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Member Detachment Charlie, over on TFL, posted this yesterday. 'Thought a posting here would be appropriate for Independence Day ... a happy one of which I wish to you all.

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies

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, --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 [George III] 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 harass 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 and 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 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.

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 the 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.

Josiah Bartlett,
William Whipple,
Matthew Thornton,
John Hancock,
Samual Adams,
John Adams,
Robert Treat Paine,
Elbridge Gerry,
Stephen Hopkins,
William Ellery,
Roger Sherman,
Samuel Huntington,
William Williams,
Oliver Wolcott,
William Floyd,
Philip Livingston,
Francis Lewis,
Lewis Morris,
Richard Stockton,
John Witherspoon,
Francis Hopkinson,
John Hart,
Abraham Clark,
Robert Morris,
Benjamin Rush,
Benjamin Franklin,
John Morton,
George Clymer,
James Smith,
George Taylor,
James Wilson,
George Ross,
Caesar Rodney,
George Read,
Thomas McKean,
Samuel Chase,
William Paca,
Thomas Stone,
Charles Carroll of Carrollton,
George Wythe,
Richard Henry Lee,
Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Harrison,
Thomas Nelson, Jr.,
Francis Lightfoot Lee,
Carter Braxton,
William Hooper,
Joseph Hewes,
John Penn,
Edward Rutledge,
Thomas Heyward, Jr.,
Thomas Lynch, Jr.,
Arthur Middleton,
Button Gwinnett,
Lyman Hall,
George Walton
Edited by Schmit to show proper paragraphing and signatures added

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Thanks for posting

Can't think of a better way to finish off my family's seventh consecutive annual celebration of Independence Day in Doswell, Va, at my #2 son's home with four of our five children, and all five of our grandchildren. Sometimes we have the whole fam damily, but we are short one this year. Maybe next year . . .

Haven't re-read the Declaration in too long. Thanks for posting it.

Hmmm. I'm embarassed to admit I don't have a copy of the Bill of Rights with me. Well, there's a bunch at my house, back in The Great Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Hope you all had as happy a Fourth as I did, with our extended family.

God Bless You, and God Bless America!

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It mentions a DEITY, yes, a . . .


THREE TIMES!!! It refers to God, a "Creator" and, . . .


A Supreme Judge!!!!

How horrible, how shameful!!!

Or as we used to say in elementary school, . . .

ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh!!! I'm TELLING!!!!

That's right, I'm telling. I'm telling The ACLU, I'm telling Michael Moore, I'm telling the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in The People's Republik of San FranCrisco, I'm telling N.O.W., I'm telling NPR, I'm telling all my Democrat friends, I'm telling The Swimmer, I'm even going to tell, that's right, I'm even going to tell . . .



You'll see. You wait and see what happens. You mentioned . . .

Oh my virgin ears, I can't even hear myself say it, . . .


Oh my, you'd better run and hide, you won't be able to get away with that for long. They'll probably come and take this web site down and cart us all away for that, yup, sure nuff, and forget how many times I've referred to "The Lord" in my posts. Why, it has to be, out of over 600 posts, I've probably said "The Lord" at least a dozen times!!! OH NO, HEAVENS TO BETSY, THAT'S ONE OUT OF FIFTY POSTS!!!

Who is Betsy anyway, and why can't it ever be "Heavens to Fernando", :wink: or something like that?

For shame. Everyone in their right mind knows there's no such thing as God. It's just a "crutch" humans made up because they have no lives and they need to feel good and safe.


Oh, but it's such a "well written document of some historical import." Maybe we should have it put in a museum. :duh:

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Oh, but it's such a "well written document of some historical import." Maybe we should have it put in a museum.
Maybe we should take it OUT of the museums and put it into EVERYONE'S hands and make 'em read it and think about it.

I have a small booklet provided by the Cato Institute which is a copy of the Declaration of Independence and a copy of the entire Constitution of the United States of America, including all 27 amendments. It's pocket sized; copies can be ordered for $1.00 each by calling 1-800-767-1241 between noon and 9:00 PM eastern time.

Thanksgiving... Political or Religous Holiday?!?

OK Bloof... this ought to send you over the edge...

it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful of His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and

both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me 'to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness;

"Now, therefore,
I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our service and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

"And also,
that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, A.D. 1789."

G. Washington

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Thanks Mr. Jefferies. Bill O'Reilly was offering those a year or so ago on his radio show, but he ran out before I could get my order in. I really appreciate the information. I think Bob Grant has also given it out before, but I don't recall. I will move on this before the end of the week.

By the way, I see you took my advice and started eating a bit, just a weeeee bit more, and you are indeed looking healthier. I'd recommend just a couple hundred more calories a day however, just to fill out those cheeks somewhat. You're still a bit, perhaps five or six pounds below your best "dancin' weight." Maybe a double shot of bourbon after those pastrami sandwiches I recommended.

And as for Mr. Schmit, you'd better hush your mouth. You keep saying that stuff and you'll get locked up, . . .

or worse. You're in America!!! You can't say stuff like that around here!!! Where's your sense of . . .

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, the heck with it. :wink:

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Gunny the pre-curser (r)

if you are going to precursor Schmit with anything use my title please[/s]
Gunny, with some knowledge of various Gunnies [the plural of "Gunny" is formed in the same way as the plural of "Bunny", but most Gunnies don't like to admit it] here and there, I expect that you are not only a pre-curser, but also a post-curser and an inbetween curser. The Gunnies that I have met seemed to feel that the proper enunciation of a two syllable word required the use of the phonic "Fing" between the syllables.

Further emphasis may be obtained by placing the same phonic "Fing" at each end of the word to be emphasized, in addition to the "Fings" in between.

A typical phrase uttered by a pre- or post-curser Gunny to any lesser being might be: "Pass the Fing Butter, please."

If the butter is not promptly passed, the Gunny is likely to try something like this:
"Listen Fing Up, FingBoot! Pass the FingButFingTer FingNow!"

That usually does the trick. :wink:

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That's pretty good, Mike, although in the time I spent with Gunny I don't recall him being particularly invective prone. The proximity of a wife and children tends to soften one's language. One of my first roomies in the real world was a recon Marine just out of service in 1974. Therein began a 2 year education in the lore of the USMC, in particular the sacred and pivotal role of the Gunnery Sergeant. I also learned the 4 magic words which prefaced and ended most sentences and could, in addition, be used as a stand-alone exclamation or greeting. Trying to break some of my saltier habits, although I slip up on occasion... :D

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Self censorship

Agreed. While Gunnies, Chiefs, and others tend to use salty language afield and afloat, the presence of a spouse, mother, or chaplain tends to work wonders in simplifying one's language.
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