IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

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.

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 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.

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24 Responses to IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

  1. Fredrik says:

    Happy 4th of July Steven! Keep up your relentless work with this blog. It is very valuable.

    As a Swede it looks almost certain that we will enjoy a big green influence for the next five years in our government. I know you all will sleep better when we try to cut our fraction of a percent CO2 emissions even further. You know to set an example to the whole world.

    Now, if people could just distingush is from Switzerland that is…

  2. Dave N says:

    I see also that Arthur has made landfall in NC. Brace yourselves for the fury… of alarmists wailing about how CAGW supposedly caused it.

    • kbray in california says:

      I have been watching winds nearby as it goes up the coast.
      I have seen nothing close to “hurricane” speeds.
      Now it’s called a cat 2 ??!!
      This one is being HYPED.

  3. James Anderson says:

    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.

    The time is drawing nearer.

  4. gator69 says:

    Just curious, but do the 47 percenters grill, and shoot off fireworks on April 15th?

  5. catweazle666 says:

    Happy Independence Day, Cousins!

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