Happy Birthday to U.S.

by Janie Jones

On July 4, 1776 these words were written:

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. ….

And with these words the birth of a new nation, a great nation, was begun.

Today, on the United States of America’s birthday, I am proud to be a citizen of this great nation.  And yet, I can’t help but feel a little sad that the great ideas and strong convictions that led to the birth of our Nation have been marginalized by the government of today.  The men who stood tall and signed our Declaration of Independence are likely rolling over in their grave, ashamed and horrified with what the American people have allowed to happen to our country.

I beg of you, fellow Americans, read your Declaration of Independence, a document as pertinent 236 years ago among 13 colonies as it is today among 50 states.

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 to 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 shown 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. ….

In 2012 we do not fight our friends in England, we fight ourselves and the mess we have allowed our Government to make of our freedoms, our economy and our way of life.

My wish as the candles are blown out today on America’s birthday cake is that come November our votes are respected, our wishes as a people are honored and our government, which is supposed to be a body of public servants, remembers that it is their duty to serve, not to dictate.  We are fortunate enough to be citizens of a Great Nation.  It is our duty and our right to keep it that way, and it is imperative that we vote Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to be heard and to save our Country.

Bless you America, and a very happy birthday to you.  Let us hope we celebrate many more birthdays as free people.

Quotes from the Declaration of Independence are borrowed from Archiving Early America.  You can find the full body of the Declaration of Independence at Archiving Early America’s site or here, under Liberty Jane.

Also, please read your Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you can find a copy here, under Liberty Jane.

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