“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable 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…”
~ The Declaration Of Independence
George Bush and his Party have asserted absolutely that they have total power granted by the Constitution to them to do whatever they decide is necessary to protect the American people. They have seized these totalitarian powers to spy massively upon the American people in total secrecy for totally secret reasons and in totally secret ways, to abrogate domestic laws and precedents and procedures to protect the rights of the American people, to abrogate Constitutionally legislated foreign treaties and agreements, to carry out massive kidnappings and transportations of citizens to foreign lands to be tortured and murdered in obvious violation of the laws of America under the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, to carry out imperialist invasions and annihilations of foreign nations under the pretenses of Lies that they were threats to our existence, to carry out massive other war crimes of every conceivable form, to terrorize (“Shock and Awe”) the world by veiled threats of nuclear attacks and conventional annihilations from the skies, to carry out a secret war against science to distort and eviscerate its findings and conclusions of fact, and to launch a Permanent World War Against undefined “terrorists” and “Evil Ones” which in turn is used in false justification of the overturning of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the laws and treaties of the American people in all of these and many other ways.
The Declaration of independence and The Constitution built upon it make it absolutely clear that We the People of America are the only Sovereign Power of America and that any government has authority to make or execute our laws only to the extent that We grant that government our Consent to do so. They also make it absolutely clear that any government that carries out “a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them [We the People] 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.” By declaring it has such Absolute Despotism over us and by in fact carrying out a long and consistent series of anti-Constitutional, Despotic activities that destroy our Rights and seek to overturn our Creator given Sovereignty, Bush has declared his government to be in total violation of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution.
Bush has openly, blatantly and proudly abolished the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution as the foundation of American government and now rules by his assertion of Absolute Despotism. If the American people give their Consent openly or tacitly to this blatant assertion of Absolute Despotism over them, they will themselves have in fact overthrown the Declaration of independence and The Constitution and replaced them with a new government, the Bush Absolute Despotism. Bush and his Party are perfectly aware of this fact and have made their assertion of Absolute Despotism blatantly obvious so that there can be no serious question about it in the future.
His intent is obvious. It is now up to the American people to decide whether they Consent to his Absolute Despotism. Let there be no doubt that this is the awful and fateful decision which the American people are now making. If they Consent to this blatant Absolute Despotism, there will be no turning back. The American Experiment in Liberty will have been declared by the Sovereign people to be a total failure and Republican Democracy in America will henceforth be declared null and void.
The challenge facing us is far greater than that facing our ancestors in 1776 because a Global Absolute Despotism with vast arsenals of weapons of mass destruction will inevitably continue to build and impose a Global Absolute Despotism that will lead to immense suffering for all of mankind. But to stop this Behemoth with its vast armies of secret police and military might seems almost impossible. The only thing that can stop it now is for We the People to unite in the assertion of our Rights and refuse to Consent to this Absolute Despotism.
Jack D. Douglas [send him mail] is a retired professor of sociology from the University of California at San Diego. He has published widely on all major aspects of human beings, most notably The Myth of the Welfare State.