I have worked on this for a while. While not Jeffersonian, it is a combination of his words and mine and I believe is bi-partisan and will appeal to the need we have for a halt to government as usual.
The Unanimous Declaration of the People of the Fifty United States of America and its Territories.
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 by mankind, 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 shown 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 the people of these United States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Executive and Legislative branches, as dominated by the Republican and Democratic Parties, is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the people. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
These political parties control the political branches of government and refuse Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
They have forbidden our governors and representatives to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless approved in their operation until the assent of the corporate and special interests that hold sway over the legislative and executive branches should be obtained; and when so suspended, the branches have utterly neglected to attend to them.
They have refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, effectively requiring those people to relinquish the right of representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
At the behest of the special interests and their lobbyists, the legislative bodies have called together these same legislative bodies for the sole purpose of fatiguing the common people into compliance with their measures of self-interest and contrary to the interests of the individual people.
The legislative and executive branches have effectively dissolved any genuine representation of the people of these United States and exist now for the purpose of diminishing the rights of the people while extolling and holding great the positions of those special interests which seek, often by nefarious ways, to enrich the members of the legislative and executive branches who may provide aid and comfort to these same special interests.
They have refused for a long time, after such dissolutions and by becoming a class of permanent political office holders, to allow others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of annihilation, have to be returned to the People at large for their exercise; with the States remaining, in the meantime, exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
They have endeavored to prevent the population of these States; 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.
They have obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing their Assent to Laws and by exempting the legislative and executive branches from the requirements of the laws which are applicable to the greater people, thus making themselves a special class of persons whom perceive themselves to be above the laws of the land and thus exempt from consequence for their abuses of the laws.
They have made Judges dependent on their arbitrary will, alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
They have erected a multitude of new offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
They have affected to render the Military subject to the slightest whim of the office holders, to be used as in a manner not in compliance with the war powers delineated in the Constitution of these United States.
Unduly cut off our Trade with other parts of the world:
Imposed Taxes on us without explanation or consent:
Diminished the benefit of Trial by Jury:
Declared themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever and have effectively diminished the authority of our legislatures and often mandate burdens upon the states and the people therein without sufficient funds from the Legislative and Executive branches to fund the mandates.
They have abdicated Government here and acted in such a manner as to no longer provide adequately for the common defense or general welfare of these United States.
They have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavored to pit rich against poor, the ill against the healthy, the various races against each other with speech and words of encitement while having no regard for the truth of said words.
They have, by virtue of making a career as a politician, unjustly enriched themselves in a manner not in keeping with the reasonable expectation of the common man when viewing the wages authorized to the office holder and the actual increase in wealth of said office holder during the term of the office.
The founding fathers, at the time of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States, did not contemplate or intend that any office holder would serve on an essentially full-time basis.
They opine the interests of the common man; all the while acting to benefit the special interests that will act contrary to the will and benefit of the common man and in so doing will work to corrupt the process of good governance.
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 Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Can these same acts by a legislative and/or executive branch be less tyrannical solely on the claim of being duly elected, particularly when said elections are controlled and managed by undue sums of money provided by the special interests of businesses, corporations and entities whose interests conflict with the great majority of the people.
Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our political office holders. 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 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 common people of the United States of America, 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 States, solemnly publish and declare, That we the people of these United States are, and of right ought to be free of the political parties as they are presently constituted and those in both the legislative and executive branches who belong to those parties, that we are absolved from all allegiance to the various parties, and that all political connection between them and the people whose trust they have abused, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent voters, we have full power to reject the parties, seek their dissolution and banishment and the a limitation of the numbers of years that they may hold office, so long as the political parties continue to be constituted and run as they are and to be beholding to special interests other than the people of these United States and to do all other acts and things which independent voters 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 Honor.