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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 harass 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 benefit 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 British 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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Heck of a document cept we don't practice what we preach .
We can declare a civil war with
Britain over these truths that we hold self evident.
Seventy four years later our own countrymen don't have the same right to separate under the same truths.
 
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Caustic Burno":2y6e0jw8 said:
Heck of a document cept we don't practice what we preach .
We can declare a civil war with
Britain over these truths that we hold self evident.
Seventy four years later our own countrymen don't have the same right to separate under the same truths.
I agree with your statement. There are many similarities in King George's rule and the Federal power of today.
 

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zirlottkim":1jt3rnet said:
Caustic Burno":1jt3rnet said:
Heck of a document cept we don't practice what we preach .
We can declare a civil war with
Britain over these truths that we hold self evident.
Seventy four years later our own countrymen don't have the same right to separate under the same truths.
I agree with your statement. There are many similarities in King George's rule and the Federal power of today.
Except that every state is now represented in both houses of congress and has been since the union was founded. We've been trying to accomodate the "south' since creation of the country. Why do you think DC is the capital of the US?? Basically a payoff to Thomas Jefferson by locating it "in the south". Politicians have been being paid off since day one. Nothing new under the sun.
 
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TexasBred":3bsh7c9d said:
zirlottkim":3bsh7c9d said:
Caustic Burno":3bsh7c9d said:
Heck of a document cept we don't practice what we preach .
We can declare a civil war with
Britain over these truths that we hold self evident.
Seventy four years later our own countrymen don't have the same right to separate under the same truths.
I agree with your statement. There are many similarities in King George's rule and the Federal power of today.
Except that every state is now represented in both houses of congress and has been since the union was founded. We've been trying to accomodate the "south' since creation of the country. Why do you think DC is the capital of the US?? Basically a payoff to Thomas Jefferson by locating it "in the south". Politicians have been being paid off since day one. Nothing new under the sun.
The ratio of House Reps per citizen is a little skewed today as compared to then.
 

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zirlottkim":yj1u39gp said:
TexasBred":yj1u39gp said:
zirlottkim":yj1u39gp said:
I agree with your statement. There are many similarities in King George's rule and the Federal power of today.
Except that every state is now represented in both houses of congress and has been since the union was founded. We've been trying to accomodate the "south' since creation of the country. Why do you think DC is the capital of the US?? Basically a payoff to Thomas Jefferson by locating it "in the south". Politicians have been being paid off since day one. Nothing new under the sun.
The ratio of House Reps per citizen is a little skewed today as compared to then.
True but still represented. If we had any more up there it would be worse than it is now. :nod:
 

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Our biggest problem is the career politicians and the lobby strings.
We need a constitutional convention for term limits to help drain the swamp.
TB the true irony the site of our capital truly was a swamp.
 
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TexasBred":3hamu1k2 said:
zirlottkim":3hamu1k2 said:
TexasBred":3hamu1k2 said:
Except that every state is now represented in both houses of congress and has been since the union was founded. We've been trying to accomodate the "south' since creation of the country. Why do you think DC is the capital of the US?? Basically a payoff to Thomas Jefferson by locating it "in the south". Politicians have been being paid off since day one. Nothing new under the sun.
The ratio of House Reps per citizen is a little skewed today as compared to then.
True but still represented. If we had any more up there it would be worse than it is now. :nod:
You think? We need less? Isnt that the reason the above document was written. I would prefer to be on a first name basis with my Rep and have him on speed dial. Maybe even have him look me in the eye once per month and give an account of his actions.
 

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zirlottkim":krohq97s said:
TexasBred":krohq97s said:
zirlottkim":krohq97s said:
The ratio of House Reps per citizen is a little skewed today as compared to then.
True but still represented. If we had any more up there it would be worse than it is now. :nod:
You think? We need less? Isnt that the reason the above document was written. I would prefer to be on a first name basis with my Rep and have him on speed dial. Maybe even have him look me in the eye once per month and give an account of his actions.
zir it's never been that way and never will....and if you had the opportunity the sob would look you right in the eye and lie to you. :nod:
 

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TexasBred":2s1ejn07 said:
zir it's never been that way and never will....and if you had the opportunity the sob would look you right in the eye and lie to you. :nod:

A truer statement has not been written on here about politicians in a long time. I've lost a lot of faith in our politicians in the past 8+ years.
 
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TexasBred":1mqlz7uk said:
zirlottkim":1mqlz7uk said:
TexasBred":1mqlz7uk said:
True but still represented. If we had any more up there it would be worse than it is now. :nod:
You think? We need less? Isnt that the reason the above document was written. I would prefer to be on a first name basis with my Rep and have him on speed dial. Maybe even have him look me in the eye once per month and give an account of his actions.
zir it's never been that way and never will....and if you had the opportunity the sob would look you right in the eye and lie to you. :nod:
Tex, You are right in a previous statement: "There is nothing new under the sun". But I believe we are going through a cycle where people will do almost anything for personal benefit. Its nothing new and has happened through out history. Government today is mostly made up of people seeking personal gain at the expense of the people they rule. I say RULE because very few talk about Liberty, personal responsibility, and self government. The title I chose for this thread,"our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor" in my opinion tells a story of the character of the men who put their necks on a chopping block for the future of their country. "sacred honor" ...Who talks that way today? How many elected politicians would sign their death warrant knowing there would be a price on their head for something they believed in?
The Founders were mostly wealthy. They could've carried on as they were and probably lived much better lives under King George than they did prior to The Declaration. The government the Founders created is not the same government as today. I believe comparing politicians of today to those men is an insult to them. So It hasnt always been that way. The Founders were not gods or something super human. They were just men , but men with integrity.
 

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zirlott couldn't agree more. Been a while since we had someone go to Washington to truly serve the people and insure that everything done by our government was constitutional. Now when they get to D.C. it's all about "ME" and how much can I grab while I'm here.
 

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zirlottkim":jngm7me7 said:
"sacred honor" ...Who talks that way today? How many elected politicians would sign their death warrant knowing there would be a price on their head for something they believed in?
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You've said it well enough there is not much to add but it goes deeper than just politics. I've had a few pastors tell me that if they said what they wanted to say the church would never grow. I haven't seen that locally but it makes me sick to think that even faith bends to popular vote. What good are values if you're not willing to stand by them?
 

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