For The Fourth, Read The Document That Started It All


In Congress, July 4, 1776.
A Declaration
By the representatives of the
United States Of America,
In general Congress assembled.

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.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

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.

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  • Michael Nestorick

    I think O’Bama and all Democrats should read this, they have been away from reality way to long!

    • Mister007

      They can’t read it because it is curcive writing and they don’t know how to read that.

      • dan

        …they might read it if we wrapped it in a red cover and titled it
        The RED (white and blue) Manifesto

        • Mith Radates

          You guys have to realize that BHO and the prog/libs DO NOT CARE about the Declaration of Independence or the rule of law or the Constitution or anything except controlling the rest of us. They are parasites who will feed on us until we perish, then blame us for not sustaining them, pretty much like King George III. That is, unless we throw off their oppression, as did the Founders. As Mr. Lincoln said: “The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution”. He was prescient. Let’s hope that our people learn before it is too late what the people of Egypt have learned just in time. Let’s also pray that if/when the Schumer hits the fan, our military will take a lesson from the Egyptian military.

          • Warrior

            Here, here!

          • MLR

            you really think that Republicans give a damn about the Constitution or Declaration of Independence?

      • Robbie

        Golly gosh dernit. You betcha!

  • Stuart Shepherd

    OMG! The part you never read! All that is TODAY and THEN SOME WHICH IS EVEN WORSE- the money!

    you wish to know when that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer
    of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but
    by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain
    permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to
    those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer
    by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against
    them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and
    honesty becoming self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.
    Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not
    make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as
    half-property, half-loot.”

    –Ayn Rand

    Atlas Shrugged, p. 385 (1957)

  • Blank Reg

    Virtually everything in that document could apply today to the last two administrations. And we sit here and wonder what everyone else is waiting for…

    • Vis Fac

      Those who wait are left standing at the station. IMHO the Tea Party Movement is a step in the right direction. ODUMBO and his liberal cronies are afraid so they do all they can to malign and abase those who embrace Tea Party ideology. It’s indeed sad that OUR government is afraid of OUR Constitution and those who embrace it.

      • MLR

        Not much is going to change, because there are to many chickens–t people out there willing to give up their “rights” for the imaginary safety the government will give them from the enemy in their war on terror

  • hippybiker

    “I care not who votes. Its who counts the vote that counts.”
    Uncle Joe Stalin
    Most people don’t understand that this is OUR founding document, and is still in affect for WE the PEOPLE to use anytime we feel ready. Furthermore, as our founding fathers found out tyrants only understand one thing. Violence! They use it against us and are sadly surprised and confused when it is given back to them in kind.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    I have often wondered why the Declaration of Independence was not read on national TV and radio on every 4th of July to remind people what we had to give up to gain.

    • Vis Fac

      Lame stream media is a government program and ANTI Constitution. They would NEVER do anything contrary to their master’s desires. Certainly anything having to do with rule of law (OUR Constitution ) is strictly “verboten”

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    An open message to members of the Space Science & Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives is posted at the top of my web page today to celebrate this,

    The 237th birthday of this once Great Nation, and to seek an end to

    Sixty-eight years (2013-1945 = 68 yrs) of deceptive government science.

    Comments, pro/con, would be appreciated.

    With kind regards,
    – Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo
    PhD, Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc, Space Physics


    It can not be read enough and it’s lesson cannot be taught enough, every citizen of all stripe should read this and realize that everyday we sacrifice some of our best in order to keep and preserve the spirit of this document and make sure the spirit of freedom continues to live in the hearts of all mankind….
    Remember the 4th of July and all we celebrate……..Never Forget!

  • David

    We need to change some of the wording to reflect the current Communist US Government, under Obama, and re-submit this Document to the US Congress to hold all of them, and Obama Conspiracy Adminisration, and the lying liberal Press for acts of treason against the American People under the Constitution.