In Congress, July 4th, 1776

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…

…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.

10 thoughts on “In Congress, July 4th, 1776

  1. Retired Spook July 4, 2013 / 9:45 am

    Happy Independence Day everyone, especially those of you who have risked your lives to protect and defend our Republic. I hope your efforts weren’t in vain.

  2. Amazona July 4, 2013 / 10:51 am

    It is harder for me to feel good about this 4th, as I feel the country represented by this holiday is nothing but a faded and worn scrap of the vibrant, hopeful nation created on this day so long ago.

    A few years ago I had to pick up a package at the airport in Denver on the 4th of July, so I was in my truck for the hour and a half drive to airport. The drive time let me listen to nearly all of the single most inspiring three hours I have ever heard—–a Hugh Hewitt show on the role of divine intervention in our nation’s founding. I wrote to him and asked him to put it on a CD and he said he had just finished a big project and was not ready to take on another. I got the impression he played this show every year but I have never been near enough to a station that carries his show to catch it if he does. I’m going to see if I can catch it today and even record it. His guest was hard to listen to, a man with a very odd way of speaking, but once I got past that the content was mesmerizing, and if I could find it on a CD I would buy dozens and hand them out.

    One thing that moved me was his discussion of Jefferson and Adams—their early friendship, their later conflicts, and their rediscovery of that friendship that led to decades of correspondence.

    Many do not know this, but both men lived to see the 50th anniversary of the nation they helped create, and both died on that anniversary, the 4th of July, 1826.

    And another great president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.

  3. Amazona July 4, 2013 / 11:00 am

    Go back and read the Declaration, above, very carefully. Pay attention to what it says.

    And then consider this: From Newsmax:

    “.. after the anthrax attacks in 2001, an expanded program was created, dubbed the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program. In it, the outside of all mail is photographed from every side and the pictures are stored.

    Though the program is secret, details emerged publicly after ricin-laced letters were sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in June.

    “In the past, mail covers were used when you had a reason to suspect someone of a crime,” Mark D. Rasch, who worked several fraud cases using mail covers for the U.S. Justice Department, told the Times. “Now it seems to be ‘Let’s record everyone’s mail so in the future we might go back and see who you were communicating with.’ Essentially you’ve added mail covers on millions of Americans.”

  4. neocon01 July 4, 2013 / 11:14 am

    Happy fourth ALL have a good day and pray for OUR country!

  5. Jeremiah July 4, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    Happy Independence day everyone!

    Getting ready to go watch some fireworks! As long as the flag stands there is still hope!

  6. seniorwoman July 4, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    Happy 4th of July to everyone. Going to watch fireworks in my small rural community. Had a parade with over 4 dozen classic cars, floats, and some pretty good bbq.

  7. Amazona July 6, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    What we need to remember, and remind our elected officials:

    Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….

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