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The Glorious Fourth.

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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

Don't mess with these guys.

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.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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...how dare you tempt lefty trolls this way. How dare you invite point after bolded point about how the Declaration of Independence supports federal control over social services, and the government confiscating all guns, and socialism. It's imhumane.

It's a trap. For trolls! You know what you're doing. You jerk!

Anyway, good post. A minimalist, good post.

(I still think I won that photoshop contest!)

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You understand that this document wasn't *praising* the actions of the British, right?


...to assign to Thomas Jefferson such traitorous intent! To think that great man wanted to separate from the British Empire! To think his satire was real! Clearly the 4th of July is just a mistaken interpretation, it's really just a chance for us all to reflect all the more on the benevolence and righteousness of the central unipartite form of government we all love and obey.

(Yes, I understand that. But some others might NOT. And Moe was tricking them, tricking them horribly! I find that horrible. How dare he trick trolls into betraying themselves. Trolls have rights too!).

it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

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I'll say things that will get me booted from polite company.

But in any case, my copy of the Constitution says nothing about rights for trolls.


...you clearly haven't received a copy of the updated blog bill of rights.

It says that people have a right to be stupid and suffer no consequences! The petition for its adoption has gotten literally thousands of signatures.

it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

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"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."

Those were good men. Let us continue their work...defending the freedoms we hold so dear.

Happy Independence Day.

Semper Ubi Sub Ubi

I've got two copies of Heritage's pocket Declaration and Constitution. They come in rather handy when trying to make sense of birdmojo.

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

I think I still have an electronic document formatted to cut and fold to pocket size but I'd much rather have a good-looking pocket edition like Rep.'s Broun and Kucinich always have handy. Aren't they free from Heritage?


Just go here and click on "Free Declaration". I got mine in about a week.

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

Wish I'd had one for the Broun-Fleming debate in Athens this past Monday.


Hertiage Foundation too and oh my but does it come in handy!!!!

Happy 4th my friends....this is my favorite Holiday of all!

Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion

Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion


smile from an Indepedence Day thinker...

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice


It'll blow you away.

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. --Voltaire

It is very high on my Amazon wish list.

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

at least one of the original copies (I know, "original copy?"), back when we were still just dating and the document was on tour display at one of the Raleigh museums. Pretty cool to see.

Just like PayPal, except it's free and a $25 bonus to sign up!

Can we keep the liberal bashing away from this one thread? This is a day to reflect on our great country, its history and the wisdom, courage, and sacrifices of our forefathers. All of my friends who are liberal feel the same way.

The only thing remotely close to bashing liberals is the tongue in cheek comments made by Addison (who, if you aren't aware) is one of our resident liberals.

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

It was a request -- not an accusation -- for people considering adding comments of that sort.

I think you will find that the culture here would not be very supportive of such attacks on a thread like this.

McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

accurately quoting many prominent liberals incl:

Kerry, Pelosi, Reid, Durbin, Clark, Webb, Obama, etc

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice


Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

that we live in a country founded on timeless principles of freedom and certain "unalienable rights". This nation has blessed me with so much, and as President Reagan said, truly is a "shining city on a hill". So, to my brothers and sisters both liberal and conservative, and to my new family here at RedState, I thank all of you for making this country the greatest experiment in self-governance ever formed on this earth. God bless you and your families this Independence Day.

Reading books and watching TV shows about the Founding Fathers makes me wish we had leaders like them today. Image, as John Lennon would say, if our political leaders actually put the interest of their country first instead of trying to make a quick buck or promote their own self interest.

Our Founding Fathers designed the best kind of government known to man then and now. I am always proud as America that no matter how bad our elected leaders are (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton) that we don't have riots to overthrow the government or don't have a political leader resign just because he is not liked.

No matter what bad things the communist left says about America, we are truly the best country and the best form of government in the world.

Our Founding Fathers left a legacy that cannot ever be forgotten.

I'm reading Tom Coburn's book, really amazing. What strikes me is that R's got worse from the time he wrote it (2003) through when they lost the majority, and a lot still haven't gotten it.

Just like PayPal, except it's free and a $25 bonus to sign up!

to the guys in Samarra. If anyone has a right to be cynical, it is them. And they are decidedly...not.

Beats the #$%* out of the Denver rendition.


“It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.” Henry Miller

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 232nd Birthday to America!!

God Bless our Troops defending our freedoms here at home!

Let us pray that the Good Lord will safely return our troops home soon, in Triumph.

Pray for Peace, Pray for Victory!

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When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for people to abridge their king, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Oliver Cromwell

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