"There, I guess King George will be able to read that."
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John Hancock
(1737-1793) American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution, Scholar President of the Continental Congress (1775-1777), governor of Massachussets, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, remembered for his large and stylish signature on the Declaration of Independence
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Remark on signing American Declaration of Independence
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
Celebrate your freedom this 4th of July, we may not have many more to celebrate...
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    I say any 4th of July celebration you attend freedom in America should be brought up in conversation because I can't think of a better time to do it as the clock is ticking away.
     -- Anon     
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    No Fear.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    As to the constitution, I wish King Obama would read it and stick to it. Fat chance.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    A true revolutionary, battling the existing legal regime. Today we can work within the Constitution which is our legal regime or work outside of it and be a revolutionary like these guys were. Because we admire them for what they accomplished in overthrowing the ancien regime we should also admire them for giving us a new and imporved one and amendable one. We need not however be revolutionaries in the former sense. Ah peace and domestic tranquility now and forevermore.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    What would the equivalent of saying 'no' to tyranny be today? The revolutionaries were not just 'battling a regime,' they were declaring their indepedence from kings and rulers, they were fighting for their self-evident natural born rights. Are our elected officials acting more like rulers or defenders of our rights? If they do not stay with the limits of the Constitution, then we do not have to obey them, period. It is not revolutionary, it is the foundation of Liberty. No peace without justice, and there can't be domestic tranquility in a police state. Hancock and other founders were very courageous -- we need to be, too, if we wish for liberty and justice for all.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    They were not declaring independence from rule, organization or order. They were operating within an organization and acting to rule themselves by creating a Continental Congress and raising an army. Reading the Declaration as if it were a broadside against any and all rule is a false reading, it was a declaration against the rule of King George.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Yes Waffler and a proclamation FOR the rule of self government which is a broadside against any and all rule that violates the rule of natural law that proclaims the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Take your false reading and remember this..."That whenever ANY form of government becomes destructive to these ends,"...--Caps mine.
     -- Anon     
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    stupid
     -- blablabla, puli, taiwan     
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