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Discussion in 'GatorNana's Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by HallGator, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. HallGator

    HallGator Senile Mod Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
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    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.
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  2. CaptUSMCNole

    CaptUSMCNole GC Hall of Fame

    May 23, 2007
    If you want a fantastic book to read about the Founding of the United States of America, read The Men Who Lost America. It was recommended to me by my Command and Staff professor. It tells the story of the Revolutionary War from the British perspective and you get to see how daunting the military campaign was for the British.

    I wasn’t aware that there were significant parts of Parliament that were telling King George, “Just give the Colonists what they are asking for! Do you have any idea how expensive it will be to put down a revolution and how low our chances are for success? You want to send an army over 2000 miles away to try and fight a war over an area of land three times the size of Britain?”

    I had always remembered being taught how much of a long shot winning the Revolutionary War was and how touch and go it was for a while. It was extremely interesting to flip the map around and see all the challenges the British faced and how Washington’s operational design took all of that into account.
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  3. CaptUSMCNole

    CaptUSMCNole GC Hall of Fame

    May 23, 2007
    @HallGator - Thanks for posting this. It should be mandatory reading every 4th of July.

    Off to watch HBO’s John Adam episodes that cover the writing of the DoI.
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  4. defensewinschampionships

    defensewinschampionships GC Hall of Fame

    Sep 16, 2018
    You would know this better than me but what a logistical nightmare of a fight.
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  5. hoyt233

    hoyt233 GC Hall of Fame

    Aug 31, 2009
    Prattvile, AL-Go Lions!
    My vascular surgeon at Baptist Hospital in Montgomery, AL is Benjamin T. Rush. His ancestor Benjamin Rush, also a physician, was a signer of The Declaration of Independence. Happy Birthday and God Bless America!
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  6. intimigator1

    intimigator1 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    Male' Maldives
    No time for that. Hot dogs and beer. Although it would be funny to see it read by fellow beer drinkers later in the day. The words might get much spicier.
  7. LimeyGator

    LimeyGator Official Brexit Reporter! Premium Member

    Happy 4th July, you guys! Have a great day!
    (Sorry 'bout all that telling you what to do stuff... karma's a funny thing eh? :D )
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  8. gatornana

    gatornana Administrator Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    This is what the 4th is all about.

    Happy Independence Day!
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  9. oragator1

    oragator1 Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    I mention this every year, but the world’s ultimate treasure hunt is possibly still out there.
    The copy of the Declaration of Independence that was likely signed on July 4 1776 has been lost to history.
    The version in the archives is from August when everyone was back, but the one signed that day (by only a few people) is believed to either have been burned to keep it from the British, or destroyed in the printing process - 200 or so copies were made to send around to the colonies, they were called the Dunlap Broadsides. Of those 200, 26 still exist (almost half having been found in the last 70 or 80 years), with the last version sold at auction nearly 2 decades ago fetching 8 million.
    But just imagine if somehow, some way that original turned up somewhere.
  10. LimeyGator

    LimeyGator Official Brexit Reporter! Premium Member

    Just ask, and Nick will go find it!
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  11. oragator1

    oragator1 Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Well, 3 of the copies are sitting at the archives in London, so I think we should start by sending him to steal those back.
    Side note, the last one of the three was only “discovered” at the archives a decade ago, by an american there doing research. 230 plus years they had it and the Brits couldn’t figure it out. No wonder they lost the war :)

    Rare Original Declaration Of Independence Copy Found In British Archives - Good News Network
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