The Children of Liberty: An Essay on the Political Climate of the United States of America
Part I: A Declaration of Independence
We are the children of liberty. We are the descendants of the Sons of Liberty, who, in the colonial era of this country, took it upon themselves to revolt against their oppressors. They fought against the greed and tyranny of their oppressive government; the British Crown. We, the Children of Liberty, the children of revolution, are prepared to follow in their footsteps. We are prepared to form a representational government, opposing our oppressors; the United States government.
We demand basic human rights for all citizens of our country, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and in addition, have formed our own Constitution. We seek the same freedoms and liberties our forebearers sought – freedom from persecution, private or public, of opposing ideologies, and cultures. As the founding members of the United States of America chose a government based on enlightenment and intellect, so too does the Children of Liberty.
We seek a fully representational government, for if we are not guided and governed by ourselves and our peers, we will not see reform for the greater good of the people. It is our inherent truth that bought politicians will never represent the common citizen. It is inherent truth that the survival of a country rests upon the common citizen. A country’s backbone, the stable center upon which every aspect of a country depends, is comprised of every merchant, laborer, farmer, and agricultural worker. The backbone relies upon the educator, the student, the food worker and restaurateur, the health care provider, and most importantly, the caregiver.
Are we to be told, demanded of, how to live by the ones who have bought their way to positions of power? Are we to be governed by those who have never felt the struggle of basic survival under their pretention and laws? Shouldn’t we rather depend on our peers and ourselves who have worked their way, who have seen the realities of our society? The Children of Liberty demand life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that our ancestors fought, literally, to the death for and to protect the laws of our democracy.
O ur current form of government has been bought and paid for by out of touch career politicians who have no right to the amount of power they have and lord it over us, the common citizen. These so-called politicians demand we respect them and give them the power to rule over us for their benefit, not the benefit of the citizen. We are not to be neglected by those supposed elected, power-mad politicians. We have sat idly by for far too long, and now are watching our country, our citizens, implode upon themselves. This implosion is not directed at the tyrannical form of government that failed to uphold the constitution laid forth by the revolutionaries of the 18th century.
By the people, for the people, we the people, we are tired of a broken and disgustingly disgraceful form of government. We propose our own Constitution, granting full and complete representation of the people. We are the tired, poor huddled masses. We are the descendants of the tired, poor, huddled masses. We not only demand (for reasoning and request is no longer an option) representation of every citizen. We demand basic human necessities, such as food, shelter, health, and education. A successful country bears citizens who are happy; content. If every citizen has access to these basic necessities, the productivity of the country increases. A legitimate government recognizes the need to provide for all citizens and where the real power lay- with the people.
Our government is only legitimate if our citizens give us the power. The Children of Liberty seek out the most convenient, citizen-driven, government in order to form a more perfect union.
“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.” CITATION The76 \l 1033 (Congress 1776)
We do not seek absolute power. We do not seek divine power. We will not seek out aggression, yet we will defend against aggression. We the people are not commodities. We will not, nor our interests, ideologies, cultures, or politics, be bought or sold. We, the Children of Liberty, the children of revolution, we the people, are declaring our independence from the tyrannical oppression of the government of the United States of America. We have an outline of our constitution to form and govern our republic. By the people. For the people.
Part II: The Constitution of Government of the Children of Liberty; An Outline
Being the children of the sons and daughters of liberty, of the colonial era of the United States of America, we hereby ascribe an outline for a constitutional republic. The role of government is to govern for the people, by the people, to care for the people. There are two main points that are fundamental to the success and security of the citizenry and nation. These are laid out as ‘articles’.
Article I: Equality for ALL citizens.
Every citizen is entitled to the right to equal representation in government and equal pay. Every citizen is eligible for the right to work, equal education, and equal opportunities in recreational and faith-based activities.
We do not ask for an unreasonable overhaul of government. We ask to be represented. Each state will have one governor, who counsels with and receives advice from the federal government.
Each state must only have a total of four (4) members to represent the people in Congress with the federal government. Two senators and two representatives. They co-govern a state, with the governor, and act as a liaison between state and federal affairs. No four members can be from the same district or socioeconomic background.
Each state will have legal autonomy, unless in violation of federal laws, set forth by this Constitution. Appropriate exceptions, that do not violate this Constitution nor the rights of the people, are adjudicated upon determining the benefit of all citizens and upon no environmental infringement.
The president, a nationally appointed representative of the people, shall only be decided by the majority of a popular vote.
Every citizen, born or naturalized, have the right, as a civic duty, to cast a ballot vote in favor of their eligible candidate, beginning at age 16.
A representational candidate is eligible to seek the office of the Presidency once having met the following criteria:
Must obtain a minimum of a master’s degree education in at least two (2) of the following disciplines: History, sociology, psychology, economics, and/or political science. Also must obtain a bachelors degree in education, earth sciences, chemistry, biology sciences, or mathematics.
Must be no younger than 30 years of age. All other representational candidates for other governmental offices must be no younger than 25 years of age.
Must run campaign by spending no more than $10,000 on advertisement, and will not be eligible to campaign before January 1st of the election year.
(SUBSET): Voting days for state and federal representatives are national holidays. I.e.- All forms of business must be shut down between the hours of 8am and 10pm on voting day. The only people permitted to work upon said holiday, in order to ensure every citizen has the opportunity to cast a ballot and be represented, are emergency service workers (police, fire, rescue).
(SUBSET B): ALL elected members of government, regardless of state or federal representation, will serve no more than collectively 8 years divided between two terms, pending re-election.
We do not see the need and fear the control of policing international activity. Our country’s military defense shall only be defense.
We seek the security of our country and therefore, have deemed border, air, and oceanic security from our military as the utmost concern.
PROVISO- We will not seek to start war, military action, and/or policing in international territory or affairs, unless asked to do so via the United Nations, in which crimes against humanity are proven. Our country shall not enter into armed conflict until the UN request has been voted on by the people in special referendums.
Every person, regardless of status (immigrant, migrant worker, refugee, etc.) will be granted citizenship upon providing a skillset to further the betterment of the country.
Those with backgrounds of criminal nature may, depending upon nature of crime, will be a consideration for denial of citizenship.
Immigrants with a criminal background may be granted temporary citizenship until determination otherwise if in a situation as being considered a political enemy or dissident from their home country (ex-pat). Heinous crimes will be denied.
A citizen is a person born or naturalized within our borders. Each citizen is entitled to the following:
Each household, regardless of size, shall receive a living stipend of $120,000 annually. This allotment is calculated to pay the basic living expenses such as food, shelter, heat, water and a power source (i.e- electricity).
Each citizen, unless proved otherwise, is required to work four (4) days a week, not to exceed 32 hours per working week, at a rate of $20 per hour. EXCEPT: having moved to a specialized field that offers an annual salary, by obtaining a degree above the Bachelor’s program.
ARTICLE II: A Government Provides
The state and federal government MUST, under all circumstances, provide the basic necessities for EVERY citizen. These necessities are to include: Housing, food, education, and healthcare.
Every citizen, born or naturalized, is granted the inalienable right to a public, government-funded education from the age of pre-school (Formerly known as head-start), generally, three (3) years of age, up until the completion of the level of Bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution of higher learning, such as a college or university.
When a citizen decides to pursue their field of study beyond the Baccalaureate level, seeking a Masters or Doctorate in a specialized area, the citizen is responsible for payment of completion of specialized education, including use of scholarships determined by the State the University/College is located.
All citizens have a right to health care and preventative care paid for by the federal government.
Citizens will be required to pay an additional tax every month, not to exceed the state defined sales tax, to help offset costs of preventative care.
Purchases of items that lead to health complications (i.e.- alcohol, cigarettes, fast food/junk food, and the like) will come with a doubled state sales tax imposed upon them to go directly to the State’s health care program.
Yearly physical, dental, and mental health examinations are required by law under this preventative health care program.
Excluding potentially fatal and/or life-saving diagnoses (including mental health and addiction), all specialized and/or cosmetic healthcare must be paid, in an equal split of amounts, between patient and insurer.
Food and Nutrition:
The federal government will provide food, and means/sources of food, for every household.
All food provided will be dietary appropriate, meeting all nutritional benchmarks.
Every household will receive weekly vouchers, every month, to use to purchase food.
The government will reimburse all costs and supplies to farmers, bakers, ranchers, etc. for their participation in the federal nutrition program.
The government will provide all supplies and tools to the aforementioned workers to accomplish the goal of not having a single citizen in this country go hungry.
Under infrastructure programs, all measures are to be put in place to provide each household with clean, filtered water.
Among the infrastructure built by the federal government, no family or person will fall under the homeless status.
If a home or dwelling is deemed condemned – only by failing to provide safe and adequate shelter – federal and state government will work together to return said structure to liveable and safe conditions.
Failure on the part of the state to comply with this housing proposal will result in fines, including reduction of funding to state programs afforded by federal government.
The state must afford lodgings for displaced citizens while repairs are made to condemned lodging. This amount will be paid back by the federal government.
We, the Children of Liberty, are tired of seeing the tired, poor, huddled masses that every citizen in this country has become. We live in a society of fear and hate, that does not unite us, but divides us. We have watched our society become undemocratic.
“… 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 Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.” CITATION The76 \l 1033 (Congress 1776)
Our society, our government has been on the path of totalitarianism for the last two and a half years. Our country was founded on freedoms that are actively being taken away from us. It is our duty, as the Children of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty, to uphold the constitution of the United States as to rid ourselves of a government that does not provide for its citizens and fails to procure the country’s security.
The only way we, as a country, can be secure is to implement life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to its citizens. As citizens, it is our civic duty to pledge loyalty to our country and to better the benefit of the country and its people. As a government, we owe the citizens common civil liberties and to provide for them, as security of the country depends upon the backbone of a nation.
BIBLIOGRAPHY Congress, The Representatives of. 1776. “The Declaration of Independence.” Philidelphia: The National Archives. 1.