Will you read these words on this day?

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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 harrass 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 benefits 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 Brittish 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.

    The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

    Column 1
    Georgia:
    Button Gwinnett
    Lyman Hall
    George Walton

    Column 2
    North Carolina:
    William Hooper
    Joseph Hewes
    John Penn
    South Carolina:
    Edward Rutledge
    Thomas Heyward, Jr.
    Thomas Lynch, Jr.
    Arthur Middleton

    Column 3
    Massachusetts:
    John Hancock
    Maryland:
    Samuel Chase
    William Paca
    Thomas Stone
    Charles Carroll of Carrollton
    Virginia:
    George Wythe
    Richard Henry Lee
    Thomas Jefferson
    Benjamin Harrison
    Thomas Nelson, Jr.
    Francis Lightfoot Lee
    Carter Braxton

    Column 4
    Pennsylvania:
    Robert Morris
    Benjamin Rush
    Benjamin Franklin
    John Morton
    George Clymer
    James Smith
    George Taylor
    James Wilson
    George Ross
    Delaware:
    Caesar Rodney
    George Read
    Thomas McKean

    Column 5
    New York:
    William Floyd
    Philip Livingston
    Francis Lewis
    Lewis Morris
    New Jersey:
    Richard Stockton
    John Witherspoon
    Francis Hopkinson
    John Hart
    Abraham Clark
    Column 6
    New Hampshire:
    Josiah Bartlett
    William Whipple
    Massachusetts:
    Samuel Adams
    John Adams
    Robert Treat Paine
    Elbridge Gerry
    Rhode Island:
    Stephen Hopkins
    William Ellery
    Connecticut:
    Roger Sherman
    Samuel Huntington
    William Williams
    Oliver Wolcott
    New Hampshire:
    Matthew Thornton
     
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    radical moonbat lefty's imho.....

    methinks they wrote it on hemp too

    Gawd knows how many they smoked before the final cut eh?.....

    ~S~
     
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    It was 7:00 A.M. and Sarah had been driving aimlessly for the last few hours. She could not sleep after what Para had told her last night. She decided to hold a press conference and she wanted to e-mail a photo with the announcement. She was still wearing the light brown suite with a knee length skirt that she changed into last night for the photo. A burnt orange tie tied in a bow with the tails hanging down decorated a plain white blouse. A U.S. flag pin was displayed on the left lapel.

    Sarah drove down a street in a middle class neighborhood that was showing signs of decline. Some of the houses needed repair. Some of the cars were past their prime. A few houses were empty and had for sale signs in the yard. One house had a pickup truck out front with a trailer full of lawn mowers. When a landscape company mows a lawn in a middle class neighborhood, it is a sign of foreclosure.

    Sarah saw a convenience store on the corner. She stopped in for a cup of coffee. There was a newspaper rack by the door. She picked one up and looked at it. There was the photo that she sent in last night. The headlines read “Elena Tant to Hold Press Conference.” It was three days until the conference and she still did not know what to say. She placed the paper on the counter and asked the clerk for coffee. The clerk was a brown skinned, middle aged woman. “The coffee is over there.” She said in a mid-eastern accent as she pointed to the coffee machine.

    Sarah fixed a large coffee, picked up two donuts, and went back to the counter. The woman was looking at Sarah’s picture then she looked at Sarah. “This is you. Isn’t it?” Sarah nodded. The woman continued. “I saw you on TV when you got out of the hospital. I hope that you are feeling better.”

    “Yes.” Sarah answered. “I have been feeling better every day. Thank you.”

    The woman was handing Sarah her change when she said. “Ten years ago I lived in a country where people did not have any rights. It is getting to be the same way here. Many people fear the government more than they fear the criminals.”

    Sarah stepped up onto the small stage in a hotel conference room. Several people had TV cameras on their shoulders. A table over to the side provided video and audio feeds for the broadcast media. Rows of folding chairs held the correspondents that she had invited. A few of the politicians that Sarah had invited were in attendance. Still cameras filled the room with repeated flashes.

    Sarah began her speech. “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed…the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized…no person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.”

    “There are those who remind us that our constitution was written over two hundred years ago. They remind us to say that our constitution was written for different times. They say that the circumstances we have in our country today could not have been imagined when our constitution was written. They say that we have to bend our constitution to fit the times.” Sarah paused a moment, then she emphasized. “They want to be able to mold our constitution to fit whatever they believe our rights should be. Our founders wrote the Bill of Rights to nail down the rights of the people. They knew that without the Bill of Rights, our rights would float on the political whims of the times.”

    “Many believe that our constitution is a government document that grants rights to the people. It is not. It is the people’s document that grants power to the government. The first three words of our constitution are ‘We the People’ are they not?”

    “The Bill of Rights is not there to create rights for the people. These rights were possessed by the people before the government existed. It is there to tell the government that it has not been given the authority, and in fact, has been specifically denied the authority to abridge these rights. The government simply does not have the authority to abridge constitutional rights.”

    “Where are we now? Look back at what our country was fifty years ago. Or even thirty years ago. Unfortunately, most people are not old enough to remember those times. Have the hundreds of laws that the government has made in disregard of our constitution made our country better than it was fifty years ago? Do we feel safer on our streets? Do we feel safer in our homes? Do we have a more peaceful society with these new laws? I think not. Look around you. Do you like what you see?”

    “Every one of you here today is considered to be among the thinkers of our time, highly educated, closely involved with our social and political climate. But, how many of you have seriously studied our constitution and contemplated the meaning of those words that were so arduously debated by our founders?”

    “It is said that hindsight is 20/20. Ladies and gentlemen, our constitution was written with the benefit of hindsight. The provisions in our constitution are not arbitrary. Each and every provision of our constitution is there to address an abuse that was thrust upon the colonies. Are we to ignore our history? Are we to ignore our constitution? Are we to thrust these same abuses upon our fellow citizens for the same reason as the king-to make the people subservient to the power of the government.”

    “Many of our ancestors have died securing our rights as citizens. Are we to repeat our history? The abuses have already begun. The first shot has already been fired. The shots are echoing through our country as I speak to you today. Are we to continue down this path where we shall surely find war?”

    ~ Paul Francis Tinmore
     

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