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Happy Birthday America

Happy Birthday America

In this time of fireworks and grilling, I suggest
that we take a moment to
remember why we celebrate the birth of this great
nation.

The Founding Fathers of America were brilliant men who crafted a
legal
document that shocked the world.   The Constituton of the United States
is
a declaration to the world that America would be goverened by the
people,
and that the government of the people would draw it’s just powers
from
those same people.  There was to be no king or aristocracy in the
New
World.

Before this wonderful document was drafted, the founders
of our great
nation, stepped away from their safety and their comfort to tell their king
that they would no longer be his subjects.   The pledged their
lives, and
their fortunes to this ideal.  Each man knowing that if they lost
this
conflict that they would surely hang from the neck until dead.

To announce their intentions and their grievances, our Founding
Fathers
drafted and signed the Declaration of Independance.   The full text
is
below, but this document can not be understood in full seriousness
without
the historic signifigance of their actions and the understanding of
the
consequences of their risk.  These brave men, risked everything so that
we
could live in a country like no other on the planet Earth.

The
Declaration of Independence: A
Transcription

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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.

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