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- 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 seperate and equal station to which the laws of nature entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the seperation.
- We hold these truths to be self evident, that all are created equal, that all are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
- That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power 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 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light 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 absooute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
- Such has been the patiennt sufferance of humankind and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former systems of gevernment.
- The history of the world is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over humankind. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
- You have called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of public records for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with your measures.
- You have obstructed the administration of justice.
- You have erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms odf officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
- You have kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislatures.
- You have effected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power, and unacknowledged by our laws giving your assent to their acts of pretended legislation;
- You have combined with others to subject us to a juristiction foreign to our constitution.
- You have deprived us, in many cases, of the benefit of trial by jury.
- You have suspended your own legislatures, and declared themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
- You have abdicated government here, by declaring the bisphere out of your protection and waging war against the environment.
- You have plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
- You are at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, destruction, and tyranny, already begun, with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the head of a civilized nation.
- You have constrained our fellow citizens to bear arms against each other to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
- You have incited domestic insurrections amongst us.
- 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 ruler of a free people.
- We therefore, the representatives of humankind in general congress assembled, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of this biosphere, solemly publish and declare:
- That we are all in this together.
- And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on each others protection, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
- with peace and love for all.
- On October 15th, we the people of planet Earth, take back the power.
- With liberty, justice, and equality for all.
- expect us.
- occupytogether.org occupytheplanet.org ProjectHug.us
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