Let it be, let it be…
IN REFERENDUM, June 23, 2016
The decision of the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
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.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Islands; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present European Union is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these lands. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The EU has refused Assent to our Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
It has forbidden our Elected Parliament to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till its Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, it has utterly neglected to attend to them.
It has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
It has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with its measures.
It has ignored and denigrated our Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness its invasions on the rights of the people.
It has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
It has endeavoured to change the population of these Islands; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
It has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing its Assent to Laws for establishing autonomous Judiciary powers.
It has made Judges dependent on its Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
It has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
It has imposed upon us a hideous and parasitical bureaucracy without granting us right of redress.
It has affected to render our Executive independent of and superior to the will of the people.
It has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our lands, and previously unacknowledged by our laws; giving its Assent to such Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of malignant invaders among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from appropriate punishment for any crimes which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these Islands:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury constituted solely of our own:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences.
For enabling and encouraging the abolishment of the free System of British governance in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its legislative Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same rule into these other Provinces:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For abrogating our own Legislatures and declaring itself invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
It has plundered our seas, ravaged our industries, changed the ancient culture of our towns and destroyed the lives of our people.
It is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the leaders of a civilized continent.
It has constrained the minds of our young people to bear ideological Arms against their own, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
It has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless barbarian Savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Legislative whose character is thus marked by every act which may define Tyranny, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Continental brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our origin and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the native electorate of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Referendum assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Islands, solemnly publish and declare, that the United Kingdom, and of Right, shall be a Free and Independent State; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the European Union, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent nation, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of 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 Fortunes and our sacred Honour.
With thanks to the Founding Fathers of the United States of America for their wisdom and for their example.
— Seneca III, Middle England, this 21st day of February in the year of our Lord 2016.
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