Measuring 21st century grievances against
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson cited numerous grievances against the heriditary monarch, King George III, as proof that British rule had become unacceptable in the Thirteen United States of America.

In 2007, Indy Pendants cites numerous grievances against the heriditary monarch, King George W, as proof that authoritarian rule has become unacceptable in the Fifty United States of America and Districts and Territories. This chart is still being filled. Please submit additonal material. The sooner we complete the table, the sooner we can free ourselves from tyranny.

CLAUSE 18th CENTURY TEXT 21st CENTURY GRIEVANCE
Title The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
The Anonymous Declaration
of the Fifty Ignited States of America
1 When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds 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. When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bind they have been placed in, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the reparation.
2 1 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. George W has favored his rich friends and trampled the rights of others.
2 2 That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. George W has never had the consent of the governed. His partisans have falsified and usurped the vote of the governed twice, using fraud and intimidation to install him.
2 3 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. The government of George W has become destructive to life by promoting global warming through negligent energy policy, to liberty by imprisoning people without due process and torturing people without mercy, and to the pursuit of happiness by spying on law-abiding people without authorization. It is the right of the people to change this regime, 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.
2 4 Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; The continuance of life on earth is as heavy and permanent a cause as any ever known.
2 5 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. The people have suffered enough.
2 6 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. A long train of abuses of executive privilege and usurpations of law, pursuing invariably the same object evinces Dick Cheney's design to reduce us under absolute despotism. It is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for our future security.
2 7 —Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; —Such has been the patient sufferance of these people of these states;
2 8 and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former systems of government.
2 9 The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. The history of the present King George W of the Merkins is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.
2 10 To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. The facts have been an embarrassment throughout the world.
3 He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has refused to assent to these laws:
4 He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has interfered with governors in their administration of state laws allowing cancer and glaucoma patients to obtain marijuana with a doctor's prescription.
5 He has 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. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
6 He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
7 He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
8 He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
9 He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
10 He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
11 He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. A majority of judges on the highest court approved the fraudulent election results that permitted George W to take power in Bush v. Gore.
12 He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. The government has sent enforcement officers to harass legal protesters, in violation of Amendment 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
13 He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
14 He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power. George W has done everything possible to render the military independent of control of the legislature or an elected executive.
15 He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation: [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
16 For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
17 For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states: [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
18 For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world: For cutting off our trade with Cuba:
19 For imposing taxes on us without our consent: For imposing taxes on future generations to pay for his wars:
20 For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury: For depriving detainees in Guantanamo Bay prison of the benefits of trial by jury:
21 For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses: For rendition: kidnapping people, transporting them beyond seas, and turning them over to foreign torturers:
22 For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies: [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
23 For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments: For undermining our Constitution, ignoring our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
24 For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. For declaring himself invested with power to legislate through executive orders and signing statements.
25 He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
26 He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He has allowed our Gulf Coast to be ravaged, facilitated the burning of San Diego, and destroyed the lives of many people.
27 He is at this time transporting 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 the head of a civilized nation. He has transported large armies of mercenaries to Iraq 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 the head of a civilized nation.
28 He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
29 He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
30 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. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
31 Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. 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. [Readers! Add appropriate wording.]
32 We, therefore, the representatives of the 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 of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. 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.
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New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett,
William Whipple,
Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock,
Samual Adams,
John Adams,
Robert Treat Paine,
Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins,
William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman,
Samuel Huntington,
William Williams,
Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd,
Philip Livingston,
Francis Lewis,
Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton,
John Witherspoon,
Francis Hopkinson,
John Hart,
Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris,
Benjamin Rush,
Benjamin Franklin,
John Morton,
George Clymer,
James Smith,
George Taylor,
James Wilson,
George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney,
George Read,
Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase,
William Paca,
Thomas Stone,
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe,
Richard Henry Lee,
Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Harrison,
Thomas Nelson, Jr.,
Francis Lightfoot Lee,
Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper,
Joseph Hewes,
John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge,
Thomas Heyward, Jr.,
Thomas Lynch, Jr.,
Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett,
Lyman Hall,
George Walton

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