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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

Federal Food Police Hunting Tony the Tiger

The federal government is out of control.  The Constitution, in case you didn’t already know, was written to limit the power and authority of the federal government.  The federal government rarely pays heed to the Constitution anymore unless they can find a twisted way to make it limit the liberties of the citizens of America.

The federal government is involved in auto manufacturing, has taken over the health care industry with an eye to destroying private insurance companies, and has taken over the student loan industry.  It has passed a law banning incandescent light bulbs, and now the federal government wants to kill Tony the Tiger unless the makers of Frosted Flakes change the recipe.

See the full story here.

You know.  I keep looking through the Constitution, and I just don’t see where the federal government has in its 18 authorized duties to poke its nose into manufacturing automobiles, producing food, loaning money, buying mortgages, etc.  The citizens of the U.S.A. are insane if they don’t stand up against unconstitutional laws.   Get loud and protest if necessary.  Your senators and representative should know your name because you contact them often to tell them to vote against this or that unconstitutional bill.

The federal government has its place, its duties.  It has far exceeded the authority granted it in the Constitution.  Subsidiarity.  Remember that word.  States and individuals have most of the authority and rights in the Constitution.  Let’s let states govern their citizens.  Let’s restrain the federal government as our Founders intended.  They were well aware of the consequences of having an unrestrained government.  It leads quickly to tyranny.

G. Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

The Providence Gazette  and Country Journal

Saturday, October 17, 1789.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

G. Washington.

Courageous Founders vs. Cowardly Congressmen

Our Founders were men who fought to gain our liberty from a country whose leader imposed burdensome taxes. They had realized they had no representation in their government, and, as a last resort, they risked—and many lost—their lives by declaring independence. With Divine assistance, our Founding Fathers established our nation with an inspired, four-page Constitution and set down on paper a way to guarantee long-lasting freedom.

“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.” [1]

Courageous men risked their very lives by signing the Declaration of Independence. A relatively small and rag tag army fought a decisively more powerful army of men wearing red. But with trust in God, a notion of honor and selflessness, these men won freedom for the United States of America.

“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….” [1]

Great thinkers who knew well that our rights and our liberty were bestowed upon us by our Creator, put pen to paper to record this fact for the generations who would come after them. They made it clear that these rights will be secure only if the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.

“Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'” [2]

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution” [3]

To ensure that the Constitution would be respected and upheld, the Founding Fathers made it a requirement for public servants who serve and represent the citizens of the United States to take a solemn oath to preserve, protect, defend, and support the Constitution.

“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” [4]

Should our public servants commit treason, accept or offer bribes, or behave inappropriately, they must be impeached and removed from office to maintain the integrity of their offices.

“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad…But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn….Though good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want [lack] good laws nor suffer ill ones.” [5]

William Penn here notes that good men are required for a good government for bad men will manipulate it for their own purposes.

Today, cowards hold congressional seats. Unlike our courageous Founders, who stood up to the British army and navy with little support, many if not most of our senators and representatives are unable to stand up to an old man named Harry Reid or a little old lady named Nancy Pelosi. These spineless good-for-nothings are not supporting the very Constitution they vowed to protect when they took office. Our Founders risked death.  What are they risking? A seat on a committee? A pork barrel project? Funds for re-election? Whatever the case may be, they are violating their solemn oath.

We now have a government that no longer governs by the consent of the governed; they have overstepped their authority.  The majority party leaders are using their unjust powers to force unconstitutional legislation upon a groaning citizenry [6], and their fellow party members are voting with them, the citizens of this nation be damned!

TARP funds (unconstitutional) and the so-called stimulus funds (unconstitutional) are not being used for the reasons for which they were appropriated (unconstitutional). In effect, they are slush funds (unconstitutional). The buy-offs that have been nicknamed the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase are examples of bribery (unconstitutional). To pass the so-called health care reform bill (unconstitutional), Congress has resorted to deception, trickery, and mind-boggling shenanigans; they have completely ignored the process laid out in the Constitution for advancing and passing a bill, so much so as to be easily guilty of, at the very least, misdemeanors as provided for in Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. In other words, the majority leadership, those supporting them, and even the current president are guilty of bribery and misdemeanors, should be impeached, and even removed from office.

We as a people should, no, must read our Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. How else can we know when our rights are being violated and our liberties taken away? Many people lost everything and were killed for signing the Declaration of Independence.  Can we not, in their honor, take the time to read these short documents?  It took real valor to make that stand against tyranny.  Ignorant of our founding documents and the Christian principles on which this nation was founded, we are witnessing tyranny raise its ugly head once again.

The Constitution is the guide for governing our nation.  It is our supreme law. For the people in office at present, it is worth no more than toilet paper. Our rights were given to us by our Creator.  We, as a nation, recognize this fact.  They are currently being trampled.

The cowards in Congress who seem unable to stand up to party leaders and stand for the Constitution and for their fellow citizens must receive your telephone calls.  Let them know contemporary politics and passing monumental legislation are not what this country needs.  We need them to keep their oaths of office to preserve, protect, defend, and support the Constitution of the United States. This means Congress and the President need to heed the authority of the Constitution. The federal government has defined powers, and they are few. Leave the rest to the states and to the people.

[1] The Declaration of Independance

[2] Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[3] Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[4] Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America

[5] William Penn, framer of the original laws of Pennsylvania

[6] When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.–Supreme Court Justice William Paterson

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

G. Washington.