Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Declaration of Independence Signing Statement from Billionaires For Bush

Just as our Georgie has written over 750 signing statements to various laws passed by Congress, we Billionaires thought we should have a signing statement for the document which began this most profitable nation of ours, the Declaration of Independence:

“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.”

People in the top 10% of income and net worth will continue to do whatever we like without declaring the causes. We are rich enough to not declare anything we don’t want to!

“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.”

Since the Pursuit of Capital is conspicuously absent from the statement, we will assume that that particular ‘right’ will continue to be unequal and based on being born to the right family or marrying the right person.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”


The wealthy, who have a greater stake in these powers, shall continue to manipulate and coerce this ‘consent’ for the aims of maintaining and expanding their wealth.

“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.”

Any revolution or coup shall necessarily be undertaken in a quiet and respectful manner, so as not to disturb the balance of commerce and civility. Unless, of course, that revolution is in some foreign country and it means we get tons of riches!

“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.”

We are pretty much betting that people will be more disposed to suffer than to act – especially when distracted by a biased and trivialized media.

“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.”

It is also the duty of the wealthy to entrench themselves so as to ‘hedge’ their bets, ensuring their continued prosperity. Meet the new guards, same as the old guards.

“Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”


Only when such sufferance becomes a threat to parties of consolidated wealth, shall it be considered patient. Until then, it will be called a bunch of strident moonbats and terrorist sympathizers.

“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has… (laundry list of regal abuses and whatnot).”

One’s oppression and tyranny is another one’s investment strategy. For this reason, it is necessary to establish a system that allows all citizens to consider themselves ‘investors’ and/or ‘owners’, thus creating the fa├žade of a stake in the continuation of the current system.

“A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

An exception to this is any ‘prince’, ‘Senator’, ‘Governor’ or ‘President’ who serves the expansion of our wealth by cutting our taxes repeatedly.

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, 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 Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, 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 States, they 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.”

A sovereign nation is just that; It is sovereign, and can use its sovereignity to do sovereignish things, such as wage war for profit, torture whomever it sees fit, spy on its own people, and coddle its richest people. In case you haven’t noticed, that would be us.

See also the Billionaires' Declaration of Independence

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