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. …

I sincerely wish we hadn’t come to this, but I find myself as angry as any Tea-Bagger, with the added pain of knowing exactly what’s wrong and who is really to blame.

I’m sure that I’m not alone in having thought that in electing Barack Obama, the candidate of "Change we can believe in." that we were on our way to taking back control of our government from the corporate interests that have plundered and wasted our country in the pursuit of personal fortune and heedless of the terrible price being paid by the rest of us.

I’m also sure that I’m not the only one who must now admit that I was wrong.

It seems our government has become a wholly owned subsidiary of a very small group of people who cannot, and will not be persuaded to allow us the pursuit of happiness, let alone our liberty.