All men are created equal . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, . . . Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . . . to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . . But when a long train of abuses and usurpations … reduce[s] 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.