Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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."
From the National Archives: the Declaration of Independence. 


Kitchen Riffs said...

I've recently been motivated to reread the Constitution. I should reread this too -- good reminder of who we are, or are supposed to be. Happy 4th!

Jeanie said...

Did you hear that when people on NPR read the Declaration during Morning Edition and tweeted it out, line by line, they got all sorts of flack from Trump supporters that it was liberal propaganda? The National Memo has a story on it today and last year it happened too and the WAPO reported it.

I watched 1776 last night. That film should be sent to the White House.

Tina said...

I used to keep a small copy of the amendments in my purse, my father-in-law loved that i did that. He was a history professor.