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The Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776 (also original National Anthem - video)

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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

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

John Hancock

Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4

Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross

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

Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery

Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton


Original National Anthem during John Adams presidency:


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The Solution is a Currency with an Infinity Denomination.

We print a currency with an infinity denomination and pay off everyone and everything with it. Then everyone feels like a winner.

This is actually an instruction manual.

It tells you exactly what you are supposed to do and when.

"To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world."

Here's how one pretentious constitutional scholar sees it

Follow the text as you hear Obama pause, speak, then pause again; as he checks to hear if there are ANY denunciations of his deliberate removal of the Creator OUT of the text!

Would you give him the benefit of the doubt that he forgot the exact words in the Declaration of Independence, and chose to interpret it this poorly? Maybe his teleprompter script was illegible?


Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

The History of Bristol's Independence Day Celebration

228th Consecutive Fourth of July Celebration:

The Annual Bristol 4th of July Celebration began in 1785 when Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and a Veteran of the Revolutionary War conducted the first Patriotic Exercises.


Flashback 2009 Bristol 4th of July w/ RI Tea Party Float:



"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke

Listened and loved it!

Thanks for posting this. It was an hour well spent!

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

I Concure

I learned quite a bit that,

"Cato" was the nemesis to Julius Caesar, and John Lock used it write and publish works that the statist of their day did not care for.

The process of drafting the Declaration and how "inalienable" within the text became (u)nalienable without Jefferson's pen. (Could be important to understanding the way governments make liens on everything)

and a number of instances revealing how deep and important that Legal Letter really is.

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

The price of Liberty ?

Eternal Vigilance ... Let us resolve today on this most auspicious of days to once more take the lamp of liberty and hold it on high so its glorious light my shine brightly and guild all who dwell in the darkness of tyranny to the promised land . Amen

Liberty or Death

Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% fatality rate.
Don't Give me Liberty, I'll get up and get it myself!

great way to start today

a re-reading of The Declaration. thank you!

Educate yourself

Although the Snowden

Although the Snowden disclosures have given me some hope, this Fourth of July I consider a national day of shame because of the current bunch of cowards and fascists in Washington. Needless to say, I won't be celebrating.

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Thank you Fonzie for the post!

And my apologies for calling you that, but your screen name always reminds me of Fonzie, from Happy Days. That might be from before your time.

Thank you for the post, and for all of your contributions to the DP.

And above all, on this 237th birthday of our nation, God Bless America! We're going through some rough times, and I pray that we will make them through, and that we not just survive, but that we grow and mature as a nation, and that we come out stronger for all of this pain, suffering, learning and growth.

Happy birthday America. It is an amazing feat. Let's not let it die - not yet.


I'm cooool. My username is a long story, but to make it short, my brother and I grew up watching happy days, and my middle name is Andrew. You heard it first on the Daily Paul. :P
Thank you for the kind words, and my our revolution of love, gold and peace give us a reason to continue celebrating July 4th. :) thank you Michael for giving me, and others, a forum to be heard.

Michael Nystrom's picture

lol. Nice

This one's for you.

I grew up watching Happy Days too.

Have a happy 4th, fonzdrew. Thank you again for all of your contributions.

Deja Vu


Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

This Document link is FULL OF ERRORS


Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!

Thanks for this link

From commenter "Frank" on this linked site:

If 30%+ of the population of the USA would rise up & mass demonstrate against our corrupt & Unconstitutional government like what the Egyptians did recently, we might force a peaceful overthrow of our government in Washington like what happened in Cairo. But the government educated, government dependent, dumbed-down, MSM brainwashed & complacent average American voter won’t do that. So we can kiss goodbye our Constitution & the liberties it was supposed to guarantee for us as the corrupt ruling oligarchy continues to bankrupt us, trash our Constitution & enslave us in this out-of-control & non-sustainable welfare/warfare/police state we still call the USA. But the real USA & its Constitution died some time ago. Reagan once correctly labeled the USSR as the world’s “Evil Empire”. That empire collapsed & today’s ruling oligarchy in what was once the USA has replaced it as the world’s “Evil Empire”. They will not so easily be removed from power & control of wealth. And Americans don’t really seem to care this 4th of July.

Wow. So very, very relevant even after all these years!

And I guess tyranny and falseness never change their nature and will always need to be opposed and defeated.

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I hope this gets posted on the front page for July 4

People should be reminded of why we celebrate it.

I hope so to.

This is the foundation of July 4! Every should memorize this.

This Country never really won its Independence

Do not celebrate the 4th of July.This Country never really won its Independence.

See the Video: Banksters Take Over of America

Every year we used to celebrate the 4th of July gleefully

watching it happen all over again: http://youtu.be/mAfjiUZEU94

For the past few years we still watch it happen with 1776 (the musical) but, we aren't very happy and we aren't celebrating. We are commemorating, and go into mourning for what we've lost.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

That is why I posted this

As a reminder of why we should celebrate, not this illusion of what we are, but of what we once were and can be again. :) mourn yes, but celebrate what we could have again if we all try hard enough. It may seem like we are losing the war, but wars are made up of battles, and we can win the battles if we try hard enough.

Of what we once were....?

Some things haven't changed http://youtu.be/WMuS2ClXAX0 and THAT's what gives me a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe......

In any event, never stop trying and always keep the goal in mind!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Happy Overthrow-The-Government Day

Lew Rockwell: On July 4th, we commemorate the overthrow of the government by our ancestors. That--despite neocon lies--is also the obvious meaning of the Declaration. We do not need to tolerate a long train of abuses and usurpations. Of course, for moral and practical reasons, our resistance must be peaceful. But we should also keep in mind the minimalist rule of George III as compared to the decidership of Bush.


Thanks for adding the video

Never heard that before. :)

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Love your post.