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OT- Independence Day -A suggested reading assignment-OT

lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,376
Below are the first two and last paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence.  You should read them.  Very powerful writings.  

"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...

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."

Happy Birthday USA!

Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 21,065
    Worth reading on any day, but especially today.  Happy 4th of July to you, Frank, and all Americans today.  Cheers!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • QDudeQDude Posts: 979
    Thank you for posting that.  Not only should people read this, they should think about what it means and how it applies to today's situation in our country.

    The stupidity that I see these days on both sides of the political spectrum, make me wonder where this country is headed.  Divided, we will certainly fall.  And then what?  Most likely all forms of government socialism will also not exist - social security, military pensions, medicare, medicaid, etc...  The stock market crashes, the dollar is worthless, and most everything that we depend upon for security is gone.

    I suggest that we all look at ways to quit fighting which will destroy us in the end.

    Northern Colorado Egghead since 2012.

    XL BGE and a KBQ.

  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 2,297

    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,553

    It was the spilling of the Budweiser, for me. 
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 871
    Agreed. Though I submit one ought to read the whole thing. The grievances used to seem quaint and historical. Not so much the last few years. 

    “He has ...obstruct(ed) the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither."


    “He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power”

    "For protecting [soldiers], ...for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States."

    "For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world."

    “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices …”
  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 2,297
    YukonRon said:

    It was the spilling of the Budweiser, for me. 
    Historically accurate. 
    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
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