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We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident …

 

 

   Given the current state of our union and the endless progressive “long march” through our institutions that has culminated in the election of our first “black president” and possibly in a few days our first “woman president” both of whom are shining examples of the “Leviathan State” , we thought that perhaps it is time to review our amazing origins and make note of just how far we have fallen.

   Below the reader with find the complete , unabridged text of the most important political document in the history of the free world . We have endeavored to give current and up to date examples of the grievances our Founding Fathers sought to eliminate in declaring their independence from a distant , unresponsive and out-of-touch government .

    These examples are available to be read by clicking on the links throughout the text of the historic document below as well as biographies of all those brave men who dared put their signatures to paper and effectively flipped the bird to King George III and Parliament in defiance of what at the time was the most powerful nation on earth

 

Declaration Of Independence

 

 

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  Here is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence.
This document represents a primary resource in understanding the history of America. 
The original spelling and capitalization have been retained. 

(Adopted by Congress on 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 to 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 shown 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 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 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 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 meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

  He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration 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 legislature.

  He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to 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 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 offenses:

  For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring 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 in 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, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

  He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete 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 endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is 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 attention 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.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776 “

 

 

   The men listed above risked their lives , liberty and property in order that we might live in a land unfettered by a repressive , unaccountable leviathan . For 80 years or so that was more or less the case but we have been backsliding into tyranny for over a century and a half . While educated minds can debate the origins of our decline the results of said journey are undeniable and thanks to our present government have been brought to the fore . 

   If you , dear readers and lovers of liberty , have found anything of use in the above post please be kind enough to pass it along via the web and social media as you see fit . Thank you for taking the time to explore this sincere attempt at highlighting our descent into tyranny and possibly educating future generations on the dangers imposed upon our legacy by the ever-expanding State .

If this post can become viral perhaps it will facilitate an awakening amongst our youth and help to identify a new cadre of leaders such as this nation produced in the 18th century . Lord knows , America needs them .

 

 

 

 

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The World Just Got A New, Entirely 3D-Printed Metal Gun

 

 

 

” Just under a year ago, Solid Concepts gave the world its very first look at what a 3D-printed metal gun could do. And to everyone’s surprise, the thing actually worked. Now, the metal 3D-printing firm have put out the 1911’s fancier successor—complete with Declaration of Independence inscription and all.”

” The original 1911 made waves when Solid Concepts released a video in which they successfully fired the pet project over 50 times. And this newest offering, dubbed the Reason, looks a hell of a lot more solid.”

   Here is a video from Solid Concepts that explains the manufacturing process used in the fabrication of the “Reason” and a wide array of other goods:

” More than anything, the added detail and inscriptions are a testament to how far the company’s sintering tech has come. Using a technique called direct metal laser sintering, Solid Concepts is able to 3D print the gun by melting metal powder with a laser. In other words, these things take far more know-how than the plastic versions that came before them. “

   … and here is a video of the predecessor of the “Reason” , Solid Concept’s , and the world’s , first all-metal 3D printed gun , the DMLS 1911 being test fired .

Read more at Gizmodo and here , here and here . Bring it on .

 

 

 

 

Celebrate The Signing Of The Greatest Political Document In History

 

 

 

 

 

The United States Constitution

 

 

 

” Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

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was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and served as the first President of the United States of America. Read More

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was a noted polymath, leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. Read More

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was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, political philosopher and led calls for the Philadelphia Convention. Read More

Celebrate the Birthday of Our United States of America Government

 

  On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation’s history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the courageous individuals that gave us our liberty 

 

    For much more on our founding document and the celebrations taking place around the country go here and check out these other links:

 

Constitution Day Celebration 2014

Constitution Day 2014 – Hillsdale College

Constitution Day – Wikipedia

Constitution Day 2014 – The Constitution Project

Of The People: Constitution Day 2014

    In honor of the signing , the Washington Times has released a Constitution app for your smartphones and tablets .  Get yours today .

 

” The app can be accessed via any modern Web browser at Constitution.WashingtonTimes.com or downloaded on Android-powered devices from the Google Play store. It is expected to be in the Apple store later this month.

  Included are copies of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and selections from the Federalist Papers. The app also has a fully annotated lesson plan from Essentials in Education that helps teachers, parents and others share valuable lessons about the founding documents of the United States.

  Prominent Americans have contributed essays celebrating the Constitution and its essential role today. The many guest writers include Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin Meese; Ray Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies; retired neurosurgeon and author Ben Carson; former U.S. Appeals Court Judge Patricia Wald; radio show host and Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin; former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; and Princeton University constitutional scholar Robert P. George.”

 

 

The Washington Times' Pocket Constitution App, developed with the Essentials in Education, is making its debut on the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day.

 

 

 

   The app comes with a $4.99 price tag , but what is worth more ? The Founding documents at your fingertips or another Starbucks Grande ? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Could Use A Bit Of Insurrection Against The Established Order

 

 

 

” I appeared on NPR on Wednesday and was surprised to hear a caller say that Sen. Ted Cruz should be charged with sedition. “I’m really baffled by the fact that the discussion has not ever reached the point where charges of sedition should be brought up against him for conspiring and bullying others to work with him to undermine the American economy … full faith and credit,” the caller said. “He’s done so much damage to the standing of the United States in the world. And if you read the Sedition Act, it seems like it really applies.”

A colleague on the panel, the Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy, assured the caller, “There is no possibility of that.” And the conversation moved on. But it turns out that in a few corners of the left, there are activists who would like to see Cruz, along with other Republicans and conservatives who have expressed strong opposition to Obamacare, charged with inciting rebellion against the United States government.

After Cruz and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared together last weekend on the National Mall, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported the event in front of a screen with pictures of Cruz and Palin and the title LATEST SEDITION. Maddow did not utter the word itself, but viewers certainly got the message.”

 

 

Here is a legal definition of :

 

 SEDITION

” An insurrectionary movement tending towards treason, but wanting an overt act; attempts made by meetings or speeches, or by publications, to disturb the tranquillity of the state. The distinction between “sedition” and “treason” consists in this: that though the ultimate object of sedition is a violation of the public peace, or at least such a course of measures as evidently engenders it. yet it does not aim at direct and open violence against the laws or the subversion of the constitution. Alis. Crim. Law, 5S0. In Scotch law. The raising commotions or disturbances in the state. It Is a revolt against legitimate authority. Ersk. Inst 4, 4, 14. In English law. Sedition is the offense of publishing, verbally or otherwise, any words or document with the intention of exciting disaffection, hatred, or contempt against the sovereign, or the government and constitution of the kingdom, or either house of parliament, or the administration of justice. or of exciting his majesty’s subjects to attempt, otherwise than by lawful means, the alteration of any matter in church or state, or of exciting feelings of ill will and hostility between different classes of his majesty’s subjects. Sweet. And see State v. Shepherd, 177 Mo. 205. 76 S. W. 79, 99 Am. St. Rep. 624.”

 

 

   The above words regarding the “crime” of sedition would seem to run quite contrary to the spirit of America in that they can easily be construed to prohibit any kind of disagreement in the political arena . The Left can revel in that language if they so choose , but the following words would seem to take precedence from an American point of view .

 

 

 

 

”  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 to 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 shown 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.

   The words above should be required reading these days and that is why the progressives have systematically tried to eliminate the instruction of American history in the indoctrination centers we refer to as public schools . For those of you who do not recognize the above words , they are the opening paragraphs of the document that changed the world , the Declaration of Independence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallup: Majority Of Americans Feel The Founders Would Dislike Modern America

 

 

” Leading up to Independence Day, the Gallup polling agency reached out to Americans in an effort to gauge patriotism throughout the Nation. According to the results of a patriotic survey, 71 percent of the Nation’s citizens believe that the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be ashamed of America today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Independence Day, Liberals Can’t Help Being Jerks

 

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” What is it about July 4th that brings out the worst in Liberals? For a party that says they are “progressive” and future looking, they sure seem to focus on all the bad that has occurred, and whine and whine and whine. The Washington Post features not one, not two, but three negative pieces (in fairness, they have a few positive pieces, but why bother with the negative on this day?). First, here’s the Editorial Board whining about the Declaration of Independence.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Have More Personal Liberty Today Than On The Fourth of July 2012?

 

 

” When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he used language that has become iconic. He wrote that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not only did he write those words, but the first Congress adopted them unanimously, and they are still the law of the land today. By acknowledging that our rights are inalienable, Jefferson’s words and the first federal statute recognize that our rights come from our humanity — from within us — and not from the government.

The government the Framers gave us was not one that had the power and ability to decide how much freedom each of us should have, but rather one in which we individually and then collectively decided how much power the government should have. That, of course, is also recognized in the Declaration, wherein Jefferson wrote that the government derives its powers from the consent of the governed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revolutionary Times

 

 

 

Revolutionary times are turbulent. They are agitated by the common feeling that the balance has been lost and a tipping point has arrived. Even as we feel the sickening lurches of a nation that appears to be slipping toward the cliff, we should not despair. A revolutionary society moves easily because it is unmoored and can be turned around in the right direction. And when that happens, history changes.

The birth of the United States was not inevitable. It happened against incredible odds and a torrent of difficulties. Now it is caught between decline and rebirth. Which of these it will be, we will learn when enough men and women push one way or another until the next tipping point is reached.

Living in revolutionary times, we cannot idly celebrate a revolution of the past without also committing ourselves to changing the present. Independence is not a gift that was won once and never needs to be thought about again.

 

 

 

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No Silver Linings To SCOTUS Affirmative Action Decision

 

 

 

” Put me down, however, on the pessimistic side of the ledger. I think this is a setback for the cause of returning the nation to the color-blind principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. A majority of the Court, it seems to me, continues to agree that “diversity” in higher education is a compelling government interest that survives the strictest of scrutiny by the judiciary. Until Grutter v. Bollinger, the 2003 case that blessed affirmative action in university admissions, the Court had found that the only use of race that could qualify as a compelling government interest was in wartime — and that was in the Japanese internment case, Korematsu. To compare diversity in higher education to the nation’s ability to defend itself while at war showed how mistaken the Court was in Grutter.

In Fisher, the Court declined to reconsider this terrible mistake. Instead, it returned the case to the 5th Circuit for further proceedings because it wants the lower court to seriously examine whether any individual affirmative action program was “narrowly tailored” to achieve the goal of racial diversity in higher education. This left the basic law of Grutter unchanged and only ensures that challenges to affirmative action will focus on the ways that schools measure and count an applicant’s skin color — not on the unconstitutionality of using skin color at all.

 

    Affirmative action is a direct affront to the bedrock principle of “equal before the law” and the Fisher case presented the Roberts court with a golden opportunity to right this error of reason once and for all which they failed to do . Shame on them . The politicization of the judiciary is complete and liberty loving people should harbor no illusions as to the respect that this present court holds towards our Constitution .

  The transformation is complete . We the people are truly on truly on our own . The government has become nothing more than a self-perpetuating Leviathan and cares not a whit for history , equality , liberty , Constitutionality , or the rule of law . Between the president , congress and the courts we are now o believe that the law is whatever THEY say it is . 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 6.20.13

Declaration Of Independence

 

 

” 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Balance of Powers Act – People Are Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge

 

 

” Our own Ignorance is destroying us. Mark Twain wrote in his autobiography:

“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”

That is what has been going on in our Country for a very long time. Our “intellectuals” can’t think; our “scholars” parrot each other; the self-educated fixate on idiotic theories; no one studies original source writings; and The People jump on every bandwagon that rolls by.

In order to write intelligently on our Constitution, one needs to have studied and understood the original source writings of our Framers. No matter what your educational level, if you don’t know what is in our Declaration of Independence and federal Constitution; and if you are not familiar from personal study with The Federalist Papers, The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798, Madison’s Report on the Virginia Resolutions (1799-1800), and Madison’s Notes on Nullification (1834), among other original source writings, then you have no business writing about these issues. “

 

 

 

Declaration Of Independence

 

 

 

“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.”

 

 

 

 

A Voluntary Federation

 

 

 

 

” This Humean notion of Americanism that acknowledges the right of a self-governing people to secede is framed in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is primarily a document justifying secession, but it has been thoroughly corrupted by Lincoln’s reading of it and the ritualistic repetition and expansion of that reading. The Lincoln tradition reads the Declaration as affirming a metaphysical doctrine of individual rights (all men are created equal) and takes this to be the fundamental symbol of the American regime, trumping all other symbols, including the symbol of moral excellence internal to those inherited moral communities protected by the reserved powers of the states under the Tenth Amendment. Indeed, this tradition holds that the Declaration of Independence is superior to the Constitution itself, for being mere positive law, the Constitution can always be trumped by the “higher” metaphysical law of equality.

The Constitution of the United States was founded as a federative compact between the states, marking out the authority of a central government, having enumerated powers delegated to it by sovereign states which reserved for themselves the vast domain of unenumerated powers. By an act of philosophical alchemy, the Lincoln tradition has transmuted this essentially federative document into a consolidated nationalist regime having as its telos the instantiation of an abstract metaphysical proposition about equality. Such a proposition, in so far as it is taken seriously, must give rise to endless antinomic interpretations, and being metaphysical, these interpretations must stand in ultimate and implacable opposition. In this vision, the reserved powers of the states vanish, and the states themselves are transformed into resources for and administrative units of a nationalist political project “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” So well established has this inversion become that Mortimer Adler could write a book on the Constitution using for the title not the words of the Constitution, but those of the Lincolnian Declaration: “We Hold These Truths…”[4] “