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Declaration of Independence: A must read for the 4th of July

The Declaration of Independence

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.



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Beautiful document. You guys

Beautiful document. You guys have a lot to live up to. I hope you do. You mucked it up for us though. :)

Jim Stewart
http://jimboot.com

How about reading the modern Declaration of Liberty too...

http://www.dailypaul.com/207362/the-declaration-of-liberty

"The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty, but to have a slave of his own."
Sir Richard Burton

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In place of "King George" please put "King Obama".

If we were half as smart as the founders, when reading the document, in place of "King George" we could just put "King Obama". I'm sure you'll find it rings truer than you can imagine. And we'd be halfway to solving our problems, if not 90%.

2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
http://www.thethirdangelsmessage.com/wordpress/should-christ...

King Obama? Emperor Obama? or worse...

Given how many military bases USA has abroad isn't Obama more like an emperor than a king?
interesting question:
How many Americans voted for Obama?
~69.4 millions
Number of eligible voters in 2008 USA - ~212.7 millions
So only ~33% of American voters actually voted for Obama and it was anyway enough for him to get majority of electors to be elected president.
In the old dark ages of the Holly Empire here in Europe there were also electors of the emperor, so called burgesses, there was nothing like general election, yet anyway one needed majority of the burgesses to vote for him to become elected - this burgesses - unlike in todays USA - were at least not bound by a clear minority of voters electing them in the general election when casting their votes for the emperor...

celebration of a ghost

I like the fourth of July but it feels more and more like the celebration of a ghost, much like the Elvis impersonator they had sing.

And states is plural NOT singular

We are fifty independent states that have agreed to voluntarily join in a confederation for our common good. All states have the right and duty to withdraw if that union no longer serves their interests. WE FORMED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to serve as our representative for wars , international trade, etc.. WE FORMED the Federal government, IT DID NOT FORM US. The Federal government is NOT OUR BOSS. States should start to consider secession again. They should withdraw and run their own show. The first state to do it will have a flood of Liberty minded people arriving with their skills and money.

There are FOUR ORGANIC LAWS of the United States of America

AND you don't understand what you are saying...Washington.
Learn and know all FOUR ORGANIC LAWS in force in this country and write a new paragraph that holds water because yours doesn't.

There are two unions in this country, a perpetual union under the Articles of Confederation and a Federal union ie a more perfect union to which all the states have succumbed. This federal union is one under the Northwest Ordinance which emanates the House of Representatives and which is forever a part of the Confederacy.

Please read the Organic Laws it will free you.

http://uscode.house.gov/pdf/Organic%20Laws/

Mike

This is a better link,

This is a better link, because it says "current" right in the link.

http://uscode.house.gov/pdf/Organic%20Laws/current/

I've said for a long time that an argument can be made that the constitution was passed under the articles of confederacy, and they are still in force. If you compare them side by side, you can see how everything in the Constitution fits into the articles. The link about tends to show it.

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.

tried to open but nothing was there.

nothing there.

sorry, moved

sorry, mistaken post- meant as a reply

Thanks for posting the

Thanks for posting the Declaration of Independence. I have posted it in 5 different places already.
Homeland Security must be very upset. They just can't convince us that they rule instead of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and We The People.

The celebration shows are on the tube, and your thread got me thinking. I wonder what the chances are that anyone on any of these network programs will actually read the Declaration Of Independence out loud into the mic as part of the programming?

We know the answer to that one.

RON PAUL 2012 * Restore America * Bring The Troops Home
http://www.texasuncensored.blogspot.com

bump

for a timely post.

if you have the time, the rough draft is worth a read as well:
http://www.princeton.edu/~tjpapers/declaration/declaration.html

Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms:
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/arms.asp

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

united is not capitalized

I think it's also important to point out that the word united
is not capitalized in the united States of America.

And it doesn't say "the united State of America"

It says "the united StateS of America. Always PLURAL.

Our founders looked to Switzerland as a model

A great book I'm sure most of you would enjoy is "Target Switzerland ; Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II". From the top of page 59;
" The Swiss federal state is an association of free republics: it does not swallow them, it federates them. The cantonal republics maintain their individuality, and thereby they are the sources and pillars of our intellectual wealth, the strongest bulwark against intellectual uniformity. Our Swiss democracy has been built up organically from the smaller units to the larger units, from the township to the canton, from the canton to the federal state. Next to federalism and democracy, Switzerland is based upon respect for the dignity of the individual. The respect for the right and liberty of human personality is so deeply anchored in the Swiss idea that we can regard it as its basic concept and can proclaim it's defense as an essential task of the nation."
This was a special message from the Federal Council during the war years. Isn't that the essence of what our founders established? The Swiss also don't really have a standing army, something else our founders intended to emulate. Every citizen of age has his military rifle and equipment in his home. Marksmanship is the national sport. This is what our founders had in mind for us. Do you own a rifle ? Can you hit a target at 300 yards? That is what is required to defend Liberty. Check out the Revolutionary War Veterans (RWVA) Appleseed Project. Get a cheap .22 caliber rifle and go learn rifle marksmanship from the best. No experience required. They will also tell you the story of Lexington and Concord. Check out their website. That is what our founders intended. Honor then by doing your part.

Obligatory William Tell link

Obligatory William Tell link -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tell

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.

explain text

It is important to explain to children the trick words that have meanings unfamiliar to them, such as "assume," "station" and "population".

Our purest document

To understand America you must know the Declaration of Independence. After watching the "OathKeepers" DVD and the speeches at Lexington Green, I decided to memorize the DOI. That was a year and a half ago. I memorized half of it, got distracted by life and never finished. Funny, I am listening to a recording of the Declaration of Independence as I type this. Time to finish the job. I would encourage everyone to attempt this, or at least get a recording (hard to find) and listen to it in our car. You will be inspired and enlightened. Tu Ne Cede Malis Sed Contra Audentior Ito. ( Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it).

Recording

In the olden days (about 5 or so years ago) when there was still such a thing as cassettes, you could have made your own recording.

Freedom is my Worship Word!

You can use your smartphone

You can use your smartphone to record voice messages as well.

Small digital recorders

you can pick up small digital recording devices on ebay for a few dollars. You can get up to 32Gb removable cards that are the size of a fingernail. They're good to carry in your pocket.

Thanks for posting this

Good job Thanks

If they were around today,

If they were around today, Washington would be leading a column at the city that shamefully bears his name.

Happy Independence Day Everyone...

May we all live to see our Republic restored!

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When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

TLDR :P JK

TLDR :P JK

Well..

It seems to me, that we need another Declaration of Independence.

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http://www.dailypaul.com/242729/declaration-of-independence-...

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Time is up!

--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.

Declare YOUR Independence!

This Independence Day, declare your independence from everything!

Assert that as human being you have the natural rights to Life, Liberty, and Property, and that you own yourself!

That's right, you own yourself, and no one has the right to force you to do anything.

Like the patriots of the American Revolution declared their independence from the English crown, we must declare our independence from all forms of tyranny and aggression, including the State!

Today, declare your natural right to self govern!

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"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

How is this ultimately not

a libertarian document?

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself." - Thomas Jefferson