option chains Fidelity
Home > Boards > The Lounge > Politics >

Christian Politics in the United States

RSS Feed
      Hide Sticky   Hide Intro
Moderator: love your neighbor Assistants:
Search This Board:
Last Post: 4/23/2014 8:21:56 PM - Followers: 8 - Board type: Premium - Posts Today: 0

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 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 harrass 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 & 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 Brittish 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 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.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Here are short biographies of all 56 signers of the Declaration. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President).

 
Delaware    George Read Caesar Rodney
  Thomas McKean  
 
Pennsylvania    George Clymer Benjamin Franklin
  Robert Morris John Morton
  Benjamin Rush George Ross
  James Smith James Wilson
  George Taylor  
 
Massachusetts    John Adams Samuel Adams
  John Hancock Robert Treat Paine
  Elbridge Gerry  
 
New Hampshire    Josiah Bartlett William Whipple
  Matthew Thornton  
 
Rhode Island    Stephen Hopkins William Ellery
 
New York    Lewis Morris Philip Livingston
  Francis Lewis William Floyd
 
Georgia    Button Gwinnett Lyman Hall
  George Walton  
 
Virginia    Richard Henry Lee Francis Lightfoot Lee
  Carter Braxton Benjamin Harrison
  Thomas Jefferson George Wythe
  Thomas Nelson, Jr.  
 
North Carolina    William Hooper John Penn
  Joseph Hewes  
 
South Carolina    Edward Rutledge Arthur Middleton
  Thomas Lynch, Jr. Thomas Heyward, Jr.
 
New Jersey    Abraham Clark John Hart
  Francis Hopkinson Richard Stockton
  John Witherspoon  
 
Connecticut    Samuel Huntington Roger Sherman
  William Williams Oliver Wolcott
 
Maryland    Charles Carroll Samuel Chase
  Thomas Stone William Paca

 

 

PostSubject
#735   Media Blackout! What You Get When Muslims Are Long2Retire 04/23/14 08:21:56 PM
#734   Reid And China Betray Clinton And Rothschild’s Over NYBob 04/23/14 01:30:46 PM
#733   China on Track to Become World's Most Christian love your neighbor 04/21/14 04:42:14 PM
#732   Happy Easter L2R and all!! love your neighbor 04/20/14 02:54:31 PM
#731   EASTER: IN THE EYES OF AN ANGEL Long2Retire 04/20/14 03:14:23 AM
#730   American Soldiers Are WAKING UP!! NYBob 04/19/14 04:46:13 PM
#729   death = life!! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love your neighbor 04/18/14 03:38:46 PM
#728   It's Friday, but Sunday's coming! Long2Retire 04/18/14 02:35:37 PM
#727   Thankfully, It's not all bad news all the love your neighbor 04/18/14 12:40:37 PM
#726   Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine Long2Retire 04/17/14 02:41:18 PM
#725   Obama Chooses Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop To Close Long2Retire 04/17/14 01:31:09 PM
#724   Disarmament Of Federal Alphabet Agencies – Colonel Roy Potter NYBob 04/16/14 01:04:09 PM
#723   Separation of God and state? Long2Retire 04/16/14 12:43:12 PM
#722   Tonight between 11 and 12am love your neighbor 04/14/14 09:39:14 PM
#721   BLOOD MOON MANIA ECLIPSED Long2Retire 04/14/14 08:43:31 PM
#720   DEAR CHRISTIAN: I Wonder If Jesus Would Say, Long2Retire 04/14/14 09:30:04 AM
#719   Bible Prophecy & the Coming Blood Moons Long2Retire 04/12/14 10:00:44 PM
#718   Treason & China – Hawk – BundyRanch Wrap-up NYBob 04/12/14 12:54:16 PM
#717   sad love your neighbor 04/09/14 08:48:33 AM
#716   Famed Jesuit priest abducted, beaten and executed in Syria Long2Retire 04/09/14 12:01:38 AM
#715   Media Blackout over Syria Long2Retire 04/08/14 09:01:43 AM
#714   Unacceptable! BARACK OBAMA’S ISLAMIC JIHAD AGAINST CHRISTIANS Long2Retire 04/07/14 10:31:54 PM
#713   AN AMERICAN MANIFESTO REWRIT Long2Retire 04/07/14 12:01:49 AM
#712   Consequences are Coming: Barbarians vs Civilization Long2Retire 04/06/14 11:50:27 PM
#711   the US political machine is happy to get love your neighbor 04/05/14 03:09:18 PM
#710   Whose Side Is God on Now? Long2Retire 04/04/14 11:13:41 PM
#709   Monstrous water rats flood German town NYBob 04/01/14 02:59:53 PM
#708   Good Morning NYBob - it's hell out there- love your neighbor 04/01/14 08:48:08 AM
#707   WW3 - US funded SYRIAN rebels kidnap torture NYBob 04/01/14 02:50:14 AM
#706   Rothschilds US used to invite people to atomic NYBob 03/31/14 10:16:32 PM
#705   Sad. love your neighbor 03/31/14 10:04:41 PM
#704   Air Force removes Bible from POW-MIA display Long2Retire 03/31/14 09:51:30 PM
#703   Pray for the peace of Israel, and the world. love your neighbor 03/30/14 12:32:49 PM
#702   Syria Says Israel and Turkey Collaborating to Support NYBob 03/30/14 11:45:01 AM
#701   thanks NYBob! hope your day is a Blessed love your neighbor 03/29/14 03:30:52 PM
#700   Barbed Wire On America 1/11 - NYBob 03/29/14 02:49:11 PM
#699   Carroll County Commissioner ‘Willing To Go To Jail’ Long2Retire 03/28/14 04:09:24 PM
#698   Only God knows for sure: Obama, pope differ Long2Retire 03/28/14 02:38:11 PM
#697   Gov. Scott Walker refuses to take down religious tweet Long2Retire 03/25/14 09:05:35 AM
#696   This makes sense-> I believe God is not love your neighbor 03/24/14 11:51:41 PM
#695   Every time I come to a conclusion, I Long2Retire 03/24/14 11:45:29 PM
#694   I heard Hal Lindsay on friday say the love your neighbor 03/24/14 10:51:53 PM
#693   Interesting possibility for the USA in the End Long2Retire 03/24/14 10:43:15 PM
#692   Islam, Barack Obama and the Isis: the Axis Long2Retire 03/24/14 10:07:28 PM
#691   Vatican Chief Justice: Obama’s Policies ‘Have Become Progressively Long2Retire 03/24/14 03:34:15 PM
#690   Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy? love your neighbor 03/22/14 02:33:03 PM
#689   Understanding The Endtime Lessons love your neighbor 03/22/14 02:32:24 PM
#688   Air Force Academy cadets revolting over Bible passage removal Long2Retire 03/19/14 08:46:21 AM
#687   Fema: United Nations Death By Guillotine Sunday Law NYBob 03/18/14 04:10:07 AM
#686   thanks DF- sometimes there are some positive Christian love your neighbor 03/16/14 11:45:13 AM
PostSubject