Monday, July 04, 2005
Independence Day 2005
"July 4, 2005 will be 229 years to the day since the Continental Congress of the Thirteen Colonies audaciously declared the Colonies’ independence from Great Britain.
They knew their prospects for winning an armed rebellion against the might of the British Empire were exceedingly slim; and they also knew that if they didn’t win the struggle they would be treated as traitors to the Crown.
But they were aflame with a remarkable new vision for humanity, one of recognizing that liberty is not the gift of a sovereign but rather the natural birthright of humanity, and of visualizing that government properly exists only by the consent of the governed.
To seal their mutual dedication to the daunting task they had imposed upon themselves, they pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
For we who live in the Nation they founded 229 years later, it is incumbent upon us to rededicate ourselves to the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, and to commit all our effort and energy to the great task of restoring the vision of Liberty and Democracy that was boldly proclaimed to the world on that day."
posted by snarko! at 12:41 PM
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