"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, ...
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."
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Its an awesome quote, but its not what I was looking for.
 -- Katherine, www.myspace.com/xxferroxmetalxx     
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    GREAT!!!
     -- Anonymous     
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    brilliant. just brilliant.
     -- Anonymous     
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    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created. . . " If we are not created, but merely evolved, from where do the rights spring?
     -- John Anderson, Tacoma     
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    i think that to many of the masses has been brain washed into servitude... taxes, over priced cures for things that nature already provides anyway, misdemeanor possesion charge u go to jail where a pedo with enough money can get off on a technicallity. does anyone else see what i see??? i love this quote because it is true if we keep blindly folllowing this system of greed and power in the end result we will have no one to blame but ourselves. open your ears, eyes and mind to what is going on around u people!
     -- just another refugee, nonya     
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    Compelled compliance, victimless crimes, license, governmental larceny, anti-life / liberty / property, and more are all executed on a once free sovereign people by a declared independent foreign entity. That foreign entity is a socialistic theocracy that is destructive to the most base of principles that established the Constitution. We The People need not just abolish the foreign despot, but put in its place a representative republic based on the Laws of Nature and Nature's God and justice.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Just another refugee, - "...in the end result we will have no one to blame but ourselves...." The rest of your post was great but this line points out the solution that MUST happen in order for any people to be as free as natural law says they can be. Individuals must realize that that regardless of thier particular action or inaction, these events, by the law of cause and effect, have consequences that are either good or bad for the individual and by the ripple effect these decisions affect others as well in a good or bad way. Freedom demands self responsibility from the individual. If one claims he is not, does not want, or simply avoids responsibility for himself, the ripple effect of nature on others still effects them in a good or bad way. In this case bad. If freedom demands responsibility of the individual as it does, then freedom of a nation of people demands the same responsible action from every single one of them who are able. As long as man depends on governments of men to nanny them (be responsible FOR them) in providing their needs, this individual irresponsible action that gives up natural rights for man determined privileges will lead to slavery every time. The result is the sum of your statement. The nature of man to lift up other men not as their equal, but as better or smarter than them allows for a place to put the blame when things don't go well for the individual. Just look at all out there who fanatically blame one or other of the parties for the mess in America or in lieu of a party membership blame politicians etc. in particular or in general. Because of natural law things can't go well under the circumstances our country exists in today. Until individuals make that first responsible decision to BE responsible for themselves and accept and deal with the fact they haven't BEEN responsible, they will never accept blame for the demise of freedom and thus the demise of America. Who's to blame? In agreement with you I say we all need to look in the mirror.
     -- Anon     
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    We need to get back to the basics of "Americanism". What we have today is absolute socialist bulls**t, which is a cancer on society. And like cancer...socialism kills.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- jim k, austin      
    The government founded in Washington, D.C. 12 years later after these words were written has done just that for 222 years now that is it has secured these rights to a greater and greater extent so that we are the freest people in the history of the world. In the 1861 it fought to secure these blessings to the residents and states that were at war against these ideals and it did so again in the 1960's by sending troops to Arkansas and Alabama for example. We should be proud that our nation and its' government has advanced these ideals both here and abroad for 222 years.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    'Governments are instituted among Men to secure the unalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, and whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.' Too many use this as an excuse to assault and steal from one another. When the "Form" of government becomes destructive, then we MUST alter or abolish it. I would say the 21st century form of this government is in tremendous need of altering -- not but 1 politician in a thousand can be trusted in Washington (and I am not so sure about him either...).
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    nothing
     -- Taurus     
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     -- Taurus      
    The word smithing / conceptualizations in corporeal legal administrations does not necessarily reference a "god" but rather, denotes something that is beyond man's ability to create, legislate or control. By way of example: insurance language uses, "acts of god", to explain naturally occurring tornados, lightning caused fires, etc. Self-evident truths are actions occurring within the laws of nature and of nature's God (natural law = gravity, physics, life, liberty, inalienable rights, etc.). The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, with its cooberating clerical indoctrinations (MSM), ecclesiastical seminaries (government schools), otherwise P.C. enforcers, etc. have done well in dumbing down a chattel society to the point the have an ignorant knee jerk reaction to any mention of the living God.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Ronw13, OR      
    5 stars in 2009 and 5 stars again.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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