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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Independence Day

In honor of independence day the words for this post are borrowed from the preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Indenpendence.

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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. 

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That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

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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.

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Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;

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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. 

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But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism,

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it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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I'm also rather fond of the first amendment of the U.S. constitution:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

7 comments:

Denise inVA said...

A great series of photos Carver and Happy Independence Day :)

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Hope you’re enjoying a great Independence Day, Carver! The preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence is full of wisdom and goodwill as well as prophetic, requiring participation and courage from ordinary citizens of goodwill. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Carver -- this is a great reminder of what made our country and how I wish more people would read both documents carefully. We certainly don't seem to have leaders these days who have done so. Thank you for this.

lissa said...

I don't even know the words. thanks for sharing it here. nice scenic photos to go with them.

have a lovely day.

Denise inVA said...
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Denise inVA said...

Carver, came by again to thank you for the comment and to add to my own above. I welcomed the opportunity to revisit these beautiful photos, and those powerful words I find very moving. Thank you and have a great weekend.

YTSL said...

Inspiring words and beautiful photos! :)

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