July 4, 1776

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    The Declaration of Independence

    Action of Second Continental 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 disolve 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 un alienable 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 concent of the goverened.....

    .....And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
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    God Bless America Ray!!!

    She really needs our prayers.
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    Indeed She does.
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    as much as prayers, she needs those doing the praying(as well as those not praying) to respect other citizens and not seek to take away, deprive, intimidate other citizens from having or striving for the things set as goals in the Declaration(equality, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness). I refer primarily of the actions of people of one point of view seeking to deprive fellow citizens of differing point of view, from the goals of the declaration---equality---life---liberty---pursuit of happiness. That one of the most scurrilous acts is to unevenly impede the ability of fellow citizens from registering to vote and to impede their participation in voting.
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    Not to one-up you, Ray, but I actually think the full text ought to be appreciated today --

    Action of Second Continental 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 pre-tended 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 and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy of 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 British 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
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    thank you for posting it in its entirety.

    what hopefully comes from the posting in full is that both Dems and Republicans will admit that both parties in recent years have violated citizens, etc in same sort of way Britain violated the colonists. That in this it isn't the other party does it, but own party didn't. Both have done it, both are doing it. And as citizens we have an obligation to fight within the laws as best we can against the abuses by both parties. That only after working within the law has failed utterly that secession, violence be considered a solution
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    I took a trip to Boston last April and did a walking tour, which included a cemetery where two of the signers of the Declaration were laid to rest. I was shocked at what little recognition there was for those grave sites. If the tour guide had not pointed out the inscription you would never have noticed it. There should be a national effort to identify where all of these men are laid to rest and provide them with the recognition and honor they deserve. I realize some are already done so but all of them need to be recognized. Read the last sentence of the Declaration of Independence to see what those men sacrificed for our freedom.
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    agree Curtis

    I have been praying for this country for a while- it is a shame we have forgotten the principles upon which we were founded
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    I want to thank MichiGator2002 for taking the time to post The Declaration of Independence in its entirety along with all the Signers.
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    "Every post is honorable in which a man may serve his country."

    George Washington
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    Happy Fourth of July to everyone. God Bless America.
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    I posted the following on the Insider BullGator Den and on Swamp Gas which was probably inappropriate, but Ray didn't remove or move them. Instead, he asked me to post it again here.So, here it is:


    INDEPENDENCE DAY: TYRANNY, LIKE HELL IS NOT EASILY CONQUERED


    Although this is not about football, on this 237st anniversary of the adoption of our Declaration of Independence, I want to share a few thoughts as follows:

    After a long and hard debate, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, voted unanimously, but secretly, for independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776. After the Declaration was reworked it was adopted on the fourth. In the meantime, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, on the third the following:

    “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

    Although he was off by a couple of days, Adams was certainly prescient and pretty much nailed everything else. July 4th is, indeed, our birthday, our Independence Day, and we celebrate it joyfully every year. However, we should also at this time remember that our independence was not easily gained. It was a long, difficult struggle from Lexington and Concord in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781.

    1776 was a particularly difficult year. Although it was a pyrrhic victory the British defeated the Colonials at Bunker Hill. Then, after General George Washington assumed command of the Colonial Army, he was soundly defeated again and again in the battles around New York City, and the city itself had to be abandoned. His army was almost trapped there, and then he was defeated again at Fort Washington. Then followed the long retreat into New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the British in pursuit. December, 1776 was the Revolution’s darkest hour. Washington was in command of a depleted army that was growing smaller daily because of illness, desertions and expiring enlistments. Moreover, Washington was being second guessed and widely criticized in the Congress. The entire course of the war and the Revolution itself was hanging in the balance.

    It was during these dark hours that Thomas Paine wrote these famous words in his pamphlet, “The Crisis”:

    “THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated....”


    Of course, Washington’s daring attack on Trenton on Christmas Day, 1776 helped rescue the fortunes of the rebels. Yet a difficult struggle remained. There were many defeats before the ultimate victory. But Washington and the Colonials persevered. As Nathaniel Greene, perhaps Washington’s best general, stated:

    “We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.”

    By virtue of that perseverance and because they were willing to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, our forefathers did win the final victory and gained our independence which we celebrate today. And as we celebrate, we should remember the sacrifices of those who gained it for us as well as those who have fought to preserve it for us down through the years.

    God bless America. God bless our troops around the world who are serving us today. And, in the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us everyone”.

    Happy Fourth of July!

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    I agree
    Let's not let the left steal anymore money
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    you evidently failed to read or want to acknowledge my other post referring to both parties violating liberties. Yet another example of your gotha tactics.

    In regard to the years of the Revolutionary War. 1776, was a mix of a year with both high points for us(colonists) as well as setbacks.

    The setbacks of 1776 mainly occurred near the end of the year and we entered 1777 on a low with more setbacks occurring in 1777.

    "For some superstitious folk, 1777 was the year of the hangman. Ever since the start of the year, they had seen in its last three digits a portent of the gibbets awaiting American rebels. Gallows jokes were exchanged in the lobby of the great chamber of the State House in Philadelphia where Congress met" (Nathan Miller, "Sea Of Glory: The Continental Navy Fights for Independence, 1775-1783" David McKay Company, Inc. New York, 1974).

    Even though religion was a major factor in our colonies, it was also an era of superstition(remember the witch hunts, etc)

    the number 7 in those years was commonly written as seen in the picture below with that short line being drawn downward resulting in a shape reminiscent of the hangman's gallow(remember the word game played as a child?)

    the year 1776 saw many setbacks but it was 1777 which was the year the people had to struggle thru their fears of impending defeat.

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    Likewise. I didn't have a chance to view this yesterday. Even though it was written hundreds of years ago, you have a sense that these men had a better vision of what made a country great & where that greatness originated from. Intellect & wisdom-a rare commodity. Thanks again for posting.
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