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We hold these truths to be self-evident

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.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences.

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

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 Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and 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 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, the Representatives of the united States of America, 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 of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States 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.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton



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For the People!

"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 Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

► The Paul campaign needs to identify the GOP leaders who are willing to step forward and acknowledge the rules of "fair play".

► The GOP is targeting delegates and thwarting the process by cheating people out of their vote. The GOP has no right to say "This or that person is not a legit republican."

► By identifying the leaders with integrity, we will be able to draw the proverbial line in the sand. Those who are willing to call out the GOP's corruption, (whether they are for Paul or not) will be spared the next election cycle. Those who betray their constituents, the rules, and defraud the voting process will do so to their own demise.

► No lawsuits need to be filed.

► A new slate needs to be created with signatures of state officials who willingly will step forward now. If you (state officials) are tired of the bullying going on, and tired of playing the game while selling your soul, step forward now with your voice. Follow Sarah Roy's lead of Louisiana.

► Create the pressure from our side! If you're honest - STEP FORWARD and proclaim it! Call a spade a spade! Let's see some honest people in elected positions take a stand against this corruption!

Whenever there is a yoke of oppression on a generation, someone will always rise up to destroy it.

And remember this

They were not all in agreement, much like we are not all in agreement, however remember this, they hung together so they would not be hung separately. Unity is our best chance for freedom and liberty, Paul or no one at all.

Wow!!

Amazing. Reading it again, it's exactly what is happening now! Jefferson's immortal pen is an increasing thorn in the side of those who would impede Ron Paul's, and liberty's, progress.

Obedience to God is resistance to tyrants.

Yep

History always repeats it's self. To predict the future,study the past.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I love this Document.

The Declaration of Independence stands for so much in this country and so many good people lost their lives to ensure that we would have a free Republic. These words hold true now as they did 236 years ago, and that the abuses done by the King seem to reflect the abuses we see today by our government. America is truly at a crossroads today with many people uncertain what the future may bring, uncertain that we shall remain free. Everyday I hear of more things like the TSA groping people, the DHS and CIA with their drones that are going to be in our skies watching us, and the Department of Agriculture raiding farms and co-op stands because of raw milk. Our government is way too big and must be reduced and the people like Eric Holder should go to prison for Treason and Murder cause they are responsible for hundreds of deaths here and abroad. Our Executive Branch has been abusing the people of the States and the Congress is either encouraging it or turning the other cheek with exception of a few. We must go back to the words of our Founders and live by them, for these words made America the freest and best place to live on Earth. If our Congress was even half as brave as the Continental Congress we could get our Country back from these Tyrants. So it is up to us The People to take our Country back from these Tyrants and restore liberty to all people of this great Country.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our Liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

It needs to be remembered, Thank you for this.

I just taught my 8 year old son the 'Preamble' to the Constitution.

He memorized it and we talked about it for about a week. Even at his age, he 'gets' it. The real key, I think, is the passion in which I taught it. I'm sure that he will carry that intensity with him through his life. And I am beginning already to see how this short document is changing the way he interacts with the world.

I don't mind saying, that I am proud of us both.

We are making history now.
We are living history now.
We are the revolution.

Freedom is the answer !!
What's the question ?
-Jack Blood-

Now that is what I call

Great parenting!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Great parenting, perhaps...But

For me and my family, it's an obligation.

Thank you for your kind words. May they help us all realize freedom.

Freedom is the answer !!
What's the question ?
-Jack Blood-

Declaration Needed Again --> American Empire

The language here illustrates when one has gone to great lengths to attempt to get a distant (not necessarily geographically distant) government to wake up to its own train of abuses OR face the possibility of secession. Like in 1814 & 1860, one can consider bypassing nullification and go straight to secession depending on the abuse .. just like a woman in an abusive marriage .. sometimes leaving is the only way.

We are at a crossroads with the American Empire .. hopelessly in debt, overextended military abroad and increasing taxation at home with the last attempt at a political solution at hand with the Ron Paul campaign here in 2012 ... I have to think .. what may be next.

It is not pretty .. but most likely necessary for our kids and grandkids .. and it really is about them and not us .. so when it hits ... let's do it! Whether it be VT, NH or TX ... it may be time in 2013-2015 ...

My favorite has to be the

My favorite has to be the final section, in which they declared that their freedom was the most important factor in their lives:

"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."

Living Not Surviving


-IN PURSUIT OF LIBERTY-

Yes! I watched the public

Yes! I watched the public television documentary on TJ last night and it is inspiring, to say the least!

Perhaps the time is now at hand.

When the Republic for the united States of America should come out into the open.

http://www.republicfortheunitedstates.org/

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

David...good input

You express yourself so well, could you please expand your thoughts and understanding to explain your post?

Hi "Paulette"

I am writing a series called "Our Final Victory is Certain". Here is Part I:

http://www.dailypaul.com/234344/the-final-victory-is-assured...

At some point in the series I will be discussing the significance of the "Republic for the united States of America". There is a real history underlying the surface events taking place around the world today. Most of us are taking part in this history without any knowledge of our importance. If we did know it it would change the history so we are kept in the dark.

Interestingly enough I am living in Perth, the Heart of Scotland, which is just a hop, skip and jump away from Scone, the resting place for many years of the so called Stone of Scone or Stone of Destiny.

This was the Stone that followed the Israelites when they were wandering in the wilderness and it is the Stone that the patriarch Jacob used as a pillow when he slept on his way to Paddan Aram and had his dream of the Ladder from Heaven to Earth with angels ascending and descending on it. He called the place Bethel, the House of God.

This Stone along with the Ark of the Covenant was taken by the prophet Jeremiah from Jerusalem after the fall of that city to Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. After staying in Egypt for a time he journeyed on to Ireland where many Israelites had settled many centuries before. He took with him the daughter of the last King of Judah, Zedekiah, and she eventually married her distant cousin who was the King of Ulster descended from the Zerah branch of the tribe of Judah. She herself was descended from the Perez branch of that tribe.

Perez and Zerah were twins. The Zerah branch eventually founded the city of Troy and after the fall of Troy, Aeneas voyaged to Italy where he founded the city of Rome. This story is told in Virgil's Aeneid.

Meanwhile back in Ireland the Ark of the Covenant was sealed in an underground vault at Tara (Torah) and the Stone of Destiny became the coronation stone for the Kings of Ulster who were the progenitors of the Scots. The Scots then invaded what eventually became Scotland and merged with the Picts of that land . The name "Picts" was given to them by the Romans because they painted themselves for battle. They called themselves Pritani from which we get the name Brittania and Britain. They were also descended from an earlier Celtic invasion of this land. Their name is derived from the Hebrew word for Covenant which is "brt". [The same root gives us Bnai Brith the Jewish society.] This is the practice of peoples descended from the ancient Israelites who thought of themselves as the People of the Covenant.

The Scots brought the Stone of Destiny to Scotland and Perth was at one time the capital city. The kings of Scotland were crowned at Scone Abbey on the Stone of Destiny just as were the kings of ancient Israel like King David. Later in the thirteenth century King Edward I of England, "The Hammer of the Scots" invaded Scotland and subjugated her for a time. He took the Stone of Destiny to London since he claimed kingship over Scotland as his vassal state. The Stone remained in England and was placed under the Coronation Chair of all the monarchs from that time on right up to Elisabeth II the present Queen. The Royal Family of Britain claims descent from King David of Israel.

On November 30, 2010 Prince Andrew, the present Duke of York and second son of Queen Elisabeth, handed the Stone of Destiny back to the People of Scotland whose patron Saint is Saint Andrew one of the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was crucified on a X cross and this cross is now the flag of Scotland. November 30 is Saint Andrews Day. This ceremony is symbolic of the Kingdom being handed over to the saints of the Most High God by the secular authorities and it occurred in the same year that the Republic for the united States was finally fully formed and brought into existence.

"The holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will take possession of the kingdom forever and ever.’" (Daniel 7:18)

The year 2010 was a full seven cycles of 390 years from 721 B.C. when the capital of Israel, the Northern Kingdom (like Scotland), Samaria fell to the Assyrians and that Northern Kingdom was forever destroyed. The 390 year cycle is the time of "No King in Israel" which is connected to America by the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth after six cycles of 390 years in 1620. They were escaping the persecution of the English monarchy and wanted to establish a nation with `"No King but Jesus". America is of course where the 13 tribes of Israel have been regathered as I mentioned in Part I of the series I am writing.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

Thank you David, look forward

to more. Always well written and educational.

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One of my favorite sentences from the D.O.I....

"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."

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

I like this next part with your part because it brings the

statements into better context as to what we are supposed to do and how.

"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."

It is our duty it says and how would the Founding Fathers have handled it? Well of course history tells us that. In a PC world, their way is no longer tasteful yet we as a Nation have no trouble starting wars with other Nations.

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Good point about the "duty" we have....

In other words it is our moral obligation to "throw off, such Government."

Duty = Moral Obligation

I agree with you on that context...thanks for contributing.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

A shocking document to the

A shocking document to the entire country, and the world to be sure. How about this line?:

"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 Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

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Oh HELL yes!

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Yes....

My personal favorite as well

Freedom is the answer !!
What's the question ?
-Jack Blood-

Let this be the heading for every letter of complaint to...

the President
federal agencies
our representatives in Congress
our governors
our state legislators
tv stations and newspapers
the RNC

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir