questionswhen in the course of human events, it becomes…

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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.

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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. 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.

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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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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.

The next section is a list of charges against King George III, which aim to demonstrate that he has violated the colonists' rights and is therefore unfit to be their ruler (edited out for brevity's sake)

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Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British 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.

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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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TL;DR

USA, GO AMERICA, SOME GAVE ALL, PATRIOTISM, NATIONALISM, ETC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud4DE0Kthpg

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@kamikazeken: Thank you. Best thing I've seen on the AtC side in months and months.

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Consider that the men who signed this document were committing an act of treason punishable by death. Yes, it was, and still is, an imperfect nation, but this very document states that it is our responsibility to select a government of our mutual choosing, and no nation does more to not only improve itself, but to improve the entire world's freedom.

what's interesting about the declaration is the first sentence where it says "...it becomes necessary for ONE PEOPLE...". 13 individual states were able to see themselves as ONE PEOPLE.

If you have any doubts this is truly the greatest nation that has ever existed, watch HBO's "Citizen: USA". Seeing the US through the eyes of immigrants from around the world, who have freely chosen to renounce their citizenship and loyalty to their birth-nation makes you see things you take for granted in a whole new light.

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At first I thought it said "When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to own people"

Ergo, it's time for bed.

Happy Birthday America. (/Anniversary?)

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@kamikazeken And thanks for the post.

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@kamikazeken: Thanks for posting! Everyone in the U.S. needs to be reminded of what ideals this country was founded on. (Especially the folks in Washington)

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Fitting and all...I'm just wondering how it got past the "please state this in the form of a question" filter without a question mark.

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What I find interesting about this is that if something like this was attempted today, the people doing it would be executed. On one hand we praise these founding fathers but today we call the current generation of people like this (home-grown) terrorists. History is written by the winners...

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God's blessings to all of those who fought for our freedom, and for their survivors.

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A friend of mine had this to say: "So today in 1776 a bunch of slave owners signed a document proclaiming all men equal. Whoop de friggen doo."

Slight inconsistencies aside, I was amused.

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@trahentis: like I said,
"...it was, and still is, an imperfect nation, but this very document states that it is our responsibility to select a government of our mutual choosing, and no nation does more to not only improve itself...."

people who signed this document were also conflicted about slavery, and abolitionists later used this document to argue against slavery.

We're a "work-in-progress" of sorts.

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@kamikazeken: Yeah, I know. The guy who posted it isn't American, and it gave a view that I don't hear very often, even if it was a little sarcastic. Maybe just a little.

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@benyust2: not just today... the men who wrote/signed this were all considered traitors and were all under threat of execution if captured.