04 July 2009

Happy 4th of July!

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.

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 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.
This morning I listened to the Declaration of Independence read by NPR. (Thanks Shelley for the link!) I have such a love for this great land that we live in. I'm one of those that cries when I sing or hear the Star Spangled Banner. It's amazing to think what these men did 233 years ago. I have read the Declaration before but today I was especially amazed at how gutsy they were. They knew that the things they said against the King of England were going to get them killed yet they knew that what they were doing was right.

In the past I've posted something from Rush Limbaugh called "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor" that lists what happened to these men. They truly were men of honor.

I love my country and hope you all have a great 4th of July!


Cynthia said...

Beautifully said. My sister just spent the 4th in Washington DC seeing all the great sites and introducing her children to them. Can you imagine how extra-inspiring it would be to be there over the 4th?

It's been an embarrassingly long time since I've read the DofI. Thanks for posting.

Shelley~Maren said...

Awesome! I'm glad you liked it! It's kind of my favorite right now. :) Yay for NPR!