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A Declaration of the Common People

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By Andrew Jackson Kocher (A Common Homeless Man)

When, in the course of human events, it has become necessary for the Common People to dissolve the political commitments which have connected them with a centralized Federal Government, and to assume among the powers of the Earth the shape and spirit of a democracy which reflects the inalienable rights to which the laws of nature entitle them; a decent respect to the opinions of humanity requires that they should Declare the causes which impel them to make a charge of No Confidence.

We, The Common People, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humanity is created equal, that they are endowed by their very existence with certain inalienable rights; and that among these are Life, Liberty, Access to the natural bounty of unspoiled land and the Fruits thereof;  Clean Air, Pure Water and the pursuit of happiness within a just and equal society.

To secure these rights, governments have been instituted over communities, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. The Common People maintain that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, by failing to uphold these rights, it is the moral obligation of the People to alter or abolish it and institute in its place a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its obligations in such a form as to provide for environmentally sound interaction with the Biosphere Earth; and shall seem most likely to effect their safety, health and happiness.

Common sense will dictate that a government long established should not be changed for light and transient reasons and accordingly, experience shows that humankind are more disposed to suffer when corruption, pollution and other evils are bearable, than to correct the evil by abolishing the sources of the corruption and pollution to which they are accustomed.

But, when a long series of abuses, deceptions and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, exposes a design to reduce the Common People under absolute corporate despotism, it is our right and our moral obligation to reject such government and to provide a new form of government by the People to provide for our future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of the Common People and such is now the necessity, which rallies them to separate themselves from the present Federal Government of the United States of America. The history of the present Federal government is one of repeated deception and usurpation, having in direct object the establishment of a corporate tyranny over the American population.

To demonstrate this, let the facts be submitted to a World in Peril.

Corporations, by their very nature, have no sense of national patriotism, and therefore cannot be loyal to any one people or political ideology. The only obligation of a multi-national corporation is to make profit. Therefore, they exist only to exploit the population of the Earth in the quest for ongoing profit.

We, the People, have been deprived of our inalienable rights.

The Federal Government has failed to represent the American people, either as individuals or en masse: as intended by the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. We have learned that Free Trade does not guarantee individual freedoms and that Federal over-legislation provides the opportunity for Federal government to reach into the home or hovel of every common citizen.

We, The Common People, have been deprived of our inalienable right to the bounty of the natural world in the form of unspoiled lands, clean air and pure water.

The Federal government allows multi-national corporations to dominate and exploit the natural resources of America, and to restrict the access of Common citizens to the natural world, due to and as a result of, criminal exploitation of our environment. These same multi-national corporations continue to exploit the Common People through marketing experimentation and the quest for ongoing profit by establishing the complete dependency of the population on corporate production and distribution for the necessities of life.

The Federal government has employed deception and evasion in order to persuade the Common People to offer up their patriotism and progeny on the alter of corporate profit.

The Federal government promotes military aggression and the enhancement of a worldwide ideological struggle for dominion in order to create market opportunities for, and further promote the agenda of, multi-national corporations towards globalization of the world economy and the complete domination of the Common People.

We, therefore, the People of America, appealing to the judgment of the natural force of the universe for the moral righteousness of our intentions, do solemnly publish and Declare that the Common People are, and of right ought to be, free and independent people, that they are absolved from all allegiance to a Federal government dominated in policy by multi-national corporations, and that all political connection between the Common people and the Federal government is, and of right ought to be, totally dissolved, and that as a free and independent people, we have the power to reform our government, establish an ecologically sustainable and moral co-existence with the Biosphere Earth and the Human race, contract alliances, establish commerce, conduct peace, levy war and do all other acts and things which independent people of inalienable 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 futures and our sacred Honor.


Author: Street Sheet Editor

The STREET SHEET is the oldest continuously published street news paper in the United States. Organizationally, it is the public education and outreach tool of the Coalition on Homelessness. Every month, the STREET SHEET reaches 32,000 readers through over 200 homeless or low-income vendors. Our vendors are charged nothing for the papers they receive, and keep all money they earn through STREET SHEET distribution.

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