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Independence Day

John Trumbull's Signing the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

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…


Independence wasn’t really achieved until September 3, 1783 when Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, and, to be factual, our current government only dates from March 4, 1789 when the first government under our Constitution was installed.

Liberty was not extended to all men until December 6, 1865 with ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, nor were women given the one of the most important rights of men until August 26, 1920 with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment recognizing their votes.

2 comments

1 Badtux { 07.04.18 at 10:50 pm }

To celebrate this day, thus far five different Senators have tweeted 4th of July messages from Moscow, Russia.

We can now consider their phones to be compromised. Not that Russia doesn’t have 147 other ways of influencing America’s government, as explained in this documentary. I mean, when the guy in charge is a Russian asset already, who cares about a half dozen Senators also being Russian assets, right?

2 Bryan { 07.05.18 at 1:18 pm }

The question is not if Trump is an asset for Putin, but why? My personal guess is they own most of his debt in one way or another, and can shut down Trump Inc. any time Putin feels like there is an advantage to him. Money is at the root of all evil since most people can’t survive without.

I think the Dems are going win the House and probably the Senate too because Trump is going to tank the economy with his tariffs. When the stock market drops Republican backers will have to close their check books.