A New Declaration of Independence


Reprinted by permission of Capt. Jim Kinney, USN (Ret), founder of Inspire & Ignite

Revised 04/19/2009

The format of the original Declaration of Independence is reproduced here as closely as possible, including the preamble, a list of grievances and proposed action while allowing it to represent our current situation and intent.

When in the course of human events a government seeks to enslave the people by creating massive debt and ignoring the will of the governed, it is the rightful responsibility of the people to institute the changes necessary in order to ensure their prosperity and the prosperity of the generations to come. Respect for the opinions of all the citizens involved requires that they should be informed of the issues which compel the drastic action being proposed.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and 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,

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these basic God given rights, it is the right of the people to alter it. The changes must be based on these principles and organized in such a form to most likely to provide for their safety and happiness. Wisdom dictates that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. Our experience has shown that we are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to rush to change the existing situation. But, when a long history of political corruption and abuse of power threatens the very foundations of the government it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government and provide new safeguards for their future security.

The history of the Congress is a history of rampant corruption and self advancement aimed at the perpetuation of personal privilege and personal power to the detriment of the United States and the persistent and continual transition of power from the states to the central government is a contradiction of the original intent of the founding fathers. To prove this let facts be submitted for full consideration.

  • The Congress, although recognizing the dangers and corrupting influence of unlimited terms in office and passing a constitutional amendment limiting the span of presidential service, have consistently resisted any efforts by the various states to limit their own length of service.
  • The Congress has consistently proven incapable of self control and repeatedly reached into the public coffers to enrich themselves with unmerited pay raises. And, not wishing to be exposed to public scrutiny in this matter they have enacted legislation which automatically increases their pay without the necessity of a public vote.
  • In an attempt to alter the original intent of the constitution without amending it through the appropriate constitutional process, the Congress has applied unconstitutional litmus tests to judicial nominees in order to pack the court with judges more concerned with political correctness and international opinion than the actual intent of our founding documents.
  • The Congress has proven itself incapable of any self discipline with regards to balancing the federal budget, instead filling the annual budget with pet projects which are designed to provide them job security or enrich their family and friends or both at the expense of the public.
  • The Congress has exhibited an imperial attitude towards the use of public funds, passing trillions of dollars in spending and running up trillions of dollars in public debt without even the courtesy of a single public hearing. In some cases passing spending bills without having read the full content.
  • In contravention of the 10th Amendment to the constitution, the Congress has repeatedly mandated actions in the various states without providing funding to support the requirements thereby essentially imposing taxes and funding priorities on the citizens of the states without consideration for the constitutions of the various states which mandate an annual balanced budget.
  • The Congress has continually and without regard for the 10th amendment, usurped the prerogatives of the various states at every turn, demanding for themselves authority never intended by the founding fathers. Establishing cabinet positions and federal agencies encroaching on the sovereign rights of the various states.
  • The Congress has demonstrated repeatedly that they are incapable of providing appropriate oversight of their members. Depending on the majority party and the offender at the time; they have either ignored egregious violations of ethics and the law, or for political gain, pursued aggressive unmerited investigative actions against political opponents.
  • The Congress has, in an attempt to silence their critics and to protect their status as the ruling class, passed campaign laws limiting the free speech of political opponents McCain-Feingold being simply their latest attempt at perpetuating themselves in office.
  • The Congress has repeatedly voted themselves privileges not accorded common citizens under their authority, passing laws and exempting congressional members from the force of the law.
  • The Congress, in establishing “members only” privileges, often refuses to challenge a members’ use of the political process for the advancement of a personal agenda, expecting in return the same courtesy for their own positions. This “Point of Privilege” usually means that without debate they are able to obscure all of this from public scrutiny.
  • The Congress has taken their responsibility to “advise and consent” to presidential nominees to mean that they can refuse the nominee a vote on the floor of the Senate when the committee does not wish to advance the nomination knowing full well the full chamber would vote to confirm.
  • The Congress has abused the “Speech or Debate Clause” of the constitution to shield themselves from personal accountability to public laws.

This is by no means a complete list of grievances against the current political class that rules in the Congress, but is a list sufficient to support the call for a Second American Revolution to restore the vibrant federalism our founding fathers intended and to correct the never intended consequences of a professional ruling class perpetuating themselves in office at the expense of the well being of the country they have sworn to serve.

This Second American Revolution is not to be conducted with guns…but with ballots. It is the intention of this revolt against the current ruling class in Washington DC, to pass the “Restore America Amendment” as the 28th amendment to the Constitution. The Restore America Amendment will reduce the corrupting influences of the current political system and restore a significant level of federalism to the relationship between the various states and the central government while at the same time limiting the size of the federal government appropriately.

Fellow Patriots:

I invite you to browse the website of Inspire & Ignite and take advantage its many resources. http://www.inspireandignite.com/

John White


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