If only every American understood these principles and held them inviolate.
Sheriff David Clarke appeals to the Declaration of Independence:
by Robert John Stevens, July 1, 2016
Read this a few times:
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. — Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson declared in the Declaration of Independence that the British were conspiring against the colonies.
Evince means to reveal the presence of.
Invariably means in every case or on every occasion; always.
A design is a scheme or plan.
In other words, Jefferson and the Founding Fathers of the United States declared the long train of abuses and usurpations, in every case or on every occasion, revealed the presence of a scheme or plan to reduce them under absolute despotism.
Our nation’s first document states a conspiracy. Once the conspiracy was identified and repeated attempts at peaceful diplomacy failed, wise citizens formed together and published a declaration to separate themselves from their conspirators.
I find that amazing.
The words designs and designing and the phrase evil designs are frequently used in Mormon canonized scripture circa 1830 to 1844. See the LDS scripture search results for design.
And for comparison here is the published version of The Declaration of Independence
by Robert John Stevens, May 5, 2016
During the Brigham Young administration alone, Mormons founded nearly four hundred settlements with three hundred more thereafter.
Surveyors drafted township plats. Pioneers moved onto their land with no regulations other than to follow the golden rule.
Today Utah County’s Land-Use Ordinances are 290 pages. How many violate inalienable private property rights as implied by The Declaration of Independence, stated in Article 1, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution and probably every other state’s constitution?
For example, suppose you are denied subdivision approval because Utah County will not recognize your private road easements even though they are clearly stated as enforceable for perpetuity on your agricultural subdivision plat. Do you want government to tell you that you cannot build on your own property without first building and paving an interior road and turning ownership over to them?
Or suppose the county health department decides they don’t approve of your well water quality and demands you buy expensive filtration equipment. Does government have the right to dictate whether or not you can drink your own water, distill it or import it?
Notice the Utah County Code is also more than 200 pages.
Do these codes and ordinances truly represent the consent of the governed?
If you own property in Utah County, especially outside of the cities, try and develop it and you’ll discover the unconstitutional burdens placed upon you. Remember, every ordinance is backed by the use of force.
Are Mormon Utah County government employees worried about their eternal exaltation regarding how well they defend the U.S. Constitution, uphold free agency, and oppose socialism and the regulatory state that burdens mankind, requires non-limited government, encourages debt, and enslaves citizens via legalized theft (also known as taxation)?
How do Mormons who create and enforce these ordinances interpret versus 7 of D&C 98:5-7? I sincerely want to know.
5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;
7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.
The only exception I can find in Mormon scriptures is D&C 101:79:
Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
Of all the citizens in the United States, as far as I know, Mormons are the only group whose scriptures specifically affirms and endorses the U.S. Constitution. I’d expect Utah government to lead the nation in their resolve to uphold it, especially in Utah County—home of Brigham Young University and the Mormon Missionary Training Center.
I’d be happy to discuss this anytime in public or private. Please enlighten my understanding.
…To add light to the LDS Church’s press release, “Church Responds to Inquiries Regarding Oregon Armed Occupation.
“The role of the Declaration of Independence in American law is often misconstrued. Some believe the Declaration is simply a statement of ideas that has no legal force whatsoever today. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Declaration has been repeatedly cited by the U.S. Supreme Court as part of the fundamental law of the United States of America.
“The  United States Code Annotated includes the Declaration of Independence under the heading ‘The Organic Laws of the United States of America’ along with the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Northwest Ordinance. Enabling acts frequently require states to adhere to the principles of the Declaration; in the Enabling Act of June 16, 1906, Congress authorized Oklahoma Territory to take steps to become a state. Section 3 provides that the Oklahoma Constitution ‘shall not be repugnant to the Constitution of the United States and the principles of the Declaration of Independence.’ (Christianity and the Constitution, pp. 360-361)
by Robert John Stevens, July 5, 2015
When the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence severed their ties to the King of England and British Paramilitary rule, they in effect invalidated all their laws, not just the tyrannical laws, acts and decrees heaped upon them beginning with the Stamp Act of 1756.
In today’s computer terms, we could call this a safe mode system reboot.
Laws binding on today’s citizenry are so numerous, most people could never find time to read and comprehend them in their lifetime. They comprise 73,954 regular 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper to explain the complexity of the U.S. federal tax code, 356 volumes that takes up 55 feet of shelf space for the U.S. Code, state, county and city laws, school district laws, and subdivision Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs), — almost all devised by unelected bureaucrats who thought it was their mission and duty to regulate.
Imagine today invalidating all our laws and starting over again — that’s what the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence did for us.
So did the Declaration of Independence invalidate all law? Yes, all British law. Local Colonial laws and God’s laws, including The Ten Commandments remained in force, cleaning the slate of tyranny for a new nation to be founded upon inalienable rights, freedom and liberty, and the pure principles of good government as a sturdy foundation.
When will we do it again?