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Happy Independence Day!

This Independence Day, I thought I would simply paste the text of the Declaration of Independence into my post.  Most U. S. citizens have not read it.  Unfortunate.  Our nation was founded with this document.  Every American should read it at least once to know what is in it.  If you read this, take time to read the U. S. Constitution, too.  Find out what the 18 things the federal government is authorized to do.  Everything else is supposed to be left to the states and to the people.  You’ll discover the federal government really is out of control and has become way too big for its britches.

Without further ado:

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 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

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:  U. S. History.org

November 18, 2008 – Abortion: Today’s Slavery

I wrote this in 2008 and believe it to be as valid now as it was then.

Abortion: Today’s Slavery

As slavery was intrinsically evil in its day, so is abortion today. Both are degrading, devalue human worth, and are contrary to the dignity of man. In our Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers acknowledged the inalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Although there were people who were against slavery at the time our Constitution was written, there were not enough of them to prohibit slavery at that time. The best they could do was to establish that, for the determination of the number of representatives a state would have in Congress, slaves would count only as three-fifths of free persons. In this way, the power that slave states would hold in Congress would be reduced. (Many think that counting a slave as three-fifths of a whole person demonstrates that the Founders of our nation were racist at best. It was, in fact, a compromise designed to limit Congressional power of slave states.)

Slavery, intrinsic evil that it is, was abolished in due time. One of the greatest abolitionists who spoke out against slavery was John Quincy Adams. After his presidency, he ran for Congress and was elected. Under the First Amendment, citizens can petition the government for a redress of grievances. Adams would present hundreds of these petitions against slavery in Congress. Despite a gag rule Congress passed as a way to silence him, he continued his duty. Adams continued to voice his opposition to slavery daily, and a growing number of people became convinced that slavery was immoral and violated civil rights. A young, freshman congressman befriended the crotchety, old Adams, who took him under his wing. This congressman ended up losing his seat and lost subsequent bids for the Senate, also. It was not until after the election of President Abraham Lincoln, the former young Congressman, that slaves were finally able to enjoy the right of liberty as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately, John Quincy Adams didn’t live to see the fruit of his labors.

Unbelievably, 110 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that a woman may take the life of her offspring. This decision is blatantly contrary to our Declaration of Independence in which the Founding Fathers stated we have the right, given by our Creator, to life. Since the right is given to us by our Creator, and not by the government, the government cannot take that right away. Yet, that did, indeed, happen. According to the government, the children of America have no right to live. Abortions are performed right up to the fourth trimester. Yes, some children are born and left to die or are killed (infanticide). If that seems unconscionable to you, your natural instincts are right. So we end one abomination (slavery) and begin another (abortion) that has taken around 50,000,000 lives so far.

Abortion is degrading to women. Many, if not most, times a woman is not even fully informed about the procedure, the dangers, the pain, and the guilt and depression she may suffer after the abortion or options such as adoption. Abortionists do not care. They actively fight laws that require them to fully inform the woman. It is incredibly disrespectful of the abortionist to keep the woman in the dark about what he is about to do to her.

I have listened to women tell me about their abortion experiences. One woman said that she was having second thoughts after entering the procedure room. She had had an abortion once before, and upon entering the room, the horrible memories flooded back: the doctor who didn’t even look at her, the excruciating pain, the sound of the machine as it sucked her baby from her womb. She wanted to leave, but the doctor told her that she was there already, she might as well have the abortion. She got on the table but still wanted to leave. The machine started, and she sat up saying she really wanted to go. The nurse pushed her back down and told her that she’s there, she may as well go through with it. She did. It was just as painful as the first time, and the guilt and mental anguish returned, too. This example shows that abortionists care only for their income. If she had left, the abortionist would have lost money.

Abortion devalues human life. Slaves were oppressed, not given their freedom. With abortion, babies are not even allowed to be born. So one can surmise that a baby’s life is worthless. Well, if a child has no value, what about an adult? At what stage is a person accorded some value? Most Down’s Syndrome babies are aborted. How many healthy children are put to death because the doctor suggested there may be something wrong with them? There have been many cases where a doctor was wrong and the child was born 100% healthy. Even if the baby does have a birth defect, is the child to be loved less? Hated? Scorned? Or killed to put the parents out of their misery? Every person has a right to live.

Abortion is contrary to the dignity of man. Abortion procedures are barbaric. How they can be legal is incomprehensible. Procedures include:

  • suctioning that pulls the fetus (baby) apart and out of the woman
  • pulling fetal (baby) parts out with forceps and crushing the skull to ease removal
  • grabbing a leg with forceps, delivering baby up to the head then jabbing scissors in the base of the skull, spreading them, and suctioning the brain out, which collapses the skull, then removing the baby (partial birth abortion)
  • using saline solution to kill the baby by salt poisoning
  • giving a potassium chloride injection to stop the baby’s heart in case it may survive the abortion and be born alive.

Dismembering a fetus (small baby) and sucking it out of the womb is sickening. There is no dignity for the woman or for the baby in an abortion. In no case is abortion acceptable. No one has a right to kill, especially to kill tiny little babies that depend on us.

Slaves were kidnapped, sold, and beaten. Aborted babies are suctioned or pulled apart, ripped from the womb, and discarded. There is no value or dignity in either situation. Fortunately, slavery was ended long ago. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court decided murder by abortion was acceptable only 35 years ago.

Abortion is as intrinsically evil and immoral as slavery is. Abortion is not a right as some try to claim. Owning slaves was also false right. Our Creator, the recognized source of our rights, did not give mothers the right to kill their children. In fact, we are told, not only in the Ten Commandments but also in the laws of each state, not to kill. Abortion is killing. How our Creator must weep every time a woman takes the life of her child—not just for the child, but also for the woman who committed this injustice.

It took a while for the majority of the people to realize how unacceptable slavery was. People will someday realize how unacceptable abortion is. But during this time, do not remain idle. Tell people, your friends and family, people you meet in the street, how abortion procedures are barbaric and sickening, and completely against the right to life specified in our Declaration of Independence. Write letters to the editor. More importantly, write your senators and congressmen. Write the president. Ask them why babies don’t have the right to life as enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. Get busy in the right-to-life movement (www.40daysforlife.com). Be for children what John Quincy Adams was for slaves—a voice, an unrelenting advocate. Speak on their behalf because the only voice they have is yours. Adams believed it was his duty to speak everyday against slavery. Be as committed as he was. Make it your duty to speak out against abortion. You may not see it end in your lifetime, but plant the seeds. Help. Slavery was the accepted scandal in its day. Abortion is the accepted scandal of today.

“I sincerely pray that all the members of the human family may, in the time prescribed by the Father of us all, find themselves securely established in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and happiness.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1807