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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 pursuit of happiness. 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 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 affect 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 has 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 usurpation's, 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 these United States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their system of government. The history of the present federal government of this country is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation's, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. 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 refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large gatherings of people, unless those people would relinquish the right to the basic practices which make such gatherings effective.

It has disregarded representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with firmness its invasions on the rights of the people.

It has made judges and council 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 kept among us standing armies without the consent of our legislatures and kept us in a constant state of war.

It has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the 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.

It has granted itself total access to our own papers and personal affects while shrouding its own in a web of secrecy and deception.

It has detained our people indefinitely, without council, and without charge.

It has forced us to either commit an act of self-incrimination or be charged with refusing to do so.

It has deprived us in many cases, of the benefit of trial by jury.

It has transported us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses.

It has abolished our most valuable laws and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments.

Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.

The origin and rise of government is rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. freedom and security. And however our eyes may be dazzled with show, or our ears deceived by sound; however prejudice may warp our wills, or interest darken our understanding, the simple voice of nature and of reason will say it is right. With this in mind, let it be said of the United States Constitution:

That it was noble for the dark and slavish times in which it was erected. When the world was over-run with tyranny the least remove therefrom was a glorious rescue. But that it is imperfect, subject to convulsions, and incapable of producing what it seems to promise. And it is for this reason that we call upon the representatives of our state legislatures to convene at their discretion, to produce a new Constitution to be put into law upon ratification by means of a popular vote of every person in these United States and its territories.

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