The People's Declaration:
The People’s Declaration
If our Christian colonial ancestors were alive today, it is very likely that they would be ready to declare their independence again – not to abolish their government, but to re-establish it upon its original foundation, and set new Constitutional safeguards for the future of their rights to liberty and self-government.
They would be keenly aware of the Supreme Court’s perversion of the common sense language of the Constitution. They would surely correct their one critical error - failure to clearly bind their Declaration of Independence to the U. S. Constitution – an error plainly seen by President Reagan and becoming apparent to all of us.
Using Jefferson’s excellent style and language, updated to present conditions, they would likely begin with a public declaration of their intentions. Their New Declaration of Independence might be much like the following: ___________________________________________________________________________________
WE THE PEOPLE of the United States of America
In the Year of our Lord, 2011
Our Declaration of Independence
Preamble: Two hundred thirty-five years ago, the elected Representatives of the American People, in Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World, instituted the American Government, laying its Foundation upon the Principles enumerated in their Declaration of Independence; and by the Constitution of the United States organized its Powers in such Form as to them seemed most likely to effect the Safety and Happiness of their Posterity; and by the Bill of Rights limited its Powers.
When in the Course of American Jurisprudence, it becomes necessary for The People of the United States of America to take upon themselves that Sovereignty of The People to which The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which compel them to this Declaration.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Persons are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the lawful 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 the American Government becomes abusive of its Powers and destructive of its Foundation, it is The Peoples’ Right to withdraw their Consent, to assert their collective sovereignty over their Government, and to re-establish their Government upon its Original Foundation.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established shall not be changed for light and transient Causes. Such prudent restraint does not define the character of the present rulers of these United States; but all Experience has shown, that The People are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by restoring the Forms to which they had been 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 safeguards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of the American People; and such is now the necessity that constrains them to recover their Government from the unworthy hands to which confided.
The History of the present judiciary of the United States is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations by a Judicial Oligarchy, all having in direct Object the Establishment of absolute Tyranny over the States and the People. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
They have dissolved the Charter for our Nation’s Existence by ignoring the Foundation Principles of American Government, clearly enumerated in our Original Declaration of Independence.
They have confiscated to themselves alone the Constitution of the United States, rejecting the Fundamental Principle that “The people alone are the absolute owners and uncontrollable movers of such sovereignty as human beings can claim to exercise; subject to the eternal and unchangeable rules of Justice, Truth, and good Faith.”
They have elevated themselves paramount to the People, their elected state legislatures, their elected President, and their elected national Representatives declaring, “We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.”
They have usurped the law-making authority of the elected Legislative Branch, issuing judicial edicts for which Congress had enacted no law, and proclaiming such to be “the Law of the Land."
They have perverted the clear and lawful intent of our Constitution, making it a “thing of wax” in their hands, reshaping it to agree with their concept of Social and Political correctness, and imposing this tyranny upon the People.
They have nullified Acts of Congress, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
They have overruled the Will of the People, clearly expressed and agreeable to the eternal and unchangeable rules of Justice, Truth, and good Faith - often by the order of one judge alone.
They have violated the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, adjudicating questions reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.
They have perverted the Ninth Amendment, creating “rights” of the most absurd nature and contrary to "the laws of nature and nature’s God."
They have reversed Constitutional orders of preceding Courts, most wholesome and necessary for the public good, and have consistently refused to reverse unconstitutional orders of recent Courts.
They have violated the First Amendment to our Constitution, prohibiting the free exercise of the Faith of our Fathers, when the People had expressly forbidden Congress to make any law prohibiting the free exercise of Religion.
They have violated the First Amendment to our Constitution, effectively instituting Atheistic Secular Humanism as the established Religion of the United States, thus replacing our Republic’s moral Foundation with the Corruptible Nature of Man.
Prohibiting the free exercise of the Faith of our Fathers, they have aided and abetted Religious Humanism in its declared Purpose and Program of Humanism — the Evaluation, Transformation, Control, and Direction of our associations and institutions.
They have murdered millions of Americans-to-be-born, replacing them with foreigners, crossing our borders illegally.
To accomplish these ends they have stationed among us a host of administrative tyrants and wicked organizations to intimidate our school teachers, our school children, our righteous judges, even the ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, thus weakening the “indispensable support” of our free self-governing Republic.
In every stage of these Oppressions we have petitioned for Redress in our Courts in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Court whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to judge a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in Attentions to our presidents and Congresses. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of Judicial, Executive, and Legislative acts destructive of the Foundation of our free self-governing Republic.
We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Citizenship to disavow these Usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity.
“It is a fact too notorious to be concealed, that Congress is rent by party, that much business of a trifling nature and personal concernments withdraws their attention from matters of great national interest at this critical period...” To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
They have combined with the Executive to subject us to judicial edicts foreign to our Constitution, giving their assent to the Court’s pretended Legislation, and bowing to the Court as the Final Arbiter of our Constitution.
They have neglected to impeach federal judges who are clearly guilty of misbehavior, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and arrogant high-handedness against our Constitution, our elected representatives, and the People of these United States.
They have neglected to initiate proceedings for amending our Constitution against government tyranny when Amendment is sorely needed.
They have virtually abdicated Legislative authority to a shadow government of rich lobbyists and bureaucrats who rule in favor of special interests, and not in the best interest of the People.
They have abdicated Legislative authority to the President’s executive orders and to the Supreme Court so that these two branches can and do dictate our governments without Congress.
They have built huge“war chests”of questionable contributions, rendering election to Congress more bought than honorably won.
They have made rules of Congress to perpetuate their incumbency, rendering the election of a replacement unreasonably difficult and costly.
They have made rules of Congress giving Control of Congress to the political party having the majority of members in Congress at any given time. They have given Control of the White House to the political party that succeeded in electing the President — although our Constitution makes no provision for political parties.
They have made rules of Congress that automatically elevate Partisan Politicians to powerful positions for which they are grossly unqualified.
They have appointed partisan “whips” to bribe and coerce our elected representatives to vote the political party line.
They have created a multitude of Committees, allowing bills to die there before consideration by the whole body of elected representatives.
They have made “Party disputes and personal quarrels … the great business of the day whilst the momentous concerns of an empire, a great accumulated debt, ruined finances, depreciated money . . . are but secondary considerations and postponed from day to day, from week to week as if our affairs wore a most promising aspect.”
They have abandoned their responsibility to control our currency, turning this crucial power over to the Federal Reserve System, a non-elected association of bankers.
They have conspired with the Judiciary and the Executive to devour all powers into the jaws of the Federal Government, reducing the States and their subsidiary governments to vassals of the Federal colossus.
They have created a Federal Government too enormous and expansive to be efficiently managed and financed.
They continually devalue our dollar and expand our private and public debt beyond our ability to repay.
The present Congress, in complicity with a despotic Court and in glaring violation of the First Amendment, at this present time proposes legislation to muzzle Ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into compliance with their Humanist concept of Social and Political Correctness.
The Presidents likewise have shown their complaisance with the despotic Court, violating their sworn Oath to defend our Constitution, bowing to the Court as the final Arbiter of our Constitution.
The acts of the present President of the United States evinces a Design to Destroy the sure Foundation of our American Liberties, to Create an Imperial Executive and to place The People under a Ruling Master. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
The son of an Islamic father, he has praised the Islamic Religion, which had inspired a murderous attack on our People and promised to place us under Islamic law. He has abused the Faith of our Fathers, the source of our inalienable Rights.
The son of a Humanist mother, five days before his election he declared, “We are just five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” All evidence reveals that his declared fundamental transformation is the same as that declared by Religious Humanists.
He has devoured our health care system into the jaws of a federal bureaucracy thoroughly incapable of administering it, and against the expressed will of the People.
At this present time he is conspiring with the despotic judiciary to strike down an Act of Congress, most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has placed “Czars” at the head of his Administrative Offices to impose the will of an Imperial Executive.
He has filled the federal bureaucracy with a swarm of Humanists, committed to the Humanist Purpose and Program for America —the Evaluation, Transformation, Control, and Direction of our Government, foreshadowing the surrender of the American People over to a despotic Secular/Socialist New World Order.
At this present time he is conspiring with the United Nations to place the American People under International Law to the destruction of our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our free self-governing Republic.
We must, therefore acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Resolution, and hold our present rulers unfit to govern a free people.
We, therefore, the PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, solemnly Publish and Declare, That we are, and of Right ought to be, a Free and Independent People; that we are absolved from all Allegiance to all Court Decrees, Acts of Congress, and Executive Orders in violation of the Foundation Principles of our free self-governing Republic, and Contrary to the laws of nature and nature’s God. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Alvin L. McCann
Shall we do it, or shall we simply relax and witness the death throes of our once great United States of America?
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Read on to understand why We the People must take these drastic actions to repossess our great nation from the hands that are destroying it at an ever-accelerating pace.
July 3, 1776
John Adams, (Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Second President of the United States.) "The second day of July 1776, (the day the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence) will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend the States."
Sunday, July 3, 2011 I am pleased to inform you, Mr. Adams, that after 235 years, Independence Day is still celebrated much as you hoped it would be. American flags adorn churchyards today. And church folks will be solemnly grateful to God and their colonial ancestors for that “Day of Deliverance.” The day will indeed be celebrated “with pomp and parade, shows, games, guns, bells, fireworks, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” And so it should be for as long as the world stands.
July 5, 2011 Having no desire to “rain on the parade,” Mr. Adams, I have postponed these comments until after the fourth of July, the day we celebrate as Independence Day once a year. The sad truth is, for the other 364 days of every year, the Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America is forgotten, along with “ the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend the States.”
Oh it is true, an original copy of our Declaration of Independence lies encased under glass in our nation’s capitol building - just an old relic to the functionaries who run our government. They have bowed to the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of the Constitution. And this Court has long since ignored the principles of government demanded by our Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson. (“Author of the Declaration of Independence,” Third President of the United States) "You seem . . . to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine, indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. "
James Madison. (“Chief Architect of the Constitution,” Fourth President of the United States.) "This makes the Judiciary dept. paramount in fact to the Legislature, which was never intended, and can never be proper."
Thomas Jefferson. "Our judges are as honest as other men, but not more so . . . and their power the more dangerous, as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that, to whatever hands confided, with corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots."
And so they have, Mr. Jefferson. So they have.
The Original Declaration of Independence
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The Unanimous Declaration
of the thirteen
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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 compel 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 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 shall 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 these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. 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. 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 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 tend to them.
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.
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.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of People.
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 mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing 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.
He has made Judges 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, and eat out their Substance.
He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislatures.
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 foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offenses:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring 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 into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our people.
He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat 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 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.
He has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes, and Conditions.
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 a Ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in Attentions 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. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. 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.
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 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 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.
Foundations of Government from the Declaration,
and definition of government tyranny
1. The United States is a Nation under “the laws of Nature and nature’s God”.
These laws enumerated in the Bible pronounce all peoples and all nations of all times under the sovereignty of Almighty God “whose authority can be superceded by no power on earth.”
We the People of the United States of America are entitled to our own independent nation only by authority of “the laws of nature and nature’s God.” It cannot be over emphasized - all our laws and acts of government must first and always comply with “the laws of nature and nature’s God.”
All government actions forbidding or restricting the recognition of the God of the Bible, and/or forbidding or restricting prayer and the worship of the God of our Fathers in any place in this country are direct assaults on the only authority for our existence as a nation. Such acts by our government are likewise a glaring violation of the First and Tenth Amendments to our Constitution. They are a grave threat to our continued existence as a free, self-governing people.
Government incompatible with “the laws of nature and nature’s God” is tyranny.
2. Citizens of the United States are equal under law.
This equality under law comes from God, the Creator, Who is “no respecter of persons”; but “all men are created equal.”
The government will not bestow titles of nobility, create a system of social castes, nor grant special rights and privileges to any individual, group of individuals, or class of individuals. To enjoy this equality under law we must all first conform to the “laws of nature and nature’s God” enumerated in the Bible.
Government enforced “equality” incompatible with the “laws of nature and nature’s God” is tyranny.
3. Certain human rights are inalienable.
“Among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These rights are “endowed by their Creator,” and come automatically with conception of human life. Government does not own these rights; therefore, government cannot bestow them nor justly take them away. These certain rights, however, being “endowed by their Creator” must be compatible with the “laws of nature and nature’s God” enumerated in the Bible.
a. Government denial of God-given rights is tyranny.
b. Government bestowing and enforcing “rights”(those “wild and savage liberties") that are condemned by the Bible is tyranny.
4. The government of the United States exists to secure the rights of the people.
“To secure these rights governments are instituted among men.” Any government that fails to secure the God-given rights of every person under its jurisdiction, from conception to natural death, has lost its just right to govern.
Government failure to secure God-given rights is tyranny.
5. The government of the United States is a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
“Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” This nation is to be ruled by the will of the majority of its citizens, while securing the God-given rights of all persons under its jurisdiction. To secure the rights of the peaceful and self-governing, government must of necessity be given the power to suspend or alter the rights of those who endanger the God-given rights of others, compatible with "the laws of nature and nature's God."
Thus our government derives its powers to administer justice from the consent of the people collectively, who are in turn required to submit to government compatible with “the laws of nature and nature’s God”.
Government without God and the consent of the governed is tyranny.
6. The people of the United States collectively have the right and the responsibility to maintain, alter, or even abolish and re-institute their government.
…. "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."
Our founding fathers are forever to be praised for instituting a form of government that can be altered without abolishing it. Within the Constitution itself, they provided the means of periodic alteration by the people.
This probably explains why we have lived peaceably under one constitution longer than any other republic in history. The people’s right to periodic alteration is made effective when we, with knowledge, participate in the elective process - when we recruit and elect members to Congress:
· who understand these truths and are committed to defending them
against all who would rule in violation of them.
· who are committed to repeal bad laws;
· who are dedicated to enacting laws compatible with “the laws of
nature and nature’s God” and our Declaration and Constitution;
· who will call the President and the Supreme Court to task when
they ignore or violate our foundation principles, and violate or
ignore the plain-English, common-sense statements of our
Declaration and Constitution;
· who will institute proceedings for Constitutional amendment
when such is needed.
- when we elect Presidents who will protect our Declaration and
Constitution against judge-made law and unconstitutional acts of Congress, and who will carefully appoint federal judges who are truly committed to the plain-English, common-sense statements of our Declaration and Constitution, not to their concepts of social or political correctness.
Armed overthrow of our government is justified only after “a long Train of Abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a Design to reduce [the people] under absolute Despotism.” To be justified, such last-resort overthrow would be - as it was with the colonists - by the great majority of the people, acting under bona fide provisional government, by consent of the governed. Never would armed overthrow of government be justified, if by acts of terrorism or rebellion by small bands of self-appointed militia.
Armed overthrow of government in the United States is not likely ever to happen. If the people become too apathetic or dissipated to alter their government by Constitutional process, they are not likely to rally en masse and alter it by any other means. The great danger is that the people will allow our form of government to be altered by Executive Order, Court Decree, or Act of Congress in violation of the Constitutional process.
Any Executive order, act of Congress, or Supreme Court decree that tends to alter our constitution of government, before our Constitution has been altered by Constitutional Amendment, by consent of the people, is tyranny.
7. The government of the United States is based on a covenant between each individual citizen and the whole body politic and the whole body politic and each individual citizen, sworn in the presence of the Supreme Judge of the World, by the duly elected representatives of the people of the United States.
“And for the support of this Declaration, with firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
The body politic violates this covenant when it denies commonly enjoyed God-given liberties to any individual, group of individuals, or class of individuals except for acts violating "the laws of nature and nature's God", as punishment for crimes against, or indecent behavior before the body politic.
Such denial of God-given liberty by the body politic is tyranny.
The individual violates this covenant when he commits acts against the commonly held God-given rights of others, compatible with "the laws of nature and nature's God." Such acts are criminal, not only against another individual, but against the whole body politic. Such acts call for the just action of the whole body politic against the individual criminal.
Failure to act effectively against criminals is tyranny against the law-abiding.
Tyranny resides in that corruptible part of human nature. Always has been so, always will be. And government, of all places, is the perfect place to exercise that evil part of human nature.
Government, if not emphatically restrained by the governed, will always degenerate into tyranny.