We should never celebrate our country's history without remembering how much of it is written in innocent blood and lives lost through genocide, slavery, brutal repression here and illegal interventions in other countries. The old lie, that some lives don't matter, constantly crops up in new forms.
But there are events and ideas worth celebrating, too. We share this address with you as part of history that needs to be preserved and shared: a long history of resistance to money power, crony capitalism, and corporate rule. Let's keep making history!
A 21st Century Populist Declaration of Independence
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for We the People to dissolve the political bonds which have connected us 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 entitled us, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that the People should declare the causes which impel us to that separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men/women are created equal, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights Governments—of the people, by the people and for the people—are instituted by the people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Whenever that Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form as the people shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Whenever a long train of abuses and usurpations are designed to reduce us to an absolute Oligarchy, it is Our right, it is Our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for our future security.
Our nation is in a crisis. Our Constitution is being trashed, our infrastructure is crumbling, the education of our young neglected, the environment trashed, the lives of young men/women are being wasted in an illegal war, and the welfare of our veterans jettisoned. We are creating enemies all over the world while Our government is using fear to stay in power, enriching itself at the expense of present and future generations.