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Reform Republican

Declaration of Independence

(from Charlie Baker)

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political brands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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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 Person of the Governor becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People within his Party to alter or to abolish them, and to institute new Leadership, 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 Governors 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 a Governor, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of this Party; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Governor of Massachusetts is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over this State. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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  • He has distanced our state party from its own National Leaders on many manners of good policy, including chiefly the Right to Life and fundamental protections in the Bill of Rights such as the 2nd Amendment, as well as on taxation, education, military, and economic policy.

  • He has alienated his party’s strongest supporters with repeated resistance or opposition to their ballot initiatives, activism, and moral values.

  • He has corrupted the legislative body of the Republican Party in manners unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

  • For assisting the MassGOP in taking away Republican Charters, most notably the Massachusetts Federation of Republican Women (MFRW), abolishing our most valuable resource of autonomous Republican action and altering fundamentally interactions within the party.

  • He has entrenched a multitude of Corrupt Offices like the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass and embarrass our party and eat out its substance.

  • He has combined with others to subject our education system to Common Core, a program antithetical to Massachusetts education standard, and unsupported by any legal body; giving his Assent to this Act of pretended Legislation,

  • He has presided over the shrinking and destruction of his own party while benefiting and enhancing the station of other political parties with his endorsements and political action.

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In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Governor, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the leader of a political party.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Republican brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts of our Governor to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our commitment and engagement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, as Reform Members of the Massachusetts Republican Party, in General Agreement, Committed, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People within the Republican Party, solemnly publish and declare, That all Republicans are, and of Right ought to be of Free and Independent Mind, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to Governor Charlie Baker, and that all political connection between our Party and him, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Reform-Minded Republicans, they have a solemn duty to come out to vote for the future of their Party and have Full Power to Blank Charlie Baker’s name on the 2018 Ballot in solidarity, and to do all other Acts and Things which Reform Republicans may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

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