July 4, 2011 1:05 PM
Declaration of Independence - read it with your family today
(Adopted by Congress on 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 bonds 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 to 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.
Read entire text - including a list of grievances against the King of Great Britain here.
Whenever a group of people needs to separate themselves from their government and assert their universal and God-given independence and equality, it's important to clearly state the reasons why.
We think it's obvious that God created every person equal, and He gave each person specific unchanging rights that should never be trampled upon -
these include the right of the people to live life in freedom without undue harm, and pursue their dreams and goals. The very reason we have man-made governments is to protect these rights, not to interfere with them. Furthermore, whatever power and authority governments have are given by the people's permission and limited to their protection. When any government starts to undermine the very purpose of protecting the life, freedoms, and happiness of the people, then they have the right to change the government or even to pull the plug on the government if things get too bad. The people have the right to set up a new and better government based and organized upon tried and true principles that protect, rather than threaten, their safety and happiness. It's not wise to change a long-standing government for some trivial or fleeting reason or for the latest political fad; and, in fact, history shows that people are more likely to put up with unbearable evil they even get used to it!, than they are to correct the problem. In other words: Put a frog in hot water and he'll jump out. But put him in cool water and gradually turn up the heat, and he'll fry to death. But when a government becomes tyrannical and abusive with consistent, repeated violations of the people's rights, with the intent to make them slaves of the state, then the people have the right -- in fact, the duty -- to revolt and put new safeguards in place to protect their future rights.
People are pretty mixed up about the conservative/liberal labels - especially since our Government Media has evidenced a perverted agenda to disrupt the continuation of our democracy and the free flow of ideas. But it seems pretty obvious that conservatism is the carrying forward of the ideals upon which our country was founded.
Our rights are not granted to us by our government, but by God. The government is created by the people to serve to protect those rights and to defend our nation. We are not to be slaves to the state - not in 1776 and not in 2011.