The Declaration of Independence sets forth the relationship between government and people. It also defines liberty as an inalienable right of the people. The Signers, looking at American today, might say: We warned you. The Declaration of Independence sets forth the relationship between government and people. It also defines liberty as an inalienable right of the people. The Signers, looking at American today, might say: We warned you.

Declaration of Restoration of Liberty

When in the course of history it becomes necessary for citizens to join together to restore the foundational principles previously established to govern them, these people are justified and compelled to unite in order to reclaim and enforce the rights to which they are legally and providentially entitled.

We hold these truths to be well-defined within our Constitution and all foundational documents, that all men are created equal and possess certain God-given rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We further declare and recognize that our government was instituted to secure these rights and that the only rights our government has are limited and are derived from the consent of its citizens. Whenever our government strays from protecting our rights and usurps our liberties and fortunes, it becomes the responsibility of the People to hold the government accountable in a manner that restores and protects our safety, our fortunes, and our liberties for ourselves and for generations to come.

History has shown that the human race is more likely to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to stand up against the abuses to which they have become accustomed. But when a long train of abuses has usurped their liberties and their fortunes under tyrannical despots, corrupt legislatures, and incompetent judges, it is the right of the citizens; it is their duty, to restore the former safeguards in order to ensure their future security. Such is the condition prevalent in these United States, and such is now the condition which makes it necessary to exercise the privileges granted to our citizens to restore our government to the form prescribed, preserved, and protected within our Constitution—knowing full well that it is not the responsibility of the government to rule over its citizens, but it is the responsibility of the citizens to rule over government.

It is for this reason that many are gathering across the nation to reclaim the very form of government wherein prosperity and freedom co-existed, wherein liberty of conscience and freedom of speech thrived, and wherein citizens worshiped freely and lived peaceably. This is not a protest movement designed by those without compassion and driven by greed; this movement exists to preserve our freedoms and to protect our liberties. Failure will result in more than economic chaos or financial ruin. Failure will result in the destruction of our nation and the liberties we have enjoyed for so long.

The History of the 20th and early 21st Centuries is a history of repeated violations and usurpations of the principles of government outlined within our foundational documents. Specifically, the Constitutional crimes we find objectionable and against which we herewith protest are following:

Whereas the Federal government has imposed taxes upon its citizens that were restricted by the Constitution, prior to its amendment, and has used these funds for expenditures outside of its powers as enumerated within the Constitution,

Whereas the Federal government has not provided for fair commerce by levying taxes and regulations on corporations and by adopting free trade policies with foreign governments that promote and favor foreign goods over national goods,

Whereas the Federal government has nationalized private enterprises and implemented socialistic policies in violation of all principles and directives within our foundational documents,

Whereas the Federal government has acquired the right to confiscate personal real estate through tax laws and eminent domain laws contrary to restrictions specified in the Constitution,

Whereas the Judicial system has usurped its role to adjudicate and has created legislation, and Congress and the Executive branches have allowed this condition to exist unchecked and unbalanced,

Whereas the Federal government as well as several states have disregarded our First Amendment right to free speech by imposing upon us Hate Crime Bills that silence opposing views and violate our liberty of conscience,

Whereas certain state governments have sought to usurp our First Amendment right not to inhibit the free enterprise of religion; by imposing upon the church a new definition for marriage, which must be honored by all existing states, and these usurpations have not been checked federally,

Whereas all branches have allowed abortion to be administered to minors without parental notification, thereby usurping upon the God-given rights of parents,

Whereas government at all levels has pursued endless measures to limit and infringe upon our right to bear arms in violation of the Second Amendment,

Whereas the federal and judicial branches of government have repeatedly violated, usurped and disregarded the powers delegated exclusively to the states and the Congress has allowed these matters to continue unabated,

Therefore, We the People of these United States assembling on the 4th of July, 2011, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do hereby petition all branches of government to cease and desist from this unconstitutional and deplorable behavior immediately, to check and balance each branch, and to restore the principles upon which this country was founded.

AND as in times of crisis past, with a firm reliance on Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to protect our liberties, rights, and way of life for ourselves and generations to come through the restoration of our Constitution and all foundational documents.

May God continue to bless the USA!!! July 4, 2011

Featured image: the Second Continental Congress signs the original Declaration of Independence. Portrait: John Trumbull.

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RoseAnn Salanitri is a published author and Acquisition Editor for the New Jersey Family Policy Council. She is a community activist who has founded the Sussex County Tea Party in her home state and launched a recall movement against Senator Robert Menendez. RoseAnn is also the founder of Veritas Christian Academy, as well as co-founder of Creation Science Alive, and a national creation science speaker.

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Comments (12)

  • Freedom where it counts:
    free speech
    free religion

    Freedom where it doesn’t count:
    the freedom to own capital property

    • And why not? Without property, liberty is incomplete. Without property, economies stagnate. Look at the former Soviet Union.

      • No, look at the USA. Your right-wing policies led to unsafe loans and now foreclosure after foreclosure. Reagan was wrong. Bush and Bush were wrong. The market DOES NOT regulate itself. The idiotic lending policies encouraged by your kind of idiotic laissez-faire policies led directly to the recession – and now you try to blame Obama! You are a total hypocrite, and a thoroughly ignorant one at that.

      • >>And why not?

        Simple really. Capital property freedom is asymmetric. That means those with more capital are freer than those without it.

        Have you ever read Animal Farm?
        “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

        It’s kind of like that. Complete lack of regulation when it comes to property (most notably wealth) causes a society to form where certain classes emerge, and these classes are not equally free.

        >>Without property, liberty is incomplete.

        No one says you cannot own property. The phrase was capital property, which basically means wealth. In a society with limited resources, where wealthy equates to power, it means that even in a democracy the interests of the majority will never be fully represented because the wealthy (often) have grossly disproportionate representation in politics.

        >>Without property, economies stagnate.

        No, without a level playing field, economies stagnate. When an economy is dominated by a handful of monopolies, there is little motivation to innovate.

        >>Look at the former Soviet Union.

        That’s a whole can of worms. Please tell me you aren’t going to use the elementary school version of its history to make a case for yourself.

        • Couldn’t have put it better myself.

          And keep in mind, Mr. Hurlbut and Ms. Salanitri, we do not mean personal property like clothes and baubles. We have no qualms with commodities.

          We mean bourgeois property, or capital. That is what we oppose: the exploitation of men.

          • And who are the exploiters, and who are the exploited? Do you really think that the government is even capable of innovation? Governments never create wealth; they expropriate it.

            You do realize, I trust, that both of you are conforming to stereotype. Marxian stereotype. Or even Randian stereotype.

          • I beg to differ (though we totally do fit your stereotypes). Science is not achieved for fame and wealth, but for knowledge’s sake or to benefit humanity. Getting rid of the free market would have no effect on the progress o society.

            The great minds throughout history have never claimed “I did it for the money.”

            As for the question of who are the exploiters, the answer is obvious. The exploiters are the lords and ladies of industry who make vast sums without doing any work while their employees (either here or overseas- and it’s far more abominable overseas) slave away for nothing, entirely dependent on their bosses only because they have “money.”

  • To the actual essay subject, I agree that we need to make it our duty to hold our governments accountable towards us… but that’s about it because your understanding of the situation seems to be paper-thin. You won’t have the kind of society you think you are aiming for (a freer one I assume) by appealing to divine province, deregulating capitalism, and reverting law to its Colonial American base. You’ll just have an even greater plutocracy running our government, with full religious dictates. Picture something link Saudi Arabia, but with the princes replaced with corporate CEOs who inherit the position from their family, and use government to enforce themselves. Then replace the Islamic clerics with our hundreds of competing churches, all wanting dominance over the minds of everyone.

    That wouldn’t be a free society.

  • Incredible. I read an excellent, well worded document, then find reality-denying “progressives” commenting ignorantly about that which they do not understand.

    You people amaze me. Look at history a little closer, see how well freedom doesn’t work when man is not allowed to keep his capital property. Freedom flows from property ownership, capital or otherwise. And we have a plutocracy going already in America, but plutocracy, like other dictatorships, is always is the rule of a few, which we, the citizens, can overcome if we truly want to.

    And by the way, the Constitution wasn’t created to address “things” which come and go, and so is “old” and “out of date”, it was created to regulate human nature, which hasn’t changed in 10,000 years. That makes the Constitution timeless and just as valid today as it was over 200 years ago. America became great by adhering to the framework, and will fail for not adhering to that very same framework.

    Thank you RoseAnn Salanitri for a well put way of framing today’s issues.

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