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On this day, 241 Years Ago...
The National Archives | T. Jefferson

Posted on 07/04/2017 5:25:44 AM PDT by jimjohn

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....


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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.

Georgia

Button Gwinnett

Lyman Hall

George Walton

North Carolina

William Hooper

Joseph Hewes

John Penn

South Carolina

Edward Rutledge

Thomas Heyward, Jr.

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Arthur Middleton

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

Pennsylvania

Robert Morris

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Franklin

John Morton

George Clymer

James Smith

George Taylor

James Wilson

George Ross

1 posted on 07/04/2017 5:25:45 AM PDT by jimjohn
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To: jimjohn

government was 3% of GDP at that time

now it’s 42%


2 posted on 07/04/2017 5:29:44 AM PDT by vooch (America First)
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To: vooch

Neither did the gov’t sanction infanticide at that time.

58 Million innocents later...


3 posted on 07/04/2017 5:32:24 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Americans are modern day Amorites ripe for destruction)
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To: jimjohn

Complete list of those who signed the Declaration of Independence:

Delaware:
George Read | Caesar Rodney | Thomas McKean |

Pennsylvania:
George Clymer | Benjamin Franklin | Robert Morris | John Morton | Benjamin Rush | George Ross | James Smith | James Wilson | George Taylor |

Massachusetts:
John Adams | Samuel Adams | John Hancock | Robert Treat Paine | Elbridge Gerry

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett | William Whipple | Matthew Thornton |

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins | William Ellery |

New York:
Lewis Morris | Philip Livingston | Francis Lewis | William Floyd |

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett | Lyman Hall | George Walton |

Virginia:
Richard Henry Lee | Francis Lightfoot Lee | Carter Braxton | Benjamin Harrison | Thomas Jefferson | George Wythe | Thomas Nelson, Jr. |

North Carolina:
William Hooper | John Penn | Joseph Hewes

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge | Arthur Middleton | Thomas Lynch, Jr. | Thomas Heyward, Jr. |

New Jersey:
Abraham Clark | John Hart | Francis Hopkinson | Richard Stockton | John Witherspoon |

Connecticut:
Samuel Huntington | Roger Sherman | William Williams | Oliver Wolcott |

Maryland:
Charles Carroll | Samuel Chase | Thomas Stone | William Paca |


4 posted on 07/04/2017 5:33:00 AM PDT by exit82 (The opposition has already been Trumped!)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Wish we were united today.


5 posted on 07/04/2017 5:35:40 AM PDT by FES0844 (G)
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To: jimjohn

MANY here in FR have contemplated that first paragraph/sentence and equally many have stayed their hand from acting on what our founders did not defer to attend.


6 posted on 07/04/2017 5:38:10 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: FES0844

My apologies FRiend.
I’ll keep it zipped then.


7 posted on 07/04/2017 5:40:46 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Americans are modern day Amorites ripe for destruction)
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To: jimjohn
SEVEN CORE VALUES OF USA:
  1. Truth
  2. Created, Creator
  3. Equality
  4. Life
  5. Liberty
  6. Fulfillment
  7. Government by consent of the governed

8 posted on 07/04/2017 5:41:14 AM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: jimjohn

Thanks for posting. One of my memories of my father is of him reciting the entire Declaration of Independence from memory, as we were driving to the St. Paul (OR) rodeo one year. Dad’s birthday was July 4th, and the family went to the rodeo that day, a tradition that lasted 30 years or so.


9 posted on 07/04/2017 5:41:16 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: FES0844

I do as well wish that, yet have no desire to unite with those who would bind us with the exact same tyranny from which we were separated by this Great Declaration.


10 posted on 07/04/2017 5:54:18 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal
Neither did the gov’t sanction infanticide at that time.
58 Million innocents later...

When the murderers who support abortion claim that we're interfering with THEIR rights by opposing abortion, remind them that American ideals were laid out from the very beginning -

"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"

11 posted on 07/04/2017 6:02:22 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (The Bilderbergers are attempting to overthrow the Constitutionally Elected President)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Amen!

To their folly they ignore everything you posted.


12 posted on 07/04/2017 6:13:41 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Americans are modern day Amorites ripe for destruction)
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To: jimjohn
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.

So, when do we declare our independence from a Judiciary that has taken upon itself to ignore our votes and rewrite our laws in far different ways than intended by the Legislatures???

13 posted on 07/04/2017 6:18:05 AM PDT by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences...)
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To: knarf

BookMark


14 posted on 07/04/2017 6:19:28 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... (Had I brought Christ with me, the outcome would have been different. Dr.Eric Cunningham)
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To: jimjohn

A sacred day in our history.


15 posted on 07/04/2017 6:26:53 AM PDT by Ciexyz (I'm conservative & traditionalist.)
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To: jimjohn

I wonder how many would “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” today?

That is my favorite part of the Declaration. These men were literally signing their own death warrants in their zeal to be free of tyrannical oppression for them and future generations.


16 posted on 07/04/2017 6:33:49 AM PDT by cyclotic (Trump tweets are the only news source you can trust.)
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To: jimjohn
Interesting that the same year in Korea, a grandson followed his grandfather in succession, several years after the former gruesomely executed the rather mad Crown Prince Sato (Jeongjo's father) by starving him locked in a rice box.


17 posted on 07/04/2017 6:42:57 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (Prosecute the win. Run up the score.)
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To: FES0844

“Wish we were united today.”

When a significant percentage of the population do not view the spirit of the Declaration and the content of the Constitution with reverence, and don’t feel privileged to live in the United States of America, it becomes difficult to be united as a nation.


18 posted on 07/04/2017 7:00:19 AM PDT by neverevergiveup
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To: exit82
....New Jersey Abraham Clark.

I proudly claim as my kin! My great grandmother was Harriet Clark. Abraham Clark's great great grandaughter! God Bless those who stood tall and strong for freedom.

19 posted on 07/04/2017 7:00:46 AM PDT by pollywog (" O thou who changest not....ABIDE with me")
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To: vooch

It’s 36%.

Still too high.


20 posted on 07/04/2017 7:30:43 AM PDT by Vaden (Donald Trump: making political impossibilites possible since 2015!)
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