enforcing certain laws which have the relevance of long standing and has neglected to address the grievances engendered by the absence of their application.
The Administration has chosen willfully to convey benefit outside the law to those persons and groups of persons most attuned to the despotic behavior of the Administrations principal characters, while withholding any benefit and even imposing harm to those persons and groups of persons not favorably disposed to the willful and most often erratic actions of the Administration.
The Administration has taken advantage of one portion of the congress to the detriment of the other portion because the one portion would act without full authority while the other portion would stand by in nearly silent acquiescence.
The Administration has elevated to high office ideological minions who are non-elected bureaucrats over whom We the People have no opportunity of redress and replacement once they prove themselves unworthy of their high position. Thus there has been erected a multitude of new offices which send hither Swarms of Agents to harass We the People and eat out our substance.
The Administration has for a long time proved itself to be absent from the rigor and thoughtfulness required for taking informed and necessary steps to preserve the natural rights of We the People while at the same time conveying its own ill-conceived rights to those persons and groups who have acquiesced to the Administration’s most blatant indulgences. The Administration has further proved itself incapable of administering a foreign policy that promotes world peace and order and has failed to install the appropriate safeguards to protect its citizens both at home and abroad.
The present Administration, first elected with the hope of promoting domestic tranquility, has aggressively been the agent of domestic divisiveness and rancor.
The Administration has conspired with Congress to subject We the People to control and jurisdiction totally foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; thus giving their assent to acts of pseudo legislation. The Administration has inflicted countless illegal intrusions into the daily lives and private matters of its citizens.
And the Administration alone is not the sole cause of the burdens now borne by We the People. The Congress has willfully ignored the protection offered by our Constitution by passing laws that dispense with the relevance of the powers and constraints that are so clearly enumerated in our Constitution and its Amendments.
The Congress has for a long time insulated itself from the daily rigors of the ordinary man by among other things granting exclusively for itself special and lucrative emoluments designed solely for their own comfort and enrichment.
The Congress has failed utterly to exercise its mandatory requirement of reviewing particular actions of the Administration that have raised legitimate questions of actual legal authority, and when the Congress has on occasion exercised its review authority it has failed to persevere to conclusion any oversight it has by not implementing the necessary steps required to overcome Administration obstruction.
The Congress has authorized capricious and wanton expenditure of funds far in excess of any revenue derived from taxation, the extent and depth of which is ever increasing, having attained proportions now exceedingly detrimental to the functioning of a free market society capable of in its own right sustaining the wellbeing of We the People.
The Congress has promulgated laws totally unsupported by the Constitution of the United States of America and they have utilized those pseudo laws to inflict their ideological preferences on select portions of citizens and immigrants by ignoring equal protection provisions and imparting their favors to certain groups of persons while prohibiting others from the enjoyment of the same class of favors.
The Administration and the Congress with help from the courts has transformed the governance of this great nation into a form utterly unresponsive to the legitimate needs and requirements of a free people and it is therefore incumbent upon We the People to restore and institute Elected Representatives of the People who will return our governance to the long established and proven principles of a free society.
Therefore, We the People, in the name of and by the good authority of the citizens of the United States of America solemnly Publish and Declare our imperative to return to a form of governance recognized by the Constitution of the United States of America, and to banish from public service forever the perpetrators of the corruptions impinging upon this Covenant.
Signed: February 2nd, the year of our Lord 2014