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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Declaration of Resistance

THE DECLARATION OF RESISTANCE
July 4th, 2017

        When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the people of the United States to save their nation from tyranny, and to prevent the abuse of power in its highest public offices, a decent respect to the opinions of all requires that they should declare the causes which compel them to resist and defy their government. 
        We hold these truths to be self-evident, that All are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; That whenever officials of that government become destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to resist and defy their agenda, as well as to seek and pursue their removal from office. Prudence will dictate that these officials should not be removed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience has shown that people are more disposed to suffer, while evils are insufferable than to right themselves by removing officials they are accustomed to, or voted for. 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 demand the removal of such officials in the best interests of their future security. Such has been our patient sufferance; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to seek the removal of certain governing officials. The history of the current president, Donald J. Trump, and republicans in congress, is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over this country, and its people. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.  

Donald Trump has obstructed the laws for naturalization of immigrants, and illegally banned refugees in need of safe haven, in the name of national security. 
He has continued to violate federal court orders which require the temporary cessation of this ban, thereby violating his executive oath. 
He has purged the state department of its highest level officials without any regard for a responsible continuity of state affairs. 
He has enlisted amateur ideologues, such as the nationalistic white supremacist Stephen L. Bannon, to make national security decisions. 
He has refused to remove or address conflicts of interest regarding both his own business and that of his cabinet and family. 
He has hastily signed multiple executive orders without the advisement of congress, policy experts, his cabinet or staff. 
He has signed an executive order which knowingly deprives the sick of desperately needed healthcare with no concern for their lives. 
He has signed an executive order permitting a pipeline that tramples on Native American rights and endangers safe water supply. 
He has illegally threatened to cut off funding to sanctuary cities which have determined their values through self-governance. 
He has knowingly, repeatedly and egregiously misled the public, and directed his staff to do the same. 
He has strongly advocated for the silencing and suppression of a free press. 
He has repeatedly and consistently shown contempt for people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and religion. 
He has shown disdain and disregard for the judiciary, and the fundamental human rights that are the foundation of justice. 
He has actively sought to obstruct justice by removing certain justice department officials who were known to be conducting investigations into his presidential campaign and its ties to Russia. 
He has shown a complete disregard of factual reality, and given numerous indications that his mental faculties are in no condition to hold the office of President. 

Republicans in congress have sought to further their own political and personal agendas, which do not accurately represent the will, or best interests of their constituents or the country as a whole. 
They have drafted, and forced a healthcare bill to be voted on, which knowingly seeks to deprive millions of healthcare, and have lied repeatedly about its contents. 
They have shown flagrant disregard for the illegal, and unethical actions of Donald Trump, and refuse to pursue any action against him. 
They have made it well known that they are pursuing an agenda that seeks to dismantle many vital government agencies, programs and services.
They have actively pursued legislation which financially benefits the richest citizens of the country while also taking advantage of its poorest and most marginalized citizens. 
They have made every attempt to pass legislation that blurs the lines between the separation of church and state. 
They have also shown a complete disregard for factual reality, and have proven themselves to prioritize party politics and agendas above doing what is best for their fellow citizens, the environment, and for future generations. 
They have gerrymandered many of their home districts to ensure that it is nearly impossible for an incumbent republican candidate to lose an election.
The actions of Donald Trump and republican members of congress serve only to weaken and destabilize our government, it's institutions and processes, and to strain our diplomatic relations with allied nations. 

        We therefore, the people of the United States of America, appealing to our fellow citizens, our government, and the world, do solemnly publish and declare our intentions. Donald J. Trump, a man, whose character is thus far marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. He and any official who seeks to damage our democracy or do harm to their fellow citizens, should be removed from office as expediently as is legally possible; and that as free and independent people, we have full power to demand this of our government. For the support of this declaration, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our honor.

Sage F. Cox

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