Happy Fourth Of July

Fourth_of_July_Fireworks_at_Washington_DC_-_1Today is Independence Day here in the US, the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, though we generally associate the day with the War of Independence. Consequently, the most obvious activity connected with our celebration is firing off fireworks or attending fireworks shows.

From time to time, however, it’s a good idea to think a bit more about the document that was behind the establishment of the USA. After all, this short treatise claims rights for all men, “inalienable rights,” no less. Here’s how it begins:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 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

So happy Fourth Of July, to you all, everywhere.

Published in: on July 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm  Comments Off on Happy Fourth Of July  
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