Happy Independence Day!!!

04 July 2013

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Happy Independence Day!!!


A little history for you on this 237th birthday of our great nation...
 
We celebrate our Independence Day on July 4th because that is the day that the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia (though the Congress had approved the concept of Independence from England on July 2nd, the actual, agreed upon, written statement was not approved until the 4th).

The Declaration is actually a list of grievances (complaints) against King George III of England, that served as an explanation to the king (and all nations) for why we were declaring our independence.

The most well-known sections are actually the paragraphs preceding the grievances.  These words provide the most eloquently articulated argument for liberty in all of human history. 

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.

Immensely powerful words.

The whole document is worth reading (regularly) to remind us of what our Founders struggled through and faced in creating a new nation, the likes of which the Earth had never seen, nor has seen since.  We are a very unique nation in that we provide more freedom and opportunity on a large scale than any other nation in the world. There is so much to celebrate today!
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