Declaration of Independence

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 a separate and equal Station under the Constitution of the United States of America, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this 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 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 Neglect and Inattention, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Poverty, 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 Upstate counties; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present government of New York State is a History of repeated Neglect and Inattention, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Domination over the Upstate counties by the Downstate counties. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

NYS has refused to Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.



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