Happy Independence Day!!


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 harass 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 benefit 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 British 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.

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52 Responses to Happy Independence Day!!

  1. myiq2xu says:

    If you have a problem with being patriotic you might want to skip this post.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    NOTE: This cartoon is based on a hoax. Obama is in the US today.

  3. cj says:

    The miracle is that when the country needed greatness, it appeared.
    The blessing is that, so far, the Obama years isn’t one of those times.

    Happy 4th everyone.

  4. Thanks for posting The Declaration. I do try to read it every year on this day. Would that ALL Americans would do the same.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Our Declaration of Indepence may not be perfect, but she still gave us the best country in the world ! Happy Birthday America 😀

  6. Lulu says:

    I am going to play this as I “march” to the polls in November.

    • leslie says:

      That was wonderful. Your music just reminded me of the “older” neighbors we had when we first moved here in 1977. In my little chicago suburb, the 4th of July celebration brings people from all over the country – most of them lived here at one time or another, to recreate their own Independence Day memories: the neighborhood parade, the tennis tournament, the marching band competition, and the HUGE fireworks display over Lake Michigan (one of the Great Lakes that TehOnce didn’t kow about). Well, those “older” neighbors used to celebrate by broadcasting all the Sousa marches and any other march they had recordings of, over speakers to the entire neighborhood! what a shock when we moved in. We learned to love their celebration AND to love them. They taught us – reminded us – what Independence Day means.
      I miss them and their family. they passed away many years ago. I labeled them as “older” because they were younger than I am now. And I don’t feel so old.

  7. Thought I would post this- geez oh man- those crazy, evil, patriotic Mormons singing hymns about America! prog heads will explode!

  8. DeniseVB says:

    A nice tribute to all the troops, with thanks for keeping us free:

  9. HELENK says:

    I will watch it today and cry as usual.But they will be tears of joy that I was lucky enough to be born and live in America

  10. WMCB says:

    My latest favorite version of the Star Spangled Banner

    • leslie says:

      Me too, myiq. And thanks to yttik, I sent this to all my kids, and relatives. Some will actually hate it but most will LOVE it just as much as I do.
      oh, and ftr: I completely agree with what you wrote at Uppity’s.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      I also love it. Promoted it on FB & TW.

  11. WMCB says:

  12. votermom says:

    Mitt tweeted another pic of sadistic forced activity!!!!

    • leslie says:

      Geez, when will this sadism stop!!!!!!!!! Those poor kids. They’re prolly being forced to the Bubble Ice Cream House where they will be coerced to eat cones and sundaes.
      Oh, the inhumanity of it all.

    • Nice pics- wish I could see a close up of those flag banners- sort of reminds me of something- but can’t think what- I have seen it before though. Something to do with the circle of stars….

  13. yttik says:

    This is one of my favorites. Kids used to sing this is school almost everyday because it’s such a fun marching song.

  14. ZOMG! Schoolchildren! Dressed in matching outfits AND singing patriotic songs! And as far as I can tell they are not the Romneys! OMG IT”S SPREADING!

  15. HELENK says:

    I have been lucky enough to see many different parts of this country and meet people from many different states.Every state has its own beauty and traditions and good people. We are a great beautiful ,diversived, wonderful country and I thank all who have made it the place that it is.

  16. Lola-at-Large says:

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      On this day in 1895, Wellesley College professor Katherine Lee Bates’ poem, “Pikes Peak” was first published. In 1910, the poem was set to music composed by Samuel A. Ward and released as “America the Beautiful”.

      “One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.”

      • SophieCT says:

        Yes! I proudly claim her has a member of my “community” since she was unmarried and had a “roommate” for about 25 years. It’s not known if they were platonic or not, but they were very close. In my own subversive way, it delights me that this song (with credit to the lyricist) is in my church hymnal.

        I like to call her The Original Kathy Bates.

    • leslie says:

      Lola ~ this is one of my MOST favorite versions of this song. This even changed my parents’ thoughts about Ray Charles.

  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Happy Birthday America, My Home My country my Pride and Joy!!!,

  18. DeniseVB says:

    For the lovers of our history, meet The 7 Most Badass Founding Fathers……fun read !


  19. Lola-at-Large says:

    If you don’t at least tear up, you must have a heart of stone.

    • WOW! What a set of pipes on that child! There is a natural talent there- hope she doesn’t get pushed too far too fast- lessons that will take her on a natural progression.

  20. melisshka says:

    Nothing against Aretha, but I just couldn’t post something from Obama’s inauguration here today.

  21. melisshka says:

    Uh oh, didn’t embed, can anyone fix it?

  22. angienc says:

    Just popping in to wish everyone a happy & safe Fourth of July. This one is my favorite July 4th song and it’s still applicable today:

  23. DandyTiger says:

    You evil, evil, patriotic Americans. How could you. Are you all being paid by some shadowy 1%’ers? /s

    Happy 4th!!!

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