Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Declaration of Independence

You ever actually read that thing? Kind of a lot of yelling at King George, but parts are beautiful in both thought and execution.
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.

Quite literally, that's (expletive deleted) revolutionary.

My friends, we holds these truths to be self-evident. That means these rights are not given you by any government. They simply are.

Government exists to protect them, it is not necessary for them to be claimed.

Government, by the way, also exists to take money from you, give otherwise untalented people jobs and allow ugly, unathletic people to become famous.

Happy July 4.

2 comments:

VictoratGaImproper said...

"Government, by the way, also exists to allow ugly, unathletic people to become famous." -TF

Hey, what have you got against Ben Franklin? Wanna see what kind of grave marker his parents got?

http://flickr.com/photos/georgiaimproper

Randyt said...

"Jobs to untalented people" Does that include our military? Our police force? Our firemen/women? Our teachers? You get the idea.

And remember "ugly" is in the eye of the beholder.

Back to The Declaration of Independence, it is time to toss them out for sure.