So we were gone over the weekend, and I thought I’d test my abilities to put up posts while on vacation. Didn’t work. I set this to publish on the 4th at 6:30 a.m. (which it still says, by the way), but it’s still here in my drafts. Any WordPressers out there know how to do this?
Three days late, my Independence Day post:
Although technically, America declared their independence on July 2, 1776, this document was drafted and then approved on July 4 of that year. Never before have I taken today as seriously as I do this Independence Day (emphases mine).
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.