(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
The Founding Fathers gave us democracy. We have the moral responsibility to restore what was given to us, to take back what has been taken away by corrupt politicians of both major parties. There is no longer any doubt that the two-party system has been used to Establish, Maintain, and Expand corporate Tyranny. It has been used to divide and conquer, to prevent We the People from uniting in defense of our rights as citizens.
The false paradigm of We the Left against We the Right must be rejected. Americans must embrace a new ideology of Citizen Empowerment, they must speak a new language of Political, Social, and Economic Activism, they most forge a new movement, a local, state, and nationwide alliance encompassing the values and goals they share in common. They must cast aside the dead language of We the Left and We the Right, for among the victims of corporate Tyranny, there is no We the Left nor We the Right anymore, there is only We the Powerless.
When in the course of outrage after outrage, it becomes necessary for American citizens to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with the Democratic and Republican Parties, and to attain empowerment as We the People, our common respect for the Constitution and the rule of law compels us to declare the causes which impel us to this separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that both major parties are complicit in war crimes, in massive Wall Street fraud, in crimes of banking and finance so malicious and extensive as to beggar description. The repressive corporate agenda of both major parties has been exposed, it is self-evident that they no longer believe that all men are created equal, they serve only the corporate masters of America, they have granted them unalienable Rights, that among these are the right to plunder the Treasury, the right to control the media, the right to subvert the banking system, to corrupt the electoral system, to ravage our economy and reap the illicit profits of shock doctrine capitalism.
Tradition dictates that a political systems long established should not be rejected for light and transient causes; but when a long train of two-party system abuses and betrayals, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce an entire nation under corporate Despotism, it is the right of We the People, it is the duty of We the People, to condemn that system, and to establish a new system for our future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of Americans; and such is now the necessity which compels us to dismantle the corrupt two-party system. The history of that system is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of corporate tyranny over the United States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:
Both major parties have refused to pass campaign finance reform, which is most wholesome and necessary for the public good, thus investing in corporate lobbyists the power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
They have refused to enforce oversight and regulatory Laws of immediate and pressing importance, they have refused to enforce the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they have utterly neglected to conduct themselves in accordance with the foundational principles of representative government.
They have refused to investigate the corrupt banking industry, and have empowered corporate interests to bribe and intimidate our elected representatives, thus rendering American citizens powerless to defend themselves against repeated exploitation and abuse.
They have kept among us, in violation of the Bill of Rights, NSA spies who are monitoring with impunity every phone call we make, every email we send, every form of communication we engage in no matter who we are or where we are.
They have engaged in punitive and arbitrary taxation without representation, for being ignored cannot by any measure be called representation. They have confiscated 10 trillion of our taxpayer dollars and given it to the Federal Reserve, which has handed it over to Wall Street criminals with no oversight and no accountability.
They have engaged in systemic abuses of power and obstructions of justice, in violation of our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to unconstitutional Acts of repressive Legislation such as the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act.
They stand condemned:
For enabling the Bush Administration to launch wars of aggression and occupation in violation of the Geneva Conventions and international law.
For protecting them from criminal investigations, thus conferring upon them legal immunity from prosecution for war crimes, torture, and other heinous assaults on human rights and dignity.
For decreeing that telecoms engaged in massive violations of the 4th Amendment are above the law and immune from criminal or civil action, thus ensuring that they will not be held accountable for their crimes:
For complicity in depriving American citizens in many cases, of the benefit of habeas corpus and Trial by Jury:
For complicity in transporting them beyond the Seas to be tortured for pretended offenses:
For complicity in abolishing the regulatory system which protected our banking system and economy from corporate exploitation and Wall Street fraud, establishing therein an Arbitrary government of Plutocrats with unlimited power:
For complicity in taking away our Bill of Rights, for complicity in abolishing our most valuable Laws, for complicity in fundamentally altering the Forms of our Government, leaving only the illusion of democracy behind:
For complicity in plundering our Treasury and burdening us with monstrous deficits in blatant disregard of the consequences.
For complicity in torture, inflicted with Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.
For complicity in funding and funding and funding yet again large Armies of troops, Blackwater mercenaries, criminal contractors, and CIA operatives in in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with consequences counterproductive to our national security, and productive only to the furtherance of defense industry profiteering.
In every stage of these Oppressions, Americans have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms, but our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated betrayals. The Republican and Democratic Parties, whose destructive legacy has been characterized by every act which defines corruption and moral bankruptcy, are unfit to be supported by any American citizen.
We have reminded the politicians of both major parties time and time again of our grievances. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, we have implored them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably sever our connections and support if they continue.
But they have been deaf to the voice of justice, they have been deaf to our repeated appeals. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity of declaring our Separation, consign the Democratic and Republican Parties to Oblivion, condemn the two-party system as an abusive and corrupt anachronism, and call upon every American to grab the nearest shovel and bury it in an unmarked grave.
We, therefore, the citizens of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of History for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name of, and by Authority of the Founding Fathers who gave us this democracy and asked us to preserve it, solemnly publish and declare, that we will embrace a new ideology of Citizen Empowerment, that we will speak a new language of Political, Social, and Economic Activism, that we will forge a new Movement encompassing the values and goals we share in common, that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to both major parties, that all political connection between us and those mercenaries of corporate power is and ought to be totally dissolved, that we will unite as We the People and take our government back.
As American citizens in support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance upon one another, with unwavering support for the Constitution and the rule of law, we mutually pledge that we will restore American democracy, no matter what sacrifices are required, no matter who stands against us, until this Dark Age of Corporate Tyranny ends, and government of the People, by the People, and for the People in America shines once again, shines as it was meant to shine, as a Beacon of Empowerment to every oppressed human being throughout the world.
majority rule, for the purposes of maintaining a class of lesser citizenry, with unequal rights, and abusing the principle of majoritarian rule to suppress these rights, of a class of people, in violation of the First, Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
For abdicating a clear governmental responsibility, and establishing a system of Private Prisons, by which certain people are imprisoned, and others set free, for consideration of Profit.
the same universal chord again…only you play it so much better then I.
This is sweet beyond the highest praise. You are really on a roll of late, Rusty.
I’ll rally around this Declaration of Independence any time, day in and day out.
I want to re-read and pick, pick, pick at it till I think it is perfect…and then check with you, consult with you, and then send it out to the 4 corners…
…as our new rallying cry.
This is the start on which we can build.
I’ll be fwding this to a few friends.
Im just not so sure even a Third Party will do the trick. Im leaning towards just scrap teh whole mess and start over, keep some of the elements that do work or can work, and then add some other stuff to the mix. Look to the Haudenosaunee maybe.
I think you pretty well summed it up and, to me, as well as many others, we have no choice but commence “divorcing” ourselves from the the two parties that give us NO choices! We don’t need a new party, per se, just a movement, a progressive movement, with a party label, IMV.
Rather, coincidentally, yesterday I received this e-mail from The P.E.N.! It’s long (so, forgive), but promotes exactly what you’ve said here, and what so many of us have been talking about for some time now. I think you’ll agree! Will you sign on? Will others?
the HR non-reform bill, I think, in addition, to other reasons, this is one of the reasons to hurry up and get the bill signed:
If he really stood for something it would be a defining point, but since he didn’t, he’s just set himself adrift.
I was talking to an ultraconservative today, and he listed off all their Beckian talking points. The best I could do was to challenge some assumptions, but I wasn’t able to disagree with him about the bill in general.
We both found solid, common ground regarding the madates as effectively subsidizing insurance companies. And to have our Federal Internal Revenue Police enforcing this socialized capitalism could not be countered by me. He actually has no idea that the left opposes the mandate, and he actually accused me of making it up. Their so hung up on labels that to get through to them is nearly impossible. Not much different from the Democrats in D.C.