July 4, 2006

Happy 4th of July!!!

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.

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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.


Beau Beau & Angie Over the Bridge said...

Amen to our rights. Now give us some happiness wif a can of stinky goodness.

Gigolo Kitty said...

Happy 4th of July!

Victor Tabbycat said...

Here's to life, liberty, an the pursuit of mousies!

Hot(M)BC said...

Happy Indy-pendence Day :) Mommy thought it was super cool neato that yall put up the whole Declaration of Indy-pendence. She had a copy of it hangin on her wall for years n years. I didn't memberize it tho. I'll just read your copy!
Purrrrrrrrrs :)
~~ Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

Zeus said...

What about my right to sleep when I want to and to scratch every piece of furniture in the house? Those are important Constitutional rights also!

Fat Eric said...

Yes Zeus, I think we should have an International Constitution for Cats!
Happy 4th of July to you even though we don't celebrate it, being proud Brits!

Rascal said...

Our humans need to be reminded of these things at least once a year. After that they should wait on us Cats, hand and foot. Paw. Whatever.