Wednesday, July 04, 2007

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands 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.

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 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. 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 Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

-Thomas Jefferson, 1776


Yankee Doodle said...

Happy Independence Day, my friend! Let us remember it is "Independence" Day, not "Dependence" Day.

How is my Fourth of July post on TYC?

Robert M. said...

Happy 4th. Remember to either shoot something or blow something up.



How Many Of Today's Americans have
ever read these immortal words, and
know that 56 brave men, many of them young lawyers, placed their names directly below them, potentially signing their own Death Warrant?

The Declaration of Independence!

Thanks. reb

Man with the Muck-rake said...

I revel in the Rebellion those 230 years ago-- a small knot of Americans taking to their guns to throw out the occupying forces from a distant land.

Did you note that President Bush compared our occupation of Iraq with our own Revolution?

...kinda hard to imagine the connection, eh?

John Washburn said...

I didn't hear about that, but I agree that it would be tough to draw that connection. Yes, the Iraqis may be struggling to build a democracy, and yes it took MANY years for our forefathers to come to an agreement on government and the Constitution. So I can see where maybe that's the parallel he was drawing.

But the difference is, we actually FOUGHT for our liberties. The Iraqis don't seem to be interested, and would rather us do the fighting for them. That's the biggest difference between the two.


It's Washburn that attempts enlightenment...

The Muck-raker, true to his name,
is determined to Cloud the Positive
with sludge. He displays more Heat than Light, yet he does not have the Courage To Create A Blog; he prefers to hitch-hike a free-ride
on others more noble efforts to inform.

The human mind is a terrible thing
to waste on negativity. Clearly, just another Hate-Dubya Puppet, Sans Originality! reb