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.

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

  1. Harley July 4, 2014 / 11:10 am

    Short and to the point. I particularly like the replacment of a corrupt government part. I would say we are about to that point.

  2. Retired Spook July 4, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    Happy Independence Day everyone.

  3. Amazona July 4, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    From “Founding Rivals”, the story of the relationship between James Madison and James Monroe:

    “Only three days later, on July 2, the Second Continental Congress, by a “unanimous” vote (twelve states in favor New York abstaining) declared the colonies free and independent. Writing to his wife the following day, John Adams pronounced, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America…it ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” Indeed, it is a curiosity of history that America’s birthday is celebrated on any other day.”

    I happened to run across this on July 2, 2014

    • Retired Spook July 4, 2014 / 11:11 pm

      One of the most interesting coincidences in American History is the fact the John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died, not only on the same day, but on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826.

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