Independence Day 2011

From our Declaration of Independence:

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.

We read the original document in DC a few months ago, while doing the touristy thing. These days, that means submitting to a search on the way into each museum; Mary lost her forgotten-in-the-bottom-of-her-purse Swiss Army Knife to the Smithsonian guards.

We left town feeling that something has gone badly wrong in the last decade or so.

3 thoughts on “Independence Day 2011

    1. They lined up the justifications and contraindications pretty well, didn’t they?

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