Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th

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.

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.



Inga said...

I have not read that in quite a while, beautiful! Happy 4th!

Sion said...

Happy 4th of July!

Lucy van Pelt said...

Yay! Happy 4th! Can't wait to see you and your family today!

Misty said...

Simply beautiful!

Cellista said...

Thanks for sharing that, and to think that an Englishman said of it, "A more impudent, false, and atrocious proclamation was never fabricated by the hands of man."
(Ambrose Serle from 1776, page 141)