The Declaration of Independence & July 4th

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.

(The above is copied and pasted from https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript)

38 thoughts on “The Declaration of Independence & July 4th

  1. gehmeyr says:

    … I‘ve seen the original work some 7 years ago in Philadelphia. I‘ve never read it fully before and fell in love with its vision. And there it was:
    … and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    How far the U.S.A. have developed from some of those amazing targets. Be safe, be healthy. Happy Independence Day!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yeah, reading over this before I published it almost made me not want to publish it. It made me sad to contemplate the path we’ve taken as a country.

      Thank you. I think it’s supposed to rain today so it will be a “sit around the house” kind of Independence Day. My couch and I are of one mind on this 😀

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  2. Happy Independence Day indeed! Nice to air the constitution every so often!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thank you.
      This is actually the Declaration of Independence. It airs why we went to war for our Independence.
      I’m not sure I’ve ever posted the Constitution, but since you mention it, that would be a great idea to do. I should look around and see if we have a “Constitution Day” as one of those fake little holidays that nobody actually celebrates 🙂

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  3. Happy 4th!

    The Constitution is great and all, but the Declaration is really what lays out the vision of governance which the Constitution is supposed to protect. It was to the Declaration that Lincoln appealed to show that Abolition was in line with our founding values. Or so I’ve been told.

    Today I mentioned to my 10-year-old that we need to read the Declaration out loud today. And he said,
    “To me it’s just a bunch of fat men in wigs and a bunch of boring words.”
    And I said,
    “You are just making me want to read it to you more.”

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  4. P.S. Sorry to break the Bookstooge taboo on cross commenting, but you guys are having way too much fun!!! I think you should definitely go with a statue, and here’s why.

    I just listened to Dave Rubin interview Niall Ferguson, a Scotsman who became a U.S. citizen at the least popular time to do so in history (i.e. right now). Out of many good points he makes, one is this : If you don’t like the statues that are currently up, why not put up some new ones of your own? More statues! Personally, I think Ten Seconds’ Plague Doctor head would make a great statue commemorating 2020. Also, I think we need one of Thomas Sowell. Maybe him and Candace Owens, standing back to back, fending off a masked mob of you-know-who.

    I am sure I just got myself cancelled.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Hahahaha! You remember that post, eh?

      Well, when it comes to silly conversations like this, the more the merrier.

      People like Owens, Sowel, Justice Thomas, etc, give me hope. When I am tempted to despair like Elijah, God uses them to remind me that not all have bowed the knee.

      And I fully endorse your support for The Bonnie Prince getting his own statue. A literal Sign of the Times!

      Like

  5. Happy birthday, America!

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  6. Will says:

    For your post tomorrow, I expect a review of this so-called “Declaration” thing 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Ola G says:

    Great idea to post it in its entirety! I have seen the original back in 2007. I wish people would actually read it from time to time…

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  8. In all honesty, this might be the first time I’m reading it fully hahaha Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a peaceful 4th of July, good sir.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Bravo! Thank you for posting the Declaration! A belated Happy Independence Day to you and Mrs. Bookstooge! 😃

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