The following is my updated version of The Declaration of Independence. It adds and highlights political philosophy of the Founders that was a given to them, but has been lost over time.
In the course of human events, it has become necessary for our People to resurrect the Political Bands once established through Divine Inspiration, because we the People failed in our Duties to God and our fellowman, and assumed among the powers of earth rights without understanding corresponding Duties, and have believed that we were entitled to the fruits of another man’s labor, and have ignored the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.
Now, a decent respect for Those Who Have Gone Before requires that we Repent and repair our failing Union.
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 require the fulfillment of corresponding Duties and Responsibilities, that among these are Life, Liberty, Property, 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.
We also recognize that whenever any people fail in their Duties as Citizens and Children of God, it is the Responsibility of the People to alter themselves or face the danger of being abolished, and to revive, embrace, and strictly adhere to those Eternal Principles upon which all Happiness is based.
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.
Yet while good Constitutional Forms are necessary, the People must continually reform their minds and hearts if the proper Forms are to endure. Government Forms are only as effective as the People are Virtuous and Accountable to their Creator.
But when a long train of neglect and apathy by the People, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to increase among the People a false sense of Security at the cost of true Freedom, and a blatant and destructive disregard for the Principles of Virtue and Liberty, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such self-inflicted abuses and to Repent. Such is now the Responsibility of this People to resurrect the Principles of Liberty upon which our Nation was based and to conform our lives to them.
We, therefore, the People of the United States of America, in Humility and a spirit of Dedication, do solemnly Publish and Declare, that we are DEPENDENT UPON GOD if we wish to remain Free and prosperous, and to shine the Beacon of Liberty to our Prosperity and to the world. To this end we pledge our Lives, our Liberty, and our Sacred Honor.