Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 1:10am

The Declaration of Independence “It’s Time Americans Understand Its Meaning”

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Let’s be honest–our freedom is under attack by an overzealous central government.  Americans from all political groups are appalled by the abuse of power and total disregard of personal liberties.  Too many people in this country are willing to give up their freedoms and liberties for which so many lives have been sacrificed on the Altar of Freedom.

July 4th is not about fireworks; rather, it is about freedom.  We think it is a good time for all Americans to reacquaint themselves with or read for the first time the Declaration of Independence.

The Unanimous Declaration of the
Thirteen United States of America

In Congress, 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 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 mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions 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 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 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 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, 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 insurrection among us, and has endeavored 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 our 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 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 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.

 

[Signed by] JOHN HANCOCK [President]

New Hampshire
JOSIAH BARTLETT,
WM. WHIPPLE,
MATTHEW THORNTON.

Massachusetts Bay
SAML. ADAMS,
JOHN ADAMS,
ROBT. TREAT PAINE,
ELBRIDGE GERRY

Rhode Island
STEP. HOPKINS,
WILLIAM ELLERY.

Connecticut
ROGER SHERMAN,
SAM’EL HUNTINGTON,
WM. WILLIAMS,
OLIVER WOLCOTT.

New York
WM. FLOYD,
PHIL. LIVINGSTON,
FRANS. LEWIS,
LEWIS MORRIS.

New Jersey
RICHD. STOCKTON,
JNO. WITHERSPOON,
FRAS. HOPKINSON,
JOHN HART,
ABRA. CLARK.

Pennsylvania
ROBT. MORRIS
BENJAMIN RUSH,
BENJA. FRANKLIN,
JOHN MORTON,
GEO. CLYMER,
JAS. SMITH,
GEO. TAYLOR,
JAMES WILSON,
GEO. ROSS.

Delaware
CAESAR RODNEY,
GEO. READ,
THO. M’KEAN.

Maryland
SAMUEL CHASE,
WM. PACA,
THOS. STONE,
CHARLES CARROLL
of Carrollton.

Virginia
GEORGE WYTHE,
RICHARD HENRY LEE,
TH. JEFFERSON,
BENJA. HARRISON,
THS. NELSON, JR.,
FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE,
CARTER BRAXTON.

North Carolina
WM. HOOPER,
JOSEPH HEWES,
JOHN PENN.

South Carolina
EDWARD RUTLEDGE,
THOS. HAYWARD, JUNR.,
THOMAS LYNCH, JUNR.,
ARTHUR MIDDLETON.

Georgia
BUTTON GWINNETT,
LYMAN HALL,
GEO. WALTON.

It is spooky as to how much of the Declaration of Independence could be applicable to today’s Americans.  There are two types of people in this world–those who yearn to be free and those who aspire to take those freedoms away.  God Bless America!  We wish you a great Independence Day!

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7 Responses to “The Declaration of Independence “It’s Time Americans Understand Its Meaning””

  1. Name says:

    Right on– a vote to increase taxes is a vote for non-reelection. It is time for a reset on all taxes and services. We tax mules have had enough.

  2. While the criminal – criminal justice system is in the process of trying so hard to convict what the evidence presented now shows as an obviously innocent man in a Seminole County kangaroo court, people are slaughtering each other in Chicago at an alarming rate and no one seems to care.
    It doesn’t even get an honorable mention in the lame stream media.
    It seems the death of some people is only important when the manipulators want to manipulate, divide and conquer the people.
    Where is all the outrage that in Chicago just at the half-way through the year has had their 200the murder and untold thousands of wounded victims and destroyed lives and families?
    Chicago celebrating the 4th of July holiday through the weekend logged its 200th homicide of the year on Saturday when a 24-year-old man was shot to death on the Near West Side.
    On Saturday alone, at least seven people were injured in a single drive-by shooting that left a 48-year-old man dead. The Sun-Times reports police believe the 6 p.m. shooting in Lawndale was gang-related and connected to an earlier attack on July 4th.
    The weekend’s youngest victims included 5-year-old Jaden Donald and 7-year-old Christian Lyles, both shot late night on July 4 in separate incidents.
    A judge denied bond on Sunday for the man accused of shooting Jaden Donald; the boy reportedly lost three organs as a result of the shooting incident.

  3. It would be too easy to see that history repeats itself. As in the use of race as a divider and as in the control of the media by the government. Lincoln the great manipulator was adept at controling his environment and his reelection – Lincoln had sent agents to New York City to spy out and report how the election was going… Just imagine whaqt he could accomplish with all the modern conveniences of travel and communications of today.

    When the Civil War broke out on April 12, 1861, shortly after Lincoln’s inauguration as America’s 16th president, he maintained that the war was about “restoring the Union and not about slavery.” He avoided issuing an anti-slavery proclamation immediately, despite the urgings of abolitionists and radical Republicans.
    But then he evolved; just like our modern political base evolves today. You know like Obama was opposed to gay marriage before he was in favor of it!
    Suddenly The American Civil War was all about slavery after all. When in reality if it was in fact “all about slavery” why didn’t Lincoln free “all persons held as slaves” within the United States? Because it was never anything more than a divide and conquer technique to begin with!
    On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 former slave Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy. After the war many survivors went back home to the only home they ever really knew or had.
    “After the Emancipation Proclamation, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery.” It became impossible for anti-slavery nations such as Great Britain and France, who had been friendly to the Confederacy, to get involved on behalf of the South. The proclamation also unified and strengthened Lincoln’s party, the Republicans, helping them stay in power for the next two decades.
    The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence.
    If any are scandalized or startled at seeing Lincoln called usurper or despot, they are invited to observe that he was denounced as both by many great Republican leaders of his own day. The words in which Fremont, Wendell Phillips, Fred Douglass, and Horace Greeley, all staunchest of Republicans and Abolitionists, issued their call for the convention of Republicans that met at Cleveland, Ohio, May 31, 1864, for the sole purpose of defeating Mr. Lincoln’s second election, were as follows: “The public liberty was in danger”; that its object was to arouse the people “and bring them to realize that while we are saturating Southern soil with the best blood of the country in the name of liberty, we have really parted with it at home; newspapers silenced and suppressed at the tinkling of an executive bell a thousand miles away from the scene of hostilities.”
    Among many records of the suppression of newspapers we have the following, in a letter of Gen. John A. Dix to Secretary Stanton, February 18, 1862: “Samuel Sands Mills, publisher and proprietor, and Thomas H. Piggott, editor, of The South, were arrested last evening, kept in the station-house during the night, and sent to Fort McHenry this morning. The office of The South was seized last evening, and is in possession of the police. John H. Mills, a partner in the concern, has also been arrested, and will be sent to Fort McHenry immediately.”(5) The same has in a note, “For the full proceedings of the House on July 18, 1861, concerning the charges against May, the attack by a Baltimore man on the Federal troops, and Chief of Police Kane’s connection therewith, see Congressional Globe for July 20, 1861, et seq.”
    The same gives Pinkerton’s report of the arrest, about midnight, 12th September, 1861, of Messrs. Scott, Wallis, F. Key Howard, Hall, May and Warfield.
    The same volume tells of the arrest of Messrs. Flanders Brothers, editors of the Gazette, Franklin county, N.Y., for complete opposition to the war — and of exclusion of the Gazette from the mails.
    Quotes from a letter from Schleinden to Sumner: “One of the most interesting features of the present state of things is the unlimited power exercised by the Government. Mr. Lincoln is in that respect the equal, if not the superior, of Louis Napoleon”; and Rhodes refers, too, to “the comparison constantly made in England between the coup d’etat of Louis Napoleon and the coup d’etat of Abraham Lincoln,” and, excusing the use of such power, adds, “The county attorney of Illinois had assumed the power of a dictator” — and this as early as July, 1861.
    Rhodes’ History of the United States is one of the latest records in this matter. While he eulogizes Lincoln as ardently as any other, he speaks of “the enormity of the acts done under his authority,” and says, “he stands responsible for the casting into prison of citizens of the United States to be counted by thousands on orders as arbitrary as the Lettres de Cachet of Louis XIV,” when the mode of procedure might have been, “as in Great Britain in her crises between 1793 and 1802, on legal warrants,” and he pronounces Lincoln’s conduct “inexpedient, unnecessary, and wrong.” And Rhodes says more specifically on the same page, “After careful consideration… I do not hesitate to condemn the arbitrary arrests and the arbitrary interference with the freedom of the press in States which were not in the theatre of the war and where the courts were open… that the offenders should have been prosecuted according to law, or, if their offenses were not indictable, permitted to go free.” Besides all this, Rhodes gives unqualified commendation to Governor Seymour for a patriotic spirit and proper jealousy for his country’s liberty shown in his bitter opposition to Lincoln’s usurpations, and shows how very far Seymour’s resentment towards Lincoln went. Rhodes even calls Lincoln a “tyrant.” Of a proclamation issued two days after the edict of Emancipation (Sept. 24, 1862) he says, after giving particulars of it, that it “applied to the whole country…. and was the assumption of the authority exercised by an absolute monarch.” And he quotes Joel Parker, Professor of Law in Harvard, as follows: “Do you not perceive that the President is not only an absolute monarch, but that his is an absolutely uncontrollable government, a perfect military despotism?” And Rhodes says of Curtis, a Justice of the Supreme Court, that “he now published a pamphlet, entitled Executive Power, which called Lincoln ‘a usurper’ and his power ‘a military despotism.” And Rhodes adds, “Indeed it is not surprising that it gave currency to an opinion that he intended to suppress free discussion of political events.”

  4. Name AMEN says:

    AMEN Name says @ 2013 at 9:48 pm – That is a good start but we have to keep on going all the way the the state houses. all county and city hall leaderships.

    The corruption in all government agencies is so think you can cut it with a knife! Lake County has long been the front runner in corruption and have been protected by their cronies all the way to the top.

    And for those who are just coming awake to all this local corruption it will not do you any good to complain to the governor Scott or the FDLE they are right in the middle of all this corruption as well. They are like state attorney Brad King they just can’t seem to find any wrong!

    Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are working to get phone petitions signed to abolish the IRS as well.

  5. Name says:

    It is clear from the Declaration of Independence that we Americans are obligated to peacefully overthrow the presently run government. Obama and his croonies are destroying constitutional America, taking away critical liberties and imposing regulations and taxes that are not voted for by the general body of Americans. Again we have taxation without representation and politically appointed agencies with politically appointed leads. We need the congress to peacefully overthrow the President via Impeachment, remove Eric Holder from his post as Attorney General, eliminate several politically established agencies such as Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency and install state rights representatives as the new head of government until new elected officials can be found and elected through a fair election free from the corrunption that elected the current president.

  6. Thank you Right Side for doing your part to keep this country great.

    As evidenced by a lot of stuff found on this site we have a major lack of ethics in most of our government and a lot of it coming from those we thought we could trust.

    somehow we the people have been led to believe that some super power always knows what is best for us and we need to just shut up and accept it.

    We the people of the USA need to resolve “to do what is right for our country”

    The “:authority and influence” from that so call authority is the problem.

    We have allowed the tail to wag the dog.

    Obama and his sting pullers obviously had something to do with the so call arab spring helping put his muslim brotherhood man in the office of president of Egypt.

    The people of Egypt just unelected the first so called democratically elected president they ever had for failure to do right.

    GOD BLESS THE USA ON THIS 4TH OF JULY AND EVERY OTHER DAY FOR THAT MATTER

    AND HE WILL JUST AS SOON AS THE PEOPLE GET TIRED OF THE CORRUPTION THAT HAS ENGULFED THIS GREAT NATION AND COME BACK TO CHRISTIANITY. HE AWAITS OUR DECISION.

  7. Many thanks for publishing in its entirety the Declaration of Independence! I pray many people actually READ it through and understand its implications for current events — and resolve to do what is right for our country to the best of their ability, authority and influence!

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