Monday, July 03, 2006

Independence Day

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.

(Next comes all the offenses of the king...I left that part out~)

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 Connexion 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 Honour.

Happy July 4th!!!


K9 said...

/bark bark bark

right on mayden! and after day after day after day of reading about the sins of this nation you'd think we could enjoy a day to celebrate what is right and good and true about us as a people, as an idea. thank you for this post and have an excellent independence day in every sense of the word.


X. Dell said...

This is arguably one of the most important document of political philosophy in the history of our species.

The DoI's influence on political thought ran for centuries, and held true for a number of countries, including this one

Mayden's Voyage said...

K9- smooch on your nose, a rub behind those ears :)

X~I won't bother to say I am shocked- because I'm not- that a Communist would demand freedom from the French in order to be a Communist...and use the DOL in the process.

I think the Declaration is based on an earlier document- dutch? I'll have to read up a bit more on it- but it's late now :)

Did you like the X-files? I loved it...Time to get the DVD's out and watch them again! :) (But honestly- I end up running out of the room- with my hands over my eyes and peeking back in around the corner when things get I'm stupid... Not funny, but I can't help it...)

X. Dell said...

I wasn't a big fan of the X-Files, actually. I've seen some episodes, but not most.

Part of the reason I didn't find the X-Files particularly frightening was because their perspective on ufology and the paranormal were often not very current--unless the year is 1956, which it isn't. In fact, one of the best episodes found Muldar out of character as a thorough disbeliever in extraterrestrial visitation.

The Four Horsemen's show was more entertaining, yet not all that sophisticated. I was sad when FOX cancelled it, however, for I felt it could grow into something wonderful.

I do understand your reaction, however. You could probably enjoy the show more if you think of it as I do: a dumb funny.