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flag1On July 4th 1776 the most important document in the history of nations was signed. The Declaration of Independence would serve from that day to present as the cornerstone of freedom throughout the world.

According to Wikipedia over 2,712,991 Americans have given their lives in defense of the words written on this parchment. I will not debate over the value of the conflicts nor the politics of the issue. I will state my personal feeling that the vast majority of these brave men and women served their country because they believed in the principals laid out in this document by our founding fathers. To those individuals and their families, I say Thank You and May God Bless Your Souls.

I need say nothing else, God Bless America.

flag2The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, 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 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 affect 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.

To read the complete document (it’s worth it) click below:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

Nine interesting fact about the Declaration of Independence

http://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-declaration-of-independenced.

Happy Fourth and God Bless America,

Bob

 

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