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.
245 YEARS LATER…
The Supreme Court tacitly approves political gerrymandering, guaranteeing a minority of the population legislative majorities across the country. The Electoral College, designed to give more power to less populated states, has resulted in electing presidents who were not chosen by a majority of the people.
The minority rules, the majority suffers taxation without representation.
The people no longer have a Constitutional right to privacy. Although the 9th Amendment reads “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people” only those rights then in existence are retained by the people.
Once, the governing philosophy commanded majority rule, while protecting the rights of the minority. Now the governing philosophy is: minority rule, and the rights of the majority be damned.
When, in the course of human events….