Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

We live in the greatest country that ever has been and ever will be. God has blessed us beyond what most people can even imagine. And he chose to bring about these blessings a handful of great men, men who new what the problem was with other countries and wanted to make a nation free of these problems, free of tyranny. They gave their lives to insure that this new land would be free.

These are the men that fought for freedom, that died for freedom. But before these men fought, fifty- six men told the British that they would. On this day, the greatest declaration every written was signed. A declaration saying that men should be free, that if there was a tyrant keeping them from being so that it was there responsibility to rid themselves of this tyrant. And that a Government should be installed to see that the people keep their freedom, not to take it away from them.

Now, read these words, read them slowly that you may understand them and take them to your heart. For these are the words that every true American lives by.

In Congress, July 4th, 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.

From here on, the Declaration goes on to list the charges against King George, their reasons for believing they have the right declare their freedom. It is in the very last paragraph that the actual declaration is made:

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.

These are the men, long dead, but there actions were immortal, so their names and deeds live on, these men are the Founding Fathers of our country. Respect them and give them honor, on this day and always. God used them to free his nation.

Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.

Americans really are remarkable people. But sadly, they are often given a bad name by people claiming to be Americans, but who are not, only by title.The United States is a country of honor, a country of good people, people who will help each other out when things get tough. They will lend a hand to whoever needs it.

As I said at the beginning of the post, we live in the greatest country that ever has been. When a country is blessed by God and based on freedom, there is no way it could be anything but the greatest land that ever was. And the Untied States is that country. It is the best. And it shall be, always and forever. Till the twilight of mankind.

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