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.I explained to my kids that at the Olympics, no American will bow to a foreign dignitary. Why? Because Americans bow to no man. We answer to One Authority.
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.
And for the sad little Democratic Club of Southern Montgomery County, the One Authority wouldn't be Barack Obama. His devotees were enthusiastic, I'll give them that. Around here, though, they were observed with wry interest. More on the parade in the next post.
It's good to be free. Refreshing our memory of the Declaration every year would be a nice exercise.