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Happy Independence Day

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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 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.

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6 Responses to “Happy Independence Day”

  1. Cooper Green Says:

    All those guys in the gallery seats on the left seem to have the same heads. Was there some kind of primitive Photoshop that was around in 1776?

    Happy July 4th, Bunk, and to all our great American neighbours.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Coop– Perhaps they ran out of models to pose for the painting, and one guy was paid to keep switching seats.

    Last night a commenter on The Blogmocracy brought up the excellent observation that the Founding Fathers were all British subjects. Britain excelled in instituting civil laws in all of their colonies, but the “rebels” on this side of the pond took it one step further. Amazing history, that.

    And then I saw this:

    With the exception of “grampa,” the people in the video should hang their heads in shame for their incredible ignorance.

  3. Cooper Green Says:

    Maybe incredible ignorance, more likely some very patient editing.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Coop– Likely, but… there are some very ignorant people out there. Michael Medved’s “guy on the street” interviewed 40 or so people, and only two were able to correctly describe the meaning of the 4th of July as the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of a new nation. It wouldn’t bother me so much excepting that these ignorant people are allowed to vote without having the slightest clue as to how their OWN COUNTRY was founded and what it represents.

    Check THIS out. Ziegler went on from this to cough up bucks for a Zogby poll, and it backed up his amateur polling. Scary.

  5. G Eagle Esq Says:

    They look so English

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Herr Eagle– Some look Scottish and Irish as well. No Welshmen, though.

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