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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 harass 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 benefit 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 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 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.
— John Hancock
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one 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 entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We are at a great crossroads in our nation’s history. It’s not about the amount of taxation and the ineptitude of the government. That can be changed with the power of the vote and honest elections. Our issues lie in the fact that too many in our nation take for granted the guarantees within the Bill of Rights and the Constitution without truly understanding them. Remember… our rights given by nature and nature’s God.
It is time that We The People understand once again our responsibilities as citizens of a free country and demand that our government adhere to the Constitutional principles that they have so casually desecrated.
Freedom and the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God (originally posted May 9, 2014)
…Our rights come not from other men, but from an omnipotent all-powerful ruler of the universe who has decreed right from wrong, good from bad, justice from evil. No one human being can deny another these rights. Hence, the usurpation of these rights is a just cause for revolt against your government, ruler or liege lord….
What happens when rights are not given by virtue of existence, but with the largesse of the political class? These rights then are not rights as delineated in the US Constitution (Bill of Rights), which as rights cannot be taken away and can only be denied under a limited scope of governmental authority. In fact, rights that come down to us by virtue of the good will of a ruler are not real rights at all, but a grant of favor by a dictatorial government. As long as you stay in good stead with the power elite then you are entitled to your humanity. But as soon as you cross that threshold of noncompliance with these overseers, then your rights, property and even your life become forfeit.
Moreover, to actually believe that mankind itself defines the ultimate reality in the Universe is the modern hubris of a limited, vacuous mind and an outreach of malignant egos. To say that in the vastness that is the Universe humankind is the epitome of what can and does direct TIME itself calls into play the rationality and sanity of the purveyors of a God-less world. It does not even have to be about an Omnipotent being as much as it is about Nature and the power of the Universe and the acknowledgement of the unknown.
To say that there is no deity above ourselves is to give ourselves the moniker of almighty God. We can now decide what is right, wrong, good, bad, justice and evil. We, the human beings of this world, are now the sole masters of all that is before us without boundary, limit or consequence. To say that God is an anachronism and that humanity is above the immutable forces that have created the galaxy, is to advance upon the human race powers that belie the mortal human being.
When we turn from the concept of something, or someone, greater than ourselves, we have no rights beyond that which we bargain for within the context of our daily lives. Life becomes a merchants market, a bazaar of old. Where for the right argument, and the proper coin, you can buy yourself freedom for the time being. If you are lucky enough to be allowed manumission at all.
In such a world, our rights are defined by those in control of the world, rather than rights being defined by those that live in the world. Therefore, if you believe that humans are born free and that it is only mankind that created the chains of slavery, real or virtual, the concept of giving your self-worth to those who are devoid of righteousness, or honor, those who convolute democratic action with obsequiousness, demands an act of revolution. However, in the end, you need the foundation by which to challenge your servitude when you live in a world of political class tyranny, oligarchical triumphalism and identity tribalism. Therefore, you need Nature and Nature’s God. You need to understand that your humanity, your freedom, your existence is yours by right and not something you need to bargain for against an evil specter.
That foundation of the right to freedom comes from the acknowledgement that all within humanity have rights inherent in their humanity. Given to them by their uniqueness as unique individuals. It is Nature, and Nature’s God, that defines these rights so necessary for society to flourish, grow and develop. The right to proceed with your own existence and humanness in a way that is both beneficial to the self and society becomes the task of the free person and those free enough to think that it can and must be done.
It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanbeings throughout history have perverted the gift of choice and thought that they were given by the Universe.
It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanbeings revert into barbarism and decadence when given freedom. It is that same human weakness that causes mankind to destroy itself and then ask to be relieved of all responsibility for the choices made.
It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humans throughout history prefer an infantile existence of dependency and supplication to the hard work inherent in the existence of free expression and self-governance.
It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humans have allowed themselves to be led by the inadequate, the cruel and the profoundly evil.
It is not the fault of Nature’s God that when confronted with evil’s challenge, most times throughout history humanity has faltered, in the end thereby losing all that it means to be human.
It is not the fault of Nature’s God that humanity perverted Nature’s message in order to enslave, dehumanize and destroy other humanbeings.
It is not the fault of Nature’s God that it is easier to invoke the yoke of tyranny than it is to travel the path of Nature’s truth.
Responsibility for ones actions, distancing yourself from a scapegoat and taking the reigns to an uncertain future is frightening. On the other hand, it is a sign of profound weakness to cower in the dark, allowing others to decide your fate, your reality and your worth. It is sheer cowardice to succumb to the fear of the unknown and allow your children to be enslaved because of your own ineptness.
We learn that democracies are the rarest form of government in the history of human kind. For each democracy born was short-lived, either due to corruption, mendacious leaders or complicity in the destruction of that with which we are endowed by the virtue of the human soul. Humans allowed fear to win over freedom. Humans allowed fear to win over individuality. Humans allowed the political classes to declare themselves above Nature and Nature’s God. Humans allowed the political class to manipulate the true blessings of Nature and Nature’s God in exchange for bread and circuses and life without responsibility.
Those who wish to make a Godless society, those that wish to deny Nature’s blessings upon humankind are the enemy of freedom, of liberty and justice. Those that decide that our rights come from the will of a self-perpetuating narcissistic ruling class rather than the exigencies of humanity’s right to existence are the enemies of a free people.
Those who presuppose that they are more powerful than the Universe run roughshod over humanity’s inherent rights. Those that denigrate the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, denigrate our greatest gift. Be careful of those that put themselves above the wonders of the Universe. For they will laud themselves over you, making of themselves a new deity while decrying the freedoms we hold so dear.
I wanted to wish everyone a joyous Independence Day. Let us not forget those that sacrificed so much so that we, their posterity, would enjoy the freedoms to which we are entitled under the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. By the way, just one of those obnoxious asides, the vote on the Independence Resolution, aka the Lee Resolution, actually took place on July 2, 1776. The Declaration was not read to the public until July 4, which is why July 4th is the day that we celebrate our Independence.
My new post at Times of Israel
Everything is stupid.
The kids are not ok.
The Jewish community in America is on the decline.
Since time immemorial social commentators have decided that the generation that follows is self-destructive, lazy, and ignorant. They lack morals, ethics and a real purpose in life. If they were more like us, the saying goes, then we would know the future is a lock to be better than the past.
Well I for one am tired of this crap. And yes, it is crap.
The only thing that is stupid about today’s day and age is that the US elected a moron as president. Guess what? He is not the first idiot to hold public office and he is not going to be last. He is also not the first ethically challenged President from either party. Get over it. Stop complaining and do something about him. You don’t like his policies find ways to circumvent him. You don’t like what his party stands for, then vote in his rivals. You don’t like the spin? Turn.Off.The.24hour.News.Cycle.
Just stop bitching all the time. It is annoying. It is unproductive. It is infantile. That is stupid.
I have learned a lot over the years from the writings of Petra Marquant-Bigman. She is a non-Jewish German-Israeli author, holder of a doctorate, who concentrates on outing the purveyors of antisemitism. Below is her latest on the lies of the regressive Left’s new darling, Sharia apologist Linda Sarsour.
“This term sharia is the Arabic translation of the Hebrew word halakhah.” Linda Sarsour
Once upon a time, when being a leftist and a feminist meant something very different than what it means today, I happily considered myself both. But when someone like Linda Sarsour is cheered as a leftist feminist icon, I can only feel politically homeless: I want no part of Sarsour’s left, and I most definitely don’t support the crowd assembled by the notorious Pamela Geller for a protest that the New York Times (NYT) was only too happy to cover – after all, it was a good opportunity to tell readers that Sarsour’s “critics are a strange mix, including right-leaning Jews and Zionists, commentators like Pamela Geller, and some members of the alt-right.” Newsweek readers were also informed that “Feminist activist Linda Sarsour has become one of the far right’s favorite targets.”
Meanwhile, as is the way of those with no real platform, Petra was immediately labeled a racist by one commentor for calling out Sarsour’s lies. I left this response for that solipsistic apologist.
Sharia as practiced today is anything but mild mannered, nor is it women friendly. Moreover, to say that sharia is like Jewish law or Church law, is to ignore the reality that both Judaism and the Catholic church have gone through a reformation and a renaissance, that has taken both religions out of the biblical interpretation of reality. Something Sharia law has not gone through.
The entire idea behind “modesty” in Islam is to protect the honor of the male members of the family. It has nothing to do with the rights or humanity of the women who are forced to veil. In fact, for the majority of Moslem women veiling is not a choice. For them it is either veil, or be honor murdered, or thrown in prison. Why don’t we ask Dina Ali what it is to live as a woman in a Sharia compliant nation, if she isn’t dead already at the hands of her male family members, for the crime of wanting to run her own life. Which is a crime in Saudi Arabia. You know, KSA, the nation that Sarsour defends because it gives women 10 weeks maternity leave. (PS she can say its snark all she wants, but those of us who read the original tweet know better since it lines up with all her other proKSA Sharia tweets. And she was not a child but a grown woman when she wrote all of her tweets.)
The reason women in Orthodox Jewish communities practice tsinuis (modesty) is to bring about a more “holy” world. It has nothing to do with how others view them in as much it has to do with their own spirituality. The idea that women dress modestly in Judaism is so that that thoughts of sexuality do not pervade an otherwise religiously devoted life. They are not going to be killed nor are they going to be put in prison if they do not comply. The worst that will happen to them in their communities is that they will be made cherem, or banished. While this is also a nasty bit of reality, it pails in comparison to the harsh choice, of veil or be killed, that are forced upon the majority of Moslem women. You can also see the progressiveness of Orthodox Jewish feminists, as the first female Hasidic judge just took up her position in NY. Where are there any women judges in the Moslem world outside of Israel?
Laws themselves are never stand alone. It is never the ideas themselves that are at question, but the reasoning behind the ideas that are the important factor. Like with US law, when the plain meaning is misunderstood, judges who interpret the law, can look to the legislative intent. Here the legislative intent of the reason for modesty in Islam and Judaism is wholly different, and that is a relevant factor in the discussion, in addition to how the communities would react to such a violation.
Moreover, Judaism itself has gone through a renaissance of sorts. Rabbis, since the middle ages have rejected the biblical interpretation of Jewish Law for a more updated version. Jewish sages for eons have not promoted animal sacrifices, nor do Jews promote stoning people, selling their daughters or any other myriad of biblically based laws. In fact, at present, your Orthodox feminists have taken aim at the outdated divorce laws and are fighting back against this practice. Orthodox Jewish women are not afraid to speak up and demand an accounting from those that interpret Jewish law.
Where in Sarsour’s Sharia has she fought back by the way? She proudly states how when she went to work she got written permission from her husband, proudly shows off her dowry, and discusses how forced marriage at 17 was a terrific thing for her. At what point did this Moslem hijabi feminist ever denounce any part of how women are treated under Sharia? She in fact has gone so far as to say that Mohammed, who sold the Jewish women he captured into sex slavery, was the world’s first feminist. Was he showing his feminist side when he kept one of the Jewish captives for himself? How about when Mohammad said that it can only be considered rape if 4 men witness the rape, and that a women’s testimony is worth less than a man’s. Some feminism that Sarsour supports.
I have yet to read of any time that Sarsour came out against a practice in Sharia or stand up for those Moslem feminists who are against sharia. We all know about her vile attitude towards Ayaan Hirsi Ali. But when did she approach true hijabi feminists like the ones that appeared in the Honor Diaries? Oh yeah, she said that that movie was Islamophobic. I think the hijabis that appeared in that movie seem to have a real handle on what it means to think of women as full human beings with the right NOT to be murdered by male members of their family.
Additionally, there is more than one branch of Judaism, and each branch interprets Jewish law differently. Each interpretation becoming more and more modern, and washing away the idea that women are chattel and that they have lesser rights than men. Where is this interpretation of Sharia? Where is the Sharia practiced that is analogous to the reform movements or conservatives movements interpretation of Jewish law? Where in Sarsour’s world does she actually ever say that the Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia, which is what has pervaded the world, is incorrect and that there are other interpretations? Where is her modern Sharia? She has never pointed it out nor has has she pointed out its practitioners. Where is this modern view of women under Sharia, actually practiced? Who has authored any new guidelines for it?
There are numerous texts on the discussion of Jewish law and Canon law that discuss the differences in past and present, as well as modern interpretation. There are arguments and beyond arguments that cause discussion and consternation among the Jewish and Catholic religious groups trying to interpret the law. Where is this in Sharia? Again, where exactly are the moderates that Sarsour keeps discussing or alluding to? The truth is that the only place you will find a practicing moderate form of Islam is in Israel, which just appointed it’s first female Sharia court judge. That woman, and not Sarsour, is a Moslem hijabi feminist. And remember it is Israel, that Sarsour wishes to destroy.
In other words, it is the liberal democratic nation that allows for many views of the interpretation of Islam, that this so-called Moslem feminist Sarsour wishes to ethnically cleanse of it’s inhabitants. I don’t see her calling for the destruction of KSA, Iran, or even moderate Indonesia which just sentenced a christian leader to 2 years in jail for blasphemy. I don’t see her calling for the destruction of Pakistan or Bangladesh, which have slid into the radical Islamist camps.
To say that Jewish law is the same as Sharia is to ignore the reality and the history of how Jewish law has changed, modified and been reinterpreted over the eons of the Jewish people’s existence. While there are some Jews who abide by the absoluteness of Jewish law, the majority do not and even those who abide by the absoluteness have no fear from society if they decide to question the authority of the rabbis. To equate Jewish law and Sharia is disingenuous at best, wholly ignorant of Jewish history at worst.
Sarsour is an Islamist apologist, who calls for genocide against another 6 million Jews. She is many things, among them is the fact that she is a vicious anti-Semite, although not by her definition, nor the definition of other antisemites. Funny how antisemites never think Jews can define antisemitism.
Moreover, Sarsour is NOT a feminist by any stretch of the imagination of real feminists. Real feminist are those of us who understand the reality of female disenfranchisement and make no excuses for it under any circumstances. The irony here is that according to those on the regressive Left Sarsour is a feminists. These western useful idiots, wish to be seen as progressive and inclusive, something Sharia law, and its purveyors and apologists, are not.
You can find the recognized international definition of antisemitism as adopted by the US State Department and the Government of the UK by clicking on the links provided and find more on antisemitism from the AntiDefamation League.
You can find more of Petra’s writing at:
Times of Israel HERE,
Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law HERE
The Jerusalem Post HERE
The Guardian HERE
The Tower HERE
Perhaps nothing speaks more eloquently to the sacrifice of the soldier than President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.