Sic Semper Tyrannis
When in the Course of our world’s affairs,
The peoples see necessity to now
Dissolve the former bands and chains which have
Oppressed them under madmen’s reigns too long,
And to assume among the powers of
The earth, their separate and equal fate
To which the Laws of Reason, not of any
Religion’s god, entitle them, a decent
Respect to the opinions of mankind
Requires that they must declare the causes
Which now impel them to the separation…
“We hold these truths – we’re just spectators –
Self evident and equal while we fight,
Endowing our Creator(s)
With certain alienating rights…
Among these: Our lives
And our Liberty
And our Happiness, too…”
But to secure these rights, democracy
Must be established among Men and Women,
Deriving all just powers from consent of
The governed people and their own free will.
Whenever any form of government
Becomes destructive of these ends and hurts
The people, killing without mercy or
Regret, it’s nothing but a murderous madness.
It is the right then of the people there
And truly of the world to alter or
Abolish it and institute a new
Tomorrow and a brave New World for all
And laying its foundation on such rights
And organizing all its powers in
Such form, as to them shall seem likely to
Effect their own and our Safety, too.
These are odyssean times, but on the red horizon
We see the dawning of a new tomorrow.
In times ahead, indeed, no man dictates,
And only our prudence rules supreme!
But governments so long established should not
Be changed for light, transient causes now;
But our cause is just!
And our coalition strong!
Accordingly experience of the past
Hath shewn that West and East are more disposed
To suffer or to turn away their faces,
While evils are still sufferable and oil can
Instead of speaking up and keeping their
Old promise to the world and finally
Abolish all undemocratic forms to which
We are accustomed in our world today.
And it is necessary, it is legal,
And it is right, and I believe we should not
Just stand aside while tyrants murder masses.
But when decades of crimes, abuses and
So many usurpations, suddenly
Explode it should now finally convince
The world to help evince a new design
To force the despots into sad submission.
It is right.
It is a sacred duty
To topple every tyrant,
To catch him,
And to provide new guards
For our future.
*This poem is based on the Declaration of Independence and uses remarks by President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron
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