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ScottA 07-04-2013 04:13 PM

Let's remember what makes the USA great
 
This is the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ok... so it actually happened on July 3rd... just skip that.

To me, what stands preeminent in the greatness of our country is embodied in the beginning of the Declaration. The Declaration of Independence states unequivocally that people have rights simply because of their personhood. Their rights are not given to them by a government or a king, their rights inherently belong to them because they are born. They are given by their creator, not by any instrument of man. The Declaration of Independence insists that any king or government that tries to usurp those rights is a tyrant and no longer worthy to rule.

johnr1943 07-04-2013 04:22 PM

Lest WE forget
 
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.

dango 07-04-2013 08:34 PM

I do have vague memories of (Greatness) ...! Let it be (GREAT AGAIN)..!

New campaign : "SLAP A SHEEP TODAY".....! :D.

rockratt 07-04-2013 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by dango (Post 1294859)
I do have vague memories of (Greatness) ...! Let it be (GREAT AGAIN)..!

New campaign : "SLAP A SHEEP TODAY".....! :D.

And a sheeple to while your at it!!!!

PanBaccha 07-05-2013 12:09 AM

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Originally Posted by ScottA (Post 1294639)
This is the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ok... so it actually happened on July 3rd... just skip that.

To me, what stands preeminent in the greatness of our country is embodied in the beginning of the Declaration. The Declaration of Independence states unequivocally that people have rights simply because of their personhood. Their rights are not given to them by a government or a king, their rights inherently belong to them because they are born. They are given by their creator, not by any instrument of man. The Declaration of Independence insists that any king or government that tries to usurp those rights is a tyrant and no longer worthy to rule.

Such eloquence in something so simply true! Thank you!


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