(Adapted from Declaration of Independence)

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to rebalance the centers of government which have become corrupted with money and power, and reinstitute the power & will of the people, a decent respect of the opinions of humankind requires that citizens should declare the causes which impel them to do so.

WE hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that we are endowed with certain inalienable rights, among these Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. In order to secure these rights, governments are instituted among peoples, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying it’s foundation on such principles, and organizing it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to preserve security, life & liberty.

Prudence will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes. Experience has shown that humankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the institutions which they are accustomed. When a long train of abuses & usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, has created utter despotism, it is the Right & the Duty of citizens to throw off such government, and provide new guards for future security. Such has been the patient suffering of these citizens, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter this system of government. The history of the present government is a history of repeated Injuries & Usurpations, all having the direct object of consolidating money & power in the hands of the few.

Legislatures & governors have removed local control, from schools & cities while at the same time, slashing funding to provide funding for & pay corporate entities.
Those same offices have implemented dictatorial powers over cities & school districts
over the protest of residents, to the detriment of residents.
Students can not read, yet the courts find literacy is not an American right.
People across America are poisoned by their very drinking water supplies,
while our government gives away clean water for corporations to sell.
Governments & corporate powers have knowingly & willingly endangered water supplies.
Rivers & lakes have been poisoned by oil pipelines, built & maintained against the will of the people.

Congress has taxed US citizens to pay trillions of dollars for a massive war & spying apparatus, that has engaged in failed foreign nation building, endless war, propping up dictators, & overthrowing governments.
Congress, courts, and states have failed to protect homeowners from illegal bank foreclosure,
While using taxpayer money & the full faith and credit of the United States
In order to pay out multimillion dollar bonuses to the very criminals
Who used our banking system for their own profit while creating an economic collapse.

State governors & legislatures knowingly take steps to institutionalize racist & discriminatory policy
while protecting racist companies, insurance schemes, banking services, and other institutions.

Federal, State, County, and local governments of America
have waged a failed war against drugs.
This war against drug users & addicts,
costs more for jail than proper treatment
while depriving millions of life, liberty and property.
Those same offices
have treated medicinal cannabis as a harmful drug,
causing countless early deaths from lack of research & access.
Police across the country
use fatal force against citizens at a far higher rate than other countries.
America incarcerates more of our people than any other civilized nation.

Congress forces Americans to pay more
for health care & prescription drugs than the rest of the world,
While failing to approve needed drugs and ensure patients can import safe medicine.
Congress allows companies to reap profits in America and hide them offshore
while those same companies pay for Congressional political campaigns.

Over the past 200 or more years, America has witnessed a stunning reversal of the rights of citizens in favor of the rights of both foreign & domestic corporations, foreign governments, and international entities. US electoral politics continues to fail our country and states in many aspects, and has delivered results contrary to what the majority of Americans desire.

The malfeasance and deceitful, corrupt behavior of the US Congress and many state legislatures has caused nearly complete legislative dysfunction and usurpation of citizens rights against the will of the people.

It is therefore resolved, that the Citizens of the United States of America will propose and enact a 21st Century Bill of Rights, in order to enshrine, protect, and preserve the will of the people and reduce the influence & power of the corporate, ownership & aristocratic classes. Below is a rough draft of some ideas that could amplify the voices of all citizens, while restraining legislative bodies from restricting the rights of the people.

21st Century Bill of Rights.
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America
Nathaniel Downing DuPhene
Progressive Rebel, Endangered Patriot
December 7th, 2016

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