Declaration of Independence


Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jeffe...

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of independence (1776) were all of British descent.

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The Declaration of Independence is the foundation for all the hopes and dreams of America. It was written by Brits that had fled the oppression of the British Empire because of indifference to religious freedom and excessive taxation among other offenses. 

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

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“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 IS YOU AND ME!  Unless we give them the powers they don’t have the powers to pass laws, tax us, or anything else without our permission. Things have gotten out of control. How do we stop this insanity and take back our unalienable rights?, , ,

We have been sleeping and unless we wake up, we could lose all our freedoms.

“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.” …

This is powerful words not to be taken lightly! … as it continues and says:

“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.”

It then proceeds to list the things that they disagree with from the British Government which I am not going to include.

“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.”

I did not include the list that they included in this declaration. There  are some similarities between what was happening then and what we are experiencing now. It is important that we treat one another with great respect but that we stand strong for the things we believe are our unalienable rights which have been paid for with the blood of fellow Americans.

A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Wash...

A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Washington Monument. Location: WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

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“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: [John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902)]

From the following site:http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/absolute-power-corrupts-absolutely.html

I am very concerned about the state of affairs here in the United States. The Declaration of Independence is a powerful document. If you wish to read it in it’s entirety, go to the following site:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/04/declaration-of-independence_n_1644926.html

I am thankful for the freedoms I have and know this is the best place in the world overall but I truly do not want to see the freedoms altered or eroding in front of our eyes. Let’s stand tall and firm as Americans on this 4th of July, 2012!

One Proud American,          Jan

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