It’s Time to Declare Your Independence from Tyranny, America
By John W. Whitehead
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”—Thomas Paine, December 1776
July 04, 2019 “Information Clearing House” – It’s time to declare your independence from tyranny, America.
For too long now, we’ve got suffered the injustices of a authorities that has no regard for our rights or our humanity.
Too simply pacified and placated by the pomp and pageantry of manufactured spectacles (fireworks on the Fourth of July, army parades, ritualized elections, and so forth.) which might be a poor substitute for a representative government that respects the rights of its individuals, the American individuals have opted, again and again, to miss the federal government’s excesses, abuses and power grabs that fly within the face of each principle for which America’s founders risked their lives.
We’ve got carried out this to ourselves.
Indeed, it is painfully fitting that mere days earlier than the nation ready to have fun its freedoms on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the City Council for Charlottesville, Virginia—the house of Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration—voted to dispose of a vacation to honor Jefferson’s birthday, as a result of Jefferson, like lots of his contemporaries, owned slaves. Metropolis councilors have opted as an alternative to have fun “Liberation and Freedom Day” in honor of slaves who have been emancipated after the Civil Warfare.
This is what we’ve been lowered to: bureaucrats dithering over meaningless trivia while the government goosesteps all over our freedoms.
Too typically, we pay lip service to those freedoms, yet they didn’t come about by happenstance. They have been onerous gained by way of sheer willpower, struggling and sacrifice by hundreds of patriotic People who not only believed in the reason for freedom but in addition had the intestinal fortitude to behave on that belief. The success of the American revolution owes much to those women and men.
In standing as much as the British Empire and speaking out towards an oppressive regime, they exemplified braveness within the face of what seemed like an awesome foe.
Indeed, imagine dwelling in a country where armed troopers crash by way of doorways to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing authorities officers.
Imagine that in this very same country, you’re watched all the time, and should you look even somewhat bit suspicious, the police stop and frisk you or pull you over to look you on the off probability you’re doing something unlawful.
Understand that if in case you have a firearm of any variety (or something that resembled a firearm) whereas on this country, it might get you arrested and, in some circumstances, shot by police.
In the event you’re considering this feels like America at this time, you wouldn’t be far incorrect.
Nevertheless, the state of affairs described above happened greater than 200 years ago, when American colonists suffered underneath Nice Britain’s version of an early police state. It was only when the colonists finally obtained fed up with being silenced, censored, searched, frisked, threatened, and arrested that they finally revolted towards the tyrant’s fetters.
No document higher states their grievances than the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
A doc seething with outrage over a authorities which had betrayed its citizens, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July four, 1776, by 56 men who laid every part on the line, pledged it all—“our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”—because they believed in a radical concept: that each one individuals are created to be free.
Labeled traitors, these males have been charged with treason, a criminal offense punishable by demise. For some, their acts of rebel would value them their houses and their fortunes. For others, it will be the last word worth—their lives.
But even figuring out the heavy worth they could should pay, these men dared to talk up when silence couldn’t be tolerated. Even after that they had gained their independence from Great Britain, these new People worked to make sure that the rights that they had risked their lives to secure would remain safe for future generations.
The end result: our Bill of Rights, the primary ten amendments to the Structure.
Think about the shock and outrage these 56 males would feel have been they to find that 243 years later, the federal government that they had risked their lives to create has been reworked right into a militaristic police state by which exercising one’s freedoms—at a minimum, merely questioning a government agent—is usually seen as a flagrant act of defiance.
The truth is, had the Declaration of Independence been written at this time, it might have rendered its signers extremists or terrorists, leading to them being positioned on a government watch record, focused for surveillance of their actions and correspondence, and probably arrested, held indefinitely, stripped of their rights and labeled enemy combatants.
The hazard is actual.
We might definitely use a few of that revolutionary outrage as we speak.
Definitely, we might do properly to reclaim the revolutionary spirit of our ancestors and keep in mind what drove them to such drastic measures within the first place.
Then again, perhaps what we need to do is declare our independence from the tyranny of the American police state.
It’s not a radical concept.
It has been achieved before.
The Declaration of Independence speaks volumes concerning the abuses suffered by early People by the hands of the British police state.
Learn the Declaration of Independence again, and ask yourself if the record of complaints tallied by Jefferson don’t bear a startling resemblance to the abuses “we the people” are suffering at the hands of the American police state.
In case you discover the purple prose utilized by the Founders arduous to decipher, right here’s my translation of what the Declaration of Independence would look and sound like if it have been written in the trendy vernacular:
There comes a time when a populace should stand united and say “enough is enough” to the federal government’s abuses, even if it means eliminating the political events in energy.
Believing that “we the people” have a natural and divine right to direct our own lives, listed here are truths concerning the power of the individuals and how we arrived on the determination to sever our ties to the federal government:
All individuals are created equal.
All individuals possess sure innate rights that no government or agency or particular person can take away from them. Among these are the appropriate to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The government’s job is to guard the individuals’s innate rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The federal government’s power comes from the desire of the individuals.
Every time any government abuses its energy, it’s the proper of the individuals to alter or abolish that authorities and substitute it with a new authorities that may respect and shield the rights of the individuals.
It isn’t clever to eliminate a government for minor transgressions. In reality, as historical past has shown, individuals resist change and are inclined to endure all method of abuses to which they have turn into accustomed.
Nevertheless, when the individuals have been subjected to repeated abuses and energy grabs, carried out with the aim of building a tyrannical government, individuals have a right and obligation to dispose of that tyrannical Authorities and to exchange it with a new authorities that may shield and protect their innate rights for his or her future wellbeing.
This is precisely the state of affairs we’re underneath suffering beneath proper now, which is why it is mandatory that we modify this imperial system of presidency.
The historical past of the present Imperial Authorities is a history of repeated abuses and energy grabs, carried out with the intention of building absolute Tyranny over the nation.
To prove this, contemplate the following:
The federal government has, by means of its own negligence and vanity, refused to adopt pressing and needed laws for the great of the individuals.
The federal government has threatened to hold up crucial laws until the individuals comply with relinquish their right to be absolutely represented within the Legislature.
To be able to increase its energy and convey about compliance with its dictates, the federal government has made it almost unattainable for the individuals to make their views and wishes heard by their representatives.
The government has repeatedly suppressed protests arising in response to its actions.
The federal government has obstructed justice by refusing to appoint judges who respect the Constitution and has as an alternative made the Courts march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.
The government has allowed its brokers to harass the individuals, steal from them, jail them and even execute them.
The federal government has directed militarized authorities agents—a.okay.a., a standing army—to police home affairs in peacetime.
The federal government has turned the country right into a militarized police state.
The government has conspired to undermine the rule of regulation and the constitution to be able to broaden its personal powers.
The federal government has allowed its militarized police to invade our houses and inflict violence on householders.
The government has failed to hold its brokers accountable for wrongdoing and murder underneath the guise of “qualified immunity.”
The federal government has jeopardized our worldwide commerce agreements.
The federal government has overtaxed us with out our permission.
The federal government has denied us due process and the correct to a good trial.
The government has engaged in extraordinary rendition.
The government has continued to broaden its army empire in collusion with its corporate partners-in-crime and occupy overseas nations.
The government has eroded elementary authorized protections and destabilized the construction of presidency.
The government has not only declared its federal powers superior to those of the states but has also asserted its sovereign energy over the rights of “we the people.”
The federal government has ceased to guard the individuals and as an alternative waged domestic warfare towards the individuals.
The government has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, and destroyed the lives of the individuals.
The government has employed personal contractors and mercenaries to hold out acts of demise, desolation and tyranny, totally unworthy of a civilized nation.
The federal government by means of its political propaganda has pitted its citizens towards one another.
The government has stirred up civil unrest and laid the groundwork for martial regulation.
Repeatedly, we’ve got asked the government to cease its abuses. Each time, the government has responded with more abuse.
An Imperial Ruler who acts like a tyrant just isn’t fit to control a free individuals.
We’ve got repeatedly sounded the alarm to our fellow citizens concerning the government’s abuses. We’ve warned them concerning the government’s energy grabs. We now have appealed to their sense of justice. We now have reminded them of our widespread bonds.
They have rejected our plea for justice and brotherhood. They are equally at fault for the injustices being carried out by the government.
Thus, for the explanations mentioned above, we the individuals of the united States of America declare ourselves free from the chains of an abusive government. Counting on God’s protection, we pledge to stand by this Declaration of Independence with our lives, our fortunes and our honor.
That was 243 years ago.
Within the years since early People first declared and ultimately gained their independence from Great Britain, we—the descendants of those revolutionary patriots—have via our inaction and complacency someway managed to work ourselves proper back underneath the tyrant’s thumb.
Only this time, the tyrant is certainly one of our personal making: the American Police State.
The abuses meted out by an imperial government and endured by the American individuals haven’t ended. They have merely advanced.
“We the people” are nonetheless being robbed blind by a government of thieves.
We’re nonetheless being taken benefit of by a government of scoundrels, idiots and monsters.
We are nonetheless being locked up by a authorities of greedy jailers.
We’re nonetheless being spied on by a authorities of Peeping Toms.
We are still being ravaged by a authorities of ruffians, rapists and killers.
We’re nonetheless being pressured to surrender our freedoms—and people of our youngsters—to a authorities of extortionists, money launderers and company pirates.
And we’re still being held at gunpoint by a government of soldiers: a standing army in the form of a militarized police.
Given the fact that we are a comparatively younger nation, it hasn’t taken very long for an authoritarian regime to creep into energy.
Unfortunately, the bipartisan coup that laid siege to our nation did not happen overnight.
It snuck in beneath our radar, hiding behind the guise of nationwide safety, the warfare on medicine, the warfare on terror, the conflict on immigration, political correctness, hate crimes and a number of other official-sounding packages aimed toward expanding the federal government’s energy at the expense of individual freedoms.
The constructing blocks for the awful future we’re simply now getting a foretaste of—police shootings of unarmed citizens, profit-driven prisons, weapons of compliance, a wall-to-wall surveillance state, pre-crime packages, a suspect society, school-to-prison pipelines, militarized police, over criminalization, SWAT staff raids, infinite wars, and so on.—have been put in place by authorities officials we trusted to look out for our best interests and by Americans who did not heed James Madison’s warning to “take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties.”
In so doing, we compromised our rules, negotiated away our rights, and allowed the rule of regulation to be rendered irrelevant.
There isn’t any figuring out how lengthy it is going to take to undo the injury wrought by authorities corruption, company greed, militarization, and a nation of apathetic, gullible sheep.
The problems we are facing won’t be fastened in a single day: that is the grim actuality with which we should contend.
Frankly, as I clarify in my ebook Battlefield America: The Struggle on the American Individuals, we may even see no aid from the police state in my lifetime or for several generations to return.
That does not imply we should always surrender or give in or tune out.
Keep in mind, there’s all the time a worth to be paid for remaining silent within the face of injustice.
That worth is tyranny.
As Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century British statesman and writer who supported the American colonists warned, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”