Even as the gates open and oceanic opportunity is granted to plutocrats and aristocrats, they slam down tight on the little guy and gal, and all we get in return is a lot of cant about "freedom", while they steal it away. So here's to the Untited States of America, this rather unperfect union, rather shaky right now, but here's to its ideals and its dreams and to the hope that one day its people will awaken from this horrific dream, from their opiated consumerism, to see things with clear eyes and unshaken determination: the determination to put an end to tyrants as our ancestors did.
Thanks to afterdowningstreet.com and David Swanson for pointing me to this updated Declaration of Impeachment on the Veterans for Peace website, taken nearly verbatim from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Swanson gives it some eloquent context. But it holds its own alone:
"Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are instituted to secure the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But
…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.
…all experience hath shewn, 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…design(s) 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 present King (George) of Great Britain is a history of repeated
injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absoluteTyranny.
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
§ He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to
harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
§ He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
§ He has…deprive(ed) us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury…transport(ed)
us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
§ He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging
War against us…
§ He is at this time transporting large Armies…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 Citizens…to become the executioners of their friends
and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
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.
We, therefore…do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People…solemnly
publish and declare, That these…Free and Independent (People)…are Absolved from
all Allegiance to the (Bush Administration), and that all political connection between them and (this Administration), is and ought to be totally dissolved…And for the support of this Declaration…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."