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A New Declaration of Independence
NEW DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Drafted by Vincent H. Miller and Jarret B. Wollstein -- May 1992
Two hundred years ago our ancestors signed a document which forever
changed the course of history. Colonial Americans severed the bonds to a
tyrannical king and parliament in England and established in America for
the first time a society based on the principle of the rule of law and
limited government. Benjamin Franklin, one of our great statesmen,
stated at this time: ``Gentlemen we give you a Republic -- if you can
The result was a glorious and turbulent 200+ years which witnessed the
greatest achievements, the highest standard of living, and the highest
levels of individual freedom ever experienced in human history. However,
we have allowed government to grow without bounds so that today the
golden prize of liberty has been all but lost.
Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and the signers of the first Declaration
of Independence made the following observations about the nature of man
and government which are as valid today as the day they were written:
``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
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.''
WE THE PEOPLE of these 50 States have patiently suffered mounting
government outrages against us -- lies, corruption, legal plunder and
terror. We have waited in despair for reforms and redress, but the
outrages have only gotten worse. We can now wait no longer. The
fundamental rights of the people must be restored now. Government's role
must be limited to protection of our lives, liberty and property. These
are the crimes of the State against its citizens:
** They have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms
of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance. The IRS,
Justice Department, police, State and local revenue authorities and a
growing list of other government agencies have engaged in an escalating
orgy of terror, looting, and wholesale seizure of private wealth to feed
the appetite of arrogant and rapacious bureaucracies.
** They have subverted the electoral process through unjust and
exclusionary ballot-access laws. Vast sums of tax-extorted monies have
been used to create a Congressional Monopoly and Imperial Presidency,
which have crushed dissent and excluded any serious challenge to their
** They have multiplied laws beyond reason or humanity, subverting both
the words and intent of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. There is
not a single American who could not be arrested, imprisoned and
impoverished for violating one of the millions of arbitrary and
incomprehensible government laws and edicts now in force.
** They have instituted oppressive and destructive taxes; stolen over
half of our incomes year after year; compelled us to testify against
ourselves by filling out endless compulsory reports; made us into unpaid
government spies and tax collectors; and destroyed our peace, security,
and freedom in order to finance their oppressive bureaucracies, failed
social programs, and wars of aggression.
** They have seized control of our economy and have dictated and
controlled every aspect of how our businesses must be operated. They
have issued edict upon edict, issued regulation on top of regulation,
instituted fine after fine, treated us as common criminals, imprisoned
us and seized our property.
** They have destroyed our financial security. They have debauched the
currency, substituting worthless paper for gold and silver. They have
clandestinely seized our banking system E inflating the currency and
looting the economy. They have burdened us with enormous deficits and
waste which have brought our nation to the brink of bankruptcy. They
have destroyed jobs and stifled initiative with suffocating regulations
and oppressive bureaucracies.
** They have hobbled and corrupted our system of justice by creating
endless numbers of technical crimes against the State, and crimes
without victims E making vices into crimes, dissent into treason, and
sensuality into perversion. They have seized billions of dollars worth
of property without due process of law, imprisoned countless thousands
without indictment or trial, and have made equal justice under law
impossible by manipulating courts and juries, terrorizing our attorneys,
and seizing their fees.
** They have kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies. In
direct violation of the Constitution, U.S. troops have repeatedly
invaded and reduced to ruin foreign countries without declaration of war
by Congress. They have used force to compel our children to fight and
die in foreign wars far removed from their homes. In the name of the War
on Drugs they have declared open war on the people of the United States,
invading farm and field, village and home, and spreading terror across
** They have perverted our relations with other nations, using their
power to support foreign despotisms. They have bribed other nations with
foreign aid, restricted foreign trade, and exported massive quantities
of weapons of death and destruction E fomenting discord, repression and
war throughout the world.
WE SUBMIT that the government of the United States of America has
abrogated its sacred covenant to protect the life, liberty and property
of the people of this nation. With the collapse of major foreign
threats, our own government has emerged as the greatest menace to
freedom, prosperity and peace, both here and throughout the world.
WE FURTHER SUBMIT that we, the people, have all but lost control of our
political institutions and that government has ceased to be our servant
and instead has become a terrible and tyrannical master. To restore the
freedom, peace and prosperity of the people, we therefore demand:
-- That a new Constitutional Convention be called to restore and
strengthen the legal protection of each individual's inalienable right
to life, liberty and property.
-- That a new, and stronger Bill of Rights be drafted which will
guarantee the inalienable rights of the individual to life, liberty and
property. That all laws be abolished which restrict freedom of speech,
press, religion, assembly & enterprise; the right to keep and bear arms
and the right to own and dispose of property. That henceforth it shall
be a treasonable offense to pass any laws which violate the rights of
-- That a ``Citizen Veto'' be created at federal, state and local
levels, whereby all citizens can veto any new legislation including
revenue acts. We also call for the establishment of a universal citizen
power of Recall so that unscrupulous politicians may be removed from
power by citizen initiative.
-- That the Income Tax and the IRS be abolished and that all persons
jailed for tax evasion be freed.
-- That sufficient government property be sold to retire the national
debt. That all government agencies which are not engaged in the
protection of the life, liberty and property of the individual, be
-- To restore security to our banking system, we demand that the Federal
Reserve, FDIC, FSLIC and currency laws be abolished, and that banking
and insurance systems be left to the private sector.
-- That all laws creating franchise monopolies in education, medicine,
utilities, mail delivery and other public services be abolished.
-- That State and Economy be separated, and that federal control of
interstate commerce be confined to prohibition of tariffs and trade
restrictions between States. That freedom of association be restored to
enterprise, including freedom to hire, fire, contract and negotiate;
that all capitalist acts between consenting adults be legalized.
-- That all restrictions upon foreign trade be abolished, including
tariffs, quotas, import duties, license fees, content laws, and
-- That all federal laws restricting gun ownership be abolished, and
that a trained, well-armed citizenry be encouraged, as a defense against
domestic criminals, foreign aggression and domestic tyranny.
-- That due process of law and the presumption of innocence be restored.
That RICO statutes and other laws enabling the government to confiscate
property without the owners being convicted of any crime be abolished.
That the 7th Amendment to the Constitution, preserving the right to
trial by jury in civil disputes be strengthened to include disputes
between Citizens and the State.
-- That the Fully Informed Jury Amendment be passed, and all juries
henceforth be informed of their right to judge the propriety of laws as
well as the facts of cases.
-- That Sovereign Immunity, which makes government officers and agents
immune from prosecution for their crimes be abolished. That presumption
in trials in favor of government officials, police officers and other
agents of the state be ended. That government officials and agents, and
citizens be treated as equal before the law in all cases, both criminal
-- That all victimless crime laws be abolished, including laws
restricting the sale or possession of pornography and controlled
substances. That the War on Drugs be ended, Drug Peace be declared, and
all persons imprisoned for victimless crimes be immediately freed and
their records cleared. -- That immigration laws and the INS be
abolished. Henceforth the only persons restricted from immigration to
the United States shall be known criminals or those carrying easily
communicable diseases. That imprisoned illegal aliens be freed.
-- That the function of the military be confined to defense of the
territory of the United States, and that all U.S. troops be removed from
foreign countries. Henceforth the sole purpose of the military shall be
protection of the lives and property of U.S. citizens at home.
WE SEEK to create an America in which the freedom and sovereignty of the
people are restored; in which the functions of government are limited to
protecting life, liberty and property; and in which each and every
individual is again the master of his or her own destiny.
WE SUPPORT this Declaration in the certainty that our rights are
unalienable and innate and not subject to the whims of government; that
the only rights which we will ultimately retain, are those which we are
willing to defend; and that rapid yet peaceful reform is now America's
only alternative to tyranny and mounting social violence.
TO CREATE a new dawn of liberty for America, and to secure a rebirth of
liberty, justice, peace and prosperity for all, we mutually pledge each
other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. We seek and will
settle for nothing less than freedom in our time.
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