The Declaration of Independence

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  1. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    The Declaration of Independence
    JULY 4, 1776

    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 harass 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 benefit 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 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.

    — John Hancock

    New Hampshire:
    Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

    John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

    Rhode Island:
    Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

    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

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

    Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

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

    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

    Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
  2. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    It is a shame that no one in politics has ever read this since the Founding Fathers wrote it.
    davidhm and hstout1143 like this.

  3. Eddie N

    Eddie N New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Maybe we should e-mail copies of it and the Constitution to them once a month?
  4. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    I think jay lenno ought to do his "Jay-walk" skit on the politicians and see how many actually know anything about the DOI, any content at all! Be interesting to see how many would be made fools of.
    Conman likes this.
  5. barrucuda

    barrucuda New Member

    May 30, 2011
    thank you for posting this. i have never fully read it before and am ashamed of my self for not going out of my way to read this before. if everyone really put themselves in the founder's shoes, our nation would be more united on certain issues and not buy into the politically correct bull$#*! that may very well undermine our freedom from within. education, vigilance and the will to stand up for whats right is the american way.
  6. Hatch

    Hatch Former Guest

    Sep 24, 2010
    We already saw it when Nancy Pelosi was on tape answering "can you quote the Constitutional Authority of the Obama Health Care Bill" and her reply was "are you serious?!"

    Yeah Nancy... we're serious. how's that little office working out for you these days? smaller room and those closed in little walls, and nobody to boss around except a bunch of other losers who narrowly escaped being run out of town.

    Nancy... are you serious? :) Wait until 2012 botox babe... we're just getting started!

    There's a non stop list of Dem's who would tell you how great things can be if we just spend more money putting people on public workforce!

    How's that going in Europe these days? In France? how about in Greece?

    hey... we're not perfect... not by any means! but our "POOR" people... they have a car and a big screen TV and they live in a house.

    The BIGGEST problem... those "poor" people better start thinking about is that the UN and One World Govt people they vote for as Demothugs, because those people WOULD LOVE to sign the USA to a bunch of UNCONSTITUTIONAL treaties that would make them (the poor formerly known as idiot democrats) the Donald Trumps compared to the Africans and South Americans that would be looking for redistribution of wealth. Reap what you sow... *******!!!! ROFL!!!!!! :D
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  7. Murgia22

    Murgia22 New Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    The right to have rights. Forget about overseas, bring our troops home to protect our own borders. The United States, the largest armed militia in the world!
  8. Palmetto

    Palmetto New Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    North Carolina
    Our founders warned that if we as a nation were to forget God and become lawless in our behaviors, we would revert into a police state.

    The early founders mentioned people being inwardly lawful, following the laws of God as saved Christians. This inward law would prevent our government from having to watch our every move just to keep us in line. They mentioned that when we got too lawless, we would have to be governed by a dictator just to stave off kaos.
  9. Alaska444

    Alaska444 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2013
    So true. Folks today deny the spiritual attribution of much of our founding documents and the many Christian men who influenced the documents. They like quote the "Deists" like Washington, Franklin, Jefferson and Thomas Paine, yet forget all about people like James Madison who is the father of the constitution and the bill of rights. He may have spoken against his Anglican background, but indeed, had many writings attributing his Christian faith.

    I had a discussion recently on natural rights and how they came from God. They disputed that, yet they haven't paid enough attention to the Declaration of Independence which states:

    ". . .the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them. . ."

    This gives the source of the laws of nature, or natural rights, it comes from the God of Nature, i.e., the God of the Bible is what is meant. Secondly, they confirm that in the preamble:

    "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."

    So right in the beginning of the document, they state categorically that these rights come from the God of the Bible, our Creator.
  10. btown

    btown Member

    Nov 24, 2012
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  11. fourniermod11

    fourniermod11 Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Republique communiste du quebec
    Many Quebecer have same dream...
  12. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    King George meet Obama. So many of the grievances ring just as true today as In July 0f 1776.
  13. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    Perhaps we should post the Bill of Rights in here also?
  14. old fart 54

    old fart 54 Member

    May 14, 2013
    Coolidge Arizona
    I remember as a young child from 1st thru 6th grade we said the pledge of allegiance and the lords prayer before the start of the school day. Somewhere during that time period we also had to read the Constitution in its entirety and like most others I probably have not read it since and after reading it again just now reminds me of what should be done by all Americans, especially politicians (if they can read). I find myself remiss in not keeping up with the words I was taught as a boy and the oaths I had taken after becoming a man to Honor God and Country. We have so many things occur in our daily lives that we forget or "put aside" our involvement in the things important and necessary to our continued "pursuit of happiness" and Freedom.
  15. Conman

    Conman Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2010
    Eastern Iowa
    Every time I read that I get all teary eyed.

    I think of the guts it took for those people to stand up the the King and tell him that they had enough and they QUIT......