Thursday, July 3, 2008

When in the Course of Human Events


We've talked much about how to handle the coming storm. July 4th is the perfect time to reflect upon the fact that storms have hit societies before and that in the chaos and turmoil of war, economic collapse, currency hyperinflation, trade disruption, death and destruction, a People can forge a new and better world from the ashes of the old.

This is not to ignore the many failings of the early Republic, but one must acknowledge that considering the backgrounds and culture that shaped the men of the early Republic, they did great things, especially considering the baggage they carried.

The Revolution provided a new route for humanity. We may fail at times to live up to the standard they set, but we will hopefully turn to that Revolution for inspiration in the hard times to come. And when we are called upon to make great sacrifices in the coming years, may we reflect upon the Revolution and be willing to pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor in pursuit of a better and more just world.


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...


...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.

3 comments:

judasnoose said...

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, "

You're saying that outside your barbed-wire Free Speech Zone.

If a cop heard you, he would feel that his life was in danger.

Flagg707 said...

I'd reply back, but I think my file at the NSA already exceeds 10GB...

subadei said...

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,"

Nay, friend. It is the obligation of the people to become complacent. Afterall, we can't have the righteous majority in an armed fashion. Let them suffer as the the fate of the criminally armed dictate. For the vehicle for violence is purely the cause and never shall the reality of such political inconvenience as "gun ownership" meet the reality of a disarmed populace of law abidance. Victims of violence are equitable to votes...

Apologies as I reflect on the Heller vs DC bit.

A belated happy Independence Day, Flagg. Hope you and yours enjoyed and are safe.