03 July 2007

Happy Birthday, USA

"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."

From the Declaration of Independence

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Blogger NH Knitting Mama said...

And what a brilliant document it is.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a good holiday.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Thanks for posting part of the original deal. It's still mighty good reading!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Thank you for the reminder. Happy fourth!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

The best 4ths of July include a reading of the Declaration of Independence, so thank you for this. Have a safe and happy holiday!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Happy Independence Day to you from your neighbour to the north.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Cookie said...

I was just thinking about that the other night. Thank you for the reminder.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

GOD BLESS THE USA!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Very poignant...

7:29 PM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

"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." Yes, it is.

9:26 PM  
Blogger del said...

Hope your holiday was wonderful!

5:16 AM  
Blogger Sheila E said...

If ONLY!!!
I feel sometimes like we are just mucking our way through *until* this is over...but will it really be over until this actually is implemented?
Goddess help us, I hope so!
Thanks for the read!

9:24 AM  

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