What did we celebrate yesterday?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by bruno, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. bruno

    bruno 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Feb 2, 2008
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    Just in case you forgot what we were celebrating yesterday- it was 238 years since the release of this document. Here's the Salient point: " That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;... 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."

    What really makes the Declaration of Independence important is not what usually gets quoted- "created equal- life liberty and the pursuit of happiness" etc... All of that had been said before and in virtually the same words- by among others, John Locke. and note that the Declaration's words were not embedded in the Constitution which is the keystone document of the country. Rather it was that the signers of the Declaration WENT OUT ON A LIMB and signed a document that said the King and Great Britain no longer had the right to govern them and that they were willing to risk all to stand up for themselves. (And that is what they were risking by putting their names to the Declaration: as Benjamin Franklin said when signing "we must all hang together, for assuredly we will hang separately"). We would be a better country going forward if once again we placed our "firm reliance on divine Providence" and then all of us once again mutually pledge to each other "our Lives, our Fortunes" and last but not least "our sacred Honor". For the most part military members do just that- probably why in poll after poll the country holds them in higher esteem than virtually all other professions. We should demand that same commitment of all of our institutions and of each other.

    Happy belated Birthday to the United States of America! I hope that you all had a great 4th of July- I spent mine in Newport and Bristol Rhode Island.


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  2. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

    Apr 1, 2007
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    The key phrase in the entire document:

    Too bad this is often overlooked, or when written or discussed by patriotic citizens is seen as seditious or treasonous by the power elite.
  3. JMS

    JMS 5-Year Member

    Jul 2, 2011
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    I think the Civil War greatly altered the right to alter or abolish and replace.
    But probably for the good. Happy belated Independence Day!

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