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Declaration of Independence

June 30, 2012

Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776

Declaration of Independence

 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 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 the 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 the 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 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 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 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 Rules 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 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 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 divineProvidence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

                                                                   John Hancock
GEORGIA: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.
NORTH CAROLINA: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton.
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.
PENNSYLVANIA: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, Jason Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross.
DELAWARE: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
NEW YORK: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Frank Lewis, Lewis Morris.
NEW JERSEY: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
MASSACHUSETTS: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry.
RHODE ISLAND: C. Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery.
CONNECTICUT: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott.

Notes:  Fifty-six (56) signers; 27 stated reasons for the declaration.


Did You Hear Our Propaganda Today?

June 16, 2012

I thought I would share the latest prearranged installment of campaign double speak.  The email below, written and approved many days in advance, arrived at 6:30 pm, shortly after Obama’s speech in the important swing state of Ohio.

Filled with the usual and customary emotional trigger words and short on specifics, it makes its expected “appeal” to one’s emotions and would not be complete without an appeal to get into your wallet!  It’s a typical fundraising letter, filled with hysteria, fear and empty promises they can’t live up to.

From David Axelrod and the Obama campaign.
“Keep this message at the top of your inbox”
Did you hear the President today?

This is a make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans — and anyone who cares needs to watch the speech President Obama made in Cleveland today.  (the clear implication is that if you don’t or haven’t watched their speech propaganda, then you don’t care about the middle-class! Why single out “the middle-class”? What happened to the “general” welfare?)

In this election, we face a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy. The path Mitt Romney and his Republican allies want to take us down is exactly the one that led us to the 2008 crisis. We have to reject those policies and embrace the President’s vision of growing the economy, not from the top down, but from the middle class out. (one has to believe that both candidates want to actually grow the economy.  Neither candidate’s plans, actions, or historical evidence is proof that they do.  Obama and Romney have proven their clear willingness to grow government ever larger and ever more comprehensive, taxing and spending more and more, not less and less.  Equally poor serfs is always the game of tyrants.)

The choice couldn’t be clearer on the issues most important to ordinary Americans:  (really? ordinary Americans? Or just collectivists and progressives?)
– Better Education: We need to invest in good teachers and help more students go to college and get job training — not pack kids into classrooms and slash scholarships. (central planning has ruined education since the early 60’s but yet the proposed solutions are to intervene, borrow and spend even more? The answer is the exact opposite. )
– More, Cleaner Energy: We need to invest in promising new sources of energy to create a market for innovation and good jobs of the future — not go back to relying on foreign oil. (not go back to foreign oil? Stop shutting off our own oil production and we wouldn’t rely on others)
– Leading Through Innovation: We need to invest in our best scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs so they innovate here — not cede new ideas to countries like China and India. (ideas and research do start here and plenty of them but onerous federal regulation will drive out the manufacturing to less onerous countries).
– Job-Creating Infrastructure: We need roads, bridges, ports, and broadband technology that attract businesses that will create jobs here — not more pet projects and bridges to nowhere.  (pet projects like Solyndra?)
– Fair, Simple Tax Reform: We need to reward businesses that create jobs here instead of rewarding outsourcing, and must ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share again — not sacrifice investments critical to the middle class. (what about the poor? Don’t you care about them anymore? First they came to help the poor and now we have poverty.  Now they want to help the middle-class?)

This economic crisis didn’t start in 2008.  For more than a decade before, we knew things weren’t working the way they should.  We saw costs for everything from health care to education rising faster than wages.  Good-paying, middle-class jobs were becoming harder to find, as more and more companies moved production overseas. (Oh yes, I remember. The Democrats helped pass CAFTA and NAFTA that wiped out our textile jobs here at home and many were union jobs.  Are we being taken again?)

The other side’s solution was the same then as it is now — massive tax cuts benefiting mainly the wealthy, rolling back regulations on risky behavior for Wall Street and banks, and slashes to services that the middle class depends on, like Medicare, education, and job training.  A decade ago, Bill Clinton left a record surplus.  But the last administration put two wars, two huge tax cuts, and the Medicare prescription program on a credit card, and handed President Obama a trillion dollar deficit and a raging economic crisis. (and Obama thinks more taxing of the rich, more regulating of markets, bailing out banks and business with borrowed money, expanding Medicare, education and job training, more debt, more borrowing and printing, more wars and an all powerful central government will fix all our ills?)

Incredibly, Romney and his allies want to go back to those same, disastrous policies: budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy and free rein for Wall Street to write its own rules.  We tried Mitt Romney’s failed formula for most of the last decade.  It benefited a few, but exploded the deficit, crashed our economy, and devastated the middle class.  It didn’t grow our economy, create good jobs, or pay down our debt — it did the opposite. And it won’t work this time around either: Independent economists confirm that Romney’s plan wouldn’t cut the deficit, or even create a single job now — in fact, it could slow growth and push us back into recession. (you mean the same one’s that didn’t call for an Audit of the Federal Reserve fraud when you guys were in power? Are you calling for an Audit today? NO, you are not! There is so much garbage in this paragraph I’d have to write a book to correct it)

Today the President laid out a very different vision, one where everyone — no matter who you are, where you’re from, or how big your bank account is — pitches in (how’s this “pitching in” thing gonna work?) together to rebuild the foundations of our country and economy.  Instead of another $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, Obama believes we should pay down our debt (he is demanding we do the opposite) and invest in the things we know we need to grow the economy (government is a bad investment) and strengthen the middle class.  That means restoring and upgrading our crumbling infrastructure, investing in education, paying down our debt responsibly, and yes, asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more.  This approach requires tough choices and shared sacrifice — exactly how we built the American economy in the first place. (no, it was not built on any such nonsense. It was built on freedom, production and wealth.)

As supporters, it’s on us to get this message out there.

Watch the President’s speech, and share it with your friends, family — heck, share it with everyone you know. There’s even a helpful printout you can download and pass around:



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