Sunday, July 3, 2011

A second, urgently needed Declaration of Independence for a new time

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Human Beings of the United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for humans to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, 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 humans 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, humans institute governments among themselves, which derive 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 humans living in the nation born of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present United States, Inc. is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny of corporations over the humans in these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
  • The Corporations have refused to suffer the passage of critical laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

  • The Corporations have has forbidden governors and would-be human overseers to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till corporate lobbyists' can eviscerate them them entirely; and when unable to defeat such laws through outright bribery in campaign finance, have utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • The Corporations have 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.
  • The Corporations have called together legislative and judicial bodies at places unusual, fantastically opulent and comfortable, and exceedingly distant from the media who might create public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into complete ignorance about their measures.
  • The Corporations have improved their methods over the clumsy ones used by prior tyrants, for instead of dissolving representative houses repeatedly, the corporations permit them to exist, while drowning any authentic human representatives in campaign contributions, negative advertising, and phony "Astro-Turf" psuedo-grassroots campaigns, all designed to further invasions on the rights of the people.
  • The Corporations have refused for a long time, to permit any but corporate vassals to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have been captured by the Corporations and used against the people at large; the state remaining thus exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • The Corporations have endeavored to prevent the creation of unions by the human population of these states; for that purpose shipping entire factories overseas to destroy the livelihood of the humans here, while obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of work that would create jobs.
  • The Corporations have obstructed the administration of justice, by a decades-long campaign to gut the independent judiciary and to appoint only those judges and justices who will not question the Corporation's capture of the judiciary powers.
  • The Corporations have wielded campaign funds in the billions to make judges dependent on their will alone, for their ability to hold any tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • The Corporations have erected a multitude of new "public-private partnerships," and sent hither swarms of semi-private police forces and prison companies to harass our people, and eat out their substance through public subsidies.
  • The Corporations have kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of humans, by buying Congress.
  • The Corporations have affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power through such criminal conspiracies in corporate form as Xe (formerly Blackwater) and other monstrosities.
  • The Corporations have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws known as the World Trade Organization, devoted to the immiseration of humans and the enshrinement of corporate control throughout the world; giving their assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us and in thousands of bases overseas, turning actual Americans into corporate mercenaries:
  • For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states (see, Xe/Blackwater, Halliburton/KBR, and the entire CIA):
  • For cutting off our human right to travel to and meet with people in all parts of the world:
  • For imposing taxes on us without our consent by ruthlessly and criminally evading taxes while demanding unceasing public subsidies:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury by turning the former Supreme Court into Supreme Court, Inc., hostile to all but corporate interests:
  • For countenancing the practice transporting humans suspected of terrorism beyond seas to hell-holes like Bagram and Guantanamo be tried or not:
  • For abolishing the free system of American laws throughout the nation, establishing therein an arbitrary government:
  • For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
  • For usurping the power of our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

The Corporations have abdicated government here, by declaring us second class citizens to themselves and waging war against us.

The Corporations have plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, destroyed our environment, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

The Corporations are at this time contracting for the funding, training, and equipping large armies of foreign mercenaries 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 of a civilized nation. (See, bin-Ladin, Osama, & the CIA)

The Corporations have promoted the impoverishment of the people such that they fight against unions and become the executioners of their friends and brethren.

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 the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our corporate brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their boards of directors and CEOs 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 human 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 representatives of the humans of these United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, 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, solemnly publish and declare, that we humans are, and of right ought to be free and independent of corporate control over our institutions; that we are absolved from all allegiance to absurd and abominable doctrine of corporate personhood, and that all political power residing in corporations, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent humans, we again have full power to govern ourselves as free peoples, free of interference from the fictional persons known as corporations, who must and shall be returned to their rightful status as legal conveniences for managing property only, with limited charters and without any of the rights of persons to participate in political affairs.

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 honor.

Clean out your old linens and head to Marion-Polk Food Share this Saturday!

Maybe the most-important nonprofit organization in Salem, Marion-Polk Food Share, has teamed up with Sunnyside Organics and Women Ending Hunger to bring us a plant sale this coming Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Go find those old sheets and fabric odds and ends you're saving for "someday" and turn them into something useful now by bringing them with you to the sale, where you'll not only see beautiful plants that are perfect for transplanting, you'll also be rewarded with a free 4" herb start.