Tuesday, July 3

Declaring Independence: United States

We've all heard the saying that a picture paints a thousand words. While often attributed to James Kirke Paulding's phrase "A look, which said as plainly as a thousand words," the aforementioned sometimes falls short as it does with this document, which is often considered the most masterfully written state paper of Western civilization (and under 1,000 words).

United States Declaration of Independence
Introduction & Preamble

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 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.

The entire document can be found here. Happy Fourth of July!



Sweet Tea on 7/4/07, 8:12 AM said...

Happy 4th of July to all.

Unknown on 7/4/07, 8:56 AM said...

Happy 4th! Have a wonderful day celebrating!

I also wanted to inform you Rich, in case you weren't informed, but we distributed a press release in relation to the 4th of July for the Save The Black Donnellys campaign.

Here is the press release if you are interested in reading: http://www.savetheblackdonnellys.net/pressreleases/PR_070407.html.

The Black Donnellys fans are looking for an Independence Day victory of our own. :)

Chaffee Street Cafe` on 7/4/07, 10:32 AM said...

I followed the link to see more and guess what! I signed the Declaration of Independence and then printed it out. Awesome. Be a part of history.


Rich on 7/5/07, 8:23 AM said...

Hey Theresa,

I am so glad you found it! That's why I picked that site to celebrate Independence Day!

All my best,

Rich on 7/5/07, 8:28 AM said...

Thanks Ruth,

I'll see if I can comment on this soon.



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