Thursday, July 03, 2008

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.

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Hercules Mulligan said...

What a terrific document. But yesterday and today I have been thinking ... would they have gone so far as to sacrifice their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for a great document? We Americans today whole-heartedly acknowledge that it is a great document, and yet, would we go to the extent the Founders did, in order to make words become reality?

The Declaration is a statement of principle, not of philosophy. And it was because it was built upon the only proven truth that these principles have worked.

Great post, Kevin. Happy Independence Day!

Rebecca said...

What gets me is that by signing the Declaration of Independence, the Founders were committing an act of treason that was punishable by death. I'm also impressed that this document is still one of the most influential documents in the world. Pretty amazing!

klkatz said...

I'd like to think that men of today would still go through such great lengths.

and i felt it only fitting to post only the document. no commentary. no comments on what i did this weekend. but just to leave it as is. this is why we celebrate the 4th, so why not let it's words do the talking. i'm glad you liked it.

and Rebecca... what would this document be without the Magna Carta or the English Bill of Rights... they set the stage...

thanks for reading.

happy independence day.

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