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When in the course

2002-07-04 18:54:28+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

On July 4th, it's worth going back and taking a few moments to re-read The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies, pausing over words and considering their meanings, and considering what it means to be a part of the endeavor for which this was a seminal event.

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.

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#Comment made: 2002-07-05 13:57:18+00 by: ziffle


I really enjoy reading this here each July 4th. Its a marvelous document.