"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. ..."
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Declaration of Independence, IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
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The finest Declaration of any kind anywhere in history. It's (past) time to start living by these principles once again.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    We need to apply the principles of our Declaration of Independence NOW, to our current government, before it's too late, as it warns us to do. We cannot afford to be complacent and inactive. We need to exercise our rights, as set forth in this document, and not be afraid of leaving our 'comfort zone!'
     -- N. Grigsby, Franklin, KY     
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    I think we are again at the crossroads, we again have tyranny in government, Grigsby, who commented above knows it. As do millions. I'm old now, lived a good life, sad to see our country again in the hands of traitors and corrupt politicians. I can't say what I want to, does that not tell you all the situation we are in? Good luck, America, you will need it.
     -- Kimo, Lahaina     
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    Fantastic. I think the time has come round again to put these principles into action. Viva la Revolution
     -- Anonymous, Rome     
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    A revolution of ideas.
     -- JoW, Utah     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    It is not merely your right to oppose despotism, it is your duty as a human being (with a human being's natural rights) to oppose it. It is your duty not just to yourself or your fellow citizens, it is your duty to posterity who cannot defend themselves from the present abuses. Fight evil where evil is found. "Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."---T.J.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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     -- shotgunsusie, Covington, La      
     -- Anonymous      
    Sadly we have not been unanimous about anything since then.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    "...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." This phrase has never been more true of America today. There are only 2 paths to go: one ever inches towards despotism, and one is revolution, and I do believe it is inevitable, the only question is how long the American people will wait...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    How far this nation has strayed from it's original ideals over the last two-hundred years! Revolution is inevitable, human history has a tendency of repeating itself; the question is when...
     -- D.C. Staal, Spokane, WA     
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    I am standing....
     -- Abigail, Newport     
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    My children and I marched yesterday with the Tea Party groups in the 4th of July parade and we were proud Americans to do so. Wake UP Americans!!! This document is brilliant and TJ worked long and hard to get the verbiage down perfectly!
     -- M.Brown, Florida     
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    The light in the night. For nearly two thousand years the light of freedom, the divine right of every person on the planet. Has grown and did grow to fulfillment. With great opposition every step of the way. The dark night. The children of the kingdom were surly cast into outer darkness. But a candle was lit in the night to guide us by freedom, from the law of oppression to the law of faith so making peace, for our selves, with commonality of natural affection. In this exsperiment of administering the grace of God in the form of our government and sacred teaching of conduct, a filling up of certain children is obtained, knowing the floods of the storms would roll upon our shores, the flood of imagration. Our attention is not only on our phisical salvation but our spiritual destination. If we believe in divine rights we also believe in our divine destiny of a new creature. Many thing are to be said of what will become reality. But as long as true watchmen are called the stand and fight for our form of freedom and liberty will go on for a purpose. There is a destination in mind. God bless America and have mercy upon us all.
     -- Ron, Salem     
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    I think people need to read this and wake-up
     -- TINA, SC     
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    We all need to read this glorious charter on a regular basis to remind us of the deep tap roots that anchor our country. Our founders didn't blow innocent people up to gain power. They opened with a quick line of explanation of what they were doing and followed that with the clear and profound words of what they believed. They were taking on the most powerful nation on the planet. They had no navy at all. They had little more than an armed group of hearty fellow patriots. They did have those touchstone beliefs and proposed to create a new form of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. They also set down in this same document the right of the people to change this new government if it didn't meet their needs or overthrow it if required! Some feel we may have reached that point. There is no doubt in my mind that some changes need to be made. I hope and pray, on this anniversary of our country's founding, that the required changes will come peacefully. God Bless America!
     -- J. B. Wulff, Bristol, CT     
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    Perhaps the greatest statement of universal human affirmation ever voiced. Perhaps too the starkest reminder of social empowerment and its concomitant responsibility ever given breath. It's our heritage ... though hardly our present national reality or even anything close to it. I believe a clear understanding that it's the PAST being honored today will be in the forefront of truly thoughtful people's minds. For the rest of America beer, barbecue, boom boom and Nascar will suffice to reinvigorate a false, however useful IMAGE of US freedom and greatness.
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
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     -- S G O'Donnell, , Boston, MA      
    More important than this today is the Magna Carta-where the government must obey all the laws it puts on our backs. Obama care should not be exempt from the congress.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    This is from National Treasure Movie:

    (Quoting from Declaration of Independence) Ben Gates: "'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.' - People don't talk that way anymore."

    Riley Poole: "Beautiful. No idea what you said."

    Unfortunately the vast majority of our nation today falls into the last quote.
     -- SCSURFR, La Mirada     
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