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Friday, July 3, 2009

233 Years Ago

On July 4, 1776, The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The war for separation from England had begun over one year earlier. The words from these brave men ring with the same truth and applicability today as they did 233 years ago. TheFundamentals never tires of reading these simple and magnificent words.

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 shown 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 Declaration goes on to detail specific claims of injuries and usurpations. It closes with this bold commitment:)

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 the 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 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.

Tomorrow we honor this commitment and the wonderful experiment initiated by it. We assemble and stand for the flag. Tears form in our eyes as we stand in awe at the magnificence of the gift that began 233 years ago and has continued with the commitment of many Americans, rich and poor, famous and not so, powerful and fragile, who have pledged their lives, fortunes and honor to maintain our right to be free and independent. FREE AND INDEPENDENT. It is seldom the majority that stands united against the challenges to our freedoms from unchecked government powers and deluded individuals. We must never lose faith with our commitment to make this stand.

1 comment:

Patrick Flynn said...

I'm going to a TEA PARTY EVENT tomorrow in Shorewood.Anybody want to come along?