This Declaration was put together from several sources including The South Carolina Articles of Secession from 1861. All suggestions, comments, and constructive criticism are welcome.
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 the People are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, property, and pursuit of wealth and 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 affect 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 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. 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. Such has been the patient sufferance of the People of these seceding States and such is now the necessity that constrains them to alter their former systems of government and create a new nation.
We the present day secessionists, just as our honored Confederate predecessors had intended, desire nothing but an honorable withdrawal from the Union. We earnestly desire that secession be accomplished in the friendliest spirit, with the utmost goodwill, and without leaving any trace of bitterness behind it, living in amity with all our neighbors of the Americas. We desire a settlement of all matters between the States forming it, and the United States in relation to the public property and public debt at the time of our withdrawal hereby declaring it to be our wish and earnest desire to adjust everything pertaining to the common property, common liability, and common obligations of that Union, upon the principles of right, justice, equity, and good faith. The President, Congress, and People earnestly desire a peaceful solution of these great questions; that it is neither our interest nor our wish to make any demand not founded on strictest justice; nor do any act to injure our late sister States.
By Declaration and resolution of the Legislatures of the States of ***********, which shall hereon be known as the Federation of American States; this Declaration of Secession shall be delivered to the President of The United States, the Vice President in his capacity as the presiding officer of the United States Senate, the Speaker of The House of Representatives and shall be sent to each of the governors of our former sister States and to the Heads of States of every foreign nation on the earth. In notifying Heads of States, this is a mere diplomatic courtesy, and for the purpose of seeking thereof official recognition of the status of the Federation of American States, as a Nation in existence since July 4, 1776, but as released from her former confederate union with the other American Nations.
WHEREAS in order to be free and practice their religious beliefs, our first Fathers came from the Old World landing at, and founding Jamestown, Virginia on May 14, 1607. A separate group of our Fathers established the second permanent settlement on this continent at Plymouth, Massachusetts, December 21, 1620, again leaving the Mother Country in order to be free, believing the national church to be so corrupt that separation from it was the only moral course for them to follow; and,
WHEREAS in the year 1765, that portion of the British Empire embracing Great Britain, undertook to make laws for the government of that portion composed of the thirteen American Colonies. A struggle for the right of self-government ensued, which resulted, on the 4th of July, 1776, in a Declaration, by the Colonies, "that they are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; 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,
WHEREAS they further solemnly declared that whenever any "form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government." Deeming the Government of Great Britain to have become destructive of these ends, they declared that the Colonies "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,
WHEREAS in pursuance of this Declaration of Independence, each of the thirteen States proceeded to exercise its separate sovereignty; adopted for itself a Constitution, and appointed officers for the administration of government in all its departments-- Legislative, Executive and Judicial. For purposes of defense, they united their arms and their counsels; and, in 1778, they entered into a League known as the Articles of Confederation, whereby they agreed to entrust the administration of their external relations to a common agent, known as the Congress of the United States, expressly declaring, in the first Article "that each State retains its sovereignty, freedom and independence, and every power, jurisdiction and right which is not, by this Confederation, expressly delegated to the United States in Congress assembled"; and,
WHEREAS under this Confederation the war of the Revolution was carried on, and on the 3rd of September, 1783, the contest ended, and a definite Treaty was signed by Great Britain, in which she acknowledged the independence of the Colonies in the following terms: "ARTICLE 1-- His Britannic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz: New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be FREE, SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that he treats with them as such; and for himself, his heirs and successors, relinquishes all claims to the government, propriety and territorial rights of the same and every part thereof" ; and,
WHEREAS thus were established the two great principles asserted by the Colonies, namely: the right of a State to govern itself; and the right of a people to abolish a Government when it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was instituted. And concurrent with the establishment of these principles, was the fact, that each Colony became and was recognized by the mother country a FREE, SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT STATE; and,
WHEREAS, the said perpetual Union only lasted from March 1, 1781, through June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the ninth State to declare itself a member of a new and separate Union under a Constitution for the united States, Article VII thereof; thus nine of the Nations separated, or seceded from four sister Nations; and,
WHEREAS, three of the remaining four, when eventually joining the new Union under the Constitution, these four also officially abolishing the old perpetual union under the Articles of Confederation, namely, Virginia, New York and Rhode Island, though not necessary to preserve an inherent right, officially declared in their documents of ratification, that they retained the right to freely leave this new Union, just as all had freely left the old Union under the Articles of Confederation, and to resume their sovereignty; and,
WHEREAS, by this Constitution, certain duties were imposed upon the several States, and the exercise of certain of their powers was restrained, which necessarily implied their continued existence as sovereign States. But to remove all doubt, the ninth and tenth amendments were added, which declared that "The enumeration in this Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the People" and "The powers not delegated to the United States by this Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People". Thus was established, by compact between the States, a Government with definite objects and powers, limited to the express words of the grant. This limitation left the whole remaining mass of power subject to the clause reserving it to the States or to the people, and rendered unnecessary any specification of reserved rights; and,
WHEREAS, we hold that the Government thus established is subject to the two great principles asserted in The Declaration of Independence; and we hold further, that the mode of its formation subjects it to a third fundamental principle, namely: the law of compact. We maintain that in every compact between two or more parties, the obligation is mutual; that the failure of one of the contracting parties to perform a material part of the agreement, entirely releases the obligation of the other; and that where no arbiter is provided, each party is remitted to his own judgment to determine the fact of failure, with all its consequences; and,
WHEREAS, abuses, violations and usurpations under the new Constitution quickly began to take place, Alexander Hamilton arguing for "implied powers" of the Federal Agent under the Constitution, and in 1798 Congress passing the blatantly unconstitutional Alien and Sedition Acts, which resulted in Thomas Jefferson, the same who helped write The Declaration of Independence, writing in opposition thereto, a thesis showing the unconstitutionality of these Acts of Congress, said thesis becoming known as The Kentucky Resolutions, and being officially adopted by the Legislature of Kentucky. Also in opposition to these Acts, James Madison, the "Father" of the Constitution wrote the Virginia Resolutions; and,
WHEREAS, the Federal Agent, with passing years, finds it more and more convenient, and finding little resistance from its principals ignores and violates more arrogantly with each passing year, the Commerce and General Welfare Clauses, and has reached the point of usurpations where it even presumes the authority to legislate a mandatory "Motor-Voter" law which allows anybody in each State to register to vote when they get a driver's license, said Act being passed by the U.S. Senate March 17, 1993, by a 62-37 vote; this knowing full well they are violating and abusing the Supreme Law of the Land, having no authority to tell the Principals in what manner to register their own inhabitants. This and thousands of other reversals of the roles of Principal and Agent is absurd and contrary to every form of contract law, and is contrary to the common sense of any ordinary, average intelligence, human being; and,
WHEREAS, the Federal Agent was created out of nothing by the Principal, the States, for the purpose of protection from foreign aggressors, to regulate commerce between themselves and foreign nations, and to act as an arbiter in grievances between themselves, and no longer functions efficiently or effectively under the limited delegation of authority allowed, and pretends itself to have inherently, the authority of the creator, meting out to its Principals certain "rights, and privileges," and especially money, along with numerous qualifying conditions and controls; and,
WHEREAS, the violations of the contract being too numerous to list, numbering in the thousands over the past 200 years, and because of these violations the Principals, at their option, having the right to declare the contract, the Constitution, null and void and of no effect, thus eliminating any further federal agency, and even without said violations, the Federation of American States by the laws of nations and historical precedents, have the inherent right, as well as having specifically reserved the right, to leave the Union, we, hereby giving notice to the Federal Agent and the other Principal sister States, that the Federation of American States finds that the current and numerous violations of the Contract, and especially finding the national debt to be an unbearable burden on ourselves and our children, and declaring these accumulating abuses by the Federal Agent to be no longer tolerable.
THE FEDERATION OF AMERICAN STATES NOW THEREFORE RESOLVES, that we hereby revokes the agency it granted under that contract, alliance, trust or treaty we call the Constitution for the united States, and immediately resumes that same sovereignty, independence, and freedom established by the original thirteen Nations from the time they declared their independence July 4, 1776, through June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the ninth State which lawfully established the Constitution which still binds the 50 States in a confederacy of independent Nations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Federation of American States recognizes its responsibility to pay its pro-rated share of the national debt minus the debts of the Federal Reserve, but to also share in the pro-rated assets of all common property, to include transfer of military assets and facilities, and for this purpose we demand an independent audit by a disinterested, experienced and established certified public accounting firm which shall be agreeable to all parties, who will determine the gross value of all common assets currently controlled by the United States assuming the amount of legitimate debt surpasses the value of the common assets.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Federation of American States desires to continue commerce with her former sister Nations and will, by treaty, formalize the necessary agreements to efficiently and effectively accomplish peaceful and on-going commercial enterprise between us and all other foreign nations, regional military alliances, and will secure its own borders and raise and support its own armed forces.
BE IT ALSO KNOWN, that the Federation of American States recognizes that its separation from the long and profitable association with its sister States, casts a shadow of sadness over the entire Union, and that it is the desire of the Federation of American States to rejoin her former sisters as soon as practicable in a new Union, if and when it is determined a new corporate entity is bound down by sufficient chains to keep its limited delegations of authority within the meaning and intent of any new proposed Constitution.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that until that happy and anticipated day of reunion shall arrive, the Federation of American States declares itself to be a free, sovereign, and independent nation of the earth, resuming all authority and powers formerly delegated to the United States of America.
And for the support of this Declaration Of Secession, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor and in witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at (location) the (day) of (month), anno domini; (year).
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