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Reviewing the Declaration of Independence

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by etrain16, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    As Independence Day approaches this week, I find myself once again dwelling on the latest attacks on our rights by an admittedly out of control Legislature, President and SCOTUS. Reading the Declaration, I find I could almost now substitute the "US Government" in place of the "King of Great Britain" and would find this document very applicable to our country today.

    The ongoing attack on our 2nd amendment rights, along with attacks on our 1st, 4th, 5th, 10th, 14th (and some others) is growing evidence in my mind that we have relapsed back to a time where the Declaration had become a necessity. Now, our king resides not across the ocean, but here at home, in the form of a government not by and of the people, but rather over the people.

    If you get a chance this coming weekend, I strongly suggest exercising your 2nd amendment rights. Buy a new gun, get some ammo, make some noise and burn some powder. Fireworks are fun, but let's remember the tyrants that tried to take our guns the first time, and those trying to do it here at home now.

    If you've never read it before, take a moment to do so now. Even better, share it with someone who perhaps needs a reminder of what people fought and died for 200 years ago. We are once again beholden to a power that refuses to acknowledge our rights, and we, as a country have done this to ourselves. It will be up to us to change it.

    For your enjoyment, the Declaration of Independence:

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

    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. pdrake

    pdrake WA Active Member

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    It has been a while. Good read.
     
  3. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    How can I "LIKE" this Post a Thousand Times?????

    philip, Christian. Patriot. Veteran. I guess that is three stikes against me.... Oh Well, George Washington had it Worse.
     
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    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    HUAH!!! :mad:
     
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  5. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Tell your kids and grandkids what we are really celebrating! Include the erosion of our civil rights by a tyrannical goverment!
    It won't kill the kids to take a half hour or so to discuss the Declaration!
     
  6. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I dunno.... with today's attention span their heads may pop if they don't get to look at a "smart phone" every 2-minutes when awake! :rolleyes:
     
  7. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    What a truly glorious and inspired document that is. I get a shiver every time I read it. It was written by a group of like-minded people who drew a line in the sand and said, loudly, thus far and no more. Here WE are, and here WE stand. On OUR own feet.

    As a furriner I am constrained to comment further on your present-day politics, but as a gun-owner, retired senior officer in the Army and, I hope, a half-way decent human being, I can only hope that the next time you get to vote, that you make the right decision this time.

    tac
     
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  8. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well then, there is a simple solution - there's an 'app' for that! Seriously, in a simple search, several smartphone apps pop up with the full text of the Declaration as well as the Constitution, etc. Some are free, some are pay to purchase, but it's there. Maybe an electronic interface would help them keep focused for the couple of minutes it takes to read it ;)
     
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  9. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    tac, I would Welcome, anyone with the above qualifications, to share their feelings on our present condition...

    However, Pierce M... I would not ask for the time of day... Because he would be using more oxygen.

    philip, who had Phil CADG, & Aussie's on his Base Camp, in TayNinh, RVN, 69/70 not to mention a Company of Spooks... But we cant't talk about them, they did not exist... Nor did we ever see them. They were not There, I say. No, they were Not, nor the Four Flights of UnMarked H-Model Hueys they rode in... No serial Numbers, No markings at all...

    What we call just plain OLIVE DRAB.

    They were not there Either. :confused:

    what was I talking about? You did not hear it, so it was not said. :rolleyes:

    philip, but I fixed their Radios, Regardless!!!!!
     
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  10. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Always remember, it's INDEPENDENCE DAY. The term "4th of July" waters down the meaning to an extra day off where we do some BBQ and eat watermelon, and maybe right down the slippery slope to an eventual Dependence Day.

    Holidays (root: Holy day) like this are meant for both celebration and reflection on their meaning.

    If you want a GREAT Independence Day I suggest you go to a Rodeo. Along with the fun they always get to the core of Patriotism during the show.
     
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    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    100% agree. I was careful to use the term "Independence Day" in my original post for just that reason. As with many holidays we celebrate, much of what they used to represent has been lost in food, gifts and a day off work. Sad that that's the case now. But ultimately it's up to all of us to remind others, including the next generations, of why these days are so important and what it will mean for them if they don't hold fast to those core beliefs.
     
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