The Declaration of Independence reminds us …
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. — 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. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world …”
– Thomas Jefferson, First two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776
Residents of Eastern Washington have their own list of grievances
- Trampled Right of Conscience
Washington’s Attorney General targets private business owner’s right to express their religious freedom. Liberty will uphold the rights of business owners to fulfill their religious believes within thier own operation.
- Recurring Attempts to Steal Water Rights
Washington stole 2,000 gallons per day from every resident’s well and now has imposed a $500 fee along with a contractual agreement attached to the deed of your property to force you to agree to only use 3,000 gallons per day. Previously, Washington residents had 5,000 gallons per day without county fees to drill a well, nor contractual agreements attached to the deed of your property in regard to water usage. Enforcement can only come from metering wells next. Liberty State will not have any of these restrictions.
- Annual Forest and Field Fires
Blanket policies for lands management across the diverse climates of Washington is abhorrent. Forest fires will be reduced through improved lands management and emergency response will be fully equipped.
- Lack of Representation
Seattle and Olympia are quick to overlook the needs of Eastern Washington. Citizens across Liberty State will receive fair representation from their government officials, and rural areas will not be ignored.
- Overly Inflated Taxes
Washington taxes are expanding for wealth redistribution without the citizens’ consent.
- Private Property Violations
Washington State is guilty of removing the rights of private landowners.
- Ignored Parental Rights
Parents are forced to immunize their children, regardless of religious conviction.
- Onerous Building Permits
Construction in Washington State is becoming increasingly difficult due to added building codes.
- Overwhelming Bureaucracies
Washington is guilty of creating excessive, ineffective, …. offices and agencies to harass citizens and commerce through burdensome regulations.
- Disregard for the Constitution
The highest levels of government are sidestepping the First Amendment (religious liberty), the Second Amendment (right to bear arms), the Fifth Amendment (due process), and the Sixth Amendment, Article 4, Section 4 (speedy and public trial).
- Hostile Business Environment
Right of Conscience as written in the Washington State constitution (Article I Section 11 and Article 26) has been violated against the private business owner. The tax and regulatory environment is crushing small businesses and driving them out of state.
- Expanding Firearm Restrictions
I-594 was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Furthermore, proponents of restrictive firearm laws have clearly stated their intent to further restrict firearms and the citizens’ right to choose the firearms they feel are appropriate for their self-defense.