Gus Bailey rewrites a classic declaration for our times:
I’ve tried to stay as true to the heart and cadence as I could. Some stuff had to be updated for topicality, but damn near every point translates nearly a quarter of a millennium later.
Fifty six guys signed the original. They made themselves outlaws and traitors by that action. Are we willing to pledge “our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” to effect our freedom?
Sometimes, folks find themselves at opposite ends of a situation. Sometimes it’s so bad that those folks have to go their separate ways in the world. In those times, it is appropriate that one party should explain to the other why they are choosing to dissolve the relationship
Look, we can all agree that it’s obvious that none of us is born better than another. It’s only fair that we appreciate that we are our own person, in charge of our lives and how we live them and it’s inappropriate that we should meddle in one another’s affairs. Okay, it’s not a perfect world; as such we have to have referees to help us, based on our own agreement, work out the sticky interactions we may have. Now, it’s important that the referee’s remember that they work for us and that we write the rules for them to enforce; think NFL, not NASCAR. Anyway, they work for us, and as long as they can fairly and effectively administer the rules as we agree to the writing, we’ll pay them to do the job.
HOWEVER. Power corrupts; so if the referees decide to start reading the rules in wonky ways; or, heaven forbid, start writing different rules for different folks, then we’re going to have to get new ref’s. Heck, we’ll be obligated to fire the old ones; I mean, that’s not what we’re paying them to do. — Here’s the thing, that’s exactly what we’ve been dealing with for the past several decades; and that’s becoming apparently the thing we’re going to have to do. But as in most personnel actions, we need to lay out the facts for the firing of this group of referees.
The ref’s have refused to accept and enforce rule changes that we have agreed are best for the group.
They have instructed their subordinates to ignore our complaints.
They’ve even called for certain groups of us to relinquish our standing on the rules committee. This is ridiculous, given that we make the rules not them.
They mock our reasonable dissent and encourage violent opposition to our assembly.
They have colluded to render our pleas meaningless as they write their own rules.
Among themselves, the ref’s have brought others among the group without proper review or approval. This has resulted in people walking around acting like they belong without having a true stake in the well-being of the group as a whole. It’s practically an invasion of folks who don’t like the group or what we generally believe, and some actively want to disband the group.
And yet, when folks who are sympathetic to the group and appreciate what it means to belong with us try to join, they are rebuffed.
They’ve started picking their own replacement and support staff who are loyal only to the referee cadre and not to us the people of the group.
Aw hell, you can’t really phrase this any better: [They have] erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
They have assigned special referees to monitor our behavior without any grievance among us to draw their attention.
They have enlisted enforcers loyal only to them, instead of the group.
They have colluded with referees from other groups to impose other rules upon us.
They have allowed those other groups to infiltrate their agents among us.
They protect those agents from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the members of the group.
They decide for themselves how we will interface with other groups; without regard for our well-being.
They call fees taxes and taxes fees to avoid the rules we’ve already agreed to.
They are perfectly willing to cite us for rules they never told us about, and we never agreed to.
They are perfectly willing to drag us through a trial when there is obviously no merit to the complaint.
Hell’s bells, in some places the members of the group have very little say left in the process, the head referees having allowed their subordinates such free reign to abuse the original rules.
In fact, they openly advocate for the abolition of some of the basic rules; granted only for the people of the group, the referees will still benefit from those rules.
Here again, the original plain language is too perfect: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
Aww, let’s cut to the chase, I’m talking about the Federal government: They have basically abdicated their authority by their refusal to administer the laws and Constitution they swore to uphold. They are essentially making war on our religion, our beliefs, our heritage and our way of life.
They’ve meddled in business and environmental feel-good policies to the point where we have to question the right to use our own lands as we see fit; and thousands are losing jobs over hearsay and unproven environmental policy.
Again, they are actively encouraging and recruiting agents of organizations that have sworn to destroy us. These groups of people have been our enemy from the very beginning of our country. They may don the robes of noble civility but that does not change the barbarian underneath.
They have used highly questionable methods for monitoring and investigating free citizens under the pretense of security.
Damn, for 240 years ago some stuff never changes: [They have] excited domestic insurrections amongst us, [Black Lives Matter?] and [have] endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the parasitic non-contributors from foreign lands, here to suck our marrow and diminish our wealth.
Can’t polish this any better: 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.
Look, it’s not like we haven’t tried to work with them. “Contract with America”, “The TEA Party”, waves of new republican members to congress and the Senate, strong opposition to “Obama-care”, warning cries about the flood of anchor children “DREAMers”, strong responses to all attacks on the second, fifth and tenth amendments.
But they simply double down and collude amongst themselves for the “good of the nation”. There really is no choice, but to invoke Article 5, and send them packing. Any resistance will be met as an attack on the nation, the perpetrators to be considered traitors or attackers; either way they will be enemies.
As our Founding Fathers did, so should we now [re] declare ourselves a free and independent nation, willing and able to govern ourselves. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.