When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands 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.
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 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, 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.
About two hundred thirty three years ago, fifty-six men met in a hot and humid city and pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor. One is said to have quipped, as he signed his signature prominently and in a large hand, “The British ministry can read that name without spectacles; let them double their reward.” As each man came forward and affixed his signature to that document, he committed treason. If caught, his life was forfeit and his lands would pass not to his heirs, but to the crown.
Of course the document that I am speaking of is the Declaration of Independence. But the same principles that applied to those 56 men in that hot and humid city apply today across this nation. Many who visit me here have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. My friends, our freedoms are being diminished and it is not an enemy from outside our shores. It is coming from inside. I urge each and every one of you to contact your elected representatives at all levels of government and remind them that they work for you and not the other way around. We, as Americans, need to take back our country. We need to stop this cancer that has infected the hallways of government from the city to the national level. From the Statehouse to the White House.