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July 4th, 2007


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06:20 am - Independence Day
I wonder how many Americans know more than the first sentence of this part of our Declaration of Independence?

...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.
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I wonder how many Americans will consider this the next time they vote? The full text is here. The list of abuses by King George III which prompted the American colonies to declare their independence is quite ... interesting.

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends!

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From:charleeg
Date:July 4th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Happy 4th right back atcha! You know, I started reading the entire text (thanks for including it - haven't read it in full in far too long), and then my blood pressure began to rise. Makes you wonder just which George they're writing about, no?
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From:mrsveteran
Date:July 4th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
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It's a bit chilling in spots, isn't it?

What really struck me, though, is that I think this sentence sums up the American people as a whole right about now:

...mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

How many people bitch about government abuses? And of those, how many do you think voted in the last election? I'd bet that the second number is quite a bit smaller.

~sigh~

I don't really get into politics much on this blog, but ... sometimes I can't resist. :-)
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From:charleeg
Date:July 4th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
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It does, doesn't it? I made a point with a client yesterday and used the cooking frog story. If you fling a frog into a pot of boiling water, he'll scramble like hell to get out, but if you put a frog in a cold pot of water and gradually turn up the heat, he'll sit there like a lump, never twitching until he's well-done.

My husband is the political ranter in my house. He gets his knickers in such a twist about all the right-winger stuff and carries on to the point I want to bludgeon him. Me, I just go vote - every time the polls are open.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:July 4th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)

Re: My all-time favorite...

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Heh. I don't rant anymore. Well, not much. There are a couple of issues that I may go off on such as treatment of veterans, the "war on drugs," health care, gay marriage, and how the fuck can't people see all the constitutional rights being taken away, but that's more or less limited to email and comments on political blogs or forums.

But yes, I vote. Every time I have the opportunity.

My mom is riding in a parade (today?) in support of Barack Obama. She's been out handing out literature and really doing a lot for his campaign locally. I think she volunteered for the Kerry campaign as well. My health doesn't leave me a lot of energy for much outside work, but I'm really proud of her and I wish I could do that as well.
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From:photog42
Date:July 4th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)

Re: My all-time favorite...

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Glambo for Prez!




Seriously though, thanks for posting that. It's amazing how often a "holiday" becomes about having a day off. It's good to have reminders out there.
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From:fabledbrewer
Date:July 4th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
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My local newspaper prints the full text of the Declaration every July 4th, and I was reading it this morning thinking the very same thing. It's a little discouraging, really.
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From:stardragonca
Date:July 4th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Yeah,that Bush bastard is always siding with Quebec an' the Injins!
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From:mrsveteran
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)

Re: My all-time favorite...

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Don't forget the heathen Chinee!
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From:stardragonca
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)

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*adopts puzzled expression and scours Declaration for mention of China*
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From:mrsveteran
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
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It's in the fine print. I'm sure it must be.
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From:ladyfox7oaks
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
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(Sigh) Yeah- they put it right there for everyone to see- That human beings would rather the devil they know, and the comfortable evil- than make the effort to oust it and put something better in its place.
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And does anyone pay attention? Does anyone have the spare energy after a day of fighting with the traffic, the boss, the job, the spouse, the kids, the weather, and the rest of surviving? We're kept so busy with so much other sh*t that it's difficult to see that larger picture sometimes. And part of me wonders if that isn't part of their plan...
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From:thediva_laments
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I remember the first time I read this part when I was a kid.

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.


And I thought, "Wow, good thing we'll never need to do that." Now, as an adult living under the Bush administration and the various destroyers of constitutional freedoms who have come before, I have really begun to wonder at the long seeing wisdom of the founders. I really do think W & Co. are on a march toward absolute despotism, and it terrifies me.
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From:stardragonca
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Someone wrote in the site's guest book "I think this is a good weap side."
Please,Powers That Be,let it be a six year old.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Or a non-native-English-speaker...
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From:stardragonca
Date:July 4th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
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A six year old from Gdańsk.
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From:histygirl
Date:July 5th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
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Happy 4th from a canuckian girl in redneck country!
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From:blackbirdshaq
Date:July 5th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
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So... when we start up the rebel army, do I get to design the outfits?

Yeah... I was thinking about what "freedom" really means yesterday. And then I read your post and sort of wanted to hide under the covers.

When the revolution comes I'll make cheese sammiches for everybody.

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