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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