Agreement among We, the People 

A perpetual, immortal, and sacred agreement among the citizen-members of our sovereign “We, the People,” as established by the Declaration of Independence. Here are some of the key provisions of the Declaration of Independence which shed light on the meaning of our Agreement among We, the People:

We, the People constitute one, united sovereign. We, the People are “one people” entitled “to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station” of a sovereign. Each American citizen is part of our sovereign We, the People.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident” as part of our Agreement among We, the People:

-  Each of us is (1) “created equal”, and (2) “endowed . . . with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are . . . .

- Our governments (Federal, State and local) (a) are instituted among us “to secure these rights” and (b) derive their powers “from the consent of the governed”

​ - “[W]henever 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.”

Each citizen-member of We, the People understands that “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off . . . Government [manifesting “a long train of abuses and usurpations”], and to provide new Guards for their future security.”  This establishes the agreement that if there is something wrong, those who have the ability to take corrective actions have a duty to take such corrective actions.  (United States of America, Continental Congress, 1776) 

​“The united States of America” – “as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do”

​ “. . . for the support of this Declaration, . . . we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”