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.
My friends, with everything that's going on in our country, isn't it time? Look at what the citizens in Flower Mound TX just did. When their leaders failed to respect their wishes, they changed the course of their future in the election booth. Now, in an incredibly short period of time, they have begun to enact change. Real, positive change. Although I live a thousand+ miles away, I feel as if I'm there and, I believe - what happened there is just the beginning.
Around northeastern PA, with regard to natural gas drilling, a common blurb from the lips of our elected officials is that "our hands are tied."
I say - that's a good start. It'll make escorting you away from the public trough that much easier.
One last thought to my cryptic critic in northeastern PA; Fortnight this..!..
Happy Memorial Day!