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Independence Day 2017

"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."

~ Declaration of Independence (2nd and 3rd paragraphs)

HT Historic Documents, The Patriot Post.

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Here is a portion of The Patriot Post's "Right Analysis" for Independence Day 2017 message (see original for embedded links):

"On this, our nation’s 241st Celebration of Independence, we should do more than contemplate the words of our nation’s Founders. We should rise every day prepared to support and defend them. I invite you to read our primer on the Endowed Rights of Man, and a concise Civics Lesson on the risk to that endowment. For further reading, see our Essential Liberty essays.

"Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — and all who stand in harm’s way in defense of Liberty. Pray also for their families."

For information about The Patriot Post, click here. To see who has endorsed The Patriot Post, click here.

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RasmussenReports.com has several recent polls that are worth noting on this the 241st celebration of Independence Day:

"Most Americans still rate the Fourth of July high on their list of holidays, second only to Christmas, and correctly identify what it commemorates.

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of American Adults consider Independence Day one of the nation’s most important holidays, although that is down from a recent high of 61% a year ago. Just six percent (6%) view the Fourth of July as one of the least important holidays, while 36% rate it somewhere in between the two."

"There has been much debate lately over whether states should remove monuments and other symbols that reflect a part of American history that is no longer in line with the nation’s values today. But even with a speckled past, most Americans still believe they should be proud of this country’s history.

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 68% of American Adults think Americans should be proud of the history of the United States. That’s down just slightly from the roughly three-out-of-four who have said the same for the past nine years.

"Sixteen percent (16%) think instead that Americans should be ashamed of the United States’ history, while 15% are undecided."

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At Power Line, Scott Johnson has two separate posts about "The Eternal Meaning of Independence Day." In the first post, Johnson writes about "Lincoln's July 10, 1858 speech, which Johnson says "is one of his many great speeches, but in one respect is uniquely great. It concludes with an explanation of the meaning of (Independence Day) to Americans with matchless eloquence and insight in words that remain as relevant now as then." Johnson includes what appears to be President Lincoln's entire speech.

Johnson's second post about "The Eternal Meaning of Independence Day" involves the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1926 when President Calvin Coolidge provided "a magisterial review of the history and thought underlying the Declaration. His speech on the occasion deserves to be read and studied in its entirety." He includes one paragraph from President Coolidge's speech.

Finally, in today's Washington Post, Gregory Schneider writes "Jefferson's powerful last public letter reminds us what Independence Day is all about."

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