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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

We believe that the Declaration 
of Independence to be an inspired
document.  The Declaration of 
Independence was written before 
the Constitution and the Bill of 
Rights.  This sent the message to
England that we were now 
independent from them.  That 
because of the listed greavences 
we were going to became our own 
nation and rule ourselves.

This document sent the message to 
the whole world that man had been 
given certain rights from God and 
that no one here on earth had the 
right to take these rights away.  

Most people have read this 
document maybe once in their life 
time. Now is the time to read it 
again and become familiar with it.
Memorize some of the more touch-
ing parts.  See the link below for 
the complete text of the 
Declaration of Independence.

As you read this I pray your heart 
will be touched by the spirit of 
the Founding Fathers. Also that 
you will see the parallels to our 
days. Our Fore Fathers sacrificed 
everything to give us the 
freedoms we have today.  Let us 
do our part to preserve these 
rights, which is many cases we 
have lost.  Maybe what is needed 
today is a modern Declaration of 
Independence.  

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!

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 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 harrass 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 
          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 Brittish 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. 


     The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions 
     indicated:

     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
     Massachusetts:
       John Hancock
     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
       James Smith
       George Taylor
       James Wilson
       George Ross
     Delaware:
       Caesar Rodney
       George Read
       Thomas McKean
     New York:
       William Floyd
       Philip Livingston
       Francis Lewis
       Lewis Morris
     New Jersey:
       Richard Stockton
       John Witherspoon
       Francis Hopkinson
       John Hart
       Abraham Clark
     New Hampshire:
       Josiah Bartlett
       William Whipple
     Massachusetts:
       Samuel Adams
       John Adams
       Robert Treat Paine
       Elbridge Gerry
     Rhode Island:
       Stephen Hopkins
       William Ellery
     Connecticut:
       Roger Sherman
       Samuel Huntington
       William Williams
       Oliver Wolcott
     New Hampshire:
       Matthew Thornton

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