When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and The Constitution entitle them, an indecent disrespect to the opinions of mankind requires
that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that some are more equal than others, that they are endowed by their Government with Rights granted by them, that among these are Diversity, Slavery and the pursuit of Control both physical and mental–That to secure these rights, Governments are controlled among Man, deriving their unjust powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Control, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should be changed for acceptable and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to consecreate for all time such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these people;and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King 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 and We The People, of these United States, willingly and with great enthusiasm do swear our fealty and dedicate our children to this most just act.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for more in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated victory. 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.And we now celebrate that consecration. For we are not a free people. We are a fair people. A Diverse People. We are Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety and secure Social Justice for all.
That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Enslaved and Dependent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Constitution, and that all political connection between them and the United States of America, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Enslaved and Dependent States, they have full Power to levy Privilege, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Socialism, and to do all other Acts and Things which
Dependent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Government Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
John T. Wheeler, American. 🙂