Ventilator Blues has had enough with the morons that govern us, from the imbeciles in Strasbourg to our very own cretins in Westminster. Here, he writes his own Declaration of Independence.
Right. So now we know (as if we ever doubted) that our politicians are corrupt, our police are corrupt and our civil service is complicit in this corruption. Just today the Crown Prosecution Service has been accused of withholding evidence in trials – pretty much the very core of our society is a fair trial – so that’s the courts gone, too. The Education system relies on ever weaker exams getting ever higher grades. Our financial system is rotten and bankrupt; our banks are rotten and bankrupt. We are over taxed and stripped of our rights to self-defence. Welfare has a basic paradigm: the lazier you are the better you are rewarded allied to the reciprocal the harder you work the more you are penalized. That which isn’t taxed is mandated by insurance cover.
And the free press valiantly holding the sword of truth to the throats of these brigands? It is too busy getting in and out of bed with them to actually understand the morality behind journalism and is hence being screwed by the aforementioned politicians who fail to grasp that a free press must break the law.
In short we are being shafted good and hard by the British Government and Establishment in all its myriad forms from the idiots in Strasbourg to the local morons in the Council from the local rag sucking up to the Council Leader to the Press Baron cozying up to dim-witted Ministers. This vexes me somewhat and the last time anyone got as uppity with the British government as I am a mighty-fine document was drawn up. So I propose this re-write. Any takers?
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with their government, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect 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 all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the ownership of property. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown 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 throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of the people of this United Kingdom; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present Parliament of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these counties. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
It has refused its assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
It has forbidden its regions to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till its assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, it has utterly neglected to attend to them.
It has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
It has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with its measures.
It has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness its invasions on the rights of the people.
It has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
It has endeavoured to subvert the population of these states; for that purpose unimpeded the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to press others to prevent their migration hither, and lowering the conditions of new appropriations of public funds.
It has obstructed the administration of justice, by permitting its assent to laws for the disestablishing of judiciary powers.
It has made judges dependent on its will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
It has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
It has prevented us from the bearing of arms.
It has affected to render the police independent of and superior to civil power.
It has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving its assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops amongst foreign peoples:
For endangering them, by deceit, to any violence inflicted upon them by the inhabitants of those states:
For restricting our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governance:For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighbouring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in this United Kingdom:
For suspending our own legislatures and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
It has abdicated government here, by surrender of our sovereignty to powers both alien and foreign.
It has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts and destroyed the lives of our people.
It is at this time transporting armies to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
It has constrained our fellow citizens to bear witness against their country, to become the accusers of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
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 parliament, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our Parliamentary brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these lands, solemnly publish and declare, that these peoples of the United Kingdom are, and of right ought to be free and independent; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Parliament, and that all political connection between them and the government of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent, they have has full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent peoples may of right do. 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 honour.
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