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Declaration of Re-Birth

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Declaration of Re-Birth of the United States of America

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Nearly a quarter of a millennium ago, our founders set forth a vision. It was a vision of hope. A hope that individuals could lead their lives in liberty and equality. The United States Constitution was the codification of this vision. Later, Webster and Lincoln embodied the vision as they eloquently spoke of the relationship of Government of the People, by the People, for the People and accountable to the People.

We the People elect this government. If, We the People, no longer have the power to change our Government then a violation of a basic principle of our contract with our Government has occurred.

Our current system has evolved where image has become a substitute for substance, marketing outsells quality, and money trumps leadership. Our elected officials are controlled by interests other than those of the electorate. The real and tangible obstacles which have evolved have made the success of our founder’s vision impossible. Our looming constitutional crisis continues to escalate.

Like our founders we state, governments are creations of mankind, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. Therefore we do not embark on this path recklessly, but at this time we rescind the permission to be governed in the manner prescribed henceforth:

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Contaminated ingredients have been imported from China. Tainted pet food has led to the death of family pets. Thousands of pigs, millions of chickens and an untold number of farmed fish may be contaminated with melamine, which is used to make plastics. $29 million worth of fresh or frozen fruit and $131 million worth of fresh or frozen vegetables is coming in from China annually.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year in the United States.

The Associated Press reported. the Food and Drug Administration inspectors physically checked 1.3 percent of all imports in 2006, about three-quarters of the amount inspected in 2003. Overall, the U.S. trade deficit is now over $700 billion annually.

In February 1997, the FDA proposed mandatory rules outlining “good manufacturing practices” for the safe production of dietary supplements. But more than a decade later, those rules haven't been finalized. Structurally, there is a problem. The FDA’s funding is closely tied to the drug firms asking the agency to approve their products. That puts the FDA under unhealthy pressure to neglect its primary duty: to monitor food and drugs to protect the national health. The 2007 FDA application fees for a product requiring clinical data is $896,200.

A nation’s foremost responsibility is the security of its citizens and border control. While we have a rich tradition of welcoming those who wish to enter our country, we now have 12 million individuals who have entered illegally. Immigration has made this a great country and will continue to do so, but repeated efforts by our governors to account for those coming across our border have been unsuccessful.

The port of Los Angeles is typical. Here, 80% of the terminals are run by foreign firms. And the U.S. Department of Transportation says the United Kingdom, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Taiwan have interests in U.S. port terminals. Likewise, many of our international airport terminals (Indianapolis, Orlando, Atlanta among others) are managed by British companies.

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Even our highways are now being sold or leased to foreign firms. The Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road, Trans-Texas Corridor, Dulles Greenway Toll Road in Virginia, Foley Beach Expressway in Alabama, SR-125 in San Diego, Toll Roads in Portland, Oregon all fit this increasing pattern.

Further, a so-called NAFTA superhighway, plans to create a 10-lane, limited-access highway running from Mexico to Canada. This superhighway would enable Asian manufacturers to ship containers full of goods to Mexican ports, unload them using Mexican labor, and put them on Mexican driven trucks, which would then be driven into the United States. The goods would then be distributed through a new customs-free port in the U.S.

Over 2,400 publicly-owned water and wastewater systems in the United States contract with private firms to provide system operations and maintenance services. Many of these 2,400 contracts are held by domestic firms with a foreign parent. For example, Veolia Water, the U.S. subsidiary of a French firm, serves more than 600 communities and 14 million people through public-private partnerships with local governments, including the nation’s largest water partnership in Indianapolis. In addition, 15 percent of the U.S. population is served by approximately 20,000 private, regulated water and wastewater utilities. Most of these are owned by domestic subsidiaries of foreign firms.

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