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Independence Day

July 3, 2014

Tomorrow is the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document we seem to take for granted.  It is a good day to read or reread the Declaration.  I do every year and it always evokes strong emotions about the firm boldness of our country’s founders and the risks they have taken.  Here is the final paragraph which could have been their death warrant rather than the birth certificate of our Nation should their actions have failed. 

 

“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.”

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  1. July 3, 2014 10:40 am

    A conclusion after evidence!

    Sent from my HTC

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