…Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. 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. The history of the BUSH ADMINISTRATION is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the American People. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish their rights
He has called together legislative bodies IN SECRET, at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant, for the sole purpose of
HE HAS DISTRACTED THE PUBLIC FROM THE REAL ISSUES WITH MEDIA CAMPAIGNS FOR POPULAR BUT UNSUBSTANTIVE ISSUES.
He has endeavoured to obstruct the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners, refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers AND BY REMOVING THE POWER TO MAKE RULINGS FROM THE JUDICIARY.
HE HAS ILLEGALLY SIGNED OVER 1000 “SIGNING STATEMENTS” HOLDING HIMSELF ABOVE THE LAW.
HE HAS PASSED THE “MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT OF 2006” WHICH SUSPENDS THE 900-YR OLD WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AND ALLOWS HIM TO DECLARE ANYONE TO BE AN “ENEMY COMBATANT,” ARREST AND INCARCERATE THEM WITHOUT EVIDENCE, AND HOLD THEM INDEFINITELY WITHOUT TRIAL.
He has made Judges and U.S. Attorneys dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction CONTRARY TO OUR CONTITUTION, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For protecting TROOPS, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For imposing DEBTS on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas TO OFFSHORE DETENTION FACILITIES to await trial for pretended offences:
He has abdicated THE CONSTITUTION by declaring us ENEMY COMBATANTS and waging War against us.
He has FACILITATED LARGE CORPORATIONS TO plunder our seas, ravage our coasts, POLLUTE OUR AIR, WATER, AND SOIL, PLUNDER OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, and destroy the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow NATIONAL GUARDS to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited VIOLENT insurrections DURING PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS, and has endeavoured to SCAPEGOAT MUSLIMS TO INSTIGATE GENERAL FEAR AMONG THE PEOPLE.
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 PRESIDENT, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people!
THEREFORE, 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.