If it’s Friday….

it’s Talking Points with the Founding Fathers!  Happy Birthday, America!

This weekend is not about fireworks, picnics, and trips to the beach.  This weekend is about the reason America became America.  See below:

Declaration of Independence

(Adopted by Congress on 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 to 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 shown 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 meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration 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 harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to 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 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 offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring 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 in 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, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete 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 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 endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is 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 attention 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 the 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.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776

 

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About Patrick Henry

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7 Responses to If it’s Friday….

  1. Patrick Henry says:

    It’s a sad day when someone votes “very poor” on a posting about the Declaration of Independence. Whoever you are, if you don’t like the Founding documents, leave our country!

    PH

    • Goose says:

      Who died and left you Boss? The fact is that Lincoln used this document to destroy the Republic and bring Total War to the South. If you actually read the document rather than doing a cut and paste, you would note the “right of revolution” clause as well as the Lincoln “all men are created equal “ clause which he used to justify the War Between the States. Slavery was implied if not stated by the Constitution. (See Section 9 of Article I, Section 2 of Article IV, Section 2 of Article I, and Article V) The US did not amend the Constitution until they defeated the Confederate States and the war was conducted under the powers that Lincoln seized due to the war that he incited. Virginia and North Carolina did not secede until it became apparent that Lincoln was planning to send an army through their states to get to South Carolina. What was done in Maryland was a crime.
      By the way the Declaration of Independence was not always held in high regard “the text of the Declaration was initially ignored after the American Revolution. Its stature grew over the years,” -Wikipedia

      • Patrick Henry says:

        Founding Fathers. They left me with Amendment 1 – the right to say how I feel just like you have the right to say Honk!

        I mean every word of it. Don’t like America? Leave! This document was about the atrocious deeds of King George. What HE did was a crime! I am thankful for those who had guts to stand up and say No more from a tyrannt!

        You know what Goose? I did read the document several, several times.

        Good grief – you’re quoting Wikipedia – not really a reliable source, is it?

        Guess what else it says that I see you managed to leave out of your comments above?

        It says I have unalienable rights granted to me by my CREATOR – rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Want to trash those words as well? Oh please do. Let’s have a match on them.

        Sometimes I think the altitude gets too much for you. Instead of flying around as some majestic bird above us all, you should perch and look at the beauty right in front of your eyes.

        Honk Honk!

        PH

  2. Patrick;

    There have always been and will continue to be detractors of our great nation. They express themselves in much the same way we patriots do, exercising all of their God-given rights under natural law. We are compelled to honor those rights and we must tolerate those who differ from us, so long as they obey our laws. But that does not mean we will ever condone their behaviors, relinquish our rights as citizens, or allow our voices to be vanquished as defenders of our Articles of Confederation, our Declaration of Independence, and our hallowed Constitution. Thanks for the column today and Happy Independence Day weekend!

    Publius

    • Goose says:

      PH, I have flown around a bit and cooled down, I hope you have too. Just because someone rates your post as Very Poor doesn’t really mean that they dislike the documents. It might mean that they thought you had “Phoned it in” with little thought and no comments. It was not me in the first place but after reading it all and your “leave our country” rant I did go back and hit that first star! BTW when I sat down to write this there were 10 votes and the average was “poor” so the other 8 voters were not impressed either, OR the counter might be out of order.
      The first Amendment gives us both the right to speak our minds; it does not give you the right to order me out of the country on the assumption that I don’t like America.
      Now about Wikipedia, true some articles can be changed by any idiot that can type; others are locked and cannot be changed without approval. I looked at the footnotes and that article looked pretty solid. I will play by your rules just what sources are on your approved list? Keep in mind that if they aren’t on the Internet it will be a hardship for me, I don’t have a copy of the Pennsylvania Packet or the Dunlap Broadside laying around the house honk?
      No I did not comment about the unalienable rights clause, and neither did you in your post. What do you want to argue about?
      Geese do not perch and when I am on the ground I only come up to human butts, hardly things of beauty. What are they good for other than to be Goosed?
      Honk?

  3. LetLibertyPrevail says:

    I have noticed it is very easy to hit the wrong one if you have fat hands like me. so PH don’t take it so bad. mistakes happen. I don’t really think most readers believe being reminded of what the Declaration of Independence said is bad.

    Maybe ratings should be axed as they could be abused quite easily.

    Goose look at ushistory.org for some really good information.

    • Goose says:

      Dear Let….Points in reverse order. Thanks for the site reference I will look it over during the rest of the long weekend. Myself I think ratings are good including the thumbs up, down. They provide feedback to the people that post (Not everyone has the time that I do to provide written comments, if an Author has hit the nail on the head about all I can say is Well Done! Five stars or Thumb Up does the same job.) I think they are not as easy to abuse as you believe, they only allow me to vote once no matter how often I visit. Yep I too have clicked on the wrong star, getting the cursor to stay still while I peck at it with my bill is a honk!

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