hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for individual investors to dissolve their Participation in the Market Exchanges which have connected them with others 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 Free Markets of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that NOT all metals are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unique characteristics, that among these are scarcity of supply, increasing industrial applications and unalienable monetary properties - That to value these unique characteristics, Market Exchanges are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the market participants, - That whenever any form of Exchange becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the Market Participants to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Trading Platforms, laying their foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect the Safety of their investment and the enjoyment of their rightful rewards. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Exchanges long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that investors are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the Exchanges 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 Exchanges, and to provide new trading platforms for their future security. - Such has been the patient sufferance of these Silver Investors; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Free Market Exchange. The history of the present Silver Market Exchanges is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these investors. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have refused their Assent to the Commodity Trading Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
They have forbidden the CFTC to implement Laws of immediate and pressing importance in the Dodd-Frank Act, unless suspended in their operation till their Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, they have utterly neglected to attend to them.
They have refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of individual silver investors, unless those people would relinquish the right of reasonable Position Limits on silver contracts, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
They have called together foreign Silver Exchanges to engage in additional market manipulation distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of controlling the price of silver at all trading hours.
They have destroyed the true Fair Market Value of Silver repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness their invasions on the rights of the individual Silver investors.
They have refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to allow honest CFTC Board Members to be elected, whereby the Regulatory Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the Market Manipulators at large for their exercise; the Investors remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
They have endeavored to prevent the growth of Market Participants; for that purpose obstructing price discovery; refusing to pass laws preventing their market rigging maneuvers, and raising the conditions of new Margin Requirements to enhance market slams.
They have obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing their assent to Laws for establishing the Dodd-Frank Regulations.
They have made CFTC Judges dependent on their Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the requirement that no plaintiffs shall be victorious in convicting market manipulators.
They have erected a multitude of new market rigging techniques, and sent hither swarms of Lobbyists to harass our people and eat out their substance.
They have kept among us, in times of peaceful trading, range bound manipulations without the control of our regulators.
They have affected to render the Bullion Banks independent of and superior to individual Silver traders.
They have combined with others to subject us to a collusive manipulation contrary to our Commodity Trading Rules, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to their Acts of pretended Regulation:
For quartering large volumes of manipulative High Frequency Trading among us:
For protecting the Bullion Banks, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Market Manipulation which they should commit on the Participants in these Markets:
For cutting off Freely Traded Markets in all parts of the world:
For imposing Market Slams on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of stopping manipulative trading practices:
For rigging markets at all hours, beyond the Seas, before the opening of domestic markets:
For abolishing the free markets and not enforcing Commodity Laws in Global Commodity Markets, establishing therein an arbitrary price of silver, and enlarging their Bonuses so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into all Markets
For taking away our fair trading, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Free Markets:
For suspending our own Commodity Laws, and declaring themselves invested with the power to self-regulate for us in all cases whatsoever.
They have abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of its Protection and waging War against us in the Silver Markets.
They have plundered our investments, ravaged our 401k's, crushed our retirement nest eggs, and destroyed the lives of our people.
They are at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Market Riggers to complete the works of manipulation, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy to be the Controllers of a civilized nation.
They have constrained our fellow Traders taken Captive in the Commodity Markets to concede manipulative practices against their will, to become the executioners of the Freely Traded price of Silver, or to fall themselves by trading against the will of the Manipulators.
They have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavored to bring on the destroyers of our markets, the merciless Hedge Funds whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all participants through High Frequency Trading.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned the CFTC for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Regulator, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to enforce the rules of a free market.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our global trading brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by the market riggers to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our physical silver settlement 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 functioning of our globalized free markets. 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 the market controllers, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of Individual Silver Investors, in General Congress, Assembled, 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 amongst the investing public, solemnly publish and declare, That these Silver Investors are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent Investors, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to all Silver Market Exchanges, and that all financial connection between them and the paper metal in those exchanges, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent Investors, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent Investors 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.